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July 2010 - Vol. 5, No. 7

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Dr. Noffsinger demonstrates cattle handling techniquesBeef Cattle Symposium rounds up a crowd

More than 800 stakeholders in the beef industry attended a special symposium at K-State.
What were the hot topics?

June Conference photo gallery

The 72nd Annual Conference for Veterinarians featured a wide range of activities.
Take a look at these pics!

Fourth-year student wins equine scholarship

Lindsey Horner is fulfilling her educational dream, thanks in part to a new scholarship.
Who gave the award?

KVMA awards highlight CVM faculty, alumni and families

Kudos to Custodian Sang Yi from the Virology Lab

AgriLabs announces CE scholarships in honor of alum

Heritage Evening awards go to Drs. Cash and Noordsy

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Adam Umscheid Under the Microscope
Meet Adam Umscheid, Computer Information Specialist, Computing and Technical Support

Check it Out at the Library
More upgrades for PubMed

News Ticker

Calendar of events

New Arrivals/Recent Departures

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International Beef Cattle Symposium rounds up a crowd

More than 800 beef industry stakeholders attended the 2010 International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare. The stakeholders consisted of producers, veterinarians, packers, retailers, industry organizations representatives and government agency representatives. The meeting was held in Manhattan and was hosted by the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State. The meeting was also delivered via live webcast, reaching more than 500 individuals in 27 states and six different countries.

The symposium brought more than 20 experts in the field of cattle welfare. Speakers such as Drs. Temple Grandin and Tom Noffsinger spoke on proper cattle handling techniques. Dr. Terry Mader spoke on mud and Dr. Dee Griffin discussed the effects of heat on cattle in the feedyard.

Other presentations included topics such as: Answering public questions about beef production; 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.

In addition to the above topics, the Beef Cattle Welfare Symposium was kicked off with an Emergency Preparedness session lead by Jennifer Woods. During this session Woods informed emergency personnel, producers and others on how to be prepared during emergency situations. She also discussed, trailer roll-over and proper techniques of euthanasia.

The introduction of the North American Food Animal Well-Being Commission was also made during the open presentation on Wednesday night. The mission of this commission is: An independent voice to advance evidence-based and practical improvements in the care and well-being of North American beef cattle. The members of the commission are:

  • Dr. Bob Smith – VRCS LLC
  • Dr. Carolyn Stull - University of California at Davis
  • Dr. Dan Thomson – Kansas State University
  • Dr. Dave Sjeklocha – Academy of Veterinary Consultants
  • Dr. Dee Griffin – University of Nebraska
  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner – University of California at Davis
  • Dr. Gatz Riddell – AABP, Executive Director
  • Dr. Guy Loneragan – West Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Hans Coetzee – Kansas State University
  • Dr. Jan Shearer – Iowa State University
  • Dr. Janice Swanson – Michigan State University
  • Dr. Ron Gill – Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Temple Grandin – Colorado State University
  • Dr. Tom Noffsinger – Beef Cattle Handling Expert - Benkelman, Neb.
  • Dr. Joseph Stookey – University of Saskatchewan, Western Veterinary College
  • Dr. Jeff Rushen – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Jennifer Woods – Livestock Handling Expert – Blackie, Alberta, Canada
  • Dr. Terry Mader – University of Nebraska


Dr. Dan Thomson delivers the opening remarks for the symposium
Dr. Dan Thomson delivers the opening remarks at the symposium.
Dr. Temple Grandin
Dr. Temple Grandin shows one type of gesture used for prompting desirable behavior in cattle.
Cattle handling session in Weber Arena
Dr. Tom Noffisinger, cattle handling expert, demonstrates proper low-stress handling at the emergency preparedness session at Weber Arena.
Dr. Frank Mitloehner
Dr. Frank Mitloehner, associate professor at UC Davis and director of its Agricultural Air Quality Center, reviews soil conditions for feedyards.

Quick pics at the Annual Conference for Veterinarians

Dean Ralph Richardson
Dean Ralph Richardson announces the formal naming of Coffman Commons during his Year in Review presentation. This area is one of several buildings or places on campus named for former veterinary faculty. Dr. Jim Coffman, class of 1962, was an equine professor and later became K-State's provost until retiring in 2004.
Dr. Lisa Pohlman at hematology lab
Dr. Lisa Pohlman, K-State assistant professor in Clinical Pathology, explains how to analyze different blood cells under the microscope.
Dr. Alfed Legendre
Dr. Alfred Legendre, professor medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, talks about shelter medicine and felines during one of the sessions he presented.
Golf tournament team
Teammates back each other up during the 16th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at Colbert Hills.
Dr. Sam Graham
Dr. Sam Graham addresses a packed room about emergency response plans. Dr. Graham, who lives in Kingman, Kan., is the state field veterinarian for the state of Kansas and a member of the class of 1959.


Dr. Jacob Thomas eyes patient
Dr. Jacob Thomas, a veterinarian from Topeka, eyes his patient closely during an ophthalmology wet lab.
Dr. Sarah Maddox and surgical stapler
Dr. Sarah Maddox (center), Herington, Kan., and class of 2008, tries her hand at operating a surgical stapler.
Vendors answer questions at the trade show
A vendor answers some questions during the trade show.
Athletic director John Currie
As a special invited guest, K-State Athletic Director John Currie talks about the academic success of student athletes. Conference realignment was a hot topic, and Currie expressed optimism that the Big 12 would stay together.


Fourth-year student wins equine scholarship

A longtime desire to work with horses has helped a Kansas State University veterinary medicine student earn a national scholarship.

Lindsey Horner, fourth-year veterinary medicine student, St. George, Kan., has received a $1,000 scholarship through The Winner's Circle Scholarship Program, which is sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation, Platinum Performance and The Race for Education.

Lindsey is among 32 veterinary students receiving the scholarship this year. The Winner's Circle Scholarship is for fourth-year veterinary students who are following a career path in equine medicine. The scholarships are intended to help offset the cost of veterinary school. Students are nominated from each of the American Association of Equine Practitioners' 36 student chapters in North America.

"The rising cost of veterinary school continues to present challenges to talented students who endeavor to enter the equine veterinary profession," said Wayne McIlwraith, chairman of the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation Advisory Committee. "The Winner's Circle Scholarship program provides financial relief for proven student leaders who have pledged their careers to advancing the health of horses."

Lindsey Horner with her horse
Lindsey Horner, shown with her horse Cinnamon, hopes to be an equine practitioner when she finishes her DVM degree.

Lindsey, who completed three years of undergraduate work at North Dakota State University before entering K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine, is an active member of the K-State chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

"I went to veterinary school because of my passion for horses and the equine industry," she said. "It only seems natural to specialize in equine veterinary medicine."

Lindsey plans on doing an equine internship after earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from K-State in May 2011. She then will consider entering private practice.

Lindsey is the daughter of Arlyn and Lisa Scherbenske, Steele, N.D. Arlyn Scherbenske is a mixed animal veterinarian. Lindsey also is a graduate of Steele-Dawson High School.

The Winner's Circle Scholarship Program encourages students' long-term loyalty to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, its foundation, The Race for Education and the Thoroughbred industry. The program distributed more than $130,000 in scholarship funds to students this year. Since its establishment in 2008, the program has provided more than $400,000 in financial support of equine veterinary students.



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KVMA awards highlight CVM faculty, alumni and families

The Kansas Veterinary Medical Association held its annual awards presentation during the 72nd Annual Conference for Veterinarians in the K-State Student Union. Several K-State CVM alumni and faculty, including some family connections, were recognized with 2010 awards.

Dr. Dick Hesse
KSU Distinguished Service Award to: Dr. Dick Hesse, associate professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology and head of diagnostic virology in the K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Bev Richardson and Brenda Cowan
KVMA Spouse of the Year: Brenda Cowan (right), Wichita, wife of Dr. Garry Cowan. She was presented the award by Bev Richardson, wife of CVM Dean Ralph Richardson.

Dr. Ken Burton
KVMA Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Ken Burton, Lyons, Kan., and class of 1981. He was nominated by Dr. John Nelson, Winfield, Kan., and class of 2004.


Drs. William Skaer and Christen Skaer
KVMA Lifetime Service Award: Dr. William Skaer, Wichita veterinarian and class of 1969, presented by his daughter and associate, Dr. Christen Skaer, class of 1999. They work together at the Skaer Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Cindy Payne-Robertson
KVMA Past President Recognition: Dr. Cindy Payne-Robertson, Valley Center, Kan., and class of 1985, received past president recognition as presented by current president Dr. Sheila Dodson, Merriam, Kan., and class of 1999.


Kudos to Custodian Sang Yi from the Virology Lab

As with all great workplaces and especially larger institutions of learning, sometimes the primary mission, what we witness day to day, overshadows the tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work that truly keeps a place running at full speed. One person who exemplifies the model employee in the maintenance and custodial operations here at the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine is Mr. Sang Yi. Not only is Mr. Yi always willing to literally drop everything he is doing to help someone, but he always goes about his work with a superior attitude and a larger than life smile.

The virology section in the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab would like to take a moment to recognize Mr. Yi and thank him personally for always being that consummate worker and specifically for being a huge help to our lab during some recent renovations and improvements. We really went wild getting rid of a massive amount of old lab supplies and moving equipment around, and he was right there with us making that an easy process. On behalf of the whole diagnostic lab, the virology section would like to say thank you for your daily hard work and enthusiasm.

Sang Yi
Sang Yi receives a special thank-you from the virology section in the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.
Virology lab
Recent renovations to the virology lab improve its working environment.


AgriLabs announces CE scholarships in honor of alum

AgriLabs will present two $5,000 named awards in honor of Dr. Bruce Wren, class of 1958. Recipients of AgriLabs Dr. Bruce Wren Continuing Education Scholarships will benefit from Dr. Wren’s commitment to both practical and formal continuing in the training of first-rate veterinarians.

Steve Schram, CEO/president of AgriLabs said, “AgriLabs has relied upon Dr. Wren’s professional expertise as a member of our Technical Services team for many years. But now it is time to invite the broader veterinary community to share in the recognition of his unwavering, deep commitment and dedication to the profession with the establishment of these scholarships in his honor.”

“The gap between the number of veterinarians available to serve dairy and beef producers continues to increase.” Remarked Mr. Schram, “These grants will provide dedicated veterinarians with significant resources for self-directed professional development and encourage them to remain in large-animal medicine.”

Candidates will design their own award through an application process and judging criteria based on:

  • A professional-development plan, describing the skills/knowledge candidates would like to improve upon to become a more valuable resource for their producer-clients and how they’d use the grant for this improvement.
  • Letters of reference from three individuals (including at least one producer and one veterinarian) who have first-hand knowledge of the applicants’ practice experience and educational interest.

The selection process and the administration of each of these two $5,000 grants — one to a beef practitioner, the other to a dairy practitioner — will be headed by Dr. Gatz Riddell, AABP, and Dr. David Selner, National Dairy Shrine

Dr. Wren will present the Awards to the inaugural recipients at the joint 43rd Annual Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the 2010 Academy of Veterinary Consultants Summer Meeting.


Dr. Bruce Wren
Dr. Bruce Wren, class of 1958, is the inspiration for two new scholarships designed to promote continuing education for bovine and dairy practitioners.


Heritage Evening awards go to Drs. Cash and Noordsy

Two popular CVM faculty members were honored at the annual Heritage Evening Banquet on June 6: one former and one current — Drs. John Noordsy and Wally Cash.

Dr. Noordsy received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He is an internationally recognized veterinary surgeon with an emphasis on bovine surgery. His career spans 62 years and involves postgraduate regulatory work and private practice in food animal medicine and surgery. He practiced in Marion, S.D., in a mixed animal practice for 13 years. Dr. Noordsy joined the K-State veterinary faculty in surgery and large animal medicine in 1960. He served from 1976 through 1984 as assistant dean of the college and, in the 1987-88 school year, was acting dean. He retired in 1990 as associate dean of Academic Affairs and Alumni Relations. Dr. Noordsy received his early education at a rural, one-room elementary school and rural high school. He earned a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State College, Brookings, in 1944. Dr. Noordsy received his DVM from K-State in 1946 in an accelerated degree program and a master’s degree in pathology from K-State in 1962, although he also performed part of his graduate studies on poultry viral diseases at Iowa State University, Ames, from 1946-1948. Dr. Noordsy and his wife, Pat, live in Sioux Falls, S.D., and have three children: Thomas, Jill and Terry, all of whom are involved in medical pursuits; eight grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Dr. Cash was given the E.R. Frank award. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in 1969, DVM in 1971, and Ph.D. in anatomy/physiology/pathology in 1982, all from K-State. From 1971 until 1974, Dr. Cash was in private veterinary practice in Rockford, Ill. Dr. Cash returned to K-State in 1974 as a temporary instructor, but stayed on, eventually becoming a full professor in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology. Dr. Cash has been a member of more than 15 graduate student committees and has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Cash has produced more than 20 videotapes used in his anatomy classes and served on many college and university committees. Dr. Cash has received the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award in 1980 and in 2000, Merial Award for Teaching Excellence in the First Year in 2005 and 2009, and Professional Performance Award in 2007. Dr. Cash and his wife, Trisha, live in Manhattan and have one daughter: Caitlin.

Dr.John Noordsy
Dr. John Noordsy says that K-State veterinary alumni are 'purple veterinarians' and need to be proud of their connection with K-State. He was given the Distinguished Alumni Award at the Heritage Evening Banquet.
Dr. Walter Cash with his wife Trisha and daughter Caitlin
Dr. Walter Cash shares his evening honors with his wife,Trisha , and daughter, Caitlin. He was given the E.R. Frank Award.
Class Initiative Award
The Class of 1970
The Class of 1970 earned this year's Reunion Achievement Award, just nudging out the class of 1955 by a few tenths of a percentage point. From left: VMAA President Dr. Mike Moore and class of 1970 representatives Dr. James Wright, Dr. Tom Cure, Dr. Bill Morland, Dr. John Rule and Dean Ralph Richardson. The 1970 classmates won with 64 percent participating in cash donations to the College of Veterinary Medicine in fiscal year 2010. They raised $14,894. The class of 1970 beat the class of 1955 by 1 percent. The 1960 class came in third at 53 percent. Together the classes of 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005 raised $112,587 by gifting to their areas of interest within the College of Veterinary Medicine. The college extends a special thanks to all of you who joined in the competition.



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The College of Veterinary Medicine has created its own official Facebook page: We'll be using it to help promote the activities and events, as well as provide a starting point for alumni, students, faculty and staff to connect with each other. Please visit and click the "Like" button. You can search for us by name: Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Under the Microscope

Adam Umscheid, Computer Information Specialist, Computing and Technical Support

Adam Umscheid


Family Information:My wife, Megan, is also a K-State graduate and works at K-State.

Pets: A dog Molly

What are some activities you enjoy doing in the summer? Working on my family farm, Playing Rec Softball, Started a boxing class just this summer.

What is the most intriguing part about your job? Working with different people everyday.

Microscope logoWhat is your favorite TV show of all time? The Office

If you could live anywhere else in the world where would you be? Colorado, in the mountains

What do you listen to on your way to and from work everyday? 810 AM or 101.5 K-Rock

What was the worst summer job you have ever had? Roofing a house in the summer

As a child where did you see yourself working one day? Any job in sports



Check it Out at the Library

More upgrades for PubMed

by Carol Elmore

Carol ElmoreSeveral months ago I reported that PubMed had been undergoing some changes. Now even more changes and refinements have been made to this database that so many of us use extensively.

The advanced search page, which can be accessed from a link at the top of the opening page of the website, has been improved by the ability to process search terms present in either the search builder box or the main search box. Previously both options were not available on this page. Also Boolean operator buttons will now be in a pull-down menu and an automatic default to AND will occur unless OR or NOT are selected from this pull-down menu.

A new term, PubMed Discovery Ad, has been introduced. This does not refer to commercial advertising but instead refers to bits of information that are displayed along the right-hand side of a search. The “ads” refer to helpful information such as the search terms used or filters that can further limit a search.

One feature of PubMed that bears emphasizing is the ability to sign into My NCBI though a link near the top right portion of the website. After signing in searches can be viewed for up to six months rather than the usual eight hours default time period. Searches can be saved from this website for an indefinite time period if one chooses to do this. Many customization features are available through My NCBI if the default ones are not adequate. For example, one can choose to have more than 20 citations automatically open or new filters can be added. By using the terms “veterinary [sb],” a filter can be created that will only search journals that have been designated as veterinary medical journals. This filter can be useful but can sometimes eliminate useful articles that are published in medical journals as well as veterinary medical journals. Use of it would need to be carefully evaluated depending on the requirements for the search being conducted.

If you need help in using any of the PubMed features, old or new ones, don’t hesitate to contact one of the staff at the Veterinary Medical Library for assistance.

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


News Ticker

Drs. Jane Westfall and Neil Anderson have been invited to participate in the EPS Global 1st International Heart Forum being held Aug. 12-15 in Beijing, China. They were invited because of their research article, "Interaveolar septal changes with Pasteurella haemolytica-induced pneumonia in exertion-stress calves." EPS Global Medical Development is a world-leading medical and biotech consultancy which offers a unique blend of scientific and medical relations across the three cultures of China, Japan and the West. It has been collaborating with hospitals, universities and research institutions in China, Europe and North America co-organizing meetings in various fields of medicine and biotechnology.

Dr. Greg Grauer spoke at a Vetoquinol seminar in Avon, Conn., on June 7 and 8. The topic was "Showing the progressive nature of chronic kidney disease." From June 9 to June 13, he spoke at the ACVIM forum in Anaheim, Calif., on the topics of "Changing paradigm of proteinuria" and upper urinary tract case discussions. From June 16 to June 18, Dr. Grauer spoke at the Southeast Veterinary Conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. His topics were: "Nuts and Bolts of Azotemia," "Nuts & Bolts of Proteinuria," "Hyperthyroidism: A few from the Urinary Tract," "NSAIDs and the Kidney," "Chronic Kidney Disease, Part I and II," "Complicated/Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections," and "Micturition Disorders."


Meet the new interns

 Back row: Amanda Hartnack, Jill Singsank and Michelle Tichenor. Front row: Diana McGovern, Tori Miller and Rodney Schnellbacher
Welcome to the new interns. Back row: Amanda Hartnack, Jill Singsank and Michelle Tichenor. Front row: Diana McGovern, Tori Miller and Rodney Schnellbacher.



Calendar of events

July 15: Practicing Learner-Centered Teaching in Large Classes (seminar), Frey Conference Center, start time at 1:15 p.m.

July 31-Aug.3: 2010 AVMA Annual Convention, Atlanta

July 31-Aug. 3: 24th Meeting of the American Society for Rickettsiology, Stevenson Washington

Aug. 17: First-year class orientation

Aug. 25: Classes begin for first-, second- and third-year students.

Aug. 27: 4th Annual Conference for Care of Llamas and Alpacas, Mara Conference Center*, Trotter Hall

Nov. 18: Swine Industry Day, K-State Alumni Center

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


New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Welcome to:

Dr. Qinfang Liu - DM/P
Cody Steffey
Loryn Clauson - VMTH
Andrea Graham - VMTH
Diane Hess - VMTH

Thanks and Goodbye to:

Mitzi Wegman - KSVDL
John Ragsdale - DM/P
Takayuki Kudo - A&P
Marisa Romero - KSVDL
Nicole Pultz - KSVDL


Lifelines is published each month by the Development and Alumni Affairs Office at the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Editors are Tyler Nelssen, and Joe Montgomery,