December 6th, 2013
Alisa Kraxberger is looking forward to working with large animals again. Growing up around horses and farm animals, Kraxberger’s goal was to become an equine veterinary technician. But once she was out in the job market, that dream went on hold when she discovered the pay was better at specialty hospitals.
After receiving her CVT, Kraxberger worked in general practice and then spent five years at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists as a surgery technician. “I loved surgery. I loved the O.R.,” she says.
Now, as the new Patient Services Coordinator in the OSU Large Animal Hospital, Kraxberger will finally fulfill her goal of working with large animals. She will spend two days a week in the office, and three days a week as a technician. She will also serve as an advocate and liaison for the twelve large animal CVTs working round-the-clock shifts at the VTH. “Right now I’m meeting with all the technicians to get to know them, address their concerns, and see how we can improve things,” she says. “I’m looking forward to doing some swing and overnight shifts; it is important for me to get to know those technicians as well.” Kraxberger meets almost every day with the hospital directors and Small Animal Coordinators. “I feel very welcomed,” she says. “I’d like to bring relief to people – that is my goal.”
With a 30% increase in case load at the large animal hospital in the past few years, some administrative projects were put on hold. Although still in training, Kraxberger has already been able to tackle jobs like updating phone lists and improving forms.
In her spare time Kraxberger likes to run, especially on trails. She also chases after her two kids, Kohen, age 6.5, and Paige who just turned 5.
Kraxberger is excited to be working at a university hospital and looking forward to new challenges. “I like the prestige of working for a university,” she says. “I feel very fortunate to be here.”
December 5th, 2013
A mathematical model is a description of a system using mathematical concepts and language. Mathematical modelling is used throughout biomedical science to describe, illustrate and simulate research. One of the most interesting examples is the Blue Brain Project, an attempt by Swiss researchers to use a supercomputer to create a synthetic brain by reverse-engineering the mammalian brain down to the molecular level. The aim of the project is to study the brain’s architectural and functional principles, and eventually shed light on the nature of consciousness.
Dr. Jan Medlock, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences is offering a new course for OSU graduate students: VMB631 (CRN 40115), Mathematical Modelling of Biological Systems. The course will introduce students to mathematical modeling to advance biological sciences. They will focus both on the contribution the modeling makes to the scientific application, and on the modeling methods themselves. Substantial time will be devoted to implementing models in R Statistical Software.
The 3-credit course is available Winter 2014, Tuesdays 2:00PM–3:20PM & Thursdays 2:00PM–4:40PM, and has a pre-requisite of graduate standing or instructor permission.
December 5th, 2013
Faculty, House Officers, and staff are invited to the annual College of Veterinary Medicine Holiday Party: Finger foods! Beer and wine! Contests! Prizes! Music!
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2013
Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Magruder atrium lobby
BTW: Bakers are encouraged to bring something yummy and sweet for the Dessert Potluck!
December 4th, 2013
The Shelter Medicine Club’s annual Holiday Giving Tree is finally here! Come visit Magruder Hall to see a beautifully decorated Christmas tree with ornaments allowing you to donate to animals in need! There are five organizations being sponsored this year including: Lighthouse Sanctuary, Heartland Humane Society, Shelter Medicine Club’s Microchip registration, The Olive K. Britt Fund, and Senior Dog Rescue. Simply pick an ornament off of the tree, fulfill the need by buying a fleece blanket, some dog food, or even a monetary donation and leave it under the tree unwrapped with the ornament attached! (Monetary donations can be given to Lindy in the Dean’s office). The officers of the SMC are extremely excited that this event has finally come and hope to see a lot of participation from their peers and the rest of the OSU community. Caitlin Mclagan, an officer of the SMC expressed her gratitude of everyone’s generosity, “We really appreciate the willingness of the student body to give back to the community.” This event helps countless animals in need and is a great way to help animals in need.
All of the participating organizations could not be more grateful of this event and some have been lucky enough to be included in the Giving Tree numerous times. Lighthouse Sanctuary, Senior Dog Rescue, and Heartland Humane Society are all non-profit organizations that directly impact the well being of animals in Oregon. The Olive K. Britt fund began as an endowment from veterinarian Olive Britt, and serves to “provide clinical care for referred shelter animals or animals whose owners can’t afford to pay for necessary procedures.” The Shelter Medicine Club itself works to register microchips of animals in need and could use your generous donations as well.
This yearly event is a great way to allow the people of Corvallis to give back to animals in need, don’t miss out! In the wise words of Zaya Mcsky, “The giving tree is a great way for the community and local shelters to see the vet school and our generosity.” So, let’s get that great image of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine out there by giving back!
Guest Post by Josey Sechrist, CVM Social Media Assistant.
December 2nd, 2013
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation, in partnership with Zoetis, is offering 300 scholarships to second and third year veterinary students. Deadline for application is coming up: December 9, 2013!
All students are encouraged to apply. In addition to traditional selection criteria of academic excellence and financial need, the scholarships will focus on meeting ongoing needs of the Veterinary profession for diversity, sustainability, and mixed/rural medicine practice. Scholarships will be awarded to students with career interests in all areas, including food animal medicine, small animal clinical medicine, research, government services, and public health.
Details on the scholarships and application can be found at www.vetstudentconnect.com and at www.avmf.org/zoetis.
November 25th, 2013
Dr. Keith Poulsen, Large Animal Clinician at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, saw the dozens of tailgater tents jamming the parking lot across from Magruder Hall on game day and had a great idea: Put up a big banner promoting hospital services. The VTH marketing team was all over that; you can’t beat free advertising to a captive audience.
Dr. Ron Mandsager designed the banner and Dr. Helio de Morais suggested the addition of a good natured jab at OSU’s rival Oregon Ducks: The sign reads ‘Expert care for large & small animals . . . except ducks!’
The CVM maintenance crew, Ryan Mitchell, Steve Lehto, and Cory Lehto, built a frame and figured out how to attach the 4 foot by 20 foot banner. Now they install it on the front lawn of Magurder the day before every home game.