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Meet your new SAVMA Treasurer

Erich Roush
University of Wisconsin

Description of duties: Making sure that SAVMA stays financially healthy, knows where its money goes, and that awards and grants are received in a timely manner.  

Goals for this term:

SAVMA invests in its members, more so now than ever before, making it a necessary challenge to ensure that those investments are made in an efficient and financially healthy manner.  

Incredible advances have been made in the way SAVMA keeps its books.  I plan to keep the momentum going.  

Fun Facts from the SAVMA Treasurer:

“The first practical typewriter was designed in Milwaukee in 1867” (Not that anyone knows what a typewriter is anymore)

“Green Bay has long been known as the "toilet paper capital of the world" because the first splinter-free toilet paper was produced here”  (You’re welcome!)


Precision, Variability, and Accuracy of Femoral Varus Measurement

Alexander C. Robb

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Precision, Variability, and Accuracy of Femoral Varus Measurement Using Radiographic and Computed Tomographic Imaging in Clinically Abnormal Femora

INTRODUCTION:  Many skeletal abnormalities have been associated with medial patellar luxation (MPL), and recent focus has centered on femoral malalignment, specifically excessive femoral varus, quantified by measurement of the anatomic lateral distal femoral angle (aLDFA).1,2  In cases with excessive varus, a distal femoral osteotomy can be performed; however, this invasive procedure requires accurate measurement of aLDFA.  Recent studies have reported conflicting evidence regarding the ability to measure distal femoral varus in clinically normal bones using both radiographic and computed tomographic (CT) methods.1,3  The purpose of this study was to establish the precision, variability, and accuracy of aLDFA measurement using radiographic and CT imaging, compared to the reference standard of digital photographs of anatomic specimens, in clinically abnormal femora.  Our hypothesis was that CT would be more precise, less variable, and more accurate than radiographs for aLDFA measurement.

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Trivia Winners!

"Veterinarians are some pretty fantastic and brilliant people, but only one can claim to be a Nobel Prize winner. Who was he/she, when did he/she win, and what for?"

Answer: Dr. Peter C. Doherty in 1996 won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Rolf M. Zinkernagel for their discoveries concerning the specificity of the cell mediated immune defense.

You can read more about Dr. Doherty's prize here.

Congratulations to Ashley Ballew from the University of Georgia and Brandon Gates from Colorado State University!  They sent in the correct answer and were randomly chosen as winners.  They will both be receiving $50!


Holidays with Pay

Oneal Peters

Colorado State University


A seven hour plane ride is easy to sleep through after the first year of veterinary school. Without realizing it, I had been consistently short on sleep for the entire thirty weeks that make up freshman year and I was more than happy to take a seven hour snooze while the less exhausted people around me fidgeted in their seats, anxious to arrive in London. In all honesty, I was incredibly excited, despite being able to become comatose for the entire flight. All I could hear in my head was Joey Tribbiani from FRIENDS exclaiming “London Baby,” and I couldn’t agree more. This would mark my fifth trip to the United Kingdom and I was ecstatic. In front of Skedale House

It’s a funny thing to be at Heathrow airport without a phone in search of the other four members of your family who flew in earlier and are waiting to rendezvous with you. All the Londoners buzz by, speaking on their mobiles in that lovable accent most people covet, and there we were, no phone, hoping that the meeting up plan would work. Just when you start to lose hope, you see you mother walk by, most likely on her way to buy her eighteenth cup of tea for the day (and it’s only eleven in the morning! ) For her, this was once home, and she eases back into British life seamlessly, although her accent now has a subtle flavoring of America. My mother, or mum as she is known in Great Britain, has lived in the United States since 1978, but besides her address, the rest of her is authentic Brit. She is hopelessly addicted to tea, as mentioned earlier, watches the BBC’s Masterpiece Theatre every Sunday night, knows all about marmite, Turkish Delight, chocolate flakes and Yorkshire pudding and if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have gone to veterinary school.

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Meet your new SAVMA Global and Public Health Officer-elect

Scott Dudis

Hometown: Wyoming, Ohio

Description of duties: The GPHO and GPHO-elect try to ensure that the Student AVMA House of Delegates works in conjunction with the long-term vision of the OneHealth Project. The main component of this mission is to coordinate local OneHealth events at veterinary schools across the nation. With financial sponsorship from the GHLIT, we are able to provide funding support for many of these programs. The most recent themes have promoted awareness of rabies and vector-borne illness, and the upcoming theme is food safety & food security.


Fun fact: A friend and I were once stranded on an island while backpacking through Greece. We slept in a lean-to and shared one Toblerone for lunch, dinner, and breakfast. A small pack of dogs started following us, so we named them all. Later on the same trip, a bus dropped us off on the highway 10 miles from our destination, so we walked. About half way there, it started to hail (in October), and a Greek woman who spoke no English took us into her home, fed us dinner, and we watched what I surmise to be Greek soap operas for an hour until the weather cleared. I quickly learned how to say "thank you" in Greek.

contact: rsd65 [at] cornell [dot] edu