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May 2008 - Vol. 3 No. 4


 Top Stories

 Kind Hearts, Caring Hands, White Coats and Senior

 Dr. Chengappa elected president

 Dr. Stockham co-authors book

 CVM is big hit at K-State’s Open House

 PharmCATS in San Diego 

 CVM raises $40,952,720

 Higgins wins Goldwater Scholarship

 SCAVMA Update: Wrapping up the semester

 Calling all veterinary artists!

 Regular Features

 Check it Out at the Library
Emergency pet plans

 Under the Microscope:
 Gary Morgan,
Interim Associate Director of Facilities

 CVM News Ticker

 New Arrivals/Recent Departures

 Lifelines back issues

  Bonus logoExtra stories and photos*

Letter from Afghanistan: Dr. Rance Erwin, DVM 2002

Dr. KuKanich kisses the pig, but gets his goat

CVM faculty take part in the AVC meeting

Rock band sings classic veterinary songs

Get information about the 70th Annual Conference for Veterinarians (link will leave this page).

Commencement is scheduled May 16 at 3:30 p.m.


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Kind Hearts, Caring Hands, White Coats and Senior Honors

Class of 2009 takes Veterinarian's Oath.
The Class of 2009 takes the Pledge of Professionalism as part of the White Coat Ceremony.



April 11 was a busy day in the CVM, starting with a Bagel Bonanza, followed by the Quiz Bowl, Convocation Lecture and White Coat Ceremony. The day finished with the Senior Honors Banquet.

More pictures and a full list of scholarship recipients is listed here:

Sen. John Melcher
Sen. John Melcher, DVM, 'challenges' the Class of 2009 in his remarks during the White Coat Ceremony. Dr. Melcher also delivered the Convocation Lecture earlier that day.

Dr. Roger Fingland and Kathy Shike, winner of the Pet Tribute Veterinary Technician award
Dr. Roger Fingland presents the Pet Tribute Veterinary Technician Award to Kathy Shike.

Bagel Bonanza!
Kind Hearts, Caring Hands Day began with a Bagel Bonanza!


Recipients of the Wayne & Drucecillia Burch Memorial Award
This year's recipients of the Wayne and Druecillia Burch Memorial Award at the Senior Honors Banquet.

Parents take lots of pictures at the White Coat Ceremony
Proud parents look for the best vantage point to take pictures of their students at the White Coat Ceremony.

Clay Adair is one of the first students to put on White Coat during the ceremony
Clay Adair is one of the first students to put on the White Coat during the ceremony.

Teams ponder over a question in the Quiz Bowl
Teams ponder over a question during the Quiz Bowl.

  Dr. Chengappa elected president

Dr. M.M. Chengappa, department head of diagnostic medicine and pathology, was elected to serve as the new president of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM). The ACVM is the nation’s certifying authority of veterinary microbiologists. Members are accepted by passing an examination, and a president is elected every two years, with the possibility of being elected for one additional term. Dr. Chengappa was certified as a Diplomate of the ACVM in 1981. His presidential term will begin in July when he is officially recognized at the AVMA convention. “I am truly honored and humbled to have been elected to serve as president of the ACVM,” Dr. Chengappa said. “It is a privilege to work with such a fine group of microbiologists.”


Dr. M.M. Chengappa
Dr. M.M. Chengappa
  Dr. Stockham co-authors book

Dr. Steven Stockham, professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology has co-authored a second edition of “Fundamentals of Veterinary Clinical Pathology” with Michael A. Scott, an assistant professor at Michigan State University. The book offers information about common clinical laboratory tests that veterinarians use to evaluate domestic mammals such as dogs, cats, horses and cattle.


Dr. Steve Stockham
Dr. Steve Stockham



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CVM is big hit at K-State’s Open House

From balloon animals to real animals, the CVM helped show off a wide range of activities to the prospective students and parents at this year’s Open House.

Students give out balloons at Open House

Kabel Robbins gives bovine demonstration


Students demonstrate cow with hole in its stomach

Race mat

Dogs use treadmill
Open House photos courtesy of La Brisa Photography


PharmCATS in San Diego

Dr. Hans Coetzee, assistant professor of clinical sciences, and Dr. Mike Apley, associate professor of production medicine, hosted a PharmCATS booth at the Experimental Biology 2008 meeting in San Diego. Their purpose was to make potential business contacts for PharmCATS. Drs. Coetzee and Apley also referred business prospects to researchers on main campus as well as the diagnostic laboratory. They especially enjoyed the many alumni and current K-State faculty who stopped by the booth. The meeting was held April 6-8.



Drs. Hans Coetzee and Mike Apley show their PharmCATS booth
Dr. Hans Coetzee and Dr. Mike Apley host a PharmCATS booth at the Experimental Biology 2008 meeting in San Diego in April.

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CVM raises $40,952,720

More than $40 million was raised to benefit the CVM during the KSU Foundation’s Changing Lives Campaign. Since 2001, the campaign raised $529 million for K-State.

  • $76,030 for facility enhancements/additions

  • $7,228,994 for faculty enhancements

  • $12,753,390 for student success

  • $15,971,890 for excellence funds

  • $3,915,710 for program enhancements

  • $1,006,706 yet to be designated

  • 2,180 donors made their first gift to K-State and designated it to the CVM.

  • 83 scholarships were established in the CVM.

  • 4 Faculty of Distinction funds were established.

  • 2 facility projects were completed (Trotter Hall and VMTH renovations).

  • 36 percent of all faculty and staff in the CVM participated in the Changing Lives Campaign.


Dr. James and Kathleen Roush meet country artist Sara Evans
Country artist Sara Evans (center) meets Kathleen and
Dr. James Roush, professor and section head for Small Animal Surgery, after performing a special concert on April 12  for the Changing Lives Campaign Celebration.

Sharon and Dr. Jim Coffman at the Changing Lives Campaign Celebration
Sharon and Dr. James Coffman, DVM 1962, meet with an
alumni couple at the Changing Lives Campaign Celebration.


Higgins wins Goldwater Scholarship

An undergraduate student working in Dr. Lisa Freeman’s lab was one of three K-State students to win a Goldwater Scholarship this year. Michelle Higgins, a senior in nutritional sciences and biochemistry, has been working in the pharmacology program, looking for proof of concept by performing immunohistochemistry on prostate tumor sections in treated mice.

“Michelle is continuing work on prostate cancer that was started as summer research at KU in my laboratory,” said Dr. Freeman, associate dean of research and associate vice president of innovation for the K-State Olathe Innovation Campus. “Even at this stage, it is clear that she is a careful and thoughtful scientist who works well independently.”

“It has been wonderful working with Dr. Freeman, Suhasini Ganta and Joel Sanneman,” Michelle said. "They made it easy for me to transfer my research here and get set up using their lab space and the COBRE confocal microscopy core facility. Dr. Freeman also helped me win an Undergraduate Cancer Research Award through the Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research. I am very happy and excited to be working here.

“The Goldwater scholarship will fund my last year of college tuition, books, fees, and room and board, thereby freeing me to focus on my schoolwork and research without worrying about my living expenses. Finally, winning this scholarship distinguishes me from other students in my field. Thus, I am a more competitive applicant for future opportunities, as a student seeking entrance to graduate school pharmacology programs and as a scientist.”


Michelle Higgins, Goldwater Scholarship winner
Michelle Higgins, a 2008 Goldwater Scholar, cuts prostate
tissue sections at a cryostat machine for immunostaining later. She works in Dr. Lisa Freeman’s lab.


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Letter from Afghanistan

Dear KSU CVM students and staff,

Hello, my name is Rance P. Erwin, DVM. I am a 2002 K-State CVM graduate. I married a fellow classmate (Laura E. Erwin, formerly Laura E. Mages) and we now live and work in and around her home town of Ottawa, Kan. We moved back to Ottawa a few years ago to join her family’s mixed animal practice and to start a family of our own. It is a small world because her father (Larry E. Mages, DVM) graduated with my father (Phillip V Erwin, DVM) from the CVM back in 1972. I was an active duty Army veterinarian from 2002-2005. Now, I am in the Army reserves as a veterinarian and deployed to Southeast Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Between the Army reserves, working in the “family practice,” doing relief veterinary work in the southern Kansas City area and chasing our 16-month-old son, Cole, around, time goes right on by.

It is hard to believe Laura and I have been out of veterinary school for six years already. It is already time for another graduating class to go out and start their professional careers. I just wanted to write you all today and say good luck! Keep your mind open to different job possibilities! There are a lot of different jobs/opportunities for veterinarians, both traditional and nontraditional (private practice, academia, military, USDA, State, pharmaceutical industry, pet nutrition industry, research and veterinary relief work). Do not be afraid to take a different or an unusual career path. For you underclassmen, your time is approaching. It is never too early to start looking to see which career path may be best for you. Study all the different species with your full attention; you may be surprised with the different species you encounter when you graduate!

In the Army Reserve Veterinary Corps in Afghanistan, we have mainly four missions. We take care of all of the Military Working Dogs (MWDs), Civilian Contract Working Dogs (CWDs) and all of the Coalition Forces Working Dogs. All of these working dogs detect bombs and other explosives and most are patrol certified. A few are even certified to detect drugs and other illegal substances. I currently take care of over 100 working dogs here on and around Kandahar Air Field (KAF), Afghanistan. Our second mission is food inspection and security. We ensure that our soldiers are consuming safe food when they eat at the various dining facilities (DFACs). The third mission we have is to provide preventive medicine support to all supported elements. We help develop and implement programs/procedures to decrease or eliminate the threat of diseases like rabies, leishmaniasis, tick-borne diseases, roundworm transmission, brucellosis, malaria and sarcoptic mange that are common in Afghanistan and other deployment areas of the world. The fourth mission we have is to stimulate the local agricultural community with any veterinary assistance we can provide. Thanks for your time and good luck with the career path you choose!

Rance P. Erwin, CPT
VC Kandahar Air Field


Dr. Rance P. Erwin
Capt. Rance P. Erwin, DVM 2002, in Afghanistan shows one
of the Military Working Dogs (MWDs) he helps care for.

Capt. Erwin with some local children
Capt. Erwin visits with some Afghan children.

  SCAVMA Update: Wrapping up another busy semester!

Nikki DudleyI’m sure everyone is looking forward to wrapping up classes for the year. I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you as your SCAVMA President. Chris Potanas is your new SCAVMA president, and has many exciting things in store for next year.

To recap the past year, we had many great speakers and events: In August, SCAVMA was involved with freshman orientation. September was busy with World Rabies Day and a meeting with Graduate Leverage, as well as hosting a resident/intern panel to answer student questions. In October, Jim Humphreys from the Veterinary News Network shared tips on client communication. November brought our first-ever SCAVMA Movie Night and Dr. Mike Groves gave us a glimpse of the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. In December, Jana Davidson from the AVMA-GHLIT shared stories about insurance needs.

In January, the 2nd Annual SCAVMA Talent Show was held in Forum Hall. In February, Dr. Sara Mills spoke about family issues in veterinary medicine and Dr. Peddie shared some stories from his Hollywood Veterinary career. In March, Dr. Lila Miller spoke about animal welfare and shelter medicine from her experience with the NYC ASPCA. In April, our very own Dr. Dan Thomson shared stories about career risk management, plus we hosted the Quiz Bowl at Kind Hearts, Caring Hands Day, Cow Pie Lotto at Open House and End-of-the-Year BBQ with the Kiss the Pig contest to raise money for the Josh Project.

The SCAVMA Board has worked very hard to bring you these events and deserves your appreciation! I hope you enjoyed the meetings and fun events throughout the year. Thanks for your participation (and for eating the free food). Good luck with your summer plans for the first & second years; third years, have fun in the clinics; and fourth years, enjoy life after veterinary school!



Nicolette Dudley, Class of 2009
SCAVMA President


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Dr. KuKanich gets his goat

The annual SCAVMA barbecue and pig kissing ‘contest’ was held in April. This year, Dr. Butch KuKanich, assistant professor in pharmacology, won the right to kiss the pig, but an unusual pair of substitute specimens was offered to test his puckering ability.

Barbecue attendees
Nice weather prompts a large turnout for the barbecue.


Dr. Butch KuKanich kisses a goat
Sources claim this animal is an authentic pig. Documentation was presented, so Dr. Butch KuKanich quickly pressed into action.

Girls with goats
The pair of 'pigs' receive love from the students too.

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Genesis to Necrosis Tour 2008 hits Manhattan

Vet Med rockers
A traveling band of veterinarians from Oklahoma State University makes the CVM part of their whirlwind world tour. The audience was treated to pizza and classic rockers, such as "Vet School Prison Blues" and "Pretty Lesion," performed to the more familiar melodies of "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Pretty Woman."

  Song about thrombosis


Guitar player  

Under the Microscope: Gary Morgan
Interim Associate Director of Facilities

Gary Morgan

Place of birth: Manhattan

Beaker graphicFamily: Wife, daughter, son-in-law, grandson, mom, dad, brother — all in Manhattan 

Pets: Two kitties

Favorite  smell: Fresh baked bread

Three words that describe you: Quiet, responsible, Opa!

If you could spend a day with any famous person, who would you choose? Bill Gates ... he must have a lot of cool toys

Where in the world would you most like to visit? Germany

Favorite breakfast food: If I could eat it ... bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.

Best purchase you’ve ever made: My home in the country

If you could run any company, which would you choose? Harley Davidson



Check it Out at the Library: Emergency pet plans

by Carol Elmore

Carol Elmore

An emergency plan for elderly relatives was discussed previously in this column, but another family member who needs special attention in disaster planning is the family pet. Tornados, a frequent threat in Kansas, necessitate that special considerations be made for family pets in disaster plans.

Keeping emergency supplies on hand is important. Things to include for pets are a supply of food, a manual can opener, if food is canned, and water. Extra leashes, litter boxes, litter, toys and bedding should also be included with emergency supplies. A photograph and animal description placed with supplies could aid in identification if a pet became separated from the family.

Copies of veterinary records, especially vaccinations or special health requirements, and an extra supply of medicines the pet needs can be stored with family records and would also be useful in case of an emergency. It is good to make sure pets have identification tags or electronically implanted chips, as these may aid in their return after a disaster.

Since the behavior of animals sometimes changes dramatically after a tornado, special attention should be made for keeping animals in secure enclosures such as carriers. Many Red Cross shelters don’t permit animals, so contingency plans should be considered for where the family animals might be taken after a disaster. Having a list of hotels that are willing to house pets or would be willing to waive their no pet policy in case of a disaster could be helpful.

Also, if the family leaves their house thinking they will be gone only a short time during a tornado warning, it may be best to take the pets along in case the threat turns into a full-fledged disaster, as going home to retrieve animals might not be possible. Updated information on planning for animals and disasters is available at the National Library of Medicine’s Web site: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/tornados.html.



CVM News Ticker

Dr. Jim Lillich presented in San Diego at the Experimental Biology Conference on April 6.

Dr. Doug Powell has been quoted by several media sources lately, including the Des Moines Register, Ottawa Citizen, Globe and Mail, KH1 News Service and icWales. Hot topics include restaurant inspection standards in Kansas, tips and trends for American Express restaurant merchants and buying produce. Get the latest scoop on food safety at the Barfblog: barfblog.foodsafety.ksu.edu.

CVM has strong presence at AVC meeting

K-State and the CVM were represented well this year at the Academy of Veterinary Consultants’ (AVC) spring meeting, held April 5-6 in Omaha, Neb.

The Doug Armstrong memorial scholarship, awarded annually to a graduate student for excellence in beef cattle clinical research, was awarded to Dr. Jason Nickell. This is the second year in a row for the scholarship to be awarded to a K-State student.

Three graduate students presented research findings to the AVC membership: Mr. Abram Babcock, Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek and Dr. Jason Nickell.

K-State faculty were also very involved in the meeting. Drs. Dan Thomson, Mike Sanderson and Brad White each gave presentations to the larger group.

K-State was also well-represented in the leadership of the AVC, as the outgoing president Dr. Tom Edwards
(K-State 1995) handed the gavel to incoming president Dr. Bob Larson, professor of production medicine. Dr. Kelly Lechtenberg (K-State 1987) is serving as vice-president this year and is set to become president next year.

Dr. Bob Larson said, “The informal feedback and hallway discussions made it clear that the quality and quantity of work from K-State was noticed and appreciated by practitioners and faculty from across the country.


  Calling all veterinary artists!

Painter graphicThe Artistry and Veterinary Medicine Show, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Southern Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, is inviting veterinarians worldwide to submit artwork for a juried show to benefit the Valley Fever Companion Animal fund.

Visit the www.vetart.org for entry forms. Entries are due Aug. 1, 2008.

The show can be viewed Nov. 4, 2008-Jan. 30, 2009 in Tucson, Ariz. Interested veterinary artists are asked to contact Maggie Pearson by phone: 520-271-8720.

The Art Show was formed as a vehicle to raise funds and public awareness for Valley Fever and to facilitate nonclinical interactions between veterinarians and the public. Valley Fever is a debilitating fungal disease that affects both humans and animals, primarily in the arid Southwest and California. Companion animals are most often affected by this disease. The Valley Fever companion animal fund is used for supporting clinical research in treatment and diagnosis of this devastating disease.


  New Arrivals

Hyoung Mi Kim - A&P
Angela Sloan - DM/P-VDL
Wenjun Ma - DM/P

  Recent Departures

Jennifer Sands - DM/P-VDL
Carly Shumaker



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