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					Winter 2008

   In this issue of Profiles
   3   VDL Tools Up for Fish Testing    Veterinary Medicine
   12 Veterinary Medical Center             Veterinarians impact the lives of
      Adds MRI, Linear Accelerator                    Minnesotans every day
   14 Leatherdale Equine Center Opens
   17 Jaime Modiano Joins College
      as Al and June Perlman
      Endowed Oncology Chair
   23 Ribbon-Cutting for Biosafety
      Level 3 Lab
               Profiles                                                 From the Dean
Veterinary Medicine
                                          Winter 2008
                                                                        Dear Friends,

    Contents                                                            The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary
                                                                        Medicine plays a critical role in the lives of the
                                                                        animals and people of the state, nation, and world.
■   VDL Tools Up For Fish Testing  .  .  .  . 3
                                                                        The significant impact is made possible through our
■   CVM Provides Leadership in                                          dedicated students, staff, and faculty who contrib-
                                                                        ute to the College’s mission of teaching, research,
    International Avian Influenza
                                                                        and service. The year 2007 saw many changes and
    Surveillance  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 5   transitions. I have stepped into the role of interim
                                                                        dean with a national search currently underway.
■   College Granted Full                                                The opportunities are limitless, and I am thrilled that you have chosen to
    Accreditation .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 6   partner with our College. The great support we have received from the
                                                                        University, the Academic Health Center, our congressional and legislative
■   College Announces Affiliation                                       members, and our generous donors, corporations, and industry partners,
    With Davis Family Dairies  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 7                 as well as the collaborations we have with state, federal, and international
                                                                        agencies are all vital to our success in education and interdisciplinary
■   Research News  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 8        research initiatives.

■   Summer Scholars Gain Research                                       Significant investments were made in new building and renovation projects,
    Experience  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 10    such as the Ben Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center, the Equine
                                                                        Center, the Veterinary Medical Center laboratories and MRI projects, and the
■   State-of-the-Art MRI Now                                            Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Biosafety Level 3 necropsy facility, as well
                                                                        as various individual research laboratories. These investments in our buildings
    Available at VMC  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 12
                                                                        and infrastructure will attract great faculty, staff, and students to our College
                                                                        and foster the innovative teaching, research, and service, which will continue
■   Linear Accelerator Offers New
                                                                        to enhance our reputation. It is the strength of our faculty, programs, and facil-
    Options for Animals With Cancer  .  .  . 13
                                                                        ities that recently gained us full accreditation status for the next seven years.
■   Leatherdale Equine                                                  Last year brought about changes in leadership with new hires: Jaime
    Center Opens  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 14        Modiano as the Al and June Perlmann Endowed Oncology Chair, Srirama
                                                                        Rao as associate dean of research, and Sharon Staton as director of advance-
■   The Raptor Center:                                                  ment. This year, we will be working very closely with the University, the
    Committed to the Eagle  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 16                   Academic Health Center, and our many partners to chart our strategic
                                                                        endeavors with a permanent dean at the helm.
■   Faculty and Staff News  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 17                   Thank you for your investment and support of this great institution! For
                                                                        more than 60 years, we have been training veterinarians and biomedical
■   Mark Your Calendar  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 21
                                                                        scientists who influence the health and well-being of animals and people.
                                                                        We are driven to continue the discovery of knowledge that benefits all
■   Alumni News  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 22
                                                                        human (and animal) kind. From all of us at the College of Veterinary
                                                                        Medicine we wish you much success and we look forward to our continued
■   Biosafety Level 3
                                                                        partnerships this year and into the future. Our excellence is only achieved
    Ribbon-Cutting  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 23
                                                                        by your support, and we thank you for this privilege to serve you.

                                                                        Warm regards,
On the Cover
Sheryl Ferguson demonstrates the high-speed
treadmill at the grand opening of the Leatherdale
Equine Center on Oct . 15 .
Photo by Patrick O'Leary                                                Trevor Ames, D.V.M., M.S., Diplomate ACVIM
                                                                        Interim Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
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VDL tools up for fish testing

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is helping to stop the spread of viral hemorrhagic septicemia by offering testing services. Photo by Sue Kirchoff.

        devastating nonnative fish dis-                 viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (noun): An extremely
        ease is heading our way, and
        the Veterinary Diagnostic
                                                        serious pathogen of fresh and saltwater fish causing
Laboratory (VDL) is doing its part                      an emerging disease in the Great Lakes region of the
to stop this spread by offering testing                 United States and Canada
services to commercial fish farms and
others who need it.                                                                  —U.S. Department of Agriculture
Known as viral hemorrhagic septicemia,
                                                      then it has been found in fish from                   Lakes as well as Ontario and Quebec
or VHS, the disease is known to infect
                                                      other bodies of water, including Lakes                under most conditions.
more than two dozen species of fresh-
                                                      Huron, Ontario, Michigan, and Erie;
water fish found in the Upper Midwest,                                                                      The VDL is setting up facilities to test
                                                      Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin; and
including walleye, muskies, northern                                                                        commercial fish for the disease, so they
                                                      inland lakes in New York and Michigan.
pike, smallmouth bass, and bluegills.                                                                       can be transported between states.
                                                      Because of VHS’s huge threat to com-
Signs include bloating, hemorrhaging,
                                                      mercial and sport fisheries, the U.S.                 “With the regulations coming down,
and bulging eyes, and the disease can
                                                      Department of Agriculture issued a fed-               there is a huge surge in the number of
be fatal.
                                                      eral order in October 2006 prohibiting                tests being done,” says Nicholas Phelps,
VHS was first found in the Great Lakes                the movement of susceptible fish among                aquaculture specialist with the VDL’s
area in 2005 in Lake St. Clair. Since                 the eight states bordering the Great                  new fish lab. Phelps anticipates additional
                                                                                                                                       continued on page 4
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Viral hemorrhagic septicemia FAQs                                                        Fish testing continued from page 3
What is viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS)?
VHS is a deadly infectious fish disease caused by the viral hemorrhagic septi-
cemia virus . VHS was historically a very serious disease of freshwater-reared
rainbow trout of Europe . It was first discovered in the United States in 1988
among salmon returning to Washington from the Pacific and in wild herring and
cod from the U .S . Pacific Coast .

What is its impact on fish populations?
Thirty-seven species of freshwater and marine fish in several parts of the northern
                                                                                         demand for VHS testing as the Minnesota
hemisphere are considered susceptible to VHS . Mortalities may appear to be large
                                                                                         Department of Natural Resources and
as VHS first runs its course through fish populations, but biologists believe most
                                                                                         other public agencies ramp up surveil-
fish can survive this infection if they are not otherwise stressed or weak . Fish that
                                                                                         lance for the disease in Lake Superior and
survive VHS develop antibodies to the virus and can become lifelong carriers of the
                                                                                         other major fishing lakes.
virus, contaminating water and thus transmitting the virus to other fish .
                                                                                         Minnesota has close to 80 aquacul-
What is its impact on Minnesota fish populations?                                        ture facilities. According to the DNR,
                                                                                         Minnesotans and visitors spend more
In the past three years, a new strain of VHS was identified as the cause of fish
                                                                                         than $1 billion per year on sport fishing.
kills in Lake Huron, Lake St . Clair, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St . Lawrence
River in the Great Lakes . It has also spread to Lake Michigan and inland lakes          In addition to keeping an eye out for
in New York, Michigan, and Wisconsin . It is unclear how the virus travels from          VHS, the new fish laboratory will also
one body of water to another, though the use of infected baitfish is suspected .         offer testing for other viruses that affect
In the Great Lakes, VHS has been found in smallmouth bass, yellow perch, crap-           producers’ ability to ship fish. These
pie, muskellunge, northern pike, bluegill, walleye, round gobies, sheepshead,            include spring viremia of carp and
and some sucker species . VHS has not yet been found in Minnesota .                      infectious pancreatic necrosis, which
                                                                                         affects a wide range of species.
What’s being done to minimize VHS?                                                                                   ■   MARY HOFF
Many things are being done to prevent and minimize VHS in fish populations .
Efforts such as not moving fish from areas where the virus is known to exist to
areas outside the Great Lakes are being put into practice . The U .S . Department
of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a federal            Fish Health Certificate
order severely restricting movement of fish from the eight states bordering the
                                                                                            field training offered
Great Lakes . Movement of water from lakes with fish that have tested positive
is also restricted . Actions to reduce the spread of this virus include cleaning            The University of Minnesota
boats before moving them from one body of water to another, draining and dry-               Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
ing live wells, and not moving bait minnows or other live bait from an infected             teamed up with the University of
area to a non-infected area .                                                               Wisconsin to offer a half day of
                                                                                            field training for the Fish Health
How is the College of Veterinary Medicine assisting in this effort?                         Certificate program on March
The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is estab-             6 . Veterinarians completed five
lishing a program for testing fish for VHS . The laboratory’s aquaculture spe-              online modules prior to field
cialist, Nicholas Phelps, expects fish growers in the state will use the test to            training . For more information,
provide evidence that their fish are free of VHS so they can ship them to other             visit www .cvm .umn .edu/outreach
states . The VDL will also offer its services to the Minnesota Department of                or contact Nicholas Phelps at
Natural Resources for use with its surveillance programs .                                  phelp083@umn .edu or 612-7450 .

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CVM provides leadership
in international avian
influenza surveillance
        rofessor of veterinary popu-       traveled to the U.S. Department of
        lation medicine Sagar Goyal        Agriculture National Animal Disease
        and molecular virology techni-     Center in Ames, Iowa, for further
cian Michele Leiferman traveled to         training in applying molecular genet-
Bandung, Indonesia, in November to         ics to avian influenza diagnostics.
help strengthen testing capabilities for   Goyal and Leiferman advised them as
highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influ-        they applied what they learned here        Sagar Goyal
enza there.                                to get their own facilities up and run-

The two assisted staff at Medion,
                                           ning. Professor Goyal has done similar     Sagar Goyal
                                           work in other countries, including the
an Indonesian vaccine manufac-
turer, as they set up a program for
                                           Philippines and Tanzania.                  is founding
                                           Indonesia has been in the interna-
                                           tional spotlight for highly pathogen-
                                                                                      fellow with
                                           ic avian influenza since the disease       Institute on the
                                           began spreading widely through Asia
                                           in 2003. As of this writing, the country   Environment
                                           has reported 85 human deaths from
                                                                                      Sagar Goyal, professor in the
                                           H5N1, which is readily transmitted
                                                                                      Veterinary Population Medicine
                                           from birds and is fatal to humans in
                                                                                      Department, is a founding fellow
                                           most cases.
                                                                                      with the University of Minnesota’s
                                           The University of Minnesota has            Institute on the Environment,
                                           taken on a growing role in helping         which partners with colleges and
                                           monitor for and prevent the spread         centers at the University to pursue
                                           of avian influenza worldwide. Last         research, education, and outreach
                                           spring, under the leadership of School     initiatives related to the environ-
                                           of Public Health professor Marguerite      ment. The Institute’s primary
                                           Pappaioanou, the University estab-         objective is to identify, organize,
                                           lished an International Center of          and support collaborative, inter-
                                           Excellence for Influenza Research and      disciplinary research teams to
                                           Surveillance with a $22.5 million grant    develop and disseminate innovative
                                           from the National Institute of Allergy     and practical solutions to the most
using molecular genetic analysis to
                                           and Infectious Disease. The CVM            pressing environmental problems.
identify the presence of the virus in
                                           is a key player in the center’s efforts,   It sponsors a variety of events and
nasal and cloacal swabs from domes-
                                           which includes providing strategies for    seminars. For more information,
tic fowl. Last July, four members of
                                           monitoring the presence of the disease     visit
the Indonesian team attended a short
                                           and technical assistance in eight coun-
course in molecular biology taught by
                                           tries and the United States.
Pamela Skinner, assistant professor
of veterinary biosciences. They then                                ■   MARY HOFF

    e d u c at i o n                   e d u c at i o n                     e d u c at i o n                       e d u c at i o n

    College granted full accreditation
            he American Veterinary
            Medical Association Council
            on Education granted the
    College full accreditation for up to
    seven years in October 2007. Among
    the College’s strengths, as cited in the
    Council on Education report:
    ■    The social worker/counselor
        employed by the CVM interacts with
        clients, faculty, and students who
        have life issues and provides valuable
        counseling services.
    ■ The   Pomeroy Center provides state-
        of-the-art classrooms and a number
                                                     The new Ben Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center was cited in the Council’s report as one of
        of areas for student interaction in a        the College’s strengths. The College hosted a grand opening for the new center in October.
        unique and attractive setting.
    ■   The use of numerous educational          ■   The off-campus food animal facili-              ■    The Community Practitioner
        posters/brochures throughout the             ties provide good resources for stu-                Preceptor Program and other
        hospital helps develop knowledge-            dent learning.                                      College programs provide early
        able clients who use the services of                                                             hands-on opportunities for the DVM
                                                 ■   The Raptor Center provides excep-
        the CVM.                                                                                         students in a veterinary practice that
                                                     tional avian wildlife resources for
        The CVM is generally clean and                                                                   reflects a small business operation.
    ■                                                D.V.M. students interested in reha-
        well-maintained.                             bilitation medicine/surgery.                    ■   The CVM is commended for the
        The CVM is committed to an ani-                                                                  philosophy of a commitment to
    ■                                            ■   The library staff is strongly service
        mal/client friendly hospital.                                                                    student learning rather than student
                                                     oriented in providing the resource
                                                                                                         technical work.
    ■   The UVIS medical record/business             needs of CVM personnel.
        management system as developed by
                                                                                                     ■   The CVM research programs and
                                                 ■   The D.V.M. students are mature,
        the CVM provides a contemporary                                                                  the investigators support the stu-
                                                     enthusiastic, motivated, articulate,
        system for students/faculty to man-                                                              dent summer research program and
                                                     and committed to their education
        age medical information, and the                                                                 employment opportunities that allow
                                                     and to the CVM.
        College is commended for its plans                                                               students to explore research as a
                                                 ■   The CVM summer research pro-                        career.
        to enter medical records into the
                                                     grams, other Academic Health Center,
        UVIS system retroactively to 2001.                                                           ■   The CVM has processes to measure
                                                     and high school programs provide
        The CVM has developed a strong                                                                   student learning and institutional
    ■                                                information and incentives for enroll-
        commitment to medical imaging                                                                    outcomes and the data generated are
                                                     ment of minority students in the DVM
        and uses the resources in the teaching                                                           being utilized to improve the cur-
                                                     program. The VetFAST program is
        program.                                                                                         riculum.
                                                     used to attract students interested in
    ■   The CVM has made a significant               food animal veterinary medicine.                ■   The alumni are pleased with their
        commitment to using certified vet-                                                               education and the education and
                                                 ■   The teaching faculty are committed
        erinary technicians in the teaching/                                                             competencies of the graduates, and
                                                     to the D.V.M. students and to pro-
        animal care program which enhances                                                               are supportive of the CVM.
                                                     viding teaching/learning resources
        the learning environment for the             needed for a successful educational
        students.                                    program.

e d u c at i o n                 e d u c at i o n                     e d u c at i o n                     e d u c at i o n

College announces affiliation
with Davis Family Dairies
    n September, the College and Davis        ed and flattered by the opportunity to          We are con-
    Family Dairies, LLC, announced            work with the University of Minnesota           vinced that
    an affiliation to design, construct,      College of Veterinary Medicine to help          the quality of
and operate a commercial, educational,        further the experience and knowledge            our graduates
and demonstration dairy facility in New       base of the dairy industry in Minnesota         will be sig-
Sweden Township in Nicollet County,           and across the United States,” says Mark        nificantly enhanced by our relationship
Minnesota.                                                        Davis, CEO, Davis           with Davis Family Dairies.”
                                                                  Family       Dairies,
This new state-of-                                                                            The new dairy facility will house more
                                                                  LLC. “This part-
the-art dairy facility                                                                        than 4,000 animals and employ more
                                                                  nership will help
will bring togeth-                                                                            than 40 people. It will serve as a birthing
                                                                  improve dairy prac-
er      educational,                                                                          site for more than 6,000 calves per year,
                                                                  tices and products
research, and com-                                                                            milk 3,000 cows on site, and provide
                                                                  from the farm to
mercial dairy prac-                                                                           management support to another 3,000
                                                                  fork by connect-
titioners to improve                                                                          cows at the existing Northern Plains
                                                                  ing our commer-
management prac-                                                                              Dairy, LLP. It will also include dormi-
                                                                  cial dairy produc-
tices and dairy hus-                                                                          tory facilities, classrooms, and teaching
                                                                  tion and processing
bandry, teach vet-                                                                            laboratories.
                                                                  businesses with the
erinary medicine,
                                                                  College’s research          The project will cost over $15 million.
research emerging products, and serve
                                              and teaching expertise.”                        It will purchase more than $200,000 in
as a center for continuing education.
                                                                                              feed each month from local farmers and
The facility will also offer the unique       “The College is thrilled by this partner-
                                                                                              sell nutrients for fertilizing more than
opportunity to integrate various aca-         ship with Davis Family Dairies,” says
                                                                                              2,000 acres each year to local farmers.
demic and educational functions into the      Trevor R. Ames, interim dean of the
                                                                                              Davis Family Dairies will fund and own
commercial environment that will exist        College of Veterinary Medicine. “Our
                                                                                              the facilities while the College will con-
at the site.                                  students and faculty will benefit greatly
                                                                                              tribute toward the components of the
                                              from the opportunity to learn and teach
“The Davis family and everyone associ-                                                        facility specific to academic functions.
                                              in a large, well-run Minnesota dairy.
ated with Davis Family Dairies are excit-

     Tom Molitor receives Distinguished Teaching Award
     In April 2007, Tom Molitor, professor and interim co-chair of the Veterinary Population Medicine
     Department, was named a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award, the University of
     Minnesota’s most prestigious award for excellence in teaching . The Graduate-Professional Teaching
     Award for outstanding contributions to postbaccalaureate, graduate, and professional education
     recognized Molitor as a member of a distinguished group of faculty who exemplify the University
     of Minnesota’s commitment to quality education . He was also inducted into the Academy of
     Distinguished Teachers, a group of faculty members who provide leadership to the University commu-
     nity by serving as mentors, advisers, and spokespersons for the University’s mission . He and other
     award recipients were recognized at a ceremony at the McNamara Alumni Center on April 23 .
                                                                                                               Tom Molitor

    research research research research research

    Srirama Rao named associate
    dean for research
            fter a comprehensive national         relationships with com-                                     trafficking in the context
            search, Srirama Rao has been          modity groups, industry,                                    of inflammation, allergy,
            appointed as associate dean for       and government to seek                                      and asthma, in addition to
    research and professor in the Department      new sources of funding                                      cancer research. Rao has
    of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.        for research programs.                                      pioneered the use of intra-
    Rao provides visionary leadership in artic-                                                               vital imaging to under-
                                                  Rao was previously vice
    ulating and implementing the College’s                                                                    stand the role of adhesion
                                                  president and head of
    strategic plan for research, cultivating                                                                  molecules, cytokines, and
                                                  research in the division
                                                                                                              chemokines in promoting
                                                  of vascular biology at        Srirama Rao
                                                                                                              cell trafficking in inflam-
                                                  the La Jolla Institute for
                                                                                                              matory diseases.
                                                  Molecular Medicine, a nonprofit aca-
       Strategic plan                             demic research institute focused on can-      “I am excited about my new role at
       for research—                              cer and vascular biology in San Diego,        the College of Veterinary Medicine,”
                                                  California. At the Institute, Rao estab-      Rao says. “I believe that the veterinary
       One Medicine—One                           lished research focuses and priorities that   program—with its strong interdisciplin-
       Science: at the inter-                     fostered a collaborative and multidisci-      ary focus and commitment to cutting-
       face of animal and                         plinary research environment by inte-         edge research, teaching, and training
                                                  grating cancer biology, wound healing,        —is uniquely poised to make signifi-
       human health
                                                  lung biology, and immunology programs         cant contributions to improve veterinary
       As a pioneer in animal health
                                                  into an emerging center of excellence in      and human health locally, nationally,
       research, the College of Veterinary        vascular research.                            and globally. I look forward to working
       Medicine is uniquely positioned to                                                       with my scientific and administrative
       provide solutions to current and           Rao received his Ph.D. in immunology
                                                                                                colleagues across the University to build
                                                  and allergy from the Indian Institute of
       emerging problems that threaten                                                          on these strengths through the strategic
                                                  Science in Bangalore, India, in 1989,
       animal and human health . Global,                                                        addition of new faculty, the promotion
                                                  after which he conducted post-doctoral
       interlaced, and complex, these prob-                                                     of exciting new collaborative research
                                                  studies in cell and molecular biology
       lems require multidisciplinary, inte-                                                    initiatives, and increased external fund-
                                                  at Pharmacia-Experimental Medicine in
       grated approaches that unify biology                                                     ing through grants and gifts.”
                                                  La Jolla, Calif. He received his master
       and medicine . At a January 8 meet-        of science degree in biochemistry from        “The College’s focus on basic, applied,
       ing, College faculty discussed a           the Postgraduate Institute for Medical        and translational research on emerg-
       strategic plan for research to focus       Education and Research in Chandigarh,         ing and zoonotic infectious agents and
       on three vital areas:                      India, in 1985.                               comparative medicine, including sponta-
         • Population health and disease                                                        neous animal models of human disease,
                                                  Over the course of his career, Rao has
                                                                                                benefits Minnesota’s agricultural econ-
         • Infectious disease in global           received many awards, including the
                                                                                                omy and contributes to the health and
            food systems                          Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
                                                                                                well-being of animals and people,” says
         • Comparative and animal                 America Investigator Award, the National
                                                                                                Trevor Ames, interim dean. “Research
            medicine                              Institutes of Health (NIH) FIRST
                                                                                                is key to our success in discovering new
                                                  Award, and multiple NIH and California
       Details will be developed in the                                                         knowledge, and Dr. Rao’s experience and
                                                  state research grants. His research inter-
       coming months .                                                                          leadership will help assure that success.”
                                                  ests include understanding the mech-
                                                  anisms of leukocyte and eosinophil

research research research research research

Rapid Response projects take
on emerging disease issues
      everal College faculty mem-                 eases from spreading, improve under-             an inactivated vaccine.
      bers received funding from the              standing and diagnosis of co-infections,     ■    Simone Oliveira, assistant profes-
      Minnesota Agricultural Experiment           and develop educational materials for            sor, Veterinary Population Medicine,
Station’s Rapid Agricultural Response             farm workers.                                    received $138,000 for surveillance of
Fund to address emerging disease issues       ■   Sagar Goyal, professor, Veterinary               highly virulent strains affecting North
in 2008 and 2009:                                 Population Medicine, received $82,000            American swine herds using multi-
■   Scott Dee, a professor in the Vet-            for research aimed at learning the iden-         locus sequence typing.
    erinary Population Medicine depart-           tity of the pathogen responsible for         ■    Scott Wells, associate professor,
    ment and director of the Swine Disease        poult enteritis syndrome, which causes           Veterinary Population Medicine, was
    Eradication Center, was awarded               lethargy and diarrhea, stunts growth,            awarded $100,000 for bovine tubercu-
    $206,000 to improve pork producers’           and can be fatal to young turkey poults.         losis research aimed at reducing inter-
    ability to minimize the impact on pro-        Goyal hopes to identify the pathogen             actions between cattle and white-tailed
    duction of co-infections with multiple        and develop diagnostic tools as a first          deer in northern Minnesota.
    pathogens. With the help of the Rapid         step toward preventing and treating it.
    Response funds, Dee and colleagues                                                         The Rapid Agricultural Response
                                              ■   Kakambi Nagaraja, a professor in
    will use the Swine Disease Eradication                                                     Fund was established by the Minnesota
                                                  the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
    Center, which mimics the conditions of                                                     Legislature in 1998. It provides a mech-
                                                  department, was awarded $68,458 for
    modern swine production facilities, to                                                     anism for quickly addressing emerging
                                                  research on cellulitis in turkeys, includ-
    explore strategies for keeping the dis-                                                    agricultural needs.
                                                  ing pathogenesis and its control using

Sheila Torres, Mayo researcher awarded grant
          he Minnesota Partnership for        renowned research                                                   the state of Minnesota.
          Biotechnology and Medical           institutions, which
                                                                                                              The partnership ini-
          Genomics      has     awarded       collectively managed
                                                                                                              tially is aiming for
a $709,852 grant to Sheila Torres,            major research proj-
                                                                                                              advances in biotech-
assistant professor of dermatology, and       ects amounting to
                                                                                                              nology and medical
Doug Plager, Ph.D., a research asso-          $700 million in fund-
                                                                                                              genomics that have
ciate in dermatology in the Allergic          ing, a figure that has
                                                                                                              the potential to create
Diseases Research Laboratory at the           been substantially
                                                                                                              breakthroughs in sci-
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. The          rising during the last
                                                                                                              entific understanding
subject of their research: therapeutic        few years.
                                                                                                              and patient treatments
targets for atopic dermatitis, a form of
                                              The       partnership                                           for cancer, heart dis-
eczema that affects animals and people.
                                              represents a com-                                               ease, and neurological
The Minnesota Partnership for                 mitment from both                                               diseases. Over the long
Biotechnology and Medical Genomics            institutions to unite                                           term, the partnership is
                                                                        Veterinary dermatologist Sheila
was established in 2003 by the                on biotechnology          Torres examines a golden retriever.
                                                                                                              expected to contribute
University of Minnesota, the Mayo             and medical genom-        Photo by Sue Kirchoff                 to Minnesota’s econo-
Clinic, and the state of Minnesota to         ics research projects,                                          my by stimulating new
position Minnesota in the forefront           leveraging their scientific and research        businesses, creating quality jobs, and
of biomedical research. The collabora-        strengths. The second part of the ven-          expanding the tax base.
tion brought together Minnesota’s two         ture was securing the involvement of
     research research research research research

     Summer Scholars gain research
              he Summer Scholars Program provides first- and second-year veterinary students with an opportunity to participate in
              organized, meaningful research and gain insight into the planning and conduct of research experiments, data evaluation,
              and effectively working in a research setting.

     Sara B. Jacobsen                               Dee Koski
     Mentor: Larissa Minicucci                      Mentor: Alvin Beitz                          Aric Frantz
     Project: Rapid Lyme disease                    Project: Electroacupuncture                  Mentor: Tim O’Brien
     testing: estimating the preva-                 treatment of pain associated                 Project: Characterization of
     lence of canine Lyme disease                   with experimentally induced                  canine multi-potent adult pro-
     in Minnesota and evaluating                    osteosarcoma in Balb-C mice                  genitor cells
     current management strate-                     as a model for alleviating small             Aric’s Summer
     gies for the test-positive dog                 animal bone cancer pain                      Scholar project
     For         her                                Seeking relief                               was in the Stem
     S u m m e r                                    from     chronic                             Cell Institute lab
     Scholars proj-                                 pain is a com-                               of Tim O’Brien
     ect, Sara cre-                                 mon reason for                               and    Christina
     ated a mail-                                   visits to veteri-                            Clarkson, who
     based survey                                   narians as well                              work with bone
     for Minnesota                                  as physicians,                               marrow-derived      Aric Frantz
     veterinarians                                  and the use of                               multipotent
     about canine                                   complementary                                adult progenitor stem cells (MAPC).
                         Sara Jacobson with
     Lyme disease.       her dog, Scruffy. Sara’s   therapies to treat                           The lab had previously demonstrated
                                                                        Dee Koski                that MAPC-like cells from canine bone
     The survey          Summer Scholars project    chronic pain is
     asked veteri-       explored Lyme disease,     on the rise.                                 marrow have the ability to improve
                         which affects both dogs
     narians how         and humans.                Acupuncture is a popular complemen-          cardiac function in dogs with chronic
     many Lyme                                      tary treatment option in human medi-         myocardial infarcts, but the means by
     disease-positive dogs they see at their        cine, and owners are increasingly seek-      which the cells achieved the improve-
     practice in order to obtain a rough esti-      ing acupuncture for their pets. More         ment is unknown. Aric’s work was to
     mate of the prevalence of canine Lyme          research is necessary to determine the       use RT-PCR to assess established canine
     disease in Minnesota by county. The            effectiveness of acupuncture treatment       MAPC-like lines for expression of a
     survey also asked veterinarians about          in domestic animals.                         group of cytokines and angiogenic fac-
     the tests they use for Lyme disease,                                                        tors.
                                                    Electroacupuncture has been shown to
     how they typically treat dogs that test
                                                    be effective in treating cancer pain, can-   “We were able to generate strong evi-
     positive for Lyme disease, which Lyme
                                                    cer fatigue, and chemotherapy-induced        dence that these cells are producing a
     disease vaccines they use, and when they
                                                    nausea in human patients. In her             number of the factors,” says Aric.
     recommend vaccinating for Lyme dis-
                                                    Summer Scholars project, Dee worked
     ease. Sara later looked at human Lyme
                                                    on research to investigate its effective-
     disease statistics in Minnesota by county
                                                    ness in mice with bone cancer.
     to see if canine seroprevalence of Lyme
     disease is a good predictor of areas of
     high risk of Lyme disease for humans.

 research research research research research

                                                    2007 Summer Scholars
                                                    Kathleen Bolender-Neumann               Laura Lancieri
                                                    Mentor: Catherine St . Hill             Mentor: Srinand Sreevatsan
                                                    Project: The role of C2-O-sLeX in the   Project: Discovery and application
 Laura Lancieri                                     binding of carcinoma cells to the       of surrogate marker diagnostics of
 Mentor: Srinand                                    endothelium in early metastasis         transmissible spongiform encephal-
 Sreevatsan                                         Aric Frantz
                                                                                            opathies (ovine and murine scrapie)

 Project: Discovery and appli-                      Mentor: Tim O’Brien                     Shannon Mesenbourg
                                                    Project: Characterization of canine     Mentor: John Fetrow
 cation of surrogate marker
                                                    multi-potent adult progenitor cells     Project: Modifying antimicrobial drug
 diagnostics of transmissible                                                               use practices through veterinary
 spongiform encephalogpathies                       Karen Gjevre                            protocol software
                                                    Mentors: Leslie Sharkey and
 (ovine and murine scrapie)                         Rebecca Davies                          Daniel Pesek
 Laura worked with Srinand Sreevatsan,              Project: Determining breed-specific     Mentor: Micky Trent
 associate professor in the Veterinary              parameters for alkaline phos-           Project: The prevalence of Leptospira
 Population Medicine Department                     phatase, alanine aminotransferase,      interrogans and intestinal parasites
 to conduct research on transmissible               and blood urea nitrogen in the          in wild raccoons (Procion lotor) on
                                                    Siberian husky                          the grounds of the Minnesota Zoo
 spongiform encephalogpathies (also
 known as prion diseases), a group of               Brad Goupil                             Jennifer Peterson
 degenerative brain disorders of humans             Mentor: Micky Trent                     Mentor: Sandra Godden
 and animals.                                       Project: Como Zoo salmonella            Project: Relationship between bacte-
                                                    screening study                         ria levels in colostrum and efficien-
                                                                                            cy of absorption of immunoglobulin
                                                    Maria Huh                               G in newborn dairy calves
                                                    Mentor: Alvin Beitz
                                                    Project: Electro-acupuncture effects    Ian Rubinoff
                                                    on osteosarcoma: implications on        Mentor: Joni Scheftel
                                                    the potential effective treatment in    Project: Avian influenza transmis-
                                                    reducing the pathogenesis of cancer     sion to backyard poultry flock han-
                                                    growth, mass, and metastasis using      dlers in Minnesota
                                                    a mouse model
                                                                                            Nancy Rundquist
                                                    Sara B. Jacobsen Bergmann               Mentors: Russell Bey, Paul Rapnicki,
                                                    Mentor: Larissa Minicucci               and Steven Stewart
                                                    Project: Rapid Lyme disease test-       Project: Determining the presence
                                                    ing: estimating the prevalence of       and level of bacterial pathogens in
                                                    canine Lyme disease in Minnesota        digested manure solids before and
                                                    and evaluating current management       after an anerobic digestion process
                                                    strategies for the test-positive dog
                                                                                            Andrea Widdel
                                                    Dee Koski                               Mentor: Srinand Sreevatsan
 Veterinary student Laura Lancieri worked with                                              Project: A step forward for Johne’s
                                                    Mentor: Alvin Beitz
 Srinand Sreevatsan, associate professor in the
                                                    Project: Electroacupuncture treat-      disease testing
 Veterinary Population Medicine Department, to
 conduct research on transmissible spongiform       ment of pain associated with experi-
 encephalopathies (also known as prion diseases),                                           Corey Woodcock
                                                    mentally induced osteosarcoma in
 a group of degenerative brain disorders of                                                 Mentor: Cathy Carlson
                                                    Balb-C mice as a model for alleviat-
 humans and animals.                                                                        Project: Technique validation for
                                                    ing small animal bone cancer pain
                                                                                            bone densitometry in small animals

     v e t e r i n a ry m e d i c a l c e n t e r v e t e r i n a ry m e d i c a l c e n t e r

     State-of-the-art MRI
     now available at VMC
              he University of Minnesota           What kinds of cases may
              Veterinary Medical Center            benefit from MRI?
              (VMC) now has a valuable new
                                                   There are many kinds of cases for which
     tool for veterinarians who want to pro-
                                                   MRI is an excellent diagnostic tool. MRI
     vide the best possible diagnostic services:
                                                   is the best modality for imaging of neuro-
     a 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
                                                   logic disease, musculoskeletal disease, and
     machine, the most powerful MR system
                                                   oncologic disease. For musculoskeletal
     in a veterinary hospital in the world.
                                                   disease in dogs and horses, MRI is invalu-
     What is MRI?                                  able for evaluating injuries to joint struc-
                                                   tures, tendons, and ligaments. Chronic
     As the name implies, MRI uses a strong
                                                   lameness that has been localized to a
     magnetic field to image parts of the body.
                                                   general area, but for which an underlying       Veterinary radiologist Travis Saveraid and friend
     It takes advantage of the natural mag-
                                                   cause cannot be determined using tradi-         display the Veterinary Medical Center’s new 3T
     netic properties of hydrogen atoms in the                                                     MRI machine, the most powerful MR system in
                                                   tional methods, can often be diagnosed
     body to create a detailed image that can                                                      a veterinary hospital in the world. Photo by Sue
                                                   using MRI. MRI is also very versatile           Kirchoff
     differentiate between myriad soft tissues,
                                                   for imaging of the structures of the head
     bone structures, and body fluids.                                                             Are there any risks in perform-
                                                   outside of the brain, abdominal diseases,
     Aren’t all MRI systems                        vascular diseases, certain thoracic diseases,   ing an MR exam?
                                                   and some cardiovascular disorders.              There are no known side effects of MRI,
     the same?
                                                                                                   but patients are placed under general
     No! There are “high-field” and “low-          How long does an MRI                            anesthesia for the procedure. As with
     field” MR systems, and high-field mag-
                                                   exam take?                                      anything requiring general anesthesia,
     nets (systems with field strengths of 1.0T,
                                                   It depends on the body part being               there are risks associated with the drugs
     1.5T, and 3.0T) are far superior to low-
                                                   examined. The total procedure, includ-          and the recovery period. But the VMC's
     field magnets in all aspects of image qual-
                                                   ing preparation, imaging, and recovery,         board-certified anesthesiologists work
     ity and speed of acquisition. The VMC’s
                                                   generally lasts one to two hours. Equine        closely with the imaging group to mini-
     new 3T MRI unit allows radiologists to
                                                   patients and some small animal patients         mize those risks.
     perform imaging exams that are not pos-
                                                   are hospitalized overnight so they can
     sible with lower field scanners.                                                              When will MRI exams be avail-
                                                   be monitored closely for several hours
     Why is MRI important?                         after recovering from anesthesia.               able at the VMC?
     MRI can give information that cannot                                                          MRI exams are available now for VMC
                                                   Who reviews the MR images?                      patients. Starting this spring, veteri-
     be obtained by other imaging modali-
                                                   The exams are monitored by the                  narians in the region will be able to
     ties. Its image clarity and detail are
                                                   Veterinary Medical Center’s board-cer-          refer cases directly to a new outpatient
     unparalleled. Compared to radiography
                                                   tified radiologists. The images are inter-      imaging service. Advanced Veterinary
     and CT, it also has the advantage of
                                                   preted on-site within hours. If a lesion        Imaging Direct (AVID) will provide
     not using potentially harmful ionizing
                                                   is found, board-certified surgeons and          imaging services, including MR, CT,
     radiation. MRI allows doctors to make
                                                   other specialists are available to provide      fluoroscopy, and ultrasound (including
     diagnoses that were previously difficult
                                                   the necessary treatment.                        biopsies) on an outpatient basis.
     or impossible to confirm, enhancing
     their ability to recommend appropriate                                                        “We want to make these tremendous
     treatment options for patients.                                                               resources accessible to all veterinarians in
                                                                                                   the area,” says VMC director David Lee.

v e t e r i n a ry m e d i c a l c e n t e r v e t e r i n a ry m e d i c a l c e n t e r

Linear accelerator offers new
options for animals with cancer
    n August 2007, the Veterinary
    Medical Center unveiled a new lin-
    ear accelerator facility, becoming one
of the only veterinary hospitals in the
Upper Midwest to offer state-of-the-art
radiation therapy to animals with cancer.

“Each year, thousands of dogs and cats in
Minnesota and our neighboring states are
diagnosed with cancer, and their owners
are faced with very difficult decisions,”
says David Lee, Veterinary Medical
Center director. “With the linear accel-
erator, our veterinarians are able to pro-
vide leading-edge cancer treatment.”

The linear accelerator replaced cobalt
radiation equipment used to treat cancer
patients for nearly 25 years. Identical to
the linear accelerators used in human
radiation treatment, it allows veterinary
cancer specialists to map tumors in
three dimensions and focus radiation
on cancerous lesions, minimizing the
impact to surrounding healthy tissue.

The linear accelerator is also a key element
in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s
comparative cancer research program.

“Comparative cancer research involves
the study of cancer in one species with
the goal of applying the lessons learned
to other species,” says Robert Washabau,       Veterinary technician Kim Janisch, veterinary radiologist Dan Feeney, and Mason, an oncology patient,
                                               display the Veterinary Medical Center’s new linear accelerator. Photo by Sue Kirchoff.
chair of the College’s Veterinary Clinical
Sciences Department. “Cancer in ani-
mals is very similar to cancer in humans,
                                               ■   A computerized tool called a multileaf           A fund-raising campaign, “Accelerating
both in cause and in response to therapy.          collimator, which uses information               Hope,” is underway to offset the cost
Our research will benefit both animals             from treatment planning software to              of this new technology so it can benefit
and humans.”                                       automatically shield normal adjacent             as many animals as possible. Corporate
                                                   tissue from radiation, thereby lessen-           and private donations are being accepted
Key features of the linear accelerator             ing the treatment impact to surround-            by the College of Veterinary Medicine
include:                                           ing healthy tissues                              and the University of Minnesota
                                                                                                    Foundation. For more information, con-
■   Ability to adjust the strength of the      ■   Electron capability, which will allow            tact Katharine Anderson, development
    proton beam to customize the treat-            treatment of skin masses while pro-              officer, at 612-626-2343 or ksander@
    ment of deep masses                            tecting deeper tissues from exposure   
     equine center                                   equine center                                    equine center

     Leatherdale Equine Center opens
               he Leatherdale Equine Center             “The comprehensive Equine Center
               welcomed nearly 1,000 horse              has been designated as a program of
               lovers into the new $14 mil-             excellence at the College of Veterinary
     lion facility on the St. Paul campus for a         Medicine and is squarely aligned with
     ribbon-cutting and grand opening event             the University’s goal to become one of
     on Oct. 15, 2007.                                  the top three public research universi-
                                                                              ties in the world,”
                                                                              says Bruininks. “But
                                                                              more than that, it
                                                                              meets a growing
                                                                              need of our state:
                                                                              Minnesota ranks
                                                                              among the top
                                                                              10 states in horse
                                                                              population,      and
                                                                              the equine industry
                                                                              contributes almost
                                                                              $1 billion annually
                                                                              to the state econo-    A Percheron team from Ames Farm trot toward
                                                                              my—sparked by the      the Equine Center, breaking a ribbon to enter the
                                                                              passion and support    indoor arena for the grand opening ceremony.
      Stephanie Valberg conducts a demonstration of the high-speed treadmill.
                                                                              of horse lovers like
                                                                              us.”                   The Equine Center’s new technology
     The event began with a procession led                                                           includes computerized gait analysis and
     by the Ames Farm six-percheron horse The facility was named in honor of                         high-speed cameras to test for lameness,
     hitch, which broke a ribbon to enter the Louise and Doug Leatherdale of Medina,                 an aqua treadmill used in rehabilitation, a
     Equine Center’s indoor arena. Speakers who made a generous lead gift to the                     state-of-the-art reproduction wing, and a
     included Governor Tim Pawlenty and University of Minnesota. Tad and Cindy                       high-speed treadmill that allows a horse’s
     University of Minnesota President Piper of Long Lake made the lead gift for                     every breath and heartbeat to be moni-
     Robert Bruininks. Equine clinic staff the Piper Performance Clinic, a perfor-                   tored while galloping up to 30 mph.
     demonstrated the new high-tech systems mance medicine and reproductive clinic
     in the 60,000-square-foot facility.                in the facility.                             Throughout the event, members of the
                                                                                                     We Can Ride therapeutic riding group
                                                                                                     were on hand to demonstrate their pro-
                                                                                                     gram, which teaches riding and carriage
          Horse Owner Education Days offered                                                         driving to children and adults living with
                                                                                                     cognitive and physical disabilities. The
          The Leatherdale Equine Center hosted Horse Owner Education Days in
                                                                                                     new facility is home to the first metro site
          February and March . Presented by the College in partnership with the
                                                                                                     of this popular program.
          Minnesota Extension Service, the February 2 program featured discussions
          and demonstrations on a wide range of topics, from pastures and plants to                  The University Police Department’s
          dentistry and disasters . On March 15, a more advanced program provided                    mounted patrol unit is also housed in the
          opportunities to interact with experts during roundtable discussions . Both                facility, which offers a conference center
          sessions included a tour of the Equine Center’s new, state-of-the-art facili-              and a 100-by-200-ft. indoor arena as well
          ties and equipment . Horse owner programs were also conducted in North                     as an outdoor arena for demonstrations,
          Mankato and Bemidji .                                                                      meetings, and programs by community
                                                                                                     horse organizations.

equine center                                       equine center                                        equine center

“This state-of-the-art facility is a home
for the Minnesota equine community,”
says Dr. Stephanie Valberg, D.V.M.,
Ph.D., director of the Equine Center.
“No other facility has been designed to
give such compassionate, comprehen-
sive care and to give so much back to
horse owners. The Equine Center rep-
resents our dedication to an expanded
equine program, including undergradu-               The Leatherdale Equine Center officially opened on Oct. 15.

ate equine education for the next gener-
ation of equine veterinarians and a focus
on equine research that will change the
lives of horses worldwide. Horses that                    New equine faculty
come here benefit from some of the best
                                                          Nicolas Ernst joined the equine surgery team in
in equine care, research, and veterinary
education anywhere in the world.”                         November 2007 . Previously a faculty member in equine
                                                          surgery, emergency, and critical care at The Ohio
                                                          State University College of Veterinary Medicine, he is
                                                          board certified by the American College of Veterinary
                                                          Surgeons . Dr . Ernst received his veterinary degree from
                                                          the University of Chile and his master’s degree in clini-
                                                          cal epidemiology from the University of Florida, where he
                                                          completed a large animal surgery residency .
                                                                                                                        Nicolas Ernst

                                                          Nicole Scotty, assistant clinical professor of oph-
                                                          thalmology, joined the Veterinary Clinical Sciences
                                                          Department in July 2007 . She was previously with the
                                                          University of Florida Veterinary Medical Center, where
Doug and Louise Leatherdale, Susan Hagstrom,
and University of Minnesota President Robert              she completed a residency in ophthalmology with a
Bruininks prepare to cut the ribbon.
                                                          strong emphasis in equine ophthalmology . Her special
                                                          interests include equine corneal disease and corneal
                                                          transplantation . She received her D .V .M . with honors      Nicole Scotty

                                                          from the University of Florida and is a diplomate of the
                                                          American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists .

                                                          Troy Trumble, an internationally recognized expert
                                                          in equine lameness, joined the Equine Center in
                                                          September 2007 . Previously with the University of
                                                          Florida, Dr . Trumble brings 12 years of clinical experi-
                                                          ence in the diagnosis and treatment of lameness and
                                                          performs surgery for conditions ranging from colic to
                                                          complex fractures . He received his D .V .M . with honors
                                                          from Michigan State University in 1995 and completed
                                                          a residency in equine surgery, a master’s degree, and
Stephanie Valberg, director of the Equine Center,                                                                       Troy Trumble
delighted the crowd by beginning her remarks              a Ph .D . at Colorado State University . He is board certi-
with one word: “Woohoo!” In the background                fied by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons .
at right are University of Minnesota President
Robert Bruininks and Minnesota Governor Tim
Pawlenty, who also spoke at the event.

     the raptor center the raptor center the raptor center

     The Raptor Center committed to
     the eagle’s continued success
          n June 2007, the U.S. Fish and
          Wildlife Service removed the bald
          eagle from the endangered spe-
     cies list. The bald eagle continues to
     be protected by federal law, and the
     public continues to have a critical role
     in keeping the population healthy by
     maintaining habitats and protecting the
     water and environment from contami-
     nants such as lead and mercury.

     The College's Raptor Center has made
     significant contributions to the preser-
     vation of the bald eagle. It has played
     a key role in restoration programs,
     investigated the effects of lead poison-
     ing, studied the incidence of chemical
     contamination in nestling eagles, and
     contributed to habitat preservation.
     The Raptor Center has treated more
     than 1,600 eagles during its 30-year
     history, and its work has been criti-
     cal in providing disease surveillance
     in the raptor population. Each year,
     more than 250,000 people are educated
     about how their decisions affect raptor
     health and well-being through overde-
     velopment of land, use of lead in fishing    The bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list in June. The Raptor Center is commit-
     and hunting activities, and contamina-       ted to the eagle’s continued success.
     tion through misuse of chemicals.
                                                  through the efforts of more than 200               Veterinary Medicine. “Through its work,
     The bald eagle is one of The Raptor          volunteers. Established in 1974, The               The Raptor Center has enhanced the
     Center’s most common patients, says          Raptor Center treats approximately 800             health of raptors and the bond between
     Juli Ponder, executive director of The       birds a year and reaches thousands of              raptors and humans.”
     Raptor Center. “Our current focus is to      people through public education and
     ensure the ongoing safety and health of                                                         Pat Redig, cofounder of The Raptor
                                                  events. It provides training in surgery
     this bird. We will make every effort to                                                         Center, led the University’s efforts to
                                                  and avian medicine to veterinarians and
     ensure that bald eagles continue to thrive                                                      restore the bald eagle. “I feel that we
                                                  identifies emerging issues related to rap-
     and have a healthy environment in which                                                         have certainly accomplished our objec-
                                                  tor health and populations.
     to live.”                                                                                       tive, and we are pleased that the bald
                                                  “The Raptor Center has done a remark-              eagle has been taken off the endangered
     The Raptor Center specializes in the         able job of educating and training pro-            species list. Our promise is to continue
     care, rehabilitation, and conservation of    fessionals from around the world in rap-           to protect and preserve the eagle in every
     eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons, oper-      tor medicine and surgery,” says Trevor             way we can.”
     ating mostly with private funds and          Ames, interim dean of the College of

f a c u lt y a n d s t a f f n e w s                                  f a c u lt y a n d s t a f f n e w s

Jaime Modiano joins College                                                               New advancement
                                                                                          model merges
as Al and June Perlman                                                                    development, alumni
Endowed Oncology Chair                                                                    affairs, continuing
Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., joined the College in July as the Al and June Perlman       education, and
Endowed Oncology Chair and director of the Veterinary Medical Center’s Animal
Cancer Center. Modiano leads the College’s comparative cancer research program,           communications
which ultimately seeks to develop effective strategies for cancer prevention and treat-   To build and strengthen relation-
ment by integrating knowledge gained from studies of cancer in people and animals.        ships with the diverse constituencies
                                                                                          that provide support, the College
                         “Comparative medicine is an important part of research
                                                                                          of Veterinary Medicine has adopted
                         efforts at the University of Minnesota,” says Robert
                                                                                          an advancement model combining
                         Washabau, chair of the Veterinary Clinical Sciences
                                                                                          development, alumni affairs, continu-
                         Department. “The research directed by Dr. Modiano
                                                                                          ing education, and communications
                         will support that program by benefiting both animals and
                                                                                          staff. Sharon Staton has joined the
                                                                                          College as director of advancement,
                         “I am extremely pleased that Dr. Modiano has joined our          a new position that provides strategic
                         faculty,” says Trevor Ames, interim dean. “He has the expe-      leadership for the integrated team.
                         rience, commitment, and know-how to help the College
                                                                                          Staton works with the University
                         become a world leader in comparative cancer research.”
                                                                                          of Minnesota Foundation to engage
 Jaime Modiano           Cancer accounts for almost half of the deaths of pets over       the resources of the private sector
                         10 years of age, and each case requires individual treatment.    to build and sustain excellence at the
“Dr. Modiano’s research will expand the types of treatments available to effectively      College.
treat cancer through his discoveries of new knowledge,” Ames adds.
                                                                                          “I am very excited to be working
Modiano was previously associate professor of immunology and full member of the           for the College to enhance relation-
Cancer Center at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and senior             ships with alumni, friends, corpora-
scientist at the AMC Cancer Center in Denver, Colorado. His research focuses on           tions, and foundations and increase
control of activation and signaling in cells of the immune system, the genetic basis      philanthropic support to sustain
of cancer, and cancer gene therapy and immunotherapy.                                     our research, teaching, and service
                                                                                          efforts,” she says.
Modiano completed his veterinary and Ph.D. training in immunology at the
University of Pennsylvania, followed by a residency in veterinary clinical pathology      Brian T. Graves joined the advance-
at Colorado State University and a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Jewish        ment team in January as commu-
Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine in Denver, Colo. He was assis-             nications manager. His background
tant professor of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University from 1995 to            includes the development and execu-
1999 and joined the AMC Cancer Center in 1999. He has co-authored more than               tion of integrated communications,
150 scientific manuscripts, presentations, and book chapters on various aspects of        sales, and marketing plans and strate-
immunology, cancer cell biology, the genetic basis of cancer, and applications of         gic partnerships in support of public
gene therapy.                                                                             relations, marketing, and fund-rais-
                                                                                          ing initiatives. He earned his mas-
“Recruitment of Dr. Modiano to the University of Minnesota builds a bridge between
                                                                                          ter’s degree in journalism from the
the Medical School’s Cancer Center and the College of Veterinary Medicine, pro-
                                                                                          University of Iowa and his bachelor’s
viding the critical link needed in the area of comparative cancer research that will
                                                                                          degree in public relations from the
benefit both animals and humans,” says Tucker LeBien, associate director of basic
                                                                                          University of Northern Iowa.
research at the University of Minnesota Cancer Center.

f a c u lt y a n d s ta f f n e w s                              f a c u lt y a n d s ta f f n e w s

 Awards and Accolades
                                                     Jody Lulich was the 2007
                                                     recipient of the WSAVA
     Mike Pullen, professor emeritus,                (World Small Animal
     received the American Veterinary Medical        Veterinary      Association)
     Association’s Public Service Award, which       Excellence in Veterinary
     recognizes outstanding contributions to         Health Care Award. The
     public health and regulatory veterinary         award was specifically devel-
     medicine. Pullen is recognized as one           oped by the world orga-
     of the founders of the veterinary pub-          nization to recognize “the
     lic health program at the University of         outstanding work of veteri-
     Minnesota.                                      narians in promoting com-
                                                     panion animal health care
     Shaun Kennedy,
                                                     and the family pet/veteri-
     director of the                                                                 Jody Lulich and patient. Photo by Sue Kirchoff
                                                     nary bond through a special
     National Center for
                                                     sensitivity to both clients and patients using leading edge clinical nutrition
     Food Protection and
                                                     and advanced medical and surgical techniques.” The award was presented to
     Defense and director
                                                     Lulich during the 2007 WSAVA Congress in Sydney, Australia, in August.
     of partnerships and
     external relations
                                                     Several faculty members were honored with awards at the annual meeting of
     for the College,
                                                     the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association in February 2007:
     received an FDA
                                 Shaun Kennedy
     C o m m i s s i o n e r ’s                        ■ John  Arnold, Bee Hanlon, and Walter Mackey
     Special Citation for                                received the Veterinarian of the Year Award. The
     his work in promoting and defending the             three retired professors were honored for their
     safety of the food supply. The award was pre-       involvement in forming the Minnesota Veterinary
     sented in Washington, D.C., in May 2007.            Historical Museum.
                                                       ■ Julie Wilson received the Distinguished Service
     Paul Rapnicki, asso-
     ciate clinical profes-                              Award, which recognizes a member who has given
     sor in the Veterinary                               special service to the profession of veterinary
     Population Medicine                                 medicine, improving the profession as a result of
                                                                                                                Julie Wilson
     Department, was                                     that service.
     given the Gordon L.                                                      ■ Larry Wallace received the Outstanding Faculty
     Starr Award by U of
                                                                              of the College of Veterinary Medicine award for out-
     M President Robert
                                                                              standing service to Minnesota veterinarians, giving
     Bruininks at the
                              Paul Rapnicki                                   of his time and talent to the veterinary profession,
     President’s Awards
                                                                              being a leader who makes a difference to the profes-
     Banquet in May.
                                                                              sion, and being a dedicated contributor to organized
     This award is given annually to a faculty
                                                                              veterinary medicine.
     or staff member by the Minnesota Student
     Association to recognize the importance
     of faculty and staff participation in stu-          Larry Wallace
     dents’ educational experience.
                                                     In recognition of his dedicated service and duty to
                                                     the poultry industry, K.V. Nagaraja of the Veterinary
                                                     Biomedical Sciences Department was presented with the
                                                     Meritorious Service Award at the North Central Avian
                                                     Disease Conference in St. Paul in March.

                                                                                                                  K.V. Nagaraja

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                                                                              Awards and Accolades
Kristin Hohnadel, senior veterinary technician, won the Technician
Award for Best Presentation for a clinical case description of a per-cath-
eter occlusion of a PDA (patent ductus arteriosus) in an 8-year-old golden
retriever at the 2007 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
                                                                               Teaching and service
Forum in Seattle in June.                                                      awards presented
Larissa Minnicucci, director of the D.V.M./M.P.H. dual-degree program,
and Katherine Waters, a postdoctoral fellow in veterinary public health,
                                                                               at annual spring
recently passed the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine         awards ceremony
boards and are now diplomates.
                                                                               Teaching and service awards were present-
Jane Armstrong of the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department took             ed at the College’s annual spring awards
a one-year sabbatical leave in 2007, joining the clinical research pro-        ceremony in April. Honorees included:
gram of Dr. Jacqueline Rand at the University                                  Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher
of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Armstrong                                Award: Roberto Novo
worked on characterizing metabolic syndrome in                                 James O. Hanson Continuing Education
the cat as a potential animal model of obesity and                             Award: Tsuyoshi Murakami
peripheral insulin resistance.
                                                                               James O. Hanson Continuing Education
Julia Ponder, executive director of The Raptor                                 Award: Jennifer Granick
Center, was a Scientist on the Spot on the Science
Museum of Minnesota’s Web site in August and                                   Mark of Excellence Award: Al Bietz
September 2007. Visitors to the site could post ques-                          Outstanding Contributions to
tions for Dr. Ponder and read her answers online.                              Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and
                                                        Julia Ponder
                                                                               Professional Education: Tom Molitor

Researchers honored at                                                         Outstanding Service Award:
                                                                               Kevin Elfering
Points of Pride Research Days                                                  Small Animal Clinical Sciences Clinical
The College’s annual Points of Pride Research Days event celebrated            Teaching Award: Karin Christopher
the College’s research program, honoring its researchers and research
                                                                               Small Animal Clinical Sciences Clinical
partners. On March 21, a standing-room-only crowd packed 125 Animal
                                                                               Teaching Resident Award:
Science/Veterinary Medicine as Distnguished Research Alumnus Thomas
                                                                               Domenico Bianco
Besser presented the seminar “Pre-Harvest Food Safety and E. coli O157:
H7: New Answers Raise New Questions.” The following awards were                Small Animal Clinical Sciences Teaching
presented:                                                                     Award: Peggy Root
  ■ Distinguished   Research Partner Award: Pfizer Animal Health               Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
  ■ Distinguished   Research Alumnus Award: Thomas Besser,                     Teaching Award: Vic Cox
    class of 1981                                                              Veterinary Population Medicine Teaching
  ■ Pfizer   Research Excellence Award: Scott Dee                              Award: Sandra Godden
  ■ Poster   competition winners                                               Veterinary Population Medicine Clinical
                                                                               Teaching Award: Christie Ward
      > Summer Scholars: Katie Byrne
      > Graduate Students: Molly McCue, Cholawat Pacharinsak,                  Veterinary Population Medicine Clinical
         and Jun Han                                                           Teaching Resident Award: Mary Boyce

      > Resident/post-doc: Tirumurugaan Krishnaswamy Gopalan

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 Elections and Appointments                        Conferences and Presentations

     Marie Gramer has
     been elected presi-
     dent of the Western
                                                                                                           Will Hueston (front
     Conference          of                                                                                left), Stephan
     Veterinary Diagnostic                                                                                 Singleton (second
     Pathologists, a group                                                                                 row, third from left),
                                                                                                           and Linda Valeri (sec-
     of    diagnosticians,                                                                                 ond row, fourth from
     pathologists, and res-                                                                                left) were among 50
     idents from around                                                                                    people from 15 coun-
                              Marie Gramer                                                                 tries who attended
     Canada and the                                                                                        the Salzburg Global
     United States. The                                                                                    Seminar in Austria in
     group meets annually for pathology con-                                                               September.

     tinuing education and resident training.
                                                  Will Hueston, director, Stephan Singleton, postdoctoral fellow, and Linda
     Richard Isaacson,                            Valeri, associate director of the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety,
     chair of the Veterinary                      traveled to Austria in September 2007 for the Salzburg Global Seminar,
     and        Biomedical                        “The New Century, New Challenges, New Dilemmas: The Global Nexus
     Sciences Department,                         of Animal and Public Health.” The conference, which drew more than 50
     was named presi-                             attendees from 15 countries, addressed the increased mixing of human and
     dent of the organi-                          animal species, along with the social and environmental conditions that con-
     zation Conference                            tribute to the proliferation of diseases affecting both humans and animals.
     of           Research                        The conference was the result of cooperation between the W.K. Kellogg
     Workers in Animal                            Foundation, the National Food Safety and Toxicology Center at Michigan
     Diseases (CRWAD).         Richard Isaacson   State University, the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, and the
     Established in 1920,                         Institute of the Future in Palo Alto, California.
     CRWAD is a nonprofit organization that
                                                  Several CVM faculty members lectured at the European College of
     discusses and disseminates the most cur-
                                                  Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM) Congress in Budapest, Hungary, in
     rent research advances in animal diseases.
     Research scientists from around the world
     present their recent research in oral or       ■ Jane Armstrong presented lectures on feline inflammatory liver disease
     poster presentation formats at an annual         and feline diabetes mellitus.
                                                    ■ Jaime    Modiano presented the lectures
     Cindy Wolf, Veterinary Population                “Hematopoetic Cancer: An Inevitable Inheritance
     Medicine, was elected to the board of            of Mammalian Evolution” and “Heritable and
     directors of the National Institute for          Sporadic Factors in the Pathogenesis of Canine
     Animal Agriculture (NIAA) at the asso-           Lymphoma and Leukemia.”
     ciation’s annual meeting in Sacramento,
                                                    ■ Robert     Washabau presented the State-of-
     California, in April.
                                                      the-Art Address, “Gastrointestinal Motility
                                                      Disorders,” the lecture “Standardization Report:
                                                      G.I. Histopathology,” and the research abstract,
                                                      “Sensitivity of Endoscopic Biopsy Sampling.”          Robert Washabau

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                                                                      Conferences and Presentations
Pat Redig, profes-
sor and cofounder
of The Raptor
Center, was an                            Mark your calendar
invited speaker
at the interna-
                                          Open House                                Mather Lecture Series
tional meet-                              Sunday, April 6, 2008                     ■ April3, 2008: Film Interpretation
ing of the Eagle                          11 a.m.-4 p.m.                             Session: Watch the Experts at
Conservation                              College of Veterinary Medicine             Work, presented by Dr. Kari
Alliance in                               University of Minnesota St. Paul           Anderson and Dr. Laura Ziegler
                      Pat Redig
Puebla, Mexico, in                        Campus                                    ■ May1, 2008: Cytology, presented
September 2007.                                                                      by Dr. Leslie Sharkey
                                          ■ Visitthe Veterinary Medical
He presented a paper on the infectious
                                           Center, where thousands of dogs,         University of Minnesota St. Paul
diseases of captive and free-ranging
                                           cats, llamas, and other animals are
eagles and participated on a panel dis-                                             Campus
                                           treated each year.
cussing research needs for eagles.
                                          ■ Learn about educational opportu-
Post-doctoral fellow Barbara Knust         nities offered by the College of
                                                                                    Ecosystem Health
presented “Drug Residue Avoidance in                                                Presented by Dr. David Evers
                                           Veterinary Medicine.
Cattle: Practioner and Producer Survey                                              April 24-25, 2008
Responses” at the annual convention             The Raptor Center to see
                                          ■ Visit
                                                                                    University of Minnesota St. Paul
of the American Association of Bovine      and learn about eagles, hawks, owls,     Campus
Practitioners in Vancouver, British        and falcons.
Columbia, in September 2007.              ■ Visit the Leatherdale Equine            Minnesota Dairy Health
Four CVM radi-
                                           Center, a new state-of-the-art           Conference
                                           facility dedicated to the health,        May 20-22, 2008
ologists were
                                           well-being, and performance of           University of Minnesota St. Paul
involved in the
                                           horses.                                  Campus
American College
o f Ve t e r i n a r y
                                          Continuing education                      International
Annual Scientific                         opportunities                             Symposium on
Meeting in                                For more information about any of the
Chicago in
                                                                                    Rehabilitation and
                                          following continuing education opportu-
November 2007.         Kari Anderson      nities, visit,   Physical Therapy in
Kari Anderson                             call 612-624-3434 or 800-380-8636, or     Veterinary Medicine
was program                               e-mail
chair, and Dan Feeney was the coor-                                                 August 13-16, 2008
                                                                                    Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis
dinator of the ACVR resident review       DairyCOMP305 Online
session, where he presented a lec-
ture on acute abdomen and collapse.
                                          Training                                  Allen D. Leman Swine
                                          April 14, 2008
Laura Crews presented the abstract,                                                 Conference
“Ultrasonographic Evaluation of Gall                                                September 20-23, 2008
Bladder Disease,” and Travis Saveraid                                               RiverCentre, St. Paul
presented “Magnetic Resonance
Imaging of the Stifle in Anesthetized

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In memory                                           Alumni news
Alphonse Kunkel, class of 1952, died at             Heather Case has joined the                                  Heather Case and
his Cold Spring, Minn., home on Sept. 17,           American Veterinary Medical                                  a therapy dog at a
                                                                                                                 Veterinary Medical
2007. Dr. Kunkel was a proponent of organic         Association (AVMA) Scientific                                Assistance Team meet-
dairy farming before it was part of the mod-        Division as assistant director and                           ing in New Orleans in
ern agricultural landscape. A few years after       national coordinator of disaster                             2006. Heather is now
                                                                                                                 assistant director and
graduating from the College, he established         preparedness and response. Her                               national coordinator
a practice in St. Michael, where he became a        responsibilities include oversight                           of disaster prepared-
longtime resident and advocate of more exer-        of the AVMA Veterinary Medical                               ness and response for
                                                                                                                 the Scientific Division
cise and roughage and less corn for healthier       Assistance Teams (VMAT),                                     of the American
cows. In 1976, he served as president of the        policy coordination, and edu-                                Veterinary Medical
Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association.           cation and outreach. She will                                Association.

In the early 1980s, Dr. Kunkel left veterinary      work with AVMA volunteers,
practice to serve as a nutritional consultant for   VMAT members, the American
dairy farmers. His work took him to Guyana,         Veterinary Medical Foundation,
Poland, and Russia. Dr. Kunkel is survived by       and various government agen-
his wife, Joyce, three daughters, a son, three      cies. Heather received her D.V.M. degree in 1998 and was a postdoctoral
sisters, three brothers, eight grandchildren,       fellow, clinical instructor, and veterinary public health resident at the Center
and three great-grandchildren.                      for Animal Health and Food Safety. Her experience also includes serving
                                                    as a member of VMAT-5, where she gained firsthand emergency response
John L. Myhrom, owner of Animal Health
                                                    skills, and as an AVMA science and technology fellow in the office of
Care Veterinary Clinic in Rochester, Minn.,
                                                    Congressman Robert E. Andrews from 2006-2007.
died March 17, 2007 in an auto accident north
of Byron. Dr. Myhrom graduated from the             Christine N. Hoang has joined the AVMA as assistant director of the
College in 1984, worked in the Twin Cities,         Scientific Activities Division. Her responsibilities include working with sev-
practiced with Dr. Larry Predmore for a             eral AVMA councils and committees on issues relating to public health, zoo-
short period, and opened Animal Health Care         noses, and food safety. Christine received her doctor of veterinary medicine
Veterinary Clinic in 1987. A small animal           degree in 2007 from the University of Minnesota, where she is completing
specialist, Dr. Myhrom ran his clinic much          her master’s degree in public health.
like a small-town doctor, taking phone calls
                                                    Kate Knutson, class of 1996, has been elected to serve a two-year term on
late into the night and making house calls. He
                                                    the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) board of directors. Dr.
left behind his wife, Cindy, children, and two
                                                    Knutson is the co-owner and lead veterinarian at the Pet Crossing Animal
                                                    Hospital and Dental Clinic in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Mary K. (Palm) Schlangen, class of 1998,
                                                    Barbara Ault, class of 1997, has joined Alta Veterinary Clinic, Minneapolis,
died Aug. 10, 2007 in Brook Park, Minn., as
                                                    Minn., as lead veterinarian.
a result of injuries sustained in a car accident.
Mary was a resident of Two Harbors, Minn.,          Michael Scott, class of 1986, was honored with the inaugural Merial
and had a husband and two small children.           Innovative Partnership in Teaching Award at the College of Veterinary
Memorials may be sent to the Mary Schlangen         Medicine at Michigan State University. The award was given in recognition
Family Trust Fund, Wells Fargo Bank, 622 1st        of resourceful teaching that is characterized by excellence in innovation,
Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616.                      creativity, enthusiasm, and collaboration, with an emphasis on teaching
                                                    critical thinking skills. Dr. Scott is now an assistant professor of pathobiol-
                                                    ogy and diagnostic investigation at MSU.

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