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May 2010 - Vol. 5, No. 5

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Dr. Xiangyang Huang, Dr. Qingbo Wang and Dr. Jishu ShiSowing seeds in China

Dr. Jishu Shi lays groundwork for an animal health partnership between K-State and China
Where did he go and who did he meet?

Where's the Beef Symposium?

K-State's Beef Cattle Institute will host an International Beef Cattle Welfare Symposium in May.
What's on the agenda?

White Coat Ceremony celebrates its 10th

Annual event has quickly become a popular tradition.
See highlights here

Banquet honors seniors and teachers

Rabies Lab holds immunology workshop

SCAVMA holds barbecue and serves pie

Remembering Riko the drug enforcement dog

Come golf with us at the 16 Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Regular features

Steve ToburenUnder the Microscope
Meet Steve Toburen, Web Developer and FIX Program Coordinator, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology

Check it Out at the Library
"Animal Welfare Information Center"

News Ticker

Calendar of events

New Arrivals/Recent Departures

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Sowing Seeds in China

Dr. Jishu Shi lays groundwork for Animal Health Partnership

It starts with an idea and grows with time and effort. For Dr. Jishu Shi, the idea he developed with his department head, Dr. Frank Blecha, and the dean, Dr. Ralph Richardson, is starting to take root.

He visited China in late March and early April with help from a $1,500 International Incentive Grant provided by K-State’s Office of International Programs. Dr. Shi, an associate professor in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology, is working to develop the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health. This will be a K-State-based training center for the improvement of Chinese animal health education, research, government and industrial workforce. Having this center will create more jobs in Kansas and expand opportunities for U.S. animal heath businesses to have greater access to the Chinese market.

“We are trying to capitalize on our expertise in DVM training here at the College of Veterinary Medicine and also our connections with the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor,” Dr. Shi said. “There’s a need in China for improving veterinary education. We can bring veterinary students here or go to China to teach workshops and generate educational opportunities as well as business development opportunities.”

“Benefiting from Dr. Shi’s vision and a growing network of K-State alums in China, the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health represents a tremendous opportunity for our college, university and state — an opportunity that will to extend our capabilities and expertise in the DVM curriculum, animal infectious disease research and animal health workforce development,” Dr. Blecha said.

Dr. Shi said the first step is to have two or three students from China enroll at K-State, while the overall goal is to help improve the Chinese DVM training system and meet American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accreditation standards. He has been working with the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) to establish the China Veterinary Continuing Education Center in Beijing. The CVM would send its staff or faculty to teach as part of an outreach opportunity, especially veterinary specialists.

“In China, they have 55 colleges that can graduate students and then call them veterinarians, but only two have full colleges of veterinary medicine like K-State,” Dr. Shi said. “It’s believed there are anywhere from 300,000 to a million veterinarians in China. Now they’re trying to board certify their veterinarians and learn from the AVMA system. They just started in December, so they really want to learn how colleges are accredited. They have invited Dean Richardson to China in October to talk about how to prepare for AVMA accreditation as a veterinary school.”

Dr. Xiangyang Huang, Dr. Qingbo Wang and Dr. Jishu Shi
Dr. Jishu Shi (far right), associate professor in anatomy and
physiology, meets Dr. Xiangyang Huang, vice general secretary
of the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and
Dr. Qingbo Wang, vice general secretary of the CVMA.
Dr. Yongsheng Wang, Dr. Jishu Shi,Dr. Zhongqiu Zhang and Dr. Hua Wu
Dr. Shi makes connections with Dr. Yongsheng Wang, director of
public relations at Pfizer Animal Health Asia Pacific area;
Dr. Zhongqiu Zhang, general secretary of the CVMA, deputy
director general of the Veterinary Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture
of China ; and Dr. Hua Wu, professor at the Chinese Academy of
Agricultural Sciences. Note: Dr. Wu was at K-State as a post
doctoral fellow under Dr. Frank Blecha from 1996 to 2000.

Clinical training is the one area that Dr. Shi said the Chinese veterinary organizations are most interested in for their veterinarians.

“I went to talk to the potential partners -- the CVMA, China Veterinary Center for Disease Control, China Agricultural University, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, animal health companies in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, as well as Pfizer Animal Health Asia Pacific,” Dr. Shi said. “If we can provide the training and expertise, then they will pay to sponsor it for their students and practitioners.”

Dr. Shi said he would like to eventually have K-State DVM students work or study in China for a semester, which could allow them to learn traditional Chinese veterinary medicine techniques such as acupuncture.

“My goal is to make it a selective course,” Dr. Shi said. “This would give Chinese veterinary educators a chance to work with some of our best students, while giving our students a unique opportunity to study abroad.”

Another component of the partnership is to train animal and public health officials from all levels of Chinese government on animal disease control management and how to work with international animal health organizations.

While in China, Dr. Shi chaired two sessions at the 2 nd World Congress of Vaccines in Beijing. He also met with Chinese researchers at Huazhong Agricultural University, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China Veterinary Diagnostic Center and China Agricultural University to discuss ongoing and new research collaborations in his specialty area of swine vaccines.

“My interest as a Chinese native and K-State faculty member is in helping both countries,” Dr. Shi said.

While the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health is only in its early planning stages, Dr. Shi sees lots of potential. The Center could become the leverage point for K-State to become listed as an official Overseas Training Institute and a university member of the China State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA). 

“This is really a development opportunity that could help increase our reputation,” he said. “The Pfizer Consortium for Chinese Veterinary Education wants us to be there. The Department of Commerce in Topeka has talked to us three times about how this center may improve opportunities for Kansas companies to get into the Chinese market for animal health. The Kansas Bioscience Authority wants to work with the center to attract Chinese commercial interests to Kansas. If we can get the best students from China to come to K-State for veterinary training and then return to China, we increase our reputation as an international training university. It’s really a win-win-win for everybody.”



BCI to host International Beef Cattle Welfare Symposium

Amid consumers’ growing interest in how their food is produced, K-State’s Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) will host the 2010 International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare May 19-21 on campus.

“This symposium will provide everyone who is involved in the beef cattle industry – from producer to veterinarian to feedyard manager and transport specialist to processor – the opportunity to have constructive discussion on well-being issues facing our industry,” said Dr. Dan Thomson, K-State associate professor and director of the BCI. “The speakers we have lined up for this are the leading experts in the field. Their depth, range and unique focus will provide all attendees with networking and problem solving opportunities.”

Featured speaker at the symposium, Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University, will present “How to Set Up and Implement an Auditing System.”

When it comes to auditing animal welfare, Dr. Grandin says any system designed to get the job done has to be simple and has to be measurable. The livestock behavior specialist is known internationally for her work in developing animal handling systems and audit guidelines for meat packing plants, transport companies and other livestock-related enterprises.

Dr. Grandin said, “If it’s not simple, you can’t do it,” adding that it is important to have objective, measurable actions in an animal welfare audit plan. She likened such plans to traffic laws. “The police aren’t going to pull you over because they just feel like pulling you over. They’ll stop you because they measured your speed and determined it to be faster than the law allows.”

Other speakers include: Dr. Joseph Stookey, an applied ethologist and sustainable beef systems research expert from the University of Saskatchewan; Dr. Mike Siemens, leader of animal welfare and husbandry for Cargill Animal Protein; Dr. Janice Swanson, director of animal welfare at Michigan State University; Dr. Glynn Tonsor, assistant professor of agricultural economics at Michigan State; Dr. Ron Gill, professor and extension livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Dr. Tom Noffsinger a cattle handling expert and beef cattle veterinarian; and others.

Conference presentations will include such topics as Answering public questions about beef production; How to set up and implement an auditing system in beef cattle operations; How can the beef industry better communicate to governmental entities; Teaching beef cattle welfare in the field; Analgesic pharmacology and management of pain associated with dehorning, castration and lameness; Management of culled dairy cows; Animal welfare at the beef packing level; How do we benchmark animal welfare progress in our industries; What are the economics associated with welfare; and more.

The symposium will be preceded by a half-day session on emergency preparedness for those involved in the beef industry. That session, which begins at 1 p.m., May 19, in Weber Arena, will cover such topics as handling loose cattle after an accident; moving downed animals, humane safety and handling fractious animals; humane euthanasia techniques and choices in the field and emergency response techniques for wounded cattle.

For those who are unable to attend in person, a live webcast option is available.

More information, including online registration, is available on the Web:


International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare.
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White Coat Ceremony celebrates its 10th

Kind Hearts Caring Hands day was held April 16 at the CVM. This marks the 10th year that the event has been held. Below are highlights from the day, including the Bagel Bonanza, Quiz Bowl and White Coat Ceremony.

Dr. Ron de Haven
Dr. Ron de Haven, executive vice president of the AVMA, issues a challenge to the class of 2011.
Quiz Bowl
Participants in the Quiz Bowl mull over a question about movies.
Dr. Paul Cleland from Hill's Pet Nutrition
Dr. Paul Cleland, representing Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. as a sponsor of the White Coat Ceremony, congratulates the 2011 class.
Hannah Kim and Dr. David Anderson
Hannah Kim, class of 2011, receives her White Coat from Dr. David Anderson.
Gail Eyestone and Staci Murray
Gail Eyestone and Staci Murray welcome you to the Bagel Bonanza!
Class of 2011
The class of 2011 takes the Pledge of Professionalism upon receiving their White Coats.


Banquet honors seniors and teachers

The College of Veterinary Medicine held its annual Senior Honors Banquet on the evening of Kind Hearts Caring Hands Day, April 16. A total of more than 80 scholarships, teaching and special awards are presented each year, with some scholarships going to multiple recipients. Pictured here are just a few of the distinguished awards. A full list of honors will be posted online soon at

Ved Minocha, Rebecca Kryzak and Dr. Harish Minocha
Dr. Harish Minocha and his wife, Ved, present the
Dr. Bishan Das and Ram Bai Minocha Memorial
Award to Rebecca Kryzak.
Dr. Bonnie Rush and Dr. Elizabeth Davis
Dr. Bonnie Rush congratulates Dr. Elizabeth Davis for receiving the Mary J. Reed Equine Compassion Award.


Dr. Melinda Wilkerson and Dr. Meredyth Jones
Dr. Melinda Wilkerson, left, presents the Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award to Dr. Meredyth Jones.


Rabies Lab holds Rabies Immunology Workshop

In April, the K-State Rabies Lab hosted a Rabies Immunology Workshop at the K-State Alumni Center. The event drew attendees from all over the world and included highly renowned experts from major institutions.

Dr. Donna Gatewood and Susan Moore
Dr. Donna Gatewood, (left) United States Department of Agriculture -Center for Veterinary Biologics, responds to a question about regulatory requirements for vaccines.
Dr. Alexander Wandeler
Dr. Alexander Wandeler, from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, gives a presentation on World Health Organization guidelines.


Dr. Rob McLean
Dr. Rob McLean. retired director of the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, asks a question during one of the panel sessions.

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SCAVMA holds barbecue and serves pie

SCAVMA held its annual All-College Barbecue at the end of April. In place of the traditional 'Kiss-the-Pig Contest,' this year, each of the first-, second- and third-year class presidents raised money for the right to throw a pie in the face of the other two class presidents. In addition, an impromptu auction was held to pie the faculty adviser, Dr. Steve Stockham.

Condiment table
The proper condiments ensure a great burger.
K-State student a cappella group Cadence performs at the picnic.
Picnic table full of burgers
The line for burgers and chips moves quickly.
Sara Craven and Zach Bruggen
Third-year president Sara Craven ensures that she has thoroughly pied first-year president Zach Bruggen.
Jewels Roque and Dr. Steve Stockham
Second-year class president Jewels Roque relishes her opportunity to pitch a perfect pie while Dr. Stockham braces for impact.
Pie meets face.


Remembering Riko the drug enforcement dog

The spring 2006 issue of AnimaLIFE magazine features a story about Sgt. Bill Gollner and his K-9 unit, Riko, who was treated for treated for histoplasmosis at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital by Dr. Rose McMurphy. Riko, a Belgian Malinois, recovered and went back to work fighting crime on the streets until being retired a couple of years later. Riko passed away April 1.

Clay Paws are supported through the CVM's Pet Tribute program. When a patient of the hospital is euthanized or passes away, some clinicians ask owners if they would like to have one, while others prefer to make one and send it along with a sympathy card. When Riko passed away, two paws were made: one for the Sgt. Gollner and one for Dr. McMurphy.

"Clay Paws are a gift we often give to owners who have experienced the loss of a beloved pet," said Dr. Emily Klocke, assistant professor in small animal surgery and Pet Tribute board member. "This is a way that we use to honor the human-animal bond and recognize the significance of pets in all of our lives. For many people, their pet is not a pet, but a family member, and the loss of that family member can be devastating. We hope to ease the pain of loss by providing a special keepsake for the owner to have in memory of their pet. The Clay Paw is especially significant to us because it is made and decorated by the senior student who cared for that animal and formed a bond of their own not only with the animal, but with the family as well."

To make the clay paw, the senior student who cared for the patient prepares the clay and push the pet's foot or paw in to make the impression. The clay paw is baked in a toaster oven and then painted with craft paint. Ribbons, stickers, buttons, gems, glitter, buttons, etc., can also be glued on. The clay paw is given a coat of clear spray for a shine, and then mailed to the owner and/or picked up by the owner.

In their junior year, veterinary students are introduced to Clay Paws during a lunch meeting that also informs them of the role of the Pet Tribute in our college. Pet Tribute Coordinator Sharon Greene and Dr. Klocke discuss what the Clay Paws are and their significance not only in their senior year, but also for the rest of their careers. Many practicing veterinarians also provide Clay Paws for their clients. Ms Greene brings examples of Clay Paws to the meeting for the students to see.

Over the last couple of years, about 600 clay paws have been produced each year. There are times when 2-3 are used for one clay paw (horses, etc.), and sometimes a client will get two clay paws.

Read the original AnimaLIFE story about Riko here.

Riko's 'Clay Paws'
Two Clay Paws were made in honor of Riko: One for Dr. Rose
McMurphy who treated Riko in 2006 and one for Sgt. Bill
Gollner. One side has a cast of Riko's paw print and the
other side has a reproduction of Riko's badge.
St. Bill Gollner, Riko and Dr. Rose McMurphy
Sgt. Gollner, Riko and Dr. McMurphy in 2006.


Under the Microscope

Steve Toburen, Web Developer and FIX Program Coordinator, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology

Steve Toburen

Place of birth: Manhattan.

Family Information: I grew up just down the road in Riley, Kan., and have lived in the central Kansas area most of my life. I currently live in Saint George and am married to a wonderful woman, Elsa, who works for the Food Science Institute at K-State. I have been blessed with two wonderful children: Austin, age 7, and Stephanie, age 9. Both Stephanie and Austin attend Saint George Elementary School.

Pets: Our family has two dogs, both of which are Brittany Spaniels and are excellent hunting dogs.

What are some hobbies you have? My hobbies would include most anything in the outdoors such as hunting quail, pheasant and deer, as well as going camping, fishing and boating. I also enjoy cooking good barbecue as a hobby and am a member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society. I enjoy entering competition barbecue contests and have competed against some of the best barbecue cooks in the country.

What are your biggest pet peeves? Putting things back where you got them — If everyone would just put things back where they got them, you would know right where to look the next time you need them. Political Correctness — In this day and age of political correctness, it seems like people are so busy choosing their words as not to offend someone that they never really get to the point and say what they really mean. Promptness — If someone says they will be somewhere at a specific time, be on time and do not keep people waiting.

Have you ever had a vacation that surprised you? My most memorable vacations would be when as a child I went to Table Rock Lake and Silver Dollar City for the first time. Also, I went to Peru, South America. It was my first time traveling outside of the United States, and the experience was a huge culture shock. It made me realize just how fortunate we are. I think everyone should travel outside the U.S. to a country that is less fortunate. It gives you a new appreciation for what you have, and how good you really have it.

Who are some of your favorite entertainers? According to Wikipedia, “An  entertainer is someone who is hired to entertain people. This can come in a wide range of forms, from a musician, to an actor, to a magician.” That being said, some favorite musical entertainers would be classic rock bands like Van Halen, ZZ Top, Rush, Journey, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones and Foreigner, to mention a few. When it comes to actors, John Wayne is my all time favorite. I have always been a fan of westerns and war movies. Although John Wayne would top the list, other actors that would make the list are Clint Eastwood, Tom Selleck, Sam Eliot, Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage and Mel Gibson.

Under the Microscope logoWhat do you look forward to every day? What I look forward to most every day is getting home so I can spend time with my wife and children. For me, my family is the center of my world.

How do you relieve stress? Doing things I enjoy, such as my hobbies of fishing, hunting, camping and cooking barbecue, are my way of relaxing and relieving stress. It gets me away from the normal day-to-day cycle of things and in the outdoors, which is where I like to be. Kicking back around a campfire with good friends and consuming an adult beverage would be tops on my list of ways to relax.

What is the favorite part of your job? I think the most favorite part of my job is working with the students. You get to know them on a personal level, and many times travel with them to seminars, on retreats and field trips. I work with them during the ups and downs of college life; see them progress, excel, graduate; and then move on. It is a good feeling to know that perhaps I played some small part in helping a young man or woman make it through college and move on to a bright future and successful career.



Check it Out at the Library

Animal Welfare Information Center

by Carol Elmore

Carol Elmore Complying with relevant animal welfare laws and regulations is a constant concern of veterinarians and veterinary researchers. One of the roles of the National Library of Agriculture through its Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) located on the Internet at the following address: is to provide information for improved care of animals and their use in research, testing, teaching and exhibition. This role was mandated by the Animal Welfare Act of 1985 to provide information which would prevent unintended duplication of animal experimentation and improved methods of animal experimentation including methods to reduce or replace animal use and minimize pain and distress to animals.

“News and Events” which appears on the opening page of the AWIC site is a very useful feature because it is there that important changes to the law and its applications are brought to the attention of those using the site. On the left-hand side of the page under the heading, “Browse by Subject” are links to such information on alternatives, literature searching including databases, pain and distress, and euthanasia. There are also specific heading for research animals, farm animals, zoo, circus and marine animals, and companion animals.

A multitude of other helpful information is presented on the AWIC site and veterinarians and researchers and would find it very worthwhile to explore these web pages. Members of the staff of the Veterinary Medical Library will be happy to help with questions about information on the AWIC site and any other information requests.

Please visit the Veterinary Medical Library Web site: for help on this and other subjects.


News Ticker

Dr. Michael Dryden, DVM 1984, was recognized at the April 2010 meeting of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology in Portland, Ore. A professor of veterinary parasitology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, he was presented with an Excellence in Teaching Award for his contributions to the education of future veterinary dermatologists.

The American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology holds their “Resident Forum” each year prior to their annual meeting. The resident forum is a two-day intensive education program designed to provide dermatology residents from around the world the latest science in area of veterinary dermatology prior to them sitting for the dermatology boards.

While Dr. Dryden is not a veterinary dermatologist, one area of his clinical research program at K-State focuses on the biology and control of fleas and ticks affecting dogs and cats. These areas have significant overlap with veterinary dermatology.

Dr. Dryden provided advanced education on external parasites and external parasiticides at the resident’s forum in 2006 in Palm Springs, Calif., 2008 in Denver, and in 2010. Dr. Dryden was also an invited lecturer at the AAVD annual meeting in Savannah, Ga., in 2009.

Dr. Michael Dryden
Dr. Michael Dryden won the Excellence in Teaching Award from
the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology in April.

“My teaching approach at the resident’s forum is a combination of open questions and answers combined with Powerpoint slides to emphasize specific points with data,” Dr. Dryden said. “The AAVD is an outstanding organization and to have been asked to help educate future dermatologists, let alone be recognized for those efforts, was exciting and at the same time humbling. “

The clinical veterinary parasitology program areas of emphasis are flea and tick biology and control, investigating urban wildlife as vectors of parasitic diseases and diagnosis and control of gastrointestinal parasites. These research programs have generated more than 100 journal articles and book chapters and more than 100 presentations at scientific meetings. Dr. Dryden has presented the group’s research findings and given continuing education seminars in 22 countries.

“Our productive and highly recognized clinical veterinary parasitology research program is directly attributable to the team approach of the group,” Dr. Dryden said. Dr. Patricia Payne, DVM 1971 and Ph.D. 2000, is an integral part of the program and co-author on many projects. Currently three technicians keep the program running smoothly: Vicki Smith, Deb Ritchie and Amy McBride.



Dr. William Fortney received the Western Veterinary Conference’s Distinguished Service Award in February. This is the organization's highest award and is presented to those individuals who support the Western Veterinary Conference with their time and talent and who demonstrate selfless dedication to veterinary education and the advancement of veterinary medicine.

In March, Dr. Fortney presented the opening lecture at the Purina Summit on Small Animal Gerontology in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

Dr. Robert A. Smith and Dr. William Fortney
Dr. Robert A. Smith, past-president of the Western Veterinary Conference board of directors, presents the WVC's Distinguished Service Award to Dr. William Fortney.

Dr. Ben Wileman earned honors at the seventh annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit, March 25, at the Docking State Office Building in Topeka. He is a doctoral student in pathobiology and earned a $500 scholarship from KansasBio for his research posters.

The Capitol Graduate Research Forum is opportunity for select graduate students from K-State, the University of Kansas, KU Medical Center and Wichita State University to showcase their research through poster presentations to the interested public, state legislators and state officials. In all, 32 graduate students from the state's research universities were selected to participate in the summit.

Dr. Wileman was among the 10 K-State students who presented research at the summit, selected earlier this semester at a forum featuring 70 poster presentations on research being conducted at K-State that is relevant to issues being faced in the state of Kansas.

Dr. Wileman's poster was "Passive Immunity to a Commercial E. Coli-SRP Vaccine in Beef Cattle Colostrum from Cows Grazing Native Range." SRP is a registered trademark.

Dr. Ben Wileman with Ron Trewyn
Dr. Ben Wileman is congratulated by Ron Trewyn, K-State vice
president for research, at the Kansas Research Forum in April.

As one of the top beef-producing states in the nation, Kansas has the responsibility of also being a leading innovator in beef production that includes beef safety technologies, Dr. Wileman said. An example of this is that the majority of the beef cattle research on the newly licensed and trademarked E. coli O157:H7 SRP bacterial extract vaccine from Epitopix LLC has been done in Kansas through the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine.

"This unique industry-academic relationship has enabled Kansas producers to take a proactive approach toward beef food safety," Dr. Wileman said. "My research poster examined the ability of the E. coli SRP vaccine to be passed on to calves through the colostrum of vaccinated cows. The selection process for the Capital Graduate Research Summit was a great experience. Being selected as a finalist and then as one of the top two representing K-State is a real honor. The experience in Topeka with the other participating universities was very humbling. You are in a competition with one person doing cancer research, another looking at multi-cultural learning modalities, another studying photoelectric circuitry, another studying geology related to mining etc and you realize how broad of a research program we have at K-State and how much of an honor it is to be selected. This program really helps you develop a concise way to communicate the importance of your research with not just academic researchers but also members of industry."

Wileman said the thought behind the research is that it is known that calves become colonized with E. coli O157 shortly after birth. It also is known that the calf relies on the colostrum it receives from the cow for immunity in its first three to six weeks of its life.

"These two points raise two important questions," he said. "Can we get the E. coli SRP antibodies into the colostrum and into the calf? And, what impact does that have on E. coli O157 shedding down the production cycle at the point of harvest?

"This project demonstrated that we can get the E. coli O157 SRP antibodies in the colostrum and into the calves," Dr. Wileman said. "The longer term study, which is in progress, is looking at what affect does cow vaccination and calf vaccination have on E. coli O157 shedding at the point of harvest. With Kansas being the seventh largest cow-calf state in the U.S., this research will have a significant effect on Kansas producers and will help aid them in producing a safe and nutritious beef product."

Dr. Wileman's major professor is Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology in the department of clinical sciences.


Dr. Walter RenbergDr. Walter Renberg was appointed as director of international programs in the CVM in April. Under his chairmanship and with the enthusiastic support of many others in the CVM who have an interest in international programs, the International Activities Committee has been very active, creating more and more opportunities for the CVM to be engaged in international programs.

  Chris StephensThe Alumni and Development Office for the CVM says farewell to Chris Stephens, development officer, who has taken a new job as director of operations for EE Ranches Inc. in Dallas. EE Ranches is owned by the Ellard family, and includes a number of cattle ranches and horse operations in three states.

Clay King, senior pre-medicine and biology, won the first place award for the oral presentation of undergraduate research during the KSU Research Forum, which was held April 2. His talk was entitled "Human umbilical cord matrix stem cells transfected with an interferon-β gene markedly attenuated the growth of bronchioloalveolar carcinoma xenografts in mice"

Clay's research adviser, Dr. Masaaki Tamura, said, "Clay worked very hard. Atsushi Kawabata helped Clay to prepare his oral presentation well. It was very nice team work. Let's give them a big hand."

Clay King and Ron Trewyn
Clay King, senior pre-medicine and biology, is congratulated by
Ron Trewyn, K-State vice president for research, at the Kansas
Research Forum held in early April.

For the last two years, members of the KSUCVM Class of 2012 have donated their time and fundraising efforts to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, held each spring on the KSU campus.

"As members of a medical profession and future leaders in our respective communities, we recognize the importance of philanthropy and community involvement," team member Ashley Smit said. "While veterinary students certainly keep rather busy schedules, the event, a 12-hour walk lasting from 6 pm to 6 am, is a reminder that the fight against cancer doesn’t sleep. So for one night, participants do not either."

Team members raise money for ACS in the form of donations and luminarias decorated in honor and memory of those fighting cancer. During both the 2009 and 2010 relays, the Class of 2012 team was honored with a Bronze Team Award for their fundraising efforts topping $1,500 each year.

Top right: 2010 team members are, from left: Katherine Doyon, Ashley Smit, Zach Marteney, Naomi Wheeler (behind), Suzanne Goddard and Marit Bjerkadal, Not pictured is Sean Jefferson. (Suzanne, Marit and Sean are K-State undergraduate students.)
Bottom right: 2009 team members, standing, from left are Zach Marteney, Ashley Smit, Adam Ernest, Katherine Doyon and Clint Roof (class of 2013). In front are Jenny Bauman and Megan Bryant. Not picutred are Karen Lee and Jessica Stallbaumer.
2010 Relay for Life Class of 2012 team
2009 Relay for Life Class of 2012 team

Congratulations to CVM photographer David Adams. His son, Grant, placed third in Men’s 10m Air Pistol at the 2010 National Junior Olympic Championships held in Colorado Springs, Colo.

David, Grant and Carol Adams
David, Grant and Carol Adams
Grant Adams
Grant Adams, center, won third place in Men’s 10m Air Pistol at the 2010 National Junior Olympic Championships.


Dr. Jurgen Richt won a special recognition award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. He was given the award in honor of his work in H1N1 influenza research, cited as essential for carrying out the rapid response to the H1N1 pandemic.

Dr. Lalitha Peddireddi was elected to full membership in the K-State chapter of Sigma Xi Society, which is an international honor society of science and engineering. Sigma Xi has nearly 60,000 members who were elected to membership based on their research potential or achievements. More than 500 Sigma Xi chapters in North America and around the world provide a supportive environment for interdisciplinary research at colleges and universities, industry research centers and government laboratories. More than 200 members have won the Nobel Prize. Membership in Sigma Xi is by invitation. Those who have shown potential as researchers are invited to join as associate members. Full membership is conferred upon those who have demonstrated noteworthy achievements in research. Each year the Society initiates nearly 5,000 new members. Over the course of the Society's distinguished history, more than 200 members have won the Nobel Prize and many more have earned election to the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.

Dr. James W. Carpenter attended the CVC East, in Baltimore on April 10-12 where he presented nine hours of lectures on exotic animal, wildlife and zoo animal medicine.

Dr. Ken Harkin presented several lectures at the 2010 CVC East Conference in Baltimore on April 13.Topics included: Current Concepts in Adrenal Disease of the Dog, Parts 1 and 2; Canine Leptospirosis; Anemias and Thrombocytopenias in dogs and cats, parts 1 and 2; Hypercalcemia in dogs and cats; Fever of Unknown Origin; Difficult Vomiting Cases in the dog; Lymphatic disorders of dogs and cats.



Calendar of events

May 14: Commencement, McCain Auditorium.

June 6-9: 72nd Annual Conference for Veterinarians, K-State Student Union

* More information about Veterinary Medical Continuing Education events can be found at the VMCE Web site.


New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Welcome to:

Vangie Rodriguez - KSVDL
Joy Beth Brakey - VMTH
Dr. Samira Suhail Najm - DMP
Nancy McFarlin - VML/DISC

Thanks and Goodby to:

Dr. Mingguang Zhou - A & P


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