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September 2008 - Vol. 3 No. 8


Top Stories

Dr. Hans CoetzeeGrant relieves pain
Dr. Coetzee’s cattle pain relief research gets a big boost.
Learn about the project

Back to school
SCAVMA president Chris Potanas welcomes returning students.
What's happening this fall?

Big check for the CVM
Research scholars program benefits from generous gift.
See who gave to the program

Development team hires new fundraiser

Staff picnic draws a crowd

CE Conference: Enhancing Patient Care through Nutrition

Regular Features

Dr. Fernando AlvesUnder the Microscope:
Meet Dr. Fernando Alves
, Postdoctoral Fellow, Schultz Laboratory, A&P

Check it Out at the Library
Databases you should know about

CVM News Ticker

New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Lifelines back issues


  Amy Brusk and her husbandBonus logobonus stories*

First year students settle in - Photo gallery

What did you do this summer?


Printable PDF Version of this Issue


Grant makes research painless for Dr. Coetzee

This is one grant that could perhaps be described as a cash cow, and Dr. Hans Coetzee couldn’t be more pleased. Over the summer, he led a research team on the initial phase of a project that investigated the pharmaco-kinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs used to alleviate pain in cattle. This research project was funded by a $325,000 grant from the Animal Well-being section of the USDA-National Research Initiative.

According to Dr. Coetzee, “The primary focus of this research is to understand the relationship between analgesic drug administration and alleviation of pain in cattle. Pain is unavoidably associated with dehorning and castration in farm animals; yet, remarkably there are no drugs specifically approved for pain relief in livestock in the United States. To facilitate these approvals, scientific measures of pain are needed.”

This research is the first to concurrently measure plasma analgesic drug concentrations and an innovative combination of pain biomarkers and behavioral indicators. Together, these will allow identification of effective, practical and affordable pain relief protocols in cattle. Studies of this magnitude require a great deal of planning and organization.

“The most significant challenge we encountered was the intensive blood sampling and measurement of behavioral changes over a very short period of time,” Dr. Coetzee said. “This was necessary because the effects of pain relieving drugs can be very brief and transient.”

To help on the project, Dr. Coetzee had a team of 14 students. He also collaborated with other Ag Practices faculty, including Drs. Anderson, Apley, Gehring and White.

“We believe the veterinary profession and livestock producers must be proactive in terms of developing and utilizing techniques that are shown to alleviate pain in cattle,” Dr. Coetzee said. “Our group is committed to developing science-based pain relief methods that are cost-effective, convenient and user-friendly.”


Dr. Hans Coetzee
Dr. Hans Coetzee studies pain relief treatments for production cattle. He recently received $325,000 from the USDA-NRI Animal Well-being section.
Note from SCAVMA: What’s on tap for 2008-2009
SCAVMA President Chris Potanas
Chris Potanas, SCAVMA president

Welcome back to all the returning students and hello to all the faculty, staff and students who remained in Manhattan this summer. The 2008-2009 school year bodes to be an exciting one. SCAVMA at K-State is working hard to bring you exciting speakers, events and opportunities all year long.

We began our year of All-School Meetings Aug. 27 with a great talk from Dr. Gary Brown of Princeton, W. Va., who is the new vice president of the AVMA. He came to K-State to talk to our student body about the benefits of being involved with organized medicine on both the local and national levels. The meeting was a great success, and we are excited to continue on with these types of programs.

Next, I would like to introduce you to the newest members of our SCAVMA Executive Board. The third-year students who joined us at the end of last semester are: Megan Oelstrom (vice president), Melissa Peterson (wellness chair), and Megan Stark (mentoring chair). Our second-year students on the board are Adam Lukert (president-elect), Lauren Passantino (secretary), Julia Paul (treasurer-elect), Jennifer Reischman (fundraising chair-elect), and Sarah Joy (intramural chair). Our new faculty adviser-elect is Dr. Meredyth Jones.

We have several events toward the end of September, so keep an eye out for our advertising. On Sept. 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Frick Auditorium, we will be hosting an Internship/Residency Panel for all your questions about continuing education. On Sept. 26 at 6:00 p.m., SCAVMA and the Public Health Club will host a One Health, One Medicine Lecture Series with dinner. This is meant to be informative in regard to the widespread crisis of rabies. On Sept. 28 at 11:00 a.m. at CICO Park, SCAVMA will be hosting our Annual World Rabies Day celebration. This will include a 5K/10K and Kid’s Fun Run, live music, kid’s amusements, massages, local vendors, food from our Bovine and Swine Clubs, and the support of all of our veterinary organizations here at the veterinary college.”


  Big money for scholars

Smiles were plenty for the Veterinary Research Scholars upon receipt of this $12,000 check from the KC Animal Health Corridor. Pictured left to right are: Emily Archer with Cairo, Andrea Eyler, Jenny Girard, Brian Godsey, Sarah Barron, Craig Pauly, Dr. Lisa Freeman, associate dean for research and associate vice president for innovation for the K-State Olathe campus, and Dr. Stephanie Young.

Click the following link to learn more about the Veterinary Research Scholars program.



Megan Kilgore
Megan Kilgore
Development office welcomes Megan Kilgore

Please stop by 103 Trotter and say hello to Megan Kilgore. She was recently named as the new development officer for the College of Veterinary Medicine, employed through the Kansas State University Foundation. She takes the place of Marty Kramer who is now the director of development for the K-State College of Education.

Prior to joining the CVM, Megan was the marketing/business development manager for Kansas State University Federal Credit Union in Manhattan, where she developed key marketing strategies to increase membership and product usage.

Megan’s additional experience includes serving as the executive director of Hillsboro Management Board in Hillsboro, Kan., and as an economic development representative for the Kansas Department of Commerce, Agriculture Division, in Topeka, Kan.

Megan, a native of Lyndon, Kan., earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science and industry in 2000 from the College of Agriculture at K-State. She will be responsible for assisting with the direction and implementation of a comprehensive development program for raising private support for the College of Veterinary Medicine at K-State. Megan’s husband is Tim. They have an English setter named Scout.


  Staff appreciation picnic draws a crowd

The CVM held its annual staff appreciation picnic Aug. 14. Attendees were treated to hamburgers, hot dogs, lemonade, CVM T-shirts and a drawing for several door prizes.

Having fun in line for the picnic


Dean's office staffers hand out T-Shirts

Staff visit during picnic
  CE Conference: Enhancing Patient Care through Nutrition

This conference will provide up-to-date information on how to incorporate nutrition into the optimal care of small animal patients. Included will be practical issues of pet nutrition that will help veterinarians and veterinary technicians answer common questions from owners, and learn the latest information on optimizing nutrition for healthy animals.

Information and Registration Form: https://ww2.vet.k-state.edu/Intranet/ce/pdf/2008/Emerg_med.pdf .

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


Guest speaker: Dr. Lisa M. Freeman, of Tufts University Saturday, September 13, 2008  
  *bonus photo gallery

First years get picnic too


  *bonus feature

Summer fun

We asked what some of our staff and students did over the summer. Here are some pictures and details:

From Amy Brusk, grants specialist:

“My husband and I go hiking every summer in Colorado. For the past three summers we've hiked a different mountain every time. Unlike most hikers, we take our dogs with us. AND our dogs carry their own packs.”




Chase (the German Shepherd in the photos) was a humane society dog who had surgery here at the VMTH to re-route his urinary tract last spring.
From Cathy Nuzum, Computer Information Specialist, CaTS:

“This summer, for several weeks in July, I played cricket in a tournament that the Indian Student Organization held. I originally went to watch Praveen Ramanan and Somil Chandwani from CaTS play. I was interested in learning the sport and subsequently got recruited to play. It was a lot of fun and was a great experience. Like myself with softball, the Indian students have played cricket all of their lives, and playing it and understanding the rules comes without saying. It was good for me to get outside my comfort zone in a sport having played all sports growing up and being somewhat of a natural at them. It was a great experience getting to learn the sport, meeting the Indian students and interacting with them in a social environment. I wont be going pro playing Cricket any time soon but my rookie debut was a fun one."


Cathy Nuzum, in the black shorts, gets some pointers on the game of cricket.

  Under the Microscope: Dr. Fernando Alves , Postdoctoral Fellow , Schultz Laboratory, Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Fernando Alves

Place of birth: Ribeirão Preto, State of São Paulo, Brazil

Family information::
I grew-up in a great family: Mom, Dad, two sisters and two brothers. I was the fourth born, my younger brother was the one closest in age and the one who I had the most fun with growing up. My wife, Val, is a fundamental part of my family.

What do you find to be most exciting about the start of a new school year? 
Provided I am full time on the research side of things, my calendar year is little influenced by the typical school calendar. We’re here to accomplish at the academic level, by generating and publishing novel scientific information. Therefore, we are excited about the possibility to publish two more original research articles in the upcoming year. 

beaker graphicName the most recent book you’ve read:
“Good to Great” by Jim Collins. In my opinion, it contains valuable information about the inner workings of processes that lead to extraordinary development.

What’s your favorite food to have at a picnic? 
I am a big fan of good typical American barbecue —­ items in that neighborhood are great at a picnic.

What’s a hobby or skill you always wanted learn?
Playing the clarinet, a long-term project for fun.



Check it Out at the Library: Databases you should know about

by Carol Elmore

Carol Elmore

Those of us who work at the veterinary college are quite familiar with databases that index veterinary literature such as PubMed and CAB Abstracts, but are often unaware of the many other electronic databases available to us. I would like to recommend several that are not directly related to veterinary medicine, but can be valuable sources of information.

Databases that deal with historical topics can be used when researching the history of diseases in veterinary medicine. Using Heritage Quest Online, I found information on the history of typhoid fever. Although this is an excellent source of U.S. federal census information from 1790-1930, the database also has a periodical index called PERSI for many genealogy publications. There is also a section that shows full-text access to historical books. I needed information on the City of St. Louis and its typhoid fever outbreak during the early 1900’s. I found references in journals and books about the city’s health problems during this time period.

Another valuable database that indexes historical books and periodicals is America: History and Life that makes searching by topic very easy. Topics on the history of medicine and veterinary medicine and their effects on historical America can be located through this index. Access to these two and other databases can be obtained at: http://www.lib.k-state.edu/ db/index.html or through links on our Veterinary Medical Library homepage.

Another database, Lexis/Nexis Academic, gives legal (including court cases that have been appealed) and medical information. Court cases on both the state and federal levels can provide valuable information about legal issues that have been litigated on medical and health issues throughout the history of our country. Sometimes this type of information is available only through published court cases. An imaginative use of some of our many library databases can reveal interesting and unusual insights to veterinary medicine.



CVM News Ticker

Personal notes

Congratulations to student worker, Amy Jo Wright who is now Mrs. Amy Jo Coltrane. She and her husband Caleb were married Aug. 9 in Ottawa, Kan. The bride and groom are shown displaying a gift of beads from Amy Jo’s colleagues in the Development Office, who brought the beads back from New Orleans during the AVMA Convention.

Amy Jo and Chris Coltrane

Dr. Anuradha Ghosh has joined Dr. Zurek’s lab as a postdoctoral research associate and will be working on the ecology of antibiotic resistant enterococci in companion animals.

Dr. Beth Davis was featured in the Horse Magazine on June 26. The article was titled, “Dirty Jobs for Horses: Charlie Brown Blood Donor and Teacher.” She was quoted, “Our teaching horses are very valued members of our teaching facility.”

Presenters and speakers Awards

Dr. James W. Carpenter was the past-president/ conference chair at the 29th Annual Conference of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians in Savannah, Ga., Aug. 9-14. He also presented a paper, “Pharmacokinetics of Piperacillin/ Tazobactam in the Hispaniolan Parrot” (co-authored with Dr. Ronette Gehring).

Dr. Maria Ferrer and Dr. Bob Larson presented at the Society for Theriogenology meeting Aug. 12.

Dr. Dan Thomson spoke at the Kansas Livestock Association in Garden City, Kan., on Aug. 21 on Welfare Issues in the Beef Industry.

Dr. Brad White spoke at the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association Aug. 14 on finding, hiring and keeping new associates; profit centers in cow-calf practice; calf health management; and replacement heifer management.


Dr. David Biller presented the following two awards and read some excerpts from the letters of nominations.

Award for Excellence in Resident Mentoring
Dr. Emily Klocke

“She has been a continual source of inspiration during my program, both as a teacher and surgeon. Her excellence in student teaching has been recognized many times, and encourages all of the interns and residents ... to emulate her style in student rounds.
Dr. Klocke’s diligence and concern for her patients and clients provides a positive example. Her care and attention to detail as a surgeon maximizes patient outcomes, and her willingness to step back and let residents operate to the best of our abilities, yet always ready to assist, has maximized our learning experience.”

Dr. Klocke was nominated by Stephanie Lister..

Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring
- Dr. Mike Apley

“Dr. Apley is unselfish in sharing his expertise and experiences which is demonstrated by the following activities: 1) Group discussion of reviewer comments which has resulted in improved understanding of the review process ... and has helped to take the 'sting' out of negative reviews. The experience has made me a better review of other authors' work. 2) Insightful review of submitted grant proposals including identifying deficiencies in rationale and practice suggestions in study design. He is dedicated to review even when not listed as an investigator or collaborator. 3) Unselfish introduction of junior faculty to influential leaders in the pharmaceutical industry — which has resulted in collaboration and recognition of junior faculty achievements.”

Dr. Apley was nominated by Drs. Hans Coetzee and Ronette Gehring

Dr. David Biller - MCAT
CT and MRI of the normal neonatal bovine brain and of calves with septic meningitis and meningoventriculitis - $15,000

Dr. Rose McMurphy – MCAT
Effects of reduced fractional inspired oxygen concentration on ventilation and A-a gradient in isoflurance anesthetized horses - $11,810

Dr. Thomas Schermerhorn - MCAT
Association of feline GCK gene with diabetes mellitus - $15,000

  New Arrivals

Takayuki Kudo - A&P
Carl Myers - DM/P
Eugene DeDonder - VMTH
Liqiong Lan - A&P
Maite S. Torres-Irizarry - VMTH
Don Peterson - DM/P
Kevin Skarbek - VDL
Danielle Miller - DM/P

  Recent Departures

Manuel Chamorro Ortega - VMTH
Debra Blanding - VMTH
Justin Rombeck - VMTH
Joshua Hahn - VMTH



Lifelines is published each month by the Development and Alumni Office at the College of Veterinary Medicine

Editors are Joe Montgomery and Amy Jo Coltrane, jmontgom@vet.k-state.eduajwright@vet.k-state.edu

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