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July 2009 - Vol. 4, No. 7

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Dr. David HodgsonHeartful gifts

Dr. Dave Hodgson distributes a special gift to Kabul University veterinary students in Afghanistan
Find out what he gave

Meet me in Manhattan

The Annual Conference for Veterinarians draws crowd of alumni and practitioners.
See the highlights

Fond Farewell

Dr. Fred Oehme retires from teaching
How many years did he teach?

Dr. Bonnie Rush receives Ohio State alumnus award

Regular features

Wendy MichaelsUnder the Microscope
Wendy Michaels, Administrative Assistant, Department of Diagnositic Medicine & Pathobiology

Check it Out at the Library
More journals go to electronic format

News Ticker

New Arrivals/Recent Departures

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Gifts from the heart and for the mind

Dr. Dave Hodgson presents stethoscopes donated by Iams to Afghan veterinary students

A stethoscope is considered to be a fundamental tool for practicing veterinarians, yet Dr. Dave Hodgson discovered otherwise during his series of trips to Kabul University in Afghanistan over the last couple of years. Due to a lack of funds, stethoscopes as well as a variety of basic medical supplies and resources are not widely available there.

Dr. Hodgson realized he had an opportunity to provide a remedy for this problem. Thanks to Iams, veterinary students at Kabul University receive a stethoscope for free.

“We had the ceremony to recognize the fifth-year students and present veterinary certificates and stethoscopes,” Dr. Hodgson said. “The students were pleased and grateful for the recognition and gifts. I encouraged the students to immediately put their IAMS stethoscopes to good use.

“For me, my greatest thrill was seeing the faces and hearing the remarks of each student as they accepted their stethoscopes and certificates. They remain my greatest impetus for returning annually.”

In addition to stethoscopes, other supplies and text books have also been donated by CVM faculty and students to the Kabul veterinary program at Dr. Hodgson’s urging.

Dr. Hodgson doing canine examination
Dr. Hodgson shows how to do a proper canine
examination to several Afghan veterinary students.


Dr. Hodgson hands out an Iams stethoscope
Dr. David Hodgson, right, gives out an Iams-
provided stethoscope to one of the
fifth-year veterinary students.
Dr. Hogson and student, Nasrin
Dr. Hodgsonsupervises a feline
examination with a student named Nasrin.

Dr. Bonnie Rush receives Ohio State alumnus award

Dr. Bonnie Rush, the head of Clinical Sciences in the CVM, is highly regarded for her expertise and stellar reputation, particularly in equine medicine. Her alma mater agrees and has given her a Distinguished Alumni Award.

“Recognition from the faculty responsible for training me to become a veterinarian and a specialist is the most significant event of my career,” Dr. Rush said, who received her DVM from the Ohio State University in 1989. She also completed a master’s degree in 1993 in conjunction with a three-year residency in equine internal medicine in OSU’s Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

Upon completing the residency, Dr. Rush joined the faculty at K-State where she has served as the head of Equine Medicine and Surgery, the Associate Dean of Career Development, and her current position. She was awarded diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1993. Promoted to associate professor and tenured in 1998, she became a full professor in 2002.

Dr. Rush has the remarkable achievement of being honored for excellence in both teaching and research at K-State. She is a two-time recipient of the CVM’s Pfizer-Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. She has also been honored with the CVM’s top research award: the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence.

In 2004, the National Association of Women Veterinarians honored Dr. Rush as Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year (also won by Dr. Lisa Freeman in 2002 and Dr. Melinda Wilkerson in 2008).

Dr. Rush has served on the boards of directors of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Grayson Jockey Club.


Dr. Bonnie Rush and Dr. John A.E. Hubbell.
Dr. Bonnie Rush receives the Distinguished
Alumni Award from Dr. John A.E. Hubbell,
interim dean, at the Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Dr. Oehme takes the cake ... and retires

Dr. Fred Oehme enjoys his cake at a retirement celebration held June 11 in his honor. He started as a clinical instructor in 1959 for the CVM, published a book, and then became a faculty member in 1963. He said the teamwork and positivity shown by his colleagues has helped make this a great place to work.


Dr. Fred Oehme at his retirement
Dr. Fred Oehme

Annual conference features heartworms and history

Heartworm University
Dr. Byron Blagburn delivers a session
as part of Heartworm University.
Dr. Bob Gentry, past president of the Kansas
Veterinary Medical Association, presents its
Professional Pet of the Year Award to
Edgar, a a Labrador retriever that serves
as the therapy dog at Beloit, Kan.,
Junior - Senior High School.
Historical tour
A small group of confernce attendees inspects
the new sign at Leasure Hall as part of a
campus historical tour of K-State buildings
and facilities named for former veterinary faculty.
Dr. Michael Lanning
Dr. Michael Lanning, class of 1967, demonstrates
his trademark stroke during the 15th Annual
Scholarship Golf Tournament.
Dr. Guy Palmer
Dr. Guy Palmer, DVM 1972, explains how
K-State impacted his career in his acceptance
of the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Lucy, a basset hound from El Dorado, Kan., was
chosen as the 2009 KVMA hero pet of the year
for warning her owners about an armed
intruder in their home who had already
broken into a neighbor’s house.
Dr. Larry Anderson
Dr. Larry Anderson presents the Class of 1962
Lectureship on the topic: One Health Initiative.


Dr. Roger Fedde
Dr. Roger Fedde, emeritus physiology professor,
receives a Distinguished Service Award at
Heritiage Evening.
Dr. Linda Johnson
Dr. Linda Johnson, retired director of Veterinary
Medical Continuing Education accepts a
Distinguished Service Award from the
CVM at the Heritage Evening banquet.

Under the Microscope

Wendy Michaels , Administrative Assistant, Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology

Wendy MichaelsPlace of birth: Manhattan, Kan.

Family Information: My husband, Wayne, and I have two daughters and one son. All our names begin with W (Whitney, Wren Ellen, William). We were high-school sweethearts, celebrating 29 years this 4th of July.

Pets: One cat and one dog, Alley and Ginger.

Tell us about a memorable summer job: When I was a junior in high school, I worked one summer at Rocks Springs Ranch. We worked hard during the days at your basic grounds upkeep and minor maintenance of the buildings, but in the evenings we preformed a dancing and singing act for the campers in the new Heritage Hall. We played softball and sat around the campfire in the evenings.

Under the Microscope logoWho has been the biggest influence on you as a person and why? My parents have had the biggest influence on me for their unconditional love, positive attitudes and selfless community service.

What is your favorite month of the year and why? July. It has magical summer nights, cookouts, softball, no school and Independence day, which is like Christmas with out the hassle of gifts.

Who's your favorite actor or actress and why? I like John Lithgow not because he is eye-candy, but because he is so versatile, playing everything from menacing villains, big-hearted transsexuals, and loopy aliens. He really makes me laugh and cry.

Where is the farthest place you've gone for a summer vacation and what did you do there? My husband and I took a long trip to the eastern shore of Maryland. It was memorable because our vehicle had no air conditioning, and we ate fresh crab cakes and scallops.



Check it Out at the Library

More journals go to electronic format

by Carol Elmore

Carol Elmore In the last two issues of Lifelines, the focus was on digital ebooks. Electronic journals are also very important to faculty, staff and students due to the timeliness of the information published in journal literature. New procedures, techniques, drugs and treatments are usually first published in journal articles before they appear in book format.

More journals are becoming available electronically with some publishers using the electronic format as their only publishing model. One such veterinary journal no longer available in a physical print format is the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, which has been electronic-only since 2003.

Others, such as the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Journal of Veterinary Research, are still available in print and electronic formats. By searching under the title of either journal one will locate two entries for each journal. One is for the electronic journal format and the other is for the print version.

Other veterinary and related health science journals are available in print and electronic formats. An important set that has valuable journal literature is the Veterinary Clinics of North America series.

The Veterinary Medical Library has had print issues of some of the titles since the late 1970s, but now all of the titles in the series including “Small Animal Practice,” “Food Animal Practice,” “Equine Practice” and “Exotic Animal Practice” are also available in electronic format by typing in the individual title at Links at the top of this web page allow searches to be made by category of electronic journal. For veterinary medicine, one must go to the category “health sciences” and then to the subcategory of “veterinary science.” There is even a link to a citation matcher to enter journal citations.

Remember, help is always available by contacting one of the Veterinary Medical Library staff members for information requests and assistance.


News Ticker

Dr. Elizabeth Davis presented at the ACVIM Forum in Montreal, Canada on June 5. Topic: Determination of Intracellular Cyokines in Equine PBMCs.

Dr. Hans Coetzee spoke at the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Washington on June 15. Topic: “Identification and validation of robust pain models in food animals.”

Dr. Ronette Gehring spoke at the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Washington on June 15. Topic: “Teaching graduate pharmacokinetics at multiple institutions: A distance education case study.”

Dr. David Anderson attended the Board of Regents meeting of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in Lexington, Ky., from June 21-23. Amongst the important business meetings was time to attend races at Churchill Downs (home of the Kentucky Derby) and visit several horse farm facilities including Keenland, Hill and Dale, and Lane’s End. Dr. Larry Bramlage, DVM 1975, hosted the meeting and gave a tour of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.

Dr. Mike Apley spoke at the International Conference on Bovine Mycoplasmosis in Saskatoon on July 7. Topic: “Antimicrobials for the prevention and treatment of mycoplasmosis.”

Mohammad Al-Bataineh won a student presentation award at the June meeting of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Rockville, Md. His adviser is Dr. Ronette Gehring.


New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Welcome to:

Tinisha Selvy - VMTH
Cindy Wilson - KSVDL
Lalitha Peddireddi - KSVDL

Thanks and goodbye to:

Amy Heyroth - VMTH
Carolyn Marino - DM/P
Amanda Sheets - KSVDL
Frances Clark - Dean’s Office
Hannah Coleman - Clinical Sciences


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