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Swine Center Web Site Receives Makeover

The Web site for the U. of M. Swine Center has received a complete makeover. The new site conforms more closely to the University template and provides easy access to Center members contact information according to their expertise. The site also has links to other sites useful to swine veterinarians, swine researchers and pork producers.

The address has not changed, it can still be found at: http://www.academic-server.cvm.umn.edu/swine/.

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Stephanie Valberg will receive Distinguished Women Scholars Award

Dr. Stephanie Valberg, a professor in the Veterinary and Population Medicine department and the director of the University of Minnesota Equine Center, will receive the University's 2008 Distinguished Women Scholars Award in sciences and engineering on Thursday, April 24. The award will be presented at a ceremony to be held at the Annual Celebration for Women at McNamara Alumni Center's Memorial Hall on the Minneapolis campus from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dr. Valberg will be awarded $2,000 to be used for research, scholarly, or artistic activities.

The Distinguished Women Scholars Award was established in 2001 by the Graduate School and the Office for University Women to acknowledge and honor the accomplishments of distinguished women scholars at the University of Minnesota. The program awards one person per year in two separate areas: sciences and engineering, and humanities, social sciences, and arts.

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Graduate Assistandship Awardees for 2008

The MAES and College jointly announced the recipients of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) and The College of Veterinary Medicine?s Graduate Assistantships for 2008, Lisa Borgia and Rebecca LaRue.

Lisa (pictured) is a graduate student in the veterinary medicine program and her research is on the nutritional management of polysaccharide storage myopathy. Lisa will be entering her third year in the PhD program and works with Dr. Stephanie Valberg in the Population Medicine Department.

Rebecca is a PhD student in the comparative and molecular biosciences program and her research studies the expression of the human APOBEC3G protein in porcine cells to reduce the risk of zoonotic transmission of porcine endogenous retrovirus. Rebecca will be entering her fourth year and works with Dr. Reuben Harris in the Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics Department.

The MAES assistantships provide funding for two years of a PhD degree for students whose research and training has an emphasis on animal production research projects pertaining to: poultry, swine, cattle, small ruminants and horses; alternative and pasture-based livestock operations; treating and curing human diseases utilizing livestock cells; current or emerging animal diseases affecting production or food safety.

Congratulations to Lisa and Rebecca

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  Leatherdale Equine Center Opens

At 2:00 PM on Monday, October 15, a team of 8 Percherons from the Ames Construction Company burst through crepe paper ribbons and surged into the arena of the new University of Minnesota Equine Center. In the wagon they pulled were University President Bruininks and other dignitaries representing the University as well as state and local governments.

The impressive entrance was part of the grand opening celebration. After speeches by Governor Pawlenty and other dignitaries, the hundreds of attendees toured the facility. They saw demonstrations of an aqua treadmill, a high speed treadmill and diagnosic imaging among others. Children in attendance were fascinated with the interactive exhibit on laproscopic surgery.

The effort to build this new Center was spearheaded by VPM faculty member Dr. Stephanie Valberg (right). Dr. Valberg is the Center director. A major portion of the funds to build the Center came from private donations. The Center will serve the Minnesota horse population for many years to come. Congratulations Dr. Valberg.

Click here for a video of the Equine Center

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We Can Ride and mounted patrol horses arrive at Equine Center

The first We Can Ride and University of Minnesota mounted patrol horses have arrived at the Equine Center. We Can Ride, Inc. is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is serving children and adults living with physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disabilities. Their goal is to enhance their client's skills and well-being through challenging programs of therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving.

"It is much more fun to receive therapy on a warm and fuzzy horse than a physical therapy room," comments Sheryl Ferguson, Large Animal Hospital manager. "The Piper Clinic is proud to be a home for this program, and the inner-city location of the Piper Clinic is great as it is more accessible for inner-city kids."

Judi French, program development director of We Can Ride, was ecstatic about her program's new home.

"This week was amazing!" she wrote in an e-mail to Paula Buchner, chief operating officer. "The facility is working so well -- where our office is located, access to the arena, access from the stall area, and the fantastic screen and light and fan controls are a dream come true. . . Our new clients and their families are so thrilled. We had many teary parents Tuesday as they watched their children ride and have so much fun."

Mounted patrol horses Officer Louie and Officer Whisper have settled into their new home at the Equine Center as well.

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We Can Ride participants

Two members of the mounted patrol

Dr. Troy Trumble to Join the University of Minnesota Equine Center

Dr. Troy Trumble, an internationally recognized expert in equine lameness, will join the faculty at University of Minnesota Equine Center, College of Veterinary Medicine in August of 2007. Dr. Trumble brings 15 yrs of clinical experience in diagnosing and treating lameness as well as performing surgeries ranging from colic to complex fractures and arthroscopy to our clients.

"We are incredibly excited about Dr. Trumble joining our team, he is a rising star in the field of equine surgery and lameness and we have been recruiting him for 5 years. He brings the perfect blend of clinical experience and research potential to the Equine Center and I know clients will love him", said Dr. Stephanie Valberg, University of Minnesota Equine Center Director.  The new Equine Center facility with its state of the art tools for evaluating lameness, including the spacious indoor arena, treadmills and high speed cameras were key to convincing Dr. Trumble to leave the University of Florida and join the expanding equine team at the University of Minnesota. The combination of Dr. Trumble's clinical expertise and the most powerful MRI (now being installed) will bring the highest level of sophistication to lameness diagnosis available at any equine facility in North America

Dr. Trumble received his DVM from Michigan State University in 1995 and completed a residency in equine surgery, Masters and PhD at Colorado State University with Dr. Wayne McIlwraith. He achieved the highest level of recognition for surgery as a specialty in 2000 when he was Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Trumble has a well funded research program aimed at advancing the diagnosis and treatment of lameness and arthritis, not only in horses, but in any species afflicted with arthritis, including dogs and humans.

We welcome Dr. Trumble to the team at the Equine Center and look forward to being able to provide the very best in equine clinical services. Look for more information on our website. http://www.cvm.umn.edu/umec/home.html. Come and meet Dr. Trumble and all of our equine faculty at our grand opening on October 15, 2007.

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Molly McCue awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Molly McCue, a VPM graduate student has been awarded a doctoral dissertation fellowship from the University of Minnesota Graduate School. Molly's advisors are Drs. Jim Mickelson and Stephanie Valberg.

The purpose of the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) program is to give outstanding final-year Ph.D. candidates who are making timely progress toward the degree--typically those who will be entering their final year of graduate study--an opportunity to complete the dissertation within the upcoming academic year by devoting full-time effort to the research and writing of the dissertation. Candidates must be nominated by their graduate program's Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) to an all-University competition. Up to 60 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are awarded annually. Nomination deadline is March 9, 2007 for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Recipients of the fellowship, in 2007-2008, will receive a stipend of $21,500 for the academic year, plus full tuition for thesis credits. Eligible recipients are also covered by comprehensive health insurance, including subsidized dependent and dental care.

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