The official newsletter of the College of Veterinary Medicine
February 2011 - Vol. 6, No. 2
Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Michael Dryden, known for his research on controlling fleas and tick diseases, receives special recognition.
Nanoparticles put the heat on cancer research
Dr. Deryl Troyer leads collaborative research team.
Helping cattle get a leg up
Bovine research team measures lameness in cattle and searches for methods to alleviate pain.
Dr. Michael Dryden will be recognized on Feb. 12 as the 2010 Veterinarian of the Year by Ceva Animal Health at the Purina® Pro Plan® 56th Annual Show Dogs of the Year® Awards, presented by Dogs In Review in New York City.
Dr. Dryden, is a professor of veterinary parasitology, in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology. He is active in several professional associations, including the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists, the American Veterinary Medical Association and was a founding member of the Companion Animal Parasite Council.
In 1995, Dr. Dryden was awarded the “Pfizer Award for Research Excellence” for contributions that significantly advance our knowledge of animal health. He was awarded the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association’s “KSU-Distinguished Service Award” in 2005. He earned the Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding instruction of second-year veterinary students in 2006. He received the Recognition Award in Urban Entomology from the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America in 2007. In 2010, Dr. Dryden was awarded the “Excellence in Teaching Award” from the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, recognizing contributions to the education of future veterinary dermatologists at its residents’ forum. Dr. Dryden earned his DVM at K-State in 1984 and then earned a masterís degree in 1988 and Ph.D. in 1990 at Purdue University.
In addition to Dr. Dryden’s veterinarian-of-the-year award, the Show Dogs of the Year dinner will recognize the seven show dogs with the greatest number of Group Firsts in 2010, most of whom are going on to compete at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show next week. Along with those dogs, there will be Special Industry Awards honoring individuals whose dedication to the dog world is incomparable. These individuals will be honored for heightening public awareness of canine well-being and to elevating respect for the industry at large. Awards include Groomer of the Year, Veterinarian of the Year, Shelter of the Year and Trainer of the Year.
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At any given time between 10 and 20 percent of dairy cattle in the United States are afflicted with lameness, making it one of their most common ailments. (Editor's note: In feedlots, lameness runs at about 1 percent.)
That’s why a K-State research team is working to reduce the percentage of cattle affected by bovine lameness.
Three researchers – Dr. David Anderson, professor of clinical sciences; Dr. Brad White, associate professor of clinical sciences; and
“K-State is one of the few universities in the country with a farm animal surgery program,” Dr. Anderson said. “Because of the research we’re doing here, we’re getting national and international attention about these programs.”
The team is developing a model to assess lameness and identify possible ways to treat it. Lameness can be excruciatingly painful for cattle and is caused by a variety of factors, including nutrition, environment and infectious organisms, Dr. Anderson said. When damage to the hoof and sole results in ulcers, abscesses or infection of the deep tissue of the foot, it causes severe pain during weight bearing.
The goal of their research is to identify risk factors for the prevention of lameness, validate tools for early detection, develop recommendations for effective treatment, and ultimately improve the health and welfare of cattle. Each researcher is focusing on a different area of the project.
Dr. Anderson is working on pressure map technology, which is a way of measuring the weight bearing and method of stride. Dr. White is working on accelerometry, which involves using monitors to measure the behavioral responses of animals. Dr. White can monitor an animal for 24 hours to determine how much time it spends lying down, moving around or standing still.
Dr. Coetzee, a pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic specialist, is working to analyze indicators of pain in the blood and analyzing drugs to determine the dosage to reduce pain.
So far the researchers have developed ways to assess lameness. They are now looking at therapeutic models and identifying drugs that could help ameliorate pain and lameness.
The researchers recently published work on sodium salicylate in the Journal of Dairy Science and will have an upcoming article about flunixin in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, expected sometime in 2011.
Dr. Anderson spoke at the 2010 World Buiatrics Congress in Santiago, Chile, about farm animal surgery and has been invited to speak at the 2012 World Buiatrics Congress in Portugal.
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The national online training program www.animalcaretraining.org for beef and dairy production was developed to educate English and Spanish-speaking beef and dairy producers, animal transporters, livestock auction market employees and bovine veterinarians. This novel program is the result of collaborations between the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) and Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) with the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. Web-based audiovisual training modules on topics such as animal husbandry, animal welfare, environmental stewardship and food safety practices for the beef and dairy industries are available.
“Producers and veterinarians continue to provide outstanding care for their beef and dairy cattle,” said Dr. Dan Thomson, director of the Beef Cattle Institute. “As new practices evolve or technologies emerge to improve animal welfare or food safety, we need a mechanism to rapidly share the information and training in remote locations. The goal of the program is to utilize modern technology to reach out to rural areas and provide up-to-date continuing education for all people involved with raising beef and dairy cattle to improve animal welfare, food safety and environmental stewardship.”
The Animal Care Training program is managed by the Beef Cattle Institute and features streaming multimedia modules in English and Spanish and is designed to provide valuable online training in various areas of animal care for employees internationally.
“As a consulting veterinarian, the training modules are a new tool for my business,” said Dr. Nels Lindberg, Animal Medical Center. “With rapid turnover of employees in feedyard operations, this distance education tool is great for those clients that I see routinely and those that I can’t reach as often as I would like. The quizzes built into the modules keep individuals engaged and provide additional training that feedyard managers are looking for.”
Employees can work through the training modules in English or Spanish at any time. Training employees is essential for worker safety, employee retention, and production of wholesome products. When a training package is complete, a certificate of completion will be available for printing.
“By registering employees, a manager can track progress as employees work through the training program and those that complete training are recorded in a national database of certified producers,” said Clayton Huseman, executive director, Feedlot Division, Kansas Livestock Association. “The training modules on www.animalcaretraining.org are an excellent tool for training all feedyard employees in beef quality assurance.”
National online training program for beef quality assurance
To date, the Animal Care Training program has 7,000 beef and dairy producers trained on Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Dairy Animal Care and Quality Assurance (DACQA) principles in its electronic database.
“Beef Quality Assurance is focused on the needs of all farmers, ranchers, and cattle veterinarians to produce the safest and most wholesome beef in the world,” said Ryan Ruppert, senior director of beef quality assurance, National Cattlemen's Beef Association. “As we move into the 21 st century to reach new producers across the country, we are working with the Animal Care Training program to provide those producers with online certification options to better fit their lifestyle and educational preferences.”
Bovine veterinary continuing education credits offered
The BCI has also teamed up with the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) and the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA). The AABP modules provide online Continuing Education (CE) training for AABP members. There are over 150 online CE modules available for credit.
According to Dr. M. Gatz Riddell Jr., Executive Vice President, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, “The online modules were created with three goals in mind for our members:”
The LMA modules include the LMA guide to Animal Handling and Employee Training for Livestock Marketing Businesses. In addition to reaching the beef and dairy industry, there are also modules available on humane equine management.
Donít forget to order your '150 Year of Kansas Beef' commemorative book!
The Comparative Medicine Group has announced the hiring of its new director, Dr. Denver Marlow, who earned his DVM at K-State in 1978.
Dr. Marlow was previously an associate professor and director of animal resources at Oklahoma State University since 2001. From 1999-2000, he was the animal care director at the University of Wisconsin’s medical school. Prior to his work in academics, Dr. Marlow served in the military for 20 years in several animal medicine departments.
Dr. Marlow is an American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine Diplomate. He is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, Association of Primate Veterinarians, the Oklahoma Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, Sigma Xi scientific research society and American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.
Dr. Marlow is married to Alice and they have two children: Blythe and Drew.
The Comparative Medicine Group aids the College of Veterinary Medicine and other K-State colleges and departments in research, training and testing programs for units that use animal testing.
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Dr. Jack Lee Anderson, Columbus, Neb., is the 2011 recipient of the Alumni Recognition Award at the annual convention of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association held Jan. 21 in Lincoln, Neb.
Dr. Anderson received his DVM from K-State in 1965. After graduation, he worked as a captain in the Air Force Veterinary Corps for two years. He went into general practice in Sycamore, Ill., from 1967 to 1978, and then founded and practiced in a swine-consulting practice in Columbus from 1978 to 2005. He also owned and managed small animal practices in Fremont, Neb., and Grand Island, Neb., from 1982 to 2007. Dr. Anderson participated in the Swine Executive Program at the University of Illinois from 1991-1993. He retired in 2007.
“I greatly appreciate receiving this award,” Dr. Anderson said. “It is rewarding to be recognized by one’s peers. My veterinary education from KSU has allowed me to pursue my veterinary career to its fullest.”
“This is our second time in recognizing Dr. Anderson with an alumni award,” Dean Richardson said. “He has had a long distinguished career that deserves special attention in his home state in front of his peers and professional colleagues. His commitment to animal health in Nebraska is stellar, and we take great joy in sharing our appreciation for his service to the profession and region.”
Dr. Anderson has held several leadership roles throughout his career. He served as the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association district president from 1988 to 1990; president of the American Association of Swine Practitioners in 1991; board member for the Northern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association from 1976 to 1978, including vice president from 1977 to 1978. He taught a 15-hour swine production and health management course annually at the Central Community College in Columbus from 1985 to 1988. Dr. Anderson served on the American Veterinary Medical Association General Health Life Insurance Trust board from 1989 to 2003.
Dr. Anderson has received several awards throughout his veterinary career. In 1999, he was the recipient of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association Distinguished Service Award. He was also selected for a K-State veterinary alumni recognition award at the American Veterinary Medical Association convention in Nashville, Tenn., in 2002.
Dr. Anderson is a member of Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.
Dr. Anderson is married to Patricia (Gell). They have two daughters: Amy and Beth; and one son: Todd. His daughter, Beth, earned a DVM degree at K-State in 1996. She owns and manages practices in Fremont and Millard, Neb.
Dr. Antje Anji, Research Assistant Professor/Graduate Faculty, Department of Anatomy and Physiology
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Family Information: I live with my sister.
What would you do if you had a snow day? You know, I believe in Murphy’s law. As it has happened in the past on snow days, I had an important experiment going on and had to go to work. But if that is not the case, I would probably just watch a good movie.
What is a favorite childhood memory? Setting off fireworks for Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, with my brothers.
What is your favorite inspirational quote and who said it? "There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness." - Dalai Lama
What was your favorite subject in school and why? Physics. I hated subjects where you have to memorize material. Physics can explain the most fundamental concepts in nature.
What is your favorite song and why? "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin. I try to live by this.
Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? Given my scatterbrain nature I would probably ask my sister to bury it for me.
What is one thing you can’t go a day without? I would have to say, my iPhone.
Over the holidays you spent all of your extra money for travel or on gifts for others and now you can’t buy anything for yourself? One of your graduate public health classes will require taking a test on a computer and you don’t have one and don’t have extra money to buy one. One of your options is to take the test on a public computer at the Veterinary Medical Library (VML) but you know that you may not always be able to go to the library since you often need to stay home with your children. Another option is to check out one of the five loaner laptops available at the VML when it is time to take your exam.
Next month your sister is getting married and you volunteered to tape the ceremony. You forgot to ask her if she had a camcorder. If she doesn’t have one, then you’ll have to buy or borrow one from a friend in time for the wedding. Another option is to check out one of the camcorders that are available at the Veterinary Medical Library. The library has four mini-tape recorders whose tapes can be easily edited. Another camcorder that records directly to a DVD is extremely easy to use but only holds about 30 minutes of video. The newest video recorders that can be checked out are the FLIP cameras that are small and hold up to 2 hours of recording. The videos from these can be downloaded to a computer via a USB connection.
Your local humane society has asked you to give a talk on veterinary medicine. You have a tablet computer and can do a PowerPoint presentation on the topic but don’t have a way to project your work to a large group. Your friends don’t own an LCD projectors and the humane society doesn’t have one either. The Veterinary Medical Library can come to your aid by letting you check out one of their LCD projectors. The projector can be checked out for a limited time for educational purposes.
As a faculty member you have been asked to set up a video conference with someone at the new K-State Olathe campus to discuss some cooperative research. You have a computer in your office but no camera on your computer. You aren’t sure what kind of camera to buy. The Veterinary Medical Library has a Logitech Quick Cam that can be checked out. This will enable you to try out a camera and set up the conference without investing in one yourself. You could also probably do some on-line conferencing with your grandkids as well and test it out prior to your important research conference.
The above examples are just a few of the ways that faculty, staff, and students can utilize some of the library’s technology items. The library has other items for checkout such as click and shoot digital cameras, tripods for holding digital cameras and camcorders steady during long photography sessions, digital recorders to record lectures (with the teacher’s prior permission, of course), and even a drawing device called the Wacom tablet which allows you to draw on your computer screen. We also have some new technology items on order and will write about them next month. Gina Scott (email@example.com or 532-6307) at the Veterinary Medical Library is available to teach you how to use these devices and will check them out to you.
In January, Drs. Meredyth Jones and David Anderson received the “Appreciation Award” for “generous commitment of time, support, and inspiration” from the Mid-America Alpaca Foundation.
Dr. Guy Palmer, class of 1980, has been selected to be the 2011 Alumni Fellow. The K-State Alumni Fellows Program, sponsored by the Dean's Council, the President's Office and the Alumni Association, recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers. Check back next month for a special video report.
Kristen Sterneker, public health master’s student, participated in the 10th annual Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest. Kristen had the highest individual score in the contest and the K-State team placed third in the graduate student division.
Dr. Terry McElwain, DVM 1980, was selected as the American Academy of Animal Scientists fellow. The selection was based on his distinguished contributions to public health through infectious diseases investigation and implementation of laboratory networks for detection and confirmation of pathogen emergence and spread.
This year is “World Veterinary Year” because the first veterinary school was founded in Lyon, France in 1761, 250 years ago. The school was founded on Aug. 4, 1761 by Claude Bougelat, an expert horseman who was named the equerry of France and the director of Lyon Academy of Horsemanship in 1740. With the school’s founding Bougelat helped establish the veterinary profession. Congress passed resolutions marking the 250th anniversary as World Veterinary Year.
Dr. Judy Klimek, gave a presentation January 13 at the annual KSU Teaching Retreat, titled “Group Exams:
Dr. Dan Thomson spoke at Michigan State University on Jan. 18, Ohio State University Jan. 19 and the University of Wyoming (Ontario), College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Jan. 20 on the topic of Farm animal welfare in the United States. On Jan. 25, Dr. Dan Thomson spoke at the Wheatland Stocker Conference at Oklahoma State University in Enid on the topics: Managing High risk Calves, Receiving calf nutrition, and Incorporating animal welfare into your beef cattle operation. On Feb. 4, he presented at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Annual Convention in Denver on the topic: Pharmacological tools for beef cattle welfare.
Dr. Johann (Hans) Coetzee spoke at the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners meeting in Saskatoon, Canada, on Jan. 14. His topic was Pain Management and Chemical Restraint in Cattle. He spoke as a Coughlin Visiting Professor at the University of Tennessee’s Annual Conference for Veterinarians on Feb. 4 on the topics: Pain assessment and pain management in cattle and Bovine Anaplasmosis.
Sue Hageman, research assistant, and Ginger Biesenthal, grant specialist, made a quilt for the Kansas Thoroughbred Association auction on Jan. 15. The quilt sold for $900 to the Hurley family.
Dr. Greg Grauer presented at the North American Veterinarian Conference in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 15-16, on the topics: “Early Recognition of Chronic Kidney Disease”; “Chronic Kidney Disease: Tailoring Treatment to Stage of Disease”; “MTP 4: The In’s and Out’s of Proteinuria”; “Hypertension and Proteinuria in Chronic Kidney Disease”; and “A Simple Approach to Urine Leakage and Urine Retention.” He presented at the Veterinary Medical Association in Vail, Colo., Jan. 20-23, on the topics: “The Nuts and Bolts of Azotemia”; “The Nuts and Bolts of Assessing Proteinuria”; Prevention of Acute Kidney Injury”; Use of NSAIDs in Dogs with Liver and Kidney Disease”; “Chronic Kidney Disease”; “Hyperthyroidism: A View from the Urinary Tract”; “Complicated, Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections”; “Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease”; and “Disorders of Micturition.”
|The Admissions Committee and interviewers report that they held “Dessert Wars” each weekend of admissions interviews. Drs. Meredyth Jones, Randy Norton and Lane Anderson each made two desserts and supplied them for all the interviewers for each of the three weekends of interviews. On the third weekend, the following prizes were awarded: Dr. Randy Norton: “Sweetest”; Dr. Lane Anderson: “Yummiest”; and Dr. Meredyth Jones: “Tastiest.”||
|Joe Montgomery, communications coordinator, Dana Avery, student assistant, and second-year student Todd Askren (who was featured in the December issue of Lifelines), accompanied the K-State Marching Band on its trip to the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl in New York City, where the K-State football team played the University of Syracuse. The band rode to New York on eight chartered buses and negotiated New York City after a heavy blizzard in December. Band members were allowed a couple of days of sightseeing prior to the bowl game. Joe has been the announcer for the band for 17 seasons. Dana plays saxophone in the band and Todd is a manager.
Feb. 18: CVM All-Faculty Meeting, 3:00 in the Mara Conference Center.
March 1: Phi Zeta Day, noon to 6:30. Keynote speaker: Dr. Luis Rodriguez, current Research Leader at Plum Island Animals Disease Center. See schedule.
April 2: Dog N Jog, Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital parking lot, Get more info at: www.vet.ksu.edu/events/dognjog
April 8: Kind Hearts, Caring Hands Day: White Coat Ceremony. The convocation speaker will be Dr. Alan Kelly, dean emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary school and an expert in areas such as Veterinary Public Health in a Global Economy and Veterinary Medicine’s Crucial Role in Public Health and Biodefense and the Obligation of Academic Veterinary Medicine to Respond.
March 5: Veterinary Technicians Conference
March 27: 28th Annual Frank W. Jordan Seminar
June 5-8: 73rd Annual Conference for Veterinarians
* More information about Veterinary Medical Continuing Education events can be found at the VMCE Web site.
Below is a list of speakers and the departments each speaker represents.
Feb. 14: Xiaoxia Wang – Anatomy and Physiology
March 7: Yelica Rodriguez – Anatomy and Physiology
March 14: Dr. Tadashi Inagami – Professor of Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
March 28: Dr. Soumen Paul – Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
April 4: Dr. John Wood – Dept. of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, University of Kansas Medical Center
April 18: Dr. Kirk Hamilton – Dept. of Physiology, University of Otaga, New Zealand
April 25: Dr. Jingxin Cao – National Microbiology Laboratory – Public Health Agency of Canada
May 2: Chen Peng – Anatomy & Physiology
Dr. Loretta Pappan - A&P
Dr. Mausam Kalita - A&P
Laura O'Brien - DM/P
Xiuyun Zhao - DM/P
Xiaogang Du - A&P
Dr. Hyoung Mi Kim - A&P
Ashley Bredengerg - VMTH
Julie Higgins - VMTH
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