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

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July 2013 - Vol. 8, No. 7

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Exam Room at the New Carpenter Veterinary ClinicGoing with the 'Flow'

New Flow Cytometry lab creates opportunities for cellular research and collaboration.
*LIFELINES VIDEO FEATURE
What is Flow Cytometry?

Path of Resistance

A survey reveals antibiotic resistance in bovine respiratory disease.
Why is this a problem for producers?

Summer Training Project

The Beef Cattle Institute is helping producers reduce public health risks from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.
How is the BCI providing help?

Dr. David Eshar leads tortoise survey project in Israel

Last laughs with Dr. Wally Cash

PacVet conference draws K-State Alumni

News and Notes from the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association



Regular features

Rich EstradaUnder the Microscope
Richard Estrada, Agricultural Technician, Comparative Medicine Group




Hot Topic
Dr. Susan Nelson gives an overview on Bobcat Fever.
Which pets could be affected?

K-State 150: The Art of Veterinary Medicine

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Going with the 'Flow'

New Flow Cytometry lab creates opportunities for cellular research and collaboration.
  Dr. Catherine Ewen  
  Dr. Catherine Ewen demonstrates the MoFlo XDP, which has five lasers and the capability to perform 10-color and two size parameter analyses and to routinely sort cells or particles at speeds up to 70,000 cells/second. Learn more about this and the other specialized equipment by watching this month's Lifelines video feature about the Flow Cytometry Lab.

 

Cellular scientists now have access to an extraordinary set of tools at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Kansas State University Flow Cytometry Lab held an open house on June 28 for researchers from across campus. This multi-user core facility offers new and upgraded analyzers that can be used in a wide variety of research.

“Flow cytometry is a technology to measure properties of individual cells or particles in a fluid stream at a very high flow rate so we can get lots of information about the surface proteins that the cells may express, such as DNA/RNA content,” said Dr. Melinda Wilkerson, lab director and professor in immunology and clinical pathology. “So anyone that has cells that can be put into a single suspension can use this technology. They can be cancer cells in culture. They could be insect cells from entomology or even plant cells.”

Watch the video below for a report on the new and improved Flow Cytometry Lab.
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Video produced by Joseph Chapes and Kent Nelson, technology coordinators from
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Study shows antibiotic resistance in bovine respiratory disease

  Bacterial tray  
  Bacterial growth in this cell tray provides evidence of resistance to antibiotics in bovine respiratory disease., as discovered in a study led by Dr. Brian Lubbers and Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek (shown below) with the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.  
  Dsr. Brian Lubbers and Gregg Hanzlicek  

A survey of records of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) cases at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory showed that drug resistance in one of the primary pathogens, Mannheimia haemolytica, increased over a three-year period.

“We have been seeing an increase in the number of antibiotic resistant bacteria that cause pneumonia — also called BRD — in cattle,” said Dr. Brian Lubbers, assistant professor in the diagnostic lab, based at Kansas State University. “Many of these bacteria are resistant to, not one, but almost all of the antibiotics that we use to treat pneumonia in cattle.”

BRD is one of the most important diseases of feedlot cattle, particularly, said Dr. Lubbers (adding that the economic toll from the disease has been estimated to approach $1 billion annually in the United States alone) if one takes into account drug and labor costs, decreased production, and animal death losses.

Until now, one of the aspects that has not been studied very well is the cost linked to antimicrobial resistance in BRD cases, he said. To take a closer look, he and colleague Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek, also an assistant professor in the diagnostic lab, examined records of cases in which specimens of bovine lung tissue were submitted to the diagnostic lab over the three years, 2009 to 2011. Most of the cattle were from Kansas and Nebraska.

They found that over that period, a high percentage of M. haemolytica bacteria recovered from cattle lungs were resistant to several of the drugs typically used to treat that pathogen.

The researchers also found, however, that no specimens were resistant to all six antimicrobial drugs.

The study was funded internally by the diagnostic lab.

Using resistance to three or more antimicrobials as the definition of multi-drug resistance, 63 percent of the bacteria would be classified as multidrug resistant in 2011, compared with 46 percent in 2010 and 42 percent in 2009.

The results of the study were published by the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. The abstract is available online at: http://vdi.sagepub.com/content/25/3/413.abstract

"Antimicrobial resistance in veterinary medicine has received a considerable amount of recognition as a potential factor leading to antimicrobial resistance in human medicine," Dr. Lubbers said. "However, the contribution of multidrug resistance to limited or failed therapy in veterinary patients has received much less attention."

Because there are a limited number of antimicrobial drugs that can be used for treatment of BRD pathogens, he said, multidrug resistance in those pathogens poses a severe threat to the livestock industry.

"We (Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory) consider this type of information to be part of our active ongoing disease surveillance and will continue this work," Dr. Lubbers said. "The questions of how these bacteria develop or where they come from, how widespread they are, and what is the impact on cattle production are still unanswered. We are actively seeking industry partners to investigate these questions."

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Summer Training Project

Beef Cattle Institute uses USDA grant to create STEC training modules

  Elsie Suhr, Alexia Sampson, Rachael Gortowski and Rebecca Legere.  
  Meet the interns who will be creating training modules for working with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or STEC. From left to right: Elsie Suhr, Alexia Sampson, Rachael Gortowski and Rebecca Legere.  

The Beef Cattle Institute has recently been awarded part of a $25 million USDA grant to focus on ways to reduce public health risks from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or STEC. STEC causes more than 265,000 infections in the U.S. every year and is a serious threat to food safety.

STEC can cause severe diarrhea, hemorrhagic colitis, and hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can lead to death. The old and young are especially susceptible. Illnesses caused by STEC strains can be contracted by eating undercooked, contaminated food or by direct contact with fecal matter containing the bacteria. Seven strains of E. coli have been declared adulterants in meat products by the USDA, meaning that meat containing those strains of E. coli will be condemned and destroyed.

The BCI will be creating several training modules for its part in the STEC grant. The modules will provide intervention strategies from the literature found to decrease E. coli prevalence. They will be used by industry personnel in order to gain knowledge about the public health risks and will facilitate their ability to provide safe food products. The modules will be featured on the BCI’s animal care training website. Different modules will be specific to various sectors within the beef industry including feedlot cows, cow-calf operations, cull dairy cows, veal calves, small and large scale packing plants, distributors, and restaurants. Four Kansas State University student interns have been brought on board to work on the project over the summer.

One of the interns, Becky Legere, will be entering her third year of veterinary school, hoping to work in mixed animal or equine medicine after graduation. She came to K-State after a master’s degree in equine science, working with a K-State alumnus, Dr. Jeff Pendergraft (Ph.D. in animal sciences), at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. Before that was a stint in the biomedical industry and an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass.

“Working with industry leaders in different sectors of beef production has been really interesting,” Becky said. “Drawing out the practical applications from research papers and making this information accessible to the producers will be really helpful for the beef industry in the long term.”

Another intern, Elsie Suhr, is going to be starting her senior year at K-State in animal sciences and industry in the production management option. She is in the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Early Admissions Program. Originally from Sabetha, Kan., Elsie is a graduate of the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science at Fort Hays State University. After graduating, Elsie plans to obtain her master’s degree, possibly in ruminant nutrition, prior to DVM studies at Kansas State.

One of the other interns on the project, Rachael Gortowski, will be a second-year veterinary student with plans to work in research after graduation. She earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Illinois and worked in a university swine nutrition research lab before starting veterinary school at K-State. She is excited to be working on a project with the potential to impact so many people and has enjoyed learning about all sectors of the beef industry.

The fourth summer intern, Alexia Sampson, is a fifth-year senior here in animal sciences and industry with an emphasis in pre-veterinary medicine. She is from the Bronx, N.Y., and has thoroughly enjoyed her time in Manhattan, Kan. She is excited about working on the STEC project because it is her goal to become a large animal veterinarian.

The modules are currently in the production phase. Dr. Daniel Thomson, director of the Beef Cattle Institute and one of the project investigators, said, “Cattle producers, feedlot operators, transporters, processors, retailers, and consumers all must understand and execute their roles in beef safety. The BCI will develop and offer training and outreach tools to enhance stakeholder knowledge for all sectors of the beef industry. This will result in a more knowledgeable beef industry workforce and an enhanced beef safety infrastructure.”

The eight modules will be finished by the end of the summer.

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Dr. David Eshar leads tortoise survey project in Israel

  Dr. David Eshar
 
  Dr. David Eshar collects data from an African Spurred (Sulcata) tortoise.  

Dr. David Eshar, assistant professor of exotics had just finished collecting data for a study investigating normal biochemical and hematological values in clinically healthy African Spurred (Sulcata) tortoises (Geochelone sulcata) from several zoological collections in Israel. More than 120 tortoises were surveyed with the aid of veterinary students Lior Kamara, Sarah Halpern and Shoshana Levshin, all from the class of 2016. This project was supported by a University Small Research Grant (USRG) and the Abaxis company.

“These tortoises are one of the largest species that are commonly kept in zoological collections,” Dr. Eshar explained. “With its magnificent shell, calm nature and large size, it has also become a preferred pet. The goal of this study is to produce hematologic and biochemistry values for the African Spurred tortoise in accordance with accepted guidelines published in the scientific literature.”

Dr. Eshar and his team worked with several zoos in Israel including the Jerusalem Zoo and the Ein Gedi (by the Dead Sea) Zoo. This was an ideal time to conduct this study as the veterinary students were already in Israel for externships while on their summer vacation.

Lior Kamara and Dr. David Eshar
Second-year student Lior Kamara holds an African Spurred tortoise (Sulcata) for Dr. David Eshar.

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Hot Topic

Tick-borne bobcat fever can be deadly to domestic cats

  Close-up of a lone star tick  
  A close-up of a lone star tick, taken by Dr. Michael Dryden, which can carry Cytauxzoon felis, known as bobcat fever.  
     
  Dr. Susan Nelson
Watch Dr. Susan Nelson discuss bobcat fever on K-State's YouTube channel.
 

Kansas State University veterinarians are warning pet owners to watch out for ticks carrying a disease that could kill cats.

Cytauxzoon felis, also known as bobcat fever, is a blood parasite that infects domestic cats and causes a very high death rate. Dr. Susan Nelson, a veterinarian and clinical associate professor at Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center, says this disease was thought to be carried only by the American dog tick, but now may be carried by the lone star tick, which is quite prevalent in northeast Kansas.

"Most people have probably seen a lone star tick even if they're not familiar with them by name," Dr, Nelson said. "They're the ones that have a bright white spot on their back."

Bobcat fever does not affect humans or dogs. It is called bobcat fever because bobcats are considered the main reservoir for the disease, as it is typically not fatal for them.

Most cases of bobcat fever occur from March through September, which coincides with the times cats are most likely to encounter ticks. Late spring and early summer are the peak times for ticks in Kansas.

Dr. Nelson says cats that live outside the city boundaries are at a higher risk of getting bobcat fever because they are more likely to encounter ticks in a rural environment; however, that doesn't necessarily mean that your city-living kitty can't get the disease. If your cat has contracted the disease, it can be anywhere from five to 20 days before symptoms appear.

"First, you're probably going to notice they're going to be really lethargic and tired," Dr. Nelson said. "Their appetite is going to decrease. They may feel very hot to you as they will tend to run a high fever early in the course of the disease. As the disease progresses, you might see breathing problems, dehydration and the whites of their eyes or the inside of their ears might start looking yellow as they start getting jaundiced. Their body temperature will start to drop as they near the end stages of the disease."

A cat may be infected even if you don't see a tick on the animal, because the tick may have already fed and dropped off the cat before the animal starts showing symptoms of the disease.

No vaccine is available for this disease. Treatment can be expensive and often unsuccessful, so it is important to take precautionary steps to keep your cat from being bitten. Dr. Nelson says the best thing to do is to keep your cat indoors. If you can't do that, then keep your yard well maintained — it's a myth that ticks fall from trees.

"If your cat likes to stay in the yard, try to keep your grass mowed down so it's not tall," she said. "The ticks tend to like the taller grasses. Keep the shrubbery trimmed short and remove debris around your house. Do daily tick checks on the cats and remember to look between their toes. If your cat lives with a dog, make sure you are using some type of tick control on the dog as it can bring ticks into your house, which can then feed on your cat."

Nelson also suggests talking to your veterinarian about types of tick control medications to determine which is best for your pet.

Tick expert Dr. Michael Dryden, university distinguished professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology at Kansas State University, tracks the lone star tick and says they are mainly found in eastern Kansas and in the Southeastern states. So far, he has not found any lone star ticks west of Clay Center, Kan., but he expects its territory will expand.

 

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Last laughs with Dr. Wally Cash

Dr. Wally Cash with wife Trisha and daughter Caitlin
After four decades of teaching veterinary anatomy, Dr. Wally Cash decides it’s time to retire. He shared memories at a retirement dinner held in his honor at Black Jack Hills (outside Manhattan), joined by his wife, Trisha, and daughter, Caitlin. His colleagues remarked on Dr. Cash’s thorough knowledge, dedication to the students and his infectious laugh, which will be missed. Good luck, Dr. Cash!

Dr. Cash and Mal Hoover
Dr. Cash unwraps a gift drawn by the CVM's certified medical illustrator, Mal Hoover, depicting Dr. Cash as the consummate anatomy instructor, working with veterinary students.
Dr. Walter Cash, Dr. Roger Fedde, Dr. Frank Blecha and Dr. Jane Westfall
Dr. Cash reminisces with retired and current faculty, Dr. Roger Fedde, Dr. Frank Blecha and Dr. Jane Westfall.
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PacVet conference draws K-State Alumni

PacVet alumni reception
Kansas State University veterinary alumni gather at the Pacific Veterinary Conference held June 20-23 in Long Beach, Calif. Above, left to right: Dean Ralph Richardson, Development Officer Courtney Marshall, Kathy Henricks and husband Dr. Dean Henricks (class of 1969), Dr. Jim Hicks (class of 1967), Dr. Jeff Lowery (class of 1997), Dr. Lance Adams (class of 1999), Dr. Doug Glover (class of 1985), Dr. Nicole Caraway (class of 2003), and Dr. Jennifer Widmer (class of 2008). (Photo courtesy of the Pacific Veterinary Conference - see other photos at the PacVet Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PacVet)

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News and Notes from the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association

VMAA logoClass Reunion Photos

This year's class reunion photos were taken by University Photo Services. To order go to http://ksuphoto.zenfolio.com/vet2013 . If you need help, please call Photographic Services under the Department of Communication and Marketing at K-State. Their number is 785-532-2535 or email photo@k-state.edu . The College of Veterinary Medicine also has a class reunion photo form available online http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/alumni/pdf/reunionphoto.pdf .

Class Biographies

Class Biography order forms are available on the College of Veterinary Medicine website at http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/alumni/pdf/reunionbio.pdf . Thank you for submitting your updates.

2013 Samuel Kelsall III Memorial Hunt

Save the date for the 11th Annual Samuel Kelsall III Memorial Hunt, Oct. 27-28, Get more information at our website: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/development/kelsall.htm

20th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Save the date, June 9, 2014, at Colbert Hills Golf Course. Find more information at our website: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/development/golf/golf.htm

Fond Farewells

The VMAA wants to share recent news about the passing of a couple of distinguished alumni.

Former professor Dr. Keith Beeman, class of 1958, passed away April 24 in Manhattan. An obituary is posted at the funeral home website. Dr. Beeman was an assistant professor and associate professor at the CVM from 1977 to 1995.

On July 5, Dr. Theodore Reed, class of 1945, passed away in Milford, Del. He was the director of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., from 1958 to 1983 and was considered to the be the keeper of the celebrity pandas Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing, the Komodo dragon Kraken and the real Smokey Bear. His passing was noted in this New York Times story.

See you in Chicago

Please join us at the K-State alumni reception at the AVMA Convention in Chicago the night of July 22, 7-9 p.m., in Room Wiliford C, Hilton Chicago. The VMAA will be presenting a Distinguished Alumnus Award to Dr. Raymond Sis, class of 1957. You can read Dr. Sis' bio here.

Cat Town hospitality at K-State Football Games this Fall

Tailgate with the K-State veterinary family at home football games.. Cat Town provides a special opportunity for the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine family to come together prior to kickoff. We hope you will join us for food and drink. The meal for the first game will be prepared and served by the student Exotics Club. Watch the Cat Town web page for updates for each home game. The first game is Friday night, Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m. against North Dakota State. Food will be served starting at 5:30.

 

 

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‘Pet Friendly’ License Plate

The College of Veterinary Medicine has a new way to support Kansas Shelter Medicine. The Pet Friendly license plate is available to Kansas residents statewide. For information, see www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/development/license.htm, call 1-855-269-7387 or e-mail: petplate@vet.k-state.edu.

Pet Friendly license plate

 

 

 

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 http://www.k-state.edu/150/ 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.

 

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K-State 150: The Art of Veterinary Medicine

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

While medicine is sometimes referred to as a "healing art," the history of veterinary medicine at K-State has also included a role for traditional art and artwork. Whether it is a symbol, such as an asclepius or college logo or a representation of the human-animal bond or the use of medical illustrations for educational purposes, art has a part in the history of the college that is worth looking at. We hope you enjoy these images from your College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Dr. Jane Brunt, Mal Hoover and the CVM's wildcat march statue.
Alumna Dr. Jane Brunt (class of 1980) congratulates Mal Hoover, the CVM's certified medical illustrator, for her work on the college's Wildcat March statute, unveiled in February as part of the university's 150th birthday kickoff. Dr. Brunt bought a blank statue for the college to be able to participate with the other 30 entries, a couple of which are displayed behind Mal and Dr. Brunt. The statue, also called 'lynx rufus,' is currently on display in the first floor lobby of Trotter Hall. Mal's concept in decorating the statue was to depict the history of the College of Veterinary Medicine through papier-mâché. Each layer and piece includes names, titles and references to historical names and references in the college's history.

 

Dykstra Mosaic

Dykstra Hall mosaic
This mosaic of the veterinary symbol, asclepius, was a gift from the class of 1964. It was designed by Dr. Robert C. Baugh, and is currently located on the second floor of Mosier Hall, upstairs from the Veterinary Health Center, which replaced the veterinary hospital in Dykstra Hall in 1978.

 

College logos over the years

College logos
A look at some of the CVM's logos as used by different administrations over the years. The one on the right is the current logo.

 

A Kind Touch

Kind Touch statue
"A Kind Touch" has become an iconic symbol of the CVM. Located between Mosier and Trotter Halls, it is part of a peaceful setting where students, faculty, staff and alumni gather, many who take their picture with the statue. This sculpture was created by David L. Spellerberg as a memorial to Dr. Robert "Bob" Kind, class of 1957, who distinguished himself in caring for dogs, cats, horses and a broad range of exotic animals and wildlife. He considered every animal and person to be a child of God and tried to do the best he could for each. For more than 40 years, Dr. Kind dedicated his life to the care and love of animals, extending to all "a kind touch."

Clay Paws

Clay Paw samples

Ornate clay paw samples

The Clay Paws program is supported through the CVM's Pet Tribute program. When a patient of the Veterinary Health Center is euthanized or passes away, some clinicians ask owners if they would like to have a clay paw, while others prefer to make one and send it to the owner along with a sympathy card. To make the clay paw, the fourth-year student who cared for the patient prepares the clay and pushes the pets' foot or paw in to make the impression. The clay paw is baked in a toaster oven and then painted with craft paint. Ribbons, stickers buttons, gems, glitter, etc., can be glued on. Some students get very creative with additional artwork and decorations as shown above. The clay paw is given a coat of clear spray for a shine and then mailed to the owner or delivered in person. Over the last few years, about 600 clay paws have been produced each year.

 

Medical Illustrations

Medical Illustrations

Some sample pictures from Mal Hoover in July 2011 when she earned certification as a medical illustrator. Mal is pictured above with her Wildcat March statue. She has been with the CVM for more than 30 years.

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Under the Microscope

Rich EstradaRichard Estrada, Agricultural Technician, Comparative Medicine Group

[Editor's Note: Facility Manager Susan Rose submitted Rich's name this month to welcome him to the CVM after being with the Division of Facilities at K-State. If you'd like to suggest someone for Under the Microscope, feel free to let us know at the e-mail address at the bottom of the page.]

Hometown: Scottsbluff, Neb.

Family Information: Mother and father who have been married for 54 years, three brothers and a sister. My wife, Deborah, and I have four children: Anthony, 27, Mitchell, 20, Jacob, 14, and Sarah, 12.

Where did you work before and what will you do in your new position? I was a custodian specialist for the Division of Facilities working at the Cardwell complex for Steve Grinke. I have almost always had pets, and have friends who are farmers, so I will mainly be taking care of cats, however I well be trained in all areas.

What is a favorite way to celebrate the 4th of July? I used to attend church and on the fourth we would have gunny sack and three-legged races, a dunking booth and water balloon fights — you know, real old school stuff.

What’s your favorite meal of the day? Saturday or Sunday supper. My wife and I really enjoy cooking together.

What is the first movie you remember going to as a child? Back in the 1970s, the first “Rocky.”

 

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News Ticker

Dr. Nancy A. Monteiro-Riviere at the European Commission Meeting

Dr. Nancy A. Monteiro-Riviere (in the purple-outlined oval above) , a toxicologist at the CVM, was appointed to the Risk Assessment Advisory Structure of Scientific Committees of Experts, The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety by the European Commission as of March 2013.This committee’s role influences the policy development of the European Union in areas of consumer safety, public health and the environment, and new emerging problems. Draft opinions and new mandates are reviewed in the working groups. There are five major plenary meetings that take place in Luxembourg along with several audio/video conferencing throughout the year. In the photo, she is shown at the European Commission Meeting in Luxembourg in April.

Dr. Anelise Nguyen led this year’s Girls Researching Our World (GROW) workshop in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The workshop demonstrated basic concepts of toxicology to sixth graders in Trotter 201. Below are some photos she shared from the event along with the students who helped administer the workshop.

Ranjni Chand
Ranjni Chand, a Ph.D. student in pathobiology, demonstrates the concept of absorption to sixth graders in the GROW program as part of a workshop on toxicology.

Kristina Bigelow
Kristina Bigelow, a master's student in pathobiology, leads a session on dose-response.

Stephanie Shishido
Ph.D. student Stephanie Shishido leads an experiment on the concept of sensitivity.

 

Congratulations to Dr. David Biller, co-author of "A multi-institutional study evaluating the diagnostic utility of the spec cPL™ and SNAP® cPL™ in clinical acute pancreatitis in 84 dogs," which won the European Emesis Council Best GI Paper Award 2013. It was selected from publications on the subject of small animal gastroenterology by a combination of members of the Boards of the European Emesis Council and the European Society for Comparative Gastroenterology, under the direction of Professor Reto Neiger.

Congratulations to Rebekah Landfried, class of 2016, for receiving an honorable mention in the 2013 JF Smithcors veterinary history essay contest. Her essay, "Veterinary Anatomical Models: A Surgical Tool as Essential as the Scalpel" tied with another essay for an honorable mention, which is unusual because honorable mention distinction is not given every year in this contest.

Recent publications

Drs. Elizabeth Devine, Butch KuKanich and Warren Beard were published in the July issue of JAVMA for their article, "Pharmacokinetics of intramuscularly administered morphine in horses."

Dr. M.M. ChengappaDr. M.M. Chengappa just announced the printing of the third edition of his textbook "Veterinary Microbiology" co-authored with Drs. D. Scott McVey and Melissa Kennedy.

Gruber Golf Tourament logoChris Gruber Memorial Golf Tournament

Please save the date for Sept. 15, 2013, to come and golf in the first annual Chris Gruber Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held at the Legendary Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

For more information, find the tournament on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/snoopscramble

Or go to: www.snoopscramble.org

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Lifelines is published each month by the Development and Alumni Affairs Office at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The editor is Joe Montgomery, jmontgom@vet.k-state.edu.