The official newsletter
for the faculty, staff and students of
of Veterinary Medicine
July 2008 - Vol. 3
recognition for Dr. Wilkerson
Hail and other
surprises check in at June conference
Under the weather:
Tornado hits Manhattan
New Interns take their turn
it Out at the
Planet Earth series on video
Joe Nisil, Computer Information Specialist
Where’s the Beef? Right here
Morris Animal Foundation picks Montgomery for
Version of this Issue
She flashes a smile when talking about her career.
Dr. Melinda Wilkerson
obviously enjoys the challenges of wearing several proverbial hats. In
June, she was named Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year as
awarded by the Association of Women Veterinarians Foundation.
“I have a multitasked
position,” said Dr. Wilkerson, interim associate dean of academic
programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine. “I’m a veterinary
pathologist by training and am board certified in pathology and clinical
pathology. Since I’ve been at K-State more than 11 years, I’ve helped
the Flow Cytometry/Clinical Immunology Lab to grow in its service
capability. I also teach veterinary immunology and work in the dean’s
office, so service, teaching, research, and administration — I think all
of that is being recognized through this award.”
Dr. Wilkerson was
nominated for the award by Dr. M.M. Chengappa, University Distinguished
Professor and department head for the Department of Diagnostic Medicine
and Pathobiology. He said, “I see Dr. Wilkerson as nothing less than one
of the very best all-around faculty in the country. She does everything
so well and is engaged in every aspect of academics. Among her many
accomplishments, she has brought tremendous visibility and national
recognition to the Flow Cytometry Lab that she directs. She has also
introduced several new testing procedures in the Clinical Immunology
Laboratory to augment our service capability. She deserves a lot of
credit for the excellence she has shown in her relatively young
K-State has two previous winners of this same
Dr. Lisa Freeman, associate vice president for innovation for the
K-State Olathe Innovation Campus and associate dean of research and
graduate programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine, received the
Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year award in 2002. Dr. Bonnie
Rush, department head for the Department of Clinical Sciences, received
the award in 2004.
Dr. Melinda Wilkerson shows off her
internationally renowned Flow Cytometry lab.
Dr. Wilkerson, left, hands out calling lists
to CVM students who volunteered at Telefund 2008 in February. She helps
coordinate the college’s participation in the annual fundraising event,
aside from her other teaching, research and administrative
responsibilities in the CVM.
Unexpected weather conditions added extra excitement to the 70th Annual
Conference for Veterinarians. A thunderstorm with softball-sized hail
hit Manhattan on the second day of the conference, but failed to dampen
spirits. This year’s conference featured a magical kickoff, some
surprises at the KVMA luncheon and Heritage Evening Banquet, and healthy
doses of continuing education for the hundreds of veterinarians in
Dr. Beth Davis, front, demonstrates proper use
of ultrasound during a Wet Lab in Mosier Hall.
AVMA President Dr. Greg Hammer, DVM 1973,
presents a President’s Award to his mentor, Dr. John Noordsy, DVM 1946.
This poster shows attendees where Dykstra Hall
got its name. It is one of nine K-State buildings/facilities named in honor of
veterinary faculty and/or graduates.
Dr. William Brown presents the 2008 Class
Initiative Award to Dr. Dallas Nelson, representing the class of 1953,
and Dr. Clifford Noffsinger, representing the class of 1963, while Dean
Richardson looks on.
Dean Ralph Richardson opens the conference
with highlights on the CVM’s activities from June 2007-June 2008.
Dr. Tim Yoder, DVM 1988, proves how big the
hail is at the scholarship golf tournament.
Dr. Dick Oberst tells how practitioners can
implement molecular diagnostics in a Wet Lab at the Biosecurity Research
Dr. Amy Rankin, far right, explains how to use
an instrument for a canine eye examination.
Dr. Christen Skaer, class of 1999, receives a
surprise by being named the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association
Veterinarian of the Year, as presented by her father
Dr. William Skaer,
class of 1969. They work together at the Skaer Veterinary Clinic in
Dr. Brown presents the Distinguished Alumnus
Award to Dr. Jack Judy, with his wife Nan, and the E.R. Frank Award to
Dr. George Kennedy.
includes extra photos
More than 100 students and staff with their families and
pets took shelter in the basement of Trotter Hall on the night of June
11. A tornado plowed through residential areas on the west side of
Manhattan, destroyed businesses along Seth Child Road and twisted
through the K-State campus leaving a path of destruction along the way.
No lives were lost, though many were touched. Some of our CVM colleagues
have shared pictures showing damage in their own backyards and
Dr. Jianfa Bai shared this picture of the area
around Peachtree Circle.
Another view of Dr. Bai's neighborhood, which
shows how lucky he and his family were to have only sustained minor
damage on their home.
A picture from campus taken by Dr. Michael
Dryden. This is part of the Wind Erosion Lab.
Students, some with pets, take shelter in the
basement hallway between Mosier and Trotter halls.
A piercing example of the power of a tornado
(submitted by Dr. Mike Dryden).
More than 100 students took shelter in the
Trotter Hall basement while the storm passed overhead.
This is a house in the Amherst Neighborhood,
near where Kristan Pippin lives.
Dr. David Poole's son, Conner, right, 'shoots'
hoops with friend Scott Hahn.
A view of Dr. Poole's house after the storm.
"Wildwood Lane fully lived up to its name that night. The trees groaning
and ripping from the earth made the tornado grunt like some massive
beast in pain. Huge branches and tree trunks were swirling around
horizontally those released from the rotating column came crashing down
through the treed canopy right in front of us. At that point Connor and
I beat a hasty and, we felt, a prudent retreat into the house and
downstairs. A moment later the building shuddered and what sounded like
a sonic boom of pressure blasted our eardrums as the tornado passed over
and around us. An eerie silence followed."
These are some personal items found among the
tornado debris scattered on campus and turned in by CVM staffers.
Findings are being collected at the UFM House as a central location
where tornado victims can look for lost personal items.
The VMTH welcomes the incoming class of clinical interns
who arrived on campus in June. They are (left to right)
Dr. Imma Roquet, Dr. Nicole Belair, Dr. Diana Burr,
Dr. Travis Wodiske, Dr. Catherine Rivara and Dr. Judilee Marrow.
bonus story and photos
Animal health has
entered a new arena at K-State. The newly initiated Beef Cattle
Institute hosted the first International Symposium on Beef Cattle
Welfare May 28-30 at the Kansas State University campus.
The Symposium drew more than 700 participants, both
in local attendance and through worldwide viewing via live webcasts at
feedlots, veterinary practices, veterinary colleges and other locations.
More than 20 U.S. and international speakers — experts in cattle welfare
— covered numerous welfare, animal health, regulatory issues and other
Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Production
Medicine and Epidemiology and director of the Beef Cattle Institute,
said, “The beef industry is perceived as being on the leading edge of
animal welfare in the livestock industry. The producers who were there
were proud of the job they are doing with welfare and they want to
continue to improve and make our industry more open to the public. We
also agree we need to condemn any in our industry who do not use proper
The purpose of the Beef Cattle Institute,
established in August 2007, is to create a collaborative environment at
Kansas State University to tackle today's and tomorrow’s issues facing
the beef industry through education, research and outreach.
Dr. Dan Thomson kicks off the first
International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare.
The cattle handling group poses with a young
volunteer Clayton Duft. Behind, from left to right, is Dr. Tom
Noffsinger, Dr. Lynn Locatelli, Curt Pate and Clint Hoss.
Place of birth:
I come from a family of 7 kids, so I learned early on how to
fend for myself.
Cats Elroy and Serena, the best companions you could ask
for. (Except when they wake me up at 4 a.m., and I don't have
to go to work!)
What is your favorite part of
celebrating Independence Day?
Being with family and all the FOOD! We go to Sundown Salute
every year and enjoy the community we live in, and our
Do you have collectibles and if so,
what is your biggest collection made up of?
I have a very large collection of 12" G.I. Joes. I have
collected them for many years. My grandson always complains
because I won’t take them out of the box and play with them.
What has surprised you the most about
being an employee in the College of Veterinary Medicine?
I have been very lucky to have had great supervisors and
mentors here at CVM. I came over from main campus where I
worked as a photographer for Photo Services. When the Web
was becoming a major factor in education, I was lucky enough
to have Wayne Michaels teach me Web and Linda Johnson let me
grow as an employee. I have been surprised at how much the
Web has grown and all the technologies now used in
What did you do on your most
memorable summer vacation?
I have many memorable summer vacations with my family,
whether we were camping in New Hampshire or spending the
summers on Cape Cod. My most memorable was the last time we
were all together as a family, knowing my sister was sick
with breast cancer. Trying to get seven brothers and sisters
together with our families wasn't an easy task, but we did
it. We made the most of it. We went to the beach; we BBQ’d;
we did a lot of talking. It was just great being all
together and sharing our memories and laughing.
Name something you keep or something
you do for good luck:
I keep my sister’s breast cancer ribbon pin. It was given to
me by her just before she passed away.
Describe a time you surprised
yourself at being able to do something:
One time I surprised myself was being able to rappel out of
helicopters! I have a fear of heights, but the rappelling
was a chance to push my personal limits. I have also
surprised myself by going back into DJing on weekends, and
being able to keep up with music the kids like!
If you could be an animal in the next
life, what would you be and why?
I want to be a spoiled house cat! I've seen their life and I
want to be able to sleep all day and play all night.
Over the summer months, I will be featuring some highly
recommended books, DVD’s and CD’s that we have at the
Veterinary Medical Library. “Planet Earth: As You’ve Never
Seen it Before,” a BBC Video, is a very popular item. Our
set is the original documentary series narrated by David
Attenborough and produced by Alastair Fothergill. It was
first broadcast in the United Kingdom in 2006. The U.S.
version narrated by Sigourney Weaver was broadcast in 2007
by the Discovery Channel. Currently the library has the BBC
version but due to the popularity of the series we have
recently ordered the American version.
The library also has the book based on the original
photography published by the University of California Press.
The filming of the series took 40 cameramen more than five years
visiting 62 countries for a cost of $25 million. Most of the
footage was filmed on high-definition video. Places shown on
film are those seldom seen.
The series is organized by ecosystems and includes
mountains, fresh water, caves, deserts, ice worlds, great
plains, jungles, shallow seas, seasonal forests, and ocean
deep. Also included are three sections on conservation
issues surrounding species and environments which discuss
actualities of our present world as well as future
possibilities relating to these issues.
The American series has a behind-the-scenes section on the
equipment, technology and danger that went into the making
of the series. The photography of the series is truly
spectacular with many aerial views, deep earth views, and
underwater scenes that may never again be filmed. Because of
the series’ true depictions of nature, some scenes have some
potentially disturbing content and might not be appropriate
for small children. Generally the series is appropriate for
family viewing and watching the series would be a great
Congratulations Dr. Ralph
Richardson! The K-State Provost’s office announced June 19 that
Dr. Richardson will be reappointed for another five-year term as dean.
Dr. Vanessa Clark
presented a poster entitled “Structural Characterization and Partial
Sequence of the Feline Glucokinase Gene” at the Annual Forum of the
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in San Antonio, Texas,
held in early June.
Michael Walsh, class of
2011, tied for second place in the J. Fred Smithcors Student Veterinary
History Essay Contest for 2008.
Lalitha Peddireddi, Ph.D.
student in Dr. Roman Ganta’s laboratory in DM/P, was selected to attend
the 2008 Robert J. Kadner Institute for Graduate Students and
Postdoctoral Students in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology. Kadner
Institute is managed by American Society for Microbiology (ASM). The
meeting will be held at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Dr. Mark Weiss
participated with Brad Kemp, executive director of Community Bridge, in
a radio program that won first place from the Kansas Association of
Broadcasters for the 2008 public affairs
programming category. “The Kansas Stem Cell Debate,” was a discussion about stem cell
Dr. Dan Thomson
presented to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association BQA State
Coordinators Meeting June 11 in Kansas City, Kan. Topic: Training
martial for feedlot workers.
class of 2009, is among 43
veterinary students worldwide selected for the Morris Animal
Foundation's Veterinary Student Scholars Program.
The scholars program provides an opportunity to
become involved in research that enhances the health and welfare of
companion animals and wildlife.
As a scholar, Megan will receive a $5,000 stipend to participate in
a short-term clinical or basic veterinary research project under the
guidance of an experienced researcher.
Megan’s project is evaluating the oral bioavailability of terbinafine in horses and in some dogs. Terbinafine is an antifungal
drug used for nail fungus infections in humans. Her faculty mentor for
the project is Dr. Butch KuKanich, assistant professor of anatomy and
She also is invited to attend the Morris Animal Foundation’s 2009
annual meeting in Colorado, where her project will be reviewed by the
foundation’s scientific advisory boards.
“Pet owners are looking for more advanced health care for their pets,
but the number of veterinary students choosing research careers is
decreasing significantly,” said Dr. Patricia N. Olson, veterinarian and president and chief executive officer of the Morris Animal
Foundation. “We also hope these grants will encourage veterinary
students to pursue research careers that will make a critical difference
to the future of animal health for our pets and the world's wildlife.”
Megan said her research project fits with her career plans.
“After earning my DVM, I am hoping
to go into equine practice,” she said. “I chose veterinary medicine
because I grew up with horses and other pets, and have wanted to
have a career working with animals since I was very young. It is a very
exciting and rewarding profession and I am looking forward to becoming a
part of it.”
Megan earned a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences and industry
from K-State in 2006. As an undergraduate, she was a member of K-State’s
equestrian team. She currently is active with the
university’s student chapter of the American Association of Equine
Practitioners/Equine Club, Theriogenology Club and the student chapter
of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Megan Montgomery, class of 2010, shown with
her horse Vi. Megan was a member of K-State’s equestrian team while she
was an undergraduate.
Amy Burklund - DM/P-VDL
Brenda L. Mayberry - DM/P-VDL
Jennifer l. Hill - VDL
Kyathanahalli Janardhan - DM/P-VDL
Mika Doornbos - VDL
Bonto Faburay - DM/P
Ying Wang - DM/P
Kristen Schweitzer - DM/P-VDL
Michael Dinwiddie - DM/P-VDL
Donald Robertson - DM/P
Kishore Das - DM/P
Mark Minihan - Dean’s Office - ARF
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