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May 19, 2014

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 kirchoff@umn.edu by noon the Friday before publication.


In this issue

  • From the dean
    • Good news from the Board of Regents
  • College news
    • Students awarded degrees at annual commencement ceremony
    • Employee engagement survey results released
    • College receives support from Minnesota turkey group
    • DVM/MPH program welcomes 30 new students
    • Power outages planned for week of June 2
    • A thank-you from Tim Gordon
    • Opportunities
      • Summer Public Health Institute
      • Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program
    • In memory: Wendell James DeBoer
  • Faculty and staff news
    • Research teams publish articles
    • Health Talk features Dominic Travis as game changer
    • Marc Schwabenlander to present poster at wildlife disease conference
  • Student news
    • Annette McCoy successfully defends PhD
  • Alumni news
    • In memory: John C. Dahl
  • In the news
    • The Raptor Center
    • Tuition
    • Caring for your horse
    • Cupid, the VMC patient
    • Parrot sanctuary
  • Calendar
  • Clinical Investigation Center
  • Links
From the dean

VPM Faculty Ames Trevor smallBy Dean Trevor Ames

Good news from the Board of Regents

I am delighted to report that at the May 9 Board of Regents meeting, President Eric Kaler proposed a budget that includes a continued tuition freeze for the four College of Veterinary Medicine classes. DVM students will pay the same tuition that they did for this past year. It also looks very positive that senior year students will continue to see the 8-percent reduction in their tuition that we were able to introduce this year. 

We recommended this tuition freeze in an effort to make College of Veterinary Medicine tuition more affordable for students, who often graduate with significant student loan debt.

The Board of Regents will vote on the budget proposal at their June meeting, but all signs are very positive that we will see this freeze.

College news
Students awarded degrees at annual commencement ceremony

DVM, PhD, MPH, and MS degrees were awarded at the college's annual commencement ceremony at Ted Mann Concert Hall on May 10. The commencement address was presented by Dr. Link Welborn, chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee, and Erika MacKinnon presented the response from the class of 2014. A total of 96 DVM degrees, eight PhD degrees, four DVM/MPH degrees, and three MS degrees were presented. See photos from commencement.

Employee engagement survey results released

Dean Trevor Ames released a summary of the results of last fall's employee engagement survey on May 13. In an e-mail to faculty and staff, he reported that 67 percent of CVM faculty and 55 percent of staff had responded to the survey, provided a link to a detailed summary of results, and wrote that the college is in the process of analyzing the results. He added that he expected that results for each department and unit would be shared by department and unit leaders. The next step will be to begin action planning in select areas.

CVM Avian Field of TurkeysCollege receives support from Minnesota turkey group

The Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council has provided $100,000 for the college's Pomeroy Legacy Scholars program to support graduate students under the direction of Carol Cardona, the Pomeroy Chair in Avian Health. The contribution will be reviewed each year, and has the potential of providing $100,000 per year for a total of three years. The Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council is part of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, a nonprofit association dedicated to fostering a successful Minnesota turkey industry and its ability to make positive contributions to consumers, the economy, the environment, and its members. Minnesota is currently ranked #1 for turkey production in the U.S., with its 250 turkey farmers raising approximately 46 million turkeys in 2013.

DVM/MPH program welcomes 30 new students

The Veterinary Public Health DVM/MPH program recently completed its 2014 admissions cycle, admitting 30 new students from nine veterinary schools. The new students included the program's first participants from Auburn University in Alabama. The DVM/MPH program currently has a total of 143 active students.

Power outages planned for week of June 2

Facilities Management needs to shut down power to service high-voltage electrical switching equipment that provides power to some of the buildings in the CVM complex. This work is necessary to ensure proper operation of the power grid in the event of an emergency.

The outages will occur five nights in a row during the week of June 2, and will occur each morning from 2 to 6 a.m. The buildings affected include the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Veterinary Medical Center-South, and Veterinary Sciences. Emergency generators will run during these outages, but the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab is the only building in this group that is served by a generator. Faculty and staff are being asked to review their research and clinical spaces and compile a list of critical items that will require special attention during the power outages. If you have critical equipment that cannot be interrupted or relocated during the outages, please document your needs and provide that information to Steen Erikson at erik0046@umn.edu

A thank-you from Tim Gordon

Tim Gordon, facilities manager, sends a special thank-you. Tim was seriously injured when he fell from a ladder in early April, but is on the mend now.

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Opportunities
  • The Summer Public Health Institute, May 27-June 13, offers courses for students and professionals in public health and related fields. Courses are intensive, highly interactive, and applications-based, with opportunities for field trips, case studies, hands-on labs, and simulations. College of Veterinary Medicine faculty include Jeff Bender, Mac Farnham, Timothy Goldsmith, Will Hueston, Shaun Kennedy, Amy Kircher, Larissa Minicucci, Tom Molitor, Nicole Neeser, Serge Nzietcheung, Innocent Rwego, Fernando Sampedro, Dominic Travis, Linda Valeri, and Scott Wells. Continuing education and graduate-level academic credit enrollment options are available.
  • The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program will pay up to $25,000 each year toward qualified educational loans of eligible veterinarians who agree to serve in a designated veterinarian shortage situation for three years. The 2014 designated shortage situations were published on April 21; Minnesota has five food animal veterinarian shortage areas. Applicants interested in filling these shortage areas have until June 6 to submit their applications.
In memory: Wendell James DeBoer 

Wendell James DeBoer died peacefully at his home in Falcon Heights on April 22 at the age of 89. Wendell joined the college as assistant to the dean in 1967 and remained with the college until retiring in 1993 as coordinator of student affairs. An avid fan of Minnesota Gopher football and basketball, he began running at age 48 and continued until he was 85, stopped by a compression fracture in his back. During that time, he ran more than 66,000 miles and 100 races. For one period, he ran every day for more than 10 years, becoming the first American identified as a daily "streak" runner over the ages of 50, 60, and 80. He currently holds the title as oldest daily runner ever in the U.S. Running Streak Association. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, on February 8. He is survived by five children and many other relatives and friends.

Faculty and staff news
Research teams publish articles

Three research teams have recently published articles in veterinary journals.

Health Talk features Dominic Travis as game changer

The Academic Health Center's Health Talk blog recently profiled Dr. Dominic Travis, a CVM specialist in wildlife veterinary medicine and epidemiology, as a game changer. Read more.

Marc Schwabenlander to present poster at wildlife disease conference

Marc Schwabenlander, a veterinary anatomic parapathologist in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, will be presenting a poster, "The Importance of a Complete Necropsy in Negative Human/Animal Interactions: A Case Report of a Free-Ranging Gray Wolf (Canis Lupus) Confirmed in a Human/Wolf Conflict Incident," at the Wildlife Disease Association Conference in New Mexico July 27-August 1. 

Student news 
Annette McCoy successfully defends PhD

Annette McCoy, a student in the comparative and molecular biosciences graduate program, has successfully defended her PhD thesis, "Genetic Factors Underlying Disease and Performance Traits in Standardbreds." Annette was advised by Drs. Molly McCue and Troy Trumble. 

Alumni news
In memory: John C. Dahl

Dr. John C. Dahl, class of 1956, died on May 5 in Waunakee, Wisconsin. After graduating from from the CVM, John purchased a solo vet clinic in Clintonville, Wisconsin, where he focused on milk quality and mastitis control for dairy herds. In 1964, he was hired as a consultant to Dairy Equipment Company of Madison and served them while continuing in his practice. He later joined the company on a full-time basis as the product manager; and was president from 1974 to 1982. In 1984, he became the first director of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of Wisconsin, where he served until 1995. He was faculty associate emeritus until the time of his death. John was twice named Veterinarian of the Year in Wisconsin, in 1964 and 1992. He was an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Association of American Bovine Practitioners, and other professional organizations. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, four sons, and other family members and friends. Read more.

In the news
The Raptor Center
Tuition
Caring for your horse
Cupid, the VMC patient
Parrot sanctuary
  • "Unwanted Parrots Find Sanctuary in St. Paul," a story in the Pioneer Press, included comments from Dr. Julia Ponder, who had taken a group of veterinary students to visit Midwest Avian Adoption & Rescue Services as part of a companion bird rotation. 
Calendar
Regular meetings, seminars, and rounds

Monday, May 19

Master's Thesis Defense Seminar
Diseases of New World Camelids
Presented by Kate O'Conor
Adviser: Dr. Anna Firshman
1 p.m.
215 Veterinary Science
Everyone is welcome to attend.

Wednesday, May 21

PhD Thesis Defense Seminar
Ecology of Porcine Rotaviruses
Presented by Doug Marthaler
Advisor: Dr. Sagar Goyal
9:30 a.m.
215 Veterinary Science
Everyone is welcome to attend.

Friday, May 23 

Conversations on Teaching
Peer Review Training: What am I Supposed to Do?
Presented by Deb Wingert
Noon-12:50 p.m.
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center

Monday, May 26

Memorial Day—University closed

May 27-June 13

Summer Public Health Institute
College of Veterinary Medicine faculty include Jeff Bender, Mac Farnham, Timothy Goldsmith, Will Hueston, Shaun Kennedy, Amy Kircher, Larissa Minicucci, Tom Molitor, Nicole Neeser, Serge Nzietcheung, Innocent Rwego, Fernando Sampedro, Dominic Travis, Linda Valeri, and Scott Wells.

Learn more

Friday, May 30

Education Day
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine Atrium and 104 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine

PhD Thesis Defense Seminar
Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells in Dogs with Cancer: Phenotype, Function and Clinical Implications
Presented by Michelle Goulart
Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Pluhar
3 p.m.
215 Veterinary Science
Everyone is welcome to attend.

June
Monday, June 2

Thesis Defense Seminar
Presented by Maria Clavijo
9 a.m.
213 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center

June 4-7

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum
Nashville, Tennesse
Learn more and register

Wednesday, June 4

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Alumni Reception
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Gaylord Opryland Drive, Nashville TN 37214

Friday, June 6

Provost's Scholarship Open
A golf benefit to support endowed student scholarships
8:30 a.m.
University of Minnesota Golf Course
Entry fee: $105. Registration deadline: May 30

Conversations on Teaching
Presented by Al Beitz and Tom Molitor
Noon-12:50 p.m.
215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center

Sunday, June 8

Dog Day at Midway
Hosted by St. Paul Saints; presented by the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center
Midway Stadium

Monday, June 9

Thesis Defense Seminar
Presented by Sarah Crain
10 a.m.
215 Veterinary Science

Thursday, June 12

Comparative Oncology Seminar
Presented by Branden Moriarty, PhD
Noon
280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Monday, June 16

Thesis Defense Seminar
Presented by Sunil Kumar
2 p.m.
215 Veterinary Science

Thursday, June 19

Thesis Defense Seminar
Presented by Eva Furrow
9 a.m.
215 Veterinary Science

Saturday, June 28

Pet-A-Palooza
Presented by the Urban Dog and brought to you by the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Monday, June 30

Master of Public Health Project Presentation
Adaptation of the University of Minnesota Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency to Fit the Needs of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Mission
Presented by Dr. Sarah Easter Strayer
1-2 p.m.
115 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center
Open to the public

More events
Clinical Investigation Center

Dogs and cats are needed for a variety of studies, 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.

Links

AVMA News Bytes and other news
www.avma.org/news/info_rss.asp

Center for Teaching and Learning workshops
www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/workshops/index.html

CVM NewsCalendar
Back issues of CVM NewsCalendar are at www.cvm.umn.edu/cvmnewscalendar/home.html.

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Housing
For information about student and off-campus housing, including temporary housing, go to www.housing.umn.edu/.

Job openings
For information about positions available at the College, visit www.cvm.umn.edu/employment/. For detailed information about current job openings, how to apply, and application materials, go to the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources at www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html

LinkedIn Group for the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=3826768&csrfToken=ajax%3A2643584546424817841

Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum
http://hist.cvm.umn.edu/ 

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Visit the Veterinary Medical Center's Twitter page.

Veterinary Continuing Education
www.cvm.umn.edu/vetmedce/

Veterinary Medical Library
http://hsl.lib.umn.edu/vetmed

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