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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.

New Method of Neutering Saves Time and Money

January 2nd, 2019

Dr. Kirk Miller instructs fourth-year veterinary students at the Oregon Humane Society in Portland.

Faculty from the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University have evaluated a new method of neutering young male dogs and found it to be safe and significantly faster than traditional methods.

Dr. Kirk Miller led a team that performed sutureless scrotal castration (SLSC) on 400 young dogs at the Oregon Humane Society (OHS) shelter in Portland. The dogs were carefully monitored post-surgery and found to have no major complications, and a low incidence (less than 3%) of minor issues like swelling and bruising. They also found that the new procedure was, on average, 2.5 minutes faster.

In traditional castration surgery, the four blood vessels and cords that lead to the testicles are closed off by tying sutures around each one. In the new method, the vessels and cords are knotted.

The results of the study were published in JAVMA, Dec. 15, 2018, Vol. 253, N0. 12, Evaluation of sutureless scrotal castration for pediatric and juvenile dogs. Participants in the study include: Kirk P. Miller, DVM, Wendi L. Rekers, DVM, Lena G. DeTar DVM, Jacqueline M. Blanchette DVM, and Milan Milovancev DVM.

Pathology Resident Wins Award

October 16th, 2018

William O’Neill on the left.


Anatomic pathology resident William O’Neill won the best poster award in the Post Doc category at the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing conference last week.

His poster illustrates a process for Creating 3-Dimensional Models from Serial Histologic Sections Using Open-Source Software. Although labor intensive, this method allows the creation of 3D models on a home computer without special software, and may have applications in both teaching and research.

A Desire To Pay It Forward Earns University Award For CVM Alum

October 5th, 2018

As a graduate student in the College of Sciences at OSU, Dr. Connie White (Class of 1997) found the encouragement she needed to finally pursue her long-time dream of becoming a veterinarian. In return, throughout her career as a practicing veterinarian, and more recently as a guest lecturer at the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, she has payed that generosity of spirit forward to veterinary students.

When Dr. White graduated with a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 1981, veterinary college seemed like an unattainable goal. “As a Massachusetts resident, there wasn’t a realistic option,” she says. “Tufts was much too expensive.” So she pursued her interest in biology research as a graduate student at the University of Oregon. In 1990, she was accepted to a Ph.D. program in genetics at Oregon State University, and that changed her life.

“I found a home in Carol Rivin’s lab in the genetics program, where I had the freedom to pursue my research ideas while getting great mentorship from her and others,” says Dr. White. “She gave me the confidence to pursue veterinary medicine while finishing my Ph.D.”

Once enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. White found a similar group of encouraging faculty. “It felt like moving from one branch of a family to another branch of the same family,” she says. “Drs. Michael Huber, Erwin Pearson, Jill Parker, and Cathy Carter were particularly important to me. They modeled the highest professional effort while keeping your sense of humor, especially at 3 a.m.” Her gratitude for the supportive faculty at OSU is one reason she is involved in the college now. “I felt like I was a valued member of the community,” she says, “but with that came the expectation that I would contribute back.”

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Cardio Continuing Ed Offered

October 2nd, 2018

Dr. Nicole LeBlanc, Assistant Professor of Cardiology, will be presenting a continuing education seminar for veterinarians on Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7 pm – 8 pm in room 102 of Magruder Hall. A Heart to Heart About Cardiac Biomarkers will cover the use of cardiac biomarkers as a diagnostic tool for veterinarians, and as a screening test for acquired heart disease in asymptomatic patients.

The seminar is sponsored by the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine and the Willamette Valley Veterinary Medical Association. Light appetizers will be served starting at 6 pm. Magruder Hall is located at 700 SW 30th Street, Corvallis.  R.S.V.P. to sara.smith@oregonstate.edu by October 24th.

Student Gets Lots of Practice On Summer Practicum

September 27th, 2018

Eilea Delgadillo, Class of 2021, spent her summer placing catheters, drawing blood, and baking rattlesnake cookies. Wait, what?

While spending the summer shadowing veterinarians at the Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic in Redmond, Oregon, Delgadillo developed a community engagement project that tackled the growing problem of pet danger in the urban/desert interface. Central Oregon has a rapidly growing population, and a corresponding increase in recreational activities that often put pets into contact with wildlife. Delgadillo researched and produced pamphlets outlining effective methods for avoiding contact with coyotes, porcupines, birds of prey, deer, and rattlesnakes. The pamphlets included information about common locations, active hours, local laws, and what to do when wildlife is encountered. To make the pamphlets more appetizing, she baked dog cookies in the shapes of those animals and attached them to the pamphlets, then distributed them to clients at local veterinary clinics.

The pamphlets were a side project while Delgadillo gained veterinary practice experience at Cinder Rock helping with patient care, scrubbing into surgeries, interpreting radiographs, and learning about practice management. She ended the summer with three big takeaways:

  • You can’t save them all.
  • Respect your techs.
  • Do what you can for those who come behind you.

When a young dog with hemorrhagic gastroenteritis died after many treatment options were tried, the doctor on the case felt bad. “She had only been in practice for four years. I could see that she was feeling guilty,” says Delgadillo. “I heard a senior doctor comfort her, saying a PCV of 80% was not sustainable. I hope when I am in practice, I remember what it was like to look at a situation from the outside, and be kind to myself when I can’t save them all.”

Delgadillo also observed many interactions between doctors and techs. “I could see that doctors who took the time to thank a tech, and acknowledge when they did something well, had techs who were willing to go above and beyond to provide support,” she says. “I could see how this made the day go smoother and I believe that patient care benefited.”

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