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Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine eNewsletter

MacVicar Scholar Broughton To Speak On Feline Immunodeficiency

May 2nd, 2016

Broughton1Heather Broughton will give a talk on conservation issues affecting African lions living in Kruger National Park, South Africa, and the role of co-infection in the prevalence of pathogens like feline immunodeficiency.

Broughton is a 2016 MacVicar Scholar in the CVM Graduate Program.

The presentation will be Thursday, May 26th, 1:00 p.m., in Magruder 298.

Pet Day May 7th

May 2nd, 2016

PetDayPet Day is one of the most popular events in Corvallis! There are lots of fun activities including a petting zoo, teddy bear surgery, dog wash, dog agility demos, veterinary hospital tours and more. Numerous booths will be staffed by vendors and volunteers who provide information on animal health and wellness, nutrition, adoption and therapy. Other booths sell animal-related products and gifts. There will also be  llamas, goats, greyhounds, and reptiles!

Pet Day is on Saturday, May 7, 10 am – 4 pm on the grounds of Magruder Hall. It is free and open to the public. A few activities like the Fun Run, Photo Booth, and Dog Wash have nominal fees.

Pet Day is created, organized and staffed by students in the College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU.

Program of events.

Employee Appreciation Awards

May 2nd, 2016

twinkle-twinkle-little-starCongratulations to this year’s recipients of the employee appreciation awards! The Exemplary Service Award for Professional Faculty was given to Alanna McPartlin and Jason Wiest. The Outstanding Staff Award for Classified Employees was given to Melanie Garrett and Scott Normandin.

All Creatures Great and Small Gala Gallery

May 2nd, 2016

Welcome New Dean’s Office Staff

May 2nd, 2016

HeatherVGHeather Pedersen recently joined the Dean’s Office staff as an Administrative Program Assistant. She will be responsible for the Pet Memorial Program, and for supporting the work of the Student Services Coordinator, among many other duties.

Heather’s previous position was in the Seed Certification Deptartment at OSU where she analyzed grass seed tests, monitored certification standards, and did administrative work. She is working on a degree in Business Management and Administration through Southwestern Oregon Community College but plans to transfer to OSU to finish.

Heather grew up in Brookings and has been married to her best friend Tyler for five years. They have three wonderful pets.

Heather loves to paint (mostly oil and acrylic), run, hike, camp, read, and watch movies. She likes up-cycle home remodeling, gardening, and thrift store shopping. “I love anything cats, Jane Austin books, Star Trek, coffee, and anything coconut!” she says.

MaryMary McKillop is the new Events and Alumni Relations Coordinator. She will also support student organizations and help with scholarship coordination.

Mary’s previous position was as an Event and Marketing Manager in the OSU College of Business.

Mary is from Davis, California and went to University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and to Simons College. Her favorite things are skiing, participating in dog agility with her Border Collie, Hazel, hiking, biking and watching her son compete in snowboarding.

Cooper Helped ‘Pioneer’ New Cancer Treatment

January 13th, 2016
Cooper leaves a legacy of cancer treatment data and community support.

Cooper leaves a legacy of cancer treatment data and community support.

Cooper LaBrocca was the first dog to benefit from the OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s new intraoperative radiotherapy system (IOS). In July 2014, Dr. Katy Townsend removed a squamous cell tumor that was invading the bone in his upper jaw; before closing his incision, the tumor bed was radiated to kill as many cancer cells as possible.

The surgery went well and Cooper went home to his family in Medford. “True to Cooper’s happy, loving spirit, he rebounded from his jaw surgery at OSU, and enjoyed nearly two years of playing with this toys and going for walks,” says his owner, Nora LaBrocca.

In August of this year, Cooper’s spleen was removed, and he once again recovered like a champ. “He was better than new, and actually doing things I forgot he could do,” says LaBrocca. Unfortunately, the cancer in his spleen had spread to his kidneys and liver, and Cooper passed away in October.

Cooper’s surgery at OSU, along with the eight other pets who have received treatment with the IOS, will provide important data for studying the efficacy of the new system. This is a legacy that Cooper’s owners value as they cope with their loss. “There is nothing we would not have done for our little boy,” she says, “I am grateful I was blessed with his presence in my life.”

CookiesCooper’s legacy also lives on at LaBrocca’s Downtown Market in Medford, where you can buy Cooper’s Cookies and help animals in need: one dollar of each bag sold is donated to the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

The cookies are made for dogs, but sound good enough for humans to eat. Nora LaBrocca developed the recipe of ground beef, applewood smoke bacon, gluten free flour, cornmeal, and egg because Cooper had food and environmental allergies. “He absolutely loved them; who wouldn’t?” she says.

With his irresistible charm and kind heart, Cooper made many friends during his stay at the hospital, and he will be remembered fondly by everyone he met. “I am grateful I was blessed with his presence in my life. He will always be my hero and we will miss him every moment of every day,” says LaBrocca.