July 15, 2013
CVM NewsCalendar is a biweekly newsletter for faculty, staff, and students of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Please submit news and calendar items to Sue Kirchoff, editor, at email@example.com by noon the Friday before publication.
In this issue
- College news
- College begins veterinary education twinning program with Chiang Mai University
- Annual pathology course held at CVM
- Food animal project receives Research Infrastructure Investment award
- Awards presented at Staff Appreciation Day
- Research award recipients announced
- New study links sycamore tree to atypical myopathy
- Training in packing and shipping hazardous materials to be offered July 30
- Become a mentor
- Duke Lecture planned for October 10
- Explore the food system from farm to table in Chile this October
- Veterinary Medical Library news: call for proposals to participate in a data curation pilot
- CVM Web traffic report: June
- In the news
- Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus
- Cancer research
- Listeria outbreak
- Counterfeit food
- Vitamin supplements for horses
- Upcoming Polo Classic
- Dairy Care365 training series
- Faculty and staff news
- Dean Trevor Ames to lead national search for CFANS dean
- Jeein Chung and Timothy Snider complete veterinary public health and preventive medicine residency
- Randall Singer and Tim Johnson called superheros in the fight against antibiotic resistance
- Staff members promoted
- Welcome to the college
- Student news
- Abhishek "Shake" Chatterjee to present iPad app at AVMA meeting
- Xi Guo pictured on TwinCities.com
- Alumni news
- Elizabeth Prescott, Mindy Rostal, Nathan Schafer
- Clinical Investigation Center
Need a home
- Feline blood donors
- Two older cats
College begins veterinary education twinning program with Chiang Mai University
The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and Chiang Mai University in Thailand have launched a veterinary education twinning project under the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Veterinary Education Twinning Program. “Twinning” is an approach that enables peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experience between two universities. Learn more.
Annual pathology course held at CVM
The college hosted the annual Charles Louis Davis Foundation Gross Pathology Review Course July 8-12. The annual symposium provides intensive training in the gross pathology of dogs, cats, ruminants, horses, fish, wildlife, primates, and birds, including poultry.
Dr. Rob Porter, clinical specialist, served as host and chair for the meeting and presented four hours of lecture on avian pathology. Pathology residents with the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and Veterinary Population Medicine Department, including Drs. Mark Chalkley, Christina Foutz, Brad Goupil, Ramesh C. Kovi, Mary Lauren Mesich, Adrienne Schucker, Matt Sturos, and Chris Watson, also contributed to the symposium. Dr. Trevor Ames, dean; Dr. Jim Collins, director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory; and Dr. Tom Molitor, chair of the Veterinary Population Medicine Department, stopped in to greet the participants.
Attendees included approximately 75 veterinarians from the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Brazil who are training in anatomic pathology and laboratory animal medicine, as well as several U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarians. In addition to five days of continuing education, the visitors enjoyed a tour of The Raptor Center (TRC) and a visit with Dr. Juli Ponder, TRC’s executive director. To give participants a flavor of the University of Minnesota campus, participants were treated to ice cream produced in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition’s dairy plant. Desserts were served by pathology residents and faculty.
The Charles Louis Davis Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary and Comparative Pathology is a nonprofit group run by veterinary pathologists to promote international training in veterinary pathology. The organization also provides training for pathology residents who are preparing for the American College of Veterinary Pathologists board exam.
Pathology residents and faculty geared up to serve ice cream to participants at the annual Charles Louis Davis Foundation Gross Pathology Review Course last week.
Food animal project receives Research Infrastructure Investment award
A project entitled “Essential Infrastructure Improvements for Food Animal Research” was one of 10 Research Infrastructure Investment Program awards announced by the University’s Office of the Vice President for Research on June 12.
The project’s goal is to enhance research infrastructure on the third floor of the Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine Building to create a food-centric corridor with integrated cutting-edge research capability. The principal investigator is Dr. Montserrat Torremorell, Allen D. Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity. Co-investigators are Drs. James Collins, Peter Davies, Hinh Ly, Maria Pieters, and Scott Wells of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Drs. Sally Noll, Scott O'Grady, and Gerald Shurson of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Matching funds will be provided by the College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and Agricultural Experiment Station.
Research Infrastructure Investment awards are a one-time investment in University research infrastructure designed to facilitate strong partnerships and interdisciplinary alliances at the University of Minnesota, especially between the health sciences and other disciplines. Funded through the President’s Office and administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the program required a one-to-one match from the supporting colleges or centers. Learn more about the Research Infrastructure Investment awards.
Awards presented at Staff Appreciation Day
At the annual Staff Appreciation Day awards ceremony on June 27, Cindy Irons, executive assistant, was presented with the Carl Edborg III Award and Dr. Kelly Hall, associate clinical professor, received the Outstanding Faculty and P&A award. Longevity awards for 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, and 15 years were also presented, after which the staff enjoyed lunch in the lobby of the Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine building, an ice cream social in the Hayloft, and carnival games on the lawn outside the Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center.
Research award recipients announced
The Office of the Associate Dean for Research announced the recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Research Alumnus Award, Zoetis Award for Excellence in Research, and Distinguished Research Partner Award. The awards, which will be presented during the annual Points of Pride Research Day on October 2, recognize the efforts of organizations and the commitments of researchers who have made outstanding research achievements. The recipients:
- Distinguished Research Alumnus Award: Dr. M. Suresh, professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Suresh earned his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota
- Zoetis Award for Excellence in Research: Dr. Alvin Beitz, professor and chair, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Department
- Distinguished Research Partner Award: AKC Canine Health Foundation
New study links sycamore tree to atypical myopathy
Dr. Stephanie Valberg, professor and director of the Equine Center, reports that a new study published in the Equine Veterinary Journal found that toxins from the seeds of the tree Acer pseudoplatanus are the likely cause of atypical myopathy in Europe. The new research follows hot on the heels of a study earlier this year that linked toxins from the box elder tree (Acer negundo) with seasonal pasture myopathy, the U.S. equivalent of atypical myopathy. The discovery marks an important step for the prevention of atypical myopathy, a highly fatal muscle disease in the United Kingdom and Northern Europe.
The European research was conducted by an international team led by Dominique Votion of the University of Liege in Belgium and involved 17 horses suffering from atypical myopathy in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. Researchers believe that hypoglycin A is the likely cause of both atypical myopathy in Europe and seasonal pasture myopathy in North America. The sycamore and the box elder are known to produce seeds containing hypoglycin A, and the pastures of the afflicted horses in Europe and the USA were surrounded by these trees. Download a PDF of the Equine Veterinary Journal article.
Training in packing and shipping hazardous materials to be offered July 30
Do you ship hazardous materials, such as infectious substances, human or animal samples, biologically-derived toxins, and preservatives for samples (such as dry ice)? Did you know that federal law requires training in the proper packaging and shipping of hazardous materials every two years, and that documentation of shipping training must be kept on file in your laboratory for two years? Don’t miss the University’s hazardous materials shipping training session, scheduled for July 30. If the only hazardous material you use is dry ice, you can sign up for Part 1 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in 280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Register online at http://ulearn.umn.edu. If you ship other hazardous materials, you should attend Part 1 and Part 2, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in 280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Register online at ULearn. For more details about hazardous shipping regulations and instructions and instructions for registering, visit the Training Web page. If you need help registering, contact Steen Erikson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a mentor
Every year, the CVM Mentoring Program matches first-year DVM students with practicing veterinarians who provide valuable career information and strategies. The mentoring relationships provide a meaningful learning experience for students outside the classroom, as well as opportunities for professional development, networking, and an exchange of ideas. Mentors have the opportunity to support the development of future leaders in the veterinary profession, expand their professional network, refine their coaching and mentoring skills, and strengthen ties with the College of Veterinary Medicine. The program begins in October and ends the following April. Learn more and register.
Duke Lecture planned for October 10
The Raptor Center's annual Duke Lecture, planned for October 10, will feature Dr. Thor Hansen, the author of Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle. "Feathers can conceal or attract," Hansen writes. "They can be vibrantly colored without using pigment. They can store water or repel it. They can snap, whistle, hum, vibrate, boom, and whine. They’re a near-perfect airfoil and the lightest, most efficient insulation ever discovered.” Watch for more details in the coming months.
Explore the food system from farm to table in Chile this October
An October 21-25 study program will explore aspects of animal welfare and health, food safety, food protection, and public health through a variety of site visits and facilitated discussions in Chile. Presented by the Inter-American Cooperation on Agriculture, University of Chile, Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, University of Minnesota, and The Ohio State University, site visits will include AGROSUR poultry processing plant, the main poultry company in Chile, a dairy plant that produces 500 tons of product per month while maintaining the artisanal flavor of fresh cheese, small beef farmers that are part of the PABCO group (animal farm under official control), which exports products to Europe, and a high-end ready-to-eat meat processing facility. The registration fee covers four nights accommodations, transportation between sites, course materials, and a group dinner. The course can be taken for continuing education credit or academic credit (VMED 5997). Early registration ($1,400 USD) closes August 2. For more details, visit www.cahfs.umn.edu/programs/farmtotable/.
Veterinary Medical Library news
Call for proposals for University faculty and researchers to participate in a data curation pilot (fall 2013)
In response to a memorandum from the White House about increasing access to publicly funded research data, the University Libraries anticipate increased need for research data management and repository services. To better understand these needs, the libraries need your help. This fall, the libraries will utilize its suite of services and expertise to pilot a “data curation” service. Data curation includes archiving, preservation, and access to research data, ultimately with reuse in mind. The pilot project invites proposals of digital datasets from University of Minnesota faculty to be archived in the library's institutional repository, the University Digital Conservancy (UDC), to better understand your disciplinary needs related to data curation. The UDC is an open-access archive for research and scholarship produced by University of Minnesota affiliates that provides long-term digital preservation of digital assets.
Benefits of participating in the data curation pilot
- Your research data will be archived and accessible for future researchers and scholars to reuse, potentially increasing your research impact.
- By storing your data in a preservation-friendly environment, you will safeguard your time and investment in a trusted source, the University of Minnesota Libraries.
- If your data are federally funded, this pilot may fulfill grant funder expectations for data sharing.
- By partnering with digital archivists and preservation experts, you get a custom workflow for archiving your data that goes beyond storage and backup techniques.
How to get involved
Respond to the call for proposals by September 1 by either filling out a short online form or sending an e-mail to the project manager, Lisa Johnston (email@example.com), describing how your data does (or does not) meet the selection criteria. Even if your data does not meet the current criteria, the libraries would like your feedback to help them develop services in the future. The datasets included in the pilot will curated during the fall 2013 semester.
If you have other ideas for data curation services that should be offered on campus, contact Andre Nault, head of the Veterinary Medical Library, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CVM Web traffic report: June
Top 10 College of Veterinary Medicine websites: June 2013
By number of visits
Data from Google Analytics
- College of Veterinary Medicine: 16,871 visits
- Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory: 10,380 visits
- Veterinary Anatomy: 9,767 visits
- Equine Center: 6,840 visits
- Veterinary Medical Center: 6,252 visits
- The Raptor Center: 5,613 visits
- Minnesota Urolith Center: 3,978 visits
- Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences: 3,656 visits
- Education and Student Services: 3,530 visits
- Veterinary Medical Library: 3,102 visits
By the numbers
Visits to the College of Veterinary Medicine home page came from 7,005 people ("unique visitors") in 99 countries and territories; 32 percent were new visitors. Visitors spent an average of 3:20 minutes on the site and viewed an average of 1.92 pages per visit. Ninety-four percent of the visitors were from the United States, and 74 percent of those were from Minnesota, mostly St. Paul. Forty-seven percent used Internet Explorer, with Chrome being the next-most-popular browser. The Veterinary Anatomy site had visitors from 116 countries and territories.
In the news (top)
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus
Dr. Montserrat Torremorell was quoted in a number of news stories about porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PED), a swine virus deadly to young pigs. The virus is spreading rapidly across the United States and is proving harder to control than expected.
"Hog Futures Reach Two-Year High on Bets U.S Pork Demand to Rise," a June 9 story on Bloomberg, noted that hog futures advanced amid mounting concern that the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus will limit supplies. As of June 9, the disease had spread to 13 states, slowing weight gain and causing death in piglets, said Dr. Jim Collins, director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Bloomberg covered the topic and quoted Dr. Collins again in "Spreading Pig Virus May Curb U.S. Pork Suppy, Veterinarians Say," on July 10.
"Pig Virus Spreads to Some Minnesota Farms," a July 10 story on KARE-11, and "Pig Virus Threatens Pork Supply," a July 11 story on WRCB-TV, reported that the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory was among the institutions seeking a solution to the PED outbreaks.
As the 100th canine patient undergoes treatment for a brain tumor, Dr. Elizabeth Pluhar told KSTP_TV, KSTC_TV, and FOX-9 how the research may also be helping human brain tumor patients. On WCCO Radio on July 7, Dr. Jaime Modiano discussed cancer research for pets.
"Listeria Outbreak Moves Across Several States," a June 27 story on ABC News, included an interview with veterinary public health professor Dr. Jeff Bender.
"Counterfeit Food More Widespread Than Suspected," a story in the June 26 issue of The New York Times that was covered by CNBC on June 27, included quotes from Shaun Kennedy, associate professor, who estimated that 10 percent of food that consumers buy in the developed world is adulterated.
"UMN faculty: MOOCs Have Made Us Rethink Learning," a July 3 story on Minnesota Public Radio News, included an interview with Dr. Peggy Root Kustritz, professor and assistant dean of education.
Vitamin supplements for horses
"Vitamin E Supplementation for Neurologic Disorders," a June 27 story in the Horse, included quotes from Dr. Carrie Finno.
Upcoming Polo Classic
Horse lovers from around the state will get together at the Twin City Polo Club in Maple Plain on Sunday, August 4, for the Polo Classic, an annual event that will benefit the Equine Center. Dr. Riki Sorge appeared on KSTP-TV on July 7 to talk about the event and the work of the Equine Center.
"Science Courses Aim to Diversify," a story in the June 19 issue of the Minnesota Daily, discussed how faculty members from the College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and College of Biological Sciences are working to include diversity in their curricula.
Dairy Care365 training series
"Merck Releases Second Module in Dairy Care365TM Training Series," a story on AgWeb, mentioned that the company’s Dairy Care365 training series was developed in partnership with the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.
VeTouch, a student-run program that provides brings free veterinary care to low-income pet owners, was the subject of "A Haven for Four-Footed Patients," a UMNews feature.
Faculty and staff news (top)
Dean Trevor Ames to lead national search for CFANS dean
Dean Trevor Ames will lead a national search for a new dean for the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). The current dean, Allen Levine, announced last month that he was stepping down at the end of August to focus on his research. Last week, the University of Minnesota named Brian Buhr interim dean of CFANS and interim director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. Brian Buhr is currently the head of the Department of Applied Economics.
Jeein Chung and Timothy Snider complete veterinary public health and preventive medicine residency
Drs. Jeein Chung and Timothy Snider have completed their veterinary public health and preventive medicine residencies. Jeein has joined the USAID RESPOND project as a capacity-building technical consultant and will be relocating to Thailand soon. Tim is an instructor in food animal medicine with the Veterinary Population Medicine Department.
Randall Singer and Tim Johnson called superheros in the fight against antibiotic resistance
"Fighting Antibiotic Resistance with Full Force," a story posted on the Office of the Vice President for Research website, lauds Drs. Randall Singer, Tim Johnson, and others as "genuine superheros fighting the bad guys."
Staff members promoted
Congratulations to these staff members on their recent promotions:
- Ashley Bundgaard, promoted to senior veterinary technician
- Donna Groschen, promoted to principal lab technician
- Stephan Herold, promoted to information technology specialist
- Abby Rodriguez, promoted to senior laboratory services coordinator
- Jennifer Scholl, promoted to senior alumni relations officer
- Suzanne Stone, promoted to principal lab technician
Welcome to the college
Welcome to the following employees who joined the college in June:
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department
Lisa J. McLay, postdoctoral associate
Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department
Vincent E. Baldanza
Ann E. Heffernan
Katherine Elizabeth Meyers
Laura E. Rice
Lisa Elaine Riggs
Katherine Anne Stroda
Veterinary Medical Center
Jessica L. McElmury, senior veterinary technician
Danielle Telander, veterinary technician
Flannery Elizabeth Thomas, veterinary technician
Veterinary Population Medicine Department
Lydia A. Kotecki, graduate school trainee
Rebecca M. Rodvold, veterinary intern
Laura L. Stone, graduate school trainee
Natalie Ziebnik, graduate school trainee
Student news (top)
Abhishek "Shake" Chatterjee to present iPad app at AVMA meeting
Fourth-year veterinary student Abhishek "Shake" Chatterjee will present his iPad app at the American Veterinary Medical Association meeting in Chicago later this month. His presentation, "Limitless: the Role of Mobile Tech in Vet Ed and Beyond!" will explore how veterinarians can use their tablets and smartphones to access resources, engage and educate clients, train team members, and simplify daily tasks. The presentation will be held on July 22 at 5 p.m. at McCormick Place, Room W187c.
Xi Guo pictured on TwinCities.com
Second-year student Xi Guo was pictured in a TwinCities.com story about a Fourth of July parade in St. Anthony Park. Xi Guo is from Beijing.
Alumni news (top)
Elizabeth Prescott joins Newburgh Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Elizabeth Prescott, a 2013 CVM graduate originally from New Jersey, has joined Newburgh Veterinary Hospital in Newburgh, New York.
Mindy Rostal creates niche at EcoHealth Alliance
Dr. Mindy Rostal, one of the college's early DVM/MPHers, has succeeded in creating an ecohealth position for herself, which was her goal as a student. She is now senior research scientist, field veterinarian, and Latin American regional coordinator for the PREDICT program at EcoHealth Alliance, an international organization of scientists dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity. Mindy's work involves wildlife surveillance in hotspots around the world in order to uncover the source of emerging infectious disease.
Nathan Schafer joins Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica
Dr. Nathan Schafer, who received his DVM from the University of Minnesota and spent three years working in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory during veterinary school, has joined Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica's swine division as professional services veterinarian. Based in Ames, Iowa, he will provide veterinary support to sales representatives and key swine customers in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Upper Midwest. Read more.
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds
New Employee Orientation: Mondays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, 458 Veterinary Medical Center
CVM Research Seminars: Will resume in September
Veterinary Clinical Sciences Grand Rounds: Thursdays, 8 a.m., 135 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
Comparative Oncology Seminar: Every second Thursday of the month, noon, 280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Large Animal Grand Rounds: Fridays, 8-9 a.m., Nutrena Conference Center, Leatherdale Equine Center
Seminars on Teaching/Conversations on Teaching: Fridays, noon-12:50 p.m., 215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Friday, July 19-Tuesday, July 23
American Veterinary Medical Association Convention
Learn more and register
Monday, July 22
American Veterinary Medical Association Alumni Reception
Chicago Hilton, Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, July 31
Faculty Portrait Photo Session
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Outside the Veterinary Population Medicine Department office (225 VMC) near the big statue of the cow
Nestle Purina Memories Garden Ceremony
Reception 6:30 p.m., ceremony 7:00 p.m.
1988 Fitch Avenue
Learn more about the Memories Garden
Sunday, August 4
Benefits the Equine Center
11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Twin City Polo Club, Maple Plain
Thursday, August 8
Faculty Portrait Photo Session
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Outside the Veterinary Population Medicine Department office (225 VMC) near the big statue of the cow
Dogs are needed for a variety of studies in anesthesia, cancer, dentistry, emergency/critical care, internal medicine, neurology, and orthopedics/surgery, some of which help cover the cost of care. For information about current studies, visit the Clinical Investigation Center website at www.cvm.umn.edu/cic/current.
Need a home (top)
Feline blood donors
Foster parents are needed for two Veterinary Medical Center feline blood donors:
- Isaak is an almost 2-year-old domestic short-haired, neutered male cat who entered the blood donor program this spring. He does well with other cats, but does not really appreciate canine companionship. If you are looking for a pet that is independent, this is the one.
- Lewis (aka Louis Gilbert) is a 3-year-old neutered male domestic short-hair. His front paws have been declawed. He is a very special blood donor, as he has the more rare blood type B. Lewis gets along well with cats, kids, and dogs, is very active, and loves to play with toys and watch the birds from the windows. His favorite toys are glitter poms and a laser pointer. He plays with toys for hours each day, or until all his glitter poms have been lost under the couch. He loves to greet any guest that comes to the house, but watch the doors because he is quite the escape artist. Lewis loves to be the life of the party and is not afraid of strangers. Those who know him say he is like a dog trapped in a cat’s body.
To meet either cat, contact Beth Olmstead at email@example.com.
Two older cats
Two 15-year-old indoor-only, litter-trained, domestic short-haired cats: Whiskers, a calico, and Dusty, who is dark gray. Call Melissa at 612-298-9091.
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