July 29, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by noon the Friday before publication.
In this issue
- College news
- Researchers develop test for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus
- Faculty photo sessions set for July 31 and August 8
- RESPOND team coordinates One Health University Network faculty exchange
- Training in packing and shipping hazardous materials is Tuesday, July 30
- Branded Google doc templates now available
- College to cosponsor Farm Family recognition events
- Registration open for September policy-making course
- Explore the food system from farm to table in Chile this October
- In the news
- Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus
- Veterinary education twinning project
- Minnesota's moose
- Raptors as a resource
- Former bald eagle patient found dead
- Tips for traveling with pets
- Faculty and staff news
- Scott Madill appointed associate medical director for Large Animal Hospital
- Morris Animal Foundation funds Erin Dickerson's research
- Minden Buswell and Sarah Easter Strayer pass ACVPM board exam
- Clinical Investigation Center
Need a home
Researchers develop test for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus
University of Minnesota researchers have developed a rapid diagnostic test for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), a virus that recently migrated to the United States, killing piglets in 16 states. It was thought to exist only in Europe and China, but Colorado and other states began reporting the virus in April. The first-of-its-kind test provides a way to quickly and cost-effectively identify the presence of U.S. PEDV strains.
Characterized by acute diarrhea and vomiting, a PEDV outbreak wipes out an average of 50 percent of young swine at newly affected farms. PEDV poses no risk to other animals or humans and no risk to food safety. Should PEDV become widespread, however, the pork industry could suffer significant losses. The virus has been confirmed in 16 U.S. states so far. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for the virus, but thanks to the new test, samples from animals suspected of carrying PEDV can be submitted to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for testing. Test results are known within 24 hours, allowing for swine producers and farmers to take necessary precautions to prevent further spread. Genetic material is also extracted from the samples, which can be tested and tracked to monitor the spread of PEDV. Read more
Faculty photo sessions set for July 31 and August 8
Faculty portrait photo sessions are planned for Wednesday, July 31, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Thursday, August 8, from 1-3 p.m. These open photo sessions, conducted by portrait photographer Michelle Mero Riedel, will be held outside the Veterinary Population Medicine Department office (225 VMC) on the second floor of the Veterinary Medical Center near the big statue of the cow. The photos will be used on faculty biography pages on the college website and may also appear in college publications and brochures. The college's goal is to have a new portrait photo for every faculty member.
RESPOND team coordinates One Health University Network faculty exchange
The RESPOND team successfully planned and implemented its third annual One Health University Network faculty exchange in May and June. Under the leadership of Drs. John Deen and Katey Pelican, together with Drs. Mac Farnham, Karin Hamilton, Michael Mahero, Serge Nietzchueng, Innocent Rwego, Dominic Travis, and the newest addition, Dr. Jeein Chung, the University of Minnesota team hosted 17 faculty members from 10 countries, including Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The visiting faculty members, who represented the fields of veterinary medicine, medicine, public health, and nursing associated with the One Health University Networks in Central and East Africa (OHCEA) and Southeast Asia (SEAOHUN), participated in intensive training on a variety of teaching platforms involving active learning, case-based teaching, and field-based exercises for implementing One Health approaches in the regions. Logistical support was provided by U of M staff members Chris Dillon and Jane Pederson and students Megan Peck and Amy Pekol.
- Participating in a One Health case-based teaching and case development workshop, where interdisciplinary and cross-cultural teams developed four One Health disease outbreak cases.
- Teaching four One Health disease outbreak cases at the Public Health Institute course International Approaches to Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks.
- Visiting state government agencies to participate in an Outbreak to Control mini-course on foodborne illness outbreak response in the state.
- Participating in Public Health Institute field courses on aquaculture and processed foods.
- Visiting and learning about the Minnesota Departments of Health, Agriculture, and Natural Resources; Minnesota Board of Animal Health; Minnesota Zoo; Mayo Clinic; New Sweden Dairy Education Center; and Minneapolis Farmers Market.
- Participating as "visiting important officials" in a human disaster camp simulation held through the Global Health Tropical and Travel Medicine Certificate Course run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and University of Minnesota Medical School.
In cooperation with the EcoHealth Alliance, the team also helped host the annual training workshop for the National Science Foundation-funded research network, EcoHealthNet.
Training in packing and shipping hazardous materials is Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, 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 email@example.com.
Branded Google doc templates now available
Branded Google doc templates are now available for the Twin Cities campus. Faculty and staff are able to use the templates to create University-branded documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and Blogger websites for official University business. For guidelines and instructions for using these tools, see the Google Apps Templates and Guidelines site. If you have questions about the templates, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions or troubleshooting related to anything Google, see the links to the various Google help pages on the Google Apps Templates and Guidelines site.
College to cosponsor Farm Family recognition events
The College of Veterinary Medicine will join Farmfest, University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences in sponsoring Minnesota Farm Families of the Year recognition events on August 8. Established more than two decades ago, the Farm Family Recognition Program honors farm families from throughout Minnesota for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their local communities. The Families of the Year will be officially recognized in a ceremony at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls, Minn. Profiles of the 2013 honorees and information on the recognition event can be found on the University’s farm family website, http://mnfarmfamilies.cfans.umn.edu.
Registration open for September policy-making course
Registration is now open for the three-day Local Policy Making for Animal Health, Public Health, and Food Systems course scheduled for September 16-18. The program is built around a case study on raw milk for human consumption. A controversial topic in much of the U.S., the raw milk issue highlights tensions between individual choice and the role of government. The course will look at policy making at the state level. Participants will increase their understanding of the policy-making process and develop skills to engage in more effective participation. The program is geared for early career professionals, residents, and graduate students interested in learning more about the policy-making process. For more information and to register, visit www.cahfs.umn.edu/programs/localpolicycourse/index.htm.
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/.
In the news (top)
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus
- "Deadly Pig Virus Slips Through U.S. Borders," a story published in Nature and Scientific American, included a quote from Dr. James Collins, director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
- "Researchers Across the Globe Race to Create PEDV Vaccine," a story on PorkNetwork.com, reported that a team led by Douglas Marthaler, a scientist in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, had investigated the virus genome from a sample of the virus taken from a Colorado farm.
- "Pig Virus Spreads to Some Minnesota Farms," a story on FOX 47 in Rochester, Minnesota, cited Dr. Montserrat Torremorell, Allen D. Leman Chair in Swine Health and Productivity.
- "Diagnosing Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Virus," by Dr. Albert Rovira, was published by National Hog Farmer, which also posted "Stalking the PED Virus."
- "Pig Virus May Curb US Pork Supply," an Associated Press story published by AgWeek, quoted Dr. James Collins, director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
The news of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory's development of a test for the virus, including an interview with Dr. Jim Collins, was broadcast by KARE-11 on July 24. Farm Focus, Minnesota Farm Guide, National Hog Farmer, News-Medical, and The Farmer also covered the story.
Veterinary education twinning project
"First OIE Veterinary Education Twinning Project," a story on The Poultry Site, covered the college's new veterinary education twinning project with Chiang Mai University.
"What's Killing Minnesota's Moose?" a story in OnEarth, a publication of the Natural Resources Defense Council, quoted Dr. Arno Wunschmann, a Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory pathologist, and Dr. Erika Butler, a 2007 CVM graduate who is now with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Raptors as a resource
In a July 23 story, the Marshall Independent explored how injured birds serve an educational purpose for The Raptor Center, interviewing Gail Buhl, education program manager.
Former bald eagle patient found dead
Several media outlets covered the story of a bald eagle that was found dead two months after surviving a crash landing with another eagle on a runway at a northeastern Minnesota airport. Rehabilitated at The Raptor Center and released on June 12, the eagle was found dead, ensnared in fishing line along the St. Louis River, on July 15. The eagle was identified by the band number on its leg.
Tips for traveling with pets
Dr. Kelly Tart, assistant clinical professor, shared five tips for traveling with pets this summer with the Academic Health Center's Health Talk blog.
Faculty and staff news (top)
Scott Madill appointed associate medical director for Large Animal Hospital
Dr. Scott Madill has been appointed associate medical director for the Large Animal Hospital, effective immediately.
Morris Animal Foundation funds Erin Dickerson's research
Dr. Erin Dickerson's study, "Lysosomal drug sequestration by CSF-1R(high) tumor cells contributes to drug resistance in canine hemangiosarcoma," was recently funded by the Morris Animal Foundation, which awarded Erin a two-year grant to study a unique drug-resistance mechanism in these tumors. Canine hemangiosarcoma is a common and highly fatal cancer in dogs. Recent evidence suggests that populations of cancer stem cells give rise to tumors, promote tumor growth, and are the main culprits behind drug resistance and disease recurrence.
Minden Buswell and Sarah Easter Strayer pass ACVPM board exam
Minden Buswell and Sarah Easter Strayer, veterinary public health residents with the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, have passed the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) board exam.
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds
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
Outside the Veterinary Population Medicine Department office (225 VMC) near the big statue of the cow
Thursday, August 22-Monday, September 2
Minnesota State Fair
Friday, August 23
CVM Booth at Minnesota State Fair
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 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.
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