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August 2008 - Vol. 3 No. 7


Top Stories

New Orleans sceneBig Easy sees purple
How many K-Staters does it take to turn New Orleans purple and why?
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Departed friends
CVM honors two alumni at AVMA reception
Meet the honorees

Beefing up research
Epitopix’s $135,000 gift funds Ph.D. student for Dr. Thomson
Click here to learn about the gift

Beverly Richardson heads AVMA Auxiliary

Farewell to the Carters

VMTH welcomes new residents

2nd Annual Veterinary Conference for Care of Llamas and Alpacas

Regular Features

Check it Out at the Library
Animals in Society suggestions

Brenda MayberryUnder the Microscope:
Brenda Mayberry, Senior Administrative Assistant, DM/P

CVM News Ticker

New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Lifelines back issues


  FountainBonus logobonus stories*

Fountain babbles in Whispering Garden

Second Annual CVC Symposium Planned: One Medicine: One Health


Printable PDF Version of this Issue


Big CVM presence at AVMA Convention in the ‘Big Easy’

This July, the second most widely seen symbol in New Orleans may have been the Powercat. The fleur-de-lis (or iris) is the city’s official symbol (and can be seen on the helmets of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints football team), but during the AVMA Conference, the Powercat was a common sight, thanks to the presence of a strong contingent of K-State veterinarians who attended the conference.

Drs. Dan Thomson, Mike Sanderson, Hans Coetzee and Bob Larson were among those K-Staters who were presenting research or giving presentations during the convention.

Beverly Richardson, wife of Dean Ralph Richardson, was installed as the president of the Auxiliary of the AVMA.

Dr. Melinda Wilkerson was officially recognized as the Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year.

Dr. Cathy Hanlon was interviewed on AVMA TV in regards to rabies preparedness for clients and veterinarians. Mylissia Stukey gave a presentation about World Rabies Day.

The Alumni and Development Office coordinated a K-State alumni reception and presented awards to two of our distinguished alumni (see story following), as well as attended a conference for fundraising and alumni relations at veterinary colleges.

The convention ran from July 18-23. Next year’s convention will be in Seattle.


New Orleans French Quarter
Narrow streets and ornate balconies line the French quarter in New Orleans.
Auxiliary to the AVMA installs Richardson as president

Beverly Richardson, wife of Dean Ralph Richardson, was sworn in as the new president of the Auxiliary to the AVMA during the AVMA Convention.

“My theme this year is, ‘From Vision to Reality,’” Beverly Richardson said. “The Auxiliary to the AVMA has previously been very effective in its support of the veterinary profession, but most recently, it has experienced a decline in membership. After seeking advice from organizational leaders, the Auxiliary has learned that social sector organizations need to reinvent themselves every 10 years in order to be applicable to the changing social environment. My goal for this year is to set in motion a process of redefining our mission. I am excited about working with many wonderful Auxiliary members from across the country and hope that we can build a team that will move us toward a new purpose and passion as we serve our organization and promote the veterinary profession.”


Beverly Richardson, center, with Auxiliary members
Beverly Richardson, center, receives congratulations from Auxiliary members Dot Sink, left, and Barbara Strahm.
  CVM honors two alumni at AVMA reception

Posthumous honors were the order of the evening at the July 21 alumni reception in New Orleans. The CVM presented alumni recognition awards to two distinguished alumni: Dr. Arnold S. “Rosy” Rosenwald, and Col. Cliff L. Walker, DVM.

The reception welcomed some special guests; several of Col. Walker’s colleagues in the Army Veterinary Corps.

Col. Walker received his DVM from K-State in 1982. His assignments included Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Kolding Denmark; Vicenza, Italy; the Great Plains Regional Veterinary Command; Coalition Forces Land Component Command Veterinarian, CENTCOM; and commander of the United States Army Veterinary Command. He died in May 2007.

Dr. Rosenwald was extension poultry pathologist emeritus at the University of California-Davis. He completed his DVM at Kansas State University in 1936. In 1946, he joined the University of California as its first extension poultry veterinarian, initiating the Extension Poultry Disease Program. Dr. Rosenwald served at Berkeley for four years and then moved to Davis until retirement in 1977. During his career he emphasized the importance of poultry veterinary medicine. He died in January 2008.

Army veterinarians show support for Col. Walker's family
Members of VetCom, the Army Veterinary Command, and
other colleagues and friends of Col. Walker show appreciation
for their late comrade during the alumni tribute ceremony.


Walker family
Mette Walker, far right, speaks about her late husband,
Col. Cliff Walker, who was honored with an alumni recognition award at the AVMA Convention in New Orleans. Dean Richardson presented the award and accompanies the Walker’s children (right to left) Thor, Hannah and Meredith Harrell, who attends veterinary school at Texas A&M.

 Dr. Chin accepts Dr. Rosenwald award
Dr. Richard P. Chin, associate professor at UC Davis, accepts the award on behalf of Dr. Rosenwald.

  Epitopix’s $135,000 gift beefs up research
Dr. Thomson’s program directs Ph.D. funds to Dr. Wileman

More beef is being added to Dr. Dan Thomson’s program, thanks to Epitopix LLC, Willmar, Minn., who recently made a commitment of $135,000 to establish the Epitopix Excellence Fund.

This fund supports the salary of Dr. Ben Wileman toward the completion of his Ph.D. program under the direction of
Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology and co-director of the Beef Cattle Institute.

Epitopix is a private company that specializes in the discovery and development of original veterinary vaccines to improve animal health and food safety.

Dr. Ben Wileman
Dr. Ben Wileman

“We have been absolutely thrilled with the professionalism and enthusiasm of the KSU academic team,” said Jim Sandstrom, a DVM and general manager of Epitopix. “Dr. Thomson caught a vision for what he could do to further develop our SRP® technology at K-State, and he jumped into the driver’s seat and hit the pedal.”

“Epitopix and our research group have been in a great partnership for more than five years,”
Dr. Thomson said. “We look forward to advancing SRP technology to improve the health and well-being of cattle while decreasing the risk of food-borne pathogens in beef products.”

Dr. Wileman said, “My interest is in looking at total life cycle management of beef cattle to prevent disease, to improve health and performance and to improve food safety.”

Dr. Wileman is a South Dakota native who did his undergraduate work at South Dakota State University in biology and received his DVM from Iowa State University in 2005. He came to K-State in January 2008 to work on his doctorate in diagnostic medicine and pathobiology.

“This gift goes above and beyond typical industry-sponsored research,” said Dean Ralph Richardson. “By providing support for Dr. Wileman’s graduate studies, it represents a commitment to advanced-level veterinary education and an investment in the future of veterinary research.”


  A welcome addition
New residents arrive at the VMTH in July

Left to right, front row: Karen Brenner, Abbi Granger, Karie Vander Wert and Marjolaine Rousseau. Second row: Mariana Crumley, Emily Olson and Maria Sardoy. Third row: Bill Crumley, Marcos Unis, Steven Baker and Amy Armentrout.


New residents for the VMTH

  2nd Annual Veterinary Conference for Care of Llamas and Alpacas
Thursday and Friday, August 14 and 15, 2008

Back by popular demand! The first day of this conference will provide up-to-date information regarding de-worming, vaccination, nutrition, and herd management of alpacas and llamas.

We will also discuss tips for on-farm procedures and a variety of medical and surgical problems of neonates and adults. The second day of this conference will focus on breeding and reproduction.

Detailed information will be presented on management of breeding adults, selection of replacement stock, evaluation of breeding soundness, pregnancy diagnosis, plus a variety of medical and surgical problems of reproduction. For a schedule, more information and a special K-State student, faculty and staff registration form go to: https://ww2.vet.k-state.edu/ Intranet/ce/pdf/2008/ Camelid2008.pdf.

See Linda or Marci at VMCE, 1 Trotter Hall to register.



Carters say goodbye to the CVM

The CVM held a farewell party for Drs. Bart and Mary Wight-Carter July 16. While at K-State, Dr. Bart Carter served as the CVM’s laboratory animal veterinarian and director of its Animal Resources Facility. Dr. Mary Wight-Carter was a pathologist in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/ Pathobiology. Bart accepted a very prestigious position with the University of Texas Medical School, Southwest in Dallas.

Dr. Bart Carter and Dr. Michael Kenney
Dr. Bart Carter, left, reminisces with Dr. Michael Kenney. A caricature of Bart is projected on the screen behind them.


Farewell cake
A farewell cake extends best wishes to the Carters!

Dr. Melinda Wilkerson and Dr. Mary Wight-Carter
Dr. Melinda Wilkerson, left, asks Dr. Mary Wight-Carter about the Carters' future plans.

  Bonus logo*bonus photo feature

New fountain babbles in Whispering Garden

Although not finished yet, there is a new addition to the Whispering Garden between Mosier Hall and Trotter Hall. Please stop by and check it out.

Fountain construction workers

Concrete pad


New fountain in Whispering Garden  
  Bonus logo* bonus story

(submitted by Pam Sharitz-Tesch, communications specialist for the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute)

Second Annual CVC Symposium Planned: One Medicine: One Health

Avian Flu… West Nile Virus…Mad Cow Disease… are zoonotic diseases with the potential to adversely affect human health, animal health, the food supply, and the economy. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 75 percent of recent emerging infectious diseases had an animal origin. Today, people along with animals--pets, strays, wildlife, food animals — are more mobile than ever. Our combined mobility increases the opportunity to spread disease, broadly and rapidly.  Because of the increased vulnerability for zoonotic disease, the CDC is encouraging researchers in human and animal health to work together. Simply stated, to keep humans healthy, animals must be healthy and the caretakers of the animals and people need to foster communication and collaboration.

Second Annual CVC Symposium addresses One Medicine:  One Health

The Kansas City region is doing its part to promote the One Medicine concept. Capitalizing on the opportunity to broaden the reach of “One Medicine” to animal health practitioners visiting Kansas City for the Central Veterinary Conference (CVC), Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) and the veterinary schools of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Kansas State University will offer a free research symposium — “One Medicine: One Health.” Held on Monday, August 25th, members of the medical, veterinary, and public health community, are invited to attend the half-day symposium. Attendees to the Central Veterinary Conference are also welcome to attend. You need not be registered for the CVC to attend.

One Medicine: One Health, moderated by Larry R. Anderson, DVM, MD, features national and regional experts who will discuss the relationship between animal and human health. “Working with K-State and MU faculty—both have schools of public health and veterinary medicine—One Medicine: One Health supports both the medical and the veterinary community. We are very fortunate to have within our region, Dr. Larry Anderson who brings a unique perspective as both a veterinarian and a family practice physician, seeing patients that range from newborn to geriatrics, ” said Dr. Bill Duncan, president, Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute. “Larry Anderson will be available to connect the dots as he moderates the question and answer periods throughout the day.”

National speakers include Dr. Lisa Conti, Director, Division of Environmental Health Florida State Health Department and luncheon keynote by Dr. David E. Swayne, of the USDA’s Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory. Regional speakers include: Drs. David G. Renter and Ludek Zurek, from K-State and Drs. John R. Middleton and Jeff W. Tyler, from MU.

Free symposium, but registration is necessary for lunch

The August 25 symposium and formal luncheon are free, but registration is required for lunch. 

“Last year’s symposium was standing room only. We have a much larger room this year, be we want to use it. However, we do need a firm commitment for our formal luncheon featuring, USDA’s David E. Swayne, DMV, Ph.D., DACVP, DACPV, who will speak on Fighting Bird Flu for One Medicine, One Health. We encouraging guests to register to ensure a seat,” added Dr. Duncan.  

Moderator, Larry R. Anderson, DVM, MD, will kick off the day at begins at 8:30 a.m. and is followed by a formal luncheon “Fighting Bird Flu for One Medicine, One Health” by keynote speaker, David E. Swayne, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, CADPV, Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, Center Director for the USDA.





What is “One Medicine?” 

The term “one medicine” was coined in 1960 by Calvin Schwabe, a University of California veterinary scientist and epidemiologist. The concept of One Medicine: One Health is for veterinarians and their colleagues in human medicine to collaborate in addressing dangerous zoonotic diseases, keeping both humans and animals healthy.      

To further convey the importance of the “One Medicine:  One Health” concept, symposium  speaker, Lisa Conti, DVM, explained, “The recently passed AMA and AVMA resolutions urgently call for physicians and veterinarians to work closely together not just in public health but in clinical settings as well. If controlling zoonotic and other environmental diseases is to be improved, greater communication and collaboration between veterinarians, physicians, and public health officials at the local level are needed.”

The symposium is free of charge, but registration is necessary to secure a seat for the formal luncheon.  Register today at: www.kclifesciencesday.org









  Under the Microscope: Brenda Mayberry, Senior Administrative Assistant, DM/P

Brenda Mayberry

Place of birth: Belleville, Kan.

Family information:
Grew up in a house of boys - not only my birth brothers, but all their friends. Both of my parents have died, but I have a beloved aunt that I check on who lives in Nebraska.

No pets. The apartment complex where I live does not allow for pets, although I love to pet sit — I am just like a grandma of human babies — love to visit and spoil them with attention then leave.

Favorite summer activity:  
I love to go swimming, go walking, do gardening and go to the Arts in the Parks Series — especially the Jazz concert!

If you were to start your own business, what would you enjoy selling? 
I love to cook, so I would start a catering business. I’ve been talking about that with Shon at lunch time. Although I don’t think I am as good a cook as she is.

beaker graphicAs a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a writer and musician. I do the writing, but am not a novelist — just stuff that amuses me. I play a clarinet, but only for personal pleasure — nothing in public. Music is, in my opinion, the language of the soul in many respects. Writers got my attention because my dad was an avid reader — I mean he read James Michener novels in no time at all. So I suspect I got my interest to be a writer from him.

Best movie you’ve seen: 
One movie that is quite entertaining and educational and for the whole family is “Happy Feet.” Another one which is more serious in nature but quite thought provoking is “Good Night & Good Luck” about Edward R. Murrow. Haven’t had a chance to indulge in this activity yet this summer.

What is your dream vehicle?
My dream vehicle would run on electricity and vegetable oil — perhaps used fast food oil and get great mileage. As far as make or model - that would depend on the automakers who finally come to the realization that we all don’t want to drive gas guzzlers. Until that happens I would be happy to get an electric hybrid car, or keep driving my little ol’ car that gets good gas mileage.



Check it Out at the Library: Animals in Society suggestions

by Carol Elmore

Carol Elmore

Many of us forget about all the helpful books and materials in the Animals in Society collection. As part of my series on recommended books, I asked Mary Girard, manager of Library Services and Collections, about items she would recommend from our collection.

One book was “Living with Blind Dogs: a Resource Book and Training Guide for the Owners of Blind and Low-vision Dogs” by Caroline D. Levin (SF992.B56 L48 2003 Animals in Society). This is a comprehensive book with hints for owners of blind dogs and includes training help, suggestions for toys and games that work, ophthalmic veterinary medical information, low-vision resources, and other tips. The author has many years of experience as an ophthalmic nurse and dog trainer.

Another helpful book is “Without Regret: A Handbook for Owners of Canine Amputees” by Susan Neal (SF991 .N43 2002 Animals in Society). It deals with ways to provide a normal life for a dog with an amputation. The author stresses that dogs don’t have the emotional baggage humans carry and can often perform work and activities that they love without being affected by their amputation. Working farm dogs, for example, can still herd animals without any evidence of their disability being known to the animals being managed because of eye contact and body posture, not the number of paws being used.

Mary also recommends the many books and media in the Animals in Society collection that deal with the loss of an animal and the grieving process. The library has books for veterinarians and others to use with animal owners both adults and children who must deal with their losses.

I encourage everyone to visit the Veterinary Medical Library and explore our Animals in Society collection. Our staff is always ready to help and will provide assistance in finding materials to help with difficult situations.



CVM News Ticker

Personal notes

Jacob Biller, son of Dr. David Biller, professor of Diagnostic Imaging and Dr. Diane Mason associate clinical professor of Anesthesia, Department of Clinical Sciences, and Adam and Eric Gray. sons of Drs. Kirk and Christine Gray were part of the Manhattan Baseball Association Wildcats Under 12 AA State Championship team.
Drs. Kirk and Christine Gray are both alumni of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and owners of Cross Country Genetics. Drs. Kirk and Christine Gray are both alumni of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine (classes of 1982 and 1984, respectively) and owners of Cross Country Genetics.

2008 U12 AA State Champions. Middle front row Jacob Biller, son of Drs. David Biller and Diane Mason. First on left front row: Eric Gray, and first on left top row Adam Gray, sons of Drs. Kirk (DVM 1982) and Christine Gray (DVM 1984).
2008 U12 AA State Champions. Middle front row Jacob Biller, son of Drs. David Biller and Diane Mason. First on left front row: Eric Gray, and first on left top row Adam Gray, sons of Drs. Kirk (DVM 1982) and Christine Gray (DVM 1984).

Dr. Mike Dryden reported meeting Dr. Forris Frick, DVM 1952 and son of the Dr. E.J. Frick, the legendary former head of the CVM’s Surgery and Medicine Department. Dr. Dryden holds the E.J. Frick Professorship in Veterinary Medicine. On his way to speak at the World Veterinary Congress in Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Dryden, stopped to give a presentation for the Portland, Ore., VMA meeting. Dr. Frick said he had not been to a Portland VMA meeting in years and had someone bring him so he could meet Dr. Dryden.

“Dr. Frick said he was so happy that I had his dad's professorship,” Dr. Dryden said. “He was so gracious. I tell you I was truly touched.”


Dr. Dryden and Dr. Frick
Dr. Mike Dryden, left, meets Dr. Forris Frick.

Dr. Brandon Reinbold was recently chosen a recipient of a research award from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. His was one of three proposals accepted out of 14 submissions. The approved funding for his proposal is in the amount of $8,000.

Presenters and speakers Recently published

Dr. Mike Sanderson spoke July 19-22 at the AVMA Conference in New Orleans, LA. Topic: Risk Assessment for Production Decision Makeup: Modeling BVD Risk.

Dr. Bob Larson gave a presentation on Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine: Introduction Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine: Special Considerations for Population-Based Clinical Questions at the AVMA Conference July 19-22 in New Orleans. He also spoke July 27-31 at the World Veterinary Congress in Vancouver, Canada, on BVDV in North American Beef Cow Herds; Assessing the Economic Impact of BVDV in North America; and BVDV Control Programs in North America.

Dr. Mike Apley presented at the World Veterinary Congress in Vancouver on “Selecting and understanding antimicrobial regimens in cattle. Analgesic and ancillary infectious therapy in cattle: Is there something else we should (or shouldn’t) be doing?”

Dr. Doug Powell reports several activities in late June and July, including a series of invited talks and workshops with the New Zealand Food Safety Authority, in Wellington, New Zealand; an invited presentation to the ConAgra Foods Scientific advisory committee, in Omaha, Neb. (which was conducted by video from New Zealand); a session on “Designing and evaluating the message: tips on developing messages to deliver food safety information” at Institute of Food Technologists 2008 Annual Meeting; a session on “barfblog.com: Food safety communications using a blog” also at the Institute of Food Technologists 2008 Annual Meeting; and a session on “A food safety culture and a E. coli O157:H7 vaccine Bioniche Life Sciences Inc., E. coli O157 Vaccine: Added Value or Added Cost” in Toronto.


Drs. Meena Kumari and Antje Anji, in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology, received notice of publication for their paper, “Supplementing the liquid alcohol diet with chow enhances alcohol intake in C57 BL/6 mice.” It will appear in the September issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. They found that supplementing an alcohol diet with chow not only attenuated body weight loss associated with alcohol intake in mice, but also resulted in higher consumption of alcohol diet and higher blood alcohol levels.

  New Arrivals

Amanda Sheets - VDL
Marion Schweitzer Noble - A&P
Rachel Allbaugh - Clinical Sciences
Chanran Ganta - DM/P
Huitao Liu - DM/P
Kalidou Ndiaye - A&P
Karen Brenner - VMTH
Thomas Wegman - Dean of Vet Med - ARF

  Recent Departures

Megan Hann - VDL 
Michael Dinwiddie - DM/P-VDL
Tracey Jackson - VMTH
Greg Scott - DM/P
Samaria Alston - VDL
Pilar Gunter - VDL
Jepkoech Tarus - Clinical Sciences



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