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

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May 2013 - Vol. 8, No. 5

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Dr. Walter Renberg presents the White Coat to third-year student Shannon Smith White Coats and Senior Honors

The annual Kind Hearts Caring Hands Day continues the ongoing tradition.
What was new this year?

Reaping recognition

Spring 2013 ushered in an exceptional number of awards for CVM faculty.
What were these awards for?

Conference in India

Four members of the CVM recently returned from a conference in India.
What did they present?

Outstanding in her field: Dr. Bonnie Rush wins department head award

Physiological society names Dr. Timothy Musch educator of the year

CVM presents teaching and service awards to faculty members

Academy of Veterinary Consultants recognizes Dr. Mike Apley

Auburn University presents Bailey alumni award to CVM's Dr. David Biller

CVM faculty get extra kudos at All-University Awards Ceremony

Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment program now available in seven areas in Kansas

Pictures at an Open House

CVM joins K-State in celebrating its sesquicentennial year

K-State 150: Open House tradition


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Dr. Bob LarsonUnder the Microscope
Dr. Robert Larson, Executive Director, Veterinary Medical Continuing Education

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White Coats and Senior Honors

Annual events transition third- and fourth-year students toward future challenges
  Bagel Bonanza  
  Visitors help themselves to bagels at the annual Bagel Bonanza.
  Minocha Scholarship presentation  
  Fourth-year student Kyle Renaldo receives the Dr. Bishan Das and Ram Bai Minocha Memorial Award from professor emeritus Dr. Harish Minocha and his wife Ved.  
  Shannon Smith and Dr. Walter Renberg  
  Third-year student Shannon Smith gets help from Dr. Walter Renberg in putting on her new white coat.  

The 13th Annual Kind Hearts and Caring Hands Day was held Friday, April 6, featuring two of the most important events that impact the students in the DVM program: the White Coat Ceremony and the Senior Honors Banquet. The White Coat Ceremony provides a symbolic transition from the didactic to the clinical phase of veterinary education. Each member of the third-year class is presented a white coat at this time, and the ceremony concludes with the class president leading the students in the "Pledge of Professionalism." In the evening, the fourth-year students are invited to the Senior Honors Banquet where scholarship awards are presented. On May 17, the students will go through commencement exercises and enter the world as full-fledged veterinarians. Some other celebratory events take place during Kind Hearts Caring Hands Day including the Bagel Bonanza organized the the Veterinary Medical Library, the Quiz Bowl and college tours and demonstrations for family and friends. Enjoy some of the photos from this year's activities.

Dr. Dan Aja
Dr. Dan Aja, DVM, director of professional affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, congratulates the third-year class on entering the clinical phase of the veterinary program at this year’s White Coat Ceremony.


Pet Tribute Scholars
Laura Rice, Kaycie Baxley, Jennifer Collins and Maggie Trefney display the Pet Tribute scholarship certificates as presented by Dr. Emily Klocke, who is on the Pet Tribute board of directors.

Dr. Roger Fingland, executive associate dean and director of the Veterinary Health Center, gives closing remarks to the third-year students after receiving their white coats.
Dr. Roger Fingland, executive associate dean and director of the Veterinary Health Center, gives closing remarks to the third-year students after receiving their white coats.



Reaping Recognition

Spring 2013 ushers in an exceptional number of awards for CVM faculty

Outstanding in her field: Dr. Bonnie Rush wins department head award

  Dr. Bonnie Rush recieves the 2013 Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head at Kansas State University.  
  K-State President Kirk Schulz presents the 2013 Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head at Kansas State University to Dr. Bonnie Rush, head of Clinical Sciences. They are joined by Chris Curtin, whose property management company underwrites the $2,500 stipend that goes with the award, and K-State Provost April Mason.  

The College of Veterinary Medicine can now boast a new “Triple Crown” winner. As an equine specialist, Dr. Bonnie Rush, head of Clinical Sciences, has been truly outstanding in her field, having been recognized previously for both her teaching and research accomplishments. That list now includes excellence as an administrative leader as she has been selected for the 2013 Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head at Kansas State University. President Kirk Schulz recognized Dr. Rush in a special award ceremony May 6.

This award was presented to other CVM department heads: Dr. M.M. Chengappa, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, in 2011; and Dr. Frank Blecha, the head of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology in 2004.

“It is a privilege to serve the faculty in the Department of Clinical Sciences,” Dr. Rush said. “I am proud of their dedication to training future veterinarians and accomplishments in advancement of clinical medicine. It is easy to advocate for this faculty and support their goals for the future.”

“Dr. Rush has incredible energy and enthusiasm in everything she does,” said Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “She has not only a great passion for animal health, but for the veterinary students and the faculty and staff of her department. Her mentoring abilities are truly amazing. She is all about helping others be successful. It’s a great pleasure to have the university recognize one of our own for the excellent leadership she provides.”

This is not Dr. Rush’s first “outstanding” award. In 2004, the National Association of Women Veterinarians honored Dr. Rush as its Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Rush was a two-time recipient of the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. She has also been honored with the CVM’s top research award: the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence.

Before starting her career at K-State in 1993, Dr. Rush completed her undergraduate training in 1985 at The Ohio State University. She received her doctor of veterinary medicine in 1989 from Ohio State, completed an internship at North Carolina State University in 1990 and finished a residency in equine medicine at Ohio State in 1993 where she also received a master's degree in clinical sciences. In 2009, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio State.

Upon completing her residency, Dr. Rush joined the faculty at K-State where she has served as the head of Equine Medicine and Surgery, the Associate Dean of Career Development, and her current position. She was awarded diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1993. Promoted to associate professor and tenured in 1998, she became a full professor in 2002.

Dr. Rush has served on the boards of directors of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Grayson Jockey Club. She is also a member of the Association for Women Veterinarians, American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.



Physiological society names Dr. Timothy Musch educator of the year

  Dr. Timothy Musch receives award  
  Dr. Timothy Musch, professor of kinesiology and anatomy and physiology, accepts the 2013 Arthur C. Guyton Physiology Educator of the Year from Dr. Barbara E. Goodman, professor of physiology and director of the University of South Dakota's Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network. She is the American Physiological Society's section chair for the teaching of physiology.  

Dr. Timothy Musch, professor of kinesiology and anatomy and physiology, has been named 2013 Arthur C. Guyton Physiology Educator of the Year by the American Physiological Society.

The national honor recognizes Dr. Musch for making a significant impact on the students he teaches, on his institution, and an enduring and significant impact on physiology education on the national and international stage.

Dr. Musch, who holds a dual appointment with the College of Human Ecology and the CVM, teaches graduate and undergraduate exercise physiology and co-directs the Cardiorespiratory Exercise Laboratory. His fields of research include coronary heart disease and chronic heart failure.

“More than half of students who graduate with a kinesiology major are admitted each year to physical therapy, medical and other health professional and graduate schools. While much of the success of these students can be attributed to Dr. Musch’s lectures in their required course work, his influence also extends to the development of an undergraduate exercise physiology curriculum that is unmatched nationally and an active lab that has successfully involved numerous undergraduates in research experiences,” said Dr. David Dzewaltowski, professor and head of the department of kinesiology.

Dr. Musch has graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He did a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Dallas.


CVM presents teaching and service awards to faculty members


Drs. Mosier, Poole and Harkin

Drs. Derek Mosier, David Poole and Ken Harkin are recognized with 2012 Excellence in Teaching Awards for the second-, first- and third-year classes, respectively. Students vote on professors based on courses from the pervious year. These awards are sponsored by Bayer Health Care, Merial and Novartis.


Dean Richardson and Dr. Jerome Neitfeld.
Dean Ralph Richardson presents Dr. Jerome Nietfeld with the Dr. William and Deanna Pritchard Veterinary Service and Outreach Award during the awards banquet. This award highlights Dr. Nietfeld’s consistent commitment and dedication to service and outreach efforts. The award was established to emphasize the importance of service and outreach in the veterinary profession.


Academy of Veterinary Consultants recognizes Dr. Mike Apley

  Dr. Apley receives AVC award  
  Dr. Eric Moore presents Dr. Mike Apley with the Outstanding Service Award from the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, joined by Dr. Dan Upson and Dr. David Sjeklocha.  
Recognized for his leadership in beef cattle health and food safety, Kansas State University professor Dr. Mike Apley, D.V.M., Ph.D., D.A.C.V.C.P., recently received the 2013 Outstanding Service Award from the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC). Dr. Apley was honored for dedicating his career to improving animal health and veterinary medicine by sharing his insights and expertise on antibiotic use in livestock.

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, the annual award recognizes an AVC member who has made exceptional contributions to the organization, as well as the beef cattle and veterinary medical professions. In support of the company’s long-standing commitment to honoring those who have made an indelible mark on the industry and supporting future leaders, Merck Animal Health also made a donation to the AVC Foundation in Dr. Apley’s honor.

“There is a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise among the membership that is willingly shared with others,” said Dr. Apley. “To be selected by this group as one whose service has mattered is very humbling and rewarding.”

“Mike Apley has served AVC and the veterinary profession well by helping educate the public about antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic use and food safety issues, as well as providing help and advice to all who ask,” said fellow veterinarian, Dr. David Sjeklocha, manager of animal health and welfare for Cattle Empire in Satanta, Kan., who nominated Dr. Apley for the award. “He is truly a credit to our profession, and we are fortunate to have him as an advocate and representative.”

Dr. Eric Moore, beef technical services manager for Merck Animal Health, echoed the praise for Dr. Apley’s numerous contributions. “Throughout his career, Mike has had a vital role in maintaining the health of our nation's cattle supply and, in turn, our food supply. He is undoubtedly one of the most influential veterinarians in the cattle feeding industry.”

Dr. Apley began his veterinary medicine career with a general practice in central Kansas, followed by a feedlot consulting/contract research practice in Colorado. He later joined the faculty at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and worked there until 2005, when he joined Kansas State University (KSU) College of Veterinary Medicine as a professor of veterinary clinical sciences. At KSU, he teaches beef production medicine, large-animal medicine and pharmacology courses.

In addition to his role as an educator, he has conducted industry research focusing on infectious disease, antibiotic efficiency and resistance, drug residues and applications of drugs in food animals. He is well known for his work with veterinarians and producers throughout the United States regarding the use of pharmaceutical drugs in food animals, as well as feedlot health.

“Mike is an extremely valuable and much-needed leader in pharmacology, food safety and regulatory matters,” said Dr. Dan Upson, who presented the award with Dr. Sjeklocha. “His work has not just benefited our industry, but it also has had a positive impact on the world we live in.”

Auburn University presents Bailey alumni award to CVM's Dr. David Biller

  Dr. David Biller  
  Dr. Biller speaks at the graduation ceremony.  
Dr. David S. Biller, professor and radiology section head in Clinical Sciences, was recently recognized by his alma mater, Auburn University. He was one of four Auburn alumni who were presented with the Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni Award. The prestigious award is the highest honor given to an alumnus of the veterinary college at Auburn and is named to honor the late Dr. Wilford S. Bailey, who held a 50-year continuous faculty appointment at Auburn, serving in positions ranging from instructor to university president. A 1942 graduate of the college, Dr. Bailey was the first recipient of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Following his death in 2000, it was named in Dr. Bailey’s memory. Dr. Biller provided a brief address at the Auburn University graduation ceremony on May 7.

CVM faculty get extra kudos at All-University Awards Ceremony

  Dr. Rowland  
  Dr. Bob Rowland displays the certificate for the Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award. He is joined by President Kirk Schulz and Commerce Bank Executive Vice President Rich Jankovich.  
  Dr. Richt  
  Dr. Jürgen Richt dons a medallion for being named University Distinguished Professor, along with presenters President Schulz and Provost Mason.  

Along with the presentation of the Outstanding Department Head award that went to Dr. Bonnie Rush (see story above), several CVM faculty members were also recognized this May at an all-university awards ceremony, which was held for the first time this year. This included awards that were presented earlier in the year, but that were not part of a formal ceremony. Congratulations to all of our CVM faculty members for their accomplishments. Many of these awards are accompanied by monetary stipends.

Drs. Nancy Monteiro-Riviere and Jim Riviere receive medallions as University Distinguished Professors.



A ‘royal’ reception in India

  Dr. M.M. Chengappa, top, and Dr. T.G. Nagaraja, below, are decorated for two of the more distinguished microbiologists who graduated from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India.  

Drs. T.G. Nagaraja and M.M. Chengappa both received “royal” treatment on their recent visit to the annual conference of the Indian Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Research held in Bangalore, India. Both presented research at this conference, and they were joined in India by Drs. H. Morgan Scott and Raghavendra Amachawadi, also from the CVM. They shared some photos from the trip and conference.

Dr. H. Morgan Scott
Dr.H. Morgan Scott presents research at the conference.

Dr. M.M. Chengappa and Dr. Raghavendra Amachawadi
Dr. M.M. Chengappa and Dr. Raghavendra Amachawadi visit between sessions at the conference.



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Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment program now available in seven areas in Kansas

The Kansas Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment (VMLRP) Working Group is very pleased to announce seven Kansas areas were accepted for VMLRP designation. Applications for these positions will be accepted until May 31, 2013. Several members of... this committee are willing to review applications and are available for guidance in the application submittal process. Please contact Randy Norton, DVM,; Paige Ayers, DVM,; or LewAnn Schneider, DVM, for assistance. Visit to view the Kansas map of designated areas. These are Large Animal shortage areas and must provide at least 30 percent Large Animal services (12.5 hours per workweek). If you are seeking a location NOT IN KANSAS, please refer to the following web site: Even though Drs. Norton, Ayers and Schneider are offering their assistance primarily for positions in Kansas, they would be happy to advise any member of our "K-State Family."




Pictures at an Open House

The College of Veterinary Medicine was an active participant at the 2013 All-University Open House held in April. Below are some of the pictures of various activities.

Open House students examine dog
One of the dogs brought in by a veterinary student receives a lot of attention during Open House.


Shelby Parsel
First-year student Shelby Parsel applies some bandages in the Kids' Pet Clinic.

Rescue Dog
The Kansas Search and Rescue Dog Association introduce some of their canine stars at a booth on the lawn next to Trotter Hall.
Ring toss game
A ring toss game is popular with kids.
Dr. Patricia Payne
Dr. Patricia Payne shows one of the KSDS service dogs she works with.


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: Open House has a long tradition in the CVM

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.

Before the All-University Open House tradition existed, the College of Veterinary Medicine had its own Open House tradition going back several years. Below are some photos showing some of the various ways the CVM showed off its activities to the public.

Cholera parade float
This undated file photo shows a parade float that the veterinary students put together to explain how important veterinarians are in battling devastating livestock diseases.

Dog Day in 1949
During the middle of the 20th century, veterinary medicine became more involved in the treatment of companion animals in addition to livestock. This 1949 shows an event that was known as "Dog Day" for the public to get free exams of their dogs from the students.

Girl feeds piglet
Children get to feed piglets at an Open House event in the 1960s.

Medical tools and instruments
This display of medical instruments was during an Open House when the teaching hospital was located in the current Dykstra Hall.



Under the Microscope

Dr. Bob LarsonDr. Robert Larson, Professor and Coleman Chair of Food Animal Production Medicine and Executive Director, Veterinary Medical Continuing Education

Hometown: Hiawatha, Kan.

Family Information: My wife Laura is a 1992 KSU CVM graduate. We have three daughters; Mariah (15), Karrin (12) and Annie (8).

Pets: We have a Labrador retriever named Cilantro who is in charge of home security and floor cleaning, and a cat named Shadrack in charge of rodent control.

What about summer are you most looking forward to? A chance for our family to go to Washington, D.C. to see the sites and visit my sister who lives there. I also look forward to more dedicated time with my graduate students working on their research projects.

Where is the last place you went on vacation? My parents, my four sisters, and all our families met for a whole-family vacation in the Berkshire Mountains of New York last summer. We loaded up the Suburban and drove across the country, stopping to see the arch in St. Louis, Niagara Falls and Lake Erie.

What Hollywood star would you want to play you in a movie? Maybe Christopher Lloyd would be appropriate, but I could always hope for Michael J. Fox or Matthew Broderick.

What book did you most recently enjoy? I recently read “The Last Disciple,” a very good book about the disciple John; and a biography of Andrew Jackson, who had a very interesting life with a profound impact on our nation.

If you could only see black and white, with the addition of one other color, what color would you choose? Purple of course! Three of my four grandparents attended K-State in the 1920s, my parents and all my aunts and uncles on both sides of the family attended in the 1950s and 60s, and all four of my sisters and I attended from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. I spent 11 years going to school at K-State—so I have purple blood.


News Ticker

Burdick, Nelson and Hoefert in Washington D.C.
Stacey Burdick, Allison Nelson and Kimberly Hoefert

Stacey Burdick and Kimberley Hoefert, class of 2015, and Allison Nelson, class of 2014, attended the annual SAVMA Legislative Fly-In in Washington, D.C. Veterinary students from each of the AVMA accredited U.S. and international veterinary schools attended the two-day conference. The students met with representatives of the AVMA Government Relations Division, as well as Congressmen to talk about co-sponsoring the Horse Protection Act Amendments and the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (VMLRPEA). The local SCAVMA chapter and KVMA graciously helped to fund this opportunity in an effort to encourage student advocacy.


Congratulations to Dr. Sanjeev Narayanan, who has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM). This is a three-year term where Dr. Narayanan would have the opportunity to enhance the mission of the college.

Welcome to Dr. Nora Schrag, a new assistant professor within the clinical sciences department.

Congratulations to Xiangdong Li, who recently received an International Graduate Student Scholarship from the Konza and Manhattan Rotary clubs.



Calendar of events

General College/Alumni Events

May 17: Commencement Exercises, McCain Auditorium

Continuing Education events

June 1-4: 75th Annual Conference for Veterinarians, NEW Location!! Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center, Manhattan




New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Welcome to:

Kelsey Wohletz, Staff Assistant, KSVDL
Rachael Holicky, Medical Resident Year 1, DM/P
Aubrey Durbin, Accounting Specialist, DM/P

Thanks and Goodbye to:

Ashley Garn, Veterinary Technician, VHC


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,