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November 2007 - Vol. 2 No. 11
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2007 Early Admit Scholars honored

Doctor becomes president

Workshop encourages interaction between students, practitioners

Dr. Hodgson comes home

Message from SCAVMA

A golden recovery

BCI meeting scheduled for Dec. 10

Office presents silvery surprise

Regular Features

Check it Out at the Library
Family medical history

Under the Microscope:
Kevin Crain, Human Resources Director, VMTH

CVM News Ticker

New Arrivals/Recent Departures

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2007 Early Admit Scholars honored
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The reward for hard work is more hard work. The College of Veterinary Medicine honored 22 K-State freshman students this month for acceptance in the Early Admissions Scholars program. The first hurdle is now behind these students, although there is still plenty of hard work ahead.

Since it was established in 1999, the Early Admission Scholars program has recruited the best and brightest undergraduate students who want to study veterinary medicine. After acceptance into the program and completion of 64 hours of preprofessional requirements, the scholars are guaranteed admission into the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“This is the top 5 percent of K-State students according to their college acceptance test scores,” said Dr. Ronnie Elmore, associate dean for admissions and diversity programs. “Qualifying for this program is a big deal because there are hundreds of applicants for only a limited number of positions. The program helps these students bypass the regular admissions process, which is already highly competitive”

The College of Veterinary Medicine assigns each scholar a faculty mentor and student mentor to stimulate career and academic development and to provide orientation and access to college activities. The preveterinary students attend regular meetings during the academic year to develop a sense of community and share their progress.

Dave Adams surrounded by proud parents.
Dave Adams waits as the proud parents take their own photos.

Rebecca Miller (center) poses with her faculty mentor,
Dr.  Nagaraja, and student mentor, Heather Burckhardt from the class of 2010.

Dr. Ronnie Elmore addresses the group of Early Admit Scholars and their parents.

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Doctor becomes president

Dr. James Carpenter, professor of zoological medicine, was elected to serve as the new president of the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM).

Dr. Carpenter hopes to improve the ACZM’s role in education and to increase the awareness and value of ACZM board certification within the veterinary profession. His goals also include developing strategies to increase membership, re-evaluating standards for postdoctoral training and certification, and increasing the international role of the ACZM.

Dr. Carpenter has been interested in captive and wild animals ever since he was young. He earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife conservation at Cornell University and a master’s degree and DVM at Oklahoma State University.

“To become a Diplomate of the ACZM has been one of the greatest achievements of my career,” Dr. Carpenter said. “It would be an understatement to say how honored and proud I am to have been elected by my peers to serve as the next ACZM President!”

Dr. Carpenter
Dr. Carpenter


Workshop encourages interaction between students, practitioners

The CVM and the College of Business Administration held the Veterinary Career Opportunities Workshop Nov. 2-3. The workshop featured Drs. Brad White and Bob Larson from the CVM and Drs. David Andrus, Kevin Gwinner and Bruce Prince from the College of Business. Topics included skills related to improving the business, designing good job descriptions, understanding student expectations, and finding and hiring new associates. The conference was attended by 15 practitioners who visited with CVM students and graduates interested in associate positions and externships at their practices. Thirty-five students participated in the speed interviews to explore the types of positions the practitioners were looking to fill. The workshop was supported, in part, by contributions from Schering-Plough Animal Health, Bayer Animal Health and Intervet. For more information on upcoming K-State Veterinary Medical Continuing Education conferences go to: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/CE/index.htm.

Speed interview
A student participates in one of the speed interviews.


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CVM visits American Royal

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The CVM sponsored a birthing center at the American Royal in Kansas City, Oct. 17-27. The center featured a sow, piglets, baby chicks, radiographs and anatomical displays.

The purpose of the annual birthing center is to educate the public about veterinary medicine: what we do, what the opportunities are, and how veterinary medicine impacts both public and livestock health. Faculty and residents in agricultural practices and equine medicine took senior veterinary students each day to be present in our display and visit with the public.

American royal: piglet petting

Ronald McDonald




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Dr. Hodgson comes home
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Dr. HodgsonAfter five months teaching veterinary medicine in Afghanistan, Dr. David Hodgson received an enthusiastic and emotional welcome back party on Nov. 19 in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He returned home a few days earlier, having utilized a grant through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to work in the veterinary program at Kabul University. During his time away, he e-mailed weekly updates to the CVM staff and educated readers about the many challenges he faced.

 “My main goal was to try to make a difference every day,” he said. “I worked diligently to try and help their veterinary students develop skills to make a diagnosis rather than treating the first symptom they see without further consideration.”

Some of the challenges were due to a shortage of drugs, supplies and equipment. Dr. Hodgson also overcame cultural differences, language barriers and potential issues relating to personal safety and security due to Taliban activity around Kabul. In the veterinary clinic, Dr. Hodgson assisted in the treatment of feral dogs, sheep, cattle, horses and cats. To help out, K-State faculty, staff and donors to the college sent a variety of items to him in Afghanistan.

“I received a box of various supplies from K-State today,” he wrote. “It was almost like opening a Christmas present when I was a child. I am thankful to now have gauze to tie in an endotracheal tube, caps for the IV catheters that we have never used and a box of adhesive tape. These are a major step forward for the KU clinic. I will now train faculty and students to place an IV catheter properly. Until this time we have had only one roll of adhesive tape. The items provided by KSU make a big difference in our potential activities.”

During the welcome back party, Dr. Hodgson expressed his gratitude for the supplies, support and encouragement during his time in Afghanistan and then presented a slide show to demonstrate the conditions at KU. Although he is very glad to be home, Dr. Hodgson said he may consider returning to KU next spring or summer through the USAID program.

“I tried to lay the foundation for sustained progress and improvement in the KU clinic and in the Faculty of Veterinary Science,” Dr. Hodgson said. “I hope I stimulated a dream for the future that is not going back to the ‘way it was’ before the wars, but to become something much better. Sustainability and building capacity are important concepts that I embrace, but the delivery and long-term realization of these goals will take continued effort by many people from outside Afghanistan. Kabul University needs our support for years to come.”




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Message from SCAVMA president, Nicolette Dudley
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SCAVMA presidentHello! Wow, it seems that this semester has truly flown by as usual! Who can believe it is already after Thanksgiving? I hope everyone is hanging in there these next few weeks until Winter Break.

SCAVMA has had a very productive and eventful semester so far. In August, Dr. Kevin Dajka of the AVMA spoke about the AVMA/SAVMA/SCAVMA connections. In September, Doug Richey spoke about alternative financial aide sources. In October, Dr. Jim Humphreys gave a great presentation regarding client communication. On Nov. 15, Dr. Michael Groves, LSU Dean Emeritus, gave our students the opportunity to see a Hurricane Katrina slide show, which left many of us in awe of the devastation of that natural disaster.

Congrats to your new SAVMA junior delegate, Garrett Stewart, from the class of 2011! The election was held at the November all-school meeting with Dr. Groves. We will have elections for president-elect, vice president, secretary, treasurer-elect, fundraising chair-elect, mentoring chair, intramural chair, and faculty advisor-elect in April of 2Giving Tree008.

We have lots of upcoming events in the spring to look forward to as well:  On Jan. 28, we will be hosting our 2nd Annual SCAVMA Talent Show. This year it will be held in Forum Hall at the Student Union! This is a great location with about anything you would need to present talent: a grand piano, back stage, and all of the equipment that you could possibly imagine (at least to an extent!). Be thinking about what talent you can show off!

We also have several unique speakers lined up for the spring, including a veterinarian from Sea World, a Hollywood veterinarian (Dr. Peddie), and possibly Dr. Lila Miller (ASPCA). 

For the Christmas season, we are hosting a giving tree,’ benefiting the KSU child development center. If you would like to participate in this fundraiser, please pick out an ornament off of the tree in the lobby of Trotter and purchase the item listed. Bring your unwrapped gift to the dean’s office (101 Trotter) by the first week of December, and SCAVMA will hold a wrapping party to get the gifts ready for the children at the KSU Child Development Center. This is a great cause for this great season! Hang in there through finals, and I wish everyone the best of luck! 


A golden recovery

Meet Midas Hall, a golden retriever who was hit by a car. His injuries included belly wounds, a penetrated abdominal cavity and a sheared off ankle with loss of all supporting structure. He also developed pneumonia, infection in his wounds, urinary tract infection and pancreatitis. Following an intense team effort involving almost every small animal faculty member, Midas joins owner Lori Hall and veterinary students Irene Vanderweff and Sonya Wesselowski pauses for a picture on his way home.


Midas Hall


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Trading places: exchange program with Berlin university

The CVM recently hosted two students from Free University in Berlin as part of a new exchange program. The program is the brainchild of Dr. Philine Wangemann in anatomy and physiology at K-State and Dr. Holger Martens, a physiology professor at Free University.

“I was invited to give research talk at Free University in Berlin in January 2007,” Dr. Wangemann said. “Dr. Martens and I were talking about teaching and teaching experiences, and then started talking about opportunities for veterinary students. We both thought it would be great to have a clinical exchange program between our schools. Students could be integrated into rotations; they could watch surgeries or observe treatments and benefit from a comparison of teaching and clinical practices.”

K-State sent two students to Berlin for about 10 days in May and June: Naomi Wheeler, class of 2010, and Anne Brammeier, class of 2009. The two students who visited from Germany in late October were Christine Müller and Stefanie Grof, both third-year students in a curriculum that lasts 5 ½ years.

“We’re impressed with the techniques here in your college,” Christine said. “Everyone works together and has a lot of time for discussing problems.”

Stefanie pointed out some things that surprised her on the visit to Manhattan.

“We expected to see cowboys and a lot of flags,” Stefanie said. “I was surprised by all the huge pick-up trucks and the wide streets. Also, there are no woods in Kansas.”

Naomi and Anne enjoyed their trip to Berlin.

“Everyone moves very quickly in their animal clinic,” Naomi said. “Being in a large city, they are very busy and they don’t use as much support staff. Students took their own radiographs and owners would help hold their animals for the doctors.”

“Their veterinary medicine is not that much different than ours,” Anne said. “They lead animals into their specially designed lecture halls and it’s very interactive for the students.”

“Our goal was for these students to get an impression how veterinary medicine is working in Berlin and Germany,” Dr. Wangemann said. “It was a cultural exchange as much as it was an exchange of ideas on how to run an education system and how to function in international veterinary medicine. We hope to expand the program next year.”



Stefanie Grof, Anne Brammeier and Naomi Wheeler ride a train in Berlin.
Stefanie Grof takes Anne Brammeier and Naomi Wheeler on a tour of Berlin using the public transportation.

Stefanie Grof and Christine Müller with Dr. Walter Renberg
Stefanie Grof and Christine Müller from Free University pose with Dr. Walter Renberg and alpacas.

Stefanie Grof and Christine Müller
Stefanie Grof and Christine Müller from Free University.


BCI meeting scheduled for Dec. 10

Join us for a BCI meeting in the Practice Management Center on Monday, Dec. 10, at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Roger McHaney will be speaking on how distance education, the Internet and globalization impact teaching in Kansas. After the lecture, join us for Call Hall ice cream with all the fixings.


Office presents silvery surprise

When Lisa Duer returned to her office on Friday, Nov. 9th, after being out for a work-related conference, she opened the door to a silver surprise — someone had covered all of the surfaces in her office with foil.

“I was quite surprised when I returned to see the ‘bling’ in my normally plain office,” Lisa said. “It took me and a co-worker (who is also one of my prime suspects) about 10 minutes to unwrap everything. I believe she was feeling somewhat guilty. I would not like to divulge their names, though paybacks are due.”

Foiled Office

Foiled Office 2


Under the Microscope: Kevin Crain, human resources director, VMTH

Kevin CrainPlace of birth: Murray, Ky.

Family Information: One son and one daughter, both a little crazy!

Pets: A pug, named Pug.

Favorite day of the year: The first day of fall.

Under the microscope graphicIf you could go back in time and spend a day with anyone, who would you choose? Abraham Lincoln.

Favorite Joke: Best thing to say if caught sleeping at your desk: “Ah, the unique and unpredictable circadian rhythms of the workaholic!”

How would you spend a million dollars in 24 hours? I’d give it to Frito Lay, as an incentive to bring back the X-13d Dorito.

Favorite game as a child: Football.

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose? Time manipulation!


Check it Out at the Library: Family medical history

by Carol Elmore

Carol ElmoreSince the holidays are near and families get together to visit and share meals, this is an excellent time to discuss family medical history. Grandparents can be queried about medical conditions that they know about in the family history, and other family members could be encouraged to contribute what might be known about family health conditions.

The U.S. Surgeon General thinks that this is so important that a special Web site has been created called My Family Health Portrait (www.hhs.gov/familyhistory) that can be used to generate a family health history report. The director of the Human Genome Project, Dr. Francis S. Collins, says that family history can give insight into the glitches and susceptibilities to common illnesses that a person’s genes carry. This information can be used to track illnesses that are passed down from one generation to another and can help in risk assessment and formulation of personalized disease-prevention plans.

Many people have one or more family members who are actively researching genealogical records to find information about their family’s ancestry but may not realize that this can help locate medical history as well. Even if family members are deceased, death certificates can often be ordered using some of the genealogical information that their family genealogist has uncovered.

Both of my grandparents on my father’s side died before I was born, but I ordered copies of their death certificates, which listed their causes of death. Although this is not always totally accurate, it can be a start when combined with oral history in piecing together a family health portrait.   


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Dr. Ken Harkin presented talks on leptospirosis on Oct. 17, 18 and 25 in Bonita Springs and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and San Antonio, and he spoke Nov. 7 to area veterinarians in the West Palm Beach, Fla., area on the topic of canine leptospirosis.

Drs. Michael Apley and Rhonette Gehring spoke Nov. 8 at the American Chemical Society’s 42nd Midwest Regional Meeting in Kansas City.

Dr. Greg Grauer presented at the Milwaukee VMA on Nov. 13 on the use of NSAIDs in dogs with liver and kidney disease.


Dr. Dryden giving tick presentationDr. Mike Dryden gave a presentation to a capacity crowd at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kansas City on Oct. 25.Dr. Dryden was invited to speak at the Greater Kansas City Lyme Disease Association’s monthly meeting by CVM alum, Dr. Jack Dunham (1967).

Dr. Roman GantaDr. Roman Ganta was recently elected vice-president of the American Society for Rickettsiology, where he has been the secretary/treasurer since 2003. Congratulations!


New Arrivals
Lisa Pohlman - DM/P
Lin-Hua Wang - A&P
Tiffany Loving - Dean’s Business Office
Recent Departures
Christa Linsenmeyer -A&P
Stefan Yates - Library
Brae V. Surgeon - DM/P
Lin-Hua Wang - DM/P
Mrinal K. Ghosh - DM/P


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