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June 2011 - Vol. 6, No. 6

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Mother of four earns DVM Dr. Melanie Summers and daughter Aspen

Dr. Melanie Summers overcomes challenges to get her degree
How did she do it?


Alumni reunions create new memories during Annual Conference weekend.
Watch videologue for class of 1981.

Making history

Elective course at K-State has been accredited to celebrate World Veterinary Year.
What topics are included?

President says K-State becoming animal health leader

Dr. James Coffman receives 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr. Fred Oehme accepts 2011 E.R. Frank Award

BCI co-hosts beef performance and health training

VMTH says thanks to house officers

K-State dedicates World War II Memorial

CVM recognizes employees of the year

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Yaritxa Quiñones-Rodriguez, Ophthalmology Veterinary Technician, VMTH Under the Microscope
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Mother of four overcomes challenges to earn DVM

Story by Dana Avery

Walking across a stage at graduation brings a lot of emotions for many students. For one veterinary student, this day meant overcoming the challenge of balancing school and family responsibilities.

Melanie Summers earned her DVM this year. She is a wife and a mother of four (Braxton, 7, Sienna, 5, Aspen, 3, and Taylin, 11 months).

“I always wanted to be a veterinarian,” she said. “When I told people I wanted to go to veterinary school, they were surprised. I didn’t hear it while I was in school. But when I was done with school, people would come up and tell me how they were surprised I graduated. I didn’t let people’s doubts discourage me from going after my dreams. I used it as motivation.”

Though having a family did come with some challenges in itself, Melanie felt that balancing time and studies was always the biggest obstacle. There were days when the kids would get sick and her husband, Clint, would take off work when he could. When Clint couldn’t take off work, Melanie would take the children to school with her.

“There were times when my kids would come to lectures with me because something would come up,” Melanie said. “They would either color or play with electronics while I was listening to the instructor.”

Melanie says she felt she was limiting her children because they couldn’t be involved in extracurricular activities due to her school work. She hopes to change that in the upcoming year. Melanie said she is grateful for her education at K-State because the clinicians were really good about working with her. To her, family was the most important thing and the clinicians understood. This carried over into a scary situation for Melanie when her daughter Sienna became sick.

“I was working at an externship when I found out my daughter had E. coli,” Melanie said. “She was in the hospital for about a week. The doctors didn’t know what caused it, but I was scared that I was the reason for it. I was working around cattle at the time, and I didn’t know if I had brought something home with me.”

As the school year wrapped up, Melanie said this marked a big sigh of relief for her.

Dr. Melanie Summers and her family
Excited to be done, Dr. Melanie Summers celebrates graduation with her husband and four children. Back row: Taylin, Clint, Aspen and Melanie. Front row: Sienna and Braxton.

Melanie Summers and Dean Richardson
Melanie shakes hands and poses for a picture with Dean Ralph Richardson immediately after being hooded.

Graduation meant she could spend more time with her children and watch them grow up; she would no longer have to worry about what time she would be done with clinics and who would pick up the kids; she could spend time with family; and she had fulfilled her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

“Graduation was really emotional for me,” she said. “There were times when it was hard and I kept wondering if it was ever going to come. I am so thankful for everything I have. I get to be a veterinarian and I have my family.”

Melanie will be working at a mixed animal practice in Atchison, Kan., with three other veterinarians including fellow student Chris Hansen. She was excited for the opportunity, but wants people to realize anyone can accomplish his or her dreams while working through personal challenges.

“Realize you can do anything despite what the issue may be,” she said. ”You can push yourself. The challenge might not be kids, but it might be something else that people don’t know about. It’s important to follow your dreams and not give up.”




Hats off to the class of 2011

On May 13, 107 students earned their DVMs. Commencement was held in McCain Auditorium. Congratulations class of 2011!

A graduate says, "Thanks!" - written by Dr. Kimberley Hosking, class of 2011:

I just wanted to say thank you. The path to becoming a DVM is a long and, at times, very trying road. Somehow, through smiles and tears we made it, but we would not be where we are today without the help and support of all of you. I remember first setting foot in Manhattan, and K-state, for my vet school interview and calling my husband to say "I just have a good feeling about this place." Those words still ring true today. I didn't come here a K-state fan, but I leave bleeding purple.  I am so proud and honored to call myself a graduate of KSU College of Veterinary Medicine. This pride and honor is born through your hard work and dedication to make us better than we think we can be. To push us just a little past the "breaking" point until we get it together and realize "I do know this and I can do that." I thank you for all your time, beyond what is required or expected by your job, as this dedication benefits us to no end.  I leave here with the goal of making you proud and showing everyone else what it means to a Wildcat. I am a better person and a doctor because of you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please remember that what you do is invaluable, and is very much appreciated, even though at times it may not show. I wish you all the best and I hope to keep in touch. Thank you again, these are years I will NEVER forget (for good reasons, not bad!).


Provost April Mason presents Dr. Louis Anderson his DVM.
Provost April Mason presents Dr. Louis Anderson his DVM.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback gives the commencement address.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback gives the commencement address.


Dr. Kirby Joy hoods daughter Sarah Joy.
Dr. Kirby Joy, DVM 1975, hoods his daughter, Dr. Sarah Joy, class of 2011.
Moments after receiving her degree, Dr. Chelsie Burden poses for a picture.
Moments after receiving her degree, Dr. Chelsie Burden poses for a picture.

Reunited: Class reunions highlight annual conference

Several reunions were held in conjunction with the 73rd Annual Conference for Veterinarians. Classes going back each five years got together at different locations. Our video crew tracked the class of 1981. Check out the video below, and be sure to start thinking about your class's next reunion.



Class of 1981
The class of 1981 poses at its 30-year reunion at Colbert Hills golf course. See the video below for a full report.

Video produced by Joseph Chapes and Kent Nelson, technology coordinators from
Veterinary Medical Continuing Education.


Activities abound at Annual Conference for Veterinarians

This year's Annual Conference featured an amazing array of activities for all. Check out some of these offerings in this photo gallery.

Dr. Scott McVey
Dr. Scott McVey, supervisory medical officer of the Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease Research Unit, gives the keynote address at the conference welcome session.
Veterinary Technician Yaritxa Quiñones-Rodriguez, right, assists Dr. Johnny McConnaughhay, Hastings, Neb., during an ophthalmic techniques wet lab.
Veterinary Technician Yaritxa Quiñones-Rodriguez, right, assists Dr. Johnny McConnaughhay, Hastings, Neb., during an ophthalmic techniques wet lab.
Dr. Rod Bagley
Dr. Rodney Bagley, chair of veterinary clinical sciences at Iowa State University, gives a session on involuntary movement disorders in canines.
Ice cream social
Conference attendees enjoy ice cream at the end of the Tuesday sessions.
Dr. Mark Robertson
Dr. Mark Robertson, Tribune, Kan., drives a shot on the fifth hole at Colbert Hills during the 17th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament.
Dr. Sarah Kaufman looks at radiographs.
Dr. Sarah Kaufman, Lawrence, Kan., examines radiographs in one of the wet labs.
Dr. Pete Sherlock presents E.R. Frank Award to Dr. Fred Oehme.
VMAA President Dr. Pete Sherlock reads the inscription on the E.R. Frank Award being presented to Dr. Fred Oehme at the Heritage Evening banquet.
Dr. Bill McKinley
Dr. Bill McKinley, Cedar Vale, Kan., participates in a field hospital simulation sponsored by Kansas Animal Response Team.

KVMA Awards include several CVM alumni/faculty

Dr. Lisa Tokach, center, presents the KVMA Companiion Pet of the Year Award
K-State adjunct professor and Abilene veterinarian, Dr. Lisa Tokach (center), presents the Companion Pet of the Year
Award at the annual KVMA luncheon held on the Monday of the Annual Conference. The award this year was presented
to a group of pets. From left: Susan Morton and Bonnie, Dawn Gabel and Mitch, Dr. Tokach with a photo of Norbert,
Mika Gose and Magnum and Fiona Tokach with Stella.

The other KVMA awards presented were:

Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Jerome Nietfeld, professor in Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, presented by Dr. Lisa Tokach.

Hero Pet of the Year: Sabastian the cat, presented by alumnus Dr. Vern Otte.

Service Pet of the Year: Andor, a Wichita Police Department drug detection dog, presented by alumnus Dr. Garry Cowan.

Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Pete Sherlock, alumnus, presented by Dr. Luke Schmid, alumnus.

Lifetime Service Award: Dr. Richard Warren, alumnus (class of 1951), presented by Dr. Andrea Pellegrini.

Spouse(s) of the Year: Sisters Karen Hanson and Joan Burton, married to alumni Drs. Dirk Hanson and Ken Burton, respectively.

Past President Recognition: Dr. Sheila Dodson, alumnus, presented by Dr. Mike Malone, alumnus.

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Garry Cowan, alumnus, presented by Dr. Ken Burton, alumnus.



Elective course makes history on veterinary website

Vet 2011 logoThe elective course, AP780, History of Veterinary Medicine, has been accredited to celebrate World Veterinary Year, the 250th Anniversary of the First Veterinary School. The course was accredited by the U.S. Vet2011 Accreditation Subcommittee of the U.S. National Vet2011 Committee organized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The course will be included on the Vet2011 International website ( and the AVMA’s website ( later this month. Accreditation permits the use of the attached logos in course materials.

The year, 2011, marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of the first veterinary school in the world at Lyon, France in 1761 followed by the school at Alfort near Paris in 1764. This monumental work was the inspiration of the French veterinarian Claude Bourgelat (1721-1779) who was appointed director and inspector general of the school by King Louis XV’s Royal Council of State. This formally initiated the beginning of the veterinary medical profession. The primary purpose was to open a school to train veterinarians to eradicate livestock diseases such as Rinderpest. However, as a result of Bourgelat’s collaboration with surgeons in Lyon, he was also the first scientist to suggest that studying animal biology and pathology would help to improve our understanding of human biology and pathology, the beginning of the concept of “One Medicine – One Health.”

Some of the topics covered in this elective are:

Introduction to the literature on the history of veterinary medicine
A Time Line of Veterinary History
Horse-whims, Teamboats, Treadwheels, Horse Trains and Treadmills
Veterinary Institutions at the beginning of the 20 th Century
The Kansas City Veterinary College
History of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University
Abraham Lincoln Eisenhower: Veterinarian and the President’s Uncle
History of Public Health: Veterinary Public Health, Trade, and Kansas
History of Veterinary Medicine in Kansas City
History of Veterinary Anatomy
Anatomical Theatres
History of the Horse Doctor
The Lady is a Veterinarian
Reflections of the Old School:Dr. Winifred Mary Brancker
Embracing the Equine Profession: Dr. Olive Kendrick Britt
Pioneer Women in Veterinary Medicine
African-American Pioneers in Veterinary Medicine

Each student enrolled in the course is required to write a paper on some topic related to the history of veterinary medicine, to prepare a PowerPoint presentation on their topic, and some students have the opportunity to present their papers in class. Students are encouraged to submit their papers for the J. Fred Smithcors Essay contest, a national contest sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical History Society. The winning essays are published in Veterinary Heritage and they have also been featured in the JAVMA. Essays are also posted on the course web site for all students to read. Winning essays in the Smithcors essay contest from Kansas State University students in recent years are as follows:

2011 - Maite S. Torres – Class of 2014 – First Prize
Animals in Space: Reaching for the Stars.

2011 - Bruce Willbrant – Class of 2014 – Second Prize
The Emergence of Shelter Medicine in Veterinary Education: From Nonexistent to Necessary.

2010 - Elizabeth Williams – Class of 2012 - First Prize
The Forgotten Giants behind Louis Pasteur: Contributions by the Veterinarians Toussaint and Galtier

2010 - Gail Goble – Class of 2013 - Second Prize
Mad Cows and vCJD: A Tale of Two Epidemics

2010 - Jaime Stevenson – Class of 2013 - Third Prize
West Nile Virus: A Progression from Unknown to Endemic

2009 - Valerie Livingston – Class of 2012 - Second Prize
Foot and Mouth Disease: A Story of Resilience

2009 - Tiffany Lee – Class of 2012 - Third Prize
Brisket Disease in Cattle: A Brief Overview and History

2008 - Michael Walsh – Class of 2011 - Second Prize (tie)
The Emergence of Animal Rights in Veterinary Medicine

2007 - Alphina Ho – Class of 2010 - Third Prize
Shining Light on Foreign Animal Diseases: The Story of Plum Island





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President says K-State becoming animal health leader

For proof that Kansas State University is a leader in animal health, look no farther than the national research centers that have come to Manhattan because of the university's expertise.

That was the message K-State President Kirk Schulz had today for those attending an animal health summit hosted by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback at Kansas Farm Bureau. Schulz named some of these centers: the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, a national center for animal health; ABADRU, which left Wyoming to relocate in Manhattan and studies arthropod-borne animal diseases; and CEEZAD, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security center that focuses on emerging and zoonotic diseases.

"All of these are here because of the expertise we currently have, as well as our plans for growing this area aggressively in the future," Schulz said.

K-State wants to be a national leader in animal health, he said. As Schulz led the university in creating a visionary plan for the future — K-State 2025 — he said one consideration was in what areas can K-State play a major role not just in Kansas, but also in the Midwest and the United States.

"And animal infectious diseases is clearly one of the areas in which we will continue to excel," he said.

K-State's particular expertise is in zoonotic diseases — those spread between animals and humans — and emerging disease threats.

"The Biosecurity Research Institute here on campus at Pat Roberts Hall gives us the kind of facility we need to do these things aggressively," Schulz said. "As we hire more faculty and build on the expertise we currently have, the university will continue to be a national and emerging leader in this area."

Moreover, Schulz said that K-State's strength in this area will help build up the animal health corridor that stretches from Columbia, Mo., to Manhattan.

"We want to make sure we're a solid anchor tenant of this exciting enterprise that in the next decades will rival things like the research triangle in North Carolina and Silicon Valley in California," he said.

Schulz also said the university was behind Gov. Brownback's desire to have a nationally recognized veterinary medicine school in the state. Schulz said K-State was working toward making its superb College of Veterinary Medicine even better.



150 Years of Kansas Beef

Donít forget to order your '150 Year of Kansas Beef' commemorative book!

150 Years of Kansas Beef celebrates the people and institutions that have made Kansas beef what it is today. The historical and photograph-rich book will take readers through the hardships, changes, and triumphs of the Kansas beef industry over the last century and a half.

The book can be ordered online at, and will be printed by Donning Company Publishers and delivered in summer 2011.


150 Years of Kansas Beef


Dr. James Coffman receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr. Jim Coffman

Dr. James R. Coffman, Manhattan, Kan., is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award. This award is presented as part of the 73rd Annual Conference for Veterinarians on June 5. The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes veterinarians who have had an outstanding career and have contributed to the success of the veterinary profession through service and professional organizations.

Dr. Coffman earned a bachelor’s degree in 1960, DVM in 1962 and master’s degree in pathology in 1970, all from K-State. After earning his DVM, he operated a private equine practice in Wichita from 1962-1965. He returned to K-State and served on the faculty of the department of surgery and medicine from 1965-1969. After two years in private practice in Oklahoma City, Dr. Coffman served as professor of equine medicine at the University of Missouri from 1971-1981. He also was director of the Equine Center there from 1973-1977. Dr. Coffman returned to K-State in 1981 as the head of the Department of Surgery and Medicine. This marked the beginning of his 28 year tenure at K-State where he has served as dean of the college of veterinary medicine from 1984-1987 and provost from 1987-2004. For the past two years, he has worked as a volunteer with K-State’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, helping in the development of an equine-assisted therapy program. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 scientific papers and two books.

“It is a real honor and very humbling to receive this award,” Dr. Coffman said. “The College of Veterinary Medicine has been a very important part of my life, and I was really fortunate to have the education and experience I received there. This goes far beyond the classroom and clinics – to mentoring and long-term relationships. I am extremely proud to be part of the veterinary medical profession. It is a unique mix of hands-on expertise, problem solving and leadership. I am especially grateful to the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association and Dean Richardson for making this possible.”

“Dr. Jim Coffman has been an amazing leader with a career that spans the roles of veterinary practitioner, faculty member, department head of clinical sciences, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and provost of Kansas State University,” said Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “This award helps recognize an inspirational career, a great role model and a valuable colleague.”

Dr. Coffman has been active in many professional organizations including: American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), Phi Zeta, Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Kappa Phi and Gold Key honor societies. With his expertise, Dr. Coffman has served as president for multiple organizations including the ACVIM in 1976 and AAEP in 1986. He served on the AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust Board of Trustees from 1978-1983 and as chairman from 1983-1985.

Dr. Coffman has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career. In 1969, he was a recipient of the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award in veterinary medicine. Dr. Coffman was awarded an Alumni Recognition Award by the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine at the AAEP convention in 2002. He is a Distinguished Life Member of AAEP. He has received the Iverson Bell Award from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges in 2005. During that same year, Dr. Coffman received K-State’s E.R. Frank Award. In 2010, Coffman Commons was dedicated on the K-State campus in honor of Dr. Coffman. Coffman Commons is an outdoor plaza with seating and garden areas located south of Hale library.

Dr. Coffman is married to Sharon (Neill). They have three sons: David, Michael and Scott, and nine grandchildren.



Dr. Fred Oehme accepts 2011 E.R. Frank Award

Dr. Fred Oehme Dr. Frederick Oehme, Manhattan, Kan., has been named the 2011 E.R. Frank Award recipient. This award was presented at the 73 rd Annual Conference for Veterinarians on June 5.

The E.R. Frank Award is presented to a faculty member who displays the same professional essence as Dr. Frank, who was a longtime faculty member in equine surgery and a K-State alumnus. Nominees must have at least a 15-year relationship with the college, possess a noteworthy record of service and display an unassuming and unpretentious manner throughout their careers.

“The E.R. Frank Award has always held a special significance for me,” Dr. Oehme said. “When I was recruited in 1959 by Dr. E.J. Frick to join the K-State faculty, one of the bonuses was to train in large animal surgery with Dr. Frank. For me, the past decades have been a continuing learning experience – and I trust my input has contributed to the learning and development of the 52 classes of students I’ve had the privilege of instructing. It has allowed me to be a part of the ongoing legacy of Dr. E.R. Frank and to the surgical and clinical standards he established so many years ago.”

“This award is a tribute to the passion and commitment Dr. Oehme has had throughout his career at K-State,” said Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “He has developed an international reputation for excellence in veterinary toxicology and, at the same time, exemplified what it means to be a team player, working with colleagues and students to foster an environment for academic excellence. We take great pride in celebrating not only Dr. Oehme’s professional career, but his personal character and compassion for others in our college.”

Dr. Oehme, who was born in Leitzig, Germany, earned his bachelor’s degree and DVM in 1958 from Cornell University. He received his master’s degree in toxicology and medicine from Kansas State University in 1962. Dr. Oehme has a degree in pathology from Justus Liebig University located in Giessen, Germany. He also earned a Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Missouri in 1969.

After receiving his DVM, Dr. Oehme went to work at a private practice in Maryland for a year. While earning his master’s degree at K-State, he worked as an assistant and associate professor in clinical medicine from 1959 to 1966. During his time at K-State, Dr. Oehme was a visiting professor at the Justus Liebig University-Giessen in Germany. In 1966, Dr. Oehme went to the University of Missouri for three years to work on his doctorate. He returned to K-State in 1969 as the director of comparative toxicology laboratories and held this position until his retirement in 2009. In 1973, Dr. Oehme also became a toxicology professor and taught for the next 36 years. After retiring, he has remained active in his professional activities and mentoring young colleagues when called upon.

Dr. Oehme has been an active leader of many professional organizations. He is a diplomate for the American Board of Toxicology and the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. He is a past president of the Society of Toxicology, American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and the World Federation of Clinical Toxicology and Poison Control Centers. Dr. Oehme served as a fellow for the American Academy of Veterinary and Comparative Toxicology, and is a fellow and diplomate for the Academy of Toxicology Services.

Dr. Oehme is married to Pam. They have five children: Steve, Susan, Debra, Heidi and April.



BCI co-hosts beef performance and health training

BCI logoUpcoming trainings hosted by the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University will focus on beef cattle performance and health. Producers and veterinarians can learn about advanced Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training, the new National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) welfare assessment tools, animal husbandry best management practices and downed animal care and humane euthanasia training.

The meetings are scheduled for June 14 in Colby; June 30 in Erie; July 6 in Holton; July 7 in Beloit; and July 12 in Pratt. The meetings are underwritten by the Kansas Beef Council and are free of charge to attendees.

“Working together veterinarians and producers can improve consumers confidence in beef products,” said Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones professor of production medicine and epidemiology and director of the BCI.

Producers will learn about new management practices for improving beef cattle health and production. All participants will learn about the new on-farm welfare assessment tools and leave the training BQA-certified. Veterinarians will be trained to perform welfare assessments for their clients. There also will be powerpoint, hand outs and other items included in a training kit for veterinarians for delivery to clients.

Participants will learn about the Animal Care Training program ( ), a national online program developed as a result of collaborations between NCBA, American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) and the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) with the BCI.

"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 Animal Care Training program is to use modern technology to reach 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,” Dr. Thomson said.

Beef consumers are more aware than ever before about the quality and safety of the food products they purchase. The BQA program is the cornerstone of the industry’s quality and safety efforts. The overarching goal of BQA is to deliver a healthy, safe and wholesome beef product to consumers. BQA includes hazard analysis and planning; proper vaccine handling; administration of vaccines at the proper injection site; management documentation and record keeping; proper cattle handling and cattle care.

The afternoon workshops for producers begin at 11:30 a.m., include lunch and conclude at 3 p.m. Veterinarians are encouraged to attend evening meetings, which include dinner, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m. Participants are asked to register one week in advance of each respective session.

For more information about the regional trainings, as well as more information about the BCI, go to . For further information, participants can contact Abby Jones, (785) 532-3474 or e-mail at

Animal Care Training is an online training center managed by the BCI. More than 7,000 farmers, ranchers and veterinarians have already been registered in the Animal Care Training database for receiving beef and dairy cattle health and well-being training. Tools were developed by support by the NCBA, AABP, AVMA and LMA.



VMTH says thanks to house officers

VMTH House Officers
The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital said thanks and goodbye to its house officers in a special program held June 2. Each of the residents and interns received a plaque of recognition. Back row (left to right): Dr. Marjolaine Rousseau, Dr. Amy Armentrout, Dr. Mariana Crumley, Dr. Karie Vander Werf, Dr. Rodney Schnellbacher and Dr. Steven Baker. Middle row: Dr. William Crumley, Dr. Emily Olson, Dr. Amanda Hartnack, Dr. Michelle Tichenor, Dr. Victoria Miller and Dr. Marcos Unis. Front row: Dr. Karen Brenner, Dr. Maria Sardoy, Dr. Jill Singsank, Dr. Diana McGovern and Dr. Lisa Granger.



K-State dedicates new World War II Memorial

Tim Chapman
On Memorial Day, K-State held a special ceremony for the unveiling of its World War II Memorial. The statue was designed by former CVM development director Tim Chapman. He served as director from 1999 to 2006. Currently, Tim is president and CEO at the Fort Hays State University Foundation. The memorial is located
between McCain Auditorium and Fairchild Hall.


World War II Memorial



CVM recognizes employees of the year

Employees of the Year

Congratulations to Pam Davis, classified employee of the year in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology; Janice Muller, unclassified employee of the year in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology; and David George, classified employee of the year in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology.

The college also recognized employees for years of service. They are (as of Dec. 31, 2010):

5 Years
He Hong, A&P
Michael Parrett, VDL

10 Years
Nancy House - VMTH
Kathy Shike - VMTH

15 Years
Mark Scott, VMTH

20 Years
Susie Larson – Dean’s Office
Raunnie Crawford - VMTH

25 Years
Linda Rohs, VMTH

30 Years
Mal Hoover – Dean’s Office

Retired in 2010
Donna Rogers, DMP



Under the Microscope

Yaritxa Quiñones-Rodriguez, Ophthalmology Veterinary Technician, VMTH


Yaritxa Quiñones-Rodriguez, Ophthalmology Veterinary Technician, VMTH Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Family Information: Married to Kenneth Rodriguez. Have one sister, Doris Quiñones, and one handsome nephew, Diego Jose Caraballo.

Pets: Two cats: Leonidas and Camila. They own the house, they just let us live in it.

What are some words of advice you have for the students who graduated? Never forget that to be a professional you have to act like a professional, but always remember where you came from, what you learned, and strive for greatness no matter where you are.

What is something that you would like to do over the summer? I want to learn a lot more about photography, so I can speak my husband's language.

What was the first job that you have ever had? I worked as a full time child day care center employee during my high school senior summer.

What summer movie are you looking forward to see in theaters? I would have to say Kung Fu Panda 2, and I would have like to have kids of my own to use as an excuse to be at the movie theater watching it.

What five adjectives would describe you? Happy, demanding, just, friendly and tolerant.

Who are the people you will honor or remember on Memorial Day? All those soldiers that have given their lives so that every person in America can enjoy their freedom, and those who still do so.



News Ticker

Drs. Maria Ferrer, Teresa Larrosa and Julieta FariasThe VMTH had two teaching assistants from Argentine universities observing theriogenology services during the month of May. Left to right: Dr. Maria Ferrer, Dr. Teresa Larrosa and Dr. Julieta Farias. They both work in equine reproduction in Argentina. Dr. Larrosa visited VMTH for two months and Dr. Farias visited for two weeks. Dr. Farias is currently visiting Texas A&M and Colorado State University.



Lesa, Sheridan and Rob RevesSheridan Reves, son of Rob and Lesa Reves, agricultural technicians, graduated with honors from Rock Creek High School on May 21. Sheridan will be attending Project SEARCH this fall, located at the K-State Union. SEARCH is a career training and placement program for young adults with special needs. This will be the first year for Project SEARCH.



Dr. Annelise Nguyen, assistant professor of toxicology, was elected president elect/vice president of the Central States - Society of Toxicology (CS-SOT) for the 2011-2012 term.

Dr. William Fortney (in DM/P) presented 10 hours of lecture on small animal geriatrics and pediatrics at the Central Veterinary Conference in Washington D.C., April 26–27.

Dr. Hans Coetzee presented at the UCVM Beef Cattle Conference in Calgary, Canada, May 18-19. His topics were “Pain management in Cattle; What’s in it for me” and “Pain assessment and management in cattle.”

Dr. Larry Bramlage, AAEP On Call spokesperson and KSU class of 1975 DVM alumnus, was on hand at Churchill Downs assisting NBC Sports with horse health information regarding injured horse Archarcharch, who had sustained a lateral condylar fracture of the left front leg. He was featured on various video and online news reports during the Kentucky Derby.

Susan Rose, animal facility manager, has had her artwork selected to be in a competition that will feature 150 Kansas-themed paintings. She has three paintings included in this special exhibit, which will be at Southwind Gallery in Topeka ( Called "Kansas-150," the exhibit is designed to honor the state’s birthday. There is also a book being published which will feature the art. The exhibit will run from June 15-July 15. The three pieces Susan entered are acrylic paintings: One features a burning prairie scene, one is a triptych of the Flint Hills with some Hereford cattle, and the third is a Flint Hills landscape. 

"I was really excited to be selected,especially because this was the first big juried show I entered," Susan said, "I also want to thank Dave Adams who helped to take the digital images I needed for my entry."

Below is her painting, "Rite of Passage."

Susan Rose painting, "Rite of Passage"



Calendar of events


Continuing Education events

Aug 19: 5th Annual Conference for Care of Llamas and Alpacas (focused for veterinarians and breeders)

Sept. 24: SCAAEP Fall Equine Conference: A Focus on Reproduction.

Oct. 14: Ophthalmology Conference and Wet Lab

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



New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Welcome to:

Amber Rice, Accountant II - VMTH
Wenbao Qi,
Temporary Scholar - DM/P
Dr. Tonia Von Ohlen,
Research Assistant Professor - DM/P
Dr. Huigang Shen, Post Doctoral Fellow, DM/P

Thanks and Goodbye to:

Jenny Cain, Administrative Assistant - A&P
Loryn Clauson
, Senior Administrative Assistant- VMTH
Angela Watt, Veterinary Technician II, WMTH
Yvonne Bachura, Accountant I, DM/P
Dr. Marleen Cook, Assistant Scientist, A&P


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