Annual Conference for Veterinarians Set for April 13-14
The Colorado State University Annual Conference for Veterinarians is moving to a new time and place! Save the date and plan on joining us for the 74th Annual Conference for Veterinarians, April 13-14, at the Hilton Fort Collins. Our program includes many of our brilliant faculty members presenting the latest information on small animal, exotics, food animal and equine veterinary medicine.
The DVM Class of 2003, 10-Year Reunion Reception, tours, and dinner will be on Friday, April 12, at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. All All-Class Reunion will take place Saturday, April 13, in conjunction with the conference barbeque. For reunion questions, contact Wendy Abbott at (970) 491-6631.
More information, including registration fees, conference schedule, and brochures, will be available in the coming months. Check back soon!
New Study Shows Cleaner Burning Cook Stoves Improving Health in Developing World
Older women in the developing world are likely to see direct health benefits such as reductions in blood pressure in a relatively short amount of time once they switch to cleaner burning cook stoves, according to a study by Dr. Jennifer Peel, a Professor of epidemiology, and Maggie Clark, a research scientist, both in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences. The study, conducted in Nicaragua, measured indoor air pollution exposures and health of women while they used traditional open fires in their homes and also one year after installation of cleaner burning stoves.
Results appear this fall in an online edition of Indoor Air, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal.
“The biggest limitation is that only 50 percent of the women we studied completely adopted the new stove – for various reasons, many of the women are still using their old open fire, often right alongside the new stove,” Clark said. “However, we were able to see benefits even though we didn’t see complete sustained adoption of the improved stove. That leads to the question, what level of health improvements might we achieve if the stoves are completely and sustainably adopted?”
Added Dr. Peel, “Cleaner burning stoves have the potential to have a huge impact on global public health. We need to find a solution that will reduce exposures but also one that meets the families’ needs.”
Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine Welcomes New Veterinarian
Dr. Rebecca Blumberg has joined the staff of the Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital where she will offer acupuncture among other integrative pain medicine techniques.
Dr. Blumberg graduated this year with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University, where she also studied veterinary acupuncture and massage with Dr. Narda Robinson. She currently is working toward completing her training in canine rehabilitation.
The VTH Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine offers a range of nontraditional healing techniques such as acupuncture, laser, medical massage and herbal supplements. These treatments are beneficial to wound management, neurological recovery, inflammatory bowel disease, stubborn dermatologic conditions, urinary and fecal incontinence, chronic renal failure, seizures, and anxiety among other conditions. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at (970) 297-5000.
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Rocky Ford Branch, Names New Director
Dr. Gene Niles has been named the new director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Rocky Ford, replacing Dr. Jim Kennedy who passed away last year. Dr. Niles was most recently the Director and Toxicology Supervisor of the Centralia Animal Disease Laboratory, Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Niles received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University in 1975, and his Master’s of Veterinary Science in 2000, also from OSU. He established Niles Animal Clinic in 1975, which he continued as a solo general practice, in addition to his work with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, until taking the position with the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Rocky Ford.
The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences welcomes Dr. Niles to the CVMBS community and we wish him the best in his new endeavor.