Annual conference convenes
for continuing education and camaraderie
A Century of Excellence continues in the College
of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). This year, the 69th Annual Conference for
Veterinarians followed the CVM’s 2005 centennial theme by recognizing
its 100th year of graduating veterinarians.
“Our college enjoys many strong traditions, one of
them being the annual conference, which gives us the perfect
opportunity to salute our alumni,” said Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean and
graduating veterinarian with the class of 1970. “The list of classes
represented by this year’s attendees is quite long and impressive — the
earliest being from the class of 1945. Also, a DVD video was shown at
the Monday evening banquet featuring recollections of dozens of
graduates from different decades.”
Copies of the DVD were given to those attending
the banquet. Several awards were presented too. Click here
for more on that story.
Sessions and activities
One of the primary
goals of the annual conference is to provide continuing education and
support to professional veterinarians. A wide variety of sessions and
labs were held on important topics ranging from large and small animal
health issues to global issues on disease containment and prevention.
Several of the labs gave veterinarians hands-on opportunities to try
new techniques and procedures.
A new feature in this
year’s conference was clinical research and case study presentations,
with 16 different topics for large, small and exotic animal issues.
Tours of the Kansas
Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and Biosecurity Research Institute were
conducted. There was also the 13th annual scholarship golf tournament,
which raised more than $5,000 for CVM scholarships. The Kansas
Veterinary Medicine Association held its
annual trade show at the Union.
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for more about the conference. Mark your calendar for next year’s
conference, June 1-4, 2008.
Dr. David Ashford gives a
talk on FMD in South America and how efforts in North
America could lead the way in eradicating the
Veterinarians sitting in on one of the
sessions in the Little Theatre at the Union.
demonstration at KVMA Trade Show.
Dr. Butch KuKanich delivers session on NSAIDs.
Three of CVM’s distinguished alumni were honored
at the annual conference on June 4: Drs. Dan Upson, Cecil W. Ingmire
and Robert M. Phillips.
The Class of 1962 Endowment for Veterinary
Medicine was established to support an ongoing lectureship to be held
in honor of Dr. Upson, who is a member of the class of 1952. Dr. Upson
spoke at Monday’s luncheon and introduced K-State’s new
men’s head basketball coach, Frank Martin (see next page) and athletics
fundraiser Chad Weiberg, who gave an update on construction projects at
Dr. Ingmire received the 2007 Distinguished
Alumnus Award and Dr. Phillips was named as the recipient of the 2007
E.R. Frank Award. Both awards were presented at the Heritage Evening
dinner. Dr. Ingmire is a member of the class of 1947 and Dr. Phillips
graduated with the class of 1951.
Dr. Dan Upson speaks at the Monday luncheon.
Opal and Dr. Robert Phillips receive a plaque
for the E.R. Frank Award from VMAA President Elect Dr. William Brown.
All in the family: Dr. Cecil Ingmire
holds the Distinguished Alumnus Award plaque while being flanked by
(left to right) daughter Linda, wife Mary, son Dr. Wayne (DVM ‘75), and
daughters Celia and Jann.
Dr. Fred Oehme's daughter, Deborah Oehme Rainbolt,
made a surprise announcement at the Heritage Evening banquet. She and
the Oehme family established a scholarship in honor of their father, a
professor of toxicology at K-State's CVM.
The Dr. Frederick W. Oehme Scholarship in
Toxicology will go to a student properly enrolled in CVM with first
preference given to a graduate student doing research specific to
toxicology in the Diagnostic Medicine and Pathology or the Anatomy and
Physiology department. Second preference will be given to a senior
student intending to work in an area of applied toxicology upon
receiving his/her DVM.
Dr. Fred Oehme
Several sessions and activities were held at this
year’s conference. Incoming oncologist Dr.
Dudley McCaw (left)
makes a presentation on radiation therapy in Forum Hall at the Union.
The K-State Alumni Center
made a perfect gathering place for the Heritage Evening Reception and
Dinner. Guests (bottom left) visited in the Alumni Center
lobby before dinner. Roughly $5,000 was raised for scholarships at the
13th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament held at Colbert Hills. Dr.
Mike Hodgson (bottom right), class of 1981, tees off at the
Meet the new coach
Conference attendees heard from K-State’s
new men’s head basketball coach, Frank Martin. Promoted from assistant
under the former head coach, Martin expects to build on the team’s
success, both on and off the court, in addition to recruiting top
players to come play at K-State.
CVM students, Kabel Robbins and Sarah Weber
(both class of 2009), sell yarn to Dr. Sam Graham, class of 1959, in
the annual scholarship golf tournament. The yarn was used as incentive
to raise extra money and reduce strokes for the golfers.
Dr. William Brown hands out the Reunion
Achievement Award to the classes of 1952 and 1967 who a tied for the
highest gift participation. From left, Dr. Dan Upson, class of 1952;
Dr. Brown, president elect of the VMAA; and class of 1967
representatives Dr. Robert Cartee, Dr. Darell Haeker, Dr. Roy Braum and
Dr. Joe Baber.
The K-State Alumni Center
hosted the reception and Heritage Evening Banquet. From left to right,
Dr. Ralph Alter, class of 1945, Dr. Walter Cash, CVM faculty member and
class of 1971, Dr. Candace Layton, president of KVMA, president of the
Pet Trust Board and class of 1977, and Dr. John Noordsy, class of 1946.
The KVMA hosted its annual trade show at the
conference. From left to right, Dr. Gary Cowan, class of 1984, Novartis
representative Traci Vrbas.
Dr. Mike Sanderson conducts one of the Wet
Labs during the conference.
Development Director Chris Gruber wonders how
he got talked into joining the juggling act during Sunday evening's
Dr. Lisa Freeman teaches kids at the 2006 GROW
extended version of
CVM recently engineered an important role in
helping K-State’s Girls
Researching Our World (GROW) program earn national recognition. The
Women in Engineering Programs & Advocates Network (WEPAN) presented
its Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day Award to the GROW program on
June 12 in Orlando, Fla. Susan Arnold Christian, the Outreach Program
Coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the GROW steering
committee. The steering committee includes: Drs. Kimberly Douglas
(director of the Women in Engineering and Science Program; associate
professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering ); Ruth
Dyer (associate provost; professor of electrical and computer
engineering ); Beth Montelone (associate dean, College of Arts and
Sciences; professor of biology); Lisa Freeman (associate dean, College
of Veterinary Medicine; professor of anatomy and physiology); and
Jacqueline Spears (director, Center for Science Education; associate
professor of secondary education).
“Last year, the College
of Veterinary Medicine
hosted approximately 100 middle school girls for a Saturday event
called ‘All for Animal Health’ (AAH),” said Dr. Lisa Freeman, associate
dean for research and graduate programs. “This event emphasized how
advances in science and engineering allow veterinarians to promote
animal health and human health. AAH was cited by the nominator for the
GROW also holds a three-day science, technology, engineering and
mathematics camp each June. This year, CVM offered three events called:
“Mending Broken Bones,” “The Heart of the Matter” and “Equine Exercise
Dr. Michael Dryden’s dedication to tick-related
research has led to the June 16 dedication of a state-of-the-art
research building located on the hill behind the vet med complex. The
facility, sponsored by Merial, will be used for researching ticks and
tick-related diseases in dogs and cats.
“This facility not only benefits me, but it will
be here for the future and can be utilized by other faculty,” Dr.
Dr. Dryden, front right, helps cut the ribbon
at the dedication. Others in photo include (left to right): Dr. Susan
Ralston, Merial; Mary Jackson, Merial; Dr. Doug Carithers, Merial; Dr.
Zack Mills, Merial; Chris Gruber, CVM Development, Dr. Michael Dryden,
Dr. Bart Carter, CVM, Dean Ralph Richardson, Dr. Chengappa, CVM, and
Provost Duane Nellis.
Dr. Enrique Garcia Flores
takes the reins on
his visit from Guadalajara, Mexico,
where he teaches equine theriogenology.
The VMTH recently said
“Adios” to Dr. Enrique
Garcia Flores, professor at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. He
spent five weeks at K-State updating his knowledge and
skills in equine theriogenology.
Dr. Garcia worked
equine theriogenologist Dr. Maria Ferrer, as well as students, faculty,
house officers and technicians to diagnose, manage and treat a variety
of relevant cases.
“Dr. Ferrer was very
patient and friendly,” Dr.
Garcia said. “She taught me about equine reproduction, but more
importantly, showed her passion for teaching students.”
Dr. Ferrer said, “We
enjoyed having Dr. Garcia
with us and hope this is the beginning of a relationship that will
promote collaboration and interaction between students and faculties
from both universities.”
The Whispering Garden
received a new addition on May 31, when a memorial brick was
sandblasted for a beloved pet.
The Kansas State
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) will be the first laboratory
in the United States
to use a newly developed, highly sensitive test to accurately detect
bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV).
For cattle producers,
the virus causes economic losses through decreased weight gains,
decreased milk production, reproductive losses and death. It is
estimated that 80 percent of cattle in this country have been exposed
to BVDV, and that 70 to 90 percent of infections go undetected, without
The KSVDL, part of K-State’s College of Veterinary
recently completed training in the administration of this innovative
test. “We’re very pleased to provide the BVDV test to veterinarians and
producers of Kansas
and surrounding states,” said Dr. Gary Anderson, KSVDL director. “Prior
technology was viewed as too difficult, unreliable or too costly to run
in a high throughput environment. This program truly complements the
wide range of diagnostic services we provide for all species.”
Read more here: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/index/2007/bvdv_ksvdl.htm
within the CVM are planning the first annual “Run 4 Rabies” in
conjunction with World Rabies Day
on Sept. 8, 2007.
Rabies Diagnostic Laboratory, the new International Club and other
students and faculty are organizing a 5K “Run 4 Rabies” in Manhattan
for Sunday, Sept. 9. Also in the works is a concert highlighting local
talent and food vendors, while materials to promote rabies education
and animal-bite prevention will be distributed. The events will be held
in CICO Park, county fair grounds from 12-4 p.m. Contact Mylissia
Stukey at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Cindy Logan and I
attended the Special
Library Association (SLA) Conference in Denver. SLA
has information professionals who work with varied clients. The
commonality that they share is providing specialized, individualized
library/information services to scientific, business, medical and
corporate communities as well as other diverse groups such as divinity
schools, military and defense contractors to name a few groups
At the opening
session, Cindy and I
heard Al Gore, who stated that the evidence that
global warming is occurring is irrefutable. He is contributing all his
energies and resources to reverse and mend the effects of the warming
on our planet. When asked by a member of the audience about running for
president in 2008, Gore replied that he had larger goals for himself
right now and campaigning would deter these goals. He encouraged
audience members to join his group of 1,000 Americans trained to
deliver his slide show called “The Climate Project,” based on his
Oscar-winning movie, “An Inconvenient Truth.” See http://www.sla.org/content/Events/conference/ac2007/conference/keynoters/algore/video.cfm
for an Al Gore video.
We also heard Scott
creator of the Dilbert
cartoon series. Adams first worked in
the corporate world, but realized after 20 years that he was not on the
corporate track to advancement. He dabbled in cartooning, but wasn’t
successful until United Feature Syndicate picked up his cartoon series
for nationwide distribution. He showed us many examples of his cartoons
that were pulled from publication because his editors felt they would
be offensive for various reasons. Of course, Scott always managed to
redo or apologize in his humorous, but biting and deeply insightful
Next month I’ll be
more of the specific
information that we received at the conference.
Dr. Dan Thomson
spoke to the Southwest Iowa
Cattle Raisers, in Red Oak, Iowa,
on June 11. He also spoke to 40 practitioners in Kansas
City on June 12 and at Pfizer in Des Moines, Iowa
on June 13.
Dr. Armbrust spoke
at the ACVIM Conference
on June 7, 8 and 9 on feline and canine ultrasound labs and techniques
in radiography and imaging.
Dr. Hodgson is
assisting the faculty of
veterinary medicine in Kabul
beginning this month for a six-month period. He will be teaching
veterinary students about providing diagnostic and clinical service and
helping with curriculum development. We wish Dr. Hodgson the best of
luck and look forward to his return.
Dr. Hans Coetzee
spoke at the
Kwazulu-Natal Midlands Farmers Day in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa,
on June 10 and at the Livestock Health and Production Conference in
Pretoria, South Africa, on June 21
Dr. Greg Grauer attended
Meeting” held by the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society in
on June 22. He presented 11 hours on Upper and Lower Urinary Tract
Disorders at the Georgia State Summer Meeting in Ponte Verde, Fla.,
on June 28 and 29.
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