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Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine eNewsletter

Class of 2021: Another Great Group Of Students

June 23rd, 2017

Each incoming class of veterinary students has it’s own unique ‘personality’. Among other things, the Class of 2021 will be remembered for being the first with 69 members, rather than 56. They are part of a new growth initiative that will include expansion of Magruder Hall (see previous story).

The Class of 2021 was selected from an applicant pool of 970, and includes 36 Oregon residents. Fifty-eight  students in the class identify as female, and ten as male. They have a overall incoming GPA of 3.61, and 28% are age twenty-five years or older. They come to Corvallis from across the U.S. and many already have experience as veterinary technicians, wildlife center volunteers, zookeepers, farm hands, and university researchers.

As in past years, a significant number (26%) showed their tenacity and passion for becoming a veterinarian by applying to CVM more than once.

Students Plan Service Trip

June 23rd, 2017

The Oregon State International Veterinary Student’s Association (IVSA) will be traveling to Ometepe, Nicaragua in August for their annual veterinary service trip. This group of dedicated veterinary students will be conducting six days of free clinics on an island that has no regular veterinary care for their animals. The clinics include physical exams, de-worming, vaccinations, spays, neuters, and public health education.

Ometepe Island is home to an estimated 10,000 rural people and approximately 50,000 animals, many of them under-nourished. The community relies on its pigs, cows, donkeys, horses and chickens for food, transport and work.  In addition, there is a large population of stray dogs on the island which can spread disease and causes a public health concern.

OSU students, under the supervision of volunteer veterinarians, spay and neuter hundreds of dogs and cats on Ometepe every summer. Now in its tenth year, the program has made a visible impact on the over-population of strays. “We now see many dogs that come to the clinic and only need preventive care, since so many have been spayed and neutered.,” says Dr. Sue Tornquist, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and long-time volunteer on the trip.

OSU veterinary students plan, organize and fund the trip independently from the college or any other organization. In addition to funding their own travel costs, students must also raise money to purchase medical supplies needed for the trip, such as vaccines, needles, syringes, gauze, and sutures. The total averages about $1,500 per student.

You can help support the students by adopting a Nicaraguan animal for only $20. “In exchange, you will receive a photo and story about the animal that was in our care, including a description of the type of care provided for the animal,“ says Kristin Wineinger, IVSA co-chair. For more information about the service trip, or to donate, visit http://stuorgs.oregonstate.edu/ivsa/donate.


New Video Introduces Small Animal Hospital

May 31st, 2017

The video team at OSU Productions interviewed faculty and students, and filmed areas of the hospital that clients typically don’t see, to create a 3 minute video of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The video is posted on the hospital website where veterinarians, clients, and future clients can take a quick look behind the scenes.

Hospital Resident Wins OSU Award

May 31st, 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Collar, Ph.D candidate in diagnostic imaging, was recently selected for OSU’s MacVicar Scholar Award for her work on Carpal Bone Fracture in race horses. Her research demonstrated a connection between fractures and focal subchondral bone porosity. The MacVicar Award is given for quality research that impacts animal health.

Dr. Collar will give a presentation on her research on Thursday, June 1 at 3:00 pm in Magruder room 102.

Faculty Awards Celebrate Teaching and Research

May 30th, 2017

At the CVM Awards Ceremony on May 24th, a stellar group of faculty received teaching and research awards.

The Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award was given to Dr. Dan Rockey, a professor in Biomedical Sciences where he teaches Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology.  Dr. Rockey applies strategies both old and new to the teaching of infectious disease, always with a focus on integrating contemporary basic knowledge into the real-world needs of future veterinarians.

Students who nominated him say:

  • “He deeply cares that his students learn the material and succeed.”
  • “Dr. Rockey was an excellent professor for Bacteriology! He made difficult things easy to understand, made class fun with stories, examples, and different ways to think about how to remember certain aspects of the bacteria. I thoroughly enjoyed his class and think that he is well deserving of this award!”
  • “Dr. Rockey is excited about the subject he teaches, and it shows!”

Dr. Milan Milovancev, professor of small animal surgery, received the New Investigator Award. Dr. Milovancev’s research focuses on surgical treatment of locally invasive cancers. Dean Sue Tornquist commended Dr. Milovancev as an “active and innovative researcher, with over 30 publications in a relatively short veterinary career at OSU. In addition to strong primary efforts, Dr. Milovancev has established an excellent record as a collaborator with members of both CVM departments, across campus, with Oregon Humane Society, and among veterinary institutions. These collaborations and this productivity have generated national acclaim for Dr. Milovancev and for OSU, and represent the stellar start to a career as a clinical scientist.”

The Zoetis Research Excellence Award recognizes outstanding research effort and productivity, and this year it was awarded to Dr. Hong Moulton for her research in the treatment of genetic abnormalities using anti-sense nucleotides. Recently, Dr. Moulton participated in the discovery of a newly-approved therapy for Duchene muscular dystrophy.

Excellence in Teaching awards were given to the following faculty who were nominated by students:

  • Kate Scollan
  • Fikru Nigussie
  • Joe Klopfenstein
  • Jana Gordon
  • Hadi Mansouri
  • Jennifer Warnock

Students Take Home 300K in Scholarships

May 30th, 2017

The Bricco Family presented Ben Ulrich and Michelle Flores with the Debbi Bricco Memorial Scholarship.

The CVM Student Awards Ceremony is an opportunity to recognize the many dedicated, high-working students who attend the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. It is also a great way for the students to meet and thank the generous donors who provide their scholarships.

This year, CVM advisory board member Rebecca Camden created her third scholarship for the college in honor of her beloved dachshund Maude. The scholarship goes to a student who has demonstrated an interest in shelter medicine and Dina Regev received the award this year.

Also new this year is the Debbi Bricco Memorial Scholarship in Shelter Medicine. Debbi (Class of 2018) will be remembered for her joyful spirit and positive attitude. She created this award to help students who share her passion for shelter medicine. This year the Bricco family presented the award to Ben Ulrich and Michelle Flores.

In addition to awards presentation, the event provides an opportunity for long-time friends of the college to gather and visit with students and faculty at a reception following the ceremony.

Carole Bradford and Dr. Mike Huber present the Carolina Cabaret scholarship to Laura Sahlfeld.

Jim and Carole Bradford created one of the first scholarships for the college; it honors a beloved race horse and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital teams who have cared for many of their horses over the years. She and her old friend, Dr. Mike Huber, presented the award to Laura Sahlfeld for her interest in equine medicine and dedication to compassionate care for both owners and animals.

Members of the Linn County Kennel Club stopped by again this year to present two long-standing awards to three students with an interest in small animal medicine: Sarah Montoya Yamada, Melanie MacClanathan, and Meredith Bleuer.

Dr. Keith Sides traveled from Bend, as he has done for nearly twenty years, to present the Shane Brown Memorial Scholarship and offer inspirational words to the students in the audience. He presented this year’s award to Dan Hansen for his interest in large animal medicine.

In the United States, the average veterinary student graduates with about $150,000 of debt. Scholarships are critical to helping alleviate some of that burden. A big ‘Thank You’ to all our scholarship donors!

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