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May 2009 - Vol. 4 No. 5


Top Stories Third Year Students in White Coats

From common clothes to WHITE COATS
Third year students celebrate transition to fourth year.
See the new coats

Perfect fit:
Dr. Hodgson receives E.R. Frank Award

Humble anesthesiologist gets recognized for his dedication to veterinary education.
Why was he selected?

Rabies Laboratory moves up … to the top of the hill
Rabies Lab cuts ribbon on new facility at K-State Research Park.
Who has a memorial piece of the ribbon?

Dr. Michael Cates assumes leadership role on One Health joint steering committee

Calendar Of Events

Regular Features

Amanda McDiffettUnder the Microscope:
Amanda McDiffett spills about her baby and other summer facts

Check it Out at the Library
Valuable Info about Online Textbooks

CVM News Ticker

New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Lifelines back issues


Special Offer:
Leave your mark at K-State with a personalized granite tile in the Centennial Plaza


  Bev Richardson reads to her granddaughter at open house

Bonus logobonus stories and photos*    

K-State CVM and K-State news RSS feeds

71st Annual Conference for Veterinarians

Photo Gallery: Open House, Pet Tribute Ice Cream Social and Kiss the Pig BBQ


Printable PDF Version of this Issue


From common clothes to WHITE COATS

The White Coat Ceremony highlighted a full day of activities for the Kind Hearts Caring Hands celebration. Below are some pictures showing the activities and fun held during this special day.

Third Year Students in White Coats
Third-year students turn back to face parents, family,
and friends after receiving their new white coats.

Dr. Debbye Turner Bell
Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, CBS' "The Early Show" staff
correspondent and former Miss America, challenges third-
year students at the White Coat Ceremony.

Bagel Toppings
There was more than enough different types of topping
for people to draw up their dream creations at the Bagel
Bonanza which started the morning festivities for Kind
Hearts, Caring Hands Day.

Students gather door prize numbers
Going bonanza over prizes: Students at the college gather door prize numbers in order to attempt to win one of the several prizes handed out at the Bagel Bonanza Breakfast. Bonanza Breakfast.

Attendees participate in Quiz Bowl
Dr. Ken Harkin demonstrates the Quiz Bowl buzzers for Richard Brooksby, class of 2011,and his 3-month-old son, Wendell, and 2-year-old  daughter, Isabelle.
  Fine Faced Ladies
Can you figure out who all these fine-faced ladies are?


The ladies behind the plate faces
Unmasked from left: Wendy Michaels, Havalyn Nauss, Staci Murray, Cindy Logan, Gayle Willard, Gail Eyestone, Mal Hoover, Dani Goodband and Mary Girard.
  Perfect fit: Dr. Hodgson receives E.R. Frank Award

Amidst the backdrop of Kind Hearts, Caring Hands day, a special presentation was made to honor one who is truly kind of heart and caring of others. Prior to the convocation lecture, Dean Ralph Richardson presented the college’s E.R. Frank Award to Dr. David S. Hodgson, anesthesiology professor in Clinical Sciences.

“I believe that Dr. Frank would have been pleased to have
Dr. Dave Hodgson receive this award,” Dean Richardson said. “Just like Dr. Frank, Dr. Hodgson demonstrates a quiet yet authoritative presence when he is approaching his work. Humility is a characteristic of both. Dr. Hodgson’s recent trips to provide assistance for the veterinary education program at Kabul University in Afghanistan demonstrate selflessness and caring for both animals and people. His desire to advance the profession in every way possible has inspired us all as his colleagues and friends at K-State. This award is well deserved.”

This award is usually presented at Heritage Evening during the Annual Conference for Veterinarians, but because Dr. Hodgson will be in Afghanistan at that time, the award was presented prior to the All-College Convocation held April 10. Hodgson, who was noticeably moved by the awards said, “The opportunity to work with talented and dedicated colleagues on a daily basis has been the highest reward. I am honored to receive the E.R. Frank Award and to be compared in some way to Dr. Frank considering the many ways he contributed to the veterinary profession in his quiet and unpretentious manner.”


Dr. Dave Hodgson
Dr. Hodgson thanks the audience at the All-College Convocation, where he received the award.

Rabies Laboratory moves up … 
to the top of the hill

After 80 years at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), the K-State Rabies Laboratory has embraced an opportunity for accelerating laboratory expansion, collaboration and innovation through a move to new facilities. On April 17, the location of the Rabies Laboratory moved to the Manhattan/K-State Innovation Center at the Research Park on the top of the hill east of Mosier Hall, where it was previously located.

“As we read about new health challenges, we recognize that
new threats like H1N1 North American Influenza and old
threats like rabies emerge and remain relevant. It is vitally important that K-State and the CVM are prepared to address those threats,” said Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the CVM.

Dr. Cathleen A. Hanlon, director of the Rabies Laboratory, added, “As a leader in collaborations with commercial partners toward the development of products for the prevention of rabies in humans and animals, the laboratory looks forward to conducting its diagnostic, research and collaborative activities within the Innovation Center, which features state-of-the-art communications, ample space for current projects and room for expansion.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony helped turn the page — with a large group of internationally renowned scientists in attendance including Drs. Hilary Koprowski, Bernhard Dietzschold, and Zheng Fu, with whom Dr. Hanlon began her career in public health and rabies at The Wistar Institute and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. These and other distinguished scientists – Drs. Ian Lipkin, Claudio Soto and Jason Bartz — presented during a symposium, co-hosted by Dr. Jürgen Richt, Regents Distinguished Professor, on the “Advances in Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Agents,” demonstrating the strength of collaboration emanating from within the university, the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology and the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL).

“This was a huge day for us” said Dr. Gary Anderson, director of the KSVDL. “We honor our history and look forward to the future. Many people were involved in securing this new location for us — from the KSVDL, the CVM to K-State’s administration, and, significantly, the city of Manhattan. We want thank them for their support.”

The Rabies Laboratory is one of the highest volume rabies serology centers in the world handling over 55,000 samples annually in the provision of service to veterinarians and animal owners through tests to measure antibodies to rabies in both humans and animals. The laboratory provides rabies diagnosis on suspect animals for Kansas and Nebraska. As part of the KSVDL, the Rabies Laboratory looks forward to contributing to a leading role for the college, university, city of Manhattan and state of Kansas toward preparation and protection from emerging zoonotic diseases, such as rabies, prion disease, influenza and other threats.


Ribbon cutting ceremony for rabies lab
Dean Ralph Richardson throws up his hands as the ribbon falls. He went on to cut the ribbon into small pieces for guests to keep as a memorial.

Ribbon Cutting at the new rabies lab
Check out my ribbon! From left: Chandra Gordon, Mylissia Stukey, Mike Moore, Janet, Susan Moore, Rolan Davis, Dale Claassen, Sara McCawley, Dr. Zheng Fu, Sarah Breuer, Megan Moore, Dr. Dietzschold, Cammen Lewis, Brandy Gowdy, Dr. Hilary Koprowski, Maura Cornell,
Dr. Cathleen Hanlon, Nicole Pultz, Dr. Ingrid Garrison, Dean Ralph Richardson, Dr. Michael Cates and Dr. Jürgen Richt.

Dr. Cathleen Hanlon
Dr. Cathleen Hanlon, director of the Rabies Lab, welcomes attendees to the new facility. 

Rabies Lab Sign



  Dr. Michael Cates assumes leadership role on One Health joint steering committee

Dr. Michael CatesDr. Michael B. Cates, director of K-State’s master of public health program, has been named the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) representative to the One Health Joint Steering Committee.

Dr. Cates, who was the first veterinarian to head the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, the Army’s primary public health organization, brings a considerable amount of experience to the committee. He also was the 23rd chief of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and the first veterinarian to serve as the senior public health and preventive medicine adviser to the Army surgeon general. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2008 after 28 years of service.

One Health is a collaborative effort of multiple disciplines, working to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. The need for One Health is underscored when considering recent public health events, including the current outbreak of swine flu, the 2006 E. coli outbreak in spinach, the spread of West Nile virus throughout the U.S., avian influenza, and the global epidemics of dengue, chikungunya and Rift Valley fever.

“Recent and historic health challenges around the world clearly demonstrate the inextricable linkages between humans, animals and our environment,” Dr. Cates said. “It is crucial that we use the expertise among all health professionals to develop the best possible solutions, and I am honored to have this new role in our efforts.”

The MPH program allows students to address a wide variety of public health issues, such as zoonotic diseases and other infectious diseases, food safety and biosecurity, human nutrition, physical activity and environmental toxicology, under Dr. Cates’ oversight. The interdisciplinary program takes 42 credit hours and involves courses and faculty from K-State's colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Human Ecology and Veterinary Medicine.

The AVMA’s executive board appointed Dr. Cates to the post at a meeting in April. Dr. Cates will help create a One Health Commission and also contribute to a global One Health Initiative.

Dr. Cates also is a professor in the CVM and a distinguished diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.


  Calendar Of Events

May 15: Commencement at 3:30pm

McCain Auditorium

May 27-29th: International Conference on the use of antimicrobials in cattle production

K-State Student Union



June 7-10: 71st Annual Conference for Veterinarians

K-State Student Union


  Bonus logo*bonus story

K-State CVM and K-State news RSS feeds

Want to keep up with CVM news easily? Subscribe to the CVM News RSS Feed!

About RSS and news feeds: Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is an easy and free way to get the news you want whenever it is updated, even if you are not on the CVM Web site. You choose what you want to track and how often you want to be updated.

To use RSS, you'll need to use a news reader - a program that provides a real-time interface to the feeds you select. News readers come in all sizes and shapes. Many are Web-based; some send headlines to your e-mail or cell phone. Two examples are Windows Live http://www.live.com/ and Bloglines http://www.bloglines.com/, but CVM's RSS feeds should work with any reader using the standard XML-based format.

Ready to get started? Go to: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/features/rss.htm and pick a feed by scrolling down and browsing the links on this page.

Right-click on the orange "XML" button and select "copy shortcut" or "copy link location." (Using a Mac? Click and hold or control-click instead of right-clicking.) Go to your news reader of choice, paste the link into the relevant spot and you're set.

To view one of the K-State feeds in your RSS reader:

1. Copy the URL that corresponds to the topic that interests you.
2. Paste the URL into your reader.

Or follow your news reader’s or Web browser's instructions 


Students and Parents - Leave your mark at K-State

Honor the time spent as a veterinary student
at K-State with a personalized granite tile in
the Centennial Plaza (between Mosier and
Trotter Hall).

Imagine the joy a gift of this type would
provide for the veterinary student in your
family, and the pride you’ll feel each time you
return to K-State and visit the College of
Veterinary Medicine.

Each donation to this program supports the
College of Veterinary Medicine.

Different sizes and options are available.

Centennial Plaza

To place an order, please visit us online at
or call us at 785-532-4043

71st Annual Conference for Veterinarians, June 7-10, 2009

K-State Student Union, 17th and Anderson Avenue


Guest Speakers include:
Dr. David Pugh
Dr. Christine Navarre
Dr. Matt Miller
Dr. Larry Anderson
Dr. Scott McVey
Dr. Todd Holbrook

Special Sessions include:
One Health - Keynote presentations, Sunday, June 7
Heartworm University, Tuesday, June 9
American Veterinary Medical History Society Sessions, Tuesday, June 9

Other Events:
KVMA Veterinary Trade Show, June 8-9
KVMA Wellness Screening and Vaccination Clinic, June 8-10
Heritage Evening Reception, Dinner and Alumni Awards, Sunday, June 7
Kansas Veterinary Medical Reserve Corp Training - held following the conference at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, June 10 at the Student Union

Ride the VetJet: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/CE/2009/AnnConf09/pdf/VETJET_SCHEDULE.pdf
For your convenience, CVM Faculty, Staff and Students can ride the VetJet (shuttle) from CVM to the Union.

Complete conference information and schedule can be found online at:



  Bonus logo*bonus photos

All campus Open House
April 17

Open House
Karen Lee, class of 2012, shows a child how to properly
apply First Aid to animals.

Open House
Katy Cockerill, class of 2012, demonstrates to children and
parents what lungs look like and how they function.

Face painting at Open House
Tiffany Moses, class of 2012, applies a paint tattoo to a
child's cheek.

Kiss the Pig/All College Barbecue
April 21

Kiss the Pig
Dr. Hans Coetzee, the "winning" faculty member, pauses before kissing a squealing piglet held by Garrett Stewart, class of 2011, at this year's "Kiss the Pig" contest.

Kiss the Pig BBQ
The line for food extends pretty far down the sidewalk by Coles Hall, while tables fill up quickly for the barbecue.



Pet Tribute Ice Cream Social
April 21
Attendees recieve ice cream
Dr. Ken Harkin helps his children build their own
personalized banana splits.

Attendees add toppings to banana splits
Guests add toppings to their banana splits.

Attendees enjoy their banana splits
It's time to enjoy the ice cream. Tables were decorated
for the occasion and included information about the
Pet Tribute Program. Learn more here:



A student getting strawberry ice cream
The first scoop looks good, but there is always room for more
  Check it out at the Library: Ejournals & ebooks grow in popularity!
written by Carol Elmore

Carol Elmore

Electronic journals or “ejournals” are rapidly becoming the norm at most university libraries. Electronic books or “ebooks” as they are nicknamed, while not as prevalent as ejournals, are also gaining in popularity.

NetLibrary is one of the main sources to locate ebooks. There are several ways to access the 11,133 ebooks available through Hale Library’s subscription to NetLibrary. If one is using a computer on campus, access can be gained through NetLibrary’s Web site at www.netlibrary.com or by going to www.lib.k-state.edu/db and locating NetLibrary on the listing of databases. If one is off-campus, access is available through the database link, but an eID and password will be needed to assure that the requestor is a current faculty, staff, or student.

Once on the Netlibrary Web site, there are options for searching by keyword, author, title, and subject, plus the text of books can be searched by using the full-text option. If “veterinary” is typed in under subject, only three books are displayed. One title available through this option is “The Complete Home Veterinary Guide” by Chris C. Pinney. If “veterinary” is entered in the full-text option, the total is 839 ebooks and one would find a book such as “Best Jobs for the 21st Century” by Michael J. Farr which includes jobs in the veterinary fields. On the right hand side of the web page is another searching option that is a link to “Our Collection.” Clicking on this brings up the whole list of 11,133 books that are available to K-State searchers. There is also a link to the 3,460 publicly accessible ebooks which are available to anyone. These are public domain books that have been digitized and are available without a subscription.

Another option on NetLibrary is the ability to download an audiobook (also called eAudiobook). These are similar to books on CD, but are downloadable directly to your personal computer or to an mp3 player. A maximum of 10 eAudiobooks can be downloaded at any given time. Staff members at the Veterinary Medical Library/DISC can help if there are questions on using NetLibrary. Next month I’ll be discussing more ebook options.


  Under the Microscope: Amanda McDiffett, Business Manager, Business Office

Amanda McDiffettPlace of birth: Merriam, Kan.

Family Information: My husband, Jeremy, a baby on the way, and a black and tan miniature dachshund named Bell.

Where is the place you would most like to visit?beaker graphic
I would travel Europe with my best friend from college. We’ve always talked about how we would love to do this if we ever have the financial ability. Or I would take my entire family to Disney World.

What is your favorite ice cream? Cold Stone Cheesecake with Black Cherries and fudge

Favorite things about summer? Warm weather and barbecues

What was your favorite toy as a child? I had a baby doll that I slept with until grade school. Her name was Cold Baby because she never had clothes on.

Tell us about your baby: I am due June 26, although most of my friends claim it will be earlier. His name will be David Lee, both family names from my husband, Jeremy's, side. We are planning on having two more children, but we'll have to see how the first one goes.

Anything you dread about having a boy? I'm really dreading the snakes, frogs and insects that seem to come along with little boys!



CVM News Ticker


Veterinary Medical Continuing Education announced that Marci Ritter will take over as director following the retirement of Linda Johnson this spring.

On April 15, Jami Berges received the Radar Mullet Scholarship for clinical excellence. She is accompanied by Lavonne Mullet, who donated the award.

On April 15-20, Dave Adam’s son, Grant, competed in the USA Junior Olympic Men’s Air Pistol and Men’s Free Pistol competitions at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Grant qualified for an invitation to the Junior Olympics in January 2009. From USA Shooting Sports, he received both and invitation to compete in the Men's Air Pistol and, as one of the top 10 junior shooters in the country, was invited to attend the Men's Free Pistol training clinic and to compete in the free pistol match.

Men's Air Pistol involves shooting 60 shots, one shot per target, on a 10-meter range in 1 hour, 45 minutes. Men's free pistol involves shooting 60 shots on a 50-meter range in 2 hours.

At the close of the competition, Grant ranked 12th in the nation for Men's Air Pistol and 16th in the nation for Men's Free Pistol. This was his second year to attend the Junior Olympics in Men's Air Pistol. Grant will be attending the USA National Shooting Competition in Fort Benning, Ga., in June 2009.


On April 20-24, 2009, Dr. Rose McMurphy and Dr. David Anderson attended the Army Veterinary Educators Tour, Ft. Sam Huston, San Antonio. This tour included detailed visits to the Military Working Dogs facilities, Surgical Research Institute, Veterinary training and education center, and multiple presentations regarding the role of veterinarians in the Armed Services. Students should contact Dr. Anderson or Dr. McMurphy for details about veterinary opportunities in the Army or armed services.

On April 24, Drs. Mike Apley and Gary Anderson were selected to receive the two inaugural Commercialization Leadership Council's Emerging Entrepreneurial Awards from K-State. This recognition includes a $500 award, which was presented at the first Entrepreneurial Banquet.

On May 15, Amy M. Brusk will graduate with a master's degree in agribusiness. She defended her thesis, "Survey of business management associated with mixed animal veterinary practice size and growth," on April 28.

Get caught recycling

In the near future the Division of Facilities will embark on an ambitious effort to help recycle as much material as we can. This will help reduce trash going to the landfills and improve our environment. You will be receiving a blue recycling container which has three compartments. These are to be placed next to your desk. The instruction sheet is included. At the present time these containers will only be placed in the offices.

The custodial staff will empty these containers one or two times per week depending on volume. Due to time and staff constraints custodial staff does not have time to sort these items. This will take a little effort on your part to sort materials according to what you produce (see your informational sheet). If done properly your trash should be reduced significantly and will be emptied once per week.

This is a new process and it may require some time to get all the problems worked out. We all know this is the right choice for us and the generations that come after us.

In conclusion, please do your part to make this project a huge success.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel to contact me or the main office for advice: Noel H. Kramer, Custodial Supervisor, 532-0808 or 532-6711

Brian Willis and his wife went to Kansas City to adopt a rescue dog. Unlike the normal assumptions and stereotypes about rescue pets, these dogs were not ones that had been abused, but they were ones breeders gave up to rescue sites because they are not the usual cute little puppies that sell well. The Willises adopted a miniature schnauzer, Domino, who was shy at first, but since has turned out to be "a wonderful pet." 

Brian said, "I wouldn't hesitate to adopt another rescue dog in the future." 



Double take for top teacher  

Dr. Emily Klocke

Dr. Emily Klocke was also presented with the Carl Norden-
Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award from Dr. Melinda Wilkerson,
interim associate dean for academic program.


Dr. Klocke received the Fort Dodge Excellence in Teaching Award from Dr. Bonnie Rush, head of Clinical Sciences.

  New Arrivals

Brittany Borger - DMP

  Recent Departures

Karina Torres-Cortes - VMTH



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

Editors are Joe Montgomery, jmontgom@vet.k-state.edu, Brandee M. Werth, bwerth@vet.k-state.edu, and Dusty Dhuyvetter, ddhuyvet@vet.k-state.edu 

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