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Spring 2013 Dairy Production Medicine Rotations funded through USDA- NIFA Begin

Sunday, February 3, 2012 marks the start of the second Dairy Production Medicine rotation that is funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The University and 3 other institutions were awarded funds to develop and implement 2-eight week courses addressing the ongoing critical need for more intensive and specialized training in dairy production medicine. Students will increase their proficiency and confidence to serve the dairy industry, by focusing on topics such as:

  • preventive medicine and disease control
  • reproductive programs
  • animal husbandry
  • nutrition
  • mastitis and milking system evaluation
  • epidemiology
  • lameness prevention and treatment
  • food safety
  • human resource management
  • dairy records analysis
  • economic decision-making
  • transition cow management
  • housing and facilities evaluation
  • economic decision-making
  • communication and leadership skills

Course work will take place at the Dairy Education Center. 9 students from the University of Minnesota, 3 from Kansas State University and 1 student from the University of Missouri will live onsite in the dorm facilities. After learning key components of the various topics mentioned, students will go on herd visits to work with local dairies finding areas to improve efficiency, productivity and economic value. To learn more about the program visit http://www.cvm.umn.edu/dairyveted/NCE/index.htm.




 CVM Faculty Stephanie Valberg

Stephanie Valberg Inducted into Equine Research Hall of Fame

Dr. Stephanie Valberg, director of the Equine Center, was inducted into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame on September 23 at Keeneland race course in Lexington, Kentucky.
Established by the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation, the Equine Research Hall of Fame is the highest honor for a lifetime of contribution to the body of knowledge in equine research. For a scientist to have merited such distinction is a great tribute to their work. The work of the Hall of Fame members spans several disciplines and covers nearly 100 years of scientific investigation in all parts of the world.
Stephanie established the University's Neuromuscular Diagnostic Laboratory, which receives muscle biopsy submissions from horses around the world. She has been a pioneer in unraveling the mystery of tying up and other muscle disorders in horses. Through her research, previously unknown muscle disorders were discovered, their genetic basis identified, and nutritional strategies developed to minimize muscle pain. Her work in equine myopathies has revolutionized equine practice. "I am honored to be among such distinguished scientists in the Hall of Fame," Stephanie said. "My research has been fueled by a passion for horses, by the wisdom of colleagues such as Dr. Jim Mickelson, and by the hard work of terrific graduate students."
The other new inductees are George Allen, PhD, a posthumous inductee formerly of the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center, and Eugene Lyons, PhD, of the Gluck Equine Research Center. To read more, see www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=20523.





Ramesh Kovi honored by American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Dr. Ramesh Kovi, instructor in pathology, was recognized for superior performance during his anatomic pathology residency at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, where he received a Student Scholarship Award. The award was presented at the CL Davis Foundation awards reception in Seattle on December 3.




 PUB/CVM/VPM/SampedroFernandoCVM VPM Julie Ponder

VPM Faculty Members Receive Global Spotlight Grants


The University's Global Programs and Strategy Alliance awarded two Global Spotlight international research seed grants to CVM faculty members. The grants support innovative project-based scholarly research and creative production of an international nature with a focus on the region of Latin America and the Caribbean or the issue of urbanization. The CVM projects and grant recipients were:

  • Strengthening Food Safety in Latin America through Risk Analysis Approach. Principal investigator: Fernando Sampedro Parra, assistant professor, Veterinary Population Medicine. Co-principal investigator: Francisco Diez, professor, Food, Science, and Nutrition, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Ecological Restoration in the Galápagos: the Galapagos Hawk on the Island of Pinzón. Principal investigator: Julia Ponder, assistant clinical professor, Veterinary Population Medicine, and executive director, The Raptor Center. Co-principal investigator: Dominic Travis, associate professor, Veterinary Population Medicine
For more details, visit http://global.umn.edu/spotlight/grants/grants_2012.html




Dr. Jeff Bender Publishes Paper in Veterinary Record

"Recovery of Staphylococci from Computer Keyboards in a Veterinary Medical Centre and the Effect of Routine Cleaning," by J. B. Bender, E. Schiffman, L. Hiber, L. Gerads, and K. Olsen, was published in Veterinary Record, a publication of the British Veterinary Association. Dr. Jeff Bender is veterinary public health director; Elizabeth Schiffman is with the School of Public Health; Leslie Hiber is infection control technician with the Veterinary Medical Center; and Karen Olsen is a scientist with the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The paper is online at http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/170/16/414.


 VPM Faculty Bender Jeff



Will Hueston Quoted in New York Times

"Case of Mad Cow Disease is Found in U.S.," an article published in the New York Times on April 24, quoted Dr. Will Hueston, professor and GIFSL Endowed Chair. The story is online at  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/health/case-of-mad-cow-disease-is-found-in-us.html?_r=1.




 VPM Faculty Davies Peter

New Project Explores MRSA Colonization and Infection in Swine Veterinarians

University of Minnesota researchers hope to improve understanding of the frequency, duration, and risks of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization and infection among swine veterinarians. Research will examine S. aureus colonization patterns in 70 U.S. swine veterinarians over 18 months, determine the incidence of occupation-related skin and soft-tissue infections, assess protective measures used by swine veterinarians, and quantify the associations between exposure to pigs and the risk that swine veterinarians will be colonized or infected with MRSA or methicillin-susceptible S. aureus strains, says VPM faculty member Dr. Peter Davies, principal investigator on the project. Drs. Claudia Munoz-Zanzi, assistant professor, School of Public Health and Srinand Sreevatsan, associate professor, VPM, are the project's co-investigators.

The project will provide the first longitudinal assessment of the risk of human colonization and infection with livestock-associated MRSA and its association with animal contact and personal protection practices. This information will be relevant to continuing education of veterinarians and farmers with respect to reducing occupational risk of zoonotic disease. The project is being conducted through the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center at the University of Minnesota. The center is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more about the project at http://umash.umn.edu/projects/projects/mrsa.html.



This Week@Minnesota Features Dr. Arno Wuenschmann and the VDL

"This Week @Minnesota" featured a segment about the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, where Dr. Arno Wuenschmann recently identified an extremely rare cause of death in a pigeon. View This Week@Minnesota at www1.umn.edu/news/multimedia/2012/UR_CONTENT_373847.html.


 VPM Faculty Wunschmann Arno



VPM Faculty Receives Outstanding Faculty Award at MVMA 2012

Dr. Sandra Godden received the Outstanding Faculty Award, which is presented to a University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member who has provided outstanding service to Minnesota veterinarians, given their time and talent to the veterinary profession, and been dedicated contributors to organized veterinary medicine.


New CVM Videos Feature Large Animal Educational Experience

Two new College of Veterinary Medicine videos, "Educational Experiences in Dairy and Beef" and "Educational Experiences in Swine, Small Ruminants, and Poultry" made their debut on YouTube. Narrated by Dr. Laura Molgaard, associate dean for academic and student affairs, the videos include interviews with Drs. John Fetrow, Tim Goldsmith, Ann Goplen, Luis Mendonca, Montserrat Torremorell, Cindy Wolf, and Andre Ziegler; students Alaina Andersen, Mike Lilla, and Kelsey Ness; and visits to the Dairy Education Center and Swine Research Center.




VPM PhD Student First recipient of Maheswaran Fellowship

The inaugural Sam Maheswaran Fellowship in Food Animal Health, which recognizes a Ph.D. student of exceptional potential whose thesis research has made a significant contribution to the beef, dairy, pork, or turkey industry, has been awarded to Dr. Cesar Corzo. A third-year Ph.D. student in the veterinary medicine graduate program, Cesar is co-advised by Drs. Bob Morrison and Marie Gramer. Cesar is an active contributor in the Swine Center whose research focuses on understanding the epidemiology of swine influenza virus at both the herd and regional levels. His research is generating baseline data on the presence of influenza viruses in pig populations throughout the upper Midwest by conducting active surveillance. He is also working to characterize the generation of influenza airborne particles from experimentally and naturally infected pigs. He has co-authored four manuscripts since beginning his Ph.D. studies.


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VPM Faculty Hueston William

Dr. Will Hueston is Guest on 'A Public Health Journal'

Dr. Will Hueston, GFSL Endowed Chair, was a guest on "A Public Health Journal," a weekly cable television program hosted by Dr. Ed Ehlinger, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health, in September. View the show online.


Dr. Srinand Sreevatsan Receives Pfizer Research Excellence Award

On October 19, the College’s annual Points of Pride Research Day celebrated research programs, researchers, and the partners who make much of the research possible. The day included a poster competition, award presentations, seminars, and a reception. Dr. Srinand Sreevatsan, Pfizer Research Excellence Award recipient, presented “Mycobacterial Covert Operations–Pretense, Persistence, and Strategic Programming” and Dr. John Kaneene, Distinguished Research Alumnus, presented “Comparative Studies of Antimicrobial Resistance in Animals and Humans.” Davis Family Dairies was named Distinguished Research Partner, and the award was accepted by Mitch Davis, vice president, research and development.





 U of M One of Four Cooperating Universities to Receive $700,000 Dairy Grant

The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with veterinary schools at the University of Illinois, University of Georgia, and Kansas State University, has received a grant for $700,000 to develop and implement a National Center of Excellence in Dairy Production Medicine Education for Veterinarians. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to be shared by the four partnering Universities. “This grant provides a very exciting opportunity to bring educators and veterinary students together for enhanced production medicine training that would not be possible at a single institution,” says Dr. John Fetrow, professor of dairy production medicine, and director of the center. Read more.



VPM Faculty Valberg Stephanie

Stephanie Valberg is Featured Hero in Medicine

Dr. Stephanie Valberg, professor and director of the Equine Center, is the "featured hero in medicine" on the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Web site. Read story.



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