Message from Dean Buss
to UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni
Welcome to the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine’s alumni e-newsletter! Periodically, we’ll keep in touch to let you know what’s happening at your alma mater. In this issue:
WHAT’S NEW AT THE SCHOOL?
Stay in touch
We welcome Class of 2010 alums to this e-newsletter! And we remind ALL of you to keep your contact information up to date! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
with your new contact information so you will continue to receive this e-newsletter, On Call, reunion notices, etc. Also, please visit the school's alumni page
for the latest alumni news and other information (including how to find us and your classmates on Facebook). We look forward to staying in touch!
Award to Study Spinal Cord Injury
Dr. Gordon Mitchell’s lab in the Department of Comparative Biosciences was awarded a Translational Research Partnership Award to study spinal cord injury under the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (administered by the Department of Defense). Titled “Intermittent Hypoxia Elicits Prolonged Restoration of Motor Function in Human SCI,” the two-year grant carries a $750,000 budget and will be conducted jointly at the SVM and at Western Veterinary College at the University of Saskatchewan, with human work performed at Emory University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The program will explore new ways to strengthen patients with chronic spinal injuries, and may have applications for dogs with spinal injuries including herniated discs. Research is scheduled to begin in September 2010.
Research Update from Dr. Ron Schultz — Canine Influenza Virus
Based on our recent research, a combination of canine influenza virus (CIV) and bacterial infection with Strep. equi spp. zooepidemicus
is more likely to lead to severe disease than either infection alone. Vaccination with two doses of CIV vaccine significantly reduced severity of disease caused by CIV alone or in combination with Strep. equi. Click here to read more.
Food Animal Production Medicine (FAPM) was recently awarded funding through the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment for Dairyland Initiative, a web-based information resource to assist in the construction of new dairy cattle housing in the state of Wisconsin. The new site brings together the producer, the builder and the lender with one common purpose —to make the Wisconsin dairy industry number one in the world for performance and animal well being. The site will be available in fall 2010.
A crowd of nearly 150 gathered in Madison for their 5-year-increment (5, 10, 15 and 20) class reunions. The class of 1990 was particularly engaged with over one-third of their class attending and sporting their own t-shirts. Tours of the hospital, school and Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory were part of the program. Classes then adjourned for their own planned evening activities. To view photos, visit the school’s alumni web page.
The alumni board recently emailed you a survey asking how they can best represent you. I hope you will take a few minutes to respond and give us your input. If you prefer, email the alumni board directly at email@example.com
to share your ideas about how the school can continue to be a resource for you. The survey will also be available at www.vetmed.wisc.edu/alumni/survey.
Join us for the AVMA Alumni Reception
If you are going to be in Atlanta for the AVMA Convention, please join us at the University of Wisconsin Alumni Reception for hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages. We’ll gather on Monday, August 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, rooms L506 and L507.
Dr. Paul Manley Retires
After 26 years dedicated to the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Manley will leave his post as chief of small animal services and take on biking, fly fishing and dog training. His last day at the UW Veterinary Care teaching hospital is June 30, 2010. We wish him the very best.
Ongoing Clinical Trial: Dogs with Hip Osteoarthritis Needed for Study
The orthopaedic surgery service at the school is conducting a case-controlled study for analgesia in dogs with hip osteoarthritis (OA). The goal of the study is to determine the efficacy of a new analgesic drug compared to two conventional analgesics commonly used in dogs. Dogs that qualify for the study will have both hips evaluated by the orthopaedic surgery service at the VMTH. Click here
for more information.
A complete list of clinical trials
is available on our VMTH website. For general information on our active clinical trials, you may also contact the VMTH Referral Coordinator at 608-262-7676 or 800-DVM-VMTH.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UPDATES
Feline Urologic Disease
— September 18, 2010Canine Owners & Breeders Symposium
— October 23, 2010
For registration or more details on these and other programs, go to our website at www.vetmed.wisc.edu/ce
or call Karl Olson at (608) 263-5206.
If you have specific requests for information, we’d love to hear them. Just hit “reply” and let us know what’s on your mind.
Daryl D. Buss, Dean
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madisonalumni@vetmed.wisc.edu