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					                                   COLLEGE OF
                               VETERINARY MEDICINE

                         ACADEMIC REPORT FOR 2005-2006

1. 2005-2006 HIGHLIGHTS
  a. Programmatic achievements
     Initiatives in support of teaching
     • The College delivered, for the first time, the full four-year professional curriculum here
       in Corvallis.
     • A significant number (13) of new faculty hires were made this academic year. The
       majority of these new faculty members are involved in the small animal clinic and
       teaching hospital program. Biomedical sciences faculty have also been hired to cover
       clinical pathology, bacteriology, and related fields.
     • Faculty meet monthly to discuss pedagogical issues.
     • Curriculum review has continued with a full year of the professional program
       undergoing a full content review by the Curriculum Committee each year. This
       committee makes recommendations to the department heads and instructors to improve
       the comprehensive delivery of information.
     • The College continues to partner with the Valley Library for delivery of information
       services to the veterinary college community.
     • The small animal clinic of the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital
       opened at the end of April 2005. To date the clinic has seen its case load grow at about
       twice the rate originally anticipated. This has been tremendously advantageous to our
       third- and fourth-year students, who rely to a considerable extent on the case load at the
       hospital to gain clinical experience.
     • Veterinary graduates from the class of 2005 took the national NAVLE examination in
       October of 2005. OSU students had a passing percentage of 95% compared to the
       national rate of 88%, and our student scored above the median, in some cases almost a
       standard deviation above the median, in all test categories except two. This is a
       wonderful tribute to both our faculty and our students.
     Major research/scholarship initiatives
     • The College continues to have success in recruiting basic and clinical scientists to teach
       in the professional curriculum.
     • The College has continued to increase research capability and success. Growth of the
       research enterprise in the college remains one of our strategic goals. The number of
       ongoing research grants has increased this year and we have exceeded research funding
       expectations. Some of the substantial research grants are listed as examples.

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     Bermudez, Luiz
            PHS Genes Associated with M. avium Pathogenesis, $671,498
            Johne’s Disease, $109,614
     Gustafson, Scott
             PHSO Biomaterial Patch for Lung, $580,000
             HC1 Chitosan Bandage Hemorrhage Control, $427,900
             Hemorrhage Control Bandage, $109,142
     Häse, Claudia
              Analyses of sodium bioenergetics in Vibrio cholerae, $349,497
              Sodium pumps as novel drug targets in Yersinia pestis, $102,872
     Heidel, Jerry
              Oregon Sea Grant Omnibus Program Plan: modeling of shipping-related
              stress in marine ornamental fish, $66,338
     Magnusson, Kathy
            Changes in aging NMDA receptors affect memory, $435,000
     Rockey, Daniel, Chlamydia trachomatis incA Mutants, $598,827
             Genetic transformation system for Chlamydia suis, $171,543
             Comparative genomics of Clinical C. trachomatis, strains, $62,802

• Substantial remodeling of research space has been completed in Dryden Hall and
• Faculty members without extramural funding are part of a mentored research program
  designed to develop skills and data sufficient to apply to nationally competitive funding
• Several faculty members participated in grant-writing workshops designed to result in a
  submission to the NIH or other national agency.
Major outreach/engagement initiatives
• The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) is an official part of the National Animal
  Health Laboratory Network.
• The VDL is participating in the national surveillance program for Avian Influenza in
• The VDL has the only personnel in Oregon approved by the USDA to conduct
  diagnostic testing for Avian Influenza, Exotic Newcastle Disease, Foot and Mouth
  Disease, and Classical Swine Fever. Staff are also trained to test for West Nile Virus,
  BSE, rabies, and other infectious diseases.
• The College is working with the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, the Oregon Dairy
  Association, and other commodity groups to create a VDL Advisory Committee
  charged with providing valuable stakeholder input to VDL operations. This should
  increase the responsiveness of our program to livestock producer needs and help
  promote the food animal industry as an attractive career choice for our graduates.

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   • The VDL has expanded its role as a public health resource through expanded diagnostic
     testing for zoonotic diseases.
   • The College has continued its cooperative educational programs with the Oregon
     Veterinary Medical Association and offers a three-day veterinary continuing education
     conference annually.
   • College faculty, staff, and students participated in numerous outreach programs to
     promote the profession to young people from grade school to college-age. These
     include Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering, Adventures in Learning, Saturday
     Academy, high school and college career fairs, daVinci Days, Ag Fest, Pet Day and
     Open House, and many tours for prospective students, 4-H and other groups.
   National/International impact of programs and initiatives
   • The College’s growth in human resources and facilities has had a tremendous impact on
     the national reputation of the college.
   • A form of tracking student’s opportunities to perform all the required hands-on
     procedures deemed necessary for entry level veterinarians (called the Procedures
     Book), has become a widely copied form of outcomes assessment for student clinical
     skills among veterinary schools in the United States.
   • Veterinary students from St. George’s University in Grenada and Ross University in St.
     Kitt’s are continuing their 4th year clinical training in our program. Six students are here
     to date, with discussion underway to potentially increase the number of students
     accepted from Ross in future years.
   • Two foreign graduate veterinarians are receiving one year’s clinical training in our
     program as part of the ECFVG program through the American Veterinary Medical
b. Faculty recognition and awards
   • Faculty continue to serve on NIH study panels and as ad hoc reviewers for grants and
   • Faculty serve in leadership roles in multiple professional veterinary organizations, such
     as: Sue Tornquist served as president of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical
     Pathology and is chair of the ACVP clinical pathology board exam; Linda Blythe is the
     president of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and also is one of 13 members
     on the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
   • Professor David Sisson, cardiovascular medicine specialist and small animal services
     director, was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Turino,
     Italy. He is being recognized for more than 30 years of accomplishments in veterinary
     cardiology, particularly in the area of congestive heart failure in domestic animals.
   • Dr. Beth Valentine received the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence.
   • Dr. Brady Bergin received the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award.

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   c. Student recognition and awards
      • Over $210K in merit-based scholarships and need-based grants were distributed to the
        student body this past academic year.
      • A second-year veterinary student won the prize for student presentations at the
        International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine Convention for his case
        presentation on “Dental Acrylic and Circlage Wire Repair of a Mandibular Fracture in a
        Harbor Seal.”
2. Strategic Plan Implementation
   Focus for 2005-2006: Enhancing student success, increasing research and outreach, and
   enhancing diversity and community
   For each focus area, list the initiatives undertaken and the outcome at the end of the year
   (include international dimensions within diversity)
   Enhancing student success.
   • Faculty have held multiple forums to discuss approaches for dealing with students in
     academic difficulty as well as proactive measures to minimize academic problems. An
     amendment to the College Bylaws, establishing a Student Progress Committee, has been
     proposed and discussed among the faculty and appears likely to be implemented. Wayne
     Robertson, from the Teaching and Learning Center, has held short workshops with
     faculty and with peer tutors to increase their effectiveness in helping students with
     academic difficulties. The peer tutor and faculty mentor programs are continuing to
     develop in a positive direction. Incoming first-year students are receiving more
     communication prior to their arrival with information designed to give them a strong start
     in the curriculum. The three day orientation for first year students prior to the start of the
     academic year also continues to be revised to emphasize good study skills, time
     management and stress management.
   • Leadership training opportunities for students are encouraged and supported. An example
     is the Veterinary Leadership Experience workshop during semester break in which three
     students and a faculty member from each veterinary college attended a three day
     workshop. Class officers are elected and given opportunities to meet with administration
     to discuss concerns and provide input on a variety of issues.
   Increasing research and outreach.
   • College faculty have been active participants and leaders in the development of a state-
      wide initiative (Signature Research Center) to further develop our expertise in infectious
      disease therapeutics. This initiative is being undertaken with colleagues at OHSU and
      PNNL, in addition to faculty for several other OSU colleges, and it is currently being
      considered by the Oregon Innovation Council as one of the proposals to be put forward in
      the Governor’s budget.
   • Clinical Affiliation Agreements were reached with Ross University School of Veterinary
      Medicine and St. George University School of Veterinary Medicine and Oregon State
      University to provide clinical training and experience to some of their fourth-year
      students. Two other international students from Italy are participating in a similar
      program called ECFVG.

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•   To promote an understanding of research underway in the college and to expose students
    and others in the university community that have an interest in veterinary research, two
    seminar series, “Research in Progress” and “Guest Speakers, Research Seminars” were
    presented. Individual faculty members or teams presented their research to an audience of
    college students and faculty as well as those interested in the university science
    community. Guest speakers, experts in their research fields, were invited guests of the
    College and gave talks and met with interested faculty and graduate students.
Enhancing diversity and community.
• The College approaches gender parity and has significant diversity (15%), including
  international faculty, within its ranks. The student body continues to include relatively
  low numbers of minority students. This reflects the low numbers of minority students
  who apply to veterinary programs nationally and has been the focus of a concerted
  Diversity Initiative at the national level in the profession. The College has participated in
  Diversity Workshops and Symposia presented by the AVMA and the American
  Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. The national Diversity program director for
  the AVMA, Lisa Greenhill, is scheduled to visit the College in October, 2006, to provide
  consultation and review on minority recruiting. The Admissions Committee is in constant
  review of its policies and philosophy to increase minority representation. A Student
  Ambassador group has been formed to increase the visibility of the profession. Students
  have visited a high school and promoted the profession, and they have attended events
  such as Ag Fest in Salem, and Pet Day and Open House to promote OSU and the
  profession. Discussions continue on expanding promotion by visiting with middle and
  high school students in a variety of settings.
a. Provide a brief self-assessment of the unit efforts in the three areas: what worked;
   areas that need improvement; major barriers
    Enhancing student success.
    • In this area, several changes have been made, while others are just now being
      implemented. The increase in class size in addition to having a number of new
      instructors in all the new courses taught this year led to some academic problems
      among the professional students. Although this was not a desired outcome, it has led to
      a close examination on the part of the faculty, of approaches that can be used to
      enhance student success. These include strengthening the pre-orientation information
      provided to incoming students, an orientation that focuses on skills and approaches
      needed for academic success, a revision of the peer tutor and faculty mentor programs
      with more training for the individuals involved, and the proposal of a Student Progress
      Committee designed to facilitate early identification of and individualized approaches
      to students that are having academic problems. The faculty is enthusiastically
      supporting these initiatives and has become more engaged in discussions of educational
      philosophies and methods. The major barrier is lack of adequate faculty time to explore
      and implement all the options available for enhanced academic success.

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   Increasing research and outreach.
   • Research initiatives to foster interest and pursuit of research grants were successful.
     Grant funding has increased and some funded by the departments to encourage new
     faculty to pursue grants has provided incentive. An increased number of students
     applied for and were accepted into the Merck Merial Summer Research program or
     took research development positions as laboratory assistants for the summer.
   • The Caribbean and Visiting student clinical training program has been successful even
     though it faced challenges such as how to make them feel welcome and integrated by
     obtaining university services and benefits when they are not officially enrolled as OSU
     students. This was resolved by collecting student fees from them so they could use
     university benefits such as Dixon Recreation Center and obtain parking permits.
   Enhancing diversity and community.
   • The College continues to discuss ways of promoting diversity in the veterinary
     profession. Although significant differences in numbers of minority students have not
     been seen in the last year, there certainly have been increased efforts to address the
b. Summarize major unit activities during 2005-2006 that helped promote one or more
   of the five thematic areas
   • Research in human infectious diseases including: tuberculosis, AIDS/HIV, chlamydia,
     and avian influenza. (Health)
   • Expanded laboratory capabilities for screening mammalian (non-human), and arthropod
     samples for brucellosis, tuberculosis, West Nile virus, rabies, avian influenza, and
     many other pathogens. (Health, Natural Resources)
   • Significant growth in the case load for the small animal clinic of the Lois Bates
     Acheson Veterinary Hospital and greater opportunities for students to gain hands-on
     experiences with a variety of clinical issues. (Health)
   • Expanded coverage in Extension (Large Animal and Herd Health) Veterinary Medicine
     (Natural Resources)
c. Summarize major accomplishments for 2005-2006 in support of the OSU Capital
   • The Valley Foundation’s challenge grant has been met through a combination of gifts
     from individuals, corporations, and foundations, as well as public funds. This provides
     the opportunity for the expansion and modernization of the Lois Bates Acheson
     Veterinary Teaching Hospital large animal services.
   • The College exceeded its fundraising goal of $1,000,000 for FY 06. Through increasing
     the Acheson Teaching Hospital client base, especially with clients owning companion
     animals, the College has seen a large increase in the number of new donors making
     gifts to our programs.

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       • Having a full time development director for the College has made a significant
         difference in the number of major donors supporting programs and scholarships. Gifts
         from industry, both cash donations and gifts-in-kind, have increased dramatically over
         the last year and a half, due to the concentrated efforts of the development director,
         dean, and department heads.
3. Other initiatives and their outcomes [e.g., Faculty/Staff Professional Development
      • To recognize and encourage professional faculty excellence, two annual awards were
        established for professional faculty. The College also has two classified staff awards
        given annually. Awardees receive a modest monetary award, recognition at the Staff
        Appreciation Luncheon and the Awards Ceremony, and their certificates of recognition
        hang in Magruder Hall
4. Scorecard
   a. Performance on College-level metrics

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Metric                                                                           Actuals (AY/FY)             College Targets
 #                                                                          2004-05           2005-06           2007-08

         Goal 1: Provide Outstanding Academic Programs
          2004-05 Themes: Increase research and outreach
                                 Increase diversity

   1.1   Expenditures from Grants and Contracts, and Other Sources         $1,639,932         $2,173,300       $2,904,000
   1.2   Invention Disclosures                                                 0                Jan-07             -
         % of Faculty, Staff, and Students Comfortable with Climate
   1.3   for Diversity¹                                                       N/A                N/A                -
   1.4   % of U.S. Minority Students of Total College Enrollment              3.7                3.2                -

         Goal 2: Improve the Teaching and Learning
           2004-05 Themes: Improve student success and
                                 Increase diversity

   2.3   First Professional (DVM) Degrees Awarded                              35                 38               48
   2.4   Graduate Degrees Awarded                                              1                  1                 -
         Student Primary Major to Faculty FTE Ratio / Student
   2.6   Course to Faculty FTE Ratio                                       9.7 / 10.2                              -
 2.x.1   DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) Graduation Rate (%)              94.6                95              100
 2.x.2   First Year Retention Rate                                            97.9               97.9             100
 2.x.3   First Professional Students Admitted / Applicants                  48 / 669            51/672
 2.x.4   Graduate Students Admitted / Applicants                             0 / 11               3/9

         Goal 3: Increase Revenues

   3.1   Awards from Grants and Contracts (# / $)                        17 / $1,583,444   42 / $2,168,870   50 / $2,700,000
   3.2   Private Giving Revenue                                           $16,962,704        $1,324,905        $1,500,000

¹ College of Veterinary Medicine not included in Campus Climate Survey results due to a sample size less
  than 10.

             b. Leveraging resources
                 Initiatives to leverage state resources
                 • Currently clinic revenues, service fees and returned overhead constitute about a quarter
                   of the College’s budget. We have opportunities to grow the proportion of the budget
                   that is generated from non-state revenues. While the definitive goal has not been
                   established to date, the College aspires to have about half of its revenues coming from
                   non-state sources within the next five years.

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       Initiatives to improve administrative efficiencies
       • Currently the College is in transition. A new Dean will be on board within the next
         year, and the search for a permanent Head for the Department of Clinical Sciences will
         be initiated within the current academic year. With the growth occurring in the small
         animal clinic, and the renovated large animal facility opening within about 18 months,
         the College will be undertaking an examination of its leadership structure to determine
         if it would now be appropriate to separate the functions of the Clinical Sciences
         Department Head from that of an overall Hospital Director.
5. Assessment of your 2005-2006 Priorities
   • The College now has a full complement of students – 48 per class.
   • Research expenditures have exceeded goals.
   • Retention and graduation rates exceed targeted levels.
   • By at least one measure (NAVLE scores), OSU graduates exceed national averages for
      performance on licensing tests.
6. Proposed Priorities for 2006-2007, particularly in the areas of
   Enhancing student success.
   • The College will under go an accreditation visit by the AVMA Council on Education
     (COE) on February 5-8, 2007. Every effort is being made to demonstrate that the new,
     four-year curriculum and the College as a whole, meets or exceeds the standards of the
     AVMA Council on Education. This visit is critical for the college both from the
     perspective of our reputation among the fraternity of Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and
     from the perspective of being better able to attract and recruit the highest quality faculty
     and students.
   • As part of our long-range facility plan, we will proceed with the renovation and expansion
     of the large animal clinic which is funded in part by the Valley Foundation and matching
     gifts and was approved by the Oregon Legislature. When this is completed (projected for
     December 2007), it will provide an expanded modern facility for lameness testing and
     evaluation, imaging, as well as providing much improved isolation and intensive care
     facilities. Access to these improved facilities will greatly enhance learning opportunities for
     students both through more state-of-the-art equipment and greater access to cases that the
     new facilities should generate.
   • The College has entered into negotiations with the Oregon Humane Society to allow the
     college to place fourth-year students in the OHS medical facility, on two week rotations, to
     provide experience in shelter medicine for the students. Memoranda of Agreements to
     document obligations and expectations will be finalized this year.
   • The College is in a constant process of examining and evaluating the five year hiring plan.
     Currently, the College has a solid, but very basic core faculty, with internal medicine,
     pathology, and surgery well represented. Specialties such as cardiology, oncology,
     dermatology, radiology, anesthesiology, clinical pathology, and neurology are represented
     with strong faculty, but the each of these could use some additional depth of coverage.
     Finally, there are specialty areas that are not represented by our faculty. Currently we bring

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 in emergency pool or visiting faculty to provide coverage in these areas, but eventually
 they will need to have places on the faculty here at OSU.
• College faculty have proposed a “Student Progress Committee” to monitor students’
  academic success. The committee, if implemented, will provide a “early warning system”
  for students experiencing academic difficulties, and will provide academic counseling and
  tutoring for those students interested in those services. Incoming students are now being
  paired with more senior students in a “big sibling” program to assist the incoming students
  adjust and adapt to the rigors of the professional program.
• Through assessing progressive admissions programs of other veterinary colleges, inviting
  experts, and a thorough review of the College’s admissions process, a new process and
  philosophy will be developed, presented to faculty for acceptance and communicated to
  prospective students and pre-veterinary program advisors in time for recruiting the class of
  2012 (decisions must be completed by January, 2007 to meet this goal). This will be a
  significant shift in evaluation of applicants for admission, allowing for a more
  comprehensive evaluation of a candidate apart from their academic qualifications with
  more emphasis on the skills, knowledge and aptitude needed to be successful in the
Increasing research/scholarship and outreach
• The Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital plays many important roles in the
   College. Specifically, it provides health care and information service, a learning
   environment for veterinary students and house officers, and revenue to support the
   missions of the College. Hospital revenue and caseload should increase over the next year.
   The Large Animal Clinic, which has been active for over 25 years, will continue to be the
   major large animal referral center for the region. Its case load is likely to be stable, with
   revenue increasing due to a revised fee structure. The new Small Animal Clinic should
   continue to grow. It will become more financially self-sustaining and provide increasing
   opportunities for students to learn all aspects of small animal practice. It faces many
   challenges due to the other established small animal referral practices in the region, but
   should be able to achieve a 25% increase in case load and revenue.
• In FY06, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory’s accreditation was downgraded to
   “provisional” accreditation. One critical goal for FY07 is to have the laboratory regain fully
   accredited status. This will involve hiring a full-time quality manager; identifying
   additional contiguous space to expand over-crowded operations; updating and upgrading
   some of the older analytical equipment currently in use; and completing deferred
   maintenance in areas such as necropsy.
• College faculty will continue to provide leadership in the multi-institutional infectious
   disease therapeutics initiative. Regardless as to whether the governor selects this as one of
   the next “signature research centers” for the state or not, our faculty will continue to focus
   in this area, and bring high quality students and research opportunities to OSU.
• Increasing continuing education opportunities to veterinarians and workshops for industry
   and animal owners is a goal for 06-07. Once the Extension Veterinarian program is
   established, ranchers and animal owners will have access to veterinary expertise on herd
   health management. The College will continue to partner with the Oregon Veterinary
   Medical Association to present the annual Oregon Veterinary Conference in March. In

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  conjunction with this OVC meeting, the College will host the third international camelid
• The College, in cooperation with the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of
  Agricultural Sciences, has hired a second Extension Veterinarian. Even though each of the
  Extension Veterinarians hold only partial extension appointments, the combination will
  allow us to better serve the beef, dairy, and other livestock groups across the state more
Enhancing diversity and community, including international dimensions
• The College commits to a continued effort to enhance diversity and community within our
  faculty, staff, and student body.
• The College will host the AAVMC diversity director in October in order to improve our
  recruiting and retention efforts among minority students. We will invite other speakers as
  the opportunity arises and encourage participation in workshops promoting an
  understanding of diversity and community.
Capital Campaign
• Work with the OSUF to refill the now vacated position of a full time development officer
  for the college. The College has some major opportunities in a number of emerging
  program areas including the “Home Again” and “Grateful Client” programs. These new
  initiatives could yield significant gifting for the university and college, but realizing the
  potential will require an investment in time and a development officer. Also, we need to
  expand the “Pet Memorial Program,” a small program that has yielded tremendous value
  for our students in terms of scholarship funding brought into the College.
• Acknowledging that the College’s alumni base has increased and is maturing, events and
  programs involving alumni and connecting them to their alma mater will be initiated. For
  example, three alumni class reunions are scheduled for the fall each with a reception and
  tour of the new Magruder facilities. An alumni reception at the American Veterinary
  Medical Association Annual Meeting (location rotates around the country) will now be an
  annual event for the College, along with the alumni reception at the Western Veterinary
  Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. We will also increase publications and mailings to
  alumni to keep them informed and connected to the College.

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