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VET CETERA The official magazine of the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences



Greetings, The past few months as dean have been very exciting. I am very glad to be here and appreciate all the support. I enjoyed participating in my first graduation as we continue the tradition of training career-ready veterinarians. The class of 2018 numbered 80 — 54 went into private practice (38 in small animal, two in large animal, one in food animal, and 13 in a mixed animal practice). Two were undecided on their next venture. One veterinarian entered military service and 23 graduates continued their training with one pursuing a Ph.D. and 22 entering internships. Nine selected a small animal internship, one chose a food animal internship, and 12 pursued a large animal internship. Traveling across Oklahoma, I have had the opportunity to meet 120-plus alumni and visit more than 30 veterinary practices. I also spent time with alumni at the Western Veterinary Conference, the American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Conference, the Southwest Veterinary Symposium and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Annual Conference. This was important to me to understand the culture of veterinary medicine in Oklahoma and how we can improve our student training to meet the needs of the profession. Consequently, the current curriculum review will address communication, nutrition and self-management. The center has been busy welcoming 14 new faculty and one staff member: • Board-certified anatomic pathology lecturer • Board-certified assistant professor of anatomic pathology • Assistant professor of anatomy • Board-certified associate director of animal resources • Two board-certified small animal surgeons • Clinical instructor in radiology • Board-certified professor of anesthesiology and pain management

• Three board-certified ophthalmologists, including the new hospital director • Board-certified assistant professor of equine surgery • Board-certified associate professor of food animal medicine and surgery • Board-certified associate professor of avian, exotics, and zoo medicine • Curriculum and assessment manager

In September 2018, more than 100 faculty and staff participated in our first strategic planning session, which was very productive and positive. The plan is to revisit the center’s mission, vision statement and core values. Once defined, these overarching ideals will serve as the foundation in developing our strategic plan. Our goal is to exceed the expectations of our students, our referring veterinarians and the residents of Oklahoma. I look forward to continue working with our alumni and donors to make Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences the one veterinary students want to attend. Sincerely,

Carlos A. Risco, DVM, Dipl. ACT

Dean, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

VET CETERA President: V. Burns Hargis Dean, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences: Carlos A. Risco, DVM, Dipl. ACT Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator: Derinda Blakeney, APR Alumni Affairs and Events Specialist: Sharon Worrell Senior Director of Development and Team Lead: Chris Sitz Editor: Dorothy Pugh Art Director: Dave Malec Designers: Elizabeth Bechtel, Codee Classen, Valerie Kisling, Sarah Wilzcek Contributing Writers: Derinda Blakeney, Jeff Joiner, Kaylie Wehr Photographers: Gary Lawson, Phil Shockley

The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences graduates competent, confident, careerready veterinarians — a tradition it has proudly carried forward since the day the veterinary college opened its doors 70 years ago. Please join us at the CVHS website: The OSU homepage is located at VET CETERA magazine is published each Winter by Oklahoma State University, 305 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK 74078. The magazine is produced by the Office of Brand Management and the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Its purpose is to ­connect the college with its many alumni and friends, providing information on both ­campus news and pertinent issues in the field of veterinary medicine. Postage is paid at Stillwater, OK, and additional mailing offices.

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On the Cover

OSU discovers new pest Dr. Susan Little’s research group at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences recently identified just what the world needs: a new tick.

Dr. Chris Ross bottle-fed two wee baby lambs last spring. For more on these cuties, look inside the back cover. (Photo by Phil Shockley)

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Faculty Changes

62 Reunions

Confronting deadly diseases

70 Veterinarian of the Year

The Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases, based in the CVHS, is the epitome of “one health.”


In Memoriam


A new way to heal OSU is the nation’s first veterinary school to offer focused ultrasound treatment in addition to surgery and chemotherapy.

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Going up A new classroom building is going up for the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences — and a dog was recruited to help with the groundbreaking.

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A day at the races Every day is a day at the races for OSU alumnus Dr. Philip Tripp, who works with some of the nation’s top equine athletes.

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he Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is fortunate to have three board-certified veterinarians who are also board-certified in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation: Drs. Michael Davis, Todd Holbrook and Mike Schoonover. “The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) was started about 10 years ago,” explained Michael Davis, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, DACVSMR, professor, Oxley Chair in Equine Sports Medicine and president-elect of the ACVSMR. “About 20 veterinarians were motivated to start the college and have the discipline recognized as a clinical specialty. They had done enough work in the field that they were judged to be experts by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). They put together the basic requirements to be in the college. I was in the first class that took and passed the exam to become a board-certified veterinary specialist in sports medicine and rehabilitation.” Todd Holbrook, DVM, DACVIM, DACVSMR, professor of equine internal medicine, June Jacobs Endowed Chair in Veterinary Medicine and equine section chief, and Mike Schoonover, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR, and professor of equine surgery, also met the criteria to sit for the exam and passed.



Dr. Mike Schoonover


Dr. Mike Schoonover

“ If owners see or feel something that isn’t right, we can help them determine what the problem is and the best way to treat it.” ­— DR. MIKE SCHOONOVER “You have to have certain publications in equine sports medicine and a certain number of years of experience,” Holbrook said. “Once they approve your credentials, you can sit for the examination.” All three specialists trace their interest in sports medicine back to the beginning of their careers. “I have been involved with performance horses since I was in high school when I competed in western rodeo events,” said Schoonover. “While in veterinary college, I decided I wanted to specialize in equine surgery. I discovered that within the equine surgery specialty, especially when dealing with performance horses, there is a considerable need for knowledge


of sports medicine as a whole, so the next step was to pursue certification in sports medicine.” “Even before vet school, I’ve been interested in animal athletics in general and horses in particular,” added Davis. “That’s why I went to vet school in the first place and every time I’ve opted to change jobs, I’ve made sure that I was still working in the field of equine sports medicine if at all possible.” “After I completed my residency in internal medicine, I went into practice primarily focusing on sport horses,” said Holbrook. “So my interest in sports medicine developed there along with an interest in endurance exercise. I have worked with endurance horses for nearly two decades.”

Davis works primarily on the research side of sports medicine while Holbrook and Schoonover treat patients at OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital. “Equine sports medicine and rehabilitation is a remarkably advanced field,” Davis said. “That’s largely because since the moment we decided to domesticate horses, they have existed not so much as companions but as athletes. As animals, they are expected to work in order to be of value to humans. This makes it necessary to understand not just basic horse physiology but the physiology of exercise as well. We need to understand how they get injured, how you fix that injury and how you return them to original performance.”

“ Equine sports medicine and rehabilitation is a remarkably advanced field.” ­— DR. MICHAEL DAVIS

“When people think about equine sports medicine, they generally think of soundness issues. But there are a lot of other areas that can cause poor performance. Rather than simply evaluating a horse for lameness, we can offer a whole-horse evaluation,” said Schoonover. “We can also do a preseason evaluation, a checkup if you will, to determine if a horse’s heart and lungs are functioning appropriately and how the horse looks from a soundness standpoint.” “There are a lot of different body systems that have to perform at their highest level, depending on the athlete, to really allow them to get their job done for their owners,” added Holbrook. “It could be lameness, but it could also be cardiac function or lung functions. We can evaluate horses essentially from the ground level all the way through the organ systems that are all involved with athletic performance.” “Probably the most important piece of advice I can offer horse owners is that there isn’t a magic bullet,” continued Davis. “It is going to take time and effort to make the athlete a better athlete and to protect that horse’s athleticism from injury and from disease as well as preserve your investment in the horse and in your time spent with that horse.”

“Look at the poor performing horse with an open mind,” added Schoonover. “Evaluate all the avenues from the get-go rather than jumping to conclusions. A horse was actually referred to us for a tie-back surgery, which is a surgery that treats a disease called laryngeal hemiplegia, commonly called a paralyzed flapper. We decided to evaluate this horse with a dynamic endoscope which allows us to exercise the horse with the scope or camera in the horse’s airway so we can see what’s happening to the airway in real time.” Once the horse was exercising under saddle, Dr. Schoonover and his team discovered that not one but both of the horse’s arytenoids or flappers were closing down, completely occluding the airway. “Since this wasn’t a routine flapper problem that a normal tie-back surgery could solve, through testing we diagnosed this horse as having EPM, which is a neurologic disease. The muscles that were holding those arytenoids open were dysfunctional. We treated the horse for EPM, the condition improved, and the horse went on to perform. Had we just done the surgery and not taken the extra diagnostic step of dynamic endoscopy, we wouldn’t have helped that horse.”

“We have a great opportunity to collaborate with many board-certified specialists here at OSU,” continued Holbrook. “It’s important for horse owners to know about the specialists available to treat their horses. We had a dressage horse referred to us with a cardiac problem as well as some lameness issues. He has a heart murmur that we continue to monitor for safety and health concerns every six months or so. It wasn’t limiting his performance. More than likely lameness issues were, so we addressed some issues in his back. Using injections and shock wave therapy, we treated some areas of his spine that were impinging along his thorax under the saddle area. He’s done well, and he and his talented young rider have gone on to do quite well in different competitions across the U.S.” Since the ACVSMR received full recognition by the AVMA in April 2018 and the specialty becomes more widely recognized, there is an increased interest in achieving this distinction. “There are between 220 and 230 board-certified specialists in the ACVSMR,” said Davis. “Roughly 60 percent of them are board certified on the equine side. The other 40 percent are board certified in the canine. We have one person who is actually board


Dr. Todd Holbrook

certified in both. We’re probably adding about 30 members a year from combined canine and equine as the folks get their credentials accepted, complete what specialty training they need and then pass the exam. It’s a very, very advanced field. Sports medicine and rehabilitation is one of those fields where there’s just as much borrowing from human medicine as there is human medicine borrowing from veterinary sports medicine.”


Videos LEARN MORE For more information on OSU’s equine sports medicine and rehabilitation, contact the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital at 405744-7000, ext. 2. To support this program, contact Chris Sitz, senior director of development and team lead with the OSU Foundation at 405-385-5170 or

With Dr. Mike Schoonover With Dr. Todd Holbrook With Dr. Michael Davis


Michael Davis, DVM, DACVIM, DACVSMR, professor and Oxley Chair in Equine Sports Medicine is the president-elect of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR). “The executive rotation of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation is a four-year commitment,” Dr. Davis said. “You start as vice president, then you go to president-elect, then president, and finally to past president.” As with most organizations, the executive rotation leads the college in accomplishing its mission. “The largest amount of duty falls on the president with the president-elect and vice president there to step in when needed,” continued Davis. “You work up a learning curve as you advance to the role of president. In the case of the ACVSMR being a very young college, there is still a lot of growing to do. Up until April 2018, virtually 100 percent of our effort was focused on meeting the requirements for full accreditation by the AVMA. Now that we have done that, it’s time to start expanding into things like having our own continuing education meetings and having our own journal. Basically being a leader in the field in a tangible sense.” Davis is currently working on his strategy to move the college forward during his remaining tenure on the executive team.

“I have already started to lay the groundwork. We’re working on financial planning to be able to hold our own, stand-alone meeting to support our membership and to expand the availability of continuing education and scientific evidence specific to veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation,” he said. “The other area I’m going to be tackling is how we go about establishing our own scientific journal. Those are two huge endeavors and they may not get done before I rotate off the board, but that’s the direction the entire board has decided we need to be moving. We need to be the leaders, out there in front of the field because we are the most highly qualified people to do that. One of the challenges that the ACVSMR faces is establishing themselves as the one unequivocal and authoritative voice in the field. That’s where we’re moving with the college and we’ll eventually succeed.”

LEARN MORE For more information on the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, visit


Saving Tux

Pug’s minimally invasive procedure shows need for new operating room


.B. and Cindy Whitaker of Springdale, Arkansas, are the proud owners of five pugs. In early 2017 while walking the dogs, H.B. thought Tux, a 4-year-old they’ve had since birth, looked overweight. “I thought he might have bloat, which is a competitive type of eating disorder that can be dangerous to them,” said Whitaker. “I took him to our local vet, and to my surprise, they came out and said it wasn’t food, but it was fluid.” Fluid could be a sign that something was wrong with Tux’s heart. “This is a 4-year-old pug. A beautiful dog. We knew something was wrong that he was retaining fluid. So we did a lot of different types of tests at our local vet. All tests came back negative,” he continued. “Our local vet referred


us to OSU. They said, ‘They’ll find out what’s wrong with him. They won’t give up until they find out.’” Whitaker had no idea how true those words would be. “We first saw Tux in March 2017,” recalled Dr. Rebecca Tims, then a third-year internal medicine resident at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. “He came to us from Arkansas with a several month history of a large volume of free fluid in his abdomen, and no one could figure why he had that. He was having as much as 2 liters taken off his abdomen every 10 days, which for a small dog like this is really significant.” “Taking 1 to 2 liters of fluid off him was taking a toll on his body, and it was beginning to show,” added Whitaker.

Minimally invasive procedures are on the rise at Oklahoma State’s Veterinary Medical Hospital. Several clinicians have gone the extra mile to learn how to perform these procedures using some of the more advanced technologies in medicine to treat complicated diseases with minimal pain, minimal healing time and much better outcomes.


From left: Ryne and H.B. Whitaker, Dr. Rebecca Tims holding Tux, Dr. Ryan Baumwart, Dr. Andrew Hanzlicek, Mary Kathryn and Cindy Whitaker.

“It was just painful to watch. If we didn’t find the answer, we were going to have to put him down.” “We evaluated his heart. We evaluated his GI tract,” explained Tims. “All of those tests were completely normal. We did a CT scan of his abdomen and initially felt that it looked fairly normal. When we compared it to other CTs, we found that a portion of his vena cava — a large vessel that drains all of the blood from your abdomen — was very dilated in one area and then very narrow in another area. We weren’t really sure what that meant. Was it just a variation for him? Was it causing the problem?” Tux’s images were placed on a listserv for minimally invasive procedures to see if any other veterinarians in the country had seen something similar and could help solve the mystery of the source of Tux’s fluid. Also on the case were Drs. Ryan Baumwart, veterinary cardiologist, and Andrew Hanzlicek, small animal

internal medicine specialist and Dr. Tims’ mentor at the center’s Veterinary Medical Hospital. “We put some dye in and watched it move through the blood vessels,” said Baumwart. “We actually saw that it was getting blocked. We then did a selective angiogram, where we put a catheter up through his caudal vena cava. As we injected that dye, we could see exactly where the problem was. There was a stricture or narrowing of that blood vessel, and it was causing pressure to back up into the back half of his body, and that was causing the fluid to build up.” Now that they knew what the problem was, they would need the owner’s permission to do the necessary surgery. “Once we found where the problem was, we went in and ballooned it open,” added Hanzlicek. “We inflated a small balloon catheter and opened up the tissue. Then we placed a stent to hold it open. Basically, that allowed all of the

blood in his abdomen to get back to his heart. That was the problem. It (blood) wasn’t able to get back, and pressures were building up. One of the coolest things about Tux’s procedure is that all of that was done through a couple little bitty incisions through his neck and through his back leg. So there wasn’t a big major surgery. It essentially was pain free. It was very minimally invasive.” The center is looking to acquire an operating room large enough to accommodate the specialists needed (cardiologist, internist, anesthesiologist, students, and veterinary technicians) and the various pieces of equipment required to perform these procedures, including wireless technology. “These are very cool procedures, and a lot of students and veterinarians in training want to be involved,” said Hanzlicek. “Having the capability to show these procedures with audio so you can hear and see what is going on in the operating room would add so



“They saved our dog’s life. How do you thank someone for saving your dog’s life? These doctors here, it’s just incredible. This is like the children’s hospital for dogs.”

much value to the education of future veterinarians. That is definitely a goal of this program moving forward.” Tux’s surgery was the first time veterinarians performed this particular procedure at OSU. “The surgery was very successful,” said Whitaker. “Right after the surgery, Tux was up running around as if nothing had ever happened. Within a week or so, he looked perfectly healthy. One of the things I thought was so great about the surgery was the minimally invasive surgery. They went through the neck instead of having to open the dog up to do it. The recovery time is a lot shorter. They want to raise money for an operating room here at OSU that specializes in minimally invasive surgery. It gives an option to dog owners to save the life of their dogs. They saved our dog’s life. How do you thank someone for saving your dog’s life? These doctors here, it’s just incredible. This is like the children’s hospital for dogs. “It was worth every penny. OSU went out of their way to find out what was going on with Tux and how to solve it. We will be forever thankful for that,” he continued. “It was our first time using the hospital. It is an outstanding

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— H.B. Whitaker, owner of Tux facility and one of the best training facilities in the country probably for veterinarians. They don’t mess around. They’re at the forefront of solving problems, and these students are standing right beside them as they do it. I told my wife whenever I was watching all this and going through this with our dog, these guys (students) are getting their money’s worth. This is just outstanding if you’re a student because this is what you come here to do.” On Dec. 21, 2017, Tux returned to OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital for a recheck following his November surgery. “He has no fluid in his abdomen,” reported Tims. “He has filled out. He used to be very thin and had no muscle over his head. Now he’s this beautiful dog. He’s a real miracle, and we’re happy — so happy —that he’s doing better. The biggest thing was that he was completely healthy otherwise. We couldn’t find anything else wrong with him. We were really driven to find out what was going on and fix it so that he could have a full and happy life.” “I would add that really the only treatment for this was a minimally invasive procedure,” said Hanzlicek.


“That’s the importance of this program is that there is less pain, shorter healing time for our pets and in some cases, it’s the only feasible option for treatment. So it’s an important program that we’re trying to grow here at Oklahoma State. And Tux is a living example of what it can do.”

SUPPORT US To support advancing minimally invasive procedures at Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, contact Chris Sitz, senior director of development with the Oklahoma State University Foundation, at 405-385-5170 or


Tick-led at Their Find OSU researchers identify the new longhorn tick


t’s not every day you see a new tick! Dr. Susan Little’s research group at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences recently identified a nymphal longhorned tick or bush tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis. The tick came from a dog in Arkansas through a national tick surveillance project being conducted by Little’s team. The OSU lab confirmed the morphologic identification by sequencing and reported the finding to the United States Department of Agriculture. According to Little, a renowned veterinary parasitologist, the finding wasn’t altogether surprising. “We knew to be on the lookout for this tick given recent reports in New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia,” she said. “We are very glad we were able to assist on efforts to understand the current distribution of this new species.” Originally from East Asia, the longhorn tick successfully established itself in other areas of the world including Australia, New Zealand and perhaps now, the eastern United States. It feeds on cattle, small ruminants, horses, dogs, cats, people and several common wildlife species. Most modern tick control products are effective against this tick in other areas of the world. To protect yourself and your animals from this tick or any tick, Dr. Little recommends routine use of year-round tick preventive. Your veterinarian can suggest the best method for your particular animals.

Surveillance is ongoing to learn more about where the tick is in North America and what diseases — if any — it may be transmitting. If you find unusual ticks on animals, please feel free to submit them to Oklahoma State University’s veterinary center for identification. Instructions on submitting can be found at Susan Little, DVM, Ph.D., is a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Microbiology (Parasitology). A professor in the veterinary center’s Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, she holds the Krull-Ewing Endowed Chair in Veterinary Parasitology.

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OCRID scientists confront devastating diseases that sicken millions

Longhorn Tick OCRID research project leaders and directors include (from left) Veronique Lacombe, OSU; Marianna Patrauchan, OSU; Shitao Li, OSU; Jordan Metcalf, OUHSC and co-director of OCRID; Lin Liu, OSU and center director; and William McShan, OUHSC.

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Early on, Dr. Lin Liu wanted to build a research center to study diseases of the respiratory system. The seed was planted in his mind as he studied these diseases as a postdoctoral fellow, but he admits he knew he was too young to lead such an effort. But in 2013, after he joined the faculty at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University, the seed blossomed into the Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases (OCRID). The course of his career, and dozens of others, was set. Center director Liu was thrilled when OCRID opened its doors on the OSU campus with $11.3 million in federal funding in 2013. Now the pressure was on to show that this first phase of funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was worth it — and it has been. “Phase 1 has been transformative to the landscape of respiratory and infectious disease research in Oklahoma,” Liu said this summer after learning that OCRID was awarded a Phase 2 grant to continue its research until at least 2023. NIH awarded $11.1 million to the center to continue the work of more than 60 scientists from three research institutions in the state, including OSU. As it did five years ago, the funding comes from the NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) program, which supports expanding biomedical research throughout the country by universities and institutions that recruit and train scientists, develop core research

Dr. Lin Lui

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facilities and carry out cutting-edge investigations. The goal is to better understand countless destructive diseases and develop vaccines and drug treatments to prevent infection, limit transmission, treat lung damage and avert related infections. As a university-level research center, OCRID reports to the division of Vice President for Research. The center is based at the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. OCRID scientists are pioneering research in Oklahoma into a multitude of diseases that sicken millions. Infectious respiratory diseases are a worldwide public health epidemic. These diseases run the gamut from the common cold and strep to lifethreatening infections such as tuberculosis, influenza, pneumonia (the leading worldwide cause of the death of children under 5), human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV), infections that aggravate such disorders as cystic fibrosis and many other illnesses. Most of these illnesses have no vaccines or cures. To carry out its mission, OCRID was set up to be multi-institutional to tap into as much expertise as possible. It includes OSU, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF). “OCRID has put Oklahoma on the map in this critical area of medical research,” said Dr. Kenneth Sewell, OSU vice president for research. “Phase 2 funding from the NIH will allow researchers at OSU, OUHSC, OU and OMRF to accelerate their collaborations

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over the next five years, generating breakthroughs to understanding the causes and potential cures for devastating infectious diseases of the respiratory system.” The continuation of funding is a significant milestone, said Liu, Regents Professor and Lundberg-Kienlen Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research at OSU. “We want to be extraordinary in Phase 2 by continuing to mentor junior faculty, building infrastructure and promoting collaboration, which will develop a sustainable center of research excellence,” he said. Each five-year phase of CoBRE funding supports four core projects that examine significant, well-established areas of infectious disease research with potential for important advances. A Phase 1 core project led by Dr. Tom Oomens, an OSU associate professor of virology in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, is designing and testing an experimental vaccine for human respiratory syncytial virus, the leading cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia among children. His lab’s work is critical because of the virus’ worldwide magnitude and its stubborn resistance to inoculation by vaccines. “It has been extremely difficult to make a vaccine for HRSV and people all over the world are working on it,” Oomens said. “Mortality estimates are really staggering. Luckily, few children in the U.S. die from HRSV, but about 150,000 die around the world every year.” Main researchers at OCRID, like Oomens, are advancing long-term studies that will eventually move beyond the center to attract large grants from federal research institutes like

the NIH. For the many smaller research pilot projects supported almost solely by OCRID, winning large grants is difficult. In these small projects, scientists must come up with preliminary results to show the potential of the research, and OCRID funding allows scientists to show the legitimacy of their ideas. “Their research lays the foundation upon which to build future studies,” Liu said. Dr. Veronique Lacombe, an associate professor of physiological sciences at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences and an OCRID researcher, launched a pilot project that this year became one of four OCRID core investigations. “It’s very hard to have support from federal agencies when you’re starting a novel, cutting-edge pilot project based around an unproven idea,” Lacombe said. “So you have to validate your idea by collecting preliminary data, and only OCRID was able to provide that financial support to start my research as a pilot project.” Lacombe is studying why diabetics are predisposed to respiratory infection. She is studying the metabolism of the lungs and why high levels of sugar in the lungs, which can be toxic, can lead to respiratory infection. The long-term goal for Lacombe’s lab is to identify new drugs to treat these patients. The development of treatments – what scientists call “from bench to bedside” – will take years of research and much funding. That happened this fall when a pair of research projects begun at OCRID were awarded NIH grants. OSU’s Dr. Heather Fahlenkamp, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering,

and Dr. Susan Kovats, an associate member of the arthritis and clinical immunology program at OMRF, were awarded a $2 million NIH grant to continue developing an innovative tissue-engineered lung model to understand the immune system’s response to influenza. Dr. Haobo Jiang, a Regents Professor in entomology and plant pathology at OSU, received a $1.8 million NIH award for his research into the immune response of insects fighting pathogens that also cause serious human diseases. How did OCRID prove to the NIH CoBRE program that it was on its way toward making significant contributions to respiratory disease research in Oklahoma? In Phase 1, OCRID doubled to 60 the number of respiratory disease researchers who secured more than $50 million in additional funding outside OCRID. The CoBRE grant also expanded biomedical research infrastructure in Oklahoma with three state-of-theart facilities at OSU. It also connected scientists from all over the state to collaborate. That critical process focused on senior researchers mentoring early-career scientists. Oomens benefited from one such relationship by working with mentor Dr. Robert Welliver, head of pediatrics at OUHSC. A CoBRE goal is training the next generation of researchers through interdisciplinary collaboration among OCRID’s partner institutions. “An important way to do that is to bring scientists with different expertise together,” Oomens said. “That benefited me by allowing me to push my research further.”

OCRID regularly brings in worldrenowned respiratory disease experts to share the latest findings that can impact research here in Oklahoma. By combining scientific strengths and the top facilities in Oklahoma, OCRID is building a national reputation for its work. “OCRID was really the key because it brought together scientists and investigators, which we could not have done independently,” said Dr. Heloise Anne Pereira, dean of the graduate college and Herbert and Dorothy Langsam Chair in Geriatric Pharmacy at OUHSC. “Bringing together the best investigators from each of these institutions has really been the success of OCRID.” The four main researchers from Phase 1, including Fahlenkamp, have “graduated” from OCRID and now work independently from the center to expand their efforts on their own using training and relationships from the center. A new set of four core projects has been selected for funding in the next phase, including the research from Lacombe, and OSU’s Dr. Shitao Li, assistant professor of virology, Dr. Marianna Patrauchan, OSU associate professor in microbiology and molecular genetics, and Dr. William McShan, OUHSC associate professor in pharmaceutical sciences. “I am extremely pleased that the first OSU CoBRE grant was able to transition to Phase 2 without any disruption, thanks to an incredible collaboration from scientists across the state of Oklahoma,” Liu said.

LEARN MORE To watch videos about OCRID, visit and

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A New Way to Heal Nation’s first focused ultrasound program offers safer and easier way to treat pet cancers

Five years ago, Dr. Ashish Ranjan established a focused ultrasound program at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Today, OSU is the first veterinary school to offer focused ultrasound treatment as a service in addition to surgery and chemotherapy.

Learn More Check out the focused ultrasound program at

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“Building on my prior work with highintensity focused ultrasound or HIFU technology at the National Institutes of Health, my laboratory initiated several funded research projects in cancerbearing rodent models to understand the feasibility of translating this approach to treat veterinary cancer patients,” explained Ranjan, BVSc, Ph.D., Kerr Foundation Endowed Chair and associate professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences. “Specifically, the projects aimed to tailor the HIFU sound energy for enhancing localized tumor killing and chemotherapy delivery and optimizing the immune system for robust therapeutic outcomes. In addition, we worked on devising new methodologies for improving sensitivity of drug resistant pathogens to antimicrobials. Based on the promising data in rodents, the laboratory was recently funded by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation to conduct clinical trials in dogs with cancer and non-healing wound infections. That’s how we got started.” The HIFU service is currently available to owners to treat cancerous tumors, infected soft tissue and bone infections, Ranjan said. “Patients entering the clinical trial must have an active infection or the presence of a locally accessible tumor. The FDA is currently reviewing our application to include in the HIFU regimen nanoparticle immune adjuvants, which we developed in the lab. This will be especially beneficial for patients with aggressive cancer that has spread to other parts of the body from its primary site,” he continued.

“While we are the only school to provide HIFU as a service, Virginia Tech also has a grant that is supporting research in focused ultrasound technology for veterinary cancer patients.” Others working on this project at OSU include Drs. Danielle Dugat, Jerry Malayer and Jerry Ritchey. Malayer provides cell and molecular biology support looking at the interactions of molecules in and on the cells that mediate the processes of tumor destruction while Ritchey is responsible for immunopathology support. “I look at microscopic samples of the cancer to determine whether the cancerous tissue is being affected by Dr. Ranjan’s treatments to perhaps verify if the treatment is working or not,” Ritchey said. “We also run samples through a flow cytometer, which gives us a picture into the function of the patient’s immune system during the cancer treatment because some of Dr. Ranjan’s therapies are aimed at enhancing the patient’s own immune system to help fight the cancer.” “My role in the focused ultrasound clinic at the Hospital is to engage clients,” said Danielle Dugat, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal), Cohn Family Chair for Small Animal Care, and assistant professor of small animal surgery in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the veterinary center’s Veterinary Medical Hospital. “Dr. Ranjan and I seek out patients who are in need of this therapy. Together with others involved in the project, Drs. Kalyani Ektate, Harshini Ashar, and Donald Holter, we help manage these cases from the time they come


Drs. Harshini Ashar (left), Ashish Ranjan and Kalyani Ektate treat a dog with an oral tumor using focused ultrasound.

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in the door including their hospital stay, evaluations, taking measurements and performing diagnostics — basically all the clinical aspects of maintaining that patient around the actual procedure itself.” The HIFU procedure typically requires that the patient be very still for about an hour. Patients receive anesthesia and pain control during each procedure. “Our state of the art system comes equipped with an imaging and treatment transducer. We use the ultrasound imaging transducer to locate the tumor,” Ranjan said. “We are doing the HIFU treatment under image guidance, which in this case, happens to be ultrasound.” During this clinical trial phase, the veterinary center team reports mixed rates of success. “In some cases, we had complete remission,” Ranjan reported. “The

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tumor was gone after one or two treatments. In other cases, we had control of the disease. In other words, the tumor did not grow beyond what it was when the patient came to us, so that is also success.” “My experience currently with the clinical trial cases has been very rewarding,” Dugat said. “We’re learning as we go what type of cancers may be more responsive or less responsive. Through this trial, we are gaining information on how different tumors may react. Two cases that pop in the top of my mind are ones where the tumors have completely gone away. So for a patient where maybe surgery would have meant removing half of their jaw or reconstructing their lip, now they wouldn’t have to have any surgery and the tumor could be removed via this method. That is the real rewarding part of this technology. When we know more information in the future, then maybe

we can offer this as a first step or a first line of treatment before we even think about surgery.” The two most critical benefits to focused ultrasound treatment over such traditional treatments as surgery, chemotherapy or radiation are that it is non-invasive and non-toxic. There are some cost benefits to this treatment as well. “As we are the first veterinary school to offer this kind of treatment, we also happen to be the first college to set the cost of the treatment,” explained Ranjan. “If an owner were going to go with focused ultrasound in contrast to surgery, they would be saving at least 50 percent. A typical surgical procedure for an oral cancer would cost about $5,000, whereas in the case of focused ultrasound, that would be available at $2,000 to $2,500.” “This technology is very exciting,” said Dr. Jeff Studer, hospital director. “It, combined with the tireless efforts of Drs. Ranjan and Dugat, is providing treatment options for our patients who would have otherwise not had options.” According to Drs. Dugat and Ranjan, owners have been very willing to participate in the clinical trial. “Owners are happy to try to advance medical care not only to get good results in their own patient but to give us more information so we can help future patients,” Dugat said. “So it’s been very positive even in the cases that haven’t worked. The owners have been very thankful that they have gotten the chance to try and see if there was anything that could be done.” “It was pretty fabulous that Laddie was part of that trial, mostly financially so he could be treated,” said owner Jennifer Reyna of Stillwater. “He is doing just fine now.” Laddie is a 10-year-old border collie who had a mass on his mandible. As part of the cancer clinical trial, treatment costs were covered by OSU endowed chairs. The mass was confirmed to be an acanthomatous ameloblastoma. Laddie received one focused ultrasound treatment for three to five minutes. Within a few days, the mass fell off. A recheck three weeks later showed Laddie was cancer-free with no ulcers present. No evidence of neoplasia


“We want owners to know that there are newer methods out there whether it be for chronic wound healing or treating cancer.”

or ameloblastoma were found in the diagnostic evaluation. Oreo is another success story. Lance Millis, director of student academic services at OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, has been bringing Oreo to OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital since the 9-year-old Shetland sheepdog was a puppy. When veterinarian Dr. Paul DeMars noticed a mass on Oreo’s lower right lip, he referred the dog to the hospital’s dentist, who surgically removed the mass. A biopsy showed it to be plasmacytoma. When the mass returned, Millis entered Oreo in the clinical trial. “Oreo is doing great,” Millis said. “His demeanor has been terrific. There has been no recurrence; he’s doing awesome. When we would take Oreo in for his treatments, the vet students would recognize him. Dr. Dugat would ask about him. We’re very happy he has friends at the hospital.” Oreo received two focused ultrasound treatments for three to five minutes each. A recheck three weeks later showed no cancer with no ulcers present. “We have now expanded the treatment from dogs to cats,” Ranjan said. “There is a significant amount of interest at the hospital to do horses as they also get skin cancer or sarcoids. My

— Dr. Danielle Dugat lab is currently working on developing a system for that kind of treatment. These translational projects meet the OSU mission of developing clinically relevant technologies that enhance non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments. The owners currently see a lot of benefit in having a treatment like this where there is no surgery, no infection. It has very minor complications, and it’s relatively rapid.” Dugat echoed: “The future appears bright when it comes to the possibilities. We want owners to know that there are newer methods out there whether it be for chronic wound healing or treating cancer.” “As we learn more about this approach, we are optimistic at the possibilities that this technology can offer. I give credit to several undergraduate, graduate, and DVM students who worked tirelessly to bring this to fruition. It’s said that the best reward in biomedical sciences is when research is translated from bench to bedside. Our early data in the canine patients represents such a vision, however, a lot of research is still needed to be done to establish the true feasibility of this technology, and wide-range clinical use for a variety of indications,” added Ranjan.


LEARN MORE For more information on OSU’s focused ultrasound program, contact Dr. Ranjan at To support veterinary medical research, contact Chris Sitz, senior director of development and team lead for the veterinary center with the OSU Foundation, at 405-385-5170 or

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A New Look

Upgraded CT scanner provides sharper images and better diagnoses

When your patients can’t speak, more options are vital for determining what’s wrong with them. And none of the patients at OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital can speak.

Recently the hospital recently got more help in this area when it upgraded its CT scanner from a four-slice model to a 64-slice unit. Dr. Carrie Kuzma, a clinical instructor in radiology in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, detailed the benefits of the new scanner. “This machine provides shorter scan times, less anesthesia, less anesthetic time and better image quality,” she said. “The four-slice scanner was much slower with its scanning time and was more susceptible to artifacts or distortions and motion from the patients. This required nearly all patients to be under general anesthesia for their scans.”

Today is different: “We get our scans done in half the time or even less. We are capable of doing more patients under heavy sedation versus complete general anesthesia. Also, the new machine is less susceptible to motion and artifacts.” OSU’s hospital takes referrals from veterinarians across Oklahoma and the region. “It’s important that our referring veterinarians know that we have the 64-slice CT scanner,” she said. “It is up and running and available. We have it for small animal, large animal and exotic animals.” According to Kuzma, the radiology team is now getting patients into surgery sooner.

Dr. Martin Furr, then interim hospital director, discusses the new CT scanner.

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“If a patient needs surgery, we can scan them in a quarter of the time compared to the four-slice CT scanner. Then they are off to surgery, which allows the surgeons to get things done quicker because the patient is ready faster. We can also deliver patients quicker to ultrasound for fine needle aspirations that help with medicine cases. “I think one of the biggest things that we are able to do now is look at more coronary arteries around the heart. We are able to see them in better definition. With the 64-slice, we see a lot of those little, finer structures a bit better. Having the 64-slice CT scanner just helps overall with the diagnosis of patients.” Drs. Bob Shoup and Steve Weir of Catoosa Small Animal Clinic were among the supporters of this project. “We gave in recognition of the wonderful career and work that Dr. Mark Neer (who recently retired) did for the profession and the university,” Shoup said. “Plus, advanced imaging is a must for referral centers. The 64-slice CT will improve imaging and diagnostic capabilities. “However, machines are just machines unless you have people who can run the test, interpret the results correctly, and then give treatment options. OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital has the people in place who can utilize the new CT to its fullest capacity. Obviously, CT scanners are too expensive for the average veterinary clinic. That is why it is important that we have them easily accessible for our clients.”

As with any new piece of equipment, the 64-slice CT scanner comes with a learning curve. “It’s a more complicated system because it is a 64-slice versus a 4-slice machine,” Kuzma explained. “Once you learn the system and the machine, it becomes easier and faster to run. The technicians become more efficient and more proficient the more they use it.” Kuzma estimated that maybe one or two other veterinary practices in Oklahoma has a 64-slice CT scanner. “That’s going to depend on how many specialty practices there are, their caseload and what they have decided to use for equipment,” Kuzma said. “I would say about 30 percent of veterinary colleges in the country have a 64-slice CT scanner. Some are still using either an eight-slice or a 16-slice. Once their equipment comes to end of life, their upgrade will more likely be to a 64-slice.” Marla and John Palovik are grateful clients of OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital who were referred by Dr. Shoup. “Our beloved Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Mattie and Alice, had mitral valve heart disease, as many Cavaliers do,” Marla Palovik said. “Dr. Shoup had done and tried all he knew to do with medications and treatment. He referred us to OSU’s veterinary cardiologist, Dr. Ryan Baumwart, in late 2016 for his expertise. Despite seeing some improvement in their health, we had to let the girls ‘go’ in December 2016. Due to the care and concern given us, we decided to make a first-time donation in memory of Mattie and Alice shortly after they passed away.

“Months later, Dr. Shoup mentioned the 64-slice CT scanner the hospital was trying to acquire. We decided to make a second donation earmarked specifically for the CT, knowing the advanced technology of the new 64-slice CT would benefit both small and large animals and meet critical medical needs of many more patients in a shorter period of time than with the original, older CT machine. We were honored to attend the Center’s Open House and dedication of the new CT scanner earlier this spring. “We would not hesitate to bring our future pets to OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital again, or to refer others as well. If lives can be saved or medically improved, this is the place to be.” “If we want OSU to be a great referral center, it is critical that we make sure they have the best equipment available,” Shoup said. “It is also important to train tomorrow’s veterinarians on the latest technology so they can be their best when they graduate.” “On behalf of the entire radiology department, thank you to everyone who supported the purchase of this machine and helped us upgrade our technology,” Kuzma said.

LEARN MORE To support OSU’s veterinary medicine program, contact Chris Sitz, senior director of development and team lead with the OSU Foundation, at 405-385-5170 or

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Thanks, DONORS GENEROUS GIFTS FROM THESE DONORS MADE THE 64-SLICE CT SCANNER POSSIBLE: Mary Bowles Catoosa Small Animal Clinic Peter Erdoes Dr. Jack Hoopes Dr. Roger Johnson, Nichols Hills Veterinary Clinic Merkel Family Foundation Dr. David Mitchell Vicki Palmer John and Marla Palovik Charitable Trust

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Perpetual Pet Care

OSU teams with Mercy Work Foundation to offer options for peace of mind care


eople come and go in your lifetime. They may even impact your life without your knowing it. If you are an animal lover, such could be the case with the late Leah Cohn Arendt of Oklahoma City. Leah’s family established the Mercy Work Foundation of Oklahoma in 1992 to perpetually care for small animals. Mercy Work makes two to three grant awards each year, ranging between $5,000 and $20,000. Leah had an insatiable love of rescuing companion animals and had a number of dogs and cats. Administrators of the estate at Boatmen’s First National Bank of Oklahoma decided to use some of the Mercy Work funds to care for Leah’s dogs. Patty Whitecotton served as administrator of the program for more than eight years. “We worked with Dr. Joe Alexander, who was then dean at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences,” Whitecotton recalls. “We agreed to establish an endowed chair and to help fund the construction

of the Cohn Pet Care Facility. For as long as Leah’s dogs were alive, we would provide funding to help cover the cost of their care and any necessary veterinary treatment. OSU was also welcome to apply for an annual grant distribution for funds that support needs that align with the overall mission of Mercy Work.” Thus began the 20-plus-year relationship the veterinary center still enjoys with the Mercy Work Foundation of Oklahoma. Through the years, OSU has received more than $1.7 million in annual grants from Mercy Work. These funds have allowed the veterinary center to keep the facility in good repair, upgrade equipment and technology, and ensure the animals housed at the Cohn Facility are cared for 24/7. Mercy Work’s generous support has also allowed OSU to care for animals involved in domestic violence situations. “I think it’s a great place for people who don’t have relatives or anyone left who can take their animals when they pass away so their animals have a safe place to live out their lives,” says Whitecotton. “It’s also wonderful


that the Cohn Pet Care Facility is a safe haven for animals whose family environment may be threatened.” The Cohn Pet Care Facility opened in 1998. It has been home to Leah’s dogs, another dog named April, and is currently housing two cats, Sophie and Suzy. Approximately 25 families have provided endowed gifts to the OSU Foundation for their animals to be cared for by the Cohn Facility should their animals outlive them. More than 870 pets have been boarded at the facility, including birds, cats, dogs, a hedgehog and a rabbit. In addition, at least 48 animals caught in domestic violence situations have been safely cared for until they were reunited with their owners or a stable, permanent home was made available. “Mercy Work Foundation of Oklahoma has impacted the lives of so many animal lovers who just want to know their beloved pets are going to be safe and cared for when they are no longer able to provide for them,” says Dr. Chris Ross, then interim dean of OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. “Add to that the research, education and veterinary medical care provided by the faculty who have been appointed as Cohn Family Chair for Small Animals, and that impact just grew exponentially. We are forever grateful for Mercy Work of Oklahoma’s continued support.” “The mission of the Cohn Pet Care Facility nicely aligns with the mission of the Mercy Work Foundation of Oklahoma,” adds Kelly Donohue Garlock, vice president and philanthropic relationship manager at the U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, the bank now managing the account. “Financial support for the many programs of the center is a wonderful example of how the grantor’s wishes are being fulfilled today.”

LEARN MORE For more information about the Cohn Pet Care Facility, visit

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COHN PET CARE FACILITY LEARN MORE To contribute to the Cohn Pet Care Facility or learn more about securing your own pet’s place, contact Chris Sitz, senior director of development and team lead with the OSU Foundation, at 405-3855170 or

If something were to happen to you, who would care for your beloved pets? Oklahoma State University’s Cohn Pet Care Facility has the answer. Opened in 1998, the Cohn Pet Care Facility offers pet owners a permanent home for their animals when they are no longer able to care for them. An endowment paid upfront provides shelter, food and veterinary medical treatment for the life of the pet. The facility is located on eight acres north of the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital. The 6,600-square-foot building is equipped with some special features: • An indoor cat room, specifically designed to meet their exercise needs, with walls of windows that allow the sun to shine into the room most of the day. • An area for veterinary medical examinations, treatment and grooming. • Outdoor runs and individual dog kennels. • A visiting area where the animals can enjoy being with people in an atmosphere that is “just like home.”

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“My endowment, which ensures that my pets will receive excellent care and companionship for the remainder of their lives, has given me utmost peace of mind,” says Jean Williams-Gent, a Cohn Pet Care Facility client. “After visiting the shelter, I was inspired to contribute additional funds to support the facility’s program, which provides temporary housing for animals that have been removed from at-risk situations.” As a community service, the Cohn Facility provides temporary housing for pets in domestic violence cases at no cost to these pet owners. Research shows that up to 48 percent of battered women have delayed their decision to leave unsafe situations out of fear for the welfare of pets or livestock. Seventy-one percent of battered women with pets affirmed that abusers had threatened, hurt or killed their animals. In addition to being a forever home for pets and a safe haven for animals in need, the Cohn Pet Care Facility also serves as a boarding facility for pets as space allows. The facility is open during the week with Saturday and Sunday drop-off hours between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and pick up between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. For more details on boarding your pets, call 405-744-3647.


DUGAT HOLDS COHN FAMILY CHAIR FOR SMALL ANIMALS Dr. Danielle Dugat holds the Cohn Family Chair for Small Animals. A board-certified small animal surgeon at Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital, Dugat has been a member of the faculty since 2011. “The Cohn Family Chair opens the door to expand research, teaching and educational opportunities in both small animal medicine and surgery,” Dugat says. “This chair gives me some flexibility to use funding for collaborative research or to help young interns and residents with their research goals to fulfill their requirements to become specialized.” Dr. Dugat has used funds provided by the chair to support multiple collaborative and investigative research projects, including evaluation of management of intervertebral disk disease in dogs, identifying the strength of orthopedic repairs typically used for

fracture management, evaluation of clinical techniques to diagnose disease conditions, and support of publications within veterinary journals. This chair allows Dugat to further research interests in the areas of intervertebral disk disease, immunomodulatory treatments for cancer, and various clinical projects that promote excellence in patient care through investigation of new techniques and methods for treating various diseases and conditions. “This chair lets me utilize my interests and goals to advance clinical medicine and surgery,” Dugat adds. “Having the opportunity to be financially supported through the chair allows me to collaborate with my colleagues and provide a service to the veterinary community thanks to a donor that believes in the work we provide here at the university. I am blessed to be

a part of a faculty at the veterinary center that strives to improve medicine daily. Without chairs such as the Cohn Family Chair, some of our research goals cannot become reality.” Originally from Huntington Beach, Calif., Dugat came to OSU in 2003 to begin her pursuit of a career in veterinary medicine. Following her undergraduate work, she earned her DVM degree, and completed a small animal surgical residency and master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences all at OSU. In 2013, she became a boardcertified surgeon and Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dugat is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

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Environmental Agents Interdisciplinary Toxicology Symposium hears from Virginia Tech professor


nvironmental agents topped the agenda for the 18th Sitlington Lecture in Toxicology. Dr. Marion Ehrich’s presentation, “Organophosphates — Past, Present and Future Uses and Toxicities,” concluded the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Symposium, which included a poster session, graduate fellow research presentations and guest speakers, all focused on substances that affect humans, animals and the environment. Ehrich, a historian for the Society of Toxicology, shared the history of organophosphates, chemicals that are usually used as pesticides today. Researchers began their early studies on organophosphates, first used as nerve gases, to discover the amount that could be used with the minimum negative effect. Organophosphates

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protect agricultural crops from insects. Insecticide use is decreasing, and premarket testing helps ensure safe levels of usage. Ehrich cautioned that it is imperative to read substance labels and follow directions explicitly. Organophosphates should be stored properly and empty containers should be disposed of properly to protect humans, animals and the environment. People handling these products should always wear protective clothing. Most recently, some researchers have focused on organophosphates affecting military personnel and post traumatic syndromes. Without preexposure information, it is difficult to determine the levels of exposure some troops may have suffered during deployments in the Middle East.

The future of organophosphates will continue to focus on decreasing the use of insecticides and how they can help in medical research. They have been used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders. Ehrich encouraged those attending her presentation to continue to search for answers on how organophosphates can be beneficial. Ehrich has a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and a master’s and a doctorate in pharmacy/toxicology. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and is a professor at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and Virginia Tech’s Carilion School of Medicine.


Front row, from left: Sarah Hileman, Kirstin Hester, Kori McClay, Taylor Walton, Jeffrey Krall, Kendall Scarlett, Minu Pilvankar, Debarati Chanda, Md Ibrahim, Dr. Nancy Denslow, Dr. Marion Ehrich and Dr. Carey Pope. Second row, from left: Dr. Chris Ross, Amie Schweitzer, Jimmy Lovett, Will Mimbs, Bobby Bowser, Dr. Gerwald Kohler, Joel Hickey, Justin Scott, Dr. Bryan Brooks, Dr. Loren Smith and Dr. Lara Maxwell. Back row, from left: Ana Chicas-Mosier, Wentao Huang, Chris Goodchild, Dr. Guangping Chen and Stacey Herriage.

S Y M P O S I U M PA R T IC I PA N T S Guest Speakers

Graduate Fellows

Bryan Brooks, Ph.D., presented “Urbanization, Environment and Pharmaceuticals: Advancing Comparative Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology.” He is a distinguished professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Institute of Biomedical Studies and director of Environmental Health Science at Baylor University. His research team often focuses on urban waters with topics ranging from water quality and reuse, environmental, aquatic and comparative toxicology and pharmacology, and sustainable molecular design, to developing approaches to define risks of contaminants of historical and emerging concern, and the ecology and toxicology of harmful algae blooms. Nancy Denslow, Ph.D., presented “Lipidomics: Another OMIC Technology.” She is a professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences and Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology at the University of Florida. Her work focuses on reproductive toxicology and endocrine disruption in non-model species, pioneering the use of omics technologies for non-model species, and adapting skills used for assessing toxicant effects on human health.

Bobby Bowser, Integrative Biology Christopher Goodchild, Integrative Biology Kirstin Hester, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Sarah Hileman, Integrative Biology Md Ibrahim, Integrative Biology William Mimbs, Integrative Biology Minu Pilvankar, Chemical Engineering Justin Scott, Integrative Biology

Interdisciplinary Toxicology Symposium The Interdisciplinary Toxicology Symposium provides an opportunity for the exchange of information among students and interdisciplinary faculty and exposure to experiences of leading scientists. Carey Pope, Ph.D., is director of the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program, Regents Professor and the Sitlington Chair in Toxicology in the Department of Physiological Sciences at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

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From left at the CVHS Fall Conference: Drs. Thomas Loafmann, class of 1963 representative; Stephen Ettinger, Class of 1963 Distinguished Lecturer; and Carlos Risco, dean of the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

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“Recognizing that we share the same pathologies, One Medicine should advance knowledge for all species. Research for human medicine, veterinary medicine and zoological medicine can be enhanced through the recognition of One Medicine.”


— Dr. Stephen Ettinger

‘One Health’

Class of 1963 Distinguished Lecture launches fall veterinary conference


tephen Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM and Cardiology), presented “One Health” as the keynote Class of 1963 Distinguished Lecture. Ettinger brought attendees through the history of human medicine including the birth of meat inspection, how blood flows, and the first anesthesia used. He talked about the history of veterinary education and the important role that land grant institutions played in separating veterinary medicine from the centers of medical education. “Veterinary medicine became ensconced in the rural United States while human medicine continued as part of the urban fabric in the U.S.,” Ettinger said. “As a result, funding to the veterinary schools came as agriculture and Departments of Health while human medicine was directed more toward delivery of medical care and disease research. This was the ultimate casualty of the land-grant mission to the veterinary colleges.” Ettinger went on to say that today the veterinarian has many roles — protecting agriculture from infectious diseases, using diagnostic labs to conduct surveillance and virus isolation, protecting wildlife populations to ensure the health of our ecosystems, and more.

“Recognizing that we share the same pathologies, One Medicine should advance knowledge for all species,” Ettinger continued. “Research for human medicine, veterinary medicine and zoological medicine can be enhanced through the recognition of One Medicine.” Ettinger believes veterinarians will play a key role in such developing areas as biofarming, genetic engineering, zoonotic disease and public health, and stem cell therapies. “In the 21st century, medicine will focus on genomics, comparative genetics, animal (comparative) cancer centers, molecular biology, and renewed emphasis on large animals,” he said. Ettinger earned his DVM degree from Cornell University in 1964. He was instrumental in the founding and development of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) as one of the initial group of charter members. He is a diplomate of the ACVIM in both small animal internal medicine and in cardiology.

Learn More To hear Dr. Stephen Ettinger’s entire presentation on “One Health,” visit

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Growing and … Towing?

Bullmastiff joins groundbreaking ceremony for new classroom building


he Center for Veterinary Health Sciences’ groundbreaking ceremony for a new classroom building broke some expectations. After all, not many dogs participate in such events. Natty, a bullmastiff owned by Dr. Dianne McFarlane, pulled a cart holding the ceremonial shovels to deliver the tools to the individuals using them. The late November ceremony marked progress toward enhancing the education of Oklahoma State veterinary students and exceeding their expectations. “With the addition of this classroom, the CVHS will continue to be the destination for students who want to receive a high quality veterinary medical education as well as those seeking continuing education,” said Dr. Carlos Risco, CVHS dean. “We are grateful for the financial support of President (Burns) Hargis and Joe Weaver, senior vice president; alumni and friends who have made early commitments toward this project.

“It is our intention to prominently honor the legacy of Dr. Roger Panciera (’53), professor emeritus and a world-renowned veterinary pathologist, in this new classroom building. Dr. Panciera has touched the lives of generations of veterinary students and influenced the careers of many more,” he continued. “We thank faculty and staff for their involvement in bringing this building to fruition. In particular, the Planning Committee — Drs. Margi Gilmour, Martin Furr, Shane Lyon, Jerry Ritchey and Chris Ross and Mr. Jim Hargrave, facilities manager. And thank you to the team from longrange planning. We could not have come this far without your help.” Provost Gary Sandefur, Senior Vice President Joe Weaver, Dr. Gilmour, and class of 2022 representatives Cody Blalock and Courtney Longhouse joined Dr. Risco in putting a shovel in the ground and turning over the soil to mark the beginning of this impactful project. To support the future of veterinary medicine through this project or any other, contact Chris Sitz, senior director of development and CVHS team lead with the OSU Foundation, at 405-385-5170 or

Those breaking ground at the ceremony included (from left) Provost Gary Sandefur, Dean Dr. Carlos Risco, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Margi Gilmour, class of 2022 representatives Cody Blalock and Courtney Longhouse, and Senior Vice President Joe Weaver.

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CVHS alumnus honored for cancer research Vet Cetera wins PRSA top honor

Isaiah (Josh) Fidler, DVM, Ph.D., FACCR, was honored by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) with the 12th Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research. Fidler, a fellow of the AACR Academy, is a professor emeritus in cancer biology and neurosurgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. This award recognizes champions of cancer research whose leadership and extraordinary achievements have had a major impact on the field. Dr. Fidler received his DVM from Oklahoma State University in 1963.

The 2017 issue of Vet Cetera earned the coveted Upper Case Award (first place in printed publications) at the Public Relations Society of America Oklahoma City Chapter’s 2018 Upper Case Awards ceremony.

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Jesse Jenny (’19) received the 2018 Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award. This annual award recognizes veterinary students who portray leadership Celebrating Our Past,service and promote a lifelong Full Steam Into Our Future to the profession. Each recipient receives a $1,000 cash award, complimentary registration, lodging, airfare and a daily stipend to attend the Western Veterinary Conference.



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Walther Award goes to Jesse Jenny

70 Y E A R S YO U N G


The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2018. Since its doors opened March 1, 1948, the center has graduated more than 3,900 career-ready veterinarians. These men and women have gone on to do great things to improve the lives of animals and humans alike.

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OSU marks 35 years of AAHA accreditation In 1983, Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital joined a league of its own by becoming accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. AAHA is the only institution that accredits companion veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. “We’re proud of the commitment to excellence our clinicians, staff and veterinary students have exhibited over the last 35 years, which helps us earn that accreditation,” said Dr. Martin Furr, then interim hospital director. “Our clients and referring veterinarians can depend on us to continue to provide the best possible veterinary medical care for our patients and to maintain our high standards of care.”

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Dr. Carlos Risco, dean of the veterinary center, presents the Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award to Jesse Jenny.


OADDL earns full accreditation The Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory recently received full accreditation by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). This makes Oklahoma one of 33 U.S. states with an AAVLD-accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratory.

CVHS Foundation leader promoted Chris Sitz, senior director of development at the OSU Foundation, has been promoted to CVHS team lead. She joined the OSU Foundation in 2017 and served the CVHS with Heidi Griswold, who was the team lead. Griswold will continue as the team lead for DASNR.

Honoring Veterans The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences welcomed retired Army Col. Gary White, DVM (’68), who presented “The 100th Anniversary of the Armistice” in honor of American soldiers, including military veterinarians. Dr. White noted OSU’s legacy of veterinarians serving in the military. “When I retired in 2004, Oklahoma State was tied with Kansas State for second in having the most veterinarians in the Veterinary Corps,” he said. He covered the history of Veterans Day, from its origins as Armistice Day in the U.S. to honor the veterans of World War I — and its continuing impact in the world. “I was in the United Kingdom in 1998 leaving London on November 11,” White recalled. “I was at Gatwick Airport and a couple minutes before 11, they made an announcement that at 11 o’clock, there would be a minute of silence and all operations, I think other than the airplanes landing and taking off, would cease. I was just ready to walk through what was security at that time, and sure

Student Military Eight veterinary students have served in or are members of the U.S. military. They are:

enough, everything stopped. A minute of silence as busy as an airport is.” “Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, or as we call it in the United States, Veterans Day, is a time that we honor those who have served our country and continue to serve our country,” he concluded. “We are very, very thankful for that. I would add that I am very thankful that this institution saw fit to put this court right outside the northeast corner of this building. I think it says a lot for this institution.” The Military Veterinarian Honor Court, located outside the northeast corner of McElroy Hall, was dedicated in 2009. One brick bears a Gold Star in memory of Lt. Col. Daniel Holland, DVM (’88), who was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Bricks may be purchased in honor of or in memory of any military veterinarian by contacting the Advancement Office at 405-744-5630.

• Cody Blalock (’22), two tours in the Navy; now in the National Guard. • Koty Forbes (’21), combat medic in the Army National Guard. • Chelsey Michelsen (’20), Army. • Logan Morton (’22), Army. • Jared Nenninger (’20), Army. • Shannah Rider (’19), Air Force. • Cameron Ross (’19), Army. • Elise Stewart (’22), Navy.

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At the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences’ Veterans Day ceremony were (from left) Dr. Carlos Risco, Dr. Gary White and Army ROTC cadets Terry DeAngelo, Austin Wagnon, Orin Atha, and Allison Vierps.

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Regents Distinguished Teacher Boileau calls her recognition ‘just humbling’


elanie Boileau, DVM, MS, DACVIM, received the 2018 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award for OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. “I came to Oklahoma State in 2001 helping to teach students throughout my food animal medicine residency program, which was a three-year program,” said Dr. Boileau, associate professor and section chief of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery. “I left for a year when I went to Kansas State University to teach and came back as faculty in 2005. So it’s been 16 years or so altogether at OSU. Yes, I just bleed orange.” Boileau said she appreciated the prestigious award: “I feel very honored and extremely privileged to have received the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award. I am delighted to see my dedication and commitment to teaching being recognized. This is just humbling.” While she has been teaching for many years, she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian at a much younger age. “I decided to become a veterinarian when I was about 10 years old,” she recalled. “I grew up on a dairy farm near Sainte-Cecile-de-Milton, a small town about an hour east of Montreal in Quebec, Canada. We had a small Holstein herd of about 60 head. I remember seeing one of my newborn heifer calves bleeding profusely from her umbilical cord. I ran to the house frantically trying to find a little rope to tie and stop the bleeding, which I did.

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The calf did well, and that made me so happy! And that was pretty much the beginning of my journey.” Boileau earned her DVM degree from Montreal University in Quebec. She also earned a master’s degree in veterinary biomedical sciences from Oklahoma State University during her residency program. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. “Over the last several years, I feel that my greatest accomplishment has been my growth as a veterinary educator,” she continued. “I’ve really tried to broaden my teaching toolbox every year in various ways, and I think it has paid off. What I like most about teaching is when I see either a student, intern or resident who is able to do a procedure or to apply a concept to a case from what I have taught them. When I see that, that’s just a treat for me. Every time. “I hope to be remembered for my passion, enthusiasm and commitment for teaching food animal medicine. Also, I hope to be remembered for my teamwork mentality, and for promoting student involvement in patient care and management.” And what advice does she offer to up-and-coming faculty members? “My advice to any young faculty member would be to find a mentor that they can run things by. I would also suggest to engage in teaching related activities, conferences or courses to invest and broaden their respective teaching toolbox.”

While Boileau has witnessed many successes and helped many students and developing veterinarians grow, one particular case comes to mind when asked if she has a favorite memory. “Probably my favorite memory was a student interested in mixed animal practice who was very shy and very intimidated by the size of the cattle, the gate system and chutes she had to work with. With some teaching and guidance, by the time the third week of the rotation was over, she was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do this.’ She gained so much confidence that she blossomed into a skilled, go-getter student!” To be eligible for the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, a fulltime faculty member must have shown unusually significant and meritorious achievement in the instruction of students (graduate and/or undergraduate) for a significant number of years. One annual award is given per college (except for Arts and Sciences where two awards are given) at $2,000 each plus appropriate benefits. All applications are reviewed and selected by a committee and approved by the OSU Board of Regents.

Learn More See Dr. Melanie Boileau discuss this honor:


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Regents Distinguished Researcher Ranjan is changing lives, one project at a time


r. Ashish Ranjan is the 2018 Regents Distinguished Research Award recipient at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. He and his team conduct cutting-edge research centered on the use of device-directed nanomedicines to help improve the lives of animals and humans. “Humans and animals alike suffer from cancer,” said Ranjan. “Some of my own relatives and friends have been affected with this disease. Current therapies available in the veterinary or human settings are associated with significant side effects and do not really result in high survival rates in patients. Veterinary cancers resemble human diseases in many ways. So I thought doing cancer research can allow me to not only figure out new therapies for our vet patients but can also help us translate some of those ideas for human treatment.” Ranjan leads the Nanomedicine and Targeted Therapy Laboratory. He is an associate professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences and the Kerr Endowed Chair. He earned his BVSc degree (DVM equivalent) from Madras Veterinary College in Chennai, India, and earned a Ph.D. in biomedical and veterinary sciences from Virginia Tech. “We call ourselves a device-directed lab that performs bench-to-bedside research,” he explained. “This means that whatever we are trying to do in the lab, we try to shorten the translational to the patients — in particular, veterinary patients. We are doing a variety of projects that are broadly focused on two areas: the first being cancer and the second being chronic infectious diseases such as non-healing wounds. “Most of those projects have two elements. One is the nanoparticle that carries drug pillows and the other is the device that provides image guidance for these therapies. By putting the drugs inside a nanoparticle, we reduce toxicities of the drugs and enhance their delivery to a region of interest in a very targeted manner. For example, if a patient is suffering from a non-healing wound, the nanoparticle is targeted to only go to the site where we want it to go. The device can then be utilized to

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release the pillow with a stimuli (e.g. heat), making it highly targeted and specific in nature.” Ranjan says he is honored to receive the Regents Distinguished Research Award. “It means a lot to me, to my lab, and everyone who is involved in these projects,” he continued. “It’s a recognition of our effort and also an encouragement to do good science that benefits our patients. We are very thankful to the selection committee and to Oklahoma State University for recognizing us for our ongoing research efforts.” Ranjan also received a Distinguished Early Career Faculty Award. It comes with a $2,000 stipend and recognizes faculty members who were awarded tenure within the past three years and have demonstrated strong potential for continued contributions to the university and their profession in instruction, research and creative activity and/ or extension/outreach. Ranjan grew up in the eastern part of India, close to Calcutta. His family had all kinds of large and small animals and would frequent the veterinary hospital to get their pets treated. “Since the time I was a kid, I always had a love of animals, and becoming a veterinarian came naturally,” he said. “While I was in vet school, I would often come across diseases that had a poor prognosis and patients didn’t have many options. There was always this need for new therapeutics that could help address some of those disease issues. So I thought pursuing a career that was more than conventional medicine, such as highend research, would allow me to discover new drugs and new therapeutics to help our patient population.” Today, he and his team are achieving some interesting outcomes from the research in the lab. “We have had some early successes with what we are doing in the lab. This gives us hope that our candidate drug agents may help bridge the gap from bench to bedside. We are encouraged by our early success and feasibility demonstrations and are looking forward to studying the therapeutics in clinical settings.”



“It means a lot to me, to my lab, and everyone who is involved in these projects.” — DR. ASHISH RANJAN


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SEE MORE See why Dr. Ashish Ranjan received this honor:

The center’s Dr. Shane Lyon, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), assistant professor of small animal internal medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, also received an Advising Excellence Award at the convocation.

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New Faculty Fernando Vicosa Bauermann, DVM, MSc, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of virology in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. Originally from Concordia in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, he earned his DVM, MSc and Ph.D. from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil. His research interests include pathogenesis of viral agents, with special emphasis on viruses involved in the bovine respiratory disease complex; virus-host interactions; and characterization of new/emerging viral pathogens.

Dr. Fernando Bauermann

Dr. Nicola Di Girolamo

Dr. Bauermann was a visiting scientist at the USDA’s Ruminant Diseases and Immunology unit in Ames, Iowa, for five years. He worked with the genetic and antigenic characterization of emerging pestiviruses in cattle, especially HoBi-like viruses. He later worked at the Virology Lab at the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at South Dakota State University for two years. There, he focused on the diagnostic of swine viral diseases and research on survivability of viral pathogens in feed ingredients and pathogenesis of Seneca Valley virus and Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in swine. Nicola Di Girolamo, DMV, MSc (EBHC), GP Cert (ExAP), PhD, DECZM (Herp), is an associate professor of zoological medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Originally from Rome, he earned his DMV (DVM equivalent) and a Ph.D. in veterinary sciences from the University of Bologna in Italy. Di Girolamo is also a diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Herpetology). His research interests range from diagnostic techniques in exotics to the application of evidence-based practice and meta-research in veterinary medicine.

use a combination of medical and surgical skills to help a wide variety of species. Erik Clary, DVM, Ph.D., DACVS, is an associate professor of small animal surgery and bioethics in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Originally from Imperial, California, he earned his DVM and master’s degrees from Kansas State University. After completing an internship at the University of Georgia and a residency at North Carolina State University, he was awarded diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Post-residency, Clary landed at Duke University Medical Center as a researcher focusing on pre-clinical development of minimally invasive surgical methods and technologies with human patients in view. He also advocated strongly for the welfare of research animals, helping to identify inanimate alternatives, less invasive procedures and better analgesic protocols. More recently, Clary has pursued graduate studies in ethics, culminating in his doctorate. His field of expertise is bioethics, and he intends to focus his research on issues at the nexus of human and animal with particular emphasis on veterinary medical ethics and the animal rights-welfare debate.

Dr. Di Girolamo comes to OSU from the Tai Wai Small Animal and Exotic Hospital in Sha Tin, Hong Kong.

Dr. Katelyn Fentiman

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Katelyn Fentiman, MS, DVM, DACVO, is an assistant professor of ophthalmology in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital. Originally from Monument, Colorado, she earned her master’s degree from Colorado State University and her DVM degree from Kansas State University. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Fentiman’s research interests include ocular pharmacology and glaucoma treatment. She enjoys the practice of ophthalmology because it allows her to

Dr. Erik Clary


Meredyth Jones, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LA , is an associate professor of food animal medicine and surgery in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Originally from Brandenburg, Ketucky, she earned her DVM and master’s degrees from OSU in 2002 and 2006 respectively. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine — Large Animal. Jones’ research interests include small ruminant urolithiasis, beef cattle lameness and student learning methods. She traveled around the Mongolian Desert for two weeks to teach veterinarians camel medicine skills.

Dr. Meredyth Jones

Craig Miller, DVM, PhD, DACVP, is an anatomic pathology assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, he earned his DVM and Ph.D. degrees from Colorado State University. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Miller's research interests focus on animal models of HIV pathogenesis and virology. Jeff Studer, DVM, DACVO, is the director of the Veterinary Medical Hospital and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Originally from Wichita Falls, Texas, Studer earned his DVM degree at Oklahoma State University in 2006. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2011. Studer’s focus as hospital director is enhancing the hospital experience for both the client and the referring veterinarian.

Dr. Craig Miller

Dr. Studer comes to OSU from BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Oklahoma City, where he served as medical director and veterinary ophthalmologist. Prior to that, he spent five years as a veterinary ophthalmologist at the Animal Ophthalmology Clinic in Dallas.

Dr. Brandon Raczkoski

New Staff Brandon Raczkoski, MS, Ph.D. , is the curriculum and assessment manager in the dean's office. Originally from Fort Pierce, Florida, Raczkoski earned a bachelor’s degree in forest resources and conservation with a minor in watershed science and management from the University of Florida. He continued his education at OSU, earning a master’s in international agriculture specializing in agribusiness and international trade, a doctorate in agricultural education with a focus in research and evaluation, and a graduate certificate in entrepreneurship. His research interests focus on how people make decisions, specifically the role perceived costs play in the decision making process.

Dr. Jeff Studer

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Faculty Promotions Joao Brandao, DVM, MS, DECZM (Avian), transferred from clinical track to assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Brandao leads the avian, exotics and zoo medicine service at the Veterinary Medical Hospital. In 2018, he became a diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine (Avian). Brandao’s research interests include endocrinology, coagulation and analgesia. Margi Gilmour, DVM, DACVO, was appointed associate dean of academic affairs for the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. She reports to and advises the dean, has leadership and administrative responsibilities for professional student recruitment, the center’s admissions program, professional curriculum, student retention and all professional student affairs. Gilmour’s vision includes student wellness, diversity and inclusion, innovative educational programs and developing new teaching initiatives.

Joao Brandao

Margi Gilmour

Chaoqun Huang

Todd Jackson

Theresa Rizzi

Mike J. Schoonover

Chaoqun Huang, MD, Ph.D., promoted from research assistant professor to research associate professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences. His research interests include studying the roles that long noncoding RNA and microRNA play in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Todd Jackson, DVM, DACLAM, promoted from associate professor to clinical professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. He is also the university attending veterinarian and director of Animal Resources. Jackson’s research interests include laboratory animal and comparative medicine. Theresa Rizzi, DVM, DACVP (Clinical Pathology), promoted from clinical associate professor to clinical professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. Rizzi has teaching responsibilities in all four years of the veterinary curriculum in addition to pathology service duty in the Veterinary Medical Hospital. She participates in collaborative research projects with clinical faculty as well as in multiinstitutional projects. Mike J. Schoonover, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA, DACVSMR, promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of equine surgery (with tenure) in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. He is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Large Animal Specialty) and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (Equine Specialty). Schoonover’s research interests are in equine regional limb perfusion techniques, objective lameness evaluation modalities, and general equine sports medicine and surgery.

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32 Years Later... Eberle retires from CVHS Richard Eberle, Ph.D., launched his 32-year career at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences in 1986. During his tenure, he served in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology as a professor since 1995; and for five years, he was the center’s associate dean for research. He retired in 2018. As associate dean for research, Eberle initiated two National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grant programs — one for summer research training of minority high school students and one for summer research training for veterinary students. The latter is still active today and provides a meaningful avenue for veterinary students seeking experience in biomedical research. Eberle’s primary research focus was herpesviruses of primates with additional interest in equine and bovine respiratory viral infections. He is internationally recognized as a simian herpesvirus expert, working to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of neurovirulence of herpesviruses in cross-species infections. This work included pathogenesis and treatment of B virus infections in humans, a significant occupational health hazard for veterinary and laboratory animal workers. In collaboration with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, he was instrumental in developing the only existing breeding colony specific-pathogen-free baboons for use in biomedical research. For more than 30 years, Eberle consistently maintained NIH funding. Within the last decade alone, he brought in nearly $21.2 million in research grants.

Throughout his career, Eberle served on national committees including the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses and numerous NIH review committees, including the National Center for Research Resources’ standing study section as well as a number of special emphasis review panels, training grant programs and construction grant programs. He also participated on NIH site visit review committees for most of the NIHsupported National Primate Research Centers. Under his tutelage, many young researchers have gone on to great success. One postdoctoral fellow is an NIHfunded investigator; another holds a faculty position at a veterinary college. One of his graduate students received a Howard Hughes Fellowship and is now a professor at the center; another is the biosecurity/biosafety officer at North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. In recognition of his work, Eberle received the Zoetis Research Award in 1990 and in 2006. In 2016, he received the Regents Distinguished Research Award. “Richard has been an outstanding faculty member, colleague, and friend of many. He will be sorely missed,” said Jerry Ritchey, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP and head of the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. “Richard was selfless. He was very successful in his own research; however, he never turned down any request or opportunity to help others. He was instrumental to any research success that I had early in my career. Many others can say the same thing. He made us all better.”

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Lab manager Darla Black “We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are always there for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.” — Jeff Warner After more than 35 years with the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Darla Black is ready to move on. The laboratory manager, who cites the opening quote as her lifelong inspiration, hopes to be remembered as an ethical researcher who was willing to help or collaborate with other scientists as needed. Dr. Jerry Ritchey, head of the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, confirms she has done just that. “Darla is smart, conscientious, and dedicated,” said Ritchey. “She has provided more than just ‘technical’ help to Dr. Richard Eberle’s program, she has provided an intellectual contribution to Richard and others. Darla helps anybody and everybody. She is kind, generous, and giving. This extrapolates to her work in the community as a master gardener, with elderly folks at Golden Oaks, and decades of service and commitment to the Girl Scouts of America. There will definitely be a void when she is not here. Darla’s last official day was Monday, July 2. Veterinary Pathobiology will forever refer to that date as ‘Black Monday’.” Black worked at the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory for five years before moving to the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, where she spent the next 30-plus years.

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She played a role in developing several scientific advances but does not consider that her greatest accomplishment. “I believe being a reliable, focused researcher and a mentor to a number of students over the past 35-plus years is much more significant,” she said. Still, some memories rooted in science do stand out. “I remember the day I first saw fluorescence in a cell line that I engineered to ‘glow’ only when it was infected with a Herpesvirus,” recalled Black. “I ran into the hall looking for anyone I could drag into the lab to see this success. Today, this is old technology; but at that time, it was monumental!” Black earned her bachelor’s degree in social studies with a minor in biology from Oklahoma State University. She went on to pursue graduate work in microbiology and took Dr. Jean d’Offay’s virology class to continue learning in order to do her job better. She is a licensed practical nurse and lives just north of Stillwater, Okla. “I plan to continue my nursing career part-time and to grow our N40 Berries U-Pick business,” Black said. “I also want to spend more time with my children and grandchildren. I want to enjoy life to the fullest! I have always said that when there came a Sunday night that I did not want to go to work on Monday morning, it was time to do something different. My priorities in life have shifted, and it’s time to pursue different avenues.”


Anesthesiologist Dr. Meg Gross For the past 12 years, Dr. Meg Gross, a clinical professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, has led the anesthesia team at OSU’s Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital. She earned her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1985 and always dreamed to return as a faculty member. “My favorite memory of working here will be the excitement, enthusiasm and dedication of the students, faculty and staff as they worked in a very mentally and physically challenging environment,” Gross said. “They knew they were doing something important with the common goal of providing quality care for their patients and the people who love them.” She considers her greatest accomplishment to be achieving full professor status while working within a clinical appointment as opposed to the more traditional tenure-track appointment. “I would like to be remembered as a clinician who worked hard to provide a quality education for our students and quality anesthesia for our patients,” she added. “My plans for retirement include the occasional locum at OSU when needed, returning to school to take courses in interior design, and spending lots of time with my fourfooted children. It was always my dream to return to OSU as a faculty member in the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, and these past years have seen the fulfillment of that dream. My retirement is not without some regret. I will especially miss the faculty, staff and students at the Veterinary Medical Hospital. I wish them all well in the years to come.” “Dr. Meg Gross has been a pillar in the Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital,” said Dr. Dan Burba, interim head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. “For the past 12 years, she has maintained the anesthesia service in the hospital despite being the only anesthesiologist on several episodes. I want to commend her for her dedication to the program, the Veterinary Clinical Sciences team and the many students she helped transform into competent veterinarians. Dr. Gross has given a lot to keep our mission moving forward and I personally give her my gratitude for her devoted service. On behalf of the faculty of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, we wish her a great retirement.”

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New CVHS Dean Dr. Carlos Risco spoke at his first CVHS hooding ceremony.

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ULATIONS Dr. Greg Campbell (OSU Vet Med '85) has been playing the bagpipes at the CVHS hooding ceremony for 23 years.

The 80 members of the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences' Class of 2018 at Oklahoma State University graduated on May 11.

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Moving to Clinics

Class of 2019 is ready to take on fourth-year challenges


More than 700 students applied for the 84 seats the class of 2019 has occupied for the last three years.


These students will soon hone their clinical skills and client communication skills as they delve into: • Anesthesiology • Food Animal Medicine and Surgery • Equine Medicine and Surgery • Opthalmology • Theriogenology • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and more...


The class of 2019 will spend the next year rotating through 17 different threeweek assignments in various aspects of veterinary medicine.

LEARN MORE: Visit for more on the Class of 2019.

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Getting Started

Class of 2022 begins journey to earn DVM degree


Among the 106 students in the class of 2022 are twins and a first-generation college student. There are 17 males and 89 females in the class.


There are 58 residents and 48 nonresidents representing: • Arkansas • Arizona • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • Florida • Illinois • Indiana • Michigan • Missouri • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New York • Ohio • Texas • China LEARN MORE: Visit for more on the Class of 2022.


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Family Ties

Belanger found inspiration with her aunt, uncle and two clinics

Like for many, graduation was a family affair for Kaitlyn Belanger, CVA, DVM, of Weatherford, Oklahoma, who earned her DVM degree in May 2018. On hand to celebrate the occasion and hood Belanger was her aunt, Michelle Belanger Quinn, DVM, CCRT (OSU DVM ’86). “I knew as a young child that I wanted to be a veterinarian, but it became more realistic at age 15 when I started working with Dr. Mark Hoffman (OSU DVM ’88) at his clinic, the Animal Hospital of Weatherford,” Belanger said. “My Aunt Chelly and Uncle Joe (OSU DVM ’86), my family, and everyone from the clinic influenced my decision.” Drs. Joe and Chelly Quinn own and operate Town East-Galloway Animal Clinic in Mesquite, Texas, a Dallas suburb. Kaitlyn spent several summers and school breaks working there. “Kaitlyn is a very determined young lady and an extremely hard worker. Exhibit A: She achieved her CVA (certified veterinary acupuncturist) during the fall of her fourth year of veterinary college,” Chelly Quinn said. “She is a quick study. She comprehends subjects and immediately applies them. She is very personable and truly cares about not only the pets, but the people around her. Being there to hood Kaitlyn and share in this special moment was priceless. I can only hope that Joe and I have provided her with positive role models as she joins this wonderful profession.” “My Aunt Chelly has always challenged me in my veterinary education,” Belanger said. “She is great at staying up to date and has shown me how important it is to never stop actively learning. Working at their clinic allowed me to improve my clinical skills and learn skills that can’t effectively be taught in school like dealing with pharmaceutical companies, practice management skills, etc. To have her hood me meant more than words can express.”

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Belanger chose Oklahoma State University for her veterinary degree in part because of the small class size here. “OSU has one of the smaller veterinary classes, which I greatly appreciated,” Belanger said. “We became very close and very much like a family. And the faculty care so much about the students and go above and beyond to help us. They also did a great job at making me feel more like a colleague and less like a student in my clinical year, which I think started to make the transition from student to doctor smoother.” Belanger has many cherished memories from her time in veterinary college. She calls the 2016 SAVMA Symposium at Iowa State with some of her best friends her top memory. As she graduates, Belanger offered this advice to those considering a career in veterinary medicine: “Do your research — expense, expected income, compare schools, etc. Also, never let anyone discourage you from this wonderful profession if you are passionate about animals and people.” “Trust yourself and the process that brought you to veterinary college,” added Chelly Quinn. “Know that Oklahoma State Center for Veterinary Health Sciences has done its job. You are ready to do what you dreamed of — helping people care for animals. It will not be without hiccups, and it won’t be perfect, as you won’t cure them all. You may actually learn more from your failures than your successes. Surround yourself with good people, ask for advice from them frequently and never be afraid to say, ‘I’m not certain but let me do some checking and get back with you.’ Do the best you know how to and are allowed to do by the client and you will rest well at night.” Following graduation, Dr. Kaitlyn Belanger joined a small animal general veterinary practice in Dallas.

Dr. Michelle Belanger Quinn (right) hooded her niece, Kaitlyn Belanger, in May


“Never let anyone discourage you from this wonderful profession if you are passionate about animals and people.�


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Completing a Path

Holmes says stepfather ‘guided me throughout my education’

Robert Holmes of Harrison, Arkansas, was 13 when his mother married Dr. Joe Melton, the man who helped shape Holmes into the veterinarian he is today. When Holmes earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University on May 11, Melton hooded him during the traditional ceremony in Gallagher-Iba Arena. “He sort of guided me throughout my education,” Holmes said of Melton. “He was the president of the school board when I graduated high school, so he handed me my diploma. He coated me for my clinical year of veterinary college, and having him hood me completed the path.” For the past 41 years, Melton (OSU DVM ’76) has owned the Harrison Animal Clinic PLLC, a mixed animal practice in Harrison. Holmes worked for his stepfather on numerous occasions, including an externship during his fourth and final year of veterinary college. “I grew up around my stepdad’s practice,” Holmes said. “Painting corral fence in the summer and then graduating to kennel tech. He was the physical side of my education. I would go to Stillwater and sit in lectures or participate in labs and learn about diseases, etc. Then I would go home and work at the clinic and be able to see in front of me what I had learned at school.”

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“Knowing that he has chosen veterinary medicine as a career is both flattering and humbling,” Melton said. “It reminds us that someone is watching, and we have an obligation to live our lives and conduct our practices in such a manner as to be a guide to someone else. Robert is a very intelligent young man with good people skills and a passion for veterinary medicine. He will make an excellent veterinarian, and I am very excited that Robert has agreed to join our practice.” Holmes chose Oklahoma State University for his DVM degree because it was close to home, affordable and had a very good large animal focus. Looking back, he reflected on his experience: “I was blessed to be able to come here and make some really good friends.” And he offers some advice for future students: “If you are considering a career in veterinary medicine, I would suggest shadowing as many different types of veterinarians as you can. There is such a large difference between clinics in the same field, not to mention the many different specialties, corporate and government-based careers. My wife, Kelsey, and I are moving home to Harrison so I can, as my stepfather says, ‘learn the art of veterinary medicine.’”

Robert Holmes (left) and Dr. Joe Melton.


“I was blessed to be able to come here and make some really good friends.�


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An Early Start

Ellen Jackson began working on her DVM at age 17

Not many students begin their college careers at 17. Even fewer start graduate school at that tender age. But Ellen Jackson did.

Since OSU doesn’t have a public health Ph.D. program, if I could find another willing school, I could Jackson, who was homeschooled near Evansville, do the Ph.D. there and continue as a dual degree student in the class Indiana, is probably the youngest student ever of 2018.” admitted to Oklahoma State University’s Center The University of Oklahoma’s College of Public Health has such for Veterinary Health Sciences. a program. Ellen spent her second year earning a Master’s of Public A few years later with some time away from Health in epidemiology, a prerequisite for OU’s the veterinary curriculum to pursue a dual degree, epidemiology Ph.D. program. she earned her DVM degree in May. Her father, “The master’s program ended with a practicum Dr. Todd Jackson, director of animal resources, project exploring causal factors in human university attending veterinarian and clinical cysticercosis caused by the tapeworm Taenia professor of veterinary pathobiology at Oklahoma solium. I’ve continued that project through the last State University, hooded her. two years of veterinary college and look forward “It was a huge honor and blessing to be the to continuing my research as a Ph.D. student this person to officially convert Ellen from being ‘Miss summer at the University of Oklahoma Health Jackson’ to ‘Dr. Jackson.’ I’m a proud parent to have Sciences Center,” she added. a second-generation veterinarian in the family,” Throughout her college years, Ellen has Todd Jackson said. sometimes worked alongside her father. Ellen decided early on that she wanted be a “Ellen has worked with me occasionally on veterinarian. laboratory animal cases, and we have worked “One of my earliest memories is being excited through many health issues on our own dogs,” Todd whenever my preschool pretend job corner rotated Jackson said. “Most people think her strength is her onto doctor or veterinarian,” she recalled. brain power, but the best part of Ellen is her inner Ellen chose Oklahoma State University for spirit. Sure, she is super smart but more importantly her DVM degree because by then her family had she is kind, gentle, hard-working, dedicated and moved to Stillwater, and it was her in-state school. knows how to balance work, play and rest.” She took some time away from the veterinary As Ellen prepared to graduate, she offered this curriculum to work on a dual degree. advice to others considering a career in veterinary “I spent the first year continuing research I’d medicine. done in previous summers on diabetes and heart “Keep an open mind,” she said. “It takes a lot disease,” she explained. “I knew I wanted to go of effort to get into and stay in veterinary school. into public health eventually, and a Ph.D. would be The tasks and necessary skills change from necessary to do research. Six months in, I realized undergraduate studies to graduate coursework I wanted my Ph.D. program to be more closely tied to practical skills in clinical rotations. It’s best to to public health, so I asked our associate deans of learn from your mistakes and keep a good attitude academic affairs and research if I could return to to adjust to the changing demands quickly.” the class of 2017. They suggested another option.

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Dr. Ellen Jackson was hooded by her father, Dr. Todd Jackson, in May.


“It's best to learn from your mistakes and keep a good attitude to adjust to the changing demands quickly.�


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A Double Honor

Stepanek wins both McElroy, Gentle Doctor awards

It takes a special person to win both the Gentle Doctor Award and the Dean Clarence H. McElroy Award. In the 70-year history of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, only four times has a student earned both awards.

In 2018, Murphee Stepanek of Dallas became that special person. “I was in awe and very honored. Hearing the story behind the Gentle Doctor Award — it’s more than just a trophy,” Stepanek said. “It’s an extreme honor to receive it and know what it stands for. There are so many people in this class who demonstrated the same qualities that this award represents. They are all worthy of it. I was very flattered and humbled to receive the award.” The Gentle Doctor Award reflects concern, affection, love and the significance of life for all of God’s creatures great and small. Created in heroic, larger-than-life proportions, the original statue recognizes the strength, endurance, and skillfulness a successful veterinarian needs. (Stepanek received a smaller replica of the statue as part of her honor.) Recipients are chosen by class ballot. When her name was announced as the recipient of the McElroy Award, Stepanek was again surprised. “I was really in shock to receive that one,” she said. “That’s the one people talk about — it’s a biggie. And to see the past winners — professors that I admire, professors that I have learned so much from. To be in that company is just somewhere I never saw myself.” Created in honor of the founding dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Dean Clarence H. McElroy Award recognizes high academic achievement, leadership and outstanding clinical proficiency. It’s the most prestigious award bestowed upon a graduate of the veterinary center, selected by a ballot of faculty and class peers. Stepanek wanted to become a veterinarian since she knew what the word meant. Originally, she wanted to do anything with horses but later discovered she enjoys small animal clients more.

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Murphee Stepanek

“As much as people think we’re in this all for the animals, we’re in it for the owners, too,” Stepanek explained. “I really like the interaction we have with small animal clients. Small animals are like a member of the family. They put a lot of effort into saving those little critters and protecting them from disease. You really see that passion and that dedication towards the patient in those clients.” Stepanek was one of 80 students who earned their DVM degree on May 11 at Gallagher-Iba Arena on the OSU Stillwater campus. Like many of her classmates, Stepanek has a job waiting for her. “I got hired at a small animal clinic in Dallas that has a big emergency and critical care department,” Stepanek said. “I will be doing mostly emergency


and critical care working the odd hours of the night. I was very lucky to get a job that I love and that I’m excited about. And it’s in my hometown, which I love as well because I’ll be around family.” And to anyone considering a career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Stepanek offers this advice: “It can be very stressful at times. You have to have a really great work ethic coming in. It’s not something you will develop while you are here; you have to start with it. You have to have a little bit of a backbone. It is a very, very fulfilling line of work. Be prepared to work and work hard but with that work, expect great rewards.” Stepanek is the daughter of Shannon and Mark Stepanek of Dallas.

“It is a very fulfilling line of work. Be prepared to work and work hard but with that work, expect great rewards.”



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“It's just a huge honor to be recognized for the work that I am doing while in school.”

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Taking the Long Way Around Dean Orr Award goes to Arsola


mily Arsola may have taken a bit of a circuitous route to Oklahoma State University, but it’s certainly working out

for her. The third-year veterinary student is the 2018 recipient of the Dean Harry W. Orr Memorial Award scholarship. The Dean Orr Award honors the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences’ second dean. “It’s just a huge honor to be recognized for the work that I am doing while in school,” Arsola said. “I never knew there were scholarships for vet school.” Arsola, who has also received the Butch and Luella Ruth Curtis Scholarship and the Sangiah Endowed Scholarship in Veterinary Pharmacology, is grateful to the donors who make the scholarships possible. “It’s so amazing that there are so many donors who want to put money toward our education,” she said. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart!” Arsola’s journey to veterinary medicine is a little different than those of her classmates. She began her undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University as a pre-med student, preparing to pursue human medicine. Fate intervened when Arsola attended a pre-vet meeting her freshman year. “I attended a pre-vet club meeting on a whim and was just sold ever since on becoming a veterinarian,” Arsola said. “As a kid I wanted to become a veterinarian, but I kind of deviated away from that for a little while.” It was fate yet again that brought her to OSU when her mother moved from London to Bartlesville, Oklahoma. “I am actually a transfer student from St. George’s University (in Grenada). I spent three months there before my mom encouraged me to apply for a transfer to OSU,” Arsola said. Arsola wasn’t sure what to expect when she applied, but once she set foot on campus, she was sure she made the right choice.

“I just really fell in love with the people at this school and the school itself, and I couldn’t see myself finishing my degree anywhere else,” she said. “I never looked back.” Relationships play a huge role in student success in vet school. Arsola has made it a point to forge relationships with professors and classmates. “Knowing I have lifetime friendships after this is really nice,” she said. “This is a profession where you are going to have to lean on a lot of people, and you’re not always going to have all the answers and to have friends in the profession I can call is such a nice thing.” Arsola credits many of those relationships to her involvement in various organizations. She has been a member of the Veterinary Business Management Association, the Production Animal Medicine Society and Omega Tau Sigma. She was also one of the founding members and vice president of the Oklahoma State Student American Veterinary Medical Association Wellness Committee. As she transitions into her final year of vet school, Arsola looks forward to applying what she has learned in her clinical rotations. “I am looking forward to coming into my own as a future veterinarian and gaining my confidence,” Arsola said. “I think confidence is a huge thing for people right out of school. It’s not something they can teach you; it’s something you have to work toward and make sure that you practice what you have learned.” She’s still trying to figure out what she will do after she graduates. “Every time I think I know what I’m about to do or where I am headed, something changes, or I think ‘maybe I’ll do this instead,’” Arsola said. “I think the possibility of being a practice owner is still something that I really want to pursue.” Whatever path she decides to take, Arsola will always be thankful to those donors, professors and clinicians who invested in her future.

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That’s a typical day for Dr. Philip Tripp — and has been since he earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1986. He’s a racetrack veterinarian who works seven months of the year at Churchill Downs in Kentucky and five months at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas. “I feel like a drifter at times. But these are good people; it’s teamwork,” said Tripp. “It’s a pretty fast-paced job. There is always something going on. You don’t spend time sitting around. It’s fun to help these horses develop as athletes.” Tripp has worked with two Triple Crown winners, three Horse of the Year recipients, two Preakness Stakes winners, numerous Breeders’ Cup winners, and many other winners. “American Pharoah won the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2015. Justify won the Triple Crown in 2018 — only the second horse to win with an undefeated record following Seattle Slew (1977).” There are more. “Rachel Alexandra is one of my favorite memories of my career so far. She was the first filly to win the Preakness in 85 years. The only time I really got goose bumps was watching her run in the Kentucky Oaks.

Dr. Philip Tripp with 2009 Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra, the first filly to win the race in 85 years.

As I watched her win by 20 lengths, I thought to myself, ‘I will never see this again in my lifetime.’” But it isn’t all fun and glory. His days start at 3 a.m., when his alarm goes off. His work days, usually 12-plus hours, can extend until midnight to cover night races. “It’s long days,” he said. “You are outside all the time. You can’t be afraid of work. You put in a lot of hours in a week and sometimes for several weeks in a row. We try to practice highquality medicine. When you work on horses at this level, it allows you to use some modalities you might not get to use normally on a horse. It can be very rewarding. “It’s fun now that several of these horses are broodmares or standing as stallions and I see their offspring come to the track. I can say ‘I worked on this one’s mama’ or ‘I worked on her daddy.’ I worked on Mariah’s Storm, who was bred to Storm Cat. The result was Giant’s Causeway, who went on to be a very prolific sire.” Tripp grew up in various parts of Oklahoma, graduating from high school in Guymon. His brother, Dr. Mike Tripp (1982) was four years older. The younger

Dr. Philip Tripp with 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Tripp became interested in horses listening to his brother’s veterinary friends and classmates Mike Fox and Tony Pickard. “My brother Mike was a freshman in veterinary college when I was just starting my undergrad degree. Mike Fox and Tony Pickard worked the racetrack in New Mexico with Dr. Max Baker,” he recalled. “I knew they would not be able to work the summer between their third and fourth years of veterinary school so I asked Dr. Baker if I could work for him.” And he was hooked. After graduation, Tripp worked at racetracks in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Nebraska. When the track in Omaha, Nebraska, closed, he moved to Kentucky. “Once you have been around horses, it kind of gets into your blood. It’s fun to watch these horses put everything they have into it. You’re involved in helping keep these racehorses healthy. It’s challenging and rewarding. I’ve been truly blessed; it’s been a great ride.” Dr. Philip Tripp resides in Finchville, Kentucky, and is a partner in Kentucky Equine Medical Associates.

Dr. Philip Tripp with 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify.

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Distinguished Alumni CVHS honors three for career achievements

DR. R. REYNOLDS COWLES JR. R. Reynolds Cowles Jr., DVM, earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1967. Since then, he has served the equine needs of Albemarle County in Virginia, where he founded Blue Ridge Equine Clinic.  Dr. Cowles is involved in the clinic’s day-to-day activities, providing clinic services and farm calls. The bulk of his practice concerns lameness in performance and racing horses.  Cowles has been deeply involved with the Virginia horse industry and organized veterinary medicine for 45 years, serving in many capacities. He is immediate past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and an AAEP board member and was treasurer from 2005 to 2008. He has also served on the advisory board of the GraysonJockey Club Research Foundation and the advisory committee for the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center. Cowles is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (which awarded him the 2009 Distinguished Veterinarian Award), and the Virginia Association of Equine Practitioners. He is also a past president of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association.  Currently, Cowles serves on the board of directors of the National Steeplechase Association and is chair of the safety committee.  Cowles, his wife Evelyn, and a host of horses and dogs live in Albemarle County at Yadkin Farm. His hobbies include fox hunting, bird shooting and fly-fishing. They have two grown children, Allison and Reuben, and four grandchildren. 

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DR. BILL J. JOHNSON Bill J. Johnson, DVM, DACVP, earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1973. A native of Claremore, Oklahoma, he practiced in Northeastern Oklahoma for four years after graduation. Dr. Johnson returned to OSU in 1977 to complete a residency in pathology at the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1982. He served as assistant professor of pathology at OADDL from 1981 to 1988.  In 1988, Johnson became the section chief of pathology at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. In 2001, he returned to OSU as a professor and assistant director of OADDL. In 2004, he became director of OADDL until he retired in 2013.  During his career, Johnson served as the South Central District representative to the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD), which included serving on the group’s accreditation committee from 2003 to 2015.  He has authored or co-authored 60 referenced papers and book chapters, 29 abstracts and 27 scientific presentations at state or national meetings. Johnson was also a veterinary lecturer on reproductive diseases, immunopathology and digestive tract diseases of animals.

Charles W. Qualls Jr., DVM, PhD, DACVP, earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1973. In 1980, he earned a Ph.D. in comparative pathology while completing a residency in veterinary pathology from the University of California, Davis. In 1982, Qualls became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr. Qualls spent the majority of his career in academia with faculty appointments at Louisiana State University and at OSU, where he was a professor. His research career focused on toxicologic pathology. He has authored or co-authored more than 90 peer reviewed publications and made numerous scientific presentations. Qualls has been the major professor and thesis adviser for seven doctoral students and has been a member of 17 graduate committees.  In 1999, Qualls joined GlaxoWelcome as a senior principal pathologist and advanced to positions of project director/ pathologist and director of molecular and ultrastructural pathology. In 2005, he joined Amgen Inc., as executive director. He established and headed a Department of Investigative Toxicology, with an eventual staff of 40 that de-risked early stage molecules using cutting-edge technologies. He retired in 2014.  Throughout his career, Qualls has been involved in numerous professional committees and organizations including the International Health and Environmental Sciences Institute’s technical committee, the Society of Toxicologic Pathologists, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the International Society of Ecosystem Health. Today, he consults on drug safety through Qualls Preclinical Solutions LLC.


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50 years later...

Catching up with the Class of 1968

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Dan D. Denham DVM

John A. Hamil DVM

Thomas R. Latta DVM

Bill H. Foster DVM

Keith A. Hand DVM, MS

Michael T. McCreight DVM

J. Clay Freeny DVM

John S. Howarth DVM

Lawrence D. McGill DVM, Ph.D., DACVP

Gene Frie DVM

Kenneth O. Isom DVM

Roger A. McMillan Jr. DVM

Roy P. Garrison DVM

Richard E. Killough DVM

Daniel L. Merkey DVM

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Dan D. Denham, DVM, served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps as a captain, first caring for the caisson horses used in the funerals of fallen soldiers and then overseeing the war dogs leaving and returning from Vietnam at Walter Reed. In 1970, he opened a primarily equine practice in Maryland that expanded to small animal medicine with its own in-house laboratory with a blood analyzer. He also trained polo ponies. In 1981, he moved back to Oklahoma and built a mixed animal clinic on his farm in Kellyville. The practice is only small animals now, and his commute is just a walk across the driveway. He has no plans to retire.

John A. Hamil, DVM, served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a relief veterinarian and an associate in Orange County’s only referral hospital before buying a hospital in Laguna Beach, California. Hamil was active in organized veterinary medicine, including eight years as California Veterinary Medical Association president and 12 years on the American Veterinary Medical Association Animal Welfare and Human Animal Bond Committees. He has written two books and received numerous awards, including the 2004 OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award.

Bill H. Foster, DVM, established a mobile equine practice in Norman, Oklahoma. By 1973, that became Cottonwood Equine Center, an equine veterinary surgery center and hospital with a breeding operation. In 1985, he started training racehorses in five states. He was named the 1985 Oklahoma Thoroughbred Trainer of the Year and owned the Oklahoma Mare of the Year. He retired from veterinary medicine in 1992 and moved home to Turpin, Oklahoma.

Keith A. Hand, DVM, MS, joined the USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service in southeast Kansas, working with bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis. He also worked on salmonella in Kansas feedlots and on Exotic Newcastle Disease in several states. He has served as a regional poultry epidemiologist and on the Emergency Disease Staff in Maryland. A transfer to the Agriculture Foreign Service took him to Panama for foot and mouth surveillance. After 37 years of federal service, he retired in 2001.

J. Clay Freeny, DVM, stayed at OSU in the Veterinary Pathobiology department to work on an advanced degree and teach. In 1974, he worked in a mixed animal practice in Durant, Oklahoma. Following a brief period as a USDA meat inspector, he owned and managed the Durant Stockyards until 1982. His last job was with the state of Oklahoma in regulatory medicine. He retired to Caddo, Oklahoma, where he is a full-time rancher.

John S. Howarth, DVM, served as a captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, spending his second year in Vietnam. He spent the next 23 years working in the Los Angeles area, then moved to the desert around Palm Springs, California. All of his work has been in small animal medicine. He currently works three days a week and is considering full retirement.

Gene Frie, DVM, joined a mixed animal practice in Vinita, Oklahoma, and in 1969 purchased a half interest in the practice. Frie took up team roping and in 1974, he won the International Finals Rodeo with his partner. In 1975, he, along with classmate Bill Swafford and later classmate Jerry Jaggars, formed Veterinary Properties Inc., which ended up with 17 veterinarians at various clinics. Today, Frie is a racing official, checking horses before and after races. Roy P. Garrison, DVM, worked for the late Dr. Anton Kammerlocher (OSU DVM ’57) in Norman for one year. He then formed a corporation where they shared clients and cases. After 24 years, Garrison retired in 1992 to travel.

Kenneth O. Isom, DVM, worked in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and then in Dallas while he earned a bachelor’s degree in missions. He has worked as a missionary in Pennsylvania and Indianapolis. In 1983, he moved back to Oklahoma, where he worked four years at the Oklahoma National Stockyards. Isom then became an associate pastor at Mustang Assembly of God, where he works today. Richard E. Killough, DVM, purchased a hospital and emergency center in Charlotte, North Carolina, four years after graduating from OSU. Son Brian earned his DVM degree at North Carolina State University and joined the practice in 1995. In 2014, they built a new facility, which was a 2015 Merit Award Winning Hospital featured in Veterinary Economics. The 24-hour hospital with overnight emergency services has been AAHA accredited since 1965.

Thomas R. Latta, DVM, developed a sixperson practice in Texas, emphasizing beef production medicine and equine medicine and surgery. The last 25 years, he has focused on beef production medicine consulting. He has been active in the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, serving twice as president. He received the AVC Consultant of the Year award (2004) and the AABP Bovine Practitioner of the Year award (2013). Michael T. McCreight, DVM, entered the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. After his discharge, he practiced in Nebraska before establishing his own practice in Seminole, Oklahoma, in 1972. He served on the city council and as mayor for six years. He sold his practice in 2013 and now farms in Seminole County. Lawrence D. McGill, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, was involved in private veterinary diagnostic work for 40-plus years. He has served in the Nebraska, Utah and American Veterinary Medical Associations in multiple capacities. He has also been a leader in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, receiving an ACVP Presidential Award in 2015. A 2017 Distinguished Alumnus of the CVHS, he is also editor-in-chief of Elsevier’s Advances for Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Roger A. McMillan Jr., DVM, worked in a dairy/beef practice in rural Arkansas, in public health and then in small animal private practice. He retired from private practice in 2013. He is currently a shelter veterinarian for the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society, doing surgery, health exams and some medical work and plans to do this as long as he’s able. Daniel L. Merkey, DVM, worked in Oklahoma meat inspection until he opened a mostly large animal clinic in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. In 2011, he built a new facility doing small animal work until 2017, when he sold the practice. Today, he enjoys doing relief work. Since 1999, he has been in charge of the Tulsa State Fair’s birthing center and in 2016, he received the OVMA Distinguished Service Award.

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Gerald D. O’Mealey DVM

Arch E. Sheets DVM

Jeanne L. Green Thomson DVM

David J. Parks DVM

Eugene F. Simon DVM

Vernon R. Thornton DVM

Adrienne E. Ruby DVM

Willard T. Sodowsky DVM

C. Glenn Warren DVM

Richard W. Schafer DVM, DO

Harold R. Spalding DVM

Gary L. White DVM

Richard L. Shafer DVM

James A. Summers DVM

H. Ellen Whiteley DVM

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Gerald D. O’Mealey, DVM, practices in his hometown of Tonkawa, Oklahoma. He is known for working on any creature that comes through the door, including snakes, ferrets, turkeys, raccoons, turtles, cattle, skunks, horses and sheep. He has served on the City Council and been president of both the Jaycees and local Quarterback Club. He is looking forward to slowing down soon.

Arch E. Sheets, DVM, moved to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he lives and works today. His son Michael (OSU DVM ’90) worked with him for 10 years before opening his own practice in Stilwell, Oklahoma. For the last 15 years, Sheets has hosted Special Forces medics from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, who work at the clinic as part of their sixweek rotation at the Indian hospital.

David J. Parks, DVM, worked in a rural Jefferson, North Carolina, mixed practice and then moved to Statesville, North Carolina, to open a practice that grew to four veterinarians and a staff of 20. He sold the practice in 2003. He and his wife now own and operate a kitchen and bath cabinetry business full-time with their younger son and his wife in the Boone, North Carolina, area. He has no plans for retirement.

Eugene F. Simon, DVM, started a primarily small animal practice in Little Rock, Arkansas. He and 11 veterinarians opened the Pulaski County Veterinary Emergency Clinic, taking turns working the clinic and then leasing it to other veterinarians, which eliminated emergency calls for the original 12 veterinarians. In 2006, he closed his practice to do relief work and did spay/ neuter surgeries for the North Little Rock Animal Shelter until he fully retired in 2016.

Adrienne E. Ruby, DVM, worked as a ranch veterinarian in her hometown until she started her own mixed animal practice. After her children were grown, she worked with the Hopi Indian tribe for 10 years enjoying the work, the Hopi dances and the fascinating culture. She then started a “circuit rider” practice on the Navajo reservation, where she visits four or five towns, parks in a specific location and lets the people bring their animals to her for treatment. She has no plans to retire.

Willard T. Sodowsky, DVM, served in the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Corps. Upon his discharge, he worked in a mixed practice and a small animal practice. Then he taught and studied small animal surgery at OSU. In 1979, he started Table Mountain Veterinary Clinic in Golden, Colorado, where he worked for 36 years. He is now retired.

Richard W. Schafer, DVM, DO, served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, where he did food inspections in Germany. Following his discharge, he worked in his father’s truck equipment business for 16 years. He then earned his medical degree from OSU Osteopathic School of Medicine and worked in Hollis and Mangum, Oklahoma. He now owns and operates the Homestead Medical Clinic in Bristow and Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Richard L. Shafer, DVM, served in the U.S. Air Force, working in clinics and public health. Allergies forced him to abandon working in clinics. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and continued working in public health, retiring from the Air Force. He spent the next 10 years working for the Fort Worth (Texas) Public Health Department. He retired to his hometown of Newkirk, Oklahoma, where he sold hay and started a jerky business before officially retiring.

Harold R. Spalding, DVM, worked in small animal medicine in Kentucky and Oklahoma. In 1970, he took a two-week vacation to Anchorage, Alaska, and stayed to do relief work for two different small animal practices. In 1989, he spent five months working on the Exxon Valdez oil spill at Seward Otter Rescue Center, treating oiled sea otters, seals, and birds. He currently works for the Department of Defense/U.S. Army three to four days a week. James A. Summers, DVM, worked in Tulsa before moving east. He worked more than 40 years as a racetrack veterinarian throughout Maine, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Vermont. He was an Honor Roll member of both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners and was instrumental in establishing policies banning steroid use in horseracing.

Jeanne L. Green Thomson, DVM, spent her career concentrating on veterinary public health. She and her family are doing well and feel her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University helped make that possible. Vernon R. Thornton, DVM, completed an internship at Angel Memorial Hospital in Boston and worked in California and then in Nantucket, Massachusetts. He went on to own a small animal clinic in Hanover, Massachusetts, for 30-plus years. During his career, he served as chair of the Massachusetts Board of Veterinary Examiners and as president of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association. He is now retired. C. Glenn Warren, DVM, served in the Army Veterinary Corps, the second year in Vietnam. Following his discharge, he practiced small animal medicine and surgery for one year in Portsmouth, Virginia, and 34 years in Charlotte, North Carolina. He retired in 2005. Gary L. White, DVM, served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, the second year in Vietnam. He was a clinical assistant professor at Tulane University School of Medicine, an attending veterinarian for the New Orleans Audubon Park Zoo, and a fulltime associate veterinarian at a New Orleans small animal hospital. In 1974, he joined the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He rose to director of Comparative Medicine in 1984 and served in that capacity for 30 years. He led the NIHfunded OU Health Sciences Center Baboon Research Resource program supporting biomedical research studies across the United States. In 2009, he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the OSU Center for Veterinary Science’s Alumni Society. He retired in 2017. H. Ellen Whiteley, DVM, worked in New Orleans and for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture before moving to Wisconsin, where she worked at Fromm Labs. She was the first veterinarian in the Wisconsin National Guard, where she attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. She wrote pet columns for the Milwaukee Sentinel and the Saturday Evening Post. She developed a veterinary technician program at Amarillo College in Texas and opened her own cat-focused practice, the Cat Clinic in Amarillo, all while continuing to write articles, columns and books about veterinary medicine and pet behavior.

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A Legacy of Giving Back Dear OSU CVHS Alumni and Friends, Greetings from your Alumni Society. I hope your year is off to a successful start with renewed enthusiasm. It is such a pleasure and an honor to be part of a team truly dedicated to serving the alumni. First, I would like to congratulate the senior students who are getting ready to graduate and become members of this remarkable profession and the newest members of the Alumni Society. Well done! The Alumni Society is here to help through networking, stewardship, communicating with your school and classmates, reunions and receptions. Sharon Worrell, our alumni affairs specialist, has endless energy, expertise and enthusiasm in representing the CVHS at numerous activities and is always happy to see you. Please help support an OSU presence at the major conferences by giving to Alumni Affairs. As supporters of the CVHS, you help make great things happen. Finally, I would like to challenge all alumni by asking: What are you willing to do to make the CVHS a school to be proud of? Perhaps serve on a committee, mentor, contribute to or establish a scholarship. Please stay in touch with your classmates and choose a class project. Make an impact by giving back to your school. Whatever your idea, the Alumni Society is here to help. All the best, – Mary Flynn, Class of 1997

Our Thanks Dr. Rocky Bigbie Dr. Daniel Burba Dr. John Chitwood Dr. Billy Clay Dr. R. Reynolds Cowles Jr. Dr. William Edwards Dr. Margaret Ewing Dr. Mary Flynn Dr. Robert Fulton Dr. Elisabeth Giedt Dr. John Goedeken Dr. Dee Gragg Dr. Rod Hall Dr. James Hays Dr. Debra Jackson of Northpointe Animal Hospital LLC

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Thank you to the following donors who help make alumni events possible. Dr. Mike Johnston Dr. John Kirkpatrick Dr. William Lance Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Fredda-Lois Loafmann Dr. Thomas Loafmann of Equine Medical Associates Inc. Dr. Michael Lorenz Dr. David Mitchell Dr. Richard Mitchell Dr. Jerry Pack Dr. Michael and Mrs. Ruth Podolin Dr. Michelle Quinn Dr. Denise Travis Dr. Lynda VanAntwerp Dr. Gary White

Dr. Tim Woody of Woody Animal Health PA Sharon Worrell

And, a very special thanks to these industry partners for their support: Henry Schein Animal Health Merial/Boehringer Ingelheim Merck Animal Health Royal Canin USA Zoetis/Florham Park Zoetis/Parsippany

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Dr. Stan and Mrs. Karel Acree, Mrs. Jerry Kendrick, Mrs. Fredda Lois and Dr. Tom Loafmann

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Drs. Charles Qualls and Charles Freeman

Class of 1963 Celebrating 55 Years Class of 1973 Celebrating 45 Years Class of 1983 Celebrating 35 Years Class of 1988 Celebrating 30 Years Class of 1993 Celebrating 25 Years Seated (from left)

Drs. Barbarita Coulson, Betsy King and Kenneth Kirlin Standing (from left)

Drs. Eddy Moore, Mike Sealock, Ken Waldrup, Jonathan Shepherd, Jack Civic and Steve Hopkins

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Drs. George Renison, Vicky Windiate, Martin Neher and Jim Kunkel


Dr. Cynthia Lazenby

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A 1972 OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences alumna has been named the 2018 Oklahoma Veterinarian of the Year. “It was very humbling,” Dr. Kay Helms of Coalgate, Oklahoma, said about the honor from the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association. “That was probably the 45th convention that I have gone to. Every year when they read that information off, about halfway through, I usually know who it’s going to be. I didn’t ever consider that I had done anything worthy enough to be considered for that award. It’s pretty neat and having all the people there — the technicians that I’ve trained and my family being there was outstanding.” Kay Helms grew up in South Dakota, not really thinking she wanted to be a veterinarian. She came to Oklahoma because her sister was here. While her husband struggled for a semester in Oklahoma State University’s veterinary college, Helms worked for Dr. John Venable in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. When the couple moved away and subsequently

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divorced, Helms knew she could pass the classes required to be a veterinarian and returned to Stillwater to study veterinary medicine. “I went to vet school fully intending to be a researcher,” Helms recalled. “However, my senior year was the first year that mandatory preceptorships were instituted. It was the first time that I really spent time in a practice, and I fell in love with it. So when I graduated, I went to a practice in Coalgate.” In 1972, Helms was one of only three women in her DVM class. It would not be until the 1990s that the number of women would exceed the number of men enrolled per year. “It was pretty challenging,” Helms said. “I will always be indebted to Dr. Paul Winsor (OSU CVM 1959) and Dr. Cliff McDonald (OSU CVM 1971). They really went out on a limb to hire a female veterinarian in southeast Oklahoma to do mixed animal practice, which was 80 percent bovine. Most of my work was done with cattle.” As one would expect from a veterinarian of the year, it did not take long for Dr. Helms to earn clients’ respect. “We went from some clients saying, ‘I’d rather let her die than let that woman work on her’ to being fairly well accepted and people relying on me and trusting me as much as they would a male,” Helms added. She has several funny stories from those early years and one in particular stands out. “I went on a farm call to Coal County. A heifer in labor needed a C-section,” Helms said. “I instructed the people

there about what I needed. We were ready, and they said, ‘Oh, don’t start yet. We’ve got to get Grandpa.’ So they went in the house and brought this elderly gentleman out. Got him a hay bale and sat him down on it. He had his cane, he sat there, and he watched. He didn’t say a word the whole time. When I was done, the heifer got up, the calf got up and he got up. He said, ‘Well, I’m ready to go now. I’ve seen everything — calf coming out the side of a cow and a woman delivering it.’” Helms worked as an associate veterinarian at the Winsor Animal Clinic in Coalgate for five years. Then she worked as a veterinary medical officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in American Packing Co. and Potter Sausage Co., both in Durant, Oklahoma. After a year, she went to Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, where she was instrumental in starting the veterinary technology program. She taught in the program and was its director for 20 years. She retired and did relief work for the next five years. “The last 10 or 12 years, I do nothing but spay/neuter clinics — low-cost spay/ neuter clinics for low-income people,” Helms said. “I really have a passion for spaying and neutering because we have such a tremendous pet overpopulation not only in Oklahoma, but in the whole country. We kill between 5 million and 8 million animals a year in this country because nobody wants them. If I can prevent a couple hundred thousand of those from ever being born, then to me, that’s a worthy challenge.”

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IN MEMORIAM Gerald L. Appelgate, DVM, of Spout Spring, Virginia, died Dec. 16, 2017. He was 84. Born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, he earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University. He served in the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. He returned to Oklahoma and in 1960, he earned his DVM degree from OSU and opened a mixed animal practice. In 1967, Dr. Appelgate entered the veterinarian pharmaceutical industry and worked with multiple companies. He ended his career with Pfizer Pharmaceutical in 1993. In 1994, he purchased a farm in Eufaula, Oklahoma, where he had a successful cattle operation until 2010. In 2015, he and his wife, Betsy, moved to Spout Spring to be near her family. Dr. Appelgate was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, where he was active as a Bible study leader and a member of the Personnel Committee. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Eula Appelgate, and his first wife, Ruth Anne McCuistion. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Elizabeth (Betsy) Jones Appelgate; four daughters, Sheri Little of Oregon; Leslie Evans of Montana; Victoria Varma and Robin (Dan) Wilson of California; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to one’s favorite charity. Source: Robinson Funeral Home

Rodger D. Atkins, DVM, of Dalton, Georgia, died Aug. 17, 2018. He was 76. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, he earned his DVM degree from OSU in 1967. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army Veterinary Medical Corps as a captain. He served one year at Fort Benning, Georgia, and one year in Vietnam as a veterinary medical officer. In 1969, he joined a small animal veterinary clinic in Doraville, Georgia. In 1971, he built the first small animal clinic in Lilburn, Georgia. From 1972 to 1990, Dr. Atkins was a USDA veterinary medical officer in Dardanelle, Arkansas. From 1990 to 2000, he was an instructor in the USDA’s National Meat and Poultry Training Center on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. After Dr. Atkins retired in 2000, he and wife Melanie moved back to Georgia, settling in Dalton and becoming hospice volunteers. Dr. Atkins also volunteered with the Forestry Service, the Boy Scouts and Camp Sidney Dew. He was known for his wicked sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Melanie; sisters Linda Marlaine Nelson of Lampasas, Texas, and Mary Atkins Bodenhamer (Kevin) of Tulsa; and several cousins. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 937 Black Ford St., Chattanooga, TN 37403 or the Boy Scouts of America, 202 S. Hamilton St., Dalton, GA 30720. Source: The Daily Citizen

Franklin Baker, DVM, of Oklahoma City, died April 5, 2018. He was 85. Born in Tarby, Oklahoma, he graduated from Poteau (Oklahoma) High School in Poteau. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and his DVM degree (1957) from Oklahoma State University. At OSU, he was a member of Blue Key Honor Society, the OSU Student Senate and Phi Zeta, the honor society for veterinary medicine. He also served in OSU’s ROTC. He later became a captain in the Army Veterinary Medical Corps and earned the Army Commendation Ribbon with Metal Pendant for Meritorious Service. Dr. Baker worked in Texas before moving to Oklahoma City to open his own veterinary practice, Grant Square Animal Hospital. He practiced 32 years before retiring and selling his practice to his longtime partner, Dr. Neil Corneil (OSU DVM ’69). In 1994, Dr. Baker was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Active in organized veterinary medicine, he served as vice president, president-elect and president of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association and president of the Oklahoma City/County Veterinary Medical Association. He was also active in his community, serving as a deacon at Emmaus Baptist Church and on the Centennial Advisory Commission at OSU, on the OSU Heritage Society, the board of directors at Grant Square Bank/First Enterprise Bank, and president of the South Oklahoma City Kiwanis Club, to name a few. Franklin is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Betty, whom he met at OSU; daughters Dana (Carl) of Oklahoma City and Melanie (Randel) of Owasso, Okla.; and two grandsons. His legacy of care and compassion for all creatures great and small endures. Memorial gifts may be made to the Franklin and Betty Baker Graduate Student Scholarship at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Please make checks payable to the OSU Foundation with the scholarship noted on the check and mail to 308 McElroy Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078. Source: The Oklahoman

Delia “Dee” Burchfield, DVM, 78, of Bayard, Nebraska, died Dec. 20, 2017, after battling COPD. Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, she and her family moved to the North Platte Valley in 1942. She graduated from McGrew High School in 1957. She attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, where she was an accomplished track and field athlete and a member of several honorary societies. She returned to western Nebraska and spent several years working for Lockwood Corp. In 1975, she earned a DVM degree from Oklahoma State University and served an internship in small animal medicine at Colorado State University. Dr. Burchfield worked in a veterinary practice in San Diego for a few years, then a small animal veterinary practice in Fallbrook, California. She returned to Nebraska in the late 1980s and had a veterinary practice in Gering for a few years before moving into semi-retirement. Dr. Burchfield was loved by many and known for her love of animals, her business acumen and her kindness. She was a member of many historical, conservation and animal-focused entities. She is survived by her brother, Gary (and wife Phyllis) Burchfield of Lincoln, Nebraska; a nephew and two nieces as well as many friends. Memorial gifts may be made to the Panhandle Humane Society, 126 S. Beltline Hwy. W, Scottsbluff, NE 69361; the Banner County Museum, 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Harrisburg, NE 69156; or the Legacy of the Plains Museum, 2930 Old Oregon Trail, Gering, NE 69341. Source: The Star Herald Alvon Paul Crosslin, DVM, 73, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, died Aug. 29, 2016. Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, he graduated from Tahlequah High School, where he participated in sports and played quarterback for the football team. He went on to Fort Scott Community College, where he also played quarterback. He attended Northeastern State University and earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1971. Dr. Crosslin specialized in treating horses and was a well-respected equine specialist. In his spare time, he was an avid fisherman. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Billie Jean Crosslin; three children, Sandy CrosslinYoung (David), Alvon Paul Crosslin (Marsha), and Patti Buhl (Shannon), all of Tahlequah; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his faithful dog, Buddy; and other family members and friends. Source: Green Country Funeral Home

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IN MEMORIAM Dr. Joe Raymond Davis, DVM, of Houston, died Aug. 26, 2018. He was 83. Dr. Davis was born in Marked Tree, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas and married Mary Catherine Cobb. He served in the Army, attending artillery school at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, flight training in San Marcos, Texas, and winding up his service at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, as a first lieutenant flying the L-19 and L-20 aircraft. After the Army, he attended veterinary school at OSU, graduating in 1965. Dr. Davis began practicing at Village Veterinary Clinic in Houston, where clients, patients and associates were treasures of his heart. He was a member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, where he served as education coordinator, administrative board member, sports coach and a Sunday school teacher. Dr. Davis was also an avid golfer and a member of Riverbend Country Club. Dr. Davis is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Catherine Davis, and sons Rob Davis and Andy Davis (Laura). Memorial gifts may be made to the Chapelwood United Methodist Church Foundation, 11140 Greenbay Street, Houston, TX 77024 or Wounded Warrior Project, 2200 Space Park Drive, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77058.

Jefferson “Gary” Edwards, DVM, of Batesville, Arkansas, died Sept. 8, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 77. Born in Newark, Arkansas, he graduated from the University of Arkansas. In 1966, he earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. He owned a private veterinary practice in Batesville and went on to have a long career in the poultry industry. Dr. Edwards was recognized as an expert on poultry production and traveled the world setting up and directing poultry operations. At age 58, Dr. Edwards retired and began giving back to others. An active member of the First Baptist Church of Batesville, he participated in many mission trips across the country. He volunteered for community organizations including White River Medical Center, Help and Hope, and Williams Baptist University. In 2010, the Arkansas Hospital Association named him the Volunteer of the Year for Arkansas. Dr. Edwards is survived by his daughters, Andrea Edwards of Little Rock, Arkansas, Amanda Edwards of Collinsville, Illinois, and Pat James (Leonard) of Batesville; five grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Una Dell Edwards, and his parents. Memorial gifts may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, AR 72116; White River Medical Center,

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1710 Harrison St., Batesville, AR 72501; John 3:16 Ministries, 75 Holmes Road, Charlotte, AR 72522; or the organization of your choice. He would also say that what would honor him most would be an act of service to someone or to an organization that needs it. Source: The Edwards Family

Sidney A. Ewing, DVM, of Stillwater, died Jan. 3, 2018. He was 83. Born at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, he graduated from Newton County (Georgia) High School. He earned his DVM degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Ewing then came to Oklahoma to complete a doctorate in veterinary parasitology with Dr. Wendell Krull. He met Margaret Steffens in 1961, and they married in 1963. They have three daughters, Holly, Ann, and Leah, born in three different states. Dr. Ewing, a veterinary parasitologist, taught and pursued research and administration at Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Mississippi State universities, as well as the University of Minnesota. His work at OSU spanned more than five decades. Dr. Ewing was the Wendell H. and Nellie G. Krull Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Parasitology in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. He investigated tickborne diseases, roundworms and countless other parasites, publishing numerous scientific papers. A parasite, Ehrilichia ewingii, is named after him. He continued to teach veterinary history at OSU even after retirement. Dr. Ewing was named Oklahoma Veterinarian of the Year in 1997. Later that year, he received Oklahoma State’s first Eminent Faculty Award. In 2000, he was named to the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame. The American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists named him the 2002 Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist of the Year. Dr. Ewing served as president of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases in 1985-1986, and was the dedicatee of the 89th annual meeting in 2008. He was also passionate about plants in the wild and in gardens. He enjoyed looking at all manner of things outside, frequently noticing tiny flowers in unexpected places, celestial phenomena, singing birds, and the works of ants, beetles and other spineless animals. Dr. Ewing was a kind and gentle person, a deeply committed mentor and a faithful friend. Many describe him as a true gentleman. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Margaret Ewing of Stillwater; daughters Holly A. Ewing of Greene, Maine; Ann K. Ewing (Ryan Schwindt) of Silver Spring, Maryland; and Leah G. Ewing

(Geoffrey Tattersfield) of Durham, North Carolina; and one grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to the Krull Prize 28-87600 payable to the OSU Foundation and mailed to Oklahoma State University, 308 McElroy Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078; the Class of 1958 Sidney A. Ewing Graduate Scholarship at the University of Georgia, 501 DW Brooks Drive, Athens, GA 30602, or the Botanic Garden, Oklahoma State University, 3300 W. 6th Street, Stillwater, OK 74078.

Jackie “Jack” Vann Hill, DVM, 85, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, died Jan. 3, 2018. Born in Sampson County, North Carolina, he was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He attended North Carolina State University and earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1965. Dr. Hill practiced veterinary medicine for more than 50 years and retired from Gray’s Creek Animal Hospital in Fayetteville in 2016. He was a past district governor of Rotary Club International. Dr. Hill also was a Mason and Shriner and served on the board of trustees of Fayetteville State University. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helen Torrans Hill; two sons, Dr. Samuel C. Hill IV (Karen) of Florence, South Carolina, and Dr. Ashley Hill (Jennifer) of Fayetteville; one daughter, Superior Court Judge Claire V. Hall of Fayetteville; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; extended family members and friends. Memorial gifts may be made to Fayetteville Animal Protection Society, P.O. Box 58195, Fayetteville, NC 28305 or Unchained Cumberland County Big Fix, 7132 Sim Canady Road, Hope Mills, NC 28348. Source: The Fayetteville Observer

Billy E. Hooper, DVM, MS, Ph.D., DACVP, died June 6, 2018. He was 86. Dr. Hooper was nationally recognized for his leadership in academic veterinary medicine. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in the Korean War, he earned his DVM degree at the University of Missouri (’61) and a master’s degree (’63) and doctorate (’65) in veterinary pathology at Purdue University. He served on Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine faculty from 1973 to 1986.

In 1986, Dr. Hooper became the first executive director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. In 1992, he joined Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences as a professor and associate dean of academic affairs, serving until 1997. Dr. Hooper also held faculty appointments at the University of Missouri, University of Georgia and Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Hooper was instrumental in supporting the Iverson Bell Symposium, the oldest and longest-running symposium in veterinary medicine devoted to exploring issues of diversity. In fact, Dr. Hooper received the Iverson Bell Award and on its 50th anniversary, the AAVMC honored him by renaming the annual AAVMC Recognition Lecture the Billy E. Hooper Lecture Award for Distinguished Service to Veterinary Medical Education, in recognition of the founding role Dr. Hooper played as the AAVMC’s first executive director and as a former editor of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. On retirement, he and his wife, Janice, returned to the Lafayette, Indiana, area where Dr. Hooper often volunteered. He served as president of the Lafayette Citizens Band and chaired the Youth Services Committee of the Lafayette Kiwanis club. Besides his wife, Dr. Hooper is survived by a son, a daughter and three grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made toward scholarships for veterinary medical and veterinary technology/ nursing students to the Purdue Foundation, 403 W. Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906. Sources: Purdue Veterinary Medicine News and JAVMA News

Anton (Tony) A. Kammerlocher, DVM, of Newcastle, Oklahoma, died in his home on March 21, 2018. He was 84. Born in Mooreland, Oklahoma, he graduated from Mooreland High School. He earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1957 and served as class representative. During his veterinary medicine education, he served as veterinary school senator (195455), as vice president (1955-56) and as student body president (1956-57) for the Oklahoma A&M Student Association. During this time, Oklahoma A&M changed its name to Oklahoma State University, and the School of Veterinary Medicine changed its name to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Kammerlocher served as a captain and public health officer in the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Corps from 1957 to 1961. He was stationed in Montgomery,

Alabama; Moses Lake, Washington; and the Azore Islands. He was a faculty member and researcher partnered with OSU at Jimma Agricultural Technical School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 1961 to 1964. He worked in a mixed animal practice in Amarillo, Texas, from 1964 to 1965. In 1965, Dr. Kammerlocher established Anton’s Animal Hospital, a companion animal practice, in Norman, Oklahoma, and worked there until he retired in 2001. Dr. Kammerlocher supported his community through serving on the Newcastle School Board of Education for two terms, joining the Rotary Club, and volunteering veterinary services for local and state agencies. The Norman Chamber of Commerce recognized him for activities as an artist in sculpting, photography and poetry. He is a life member of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, lifelong supporter of the OVMA Foundation, Honor Roll member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and was commissioned to create a BAH Relief of the Heartland Chapel for the Oklahoma City Bombing National Memorial. In 2007, his peers honored him with a Distinguished Alumnus Award from OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Dr. Kammerlocher is remembered for sharing his unique stories and adventures with all. His eclectic knowledge was well balanced with humor, creating many memories for those who shared his company. Dr. Kammerlocher was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Ilene. His five children survive him: Toni Kammerlocher, Paul (Debbie) Kammerlocher, Thad Kammerlocher, Eric Kammerlocher and Ruth Kammerlocher; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandson; a sister, Mary; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial gifts may be made to the Kammerlocher Endowed Scholarship 28-98900 at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences (checks payable to OSU Foundation), 308 McElroy Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078, or plant a tree or create a butterfly garden in his honor. Source: Wilson-Little Funeral Home

Shelly Nicole Kerr, DVM, 33, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, died Dec. 29, 2017, following a two-year battle with cancer. Born in Bartlesville, she graduated from Bartlesville High School excelling in academics and sports. She earned a bachelor’s degree (’07) and a DVM degree (’12) from Oklahoma State University. After earning her DVM degree, Dr. Kerr and her husband, Brandon, returned to Bartlesville, where she worked for Manley Animal Hospital. She loved fishing, hiking, camping, puzzles,

going to the movies and doing crafts with the children in her life. Dr. Kerr had an appreciation and zeal for life, which she lived fully and abundantly. Dr. Kerr is survived by her husband, Brandon, son, Cooper, and daughter, Ashlynn; her parents, siblings and many other loved ones and friends. Memorial gifts may be made to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632. Source: Examiner-Enterprise, Bartlesville

William E. (Bill) Kyser, DVM, of Temple Terrace, Florida, died Sept. 16, 2018. He was 88. Born in Wewoka, Oklahoma, he served in the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Service from 1951 to 1955 before attending veterinary college. He earned his DVM degree from OSU in 1961. Dr. Kyser operated a large animal practice in Hamilton County, Florida, for seven years before joining a mixed animal practice in Tampa, Florida, where he worked for the next 15 years. He then opened a small animal practice, where he worked for 10 years before retiring in 2003. He was very active in organized veterinary medicine, serving as president in both the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and the Hillsborough Veterinary Medical Society. Dr. Kyser was a 1991 delegate to the 14th World Veterinary Congress in Rio de Janeiro. In 1998, he served as a delegate to the Pan American Veterinary Congress in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. For his extensive work as president of the Americas International Committee for more than 14 years, he received the 12th International Veterinary Congress Award. He also received the Hillsborough County Outstanding Veterinary Award and the Florida VMA Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Kyser was active in his community, serving 10 years on the advisory committee for the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine. He also served on the advisory committee of the Veterinary Technician Program at Hillsborough Community College. He was a city councilman for Jasper, Florida, and active in the Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce and St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church. Dr. Kyser is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters Elizabeth Brantley, Rebecca VanSon, Jennifer Kyser, and Stephanie Matula; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, 502 Druid Hills Road, Temple Terrace, FL 33617. Source: Brett Funeral Home and Cremation Services

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IN MEMORIAM Marvin R. Leighton, DVM, of Oklahoma City, died March 17, 2018. He was nearly 88 years old. The youngest of seven children, he grew up during the Depression on a large cattle ranch in Clayton, New Mexico. He served in the U.S. Navy before earning his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1960. Upon graduation, he opened Leighton Animal Hospital. At that time, he was one of 16 practicing veterinarians in all of Oklahoma City. Dr. Leighton practiced in the same location for more than 58 years. Dr. Leighton was an inventor at heart. He loved inventing solutions to everyday problems. Hollow-core tilt-wall construction and the original Storm Safe were just two of his many ingenious inventions. Dr. Leighton is survived by his wife of almost 49 years, Carolyn; his children: Patty Black, Warren Ray Leighton and Dashea (Stephen) Gelnar; and three grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 200371830 or online at Lupus Foundation of America. Source: Memorial Park Funeral Home

Duane Ray Lemburg, DVM, died March 22, 2018, at his home in Littleton, Colorado, surrounded by family and friends. He was 77. Born in Dannebrog, Nebraska, he grew up on a farm near there. He studied at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1965. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, earning the rank of captain. In 1970, Dr. Lemburg relocated his family to Colorado, where he purchased a veterinary practice that he owned and operated for 37 years. He and his wife, Val Jean, enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. His hobbies included golfing, pastel artwork, poker and other card games. Three children survive Dr. Lemburg: Kent (James) Lemburg, Kandiss (Brad) Forsyth and Kori (Chad) Vieth, as well as seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. His wife, Val Jean Lemburg, preceded him in death in October 2016. Memorial gifts may be made to the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, 1325 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 204B, Denver, CO 80222 or online at Source: Parker and Elizabeth Funeral Homes and Crematory LLC

Paul C. Long, DVM, of Yukon, Oklahoma, was killed in an auto accident on April 8, 2018. He was 90 years old. A veteran of World War II, he had served in the Army Air Corps. He earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1956. Dr. Long practiced large animal medicine in Roanoke, Illinois, for about seven years. There, he worked with the Boy Scouts, Jaycees and the Methodist Church. In 1965, Dr. Long moved to Oklahoma City. He practiced small animal medicine at Dickensbrae Animal Hospital until he retired in 2002. Dr. Long is survived by his wife, Anna; sons Curtis and Sidney; daughter Laura; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made to the Putnam City Baptist Church, 11401 N. Rockwell Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73162 or to the Putnam City Schools Foundation, 5401 NW 40th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73122. Source: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Marilyn A. Maltby, DVM, of Austin, Texas, died in September 2018. She was 63. Dr. Maltby earned her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1987. No formal obituary was published.

Kimsey Wight (K.W.) McCulloch of Rockport, Texas, died Aug. 11, 2017. Born in Washington, D.C., he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. In 1978, he earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. Dr. McCulloch practiced veterinary medicine for 26 years in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He later relocated to Rockport, where he enjoyed life and pursued many interests. Dr. McCulloch is survived by his mother, Virginia McCulloch; wife, Patricia McCulloch; sons, Cole McCulloch and Adam McCulloch; stepchildren, Jay Heck, Lesley Petershagen and Meredith McGee; and 11 grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made to Honored American Veterans Afield, P.O. Box 60727, Longmeadow, MA 01116. HAVA helps the healing and reintegration of disabled veterans and injured active-duty military into normal American life through participation in outdoor events. Source: Saginaw News

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Kermit W. Minton, DVM, of Lindsay, Oklahoma, died Dec. 7, 2017. He was 85. Born in Seminole, Oklahoma, he graduated from Sulphur High School and attended Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, in 1953, where he earned two scholarships for his top status as an agriculture student. He earned his bachelor’s degree (’55) From Oklahoma A&M and his DVM degree (’58) from Oklahoma State University, serving as class representative for the Vet Med Class of 1958. In 1958, Dr. Minton founded the Lindsay Veterinary Hospital in Lindsay, caring for both large and small animals. He married Frankie Wade, and they had one daughter, Tammy. In 1992, he upgraded the large animal facilities with a tilting chute to accommodate larger livestock. In 1993, his daughter, Dr. Tammy Minton, joined the practice and took over when her father retired in 2009. Dr. Kermit Minton was a member of the Lindsay Lions Club since 1958, serving as president more than once. He was a lifetime member of the FFA and the Lindsay Elks Lodge, having served as secretary of the Elks. He was also a lifetime member of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the OSU Alumni Association. In 2011, he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences Alumni Society. He always enjoyed visiting with clients. At Little Glasses Resort on Lake Texhoma, he enjoyed driving his boat on the lake and his orange golf cart around the campgrounds. His family says he also enjoyed aggravating his wife and arguing with his daughter. He enjoyed watching and feeding the birds in his backyard and spending time with his dogs and cats. He is survived by his wife Frankie Minton, daughter Dr. Tammy Minton, and many others who will miss him dearly. Memorial donations may be made to the Lindsay Lions Club, c/o American Exchange Bank of Lindsay, P.O. Box 128, Lindsay, OK 73052, Attn: Jared Thomas. Source: Family

Ben B. Norman, DVM, MS, Ph.D., MPVM, DACVN, ARPAS of Davis, California, died Aug. 17, 2018. He earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1960. He went on to earn a master’s degree in veterinary pathology (’66) and a doctorate in animal nutrition (’70), also from OSU. In 1966, he received a Master of Preventive

Veterinary Medicine degree in epidemiology from the University of California-Davis. Dr. Norman was also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and a member of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. In 2000, he received the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Norman worked in private practices in New Mexico, West Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. A Fulbright lecturer in physiology in Guatemala, he also was an NIH post-doctoral fellow at OSU. He served at the University of Nebraska, in Paraguay and at New Mexico State University as well. He was a UC-Davis Extension veterinarian emeritus and served 23 years as coordinator of the UC Livestock Nursery at California State Fair. Throughout his career, Dr. Norman was active in many professional organizations, including the American Academy of Veterinary Nutritionists, American Academy of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Extension Veterinarians, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Association of Fulbright Lecturers. He was also a member of the U.S. Veterinary Medical Assistance Team, which assists animals in natural disasters.

Lewis W. Partridge, DVM, 76, of Benton, Arkansas, died Aug. 2, 2017. Born in Yell County, he graduated from Gould High School. He attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville before earning his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1966. He went on to practice veterinary medicine for 50 years, 40 of those in Benton. Dr. Partridge fondly joked that, “Veterinarians must be smarter than medical doctors because our patients can’t tell us where it hurts.” Known by many clients as “Doc,” his personality and passion made him a beloved member of the Saline County community for decades. Dr. Partridge was one of the founders of the Jodie Partridge Center in Dumas, Ark. He served as a board member for the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association and on numerous committees and boards in his church and community. He rarely met a stranger and deeply loved his family, friends, church, the Roundtable Sunday School class, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arkansas Razorbacks. He was quick to volunteer and an avid storyteller with amazing energy and zest for life. He was known for entering a room loudly and laughingly. His was a life well-lived. In addition to his parents, Dr. Partridge was preceded in death by two daughters, Jodie and Joy, and a grandson, Keagan Schweikle.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandra Tucker Partridge; son Wade (Julie) Partridge and daughter Piper Partridge, all of Benton; son-in-law Dominic Schweikle of Naples, Fla.; four grandsons, two brothers; and many other relatives and friends. Memorial donations may be made to the Jodie Partridge Center, P.O. Box 643, Dumas, AR 71639 or the First United Methodist Church Legacy Fund, 200 N. Market St., Benton, AR 72015. Source: The Saline Courier

Calvin (Cal) M. Poole, DVM, died Feb. 25, 2018, at his home in Stillwater. He was 90. Born in Stillwater, he attended local schools and earned a bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma A&M College in 1950. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army. Based in Japan, he reached the rank of captain. After his Army service, he earned his DVM degree at OSU in 1957. Dr. Poole’s veterinary career began at a clinic in Indiana where he learned how to de-scent skunks. From 1963 to 1984, he worked at the Argonne Institute in Chicago. He retired from Argonne and built a very successful veterinary practice in Lamont, Illinois, until his second retirement in 1991. In 1991, he and Nina Delorme married and moved to Missouri. They never spent a day apart and were married for 26½ years. In Missouri, Dr. Poole became a wood turner. He made many wood bowls, vases and unique items, giving them freely to family and friends. In 2014, the couple returned to Stillwater, residing at Primrose Retirement Community, making new friends and connecting with old ones. Dr. Poole is survived by his wife, Nina; his children from his first marriage, daughters Claudia Poole Johnson (Chris) and Amy Poole Wilson (James); son Steve Poole (Kae); 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, OMRF Development Office, 825 NE 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104 or to the charity of your choice. Source: Dighton Marler Funeral Home

Kenneth B. Redmond, DVM, of Clinton, Oklahoma, died June 28, 2018. He was 85. Dr. Redmond earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1960 and went to work in a mixed animal practice in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He returned to Oklahoma to work as a field veterinarian for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service until he retired in 1985 due to health reasons. Before his health failed, Dr. Redmond enjoyed raising champion Borzoi (Russian wolfhounds), thoroughbreds and quarter horses.

Dr. Patricia Simpson Faw Patricia Irene Simpson Faw, DVM, died Aug. 2, 2018. Dr. Simpson Faw earned her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1986. She worked at the Animal Medical Center of Windsor Hills in Oklahoma City.

Milton C. Schulze Sr., DVM, of Pawnee, Oklahoma, died Aug. 31, 2018. He was 93. He and his twin sister, Mildred, were born in Independence, Kansas. One of 11 children, he left home after eighth grade to find work to support his family during the Great Depression. At age 17, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, working as an instrumentation mechanic on B-25 bombers. He was scheduled to ship out to the Pacific when the war ended. After his discharge, he returned to Adair, Oklahoma, and married Viola Ruth Radke. They moved to Miami, Oklahoma, to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian. He finished high school and completed his pre-veterinary studies at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College of Miami. The couple moved to Stillwater and in 1960, he earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. Doc Schulze partnered with Dr. Ray Henry (’51) to build a large and small animal veterinary practice in Pawnee. After 21 years, Dr. Schulze moved to Sunburst, Montana, working seven years for the U.S. government as a federal veterinary inspector. In 1989, Doc Schulze retired, and he and his wife returned to Pawnee. Dr. Schulze served in various community and church activities, including as an elder at Zion Lutheran Church in Stillwater. He was on the board of directors at Pawnee National Bank. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, working in his garden, tending his lawn and helping his grandsons with various livestock projects. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Viola; two sons, Milton Jr. and Dennis; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. His two youngest

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IN MEMORIAM sons, Stephen and John, preceded him in death. Memorial donations may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church, 504 Knoblock St., Stillwater, OK 74074. Source: Stillwater (Oklahoma) NewsPress

David L. Sturgeon, DVM, of Cordell, Oklahoma, died Nov. 18, 2018. He was 68. Born in Cordell, he graduated from Cordell High School in 1968. In 1969, he married Judy Stafford. Dr. Sturgeon earned his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1976. Dr. Sturgeon owned and operated the Washita Veterinary Clinic, where he practiced until two days prior to his passing. He was a member of the 4th and College Church of Christ, an elder who taught classes. Dr. Sturgeon also belonged to the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers, Oklahoma Club Calf Association, Oklahoma State University POSSE, Oklahoma State University Alumni Association and the Cordell Kiwanis Club. Family was very important to him. He loved OSU football traveling to all games — home and away. For each home game, he would take a different grandchild. He loved attending all his grandchildren’s events. David is survived by his wife, Judy Sturgeon; sons Shane Sturgeon (Erin) of Rocky, Oklahoma, Dr. Scott Sturgeon (OSU DVM ’04) (Amber) of Hydro, Oklahoma, and Steven Sturgeon (Cassie) of Yukon, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren; two brothers; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. Source: Ray and Martha’s Funeral Home

William C. Terry, DVM, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, died June 11, 2018. He was 88. Born in Lubbock, Texas, he graduated from Sudan (Texas) High School and attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University before serving two years in the armor division of the U.S. Army and achieving the rank of captain. In 1960, he earned his DVM degree from OSU. He practiced veterinary medicine for 31 years in Hot Springs. Dr. Terry was a past president of the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association and the 1978 Arkansas Veterinarian of the Year. He was also a past president of the Hot Springs Country Club, a member of downtown Rotary Club, past chairman of United Way, past board member of Teen Challenge of Arkansas and a founding member of Trinity Church. Dr. Terry is survived by his wife of 65 years, Drew Reeves Terry; two daughters, Druann (Dr. Barry) Baskin and Allison (James) Dowden,

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both of Little Rock, Arkansas; and three grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made to Teen Challenge of Arkansas, 155 Walnut Valley Road, Hot Springs, AR 71901 or Trinity Church, 670 Panama Street, Hot Springs, AR 71913.

Thomas Ray Thedford, DVM, 82, of Stillwater, died April 19, 2018. Born in Chandler, Texas, he attended Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science (1957) and a DVM degree (1959). Dr. Thedford worked as a ranch veterinarian in Waco, Texas, before moving to Floydada, Texas, to start his own veterinary practice. In 1965, he moved his family to Oklahoma and became a full-time faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University. He also taught at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, Africa, attended an FDA-sponsored school in New York on foreign animal diseases, and worked as a researcher on goat production and diseases in Botswana. In 1990, Dr. Thedford became the assistant dean for outreach, director of veterinary extension and continuing education, and coordinator of student, college and alumni affairs. He also worked at Winrock International in Arkansas and did some goat work in Haiti. Winrock International is a leader in providing solutions to some of the world’s most complex social, agricultural and environmental challenges. In 1998, Dr. Thedford retired from OSU; however, he continued to teach a course on sheep, goats and llamas for many years. Known as a national expert in small ruminant medicine and surgery, he was pivotal in developing health and preventative care of camelids. He authored many publications, including Sheep Health Handbook and the very popular Goat Health Handbook. Dr. Thedford was active in the First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater and a member of a rural water board. He enjoyed working with wood and growing gardens. He was fascinated by geography, agriculture, plants and animals. Dr. Thedford was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Nancy Jane Martin; and daughter, Rebecca Furtado. He is survived by his wife, Libby Stott; daughter, Miriam Boydston; two grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Memorial gifts may be made to Meridian Technology Foundation (Scholarships), 1312 S. Sangre Road, Stillwater, OK 74074. Source: Stillwater News Press

Sandra (Sandy) Sue Bradley Wilson, DVM, of Elizabethtown, North Carolina, died at age 77 on June 4, 2018, from medical complications while being treated for cancer. Born in St. Louis, she attended Texas Woman’s University before earning her DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1964. One of only three women in the class, she was a role model for small business entrepreneurs and working mothers long before that was common. She ran Old Dominion Small Animal Clinic, a solo veterinary practice in Warrenton, Virginia, from 1967 until she retired in 1999. Wilson was a beloved practitioner and member of the community. In addition to her career, her passions included gardening, reading, and spending time on her farm with horses. She and her husband owned and bred Egyptian Arabians from their first Arabian in 1975 until her death. Dr. Wilson is survived by her daughters, Sara J. Wilson of Bellingham, Washington, and Kate H. Wilson of Bethesda, Maryland; son-in-law Andy Carothers; and two grandsons. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry A. Wilson. Memorial gifts may be made to the Class of 1964 Endowed Scholarship # 28-96900 (payable to the OSU Foundation), Attn: Sharon Worrell, OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, 308 McElroy Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078 or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Carolinas Chapter, 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, NC 27609. Source: Moser Funeral Home



Professor raises bottle-fed babies


In spring 2018, Ross was able to deliver one of the twin lambs but had to call in the veterinary center’s hospital ambulatory team to deliver the second one. Unfortunately, the mother could not be saved and Ross instantly became the surrogate parent for the twins. The lambs are Katahdin, a breed of domestic sheep developed in Maine and named after that state’s highest peak, Mount Katahdin. They are one of several “hair” sheep known for shedding their coat versus the need for being sheared. Ross said he often referred to the lambs as Mutt ’n’ Jeff (get it — Mutton Jeff?). He bottle-fed them for about five weeks and soon after gave them to Lost Creek Safari, an exotic animal sanctuary located south of Stillwater. Today, Ross owns three dogs, three roosters, four hens and four goldfish — but no animals who depend on a bottle.

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OSU Vet cetera Winter 2018  

Vet Cetera magazine is a publication of the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Its purpose is to connect the c...

OSU Vet cetera Winter 2018  

Vet Cetera magazine is a publication of the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Its purpose is to connect the c...