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OSU Vet Med Research Continues to Help Farmers

October 29th, 2014
Dr. Morrie Craig discusses current research to address endophyte toxicity in feed grasses.

Dr. Morrie Craig explains current research to address endophyte toxicity in feed grasses to Hiroyuki Kobayashi from Zen-Noh, a Japanese agricultural cooperative.

Fifteen years ago, one of Oregon’s major export crops faced a crisis: straw shipped to Japan for animal feed contained a fungus that caused disease in thousands of Japanese cows. Dr. Morrie Craig, professor of toxicology in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), responded to the crisis by working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a safety threshold measurement for endophyte fungus in feed grasses. This led to the establishment of the Endophyte Service Laboratory at OSU, where growers and suppliers can send samples for testing. The lab has been able to guarantee safe feed, and helped rebuild the export market for feed grasses in Japan.

Last month, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, from the Feed & Livestock Production division of Zen-Noh, visited Dr. Craig at OSU to talk about other solutions to the endophyte fungus issue. Zen-Noh is a $54 billion Japanese agricultural cooperative, and one of the world’s largest importers of animal feed from the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Craig’s lab, in collaboration with CVM professors Dr. Lynda Blythe and Dr. Charles Estill, is currently conducting research to develop a probiotic that could be fed to cattle to breakdown the toxins in endophyte fungus.

Lactobacillus, and other ‘beneficial’ bacteria commonly used in human probiotics, cannot flourish in the anaerobic environment of a cow’s rumen. The Craig lab is working on a method to encapsulate the probiotic to make it effective. “We have to make M & M candies out of them,” says Craig.

The lab has been working with a commercial company on this, and has a patent-pending for a process that uses polymers and wax. The next step will be to quantify the effectiveness of the process. Eventually, it will be tested on ruminants, with a long-term goal of producing a product that can be sold commercially.

Open House For Hospital Clients and Donors

October 15th, 2014

PartyClients and donors are invited to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital at an open house on Friday, October 24, 4:30 -7:30 p.m.

Tours will leave from the Magruder Hall main lobby every 20 minutes and include stops at several services including cardiology, oncology, diagnostic imaging, equine treadmill, and the horse arena. Veterinary specialists will explain and demonstrate state-of-the-art equipment and treatment methods. Refreshments and fun giveaways will be provided.


Golden Retriever Project Fights K9 Cancer

October 15th, 2014


The Morris Animal Foundation is looking for a few good pups—3,000 to be exact—to be part of a groundbreaking study to improve the lives of dogs. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study tracks volunteer dogs’ health in order to gain insights into preventing and treating cancer and other canine diseases. It collects genetic, environmental and nutritional data for the length of the life of participating dogs.

There are currently 2,046 Golden Retrievers enrolled in the study. To learn more or add your dog to the study, visit the foundation website.

Yummy! Zoetis Shrimp Boil Tailgater!

October 13th, 2014

ShrimpBoilIt’s time for the annual CVM Shrimp Boil courtesy of Rocky Bigbie and Zoetis. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to join Rocky for shrimp and all the fixin’s on the front lawn of Magruder Hall on Thursday, October 16, 4 – 6 pm. That leaves plenty of time to get over to the stadium to support OSU against Utah at 7 pm. Go Beavs!!

OSU Offers One Health Seminar Series

October 13th, 2014

PANDAcubFaculty, staff, and students from diverse disciplines, and at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and professional), are invited to attend a series of seminars addressing the topic of One Health.

The series will showcase a variety of experts from human, animal, and environmental disciplines who use a One Health approach in their work. “With these seminars, we hope to inspire and engage individuals from the many excellent colleges and departments here at OSU, provide a platform to cultivate collaborations, and foster the development of work using a One Health approach here in Oregon,” says organizer Rhea Hanselmann, Graduate Research Fellow in the Department of Integrative Biology.

The next speaker in the series is Michael P. Nelson, PhD; Environmental ethicist and author, OSU Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society. Dr. Nelson will be sharing his thoughts on One Health from an environmental ethics perspective on Friday October 31, 2014, 12-1pm, Linus Pauling Room 4001. Lunch will be provided for up to 10 participants.

For more information, contact hanselmr@science.oregonstate.edu. Future seminars can be found on the One Health website.


National Swine Expert Will Speak At CVM On Porcine Epidemic

September 17th, 2014

pigOn Tuesday, September 23, 12-1 pm in Magruder 102, Dr. Steven Henry will speak on the devastating pig virus, Porcine Epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv).

Dr. Henry is a veterinary clinician in general practice at Abilene Animal Hospital, and specializes in swine and population medicine.

 He earned the status of Diplomate in Swine Health Management by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and is a member of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, and the National Academy of Practice, Veterinary Medicine.

In 2002, Dr. Henry received the Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award from Kansas State University and was awarded the Howard W. Dunne Memorial Award from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. He is the author of papers and book chapters on swine medicine and is a frequent seminar presenter at veterinary conferences worldwide.

Dr. Brad Leamaster, Oregon State Veterinarian, will be providing snacks for attendees.