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Continuing Education: Evaluation of Blood Smears

March 8th, 2019

Practicing veterinarians and veterinary technicians are invited to attend a free continuing education course at the OSU Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine in April: Beyond the Numbers – Cytologic Evaluation of Blood Smears and use of Flow Cytometry Data – Helpful or Painful? 

Course Description: Recent advances in the field of bench top/point-of-care hematology analyzers have greatly improved both acquisition and analysis of peripheral blood in animals.  However, limitations still exist in the ability of automated analyzers to appropriately identify many cell types and for clinicians to understand and apply assay data. Furthermore, no analytic analyzer is capable of detecting and identifying hemoparasites, nucleated erythrocytes or morphologic changes.  Therefore, this review will revisit the importance of visual examination of well-prepared blood smears in addition to the complete blood count (CBC). Additionally, interpretation of flow cytograms, which are now commonplace for many point-of-care analyzers, will briefly be described.

Presented by: Dr. Elena Gorman, associate professor of clinical pathology.

Date: Thursday, April 11th,  7:00 – 8:00 pm. Appetizers are served at 6:15.

Location: Magruder Hall room 102, 700 NW 30th St., Corvallis 97331

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Sara.k.smith@oregonstate.edu.


On International Women’s Day, Celebrate Female Veterinarians

March 8th, 2019

In 1944, Dr. Dorothy Segal was one of only 55 female veterinarians practicing in the U.S.

When Dr. Dorothy Segal enrolled in the Michigan State University preveterinary program in the 1930s, she had already overcome some challenges—a car crash delayed her planned entrance into college by almost six years—but it quickly became clear that there would be other hurdles in front of Dorothy and the other young women in her class.

“There were seven girls in my class, and that was considered to be just an enormous amount (of women in veterinary school),” said Dr. Segal, now age 90. “The dean at the time did not want women. He said, ‘Go back to the kitchen.’ He literally said that. The first speech he gave was, ‘What are you doing here?’ and he was not joking. I thought to myself, I’m going to make friends with that man if it kills me. … Ultimately, we really became friends.”

If Dr. Segal and her classmates were trailblazers, then the trail is officially open—wide open. Today, women outnumber men in veterinary classes by more than 3-to-1, and approximately 61 percent of U.S. veterinarians are women.*

*Source: American Veterinary Medical Association

Dean Tornquist Receives OVMA President’s Award

March 7th, 2019

The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association gives the President’s Award to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to veterinary medicine. This year’s recipient was Dean Tornquist.

By: Dr. Amelia Simpson, OVMA President

One of truest pleasures I have had during my time on the Board of the OVMA has been the interaction with the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine here at OSU. I was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania before I moved to Oregon 12 years ago and I hadn’t realize how much I missed interacting with the students…their energy is palpable and its exciting to be around them. During these last 3 years, I have been afforded the opportunity to be a part of the White Coat Ceremonies for the first year students and even to participate in a couple of ethics lectures for SAVMA. I’ve been so inspired spending time with the veterinary students and I feel the profession is in good hands. But when I reflect on the Why of that feeling—what comes up for me is that the credit goes to Dr. Sue Tornquist, Dean of the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dean Tornquist reports to the OVMA Board as an ex-officio and in that capacity she gives an update on the College at every Board meeting. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that she is one busy lady!! The College is growing leaps and bounds under her amazing leadership—literally and figuratively.  She is currently in the midst of a multi-million dollar facilities expansion, the caseload at the teaching hospital has grown nearly 10% a year for the last five years, and class enrollment has expanded.

Dean Tornquist is a seriously accomplished scholar, scientist, professor, and administrator. From the quarterly updates, I see how much effort she is putting in to make certain her students thrive. From doing all she can to fundraise for scholarships to help offset the rising costs of becoming a veterinarian to bringing a wellness counselor for the school, and the list goes on….

What I’ve seen and why I would like to honor her today with the OVMA President’s Award this year is her uncanny ability to lead and inspire this group of high achievers. When I asked one of the 3rd year students what she thought of Dean Tornquist her reply was an enthusiastic “I adore her!”  And that sums it up in a nutshell. She has a connection with the students, a relationship that, at the risk of being totally corny, is a beautiful thing to see.

I am pleased to present the President’s Award to Dr. Sue Tornquist. I wish you continued success and happiness throughout your life and your career and I look forward to our paths crossing in the future.

Professor Beechler Takes Students To Africa

January 25th, 2019

In December, Brianna Beechler (Class of 2008), Assistant Professor of Biomedical Research, led a team of OSU undergraduates on a trip to Kruger National Park in South Africa. Their objective was to learn about wildlife conservation and community relations through a sustainable development program Beechler runs with Dr. Maarten Schrama from Leiden University. “They learned about the link between conservation, human health, and animal health through field work, lab work, and lectures.” says. “They also did a mini research project.”

Heaven Rodriques is an Animal Science major interested in wildlife conservation. She signed up for the trip because it gave her hands-on experience, in addition to learning about topics like poaching and elephant management. “I saw this program as a stepping stone on the path to a future career,” she says.

Camryn Flint, an Animal Science major with a pre-vet option, was especially interested in learning about the veterinarian’s role in conservation and disease management. “The link between biodiversity and disease transmission is really interesting. I learned how disease transfers between wildlife and livestock,” she says.

Upon arriving in Kruger Park, the students first class was a history of conservation in the area. They also had opportunities to experience local village life. This was part of the broad-perspective approach of the program. “We delved into the human side of animal-centric issues, such as the sociological effect conservation has on communities,” says Flint.

Student Kristiana Gutierrez has wanted to visit Africa since she was a little girl watching safari programs on television, and calls this trip “the most amazing experience I have had in my whole life.” Like the other students, she made memories that will last forever. “I got to go bushwalking by the Sabie River, pet a white rhino, see herds of wild elephants and giraffes, and be so close to lions I could have reached out and touched them.” Although surprised and concerned by the magnitude of poaching in the area, Gutierrez also appreciated the challenges faced by the local population. “It was interesting to learn about it from the community point of view,” she says. “They have a different relationship with animals and it shined a whole new light on these serious issues.”

The trip was sponsored by OSU-Go, a faculty-led, study abroad program. The students received three credit-hours for the trip.

New Development Director

January 25th, 2019

Courtney and Matt Wilson with Maverick, Boomer, and Bailey.

Courtney Wilson is CCVM’s new Development Director at the OSU Foundation.  She grew up in Manchester, Maryland with four brothers, a pack of German Shepherds, and a cat named Raven.

Courtney majored in journalism at James Madison University. “That’s where I got interested in fund raising,” she says. “I worked on the student phone-a-thon, starting in my sophomore year. It was a lot of fun; I had lots of interesting conversations, and I got used to people saying ‘No’. I never really stopped fundraising after that.”

Prior to coming to OSU, Courtney was Associate Director of Development at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where she helped create and implement their grateful client program. “That was my first job fundraising for veterinary medicine and it really opened my eyes,” she says. “I had no idea how advanced veterinary medicine was, and how similar to human medicine. I have so much respect for veterinarians now; it really inspires me.”

Courtney enjoys meeting people and hearing their stories. “I’m not about pushing something on someone; I’m about building relationships.” Her favorite part of her job is finding meaningful choices that donors feel great about. “These are people who want to make a difference, make an impact, and I can help make that happen.”

Courtney and her husband, Matt, have three dogs that keep them busy. They also like to cook and do weightlifting together.

Dr. McKenzie Elected Chair of International Committee

January 2nd, 2019

In November, Dr. Erica McKenzie, Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine, was unanimously elected to chair the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP). She is the first woman to hold this position.

The  ICEEP comprises an international group of veterinarians and scientists whose primary mission is to advance understanding of the physiology, function and health of athletic horses through promotion of scientific research.

This year’s conference in Lorne, Victoria, Australia attracted over 250 attendees per day. More than 150 abstracts were presented, including topics such as New Technology; Training; Genomics, Metabolomics, and Proteomics; Nutrition; Cardiovascular & Respiratory Function; Biomechanics & Locomotion; Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation & Equitation Science; Biochemistry, Haematology, Endocrinology and Thermoregulation; and Muscle.

Dr. McKenzie has been a member of the eight person international committee for eight years, and has served as the scientific editorial chair for the last two ICEEP meetings. She will be responsible for organizing a mid-term meeting in Pisa, Italy, in 2020 in conjunction with the International Veterinary Endurance Conference, and subsequently the next ICEEP meeting, to be held in Uppsala, Sweden, in 2022.

More information about ICEEP can be found at ICEEP.org.

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