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More Room For High School Students In Summer Veterinary Experience

November 28th, 2016

sveThe OSU Summer Veterinary Experience is a hands-on learning experience for academically talented high school students interested in veterinary medicine. It began in the summer of 2012 with eight students and was so popular, the number of places was increased to sixteen the next year.

This past spring, CVM received 60 applications for those sixteen places, so next year the program will accept 24. “The demand for the summer program has grown rapidly,” says Dean Tornquist. “We want to reach out to more high school students to help them understand the veterinary profession.”

Previously limited to Oregon students only, the program will now have five places for out-of-state students.

Lab Promotes New OSU Program

November 28th, 2016
OSU Endophyte Laboratory employees help promote the OSU Laboratory Safety Coat Program.

OSU Endophyte Laboratory employees help promote the OSU Laboratory Safety Coat Program.

Employees of the OSU Endophyte Laboratory recently became the faces of a new program at OSU. A photo of the group is featured on the website of the Laboratory Coat Safety Program which provides laboratory coats for all OSU laboratory employees at no charge to their department.

The endophyte lab joined the program to save money. “We do not have to buy lab coats as we get new hires, or people’s sizes change, and/or they just wear out,” says faculty research assistant Anita Holman. “It’s an added bonus that the university pays to have them cleaned and repaired as needed. People have also been very happy about how professional they look, especially when we have visitors.”

The Endophyte Laboratory is a joint project of the College of Veterinary Medicine and the OSU College of Agriculture; it provides testing of animal feed to clinical and commercial clients.

Another Big Applicant Pool at CVM

November 9th, 2016

The number of applicants to the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine rose again this year, but only by 17. The total number of applicants was 970, with 749 female and 147 male.

There were 91 Oregon applicants, with California leading the number of out-of-state contenders (see chart). As a group, the applicants have an impressive amount of experience with animals: An average of 2548 hours of veterinary experience and 3434 hours of experience working with animals.


Fowler Wins First Place At ACVR

November 9th, 2016

fowler-jenniferDr. Jennifer Fowler, a diagnostic imaging resident in the OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, won first place for her presentation at this year’s American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) conference. Fowler’s project tested the accuracy of the different imaging modalities for the identification of pneumonia in calves. “We did this by assessing the images in comparison to a gold standard of histopathology using calves with known clinical respiratory disease that were not responding to antibiotic therapy, as well as a small group of animals that were not exhibiting signs of respiratory disease,” she says.

Dr. Fowler is a graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College and in her fourth year of residency. She finds her work very rewarding: “I enjoy the variety of species that I get to work with. I am neither exclusively small or large animal oriented, although I have a strong background in large animal work,” she says. “I get to provide a piece to the puzzle for diagnosing patients with confusing ailments, and mix my species knowledge in a creative way to remove knowledge gaps.”


Alumna Innovator Gets OSU Award

November 2nd, 2016

Dr. Kris Otteman (Class of 1986) is the director of Shelter Medicine and Humane Investigations at the Oregon Humane Society.

Last week Dr. Kris Otteman, director of Shelter Medicine and Humane Investigations at the Oregon Humane Society (OHS), was one of six OSU graduates to receive this year’s Alumni Fellow Award from the OSU Alumni Association.

Dr. Otteman (Class of 1986) was instrumental in developing a partnership with OSU that provides experiential learning for fourth-year veterinary students at the OHS Animal Medical Learning Center in Portland. She also developed one of the first shelter‐based medicine residency and internship program in the United States.

Dr. Otteman is a big beaver fan; she and her husband, Dr. Jeff Brant (CVM Class of 1985) ‘bleed orange’. “I really love this college,” she says. “It built the foundation for my career and allowed me to do what I always wanted from the time I was a small child.”

After earning their DVMs, Drs. Otteman and Brant opened a mixed-animal practice in Klamath Falls. Then in 1993, Pet Smart offered them (and fellow OSU alums Scott and Sandy Campbell) an opportunity to provide in-store veterinary clinics and they went for it. Those clinics evolved into a chain of full-service hospitals called Vet Smart. “It was really grass roots when it started,” says Otteman. “The four of us got together and started building a team of people. Within the first year, we opened 36 hospitals in Oregon, Washington, California and Illinois.”

Otteman’s primary role at Vet Smart was recruiting and training. She also worked on procedures and policies for the operation. “We were really focused on high quality,” she says, “We wanted to get it right, both for the pets and the profession. ” Those hospitals eventually evolved into the Banfield Pet Hospitals chain. Otteman says it was a great opportunity to learn about business and gain skills she still uses today.

In 2001, Otteman volunteered for the Cat Adoption Team who ran a shelter in Tigard and were in the process of building a veterinary hospital. “At that time there were no veterinary hospitals inside shelters anywhere in the whole country,” she says. “I got really excited about the idea of providing veterinary care for a large population of animals to get them through the shelter healthy so they could go to new homes quickly.”

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OSU Trustees Approve Magruder Expansion

November 2nd, 2016

Over the past four years, the hospital’s case load has increased 15 percent annually. The proposed project will double the size of the small animal hospital. “The plan is to add an new oncology space with a linear accelerator, ” says Dean Sue Tornquist. “That will allow us to provide radiation oncology for our patients, while freeing up existing space for other services.”

The plan will also add instructional space to Magruder Hall, enabling the college to grow its enrollment by 16 veterinary students.

“This project will directly improve the educational experience of veterinary students by providing improved instructional space, including laboratories for anatomy and surgery skills,” says Tornquist. “With this project, graduating veterinarians will have training in new and advanced treatment procedures, such as radiation oncology.”

Tornquist said the college will use philanthropic gifts, college funds and tuition revenues from the additional student enrollment to pay for the project.