Lifelines - April 2013 The official newsletter of the College of Veterinary Medicine

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April 2013 - Vol. 8, No. 4

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Students use sonogram equipment with an alpaca from the teaching herd.Heard about the Herd?

A small herd of animals is giving hands-on opportunities to veterinary students.
What kind of animals are these?

Saying 'No' to Noroviruses
Dr. Kyeong-Ok Chang leads the charge to develop antiviral drugs to combat noroviruses.
Why are noroviruses a problem?

Spring break at Baton Rouge

Symposium takes students to a southern destination, but not at a beach.
How many students attended?

Late-Breaking News: Tragic Accident
CVM loses director of development in plane crash

New LGVMA student chapter focuses on diversity and inclusiveness

Dog N Jog continues long-running tradition

Pet Friendly license tag launches

Veterinary Health Center communications update

Dr. H. Morgan Scott receives Zoetis Award

'Zoobiquity' authors visit the CVM

CVM joins K-State in celebrating its sesquicentennial year

K-State 150: K-State alumni part of AVMA's sesquicentennial


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Alpacas provide hands-on learning opportunities

Increased popularity of camelids spurs interest in teaching herd
  Fourth-year students with alpaca.
  Students working with the alpaca teaching herd describe these animals as unique and fun to work with.  

As the popularity of llamas and alpacas has grown in recent years, so has the need for veterinarians who know how to treat these unique animals. To help fill this demand, the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine partnered with the Mid America Alpaca Foundation to create an alpaca teaching herd. The main goal of this herd is to provide students with the most effective teaching experience they can get: firsthand exposure.

“Hands-on experience is the only way of learning,” said Dr. Maria Ferrer, clinical assistant professor in Clinical Sciences. “There is an industry that has a need for veterinarians trained in these species and that is what we’re trying to do here. Provide to the industry what they need as far as professionals that can provide basic care and specialty care for their animals.”

The teaching herd allows students in the clinic to get experience with physical examinations, restraint techniques, catheterizations and other basic skills. Through an active breeding program, the students also assist with pregnancy diagnosis, parturition and postpartum care. All of these experiences help familiarize students from all over the country to a uniquely different animal.

Watch the video below to learn more about the teaching herd.


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Dr. Chang's research says ‘no’ to noroviruses

  Norovirus protease  
  One of inhibitors bound to the target, the norovirus protease, determined by X-ray crystallography – the hydrogen bonds between the inhibitor and enzyme are shown with the dash lines.  

Dr. Kyeong-Ok Chang, associate professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, is leading researchers as they develop an antiviral drug for market use to help combat the spread of norovirus. The team — supported by a five-year $5.1 million National Institutes of Health grant — has identified and is further testing several protease inhibitors with potential for preventing and treating norovirus infection.

Norovirus is the most common form of viral gastroenteritis. It is often called the stomach bug because it causes vomiting and diarrhea for several days. A new Sydney strain of norovirus emerged last year and has been reported as the strain behind 60 percent of norovirus outbreaks.

There is currently no vaccine and no antiviral drug to combat norovirus, Dr. Chang said. While several organizations are researching vaccine development, Dr. Chang’s research team is one of the leading groups studying antiviral drugs as a way to treat norovirus.

“The main focus of our research is antiviral drugs because public awareness to norovirus outbreaks is increasing and so is the demand for ways to control norovirus infection,” Dr. Chang said. “Our team is one of a few groups that have pioneered antiviral drug development in the norovirus field.”

Research collaborators at K-State include Dr. Duy Hua, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Yunjeong Kim, research assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology. Other collaborators include Dr. William Groutas, professor of chemistry at Wichita State University; and Dr. Linda Saif, professor in the department of veterinary preventive medicine’s food animal health research program at Ohio State University.

Over the past few years, the researchers have studied more than 600 compounds and found several compounds with the best potential for drug development. The researchers also are focusing on protease inhibitors, which could prevent viruses from replicating in cells. Other protease inhibitors exist in the market for treating HIV or hepatitis C virus infections.

The scientists are also performing basic virology studies to advance their work further. They are studying how the compounds bind to the virus protease and inhibit protease function using X-ray crystallography and other enzymology tools. In addition, the scientists are investigating other potential targets for developing anti-norovirus drugs, such as host factors to diversify their approaches to norovirus control.

The researchers have filed a patent application for their research. They have published more than 20 papers in the last four years, including articles in the Journal of Virology, the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, PLOS Pathogens and several other journals.




CVM loses Director of Development Chris Gruber in Plane Crash

  Chris Gruber
  Chris Gruber, 1972-2013  

A day trip turned tragic as the CVM lost its director of development, Chris Gruber, in a plane crash April 7 at Collinsville, Okla. Chris was accompanying a family friend, Dr. Ronald Marshall, who was a retired physician. Dr. Marshall owned and piloted the plane.

“Chris Gruber was a wonderful man,” Dean Ralph Richardson said. “He loved life. He loved his family. He will be deeply missed. He was a wonderful face for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Kansas State University.”

Chris joined the staff of the KSU Foundation in December 2004 as a development officer for the CVM. Prior to joining the foundation staff, Chris worked for seven years at The Saint Francis Academy in Salina, where he directed the program for foster care recruitment and training. Chris held a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Kansas Wesleyan University, also in Salina.

In March 2006, Chris was promoted to the position of director of development for the CVM. In this role, he led a team of development professionals who worked with K-State alumni and friends to secure philanthropic contributions for the college. During the period of time Chris served the university in this role, he was responsible for raising nearly $25 million for the CVM. Chris also worked to facilitate partnerships between the college and some of the country’s largest animal health and nutrition companies. He was instrumental in the development of a “Grateful Client” program that allows donors to give back to the Veterinary Health Center that they benefited from.

Chris was a friend to so many of the donors he worked with. He touched the lives of so many while helping match their passions and philanthropic goals with opportunities at K-State. His love for animals came through in his professional dedication to advancing the CVM. He is survived by his wife, Kai, and three children: Ethan, Aiden and Abigail.

Two memorial funds have been created to honor Chris. Gifts can be made to a fund established by the KSU Foundation by visiting, or by sending checks to the College of Veterinary Medicine, 103 Trotter Hall, Manhattan, KS, 66506, with checks payable to the “KSU Foundation.” Another memorial fund is available at Sunflower Bank (Gruber Family Benefit Fund). Please send checks to 2710 Anderson Ave., Manhattan, KS, 66502, with these checks payable to “Kai Gruber.”

The date for the funeral service has not been determined yet. More details regarding services will be forthcoming from Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. For other questions, please contact the Development and Alumni Office at 785-532-4378 or 785-532-4043.



Student groups busy during the spring

SCAVMA members spend break at national symposium at LSU

Over their spring break, 30 K-State veterinary students traveled to Baton Rouge, La., to participate in the 2013 SCAVMA Symposium hosted by Louisiana State University from March 21-23, 2013. Along with 1,300 other veterinary students from across the country and around the globe, K-State students enjoyed competing both academically and athletically, attending lectures, networking with veterinary professionals at the exhibit hall and partaking in day trips and wet labs.

Hannah Leventhal and Mikaela Vetters, the K-State senior and junior SCAVMA delegates respectively, spent two days in delegate and committee meetings, speaking with AVMA executive members and learning about upcoming and current issues facing veterinary students. SCAVMA president Michael Solomon and president-elect Kyle Clymer represented K-State at the president’s meeting with members of the national SCAVMA executive board. They learned about chapters at other U.S. veterinary schools and important issues facing students in order to better serve their own chapter.

Also at the Symposium, Zoetis announced scholarship winners for 2013. Twelve students from K-State received one of these scholarships. These students included second-year students; Andrea Lee, Aaron Schaffer, Rebecca Legere, Kyle Clymer, Allison Ten, Bailey Krostoski, Michelle Pavlick, and Andrea Dugan and third year students; Kayla Conroy, Miles Theurer, Robert Martinez, and Maria F. Martinez (-Perez) de Zeiders.

While there, the group enjoyed attending a wide range of lectures, from communicating with clients to treating prevalent diseases to managing a veterinary business. The wet labs attended included a spay and neuter with cadaver animals and endoscopy. Some students participated in trips outside of the LSU campus to local attractions, such as touring a dairy farm and visiting with Mike the Tiger, LSU’s official mascot. At night, the students enjoyed southern culture by attending an LSU Tiger stadium tailgate, a crawfish boil and a farewell gala featuring Dr. Lance Fox, author and motivational speaker, who gave the keynote address.


SCAVMA members attend symposium at LSU
K-State SCAVMA students enjoy a symposium at the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge during spring break. Left to right:: Front Row: Lacey Robinson, Mikaela Vetters, Ellen Heinrich, Megan Haney, Caitlin Sullivan, Hannah Leventhal, Stacey Burdick, Lori Agulian and Bailey Davis. Back row: John Dwyer, Michael Solomon, Nick Henning, Michael Duff, Rebecca Aldoretta, Jennifer Wright, Amanda Brady, Billy Cole, Brice Huelsman and David Hanks.


New LGVMA student chapter focuses on diversity and inclusiveness
  Executive members of the new LGVMA  
  The executive members of LGVMA include; (left to right) Michael J. White, development chair; Alexandria Argue, vice president; Marcus Taylor, undergraduate LGBT advocacy center liaison; Justin Jones, president; and Caren Chellgren, secretary.  

A few students from the CVM recently formed a Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) student chapter here at K-State in hopes of creating a safe and welcoming environment for students who belong to the LGBT community as well as the straight allies. The process required a year of planning to both develop by-laws and gain approval from the SCAVMA board. All students and staff are invited to join and promote the education of issues surrounding the gay and lesbian community within the scope of veterinary medicine and in society as a whole.

The LGVMA chapter is working to host impactful speakers from across the country, as well as collaborate with the undergraduate campus. Chapter meetings have included presentations by Brandon Haddock, undergraduate campus LGBT coordinator; Dr. Mike Chaddock, LGVMA board member and assistant dean of One Health and Strategic Initiatives, Texas A&M; and Dr. Robert Minor, acclaimed author of Scared Straight. The LGVMA also hosted a bowling social, attracting more than 70 participants, and facilitated a campuswide SafeZone training event. More than 50 participants to be certified as “SafeZone Allies,” who can supply assistance to individuals affected by homophobia, hateful acts and sexual violence.

Dog N Jog continues long-running tradition

Some photos from the 18th Annual Dog n Jog hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2014. This year's event featured the Nestle Purina 5K race,  a 10K race, the 1.5K family fun run/walk, silent auction, along with numerous vendor booths sponsored by CVM student organization, RCHS. Proceeds from the event are raised for the benefit of KSDS Inc. (formerly The Kansas Specialty Dog Service, Inc.), which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the training and placement of canine assistants to individuals with physical disabilities. KSDS Inc. provides dogs at no cost to the individuals for one of two areas of service, guide dogs for the blind or visually impaired, or service dogs for physically disabled.

Start of the Dog N Jog race

kissing booth Getting ready for the family fun walk
Coming round the corner toward the finish


Pet Friendly license tag launches



Veterinary Health Center communications update

VHC is now on Facebook

The VHC has established a Facebook page with the goal of increasing interactions between clients, donors, friends and referring veterinarians. The page will highlight daily happenings, as well as provide information from our expert veterinarians on animal health care. We encourage faculty, staff and students to go online and “like” the new page at

In addition to the Facebook page, the Pet Health Center is beginning an e-newsletter “PawPads” for monthly distribution to Pet Health Center clients. This will feature advice from our PHC veterinarians, as well as news, tips and events. Join the list by subscribing at or on the VHC Facebook page.




Dr. H. Morgan Scott receives Zoetis Award

Dean Ralph Richardson, Dr. H. Morgan Scott and Dr. M.M. Chengappa

Dean Ralph Richardson and Dr. M.M. Chengappa, head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, congratulate Dr. H. Morgan Scott for his selection as the recipient of the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence. A certificate was originally presented to Dr. Scott at Phi Zeta Research Day, as the plaque had not been engraved yet. Dr. Scott’s research centers around food safety issues such as pre-harvest ecology and management of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and foodborne enteric pathogens.





'Zoobiquity' authors visit the CVM

  Zoobiquity- Kathryn Bowers  
  Kathryn Bowers outlines three beneficial areas where veterinary medicine can collaborate with human medicine.  
The authors of the book, "Zoobiquity," Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD and Kathryn Bowers, present their lecture, “Zoobiquity: How Veterinarians will Change the Future of Human Medicine.” They are trying to bring veterinary medicine and human medicine together for more collaboration on research and treatment of diseases.

Zoobiquity - Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, explains
how surprised she was to learn that a variety
of human diseases can also be found in
animals. She said this has been understood
in veterinary medicine, but not as well in
human medicine.


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CVM continues celebrating K-State's sesquicentennial year

  K-State Sesquicentennial Logo  

The year 2013 marks a milestone for Kansas State University: its 150th birthday. This is a celebration of the past, present and future for America’s first land grant institution and Kansas’ first public university.

K-State invites the entire family to celebrate its achievements and its Wildcat spirit. Visit for a full calendar of activities and events. Watch upcoming issues of Lifelines and Healing Hands as we will help by celebrating the CVM’s proud role at K-State.




K-State 150: K-State veterinary alumni part of AVMA's sesquicentennial

Editor's Note: In honor of K-State's sesquicentennial, 1863-2013, Lifelines and Healing Hands will be running a series of articles on notable moments and people in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Kansas State University's DVM graduates have a reputation of being excellent, dedicated practitioners and of being community and institutional leaders. Notable among these leadership achievements is the number of K-Staters who have been elected as presidents of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Incidentally, the AVMA is also celebrating is sesquicentennial this year. In 1863, leaders from the American Veterinary Association, founded nine years earlier, voted to meet June 9-10 in New York City to improve the standing of the nation’s veterinary profession. Nearly 40 veterinarians, veterinary practitioners and physicians attended the meeting and agreed to form the United States Veterinary Medical Association, now the AVMA.

K-State can boast of nine alumni who became president of the AVMA. Here is a list with a short bio about each.

Dr. Charles BowerDr. Charles W. Bower, DVM 1918, was the AVMA president from 1943-1944. He was born in Perry, Kan., and entered a general practice in Hope, Kan., but was called to active duty in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps during World War I. Afterward, he established the first hospital exclusively for small animals in Kansas, while practicing in Topeka. During his tenure as AVMA president, he was influential in establishing the present council on Education and expanding the public relations program and the film library. He received the AVMA Award for Distinguished Service in 1955.
Dr. William Arthur HagenDr. William Arthur Hagen, DVM 1915, was the AVMA president from 1947-48. He was born in Fort Scott, Kan., and went to Cornell University in 1916 as a graduate student and instructor under Walter L. williams, one of the original faculty members at Cornell. After receiving a master's degree, Dr. Hagen was appointed instructor in bacteriology and pathology. He later served as dean at Cornell for 27 years. After he retired in 1959, he became the first director of the National Animal Disease Laboratory in Iowa.
Gen. Wayne O. KesterGen. Wayne O. Kester, DVM 1931, was the AVMA president from 1956-1957. He was born near Stockville, Neb. He is the only AVMA president to ever hold the office while still on active duty in the military service. He used this position to broaden the scope of veterinary medicine and to begin the formation of specialty groups. He was president of the Conference of Public Health Veterinarians from 1954-55, and is a Diplomat in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine as well as the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine all of which he was a founder. He generated the formation of many other veterinary specialty groups for which he was honored as the recipient of the 1980 AVMA Distinguished Service Award. Following retirement from the Air Force, Dr. Kester served seven years as Director of Research for the Morris Animal Foundation, and then continued as an equine consultant.
Dr. Elden E. (E.E.) LeasureDr. Elden E. (E.E.) Leasure, DVM 1923, was the AVMA president from 1960-1961. Dr. Leasure was born in Solomon, Kan., and returned home for three years a private practitioners, but most of his career was spent as an instructor and administrator at K-State. He was the head dean of veterinary medicine from 1948-1964. During his term as AVMA president, his wife, Freda, was president of the Auxiliary to the AVMA. Veterinary Hall at K-State was later renamed Leasure Hall in his honor.
Dr. Don H. SpanglerDr. Don H. Spangler, DVM, 1931, was the AVMA president from 1965-1966. He was born in Stanton County, Neb. After three years in general practice in Campbell, Neb., he joined Norden Laboratories and helped establish and manage the firm's Minnesota branch office. He started a practice in Atwater, Minn., in 1940, which he operated for 25 years. Dr. Spangler served 21 years on the AVMA Executive Board and chaired the board from 1962 to 1964. He served as the AVMA treasurer from 1963 to 1981, during which time the AVMA's investments grew from $273,000 to almost $5 million. In 1976, he was the first veterinarian in the AVMA to be honored for outstanding service.
Dr. Joseph F. KnappenbergerDr. Joseph F. Knappenberger, DVM 1935, was the AVMA president from 1968-1969. He was born in Penalosa, Kan. He taught bacteriology at K-State from 1936 to 1937, and then went in to private practice in Hutchinson, Kan., for the next 11 years. In 1948, he moved to Olathe and served as vice president and production manager of Ashe-Lockhart (which later became Haver-Lockhart Laboratories). He was one of 18 veterinarians invited by President Lyndon Johnson to participate in the White House Conference on Health in 1965.
Dr. Jacob E. MosierDr. Jacob E. Mosier, DVM 1945, was the AVMA president from 1981-1982. He was born on a farm near Hoxie, Kan. Dr. Mosier was the first of nine veterinarians in the Mosier family who obtained their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from K-State. After receiving his DVM in 1945, he became an instructor at the CVM where he remained for most of his career as a professor of surgery and medicine and director of the Teaching Hospital. He served as the Surgery and Medicine department head until 1981, and in 1999 was honored when the Veterinary Clinical Sciences building was dedicated in his name. He was on the executive board at the AVMA from 1970 to 1976 and served as chairman in 1974-1975.
Dr. Samuel E. StrahmDr. Samuel E. Strahm, DVM 1959, was the AVMA president form 1989-1990. He was born in Fairview, Kan. He was in private practice in Pawhuska, Okla., since 1959 until he passed away in 2009. In addition to serving as president of the AVMA, he served as the Oklahoma representative tot he House of Delegates from 1967 to 1988, chairman of the House Advisory Committee, chairman of the Continuing Education Advisory Committee, chairman and charter member of the AVMA Governmental Affairs Council, and chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation in 1980-1981. He was also a member of the Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for 23 years.
Dr. Gregory S. HammerDr. Gregory S. Hammer, DVM 1973, was the AVMA president from 2007-2008. He was born in Bonner Springs, Kan. Dr. Hammer is now a small animal and equine practitioner in Dover, Del. He is owner and partner of Brenford Animal Hospital. With the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Hammer was a veterinary medical officer from January 1974 to January 1976 and received the Meritorious Service Medal. He was named 1997 Delaware Veterinarian of the Year. Prior to election as president of the AVMA, Dr. Hammer served six years on the AVMA executive board and 13 years in the House of Delegates.
Dr. Ralph R. DykstraOne other notable "K-Stater" who served as the president of the AVMA, was Dr. Ralph R. Dykstra, who served as the first dean of the Division of Veterinary Medicine. He was born in Groningen, Netherlands, and earned a three-year veterinary degree at Iowa State College in 1905. After teaching on the Iowa State faculty, he came to K-State in 1911 and served as dean from 1919 to 1948. He was thought to be the first Kansan to serve as president of the AVMA, serving from 1931-1932.

Under the Microscope

Erin MooreErin Moore, Administrative Assistant, Anatomy and Physiology

Hometown: Manhattan, Kan.

Family Information: Parents, three siblings, two siblings-in-law, two nieces, one nephew and a boyfriend.

Pets: Two dogs, Ruger and Finn, and one cat, Vanja.

Who is your favorite superhero? My dad and grandmother. Not your typical superhero, but they are my two favorite people.

What is the best restaurant in Manhattan? So Long Saloon and Rock-a-Belly.

Have you ever played a prank on someone for April Fool’s Day? I am sure I have in the past but I can’t remember what they were. My brothers try to prank me every year.

What is your favorite part of your job? The faculty, staff and students.

Do you have any hobbies? Reading, cooking and being outside. I also like to do “domestic crafting” such as making laundry soap, hard-lotion bars, soap dispensers or repurposing items.


News Ticker

Courtney Marshall
Welcome to Courtney Marshall, the CVM's new development officer.

The CVM welcomes Courtney Marshall as the new development officer in the Alumni and Development office. She earned a journalism degree with a major in public relations and an emphasis in political science from K-State in 1996. She has worked in alumni relations for nearly 13 years in a variety of roles at Texas Tech, Benedictine College and the University of South Dakota, as well as previously working at the K-State Alumni Association. Prior to working with alumni she worked in advertising and marketing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.


Kind Hearts, Caring Hands Day is April 26. This day-long event is designed to encourage students’ families, alumni and friends to become better informed about the activities and heritage of the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine. A series of events are planned including the annual Bagel Bonanza breakfast, CVM Tours, a Quiz Bowl sponsored by the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medicine Association, the White Coat Ceremony and Honors Banquet. The schedule of events is posted online at:

Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Higgs, research director for the Biosecurity Research Institute, for being chosen as a University Distinguished Professor this year. This is the highest honor that a faculty member can achieve at Kansas State University.


Calendar of events

General College/Alumni Events

April 19: All-CVM Barbecue hosted by SCAVMA at noon on Trotter lawn.

April 20: SCAVMA One Health Fest including a lecture by Dr. Kate Hodgson at 11:00 a.m. in Frick Auditorium.

April 20: All-University Open House

April 26: Kind Hearts, Caring Hands Day.

May 10: Pet Tribute Ice Cream Social, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the basement of Trotter Hall.

Continuing Education events

June 1-5: 75th Annual Conference for Veterinarians, NEW Location!! Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center, Manhattan


Instructional Technology and Design Workshops/Seminars

Workshops/seminars start at 3:30 pm in the Mara Conference Center, 4th floor, Trotter Hall. Go to  or call 532-4335 for more information and online registration.

April 19: Facilitating Teaching and Learning with Concept Maps, by Dr. Hong Wang


New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Welcome to:

Kayla Kohake, Vet Tech 1, VHC

Thanks and Goodbye to:



Lifelines is published each month by the Development and Alumni Affairs Office at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The editors are Joe Montgomery,, and Rebecca Martineau,