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Workshop On Grief Counseling

March 12th, 2018

Enid Traisman from the Dove Lewis Pet Loss Support Program will be at the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine presenting a workshop on Grief Counseling. She will teach skills that veterinary professionals can use to help clients in times of grief and loss, and lead a round-table discussion for students and staff to ask questions about pet loss support groups, grief, coping mechanisms, and other topics of interest.

The workshop will be held in room 102 of Magruder Hall on Wednesday, April 4th from 5:00-6:30 PM.

In order to make this session as informative as possible, Enid has requested that we generate a list of topics that interest us. If you plan to attend, please fill out this survey by Friday, March 16th: https://goo.gl/forms/hYkWwQxiq6hehAgA3.”>https://goo.gl/forms/hYkWwQxiq6hehAgA3

Biomedical Translator

March 12th, 2018

One of the big new technologies in biomedical science is the use of genome sequencing, which allows scientists to decipher and map the DNA of all kinds of organisms and diseases. This technology has produced massive amounts of data, but the pace of data generation has largely outstripped researchers’ ability to make sense of the results.

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) has launched a multiyear effort to develop a Biomedical Data Translator that integrates multiple types of existing data sources, including signs and symptoms of disease, drug effects, and biological data relevant to understanding disease.

In the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Stephen Ramsey was recently awarded funding to work on the NCATS project.  “We’re funded to build a software tool for mining biomedical knowledge-bases, and for reasoning based on information from these knowledge-bases. We hope the final product will be able to answer questions (expressed in natural language) such as “what genetic conditions might be protective against osteoporosis” or “how does fenbendazole reduce parasite load?”. The award of $437, 000 is the first of two phases of funding.

The project is a collaboration between OSU, the Institute for Systems Biology, and Ohio State University.


Magruder Hall Expansion Set To Break Ground

February 20th, 2018

After many discussions with cohort groups, and repeated tweaking of the space design, plans for the Magruder Hall expansion have been finalized and ground breaking is scheduled for June.

Why June? “We wanted to wait until after Pet Day,” says Dean Susan J. Tornquist.

One big hurdle in the design process has been the continually rising cost of construction since the project was green lighted in early 2017. Recent disasters like the fires in California and the hurricanes in the south have driven up the cost of both materials and labor.

“A number of adjustments had to made to our plans due to a sharp increase in construction costs,” says Tornquist. “But we’re still doing it. Never give up!” The biggest priority in the construction timeline is getting the new lecture hall done. “We are adding sixteen more students each year for the next three years, so we need the space as soon as possible,” says Tornquist.

Cat With Nine Lives Opens Doors For Mom

February 20th, 2018

Mickey Cat is fourteen years old and on his seventh or eighth life.  His most recent life came courtesy of the Oncology Service at the OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Nancy Hildebrandt rescued Mickey from a shelter in California when he was six months old. “It was a wonderful place where cats roamed around in a converted house,” she recalls. “He kept sitting on my lap and pushing his nose up into my chin as if he were saying, “Take me!” At one point he climbed onto the back of another cat sitting on my lap so he could get at my chin.” How could she not take him home?

At the time, Hildebrandt lived in a remote area where she let Mickey roam free. “It could be a dangerous place, but I thought freedom was more important than keeping him indoors.” One day, Mickey did not come home so Hildebrandt went looking for him. “I found him up a tree. He had a bite on his belly from a fox or coyote.” The bite got infected and he was very sick, but Hildebrandt’s veterinarian saved him. That was life number three.

When Mickey was five, his nose started looking funny. “It would swell up and get scabs on it,” says Hildebrandt. “The vet thought it was squamous cell carcinoma. I was already saying goodbye to him.” But it turned out to be a rare case of nasal herpes. The virus will always be with him, but with treatment he has lived a normal, happy life.

Then, last year, Mickey went to Rivers Edge Veterinary Hospital for a routine dental exam. Unexpectedly, they found elevated levels of Alanine Transaminase in his liver test. “They aborted the dental and sent me to OSU,” says Hildebrandt. “A biopsy revealed lymphoma of the alimentary tract. The prognosis was a year without treatment, and two to three with.”

The OSU oncology service began treating Mickey with oral chemotherapy. “He has zero side effects. My understanding is that he’ll stay on the chemo as long as he is able to tolerate it, then that will be the end for him,” says Hildebrandt. “But we’re already past one year and he’s doing great.”

The other good news: Hildebrandt is now a volunteer on the client advocate team at the hospital. “This is such a warm and friendly place, from reception, to the students, to the vets,” she says. “I’m an introvert, so it’s sometimes hard for me to talk to other people. On the other hand, I am a really good listener and that gives me some skills in being empathetic.”

Many clients of the OSU hospital have very sick pets, so they spend a lot of hours in the waiting room. One of the goals of the client advocate team is to provide company and support for those pet owners. Because she is a client herself, Hildebrandt knows how important that is, and is able to connect with fellow clients. “A lot of them really want to talk about their pets, which makes it easy; and I spent hours sitting out in the waiting room, and had a lot of conversations before I became a client advocate, so I thought ‘This won’t be too hard’.”

Hildebrandt spends most of her week working with technology so she really looks forward to her Friday afternoons at the hospital. “The clients here are a cut above because they are willing to go the extra mile to save their pet. Many of them are also very interesting people. Volunteering gives me the opportunity to change focus and meet some great new people.”


OSU Charitable Fund Gift Idea

December 7th, 2017

Do you wonder what to get that person on your list who seems to have everything and need nothing? Honor the recipient with a donation through the Oregon Employees’ Charitable Fund Drive! With almost 900 organizations to choose from, there is something for everyone. https://www.ipledgeonline.org/_cfduniversities/

Week-Long Course On Care Of Athletic Horses

October 16th, 2017

The College of Veterinary Medicine is offering a one-week course on the physiology, rehabilitation, and care of athletic horses November 12-15, 2017 at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at OSU. There will be lectures, practical sessions and case studies to provide current information on equine exercise physiology, prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries, and rehabilitation and therapeutic modalities.

See schedule for specific topics, details and times.


OSU Speakers

  • Jacob Mecham, DVM, CVA, CVSMT. Head of the OSU Mobile Equine Service, Dr. Mecham is certified in veterinary acupuncture and spinal manipulation.
  • Erica McKenzie BVMS, PhD. DACVIM, DACVSMR. Specialist in large animal medicine and sports medicine, with expertise in exercise physiology, muscle disease, and nutrition.
  • Stacy Semevolos DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR. Specialist in large animal surgery and sports medicine, with expertise in orthopedic issues in horses.
  • Katja Zellmer Dr.med.vet., MS, PhD. DACVS, DACVSMR, CERP. Specialist in large animal surgery and sports medicine, rehabilitation trained, with expertise in orthopedic issues in horses.
  • Dr. Stacy Cooley DVM, DACVR. Specialist in multiple imaging modalities including ultrasound, CT and MRI.

 Special Guest Speakers

  • Carol Gillis DVM, PhD. DACVSMR. Specialist in large animal surgery and sports medicine, Dr. Gillis is a nationally recognized expert in ultrasound and rehabilitation. She is holding a special practitioner-only workshop on Sunday November 12th.
  • Dr. Joann Slack MS, DVM, BS. DACVIM. Service Chief of Cardiology and Ultrasound at University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center. Dr. Slack provides high level expertize in equine cardiology. She is holding a practitioner only workshop on Friday, November 17th.
  • Dr. Chris Wickliffe DVM. Owner of Cascadia Equine Veterinary Clinic and a trained farrier, with expertise in sport horse podiatry.


Deadline for registration is November 8, 2017. Practical sessions have limited participation so register early!


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