Asheni (pronounced Ah-zha-nee) is the Prairie Band
Potawatomi Nation’s word
for angel. And for Patrick Baldwin, Asheni, a KSDS dog, has lived up to
the meaning of her name.
Faculty, staff and students will remember
Asheni, the black Labrador retriever who was constantly at the side of
Dr. Patricia Payne, CVM assistant professor in diagnostic medicine and
pathology. Asheni now loyally stays at Patrick’s side. Patrick, a
junior at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, has Duchenne
Muscular Dystropy, an exhausting condition that leaves him with very
little energy. Asheni conserves Patrick’s energy by performing tasks
such as opening doors and retrieving items. Patrick said he feels more
confident and independent with Asheni at his side.
Dr. Payne, who is currently raising her third
puppy for KSDS, had Asheni from July 2005-December 2006. Asheni went
everywhere with Dr. Payne, learning and growing from each new
experience. “We teach basic obedience and socialization and expose our
dog to anything and everything we can think of — traffic, elevators,
statues, crowds and cars,” Dr. Payne said.
KSDS is a nonprofit organization located in
Washington, Kan., that trains and places assistance dogs with disabled
individuals. The K-State Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital provides
40 KSDS dogs with free Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) hip
evaluation radiographs and discounts eye exams every year. People
receiving service dogs attend 13 days of team training at the KSDS
Patrick said, “The classes are to train the
people, not the dogs; the dogs are already trained really well. It is
us, the people, who need the work.”
Coincidentally, Asheni’s new veterinarian in
Washington state is Matt Moultray, class of 2002.
Patrick Baldwin and his KSDS dog Asheni, who was raised by a CVM
I thank everyone in the college — faculty, staff
and students — for supporting Asheni and me during her early training.
I can’t express in words how proud I was when I saw our little black
angel jump up and hit the metal plate that opened the door for Patrick.
The smile on the young man’s face was truly the most precious gift. I
wish you all could have been there!
Dr. Payne with Asheni in 2005.
that sparkles, tingles and is fun to eat. Sound good? Then look no
further than Fizzy Fruit, the unique invention of an alumnus who is
transforming the way kids feel about eating fresh fruit.
In 1994, Dr.
Galen Kaufman, class of 1989, discovered a process that adds
carbonation to the water that naturally exists in fresh fruit. The
result is carbonated fruit with a 100 percent nutritional value and no
additives. He patented his process and named the product,
appropriately, Fizzy Fruit.
school opened my eyes to biology and provided a rigorous basis for
learning the scientific method,” Dr. Kaufman said.
being amazed at all the information they kept trying to cram into our
heads! I think that’s one of the most important lessons of all — to
realize how much you don’t know, and to learn how to plow through
difficult work and not be too intimidated.”
has gained national attention and has been featured in USA Today,
Newsweek, People and dozens of other newspapers and magazines.
Currently, the company’s primary markets are school lunchrooms
nationwide, where kids are now more willing to eat fresh fruit thanks
to kid-friendly Fizzy Fruit. Fizzy Fruit is not currently available on
shelves, but plans are under way to sell it in retail grocery chains as
well as quick-service restaurants in 2008.
discovering the Fizzy Fruit process, Dr. Kaufman earned a doctorate in
neurobiology, worked in partnership with NASA and began a neuroscience
lab at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He has written two
science fiction novels and is an active partner in a business
incubation company, MindFund. Dr. Kaufman currently sits on the board
for Fizzy Fruit, does public relations and oversees the company’s
research and development efforts.
information on Fizzy Fruit, visit the Web site:
Dr. Kaufman displays a jar of Fizzy Fruit.
Photo courtesy San Antonio Express-News.
I just wanted to take this chance to
officially say hello! Hopefully your Fall 2007 semester is off to a great start (a.k.a. is it
Thanksgiving yet???). Keep up the hard work and I’m sure it’ll go
by fast, as it always seems to.
SCAVMA is off to a great start this
year! We had Dr. Kevin Dajka,
SAVMA Advisor, speak at our first meeting of the year on August 23
about what the AVMA and SAVMA can do for you. We plan to bring in
a bunch of great speakers this year – Jim Humphreys on communication, a
SeaWorld Veterinarian, Doug Richey from Graduate Leverage, a resident
panel to answer everyone’s burning question (“What exactly does it take
to get a residency?”), plus several more ideas in the works. We
are trying to make these All-School meetings useful and worth your
time, so please let us know if you have any suggestions about how we
could work to improve SCAVMA.
I wanted to let you all
know that you have a wonderful SCAVMA board working very hard for
you. Seth Hartter, Bryant Blank, Kerri Hampe, Sarah Weber,
Chelsea Kunst, Katie Teutemacher, Meghan
Tindle, Stephanie Schneider,
Chris Potanas, C.W. Seitz, Kayla Rawalt, Carly Waugh, Kim
Hosking-Weiss, and Trent Glick have been working on many projects over
the summer and are ready to dig in for a great year. Please thank
these people when you see them around – they really do deserve some
recognition!! I know that I’m really fortunate to get to work
with this great board.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Good
luck on your upcoming tests, and as always, keep up the great work!
The annual staff
appreciation picnic was held Aug. 9 after work on the lawn outside
Trotter Hall. Attendees enjoyed the time with family, friends and
co-workers. Hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwurst were served, along with
beans, potato salad, chips and drinks. T-shirts and doorprizes were
given away to those present.
orientation was held Aug. 13-17. New students learned about CVM history
(bottom left) and introduced themselves and met new classmates (bottom
middle). Families were treated to a welcome picnic (bottom right).
Parents had a Q&A session (organized by SOKS) with the dean and
current students (right). SOKS (with support from Pfizer) sponsored a
lunch for the incoming first year students, their families, and the
senior students. Students also partook in teambuilding activities,
tours and meetings. Each student was issued a Toshiba tablet computer
to use throughout veterinary school as the college goes “paperless”
starting this year.
Class of 2011
Females to males: 72 to 33
Average age: 24 (range 20-44)
Avg. previous college experience: 4.6 years
Areas represented: 24 states, Japan and Korea
Top 4 states: Kansas 46, Nebraska 11, New York 7, North Dakota 5
Students with a degree: 85
Classified staff, from
left: Chuamin Cheng, DM/P; Pamela
Davis, A&P; Nelwyn Cook, CS and
Mindy Strick, VMTH.
staff employee of the year, Heather Wisdom pictured
with Dr. Gary Anderson
From left to right:
Dr. Dudley McCaw, Oncology; Dr. David Rankin, Anesthesiology; Dr.
Jackson, Small Animal; Dr. Marco Margiocco, Cardiology; Dr. Amy Rankin,
Ophthalmology; Dr. Dirsko von Pfeil, Small Animal Surgery; Dr.
Lucy Bergamasco, Research Assistant Professor; Dr. Michele Borgarelli,
Cardiology; Dr. Mary Lynn Higginbotham, Oncology; and
Dr. Troy Holder, Equine Emergency.
World Rabies Day events will be held at CICO Park 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.,
Sunday, Sept. 9th. Events include a 5K Run, live music, food vendors,
fun activities for the kids and much more. Pre-register for the 5K Run
at www.active.com. World Rabies Day was created to raise awareness,
mobilize resources for rabies prevention programs in developing
countries and assist in education about rabies control and prevention
for the most at-risk persons, children. Visit
volunteer for this event e-mail email@example.com
Spouse: Debra Wilcox
Parents live in Salina, KS
Two brothers, Liam (1 1/2 years younger, adopted, Korean, also lives in
Salina), Ben (12 years younger, currently enrolled
Debra's daughter (Stephanie), husband (Joe) and three grandchildren
Michael and Cheyenne)
Liam's wife (Andrea) and my niece (Kimberly) and nephew (Lance)
1 dog (Remmington), 5 cats (Rascal,
Scooby, Squeakers, India and Grumpy), 3 horses (Teaspoon, Nito and
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Dr. Mike Apley, was recently
listed in Bovine Veterinary magazine as one of the six most influential
veterinarians in the cattle feeding industry over the last 35 years.
“A leader in evidence-based medicine discussions.” “Has brought
pharmacology education and its issues to the forefront of feedlot
A 1987 veterinary school graduate of Kansas State University, Mike
Apley, DVM, PhD, gravitated toward feedlot medicine because he liked
cattle, production systems and good people. Apley believes data
collection capabilities in the feedlot industry initially advanced well
before our ability to interpret the data.
“I think the
industry as a whole is getting more of an understanding of how to
structure and analyze the numbers we collect from the feedlots,” he
says. “There is a huge difference between seeing if monthly numbers
meet our arbitrary benchmarks and letting the numbers tell us what is
truly going on in the system followed by trying to refine the system.”
believes organic production will continue to be a truly niche market,
but that more consumers are responding to that market and are more
aware of welfare and food safety issues. “I don’t think we have yet
found the ultimate mix of consumer interest (and willingness to pay),
product quality, environmental impact, animal husbandry, and production
In the next
decade Apley hopes to see advances in animal diagnostics and more
individual case management. “When a universal response to a lame animal
is restricted to needles, we still have a long way to go.” Apley also
believes the beef industry has completely ignored selecting for disease
resistance along with performance. “We accept that carcass quality and
performance have huge genetic components, but then turn around and
ignore health in our selection process.”
An AVC member
since 1991, Apley says beef cattle veterinarians range from those
completely dedicated to the industry all the way to a very small
population of shameless con artists. “Fortunately, our profession is
very, very heavily weighted to the former rather than the latter,” he
notes. “I continue to be amazed by the insight and observational skills
of the veterinary practitioner. The strength of the beef practitioner
is still in observing what is going on around him or her. The most
successful among us are those who use the word ‘why’ the
mentorship from others such as his father who practiced in central
Kansas from 1964 through 2001 and demonstrated the realities of life in
veterinary medicine and approached those realities with integrity.
Veterinary pharmacologist Dan Upson sparked an interest in the
application of drugs in food animals and demonstrated respect for the
veterinary practitioner. Feedlot consultant Del Miles embodies
intensity, dedication to an industry, the ability to read people and
digging for answers.
“If you want
to talk about heroes, then those are the quiet professionals that serve
the small communities in which many of us live,” adds Apley. “Foremost
among those are the general-practice veterinarians serving rural
communities, like my father did, and the professionals that teach our
encourages students to first figure out their personal goals for
professional fulfillment, income and lifestyle. “If working with cattle
on feed is a goal, you can do that in many different ways. If feedlot
medicine rises to the top of your interests, grow in that direction.”
Now that the
fall semester has begun here at the College of Veterinary Medicine, we
want to remind you that the Veterinary Medical Library is resuming our
regular hours. We will be open until 10 p.m. on Mon.-Wed. and Sun., 11
p.m. on Thurs., 6 p.m. on Fri., and 3 p.m. on Sat. We open at 7:45 a.m.
on Mon.-Fri., at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays. We will be
closed on Saturdays of home football games for security reasons. Our
hours will always be posted at:
food-and-drink policy permits drinks in spill-proof containers in the
library in all areas except in our computer area and eating of food in
the library within reasonable limits. We have a service-oriented staff
who will assist with all of your faculty, staff and student information
needs. We are also open to the public, and one of our staff members
provides reference service and assistance for any questions and help
that public users may need. Library Research Services is also available
to provide document delivery, reference and database searching for
non-university persons who can’t come to our library.
We would also
like to remind you that we are always taking donations for our annual
book sale held every February. As you are organizing your offices for
this new school year, remember that we will take donations of books and
journals that you no longer want.
Dr. David Anderson spoke at the
North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association meeting in Bismarck, N.D.
His topics included exam, prevention and surgery of lameness in cattle,
emergencies of gestation, urogenital surgery of bulls and critical care
in the field.
Dr. Hans Coetzee spoke at the AVC on
Aug. 3 in Kansas City on assessment of pain and analgesic drug efficacy
in food animals.
Dr. Jane Brunt (1980 CVM grad) was
selected as the 2008 spokesperson for KNOW Heartworms, a campaign to
promote awareness of feline heartworm disease.
Joanna Berg successfully completed
course requirements in Central Service Technical Training and has been
awarded a certificate of achievement by Purdue University and the
International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material
Drs. James W. Carpenter, Ronette Gehring and J. Tarus-Sang were the 2007-2008
recipients of the Association of Avian Veterinarians’ Research Award
for their proposal, “Single-dose Pharmacokinetics of
Piperacillin/Tazobactam in the Hispaniolan Amazon Parrot.”
Dr. James W. Carpenter, president of
the Association of Avian Veterinarians, chaired two scientific
sessions, chaired the governing board, and presented a paper at a joint
meeting of the AAV and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians
in Providence, R.I. (Aug. 5-9).
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