The official newsletter of the College of Veterinary Medicine
October 2011 - Vol. 6, No. 10
Lending a Hand
Students travel to Nebraska State Fair to help out.
Launching the beef
Ceremony introduces historical book and recognizes Vanier family
Conference examines case studies Katrina and Greensburg.
Over Labor Day weekend, two CVM students had the opportunity to assist with the inner workings of the Nebraska State Fair. Elizabeth Prigge, fourth-year student, and Michelle Mazur, third-year student, spent time with Dr. Randy Pedersen, DVM 1965, the official State Fair Veterinarian. From bandaging hocks to delivering piglets, the two received the whole state fair experience.
A significant part of the state fair veterinarian’s job is to prevent the spread of disease among livestock, and most importantly, to make sure that the public stays safe. The students spent time inspecting trailers and looking for signs of sick animals, particularly club lamb fungus (ovine dermatophytosis) in sheep. Health papers were also closely examined for bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) tests.
“Biosecurity is so important in a large event like this, so it was really important that we did our best to identify every animal that was at risk for spreading disease,” Michelle said. “Once the animals got into the livestock area, there were some health issues that came up as well, so then we were treating animals every day, often multiple times a day.”
Respiratory conditions and physical injuries were at the top of the problems encountered during the fair. The days began early and ended late to provide around-the-clock care for animals, and there were also emergencies during the night. In addition to treating animals, drug testing was the main focus for the second weekend of the fair. Each champion and reserve in each species was tested for drugs.
“It’s always exciting to get out and apply what we’ve been learning in school,” Elizabeth said. “I love working with different veterinarians and hearing about and learning from their experiences.”
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Veterinary Medical Continuing Education.
A new book on the heritage and history of Kansas has just arrived. On Sept. 30, the CVM hosted a book launch ceremony for “150 Years of Kansas Beef,” dedicated to long-time Kansas State University supporter Jack Vanier. The book was written as part of the sesquicentennial celebration of Kansas Statehood.
“We thought it would be good and appropriate at Kansas State to author a photograph rich, sort of coffee-table styled book honoring the people and the institutions and even the different episodes in the history of the beef industry in Kansas that have made Kansas beef what it is today,” said
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On Sept. 24, the CVM held its first Human Animal Bond Conference to address the issue of animal care during a natural disaster. Several speakers were present throughout the event, sharing their experiences in natural disasters.
The speakers featured at the conference were: Dr. Greg Eiselein, English professor,
Dr. Joseph Taboda, associate dean for student and academic affairs at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Lisa Greenhill, associate executive director for Institutional Research and Diversity for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, Dr. Christen Skaer, DVM 1999 and Sedgwick County and Kansas State Animal Response Director, and Pam Muntz, Greensburg resident and
Dr. Dan Upson of Manhattan, Kan., along with Dr. Harold Amstutz of West Lafayette, Ind., were the inaugural inductees to the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference in St. Louis. They were recognized Sept. 24 during the hall of fame banquet sponsored by Merck Animal Health.
The Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame was established to celebrate the rich traditions of American cattle production veterinary medicine by honoring the exceptional men and women who have made lasting contributions to their profession. Inductees are true pioneers whose achievements span their entire careers.
Six organizations sponsor the hall of fame including AABP, the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC), Bovine Veterinarian, Merck Animal Health and Osborn & Barr Communications. The inductees were selected from among their peers. All AABP and AVC members had the opportunity to vote for one beef and one dairy veterinarian.
Dr. Upson is the 2011 beef inductee. He is best known for his commitment to helping ranchers produce safe, wholesome beef through residue avoidance and providing practitioners with knowledge and guidance for the prudent use of antimicrobials in beef cattle production medicine. He laid the groundwork for regulations in drug compounding and for veterinary prescription drug distributors. His Handbook of Clinical Veterinary Pharmacology is in its fourth edition and is widely used throughout the field of veterinary medicine.
"Receiving this award is overwhelming," Dr. Upson said. "Cattle production veterinary medicine has been my life's work, and I am very grateful for this honor."
A native of Hutchinson, Kan., Dr. Upson earned his DVM from Kansas State University in 1952. He established a private practice in Pretty Prairie, Kan., for seven years and then had a 35-year tenure at K-State, teaching pharmacology and serving as a section leader in veterinary extension. He also enjoyed working as a referee for college football games. He now is professor emeritus in pharmacology at K-State.
Dr. Upson is a past president of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association and the K-State Alumni Association board of directors.
Dr. Scott T. Brady was this year’s Rudolf Clarenburg lecture speaker. He spoke at the Mara Conference Center on Sept. 19.
The Clarenburg lecture is designed to bring in national and internationally acclaimed scientists to K-State to discuss their research interests with students and faculty. The lectureship series was established in 1996, in honor of the late Dr. Rudolf Clarenburg. Dr. Clarenburg was a professor in the Anatomy and Physiology department.
Dr. Brady shared his research on axonal transport and the regulation of molecular motors play in adult-onset of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease during his lecture to the students and faculty.
He is a professor and head of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He has previously worked at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Holds a bachelor's degree from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
The Clarenburg Lecture Series has had 19 speakers over the years.
Dogs are not only man’s best friend, but canines and humans also have diseases that are similar to each other, such as cancer.
Comparative medicine is a field that Jenna Dockweiler, second-year student, would like to explore as a small animal specialty practitioner and researcher. These interests have helped Jenna earn the $2,500 American Kennel Club/Companion Animal Recovery Scholarship.
Jenna is one of only six veterinary students in the nation to earn a scholarship from the club. Students were nominated by their school and were selected based on academic achievement, activities with purebred dogs or related research, and need.
“I’m involved with both purebred dogs and research. I’m very dedicated to purebreds and responsible breeding. I also have shown dogs in American Kennel Club events since I was a teenager,” Jenna said. “My research involves pain response to castration in cattle. Although the work is not with dogs, I believe the principles will be applicable across many species.”
Jenna is doing the research with K-State’s
“At the moment, I’m considering both small animal specialty practice and research,” Jenna said. “I would be interested in using the purebred dog as a research model to study diseases dogs and humans share, since their genome is similar to ours and they share our environment. I believe this offers a unique opportunity to use my skill set to help both humans and animals.”
A California resident, Jenna was accepted into the Veterinary Scholars Early Admissions Program right out of high school. She completed her pre-veterinary requirements at K-State, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s in animal sciences and industry in May 2010 before entering CVM.
“After spending my whole life in California, I wanted to go somewhere different for college,” she said. “Kansas fit that bill nicely.”
Jenna is active in several clubs at CVM. She is president-elect of the Canine Club, secretary of the K-State Camelid Medicine Club and co-coordinator for the American Animal Hospital Association’s Pets and People program, which schedules therapy dogs to visit area retirement homes.
Jenna comes from a medical family. Her father, Dr. David Dockweiler, is an anesthesiologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital; her mother, Dr. Rosalind Dockweiler, is a pediatrician at El Camino Pediatrics; and her sister, Caitlin Dockweiler, is a medical student at the University of California at San Diego.
CVM says “Goodbye” to two longtime employees, Pam Pace and Dave Adams. Pam has been with CVM for 27 years in the necropsy, histology and serology departments. Dave joined the CVM staff in 1974 as a photographer. A reception was held to celebrate their retirements on Sept. 16.
Linda Johnson, retired VMCE director, and Carol Adams, Dave's wife, look at some of Dave's photos in a portfolio on display at the retirement ceremony.
|SCAVMA's One Health Festival, "Vector Borne Disease," was held Sept. 24 at Manhattan's City Park. The festival offered a variety of activties for visitors and families to participate in. The goal of the festival was to increase owner awareness of the potential vector borne diseases their pet could get. The event included several information booths, food, a pet show, 5K run and a 1.3 mile dog walk. Here are several images from the festival:
Barta Stevenson, Program Assistant, MPH Program
Hometown: Pocatello, Idaho
What is your favorite thing about the fall season? The cooler weather, my birthday and the wonderful fall colors.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life? My husband, Jeff Stevenson.
What foreign language(s) do you want to learn? I want to learn them all. I love going places and speaking to people. I get frustrated when I cannot communicate with them in their native tongue.
As a child, where did you see yourself working one day? I don’t remember, but in my wildest dreams I never thought I would live in Kansas — but I love it here! I have been here 30 plus years.
What was your most memorable Halloween costume? I remember Halloween, but not dressing up. I guess my normal everyday costume is scary enough!
We recently said goodbye to one of our longtime employees, Dave Adams, who was a photographer at the College of Veterinary Medicine for 37 years. Dave was affiliated with the Veterinary Medical Library for the past several years. We will miss him and wish him the best in retirement. He told us that he would be doing some traveling with his son and some remodeling projects on his house as his first retirement activities.
We have another relatively new employee at the Veterinary Medical Library, Scott Jackson, who came to work here six months ago. Scott recently was granted permanent status and will be continuing his many duties as well as continually acquiring new ones in his role as a library assistant. Every week, Scott sends out our library updates where he lists the new books that we have acquired at the library. Scott’s many other duties include working at the information desk, doing bibliographic maintenance work such as binding, shelf and catalog maintenance, and working with book gifts. He is also gradually adding more acquisitions and ordering work to his job. He has also been having many training sessions at Hale Library to familiarize himself with the many library procedures with which he will be involved.
Remember if you need help, that Scott or the other employees at the Veterinary Library will help with your questions about the library and related areas such as print graphics, medical illustrations, IDs and passport photos or software questions. Feel free to email, stop by or call us with those requests.
Please visit the Veterinary Medical Library Web site: www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/library/ for help on this and other subjects.
A Wales of a learning experience
Congratulations! Hannah Leventhal, first-year student, was selected to display her work at the International Symposium on the Nutrition of Herbivores in Wales, Great Britain. The topic of her research was “Megasphaera elsdenii addition to in vitro cultures of equine caecal microorganisms.”
Dr. John Noordsy, DVM 1946, passed away Sept. 30 in Marion, S.D. He joined the CVM in 1960 as a professor in large animal surgery.
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's professional accomplishments include serving as secretary-treasurer of the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association, as district director, vice-president and president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and as a member and chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Council on Veterinary Service. He served as chairman of the AVMA Council on Veterinary Service including its chairman from 1980-86, on the AVMA Committee on Animal Technology and Training, and as the AVMA Scientific Program-Bovine Section Coordinator from 1988-93. From 1946-48, he was a member of the Research Institute at Iowa State University’s veterinary college, and was a member of the South Dakota Livestock Committee in 1946. He served as the secretary-treasurer of the K-State Veterinary Medical Alumni Association for many years. Dr. Noordsy was associated with many honorary organizations such as Gamma Sigma Delta, Sigma Xi and Phi Zeta.
Dr. Noordsy has received recognition and awards in his long career in the veterinary profession including: the AVMA President’s Award in 2009, Norden Distinguished Teacher Award was given in 1967 and again in 1973,
Dr. Noordsy has published an internationally recognized textbook entitled “Food Animal Surgery.” The most recent edition (4th) was in collaboration with a former graduate student, Dr. N. Kent Ames, DVM, MS, professor in large animal clinical sciences, Michigan State University, Ann Arbor. Dr. Noordsy has also been a contributing author on four veterinary textbooks and has published approximately 75 scientific articles in veterinary medical journals. He has produced numerous continuing education videos.
Dr. Noordsy and his wife are lifetime members of the K-State Veterinary Foundation and K-State Alumni Association, as well as members of Presidents Club and College of Veterinary Medicine's Ambassadors Gallery. He was a member of the Lion's International in Marion and in Manhattan and served as president of the Marion organization in 1955. Dr. Noordsy was ruling elder of his church in Marion and in Manhattan. He has been a member of the Rotary International since 1984, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce since 1960 and the KVMA Outreach from 1988 to present. He was president of Gamma Sigma Delta. He served as a member and president of the board of education in Marion from 1954-59. He was a representative of the Boy Scouts of America and served on the Executive Board both in Marion and Manhattan.
Survivors include his wife, Pat, Marion, SD; son, Tom (Pat) Noordsy, Sioux Falls, SD; daughter, Jill (Mike) Guffy, Ames, IA; son, Terry (Vicki) Noordsy, Hertford, NC; brother-in-law, V.B. (Joan) Rose, Lynchburg, VA; 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Condolences can be sent to Patricia Noordsy and family to Tieszen Memorial Home, 312 E State Street, Marion, SD 57043. Dr. John L. and Patricia L. Noordsy have a scholarship for the College of Veterinary Medicine if you wish to make a monetary gift in his memory made payable to the KSU Foundation.
Understanding special needs for clients with service dogs
Toni Eames visited CVM on Sept. 21. Mrs. Eames is blind and speaks internationally to different veterinary groups about disabled people partnered with assistance dogs. She talked about preferred patterns of interacting with disabled clients. She also focused on maintaining the health and well being of service dogs.
Toni is internationally recognized for her speeches on disabled people and assistance dogs. She is from Fresno, Calif. and is currently an adjunct professor of sociology at California State University. Toni has authored books and DVDs illustrating the work done by service dogs.
Second-years hosts "Groovy" party for first-years
Story submitted by Erin Woolever
Deltoid tuberosity, coronoid process, basihyoid bone…These words, among many others, have been floating in and out of the minds of Kansas State’s Veterinary Class of 2015. On Sept. 2, the first year students completed the first test of their professional schooling, the “Bones” test.
As a welcoming gesture for the Class of 2015 to K-State, tradition called upon the second year Class of 2014 to host a groovy banquet to celebrate. This year the infamous veterinary school ritual, commonly referred to as the “Shaft” party, was straight out of the ‘70s with the proper title, “Saturday Night FEMUR.” It was a night for the entire college to come together, get to know the new students and have a little fun before the semester and exams ensued!
Tickets for the event included a meal consisting of barbecued pulled pork, tri-color pasta salad, seasoned corn and hash brown casserole. A chocolate fondue fountain coupled with a variety of “finger food” indulgences was available for dessert. After dinner, the second-year class president gave a quick speech, followed by a short program consisting of the “Top 20 Memories” from first year. As the No. 1 memory was announced, “Crazy Train,” by Ozzy Osborne, blared through the loud speakers. Afterwards, the first-year anatomy teacher,
Next, laughter and cheering filled the hall as several second-year male students dressed as the “Village People,” surprised the crowd and danced to the YMCA, officially starting the “Saturday Night FEMUR” dance party. The dance floor was immediately filled with people eager to cut footloose, attempt the worm and fall in line with the electric slide, among various other acrobatics, while dancing to hits from the ‘70’s and current music of today. At the end of the night, between the barren buffet trays, inundated dance floor, big hair, sweaty shirts with hints of fondue, bell bottoms and guests leaving with a little more jive in their step, the success of this year’s Shaft party was evident.
The event this year could not have been possible without the generous support of Nestlé Purina. Additional sponsors for the event included the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University, GTB Custom Meats and Processing, and Riley Animal Clinic. It is due to these excellent sponsors that the entire veterinary school, professors and families could enjoy a wonderful evening spent with friends, faculty and new acquaintances.
Join us at Cat Town at these upcoming games. Meals are served two hours prior to kick off. The College of Veterinary Medicine tent will be located in Cat Town between Frank Myers Field and Bramlage Coliseum.
Sat., Oct. 29 - Oklahoma, kickoff time TBA
Sat., Nov. 12 - Texas A&M, kickoff time TBASat., Dec. 3 - Iowa State, kickoff at 11:30 a.m., Cat Town at 9:30 a.m.
Oct. 14: Ophthalmology Conference and Wet Lab*
* More information about Veterinary Medical Continuing Education events can be found at the VMCE Web site.
Seminars start at 3:30P.M. in the Mara Conference Center, 4th Floor, Trotter Hall
Oct. 10: Dr. Philine Wangemann, KSU
Oct. 17: Dr. John Cuppoletti, University of Cincinnati
Oct. 24: Dr. Massaki Tamura, KSU
Oct. 31: Dr. Michael Soares, University of Kansas
Nov. 7: Dr. Andrew Griffith, National Institute of Health
Nov. 14: Dr. Barbara Ehrlich, Yale University
Nov. 21: No Seminar-Student Holiday
Nov. 28: Dr. Nelson Horseman, University of Cincinnati
Dec. 5: Sivasai Balivada, KSU
Seminars start at 3:30P.M. in the Mara Conference Center, 4th Floor, Trotter Hall
Oct. 13: Dr. Chuck Dodd, US Army Base, Germany, Title: Multidisciplinary response to the E. coli O104 outbreak in Europe
Oct. 20: Dr. Tanja McKay, Arkansas State University, State University
Oct. 27: Dr. Feng Li, South Dakota State University
Nov. 3: Dr. Gayathri Krishnamoorthi, A&P, KSU
Nov. 10: Dr. Govindan Vediyappan, Division of Biology, KSU
Nov. 17: Dr. Stella Y. Lee, Division of Biology, KSU
Dec. 1: Dr. Revathi Govindan, Division of Biology, KSU
Dec. 8: Dr. Wenjun Ma, DM/P, KSU
Dec. 15: Dr. Robert J. Miller, USDA ARS Cattle Fever Tick Research Laboratory, Edinburg, Texas
Dr. Jamie Henningson, Assistant Professor - DM/P
Abaineh Endalew, Research Assistant - KSVDL
Nicki Vaughn, Health Care Technician I - VMTH
Dr. Samira Najm, Post Doctoral Fellow - DM/P
Kimberly Malo, Senior Administrative Assistant - KSVDL
Dr. Nathan Klocke, Clinical Assistant Professor - Clinical Sciences
Donald Petersen, Medical Resident Year 3 - DM/P
Jordan Fey, Microbiologist I, KSVDL
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