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									Veterinary Journal                     	
                                           A	Publication	of	the	College	of	Veterinary	Medicine
                                                          Volume IX Number 1 2006–07

  3 Caseloads surpass expectations
  4 New dean appointed
  6 Acheson’s pet well cared for
  7 Pet Memorial scholarship program
  9 Digital classroom
 16 VDL meets critical need                                         2 0 0 6 – 0 7	        Page 
          Message froM the Dean

                                                What a year! We have experienced                A rising tide raises all ships, and the
                                                change, growth, and seemingly unend-         research enterprise within the college is
                                                ing optimism about the college’s future.     benefiting from our expansion. For the
                                                   In January 2006, Dean Howard Gel-         first time, college research expenditures
                                                berg returned to the faculty to pursue       exceeded $2 million this year, and the
                                                his academic career. Concurrently, OSU       trend is continuing. Scholarly activities
                                                Provost Sabah Randhawa tapped me to          range from clinically-based studies that
                                                serve as interim dean as the administra-     will help improve animal health to proj-
                                                tion began searching for a permanent         ects that address some of the country’s
                                                dean. I am happy to report that this fall    most pressing public health-related
                                                the provost announced the appointment        issues.
                                                of Dr. Cyril Clarke to this position. Dr.       The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
                                                Clarke is currently the associate dean       (VDL) is experiencing unprecedented
                                                for academic affairs at Oklahoma State       growth. See page 16 for more informa-
                                                University, and he will begin his duties     tion on the VDL’s activities.
                                                at OSU in May 2007.                             As I plan my transition back to the
                                                   The four-year program is thriving!        Research Office, let me say it has been
                                                The class of 2007 will be the first cohort   an incredible honor (and adventure) for
                                                of students to have completed all four       me to serve as interim dean. The college
                                                years of their education here in Cor-        boasts an enormously dedicated and
                                                vallis. Getting to this point has been a     capable faculty and staff, and the future
                                                long and complex process, to which Dr.       for the college is exceptionally bright.
                                                Gelberg and his predecessor, Dr. Kelvin      The new leadership has the vision, tools,
                                                Koong, made major contributions. Over        and faculty to take the college to the
                                                the last two years, the faculty has near-    next level. My only regret is that I didn’t
                                                ly doubled in size and we have opened a      have the vision 35 years ago to get the
                                                small animal referral clinic. During the     credentials necessary that might have
                                                next two years, the college will con-        allowed me to remain as part of this
                                                tinue to grow through the acquisition of     exciting organization!
                                                necessary equipment and space and by
                                                hiring faculty in key specialties.
                                                   We have begun renovating and ex-
                                                panding the large animal clinic—a job        Rich Holdren, Interim Dean
                                                we expect to complete in April 2008.
                                                This addition will add a covered lame-
                                                ness testing arena and a high-speed
                                                equine treadmill, tremendously expand-           George R. “Rich” Holdren assumed
                                                ing our capabilities. It will also bring a       duties as interim dean in February
                                                new imaging wing and a large animal              2006. Holdren replaced Dr. Howard
                                                                                                 Gelberg, who transitioned to a faculty
                                                isolation ward.
                                                                                                 position as professor of veterinary
                                                   Our intern and residency programs             pathology.
                                                are picking up steam—many individu-                 Holdren has been senior associate
                                                als have expressed interest in coming            vice president of research at OSU
                               On the cover:    to OSU through the national matching             since March 2005. Prior to that, he
                  Senior veterinary student                                                      was OSU’s vice provost for research
                                                program. This is a credit to our young
                      Kimberly Smith holds                                                       from 2001 to 2005, overseeing a staff
                  Ruby as she undergoes an      (and some not-so-young) faculty, who
                                                                                                 of 22 and managing a discretionary
               electrocardiogram. The test      bring tremendous energy, enthusiasm,
                                                                                                 budget of $2.2 million.
             will monitor electrical activity   and state-of-the-art knowledge to our
                            in Ruby’s heart.    programs.

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                                                                                                     College news

Small	Animal	Hospital	Caseloads	
Surpass	Expectations

             hen the small animal hos-                  The small animal hospital’s founda-
             pital opened its doors in               tion is a group of two internists, two
             mid-2005, expectations were             cardiologists, four surgeons, an oncolo-
             that it would take one full             gist, and a dermatologist.
             academic year to ramp up                   “Their diverse research and practice           SUCCESS	STORY
hospital caseloads in order to deliver the           interests help us provide our students
full curriculum to fourth-year students.
However, the hospital surpassed annual
                                                     and the people of Oregon with as broad
                                                     a range of services and experiences as
                                                                                                       Cardiology	in	
caseload projections within the first few
months, and the four-year curriculum
                                                     possible,” said Dr. Cebra.
                                                        Although the caseload is mixed, so
was being delivered by fall term 2005.               far the greatest need has been met for
                                                                                                       A routine visit for vaccinations turned
   “Even though our facilities are fairly            orthopedics and cancer patients. All spe-
                                                                                                       into a life-saving mission for Jasmine, an
new, we’ve been so successful recruiting             cialty practices are growing rapidly.
                                                                                                       8-week-old Bichon Frise. Upon examining
faculty in various specialties and gen-                 “Some of the cardiology cases are
                                                                                                       Jasmine during that office visit, Dr. Bret
erating a caseload to support them that              quite dramatic, as far as things like
                                                                                                       Hixson at Alpine Animal Hospital in Cor-
we’re already pushing our facility to the            pacemaker installation or cardiac cathe-
                                                                                                       vallis discovered that Jasmine had a life-
limits,” said Dr. Christopher Cebra, in-             terization—the sorts of things you truly
                                                                                                       threatening heart condition. He referred
terim head in the Department of Clinical             need a specialty facility to do,” he said.
                                                                                                       the patient to cardiology specialists at the
Sciences. “It got to the point where we                 The hospital is designed to train the
                                                                                                       small animal hospital.
were beating the first-year projections              next generation of veterinary students,
                                                                                                          “She was doing well clinically and the
every two- to two-and-a-half months.”                so it houses state-of-the-art medical
                                                                                                       owner didn’t perceive any problems, but
                                                     equipment. For example, administrators
                                                                                                       she had a loud heart murmur you could
                                                     have emphasized imaging as an area
                                                                                                       actually feel,” said Dr. Barret Bulmer, the
                                                     of expertise. In addition to traditional
                                                                                                       diagnosing veterinarian at the hospital.
                                                     radiography equipment, the hospital has
                                                                                                          To diagnose the condition, clinicians
                                                     a digital color flow Doppler echocar-
                                                                                                       performed an electrocardiogram, thoracic
                                                     diograph and a digital ultrasonagraph
                                                                                                       radiographs, and an echocardiogram.
                                                     for abdominal and soft tissue imaging.
                                                                                                       They discovered that Jasmine had severe
                                                     Fluoroscopic imaging, nuclear imaging,
                                                                                                       pulmonic valve stenosis, which can precipi-
                                                     videoendoscopy, arthroscopy, laparosco-
                                                                                                       tate arrhythmias or lead to heart failure.
                                                     py, and thoracoscopy are also available.
                                                                                                       Luckily, the cardiologists at Oregon State
                                                        The hospital’s intensive care unit,
                                                                                                       University can surgically correct the con-
                                                     equipped for the care of seriously ill ani-
                                                                                                       dition without performing open thoracic
                                                     mals, provides twenty-four hour ven-
                                                     tilator support, including an enriched
                                                                                                          “We can’t completely repair the valve,
                                                     oxygen environment for dogs and cats
                                                                                                       but we can reduce the severity of the
                                                     with acute respiratory disease or heart
                                                                                                       stenosis by performing a balloon valvulo-
                                                     failure, and highly sophisticated moni-
                                                                                                       plasty,” said Dr. Bulmer.
                                                     toring equipment to track the patient’s
                                                                                                          Drs. Bulmer, David Sisson, and Marco
                                                     clinical progress.
                                                                                                       Margiocco performed the specialized, rela-
                                                        “Although it is small, it’s quite an
                                                                                                       tively non-invasive surgery, and Jasmine
                                                     advanced facility—there is no question
                                                                                                       went home the next day. A follow-up visit
                                                     about that,” said Dr. Cebra. “We’re still
                                                                                                       a few weeks later revealed that she was
                                                     working to expand our capacities.”
                                                                                                       well and happy.
    Senior veterinary students Tiffany Granone          Budget requirements necessitated
   and Laura Otley insert a catheter to prepare      focusing on specific disciplines to get the
   their patient for surgery. Buddy, a Rottweiler,   small animal program established.
     was in the clinic to have a tumor removed
                               from his front leg.                             Continued on page 4                                                                                         2 0 0 6 – 0 7	          Page 
                     College news

                                           Dr.	Clarke	Appointed	Dean

                                                    r. Cyril Clarke, a veterinary         Clarke’s multifaceted veterinary pro-
                                                    medicine leader with broad         fessional career includes background in
                                                    experience in research, com-       research, teaching, administrative lead-
                                                    munity outreach and expand-        ership, close relationships with indus-
                                                    ing opportunities for students,    try, and community program develop-
                                           will assume duties as dean of the           ment. His vision for the college includes
                                           college in May.                             growth and expanded opportunities for
                                              “Our College of Veterinary Medicine is   students.
                                           poised to build a nationally recognized        “Students need to understand the
                                           program, including significant growth       complexities of comparative biology and
                                           in research and clinical service, and       assume the responsibility for addressing
                                           Cyril Clarke can provide the leadership     the health needs of a variety of species,
                                           to help chart our course,” said Sabah       including the spread of disease between
                                           Randhawa, OSU provost and executive         animals and humans,” he said. “To help
                                           vice president for academic affairs.        them achieve that mission, they need a
                                              Clarke comes to OSU from Oklahoma        well-designed curriculum and experien-
                                           State University, where he was associate    tial learning opportunities that expose
                                           dean for academic affairs for the Center    them to private and public veterinary
                                           for Veterinary Health Sciences. He grew     medicine practices and a variety of clini-
                                           up in South Africa and received a BVSc      cal cases.”
                                           veterinary degree (similar to the DVM)         Clarke said that research also is an
                                           from the University of Pretoria. After      important mission for universities, par-
                                           two years of national service practic-      ticularly Land Grant institutions, and
                                           ing clinical veterinary medicine in rural   that veterinary colleges have “a respon-
                                           communities, he earned a PhD at Loui-       sibility to conduct research that benefits
                                           siana State University before moving to     both human and animal health.”
                                           Oklahoma 19 years ago.

          Small	Animal	Hospital	Caseloads	Surpass	Expectations
          Continued from page 3               “The challenge was mainly to develop     we try to keep everyone as up-to-date
                                           programs that will have the most            as possible so that our students are
                                           educational value in addition to prac-      learning state-of-the-art medicine. We
                                           tice value,” said Dr. David Sisson, small   want them to graduate prepared to
                                           animal services director. “We have          practice quality medicine.”
                                           to be somewhat self-supporting as a            He said this means the emphasis is
          “Even though our facilities
                                           teaching hospital because of budgetary      “education over caseload.”
          are fairly new, we’ve been       limitations, so we decided to emphasize        “Sometimes that gets lost because
          so successful recruiting         a select number of areas to start with.     when you start looking for revenue
          faculty in various specialties   As the program matures and funding          figures you look at caseload,” he said.
          and generating a caseload        increases, we can expand in a deliberate    “But often it’s better to have a moderate
          to support them that we’re       fashion.”                                   number of cases so students can learn
          already pushing our facility        The primary mission for the clinic is    from them versus a ‘so crazy you can’t
                                           to prepare veterinary students for the      think straight’ type of practice. We just
          to the limits.”
                                           next generation of veterinary medicine.     want enough quality cases to allow us
                                              “Universities try to keep at the cut-    to fulfill our educational mission.”
                                           ting edge of modern practice,” said Dr.        Dr. Cebra believes the college is deliv-
                                           Cebra. “Through scholarly activities        ering on its mission and providing in-
                                           and continuing education of our staff,      valuable services to the people of Oregon.

                                                                                                                  Continued on page 5

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                                                                                          College news

Dr.	Susan	Tornquist
Named	Associate	Dean
                       Dr. Susan Torn-           She received the Norden Distinguished        Dr. Linda L. Blythe stepped down as
                       quist assumed         Teacher Award in 1999, the Pfizer                associate dean of students June 2005
                       duties as associate   Award for Research Excellence in 2002,           after 10 years of devoted service to the
                       dean for student      and was inducted into the Morris Ani-
                                                                                              college. She remains at the college as
                       and academic af-      mal Foundation’s Veterinary Honor Roll
                       fairs in July 2005.   in 2003.                                         a tenured faculty member. Dr. Blythe
                       She replaces Dr.          In her position as associate dean,           was appointed to the National Board of
                       Linda Blythe, who     Tornquist assists the faculty and dean in        Medical Examiners by the Association of
                       held the position     designing and implementing the profes-           American Veterinary Medical Colleges
                       for 10 years.         sional program. She is responsible for           for a term that began in July 2005. She
   Dr. Tornquist came to the college in      directing and managing all student and
                                                                                              brings an academic perspective to the
1996 as head of the Clinical Pathology       academic affairs and for maintaining
                                                                                              board’s deliberations, particularly as it
section. She is an associate professor and   teaching and scholarship efforts. She
is one of two clinical pathologists on       has been actively involved in these areas        relates to the demands faced by today’s
the faculty. She holds a BA in political     since her arrival on campus.                     veterinary students. She served as presi-
philosophy from Michigan State Uni-              “I was very much involved in both            dent of the Oregon Veterinary Medical
versity, a BS and MS in biology from the     admissions and curriculum before I took          Association in 2006–07.
University of New Mexico, a DVM from         on this position,” she said. “I like being
Colorado State University, and a PhD in      involved in the educational process for
veterinary microbiology and pathology        students.”
from Washington State University. She            Dr. Tornquist says that there have
completed her residency at WSU.              been unanticipated challenges in her

   She has been a Diplomate of the           first year on the job, but she is very op-
American College of Veterinary Patholo-      timistic about the college and its future.
gists since 1995 and was recently chair          “We’re trying to turn out the best

of the clinical pathology section of that    veterinarians we can,” she says. “Every
organization’s exam committee. She is        time we graduate a group of new veteri-
past president of the American Society       narians, I get very excited. That’s what
for Veterinary Clinical Pathology and is     it’s all about.”
active in numerous other professional
                                                                                           Celebrate a combined 20-year reunion
organizations.                                                                                for the classes of ’85, ’86 and ’87

                                                                                                    before the
                                                                                            OSU vs UCLA Football Game
Caseloads Surpass Expectations                                                                  September 29
Continued from page 4                                                                                Magruder Hall
   “I believe Oregon is really benefit-      have so much possibility for cross-dis-        • Enjoy brunch followed by a tour of the
                                                                                              new small animal hospital
ing from having a four-year veterinary       ciplinary collaboration,” he said. “I, for
program here,” he said. “Our students        example, as a large animal internist am        • Root for the Beavers at a tailgating
stay here the entire time and remain in      benefiting tremendously from having              party and the home game
our community. They can form stronger        a dermatologist, a cardiologist, and so
                                                                                               Contact the reunion coordinator at
community contacts, making it more           forth, on staff—disciplines we didn’t
likely they’ll stay after they graduate.”    have before. So we can offer a higher
   He also believes it was the right thing   quality of medicine across the board, not               Dr. Kris Otteman Brant
to do for the health of the college.         simply to the small animal patients.”                      Dr. Robert Lester
   “It was absolutely essential that we
                                                                                                        Dr. Doug McInnis
became a full program, because we                                                                               2 0 0 6 – 0 7	          Page 
                    Donor news

                                       A	dog’s	life
                                       Lois	Bates	Acheson’s	companion	pet	was	left	in	many	good	hands

                                               ois B. Acheson was a kind and              Meanwhile, as a single parent who
                                               caring woman whose legacy               worked full-time, Boff was finding it
                                               made it possible to build the small     increasingly difficult to handle Chili’s
                                               animal hospital wing and will           care, particularly with the new compli-
                                               continue to benefit the college.        cations. A member of Acheson’s family
                                       When she died in August 2004, she left          called the dean and the college again
                                       behind her beloved eight-year-old Rat           stepped in to help.
                                       Terrier named Chili.                               “Ultimately, we ended up deciding
                                          Among Acheson’s family and close             that it would be best for Chili and every-
                                       friends, it was the head of her nursing         one if we brought her down here to be
                                       staff and long-time friend Mirtha Cue-          fully diagnosed and treated,” said Olney.
                                       vas Boff and her son who adopted Chili.         Chili was diagnosed with lymphoma.
                                          Within a year, Chili began experi-           The question then became who would
                                       encing some health challenges, and the          give her a home in Corvallis and commit
                                       college did everything possible to ensure       to providing intensive medical care.
                                       that she was well cared for during her             “We knew we weren’t going to be
                                       lifetime.                                       able to send Chili home because of the
                                          Boff took Chili to the Alderwood             ongoing treatments that were necessary,
                                       Veterinary Clinic in Lynnwood, Wash-            so we decided to look for a home for her
             Lisa Maxwell, former
                                       ington, where Dr. Susan Neary, a 1994           here,” said Olney. Eventually, third-year
             animal handler in the
                                       graduate of the college, provided medi-         veterinary student Andrea Sanchez and
          small animal hospital and
          one of Chili’s caregivers,   cal treatment. At the college’s request,        her family officially adopted Chili.
                        holds Chili.   Neary absorbed most of the costs as-               “I wanted to give her a permanent
                                       sociated with Chili’s care in recognition       home and a high quality of life for as
                                       for all that Acheson had done for the           long as she lived,” said Sanchez. The
                                       college.                                        college absorbed Chili’s major medical
                                          After about six months, Chili began          costs.
                                       having trouble with her eye and Neary              Chili died of complications from
                                       thought it could be a tumor. She recom-         lymphoma on March 8, 2006, leaving
                                       mended diagnosis at the new small               behind many who loved her and sup-
                                       animal hospital. “It became evident             ported her during her difficult final
                                       that they were going to have to pull in         years.
                                       a specialist to fully diagnose the issue,”
                                       said Todd Olney, former director of

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Pet	Memorial	Program		 	
Supports	Students’	Education

         ow in its third year, the OSU          Many thanks to the clinics who cur-              Holistic Clinic for Animals
         College of Veterinary Medicine         rently participate in the Pet Memorial           Honahlee, PC
         Pet Memorial Program provides          Program. They are:                               Ivan’s Linwood Animal Clinic
         a valuable service to griev-
                                                Allen Blvd. Veterinary Clinic                    La Grande Small Animal Clinic
         ing pet owners while helping
                                                Animal Health Center                             McQueen Veterinary Clinic
to educate future veterinarians. With
a small donation from the participat-           Animal Medical Hospital                          Milner Veterinary Hospital
ing clinic, a client who has lost a pet to      Bailey Veterinary Clinic                         Morgan Veterinary Clinic
death receives a beautifully written con-                                                        Neighborhood Animal Hospital
                                                Bear Creek Animal Clinic
dolence card from the college. Donations                                                         Northwest Neighborhood Veterinary
                                                Bellingham Veterinary & Critical Care
go into a fund that creates scholarships                                                         Hospital
for veterinary students.                        Bethany Family Pet Clinic
                                                                                                 Olympic Veterinary Hospital
   Since the program was established,           Blue Sky Veterinary Clinic
                                                                                                 Pacific Avenue Veterinary Clinic
the college has received more than              Broadway Veterinary Clinic
$95,000 in contributions and has sent                                                            Pacific Veterinary Hospital
                                                Bush Animal Clinic
out more than 5,356 condolence cards.                                                            Phoenix West Animal Hospital
(Some clinics donate to the program, but        Cascade Animal Clinic
                                                                                                 Rose City Veterinary Hospital
send their own cards.) For the 2005-06          Cascade Veterinary Hospital
                                                                                                 Southern California Veterinary Hospital
and 2006-07 academic years, the pro-            Cedar Mill Veterinary Hospital
gram supported 36 scholarships.                                                                  Sun Valley Animal Center
                                                Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic
   Dr. Steve Milner (’93), owner of Mil-                                                         Talent Equine
ner Veterinary Hospital in Oregon City,         Colorado Avenue Cat Clinic (Feline
                                                Phenomenon)                                      Town & Country Animal Clinic
says that prior to participating in the
                                                Columbia Equine Hospital                         Valley Veterinary Hospital
Pet Memorial Program his clinic sent
out condolence cards, but it was time-          Cornelius Veterinary Clinic                      Willowbrook Veterinary Hospital (SA)
consuming.                                      Hermiston Veterinary Clinic (MA)
   “It took a lot of staff time to do it,” he
   Participating clinics regularly receive
wonderful feedback from their clients.
Dr. Milner says his clinic has received
significantly more appreciative feedback
                                                        “Words can’t express how touched our family was when we received your card about
from clients since they started working
with the Pet Memorial Program a little                  our loss…. Sparkle was the most devoted dog our family has ever had. We feel like we
over a year ago. He thinks the donation                 have lost one of our children. It was so hard for all of us....
made by the clinic makes the gesture                    If you teach your students just one thing, or they only take away one concept, [it should
more meaningful to the client.
                                                        be] compassion, because animals are like children to their owners and we need future
   “We receive tons of thank yous,” he
says. “I think our response rate is prob-               vets to really understand this deeply.”
ably ten times more.”
                                                        Thank you again,
   He says he is grateful for this oppor-
                                                        Rona and Jim Toman and Family
tunity to support his grieving clients.
   “It gives them a little bit of closure,”
he says. “A lot of times they feel left out
because there is no funeral.”
   For more information about the Pet
Memorial Program, write to Develop-
ment Director, College of Veterinary
Medicine, OSU Foundation, 850 SW
35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333-4015.
Or call 541-737-6125 or 800-354-7281.                                                                                        2 0 0 6 – 0 7	          Page 
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                                                         Animal	Rescue	in	the	Gulf
                                                         Students	provided	emergency	care	for	four-legged	hurricane	victims

                                                               wo veterinary students, Jodi Col-      time as we could giving much-needed
                                                               lins and Lisa Williams, spent the      affection to these traumatized animals
                                                               last week of summer break 2005         as well,” said Lisa.
                                                               working in Hattiesburg, Missis-            Volunteers worked from 7:30 a.m.
                                                         sippi, at an emergency animal shelter        until 10:30 or 11:00 p.m. each day.
                                                         organized by the Humane Society of              “It was nonstop,” said Williams. “The
                                                         the United States. Collins and Williams      moment you were done with whatever
                                                         cut their break short to respond to the      rows you were assigned, you just turned
                                                         need for volunteer help with the animal      around and did it again. The animals
                                                         rescue effort in the wake of Hurricane       were always waiting.”
                                                         Katrina.                                        Besides the overwhelming task of
                                                            Collins was in Portland and headed        trying to keep up with the animals’
                   Photos contributed by Lisa Williams
                   and Jodi Collins.                     for Alabama to visit family when Wil-        continual needs, the volunteers were
                                                         liams called from Corvallis to suggest       working in heat and high humidity.
                                                         they go to Mississippi together. Collins        “We saw cats lying on bags of ice,”
                                                         quickly agreed to go. Because the motels     said Williams. She said it was hard for
                                                         in Hattiesburg were filled with evacuees     her to take breaks for meals or to cool
                                                         from Katrina’s path, Williams took her       off because there was always something
                                                         backpacking gear and a tent to use for       else waiting to be done. It was stress-
                                                         shelter. The two camped not far from         ful for the volunteers to see so many
                                                         where the animals were housed.               animals in need and be limited in what
                                                            Williams said the National Guard,         they could physically do. The stress was
                                                         fire departments, and rescue teams from      heightened due to continual threats of
                                                         all over the country had gone to Hat-        tornadoes and Hurricane Rita.
                                                         tiesburg to set up the makeshift camp.          “It was pretty intense,” said Williams.
                                                         Three large horse barns were used as         “But we were surrounded by so many
                                                         animal holding facilities. Each barn         wonderful people also working hard for
                                                         housed 500 or more animals in donated        these rescued animals, it was easy to
                                                         kennels.                                     keep going.”
                Lisa Williams, above, and Jodi              Collins said food, basic medical sup-        The bright spot of their days was
          Collins receiving appreciation from
                                                         plies, leashes, and other donations were     watching as owners and pets were
                      their newfound friends.
                                                         available in abundance by the time they      reunited. Of the 1,700 animals rescued
                                                         arrived, about two weeks after the hur-      and brought to the shelter at Hatties-
                                                         ricane struck.                               burg, about 150 had been reunited with
                                                            “What they really needed at that          their owners by early December 2005.
                                                         point was people,” said Williams.               Even though it was a demanding
                                                            Williams and Collins were part of         and stressful experience, Williams and
                                                         a team of veterinarians, veterinary          Collins said they are glad they did it. “I
                                                         students, and hundreds of non-medical        thought it was amazing that so many
                                                         volunteers from all over the country         people from all over the country came
                                                         who were in Hattiesburg to help with         together,” said Collins.
                                                         the rescue effort.                              “It was an awful disaster that led to
                                                            Williams and Collins spent six days       an emotionally and physically demand-
                                                         in the camp, attending to dogs in one of     ing veterinary care opportunity,” she
                                                         the barns. They did brief physical ex-       said. “I’m proud that Lisa and I were
                                                         ams, administered medications and flu-       able to meet the challenge.”
                                                         ids, and looked for signs of illness. They
                                                         also helped to feed, water, and walk the     Thanks to Jennifer Moser, staff writer of
                                                         animals, and cleaned kennels.                The Barometer, for her contributions to
                                                            “Of course, Jodi and I spent as much      this article.

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Digital	Classroom

       he College of Veterinary Medicine    tablet presentation, can
       is striving for a paperless class-   use the tablet capabilities.”
       room. Also, the college is commit-   Professors can make notes
       ted to taking advantage of tech-     directly onto their Power-
       nologies that enhance the learning   Point presentations during
experience for students. The recent up-     lectures, zoom in and circle
grade and expansion of Magruder Hall        certain parts of slides, and
provided an opportunity to install some     so forth.
equipment that meets these objectives,         In addition, a large
including dual projectors, video capa-      digital whiteboard was in-
bilities, document readers, and wireless    stalled in the large confer-
networking access in classrooms and         ence room. In addition to
instructional laboratories.                 making tablet technology
   Most recently, a grant from OSU’s        available there, the digital
Technology Resource Funds allowed the       whiteboard enables video
purchase and installation of five Sym-      conferencing.
podium Graphic Tablets to replace the          The college envisions a
monitors in three classrooms and two        time when no hard copy
instructional laboratories in Magruder      notes at all will be provid-
and Dryden Hall. The Sympodium              ed to students. Although
monitors bring tablet technology to the     access to notes, lectures,
instructional side of the classroom.        and other supporting                            Dr. Karyn Bird demonstrates the sympodium
   “This technology is really great for     materials are already avail-                                  (below) and digital whiteboard.
interactivity,” said Dr. Karyn Bird, who    able through the web-based
worked with Lorie Kennerly, the college’s   Blackboard Learning Sys-
technology consultant and Tammy             tem, the adoption of certain                     “It just spread like wildfire,” said Dr.
Barr, OSU’s director of technology sup-     technologies by students is required          Bird.
port services, to write the grant. “It      to make a paperless system viable and            Students using laptops can download
replaces the monitors in the classroom,     sustainable.                                  a lecturer’s PowerPoint presentations
so anybody, even if they didn’t origi-         In 2004, Motion Computing, Dell            onto their own computers and take
nally design a lecture to be given as a     Computer Corporation, and Microsoft           notes directly onto the presentation in
                                            donated 16 tablet computers to the col-       class.
                                            lege for use in the classroom. Of those          “The computer makes coursework
                                            16, four are being used by faculty to         more efficient,” said Roberta Porter, a
                                            develop their lectures. The other 12 were     student who received one of the donated
                                            given to first-year veterinary students       tablet computers.
                                            at beginning of fall term 2004. Each             Dr. Bird says that using this technolo-
                                            student was asked to use the computer         gy not only makes teaching and study-
                                            to do all coursework.                         ing easier, but it will help bring these
                                               “They were asked not to use paper          new technologies into the professional
                                            or to print notes, but instead to use the     realm. “As they move into the clinic set-
                                            tablet as their workbook in addition to       ting, students will be expecting to use
                                            using it as electronic storage,” said Dr.     this kind of technology,” she said. “That
                                            Bird. As a result, she said, other comput-    was my strategy in getting it started in
                                            ers began showing up in the classroom,        the first-year class, to get them thinking
                                            and by spring 2005, more than 75              in those terms.”
                                            percent of the second-year class and ap-
                                            proximately 70 percent of the third-year
                                            class was using laptop and/or tablet
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                                                           Thomas	A.	Currier                  Christy	Lynn	Gibbs
Class	of	2006                                              Don & Betty Bailey Scholarship
                                                           Beverly Thayer Veterinary
                                                             Medicine Scholarship
                                                                                              Columbia River Pembroke
                                                                                                 Welsh Corgi Club
                                                                                                 Student Assistance Award
The 2006 commencement ceremony,                                                               Nestlé Purina Award for
                                                                                                 Excellence in Companion
held May 28 at the LaSells Stewart Cen-                                                          Animal Nutrition Scholarship
ter, represented the end of an era for                                                        Merck Veterinary Manual
the college. The twenty-fourth graduat-                                                       Pet Memorial Program
                                                                                                 Academic Excellence Award
ing class was the last class to participate                                                   Phi Zeta Honor Society
in the joint program with Washington                        Kirsten	E.	Eaton                  Eric	Reece	Glaze
and Idaho. The class of 38 graduates                        American College of Veterinary
                                                                                              Veterinary Medicine Scholarship
demonstrated appreciation for their                            Radiology & Ultrasound
                                                                                              Merck Veterinary Manual
                                                            Bayer Animal Health
time at WSU by inviting WSU faculty                                                           Phi Zeta Honor Society
                                                            Merck Veterinary Manual
members Drs. Patricia Talcott and Steve                     Pet Memorial Program
                                                               Academic Excellence Award
Hines to act as faculty marshall and                        Phi Zeta Honor Society
hooder, respectively.
   Dr. Terri Clark performed duties as
OSU marshal and Dr. John Schlipf was
                                                           Jennifer	Anne		 	                  Fiona	I.	Hillenbrand
the OSU hooder. Dr. Rich Holdren,                          Edmonds                            Finch Memorial Scholarship
interim dean, opened the ceremony and                      Bernard & Stephanie Zylewitz
introduced the speakers, which included                      Scholarship
                                                           Northwest Equine Practitioners
Dr. Edward Ray, OSU president; Oregon                        Association Award
Senator Douglas Whitsett; Dr. Warwick
Bayly, WSU dean of veterinary medicine;
and Ms. Katy Paul, class of 2006. Dr.
Bo Brock, equine practitioner, gave the
keynote address. Dr. Susan Tornquist                       Julia	M.	Elisman                                   	
                                                                                              Ingrid	Larrissa		
presented the class to Dr. Ray, who con-
                                                           Dick Magruder Scholarship          Hofmaster
                                                           Anna Conley Trust Veterinary       Finch Memorial Scholarship
ferred the degrees. Dr. Douglas McInnis,                     Medical Scholarship
past president of the Oregon Veterinary
Medical Association, administered the
veterinarian’s oath.

                   Wendy	Anne	Bithell                      Amanda	Jill		         	            Meghan	Sarah	Hook
                   Elsevier Science Publishing             Fleckenstein                       Novartis Animal Health
                      Senior Paper Award                   Nisqually Kennel Club Award          Scholarship
                   Merck Veterinary Manual                 Dr. Hayden & Mrs. Dawn Sears
                   Pet Memorial Program                       Compassion for Animals
                      Academic Excellence Award               Award
                   Mentorship Award, Anna                  Anna Conley Trust Veterinary
                      Conley                                  Medical Scholarship

                   Gwendolyn	Dawn	                         Jessica	Lee	Fowler                 Dana	Annette	Hoyt
                   Boulton                                 Pfizer Veterinary Specialty Team   Pfizer Small Animal Clinical
                   Ken & Celia Austin Camelid                 Award – Emergency/                 Proficiency
                     Scholarship                              Critical Care                   Merck Veterinary Manual
                                                           Merck Veterinary Manual            Community Outreach Award
                                                           Pet Memorial Program               The Cougar Legacy Scholarship
                                                              Academic Excellence Award
                                                           Phi Zeta Honor Society
                                                           Anna Conley Trust Veterinary
                                                              Medical Scholarship

                   Aletha	Becker		                         Shawna	Marie			                    Barbara	J.	Kahl
                   Carson                                  Franklin                           Beverly Thayer Veterinary
                   Finch Memorial Scholarship              Pfizer Veterinary Specialty          Medicine Scholarship
                   Merck Veterinary Manual                    Team Award – Analgesia/         Anna Conley Trust Veterinary
                   Pet Memorial Program                       Anesthesia                        Medical Scholarship
                      Academic Excellence Award            Anna Conley Trust Veterinary
                   Phi Zeta Honor Society                     Medical Scholarship

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              D.	Raenell	Killian                 Kirsten	Jessie	Nordt                           Melissa	Kay	Shaver
              Don & Betty Bailey Scholarship     Veterinary Medicine Scholarship                Carolina Cabaret Memorial
              Merck Veterinary Manual            Anna Conley Trust Veterinary                     Scholarship
              Phi Zeta Honor Society                Medical Scholarship
              Anna Conley Trust Veterinary
                Medical Scholarship

              Tamara	Jeanine		                   Katy	Beth	Paul                                 Tawnia	Louise	Shaw
              Kimmel                             Allan H. Hart/IDEXX                            Class of 1998 Exotic Animal
              E.E. Wedman Outstanding               Scholarship                                    Scholarship
                 Senior Award                    Northwest Equine Practitioners                 Snyder Senior Veterinary
              American Association of Feline        Association Award                              Medicine Award (class vote)
                 Practitioners Award             Leadership Award                               Anna Conley Trust Veterinary
              Merck Veterinary Manual                                                              Medical Scholarship

              Shelley	J.	LaMont                  Kristi	Anne	Pierce                             Tyson	Ray	Shirley
              American Animal Hospital           American College of Veterinary                 Don & Betty Bailey Scholarship
                 Association Student               Surgeons Award – Small                       Frank and Amy Finch Memorial
                 Achievement Award                 Animal                                          Award
              Elsevier Science Publishing        Leadership Award
                 Senior Paper Award
              Merck Veterinary Manual
              Phi Zeta Honor Society
              Anna Conley Trust Veterinary
                 Medical Scholarship

              Rachel	Marie		 	                   Nichole	Alexandria	                            Jaime	Melanie	Ueda
              Lorenzen                            Pilakowski                                    ASLAP Student Award
              Don & Betty Bailey Scholarship     Merck Veterinary Manual                        Snyder Senior Veterinary
              Anna Conley Trust Veterinary       Phi Zeta Honor Society                           Medicine Award (staff vote)
                Medical Scholarship              Mentorship Award                               Auxiliary to the American
                                                 Anna Conley Trust Veterinary                     Veterinary Medical
                                                   Medical Scholarship                            Association Award
                                                                                                Community Outreach Award

              Lisa	Michelle	Mahlum               Autumn	L.		                                    Jerry	Robert		 	
              Pfizer Veterinary Specialty Team   Rankin-Fanning                                 Voorhees
                 Award – Internal Medicine       Beverly Thayer Veterinary                      Dick Magruder Scholarship
              Merck Veterinary Manual               Medicine Scholarship                        Anna Conley Trust Veterinary
              Anna Conley Trust Veterinary       Frank & Amy Finch Memorial                       Medical Scholarship
                 Medical Scholarship                Award

              Katie	E.	Markusen                  Heather	Marie	Sapp                             Elizabeth	Marie	Wolf
              Hill’s Pet Products “Buddy”        Dick Magruder Scholarship                      Marion-Polk Veterinary Medical
                 Award                           Anna Conley Trust Veterinary                     Association
              Merck Veterinary Manual              Medical Scholarship                          Bernard & Stephanie Zylewitz
              Phi Zeta Honor Society                                                              Scholarship

              Amanda	Marie		                     Lisa	J.	Schlimmer                              Clarissa	Lee	Zuver
              Mormann                            Class of 1997 Scholarship                      American College of Veterinary
              Dick Magruder Scholarship          Anna Conley Trust Veterinary                     Surgeons Award – Large
                                                    Medical Scholarship                           Animal
                                                                                                The Cougar Legacy Scholarship
                                                                                                Merck Veterinary Manual
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                                 Dr.	Beth	Valentine	Receives	
                                 Research	Award

                                          r. Beth Valentine, a Diplomate      horse breeds have the disease, how com-
                                          of the American College of          mon it is, and how to use muscle biop-
                                          Veterinary Pathologists since       sies to diagnose it. Most recently, she has
                                          1985, was awarded the Pfizer        focused on the role of diet in treating
                                          Research Excellence Award for       the disease, and it is this research for
                                 2006. Dr. Valentine’s current primary        which she received the award.
                                 research includes the pathology, patho-         She and her colleagues have deter-
                                 genesis, and nutritional management of       mined that a significant number of
                                 polysaccharide storage myopathy as a         horses that “tie up” have this disease.
                                 cause of recurrent rhabdomyolysis and        Tying up is a lay term that describes
                                 poor performance in horses.                  a condition where the horse refuses to
                                    Polysaccharide storage myopathy is        exercise, experiences pain, and sweats.
                                 a muscle disease that weakens horses            “It’s a condition that’s been around
                                 and, in a small percentage of cases, can     for a least 100 years, but we didn’t
                                 cause death.                                 know how to diagnose it,” she said.
                                    Dr. Valentine has done considerable                                 Continued on page 19
                                 research in the past 12 years into which

                                 Dr.	Bergin	Honored	as	
                                 Teacher	of	the	Year

                                         eterinary students chose Dr.         animal practice in Hawaii and is one of
                                         Brady Bergin to receive the 2005-    Hawaii’s State Veterinarians.
                                         06 Carl J. Norden Distinguished         “I grew up working with him and
                                         Teacher Award. Dr. Bergin accept-    was exposed to this profession my entire
                                         ed the award at the 2006 Award       life,” said Dr. Bergin.
                                 Ceremony. He says it was particularly           Even so, becoming a veterinarian
                                 meaningful to him because it was only        was not his childhood dream, he says.
                                 his second year of teaching.                 He was more interested in sports and
                                    “I feel as if I’m making a difference,”   rodeo—particularly roping and cut-
                                 he says. “I can’t express how much it        ting—in high school. When it came time
                                 means to me to have the students recog-      to make a decision about his future,
                                 nize me for my efforts. It really makes      his college advisor suggested he choose
                                 it worthwhile.” He teaches rural veteri-     something he had experience with.
                                 nary practice with an emphasis on the        Veterinary medicine was the obvious
                                 equine species.                              choice.
                                    Dr. Bergin quickly gives credit to           “I’m glad I took his advice,” he said.
                                 the many mentors and teachers he has         He says he enjoyed his education at
                                 had over the years, beginning with his       Colorado State University, where he
                                 father. “I’ve been so lucky my whole life    earned a BS in animal science in 1998
                                 to have such tremendous people guide         and a DVM in 2002. “I’m very lucky.
                                 me through my career—so many people          Everything has really fallen into place
                                 to look up to,” he said.                     for me.”
                                    His veterinary education began as a          After graduating, Dr. Bergin com-
                                 young child. His father owned a mixed        pleted an internship at Rood and Riddle
                                                                                                        Continued on page 13

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Pfefferkorn	Receives	2006	
Distinguished	Service	Award
                                                                                               camelid programs at OSU. He has cer-
                                                                                               tainly set the standard for supporters of
                                                                                               the college.”
                                                                                                  Pfefferkorn’s relationship with the
                                                                                               college began while he was raising
                                                                                               llamas on his farm in Dallas, Oregon.
                                                                                               He became a client of the large animal
                                                                                               clinic, and over the years has been a
                                                                                               staunch supporter and advocate for the
                                                                                                  He personally endowed the Glenmor
                                                                                               Forest Llama Scholarship and mobilized
                                                                                               the local llama community to establish
                                                                                               the Willamette Valley Llama Association
                                                                                               Scholarship. In the early 1990s when
                                                                                               closure of the college was threatened,
                                                                                               Pfefferkorn led fellow llama owners—
                                                                                               with llamas in tow—to the steps of the
                                                                                               state capitol to protest.
                                                                                                  More recently, Pfefferkorn testified
                         Interim Dean Rich Holdren, left, and Dr. Christopher Cebra, right,    before the Oregon legislature to support
                         present the 2006 Distinguished Service Award to Glen Pfefferkorn.     the proposal for a four-year program

                                                                                               and building expansion.
        len Pfefferkorn was honored                  “We have benefited in many ways              The Distinguished Service Award is
        with the 2006 Distinguished               from Glen’s actions,“ said Dr. Chris         given annually in recognition for out-
        Service Award at the October              Cebra as he presented the award to           standing support and service to the OSU
        college faculty meeting, where            Pfefferkorn. “Many students and              College of Veterinary Medicine. Previous
        he was presented with a plaque            faculty have him to thank for his            recipients are Dr. Jerry Boggs and Dr.
of appreciation.                                  support of education, research, and          Kurt Schrader.

Teacher of the Year
Continued from page 12

Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky,              “I had pursued what I wanted to do in     in what I do. Apparently the students
and then stayed another year in the field         my career, and it was her turn,” he said.    here thought it worked.”
service department there.                            Although he had years of clinical             Although Dr. Bergin’s eventual goal
   He says that teaching was not on his           practice behind him, Dr. Bergin says         is to move home to Hawaii and open a
list of lifetime dreams, either, but some-        teaching was a brand new and challeng-       practice with his father, he says he is
thing he stumbled into.                           ing experience.                              happy for now.
   “It was not something I pictured                  “It was terrifying at first,” he said.        “I definitely enjoy seeing the students
myself doing—never imagined it,” he               “I had only been out of school for two       progress in their skills,” he says. “I find
said. He says he applied for the position         years. I thought, ‘what am I going to        it interesting how everyone works at a
at OSU because it was time for his wife           teach these students?’ But I look back on    different pace and has a different way
Tiffany to gain more experience in her            what made a difference to me as a stu-       of learning. I’m enjoying teaching more
career and she had accepted a position            dent and try to incorporate those things     than I ever thought I would.”
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                                       Clinical	Sciences	News
                                       Announcements                                ed a cardiology residency at the Uni-
           Administrative	             Dr. David Sisson, professor of cardio-       versity of Illinois. Dr. Bulmer’s primary
           Changes                     vascular medicine and director of small      focus is on physiologic pacemakers, ca-
                                       animal services, has received an honor-      nine valvular disease, and heart failure
           Dr.	David	Sisson
                                       ary doctorate degree from the Univer-        therapy.
           stepped down as depart-
           ment head. He now serves    sity of Torino, Italy. Sisson’s more than    Dr. Katja Duesterdieck-Zellmer,
           as small animal services    30 years of accomplishments in the field                       Diplomate of the
           director.                   of veterinary cardiology were noted by                         American College of
           Dr.	Christopher	Cebra       Torino scholars, particularly in the area                      Veterinary Surgeons,
           accepted the interim        of congestive heart failure in domestic                        joined the college as
           department head position,   animals.                                                       assistant professor.
           March 2006.                                                                                She received a DVM in
                                       Faculty                                                         Germany in 1999, an
                                       Dr. Wendy Baltzer joined the college         MS from Virginia Tech in 2003, and a
                                                          as an assistant profes-   PhD from Colorado State University in
                                                          sor and small animal      2007. Her research interests are lame-
                                                          surgeon. She received     ness, osteoarthritis, minimally invasive
                                                          a PhD and performed       surgery, and functional genetics.
                                                          a residency at Texas
                                                          A&M University and        Dr. Anna Firshman, Diplomate of the
                                                          earned a DVM from                           American College of
                                       the University of California at Davis.                         Veterinary Internal
                                       Her research interests include osteo-                          Medicine, is an as-
                                       arthritis, constrictor prostanoids, and                        sistant professor. She
                                       oxidative stress in small animals.                             received a BVSc at Liv-
                                                                                                      erpool University and
                                       Dr. Lisa Brownlee, Diplomate of the                            a PhD at the Univer-
                                                          American College of       sity of Minnesota. Her interests include
                                                          Veterinary Internal       large animal internal medicine, equine
                                                          Medicine, is a clinical   muscle disease, glucose and insulin
                                                          assistant professor.      metabolism, neonatology and diagnostic
                                                          She received a DVM        ultrasonography.
                                                          from the University of
                                                          Saskatchewan and an       Dr. Jana Gordon, Diplomate of the
                                       MS from Washington State University.                        American College
                                       Her research interests are the effective-                   of Veterinary Inter-
                                       ness and side effects of inhaled gluco-                     nal Medicine (Small
                                       corticoids. She has three book chapters                     Animal Internal Medi-
                                       in press, plus other publications.                          cine), was hired as an
                                                                                                   assistant clinical pro-
                                       Dr. Barret Bulmer, Diplomate of the                         fessor. She received her
                                                        American College of         DVM from Colorado State University.
                                                        Veterinary Internal
                                                        Medicine (Cardiol-          Dr. Conny Gunkel is an assistant pro-
                                                        ogy), is an assistant                     fessor and anesthesiol-
                                                        professor. He received                    ogist. She received her
                                                        a DVM from Louisi-                        DVM in 1997 from the
                                                        ana State University,                     University of Leipzig
                                       performed a small animal internship at                     in Germany and the
                                       Colorado State University, and complet-                    German equivalent
                                                                                                  of a PhD from the

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University of Munich in 1999. She com-       Dr. Brenda Salinardi, Diplomate of the        Facultad de Veterinaria de Las Plamas
pleted an internship in anesthesia at the                       American College of        de Gran Canaria in Spain. Her interests
University of Glasgow and residencies                           Veterinary Surgeons,       include veterinary epidemiology and
in anesthesia and pain management at                            joined the college as      production medicine with a special fo-
Washington State University and the                             assistant professor.       cus on dairy cattle.
University of Florida. Her most recent                          Dr. Salinardi received
appointment was assistant clinical pro-                         a DVM from Ross            House Officer News
fessor in anesthesia at North Carolina                          University and spe-        The small animal clinic’s inaugural
State University. Her research interests     cializes in small animal general surgery      interns Jennifer Simpson and Andrea
include anesthesia and analgesia in zoo      and orthopedic surgery.                       Lantis are continuing their studies as
and wildlife animals, cardiovascular                                                       OSU’s first small animal surgical fellow
                                             Dr. Bernard Séguin, Diplomate of the
effects of immobilization drugs used in                                                    and North Carolina’s cardiology resi-
                                                                American College of
zoo and wildlife anesthesia, and cardio-                                                   dent, respectively. The 2006-2007 in-
                                                                Veterinary Surgeons,
vascular response in marine mammals                                                        terns are Jessica Gentile from Kansas
                                                                was hired as an as-
under anesthesia.                                                                          State and Catherine Fischer from Ross
                                                                sistant professor. He
Dr. Erica McKenzie, Diplomate of the                            earned his DVM from        University. Dr. Gentile will continue
                  American College of                           the University of          with a cardiology residency at Virginia-
                  Veterinary Internal                           Montreal, served as        Maryland. Marco Margiocco is finish-
                  Medicine (Large Ani-       an intern at the University of Illinois,      ing his cardiology residency and will by
                  mal Internal Medicine),    completed a residency in small animal         leaving us for a faculty position at Kan-
                  came to OSU as as-         surgery and received a master’s degree        sas State. Craig Ruaux and Marilena
                  sistant professor. She     from Washington State University,             Lupu are continuing their residencies
                  holds a BVMS from          and completed a fellowship in surgical        in small animal medicine and oncol-
Murdoch University in Western Aus-           oncology at Colorado State University.        ogy, respectively. Rolando Quesada is
tralia and a PhD from the University         His interests include surgical oncology,      finishing a fellowship in anesthesiology,
of Minnesota. Dr. McKenzie’s focus is        osteosarcoma, and limb-sparing.               and will be continuing his studies with
on muscle and exercise physiology and                                                      a zoo animal residency at the Univer-
                                             Dr. Reid Tyson, Diplomate of the Amer-        sity of Florida.
their relationship to nutrition.
                                                               ican College of Veteri-        Karen Rusiecki and Ryan Wolker,
Dr. Jon D. Plant, Diplomate of the                             nary Radiology, came        2005-2006 clinical fellows in the large
                 American College of                           to OSU as an assistant      animal hospital, are moving on to sur-
                 Veterinary Dermatol-                          professor. He received      gery residencies at Davis and the West-
                 ogy, is an assistant                          a DVM from North            ern Veterinary College in Saskatoon, re-
                 professor. He received                        Carolina State Univer-      spectively. Laura Waitt and Bronwyn
                 his DVM from Oregon                           sity and completed a        Crane are finishing their large animal
                 State University and        residency in radiology at Central Florida     medicine and theriogenology programs,
                 his current research is     Veterinary Radiology. His interests           respectively. The 2006-2007 clinical
focused on camelid dermatology.              included computed tomography, nuclear         fellows are Colette Elmas and Tracy
                                             medicine, and MRI, with a particular          Teixeira. Shannon Reed is continuing
Dr. Paul Rist joined the college as an
                                             emphasis on functional imaging.               her large animal surgery residency and
                   assistant professor. He
                                                                                           Jaime Hustace started a large animal
                   received a DVM from       Dr. Aurora Villarroel, Diplomate of the
                                                                                           medicine residency in 2006.
                   Louisiana State Uni-                         American College of
                   versity and performed                        Veterinary Preventive
                   a residency in diag-                         Medicine, was hired
                   nostic imaging at the                        as assistant professor.
                   University of Florida.                       She earned a master’s
His research interests include gastroin-                        in preventive medicine
testinal radiography and untrasonog-                           from the Univeristy
raphy, infectious diseases, and exotic       of California at Davis and a DVM from
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                                         VDL:	the	only	lab	of		 	                                              	          	
                                         its	kind	in	the	state

                                                   uring the summer of 2004, pub-       tined or inoculated against a contagious
                                                   lic health officials knew it was     agent.
                                                   only a matter of time before a          Steve Brown, veterinarian for the
                                                   bird in Oregon tested positive for   Oregon Coast Aquarium and a private
                                                   West Nile Virus.                     practice veterinarian in Newport, has
                                             In August 2004, a bird found in the        been relying on the OSU Veterinary
                                         eastern Oregon community of Vale was           Diagnostic Laboratory for more than 30
                                         sent to Oregon State University’s Vet-         years.
                                         erinary Diagnostic Laboratory, where              He sends blood, tissue and other
                                         scientists confirmed the state’s first case    samples from the aquarium’s marine
                                         of West Nile Virus.                            mammals to OSU for analysis. In his
                                             “We’d been looking for two years, and      private practice, Brown collaborates
                Lab technician Renee     we knew it was coming,” said Rocky             with the Corvallis facility to diagnose
                    Norred prepares      Baker, virology lab supervisor.                diseases in animals such as cats, dogs,
              slides for the histology       Testing for viruses such as West Nile      horses and cattle.
                           laboratory.   is just one of the many services offered          “I use the diagnostic lab on at least a
                                         by the state’s only publicly supported,        daily basis,” Brown said.
                                         and accredited veterinary diagnostic              For example, Brown turned to pa-
                                         laboratory.                                    thologists at OSU when a 10-year-old
                                             At the lab, more than 30 faculty mem-      Labrador retriever at his clinic exhibited
                                         bers, laboratory technicians, and office       decreased appetite and fatigue, and had
                                         support staff from the College of Veteri-      elevated liver enzymes.
                                         nary Medicine provide diagnostic testing          Brown sent a liver biopsy to OSU for
                                         for companion pets, horses and livestock,      analysis. The scientist there called him
                                         poultry, wildlife and aquatic animals. In      soon after to discuss the findings. The
                                         addition, they conduct bird surveillance       results indicated fish poisoning caused
                                         and remain on the alert for agri-terror-       by ingesting an exotic raw fish. Brown
                                         ism and foreign animal disease.                said this particular illness hadn’t been
                                             When local and regional veterinarians      reported since the 1960s.
                                         have a sick animal they can’t diagnose,           The diagnostician worked with
                                         or when an animal dies of no apparent          Brown, suggesting a complete fecal ex-
                                         cause, they send the case to the VDL.          amination for the dog. These follow-up
                                         When livestock fall ill, farmers and           tests confirmed the initial diagnosis of
                                         ranchers often look to the laboratory to       fish poisoning.
                                         protect their surviving herds.                    After learning what made the dog ill,
                                             Diagnosticians at the laboratory           Brown was able to begin the appropriate
                                         perform necropsies, tissue, fluid and          treatment. He said the pet is now doing
                                         blood analysis, and bacterial and viral        well.
                                         diagnostic procedures, working with               “The folks (at the VDL) will go the
                                         creatures as small as mice and as big as       extra mile, take the extra effort to make
                                         giraffes.                                      a diagnosis. They do a very thorough
                                             With this diagnostic information,          job, and are very interested in a positive
                                         veterinarians can determine the ap-            outcome for the client and the patient,”
                                         propriate course of treatment for sick         Brown said.
                                         animals. They can also give grieving              The lab receives most of its financial
                                         families an answer to why their beloved        support from the state’s higher educa-
                                         pet died, frequently offering assurance        tion budget. The service fees it charges
                                         that the owners did nothing wrong.             also generate revenue. The lab receives
                                         They’ll know if other animals in contact       about 15,000 samples a year, on which
                                         with the diseased pet need to be quaran-       it performs more than 40,000 tests.
                                                                                                                   Continued on page 17

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Biomedical Sciences News
Faculty                                        include Vibrio, Pseudomonas, E. coli,            gree in biology from San Diego State in
                                               virulence gene regulation, phage trans-          1981, and a PhD in comparative pathol-
Dr. Maria Elena Gorman, Diplomate              duction, food microbiology, pathogenic           ogy from the University of California at
                American College of            microbiology, bacterial sodium pumps,            Davis in1985. Dr. Kent has served on the
                Veterinary Pathologists,       and bioterrorism.                                boards of several professional societies
                joined the college as                                                           and has received numerous professional
                clinical assistant profes-     Dr. Michael L. Kent has been direc-
                                                                                                awards. His publications include 148
                sor. She earned her DVM                           tor for the Center for
                                                                                                reviewed primary articles, two books,
                from Colorado State Uni-                          Fish Disease Research
                                                                                                seven book chapters, 33 non-peer re-
                versity and completed                             and professor at the
                                                                                                viewed papers, and 16 papers in confer-
a residency in clinical pathology at the                          OSU College of Science
                                                                                                ence proceedings.
University of Illinois. Her specialties                           Departments of Mi-
are clinical pathology and feline viral                           crobiology and Fisher-        Dr. Kathy Magnusson joined the col-
diseases.                                                         ies and Wildlife since                      lege as an associate
                                               1999. Previous to that appointment,                            professor. She earned a
                     Dr. Claudia Häse          he held several positions as a research                        DVM from the Univer-
                     was hired as a senior     scientist. He was recently given a joint                       sity of Minnesota in
                     research assistant pro-   appointment with the Department of                             1982 and a PhD from
                     fessor. She holds a PhD   Biomedical Sciences. He received a bach-                       University of Min-
                     from the University of    elor’s degree in fisheries from Humboldt                       nesota in 1989. Her
                     Würzburg, Germany.        State University in 1977, a master’s de-
                     Her areas of interest                                                                                  Continued on page 19

Only lab of its kind in the state
Continued from page 16

   Stopping the spread of infectious              “Usually, when people think of                Exotic Newcastle Disease. These diseases
diseases is crucial to the state’s economy     bioterrorism, they think of anthrax or           could occur naturally or accidentally.
and individuals’ livelihoods, according        other agents that make people sick. But             The laboratory is not waiting for
to Jerry Heidel, professor and director of     there’s also agri-terrorism. There we’re         an outbreak to occur. Avian influenza
the lab. Animal agriculture is a signifi-      more worried about people intentionally          has yet to hit the United States, but the
cant contributor to the state’s economy,       spreading foreign animal illnesses to our        laboratory is testing for the virus in
so keeping herds healthy is essential.         livestock. This could cause a devastating        poultry and waterfowl as part of the
    The laboratory does not limit its          economic impact on the country,” Heidel          nation’s surveillance program focused
work to diseases exclusive to animals.         said.                                            on avian influenza.
For example, the lab performs the state’s         For example, he said, if the virus              Avian flu is a zoonotic disease, mean-
rabies testing. When a suspicious bat          causing foot and mouth disease were              ing it has the potential to be transmit-
is found, technicians at OSU conduct           brought into the country, it could               ted from animals to humans. Therefore,
fluorescent antibody testing on portions       quickly infect entire herds. This could          keeping animals healthy is an impor-
of the dead animal’s brain to detect the       lead other countries to stop importing           tant part of keeping people healthy,
virus. Additionally, they can test feral       American beef, resulting in huge losses          Heidel said. “We’re designed and set up
dogs and cats that have bitten people,         of income.                                       to provide animal diagnostics. In doing
so the victims will know if they’ve been          “When it comes to agri-terrorism, a           so, we can identify animal populations
exposed to rabies.                             lot of people feel it’s not a matter of if it    that may harbor these diseases, and
   In recent years, especially after the       will happen, but when. We don’t want             alert public health officials so preven-
attacks of Sept. 11, the lab has become        to be caught unprepared.”                        tive measures can be taken to keep these
increasingly concerned with thwarting             The OSU facility is certified by the          diseases out of the human population,”
terrorist efforts that could make the          U.S. Department of Agriculture to test           he said.
country’s human and animal popula-             for foreign animal disease such as Foot
tions sick.                                    and Mouth Disease, Avian Influenza and           This article is primarily based upon content
                                                                                                written by Mary Ann Albright, Corvallis
                                                                                                Gazette-Times reporter.                                                                                     2 0 0 6 – 0 7	         Page 
                   DePartMent news

                                           Pharmacokinetics	in	Snakes
                                           Merck-Merial	Research	Program	supports	reptile	research

                                                     common challenge in doing cut-        venous injection sites. Snakes have
                                                     ting-edge research is that often      fewer available vascular access sites, so
                                                     the researcher must first study       chronic access is problematic for both
                                                     how to study the problem. That        the researcher and the snake. Also, some
                                                     is the case with venturing into       access sites that would be standard for
                                                    pharmacokinetics in reptiles, as       mammals are potentially dangerous in
                                                        Dr. Craig Mosley, anesthesiolo-    reptiles.
                                                         gist, and Brianna Beechler,          “For example, there is a renal portal
                                                          class of 2008, have discov-      system in reptiles where blood from the
                                                          ered. They want to test the      hind end of the body will go directly to
                                                         efficacy of drugs in reptiles,    the kidneys,” said Dr. Mosley. “If you
                                                        but first a model of chronic       give it in the tail or hind limb of the rep-
                                                      vascular access must be created.     tile, there is potential that you could ac-
                                                    Dr. Mosley’s original interest was     tually cause renal insult or injury, which
                                               to study the anesthetic effects of pro-     isn’t something we see in mammals.”
                                            pofol in snakes. Propofol is currently            Using vascular access portals de-
                                           the most commonly used injectable               signed for humans as a model, Dr.
                                           anesthetic in reptile medicine.                 Mosley is working with Norfolk Medi-
                                               “It’s really hard to take a mammal          cal, a division of Access Technologies, to
                                           dose and extrapolate for use in a rep-          develop custom-made portals for snakes
                                           tile,” he said. “We really have no idea         that can be implanted under the skin.
                                           how long this drug lasts, where it gets         Implanted portals allow repeated blood
                                           metabolized, how it gets out of the body,       sampling without the trauma of mak-
                                           and so forth.”                                  ing a new injection each time.
                                               The problem is that reptiles have a            Unfortunately, designing the portal is
                                           markedly lower metabolic rate than              not as easy as it sounds.
                                           mammals, which affects the active du-              “It has been ripe with challenges,”
                                           ration of many drugs. The lower meta-           said Dr. Mosley. The biggest problem has
                                           bolic rate also affects how quickly the         been that the catheter diameter is small,
The objective of the Merck-Merial          drug gets into the animal’s system and          and it has been hard to get a good blood
                                           how quickly the animal can eliminate            draw. “Increasing the catheter size is
Research Program is to provide an
                                           it from the body. Reptiles have a unique        probably one of the things we have to
opportunity for students enrolled in
                                           cardiovascular and respiratory system,          look at.”
the professional veterinary program                                                           In addition, the vasculature in snakes
                                           so drug effects are not always the same
to have a faculty-guided, positive, and    as they are in a mammal.                        is exceptionally small, so implanting the
rewarding research experience in the           “Many times we’re faced with us-            devices requires microvascular sur-
basic or clinical sciences. In addition,   ing drugs in reptiles that haven’t been         gery. Dr. Scott Gustafson, small animal
the program provides an introduction       evaluated and tested,” said Dr. Mosley.         surgeon, is helping the project along by
to research issues, facilities, oppor-     “We just make our best guess based on           implanting the devices. The portals can
                                           what we use in mammals.”                        be removed afterwards and the snakes
tunities, and current research topics.
                                               To complicate things even further,          can then be released.
The goal of the program is to increase
                                           more than 8,000 species of reptiles ex-            The Merck-Merial Research Program
the number of graduating veterinar-                                                        is providing funding for Dr. Mosley’s
                                           ist—with diverse physiologies—so the
ians who choose a career in research       way drugs work in each species may              and Beechler’s cooperative research
that focuses on animal health and          also be widely variable.                        project. Dr. Robert Mason, OSU zoolo-
disease.                                       A major stumbling block to actually         gist, is cooperating with Dr. Mosley and
                                           doing the pharmacokinetic research              Beechler to provide housing and care for
                                           has been in finding readily accessible          the snakes.

                                                                Above: Mr. Crooks, a gopher snake that was born with a “kink” in his neck,
                                                                would probably never survive in the wild, so Dr. Mosley keeps him as a pet.

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Research Award
Continued from page 12

   Although it is suspected that the dis-     which she is first author), several invited
ease is genetic, research has yet to reveal   articles, numerous book chapters, and
a specific gene responsible for it.           a significant list of lay and newsletter            Oregon State University
   “It’s mysterious in that respect,” says    articles.                                             Veterinary	Journal
Dr. Valentine. “What we have found is            She co-authored with MJ Wildenstein                   published by
                                                                                                 Oregon State University
that these horses are metabolically dif-      a 228-page book called Draft Horses, an
                                                                                              College of Veterinary Medicine
ferent than a horse that doesn’t have the     Owner’s Manual, which was published
problem. Changing their diet has been         in 2000 by Rural Heritage of Gaines-                  Writer	and	editor
very effective in treating it.”                                                                         Marie Oliver
                                              boro, Tennessee.
                                                                                                 Clarity Writing & Editing
   Her prescription is to reduce starch          She was on the board of scientific
and sugar and increase fat content in         reviewers for the American Journal of                        Layout
the horses’ feed.                             Veterinary Research from 2001 until                        Pat Hutson
   Dr. Valentine earned a DVM from            earlier this year, and has been a mem-                Project	coordinator
New york State College of Veterinary          ber of the editorial board of Veterinary                Debrah Rarick
Medicine in 1981. She completed a             Pathology since 2003.
postdoctoral fellowship in compara-              Dr. Valentine was a member of the                      Jill Bartlett
tive medicine at Johns Hopkins School         American College of Veterinary Patholo-
of Medicine in 1984, and in 1990 she          gists Examination Committee in 2002
earned a PhD in pathology at Cornell          and 2003 and was a section leader in                  ADMINISTRATION
University.                                   large animal pathology for that organi-                Office of the Dean
   She is a prolific author. She has pub-     zation in 2003.                                         RICH HOLDREN
lished 124 peer-reviewed articles (52 of                                                               Interim Dean
                                                                                                   SUSAN TORNQUIST
                                                                                                Associate Dean for Student
                                                                                                  and Academic Affairs
Biomedical Sciences News                                                                           JENNIFER MILBURN
Continued from page 17                                                                           Director of Development

research interests include the role of ex-    Dr. Mahfuzur R. Sarker received an                    TERRy ROBERTSON
                                                                                                   Chief Business Officer
citatory amino acid receptors in the ag-                         MSc from the Uni-
                                                                                                     DEBRAH RARICK
ing brain and in learning and memory                             versity of Dhaka in
                                                                                                    Executive Assistant
functions, species-specific differences in                       Bangladesh and a PhD
opiate and adrenergic receptor expres-                           from the University of       Clinical	Sciences	Department
sion, and interactions of metal mixture                          Tokushima in Japan.                Lois Bates Acheson
effects on learning and NMDA receptors.                          He completed a post-          Veterinary Teaching Hospital
She is first author on several peer-re-                          doctoral fellowship at            CHRISTOPHER CEBRA
viewed articles.                              the University of Louvain in Brussels,             Interim Department Head
                                              Belgium and was a research associate                   DAVID SISSON
Dr. John Enrique Mata is a senior                                                             Small Animal Services Director
                                              at the University School of Medicine in
                  research assistant                                                                MICHAEL HUBER
                                              Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His research
                  professor. He earned a                                                      Large Animal Services Director
                                              interests include molecular pathogen-
                  PhD degree in medi-
                                              esis of the food-borne gastrointestinal       Biomedical	Sciences	Department
                  cal sciences from the
                                              pathogen Clostridium perfringens, genet-               LUIz BERMUDEz
                  University of Nebraska
                                              ics and molecular biology of sporulation               Department Head
                  Medical Center in
                                              process in C. perfringens, and the mecha-              JERRy HEIDEL
                  Omaha, Nebraska.
                                              nism of C. perfringens spore resistance to                Director
His research interests include natural                                                      Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
                                              environmental stresses. He has authored
product research, biotechnology, and
                                              or co-authored more than 25 papers and
nanomedicine. He has published more                                                         Please direct questions or comments to:
                                              has contributed to book chapters.
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2007	Calendar
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