Proof Points: College of Veterinary Medicine
OSU veterinary educational programs strengthen the social fabric of our society by promoting animal welfare, enriching the human-animal bond, and addressing the aspirations of a just society.
- The Animal Medical Learning Center in Portland, an innovative partnership involving the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Oregon Humane Society, provides clinical care to shelter animals and greatly facilitates their adoption.
- Led by Wendy Baltzer, the college has developed a small animal rehabilitation center that helps dogs and cats use physical therapy techniques to treat injuries to joints, and to rehabilitate animals following surgery. Using facilities including underwater treadmills and techniques such as resistance training, CVM specialists are helping pet owners prevent invasive surgery and save money at the same time.
- Stuart Helfand and Bernard Seguin lead the college’s oncology program, which not only provides treatment for dogs with cancer, but has an active research project that is examining similarities in cancer tumors between humans and canines. Helfand is teaming with noted OHSU physician Brian Druker on a study funded by a $200,000 grant from the Morris Animal Foundation to study hemangiosarcoma.
- Dr. Val Shean, 1988 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, serves as a missionary in the Karamoja region of Uganda, where she partners with traditional healers and women to promote livestock health and husbandry. She has been instrumental in the creation of “peace villages”, established to protect communities from tribal conflict.
- The Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides expertise and state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest region, serving as a tertiary referral center for specialty clinical services.
OSU research in infectious diseases is promoting public health globally and at home.
- Luiz Bermudez, a professor in Biomedical Sciences, is collaborating with Mark Zabriskie, a professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy, on development of a novel treatment for tuberculosis, using a drug previously used to treat malaria. Their research is funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Mahfuzur Sarker’s work with bacterial pathogens is leading to new interventions for treating food poisoning and gastrointestinal diseases in humans, as well as GI diseases in domestic animals.
- In a project supported by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Manoj Pastey is creating a rapid response test for avian influenza, which continues to be a major concern for bird and human populations.
OSU statewide and campus-based services are integrating applied research, diagnostic technology, and extension to assure the prosperity of Oregon agriculture.
- The OSU Endophyte Testing Laboratory provides testing for quality of grass hay destined for animal feeds, helping to maintain and expand markets for Oregon grass products and CVM professor Morrie Craig has developed new testing protocols that have helped facilitate trade between Oregon and Asia.
- The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), provides state-of-the-art testing as part of Oregon’s surveillance and rapid response plan for devastating animal diseases such as Avian Influenza and Foot and Mouth Disease, as well as West Nile Virus, rabies and other zoonotic diseases affecting humans.
- The college has an active rural veterinary program that not only provides service to Oregon’s large animal industries, but trains students in all aspects of rural veterinary medicine, helping to address a nationwide shortage of trained rural veterinarians.
- The Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine have teamed together to create a Bovine Virus Diarrhea (BVD) control program in Oregon to assure biosecurity and improve the marketability and potential premiums for cattle that are free of this serious disease.