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

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September 2013 - Vol. 8, No. 9

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K-State's incoming class includes students from China.Celebrating a Partnership

U.S-China Center celebrates first year of joint DVM program.
Who helped celebrate?

Senior International Scientist

Dr. Philip Hardwidge earns a prestigious international title.
What country gave this award?

Influential Faculty

Dr. Mike Apley and Dr. Dan Thomson make a list of 20 influential bovine veterinarians in a recent bovine magazine.
Who else made the grade?

Externship takes student behind-the-scenes at a zoo in Jerusalem

Students win therio competition

First-year students kick off the year with orientation

Skaer family recognized at CVC

K-State 150: Birthing Center becomes a tradition at the State Fair

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Video Feature: Celebrating a Partnership

U.S-China Center celebrates first year of joint DVM program

Dr. Liu Jinghui, secretary general of the China Scholarship Council, congratulates the incoming pre-veterinary and DVM students from China who will be attending K-State.

For the first time since 1950, students from China are being supported by their home country to earn a DVM degree from the United States – and it’s happening here at K-State’s CVM.

Three of four Chinese students who studied pre-veterinary medicine at K-State during the 2012-2013 school year – Yaoqin Shen, Bo Liu and Jing Li – were accepted this year as K-State CVM students, while the fourth student, Yi Ding, was admitted for DVM studies at the University of Minnesota.

“The Chinese government has been attaching great importance to the cooperation and exchanges in education and culture, especially in student and scholar exchanges,” said Dr. Liu Jinghui, secretary general of the China Scholarship Council. ”We are eager to partner with top veterinary colleges in the U.S. to support students from China as they pursue their four-year DVM program training.”

Watch the video below for a full report on this historic partnership!

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Video produced by Joseph Chapes and Kent Nelson, technology coordinators from
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Senior International Scientist

Chinese Academy of Sciences bestows prestigious title to Dr. Philip Hardwidge
  Dr. Philip Hardwide meets in China.  
  Dr. Philip Hardwidge meets with other scientists in China. He has a couple of trips so far, and plans to return with the official title Senior International Scientist, which means his expenses will be supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.  
  Dr. Philip Hardwidge in China.  
  Dr. Hardwidge enjoys some Chinese culture on one of his trips. He researches several types of Escherichia coli that cause diarrhea and malnutrition in humans and livestock, and says that the Chinese collaboration has allowed research access to unique strains of these pathogens.  

International collaboration is bringing a new distinction to a microbiologist in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Philip Hardwidge, associate professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, has recently been granted an award through a program called the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists.

Dr. Hardwidge has been researching several types of Escherichia coli that cause diarrhea and malnutrition in humans and livestock, including E. coli O157:H7, non-O157 STEC and enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC). These pathogens, as well as other enteric bacteria that use contact-dependent secretion systems, represent important threats to food safety, biosecurity and animal health.

Dr. Hardwidge’s research has included collaborations with scientists at other universities, both nationally and internationally. Last year, Dr. Feng Li, South Dakota State University, was instrumental in helping Dr. Hardwidge set up a trip to China where he could establish several scientific working relationships, one in particular with the CAS’s Institute of Subtropical Agriculture in Changsha. While in China on this trip and on a follow-up trip, Dr. Hardwidge visited several universities where he gave presentations on his research.

“Through the Senior International Scientist program, I can visit China once or twice a year to help guide our collaborative research programs,” Dr. Hardwidge said. “Our relationship with China gives us access to unique strains of bacteria, plus they are noted for their strength in field studies. We’re also hoping that China can send visiting scholars over here, including masters and Ph.D. students, as well as visiting professors, who we could employ in my lab at K-State.”

For China, the goal of the visiting professorships program is to enhance the science and technology innovation capacity of CAS institutes. By inviting accomplished researchers from overseas, the CAS hopes to strengthen the cooperation and exchange between CAS institutes and international research institutions and universities. The visiting professorships program provides financial support for visits of two to 12 months in duration. Funding covers the travel and other personal expenses of the visiting international scientists. Dr. Hardwidge said only about 60 international scientists receive this award, and that it is renewable for future years.

Dr. Hardwidge at Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dr. Hardwidge visits with scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.




Influential four: Drs. Apley, Thomson, Spire and Smith make bovine veterinarian list

  Dr. Mike Apley  
  Dr. Mike Apley, professor and section head for Production Medicine/Clinical Pharmacology and 1987 K-State DVM  
  Dr. Dan Thomson  
  Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology and Director of Beef Cattle Institute

Bovine Veterinarian magazine recently identified 20 veterinarians who “have had extraordinary influence on the beef or dairy industries” over the years. K-State was proudly represented among the selected 20, with two current faculty members, a former faculty member and a CVM alumnus making the list. These selected professionals are Drs. Michael Apley, Dan Thomson, Mark Spire and Bob Smith, respectively.

Mike Apley, DVM, PhD, ACVCP, Kansas State University
Dr. Apley was cited for his success as a researcher, educator and practitioner and for being a " highly visible and passionate advocate for judicious use of antimicrobial drugs in animal agriculture."

Dan Thomson, DVM, PhD, Kansas State University
Dr. Thomson was cited for his work with the Beef Cattle Institute and for service as chairman of the World Organization for Animal Health Beef Cattle Production and Animal Welfare Committee. He was also mentioned for his hosting duties on DocTalk, a weekly 30-minute television program that covers a wide range of topics relating to animal care, animal health and food production. The program airs on RFD-TV and on BovineVetOnline.

Bob Smith, DVM, Veterinary Research and Consulting Services LLC, Stillwater, Okla.
Dr. Smith was cited for his years working as a field services clinician and feedlot veterinarian as well as his service as president of AABP, AVC and WVC.

Mark Spire, DVM, MS, ACT, Merck Animal Health
Dr. Spire was cited for more than 35 years in the animal health industry, particularly regarding research efforts focused on beef quality assurance, feedyard and stocker health and management, disease surveillance, embryo transfer and total herd management. He wa also recognized for being a past president of AABP.

See the entire article at:

  Dr. Bob Smith   Dr. Mark Spire  
  Dr. Bob Smith, feedlot consultant with Veterinary Research and Consulting Service in Stillwater, Okla. Dr. Smith received a bachelor’s degree, 1968, master’s degree, 1970, and DVM, 1976, all from K-State in 1976.   Dr. Mark Spire, veterinarian with Merck Animal Health, earned a master's degree in clinical sciences at K-State and was a faculty member for 29 years.  






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Externship takes student behind the scenes at a zoo in Jerusalem

  Caitlin Sullivan helps vaccinate a lemur.
  Third-year student Caitlin Sullivan helps vaccinate a lemur.  
  Zoo staff release a pair of fallow deer.  
  The zoo staff release a pair of fallow deer back into the wild.  

By Caitlin Sullivan, class of 2015

In a small forested corner of the Middle East lies a peaceful area filled with many species of animals, ranging from lions to otters. This park is known as the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem. It was here I spent the summer volunteering with three other K-State students, Shoshana Levshin, Sarah Halpern and Lior Kamara.

During my time as a veterinary student in the zoo clinic, I was fortunate enough to see much of what goes on beyond the visitor’s gaze. The work would begin at 7 a.m., and each day I would help at one of the eight sections of the zoo: the Children’s Zoo, the Carnivores, the Herbivores, the Primates, the Birds, the Small Animal Building, Australia and the Elephants.

I would both feed the animals and clean the enclosures. Around 9 a.m., I would make my way back to the clinic, toward a day filled with everything from resuscitating turtles and porcupines, ultrasounding a mandrill and preparing lemurs for shipment to another zoo in India.

I was surprised both by how many animals at the zoo are not on display and how much work had to be completed before the zoo opens each day. As a result, zoo visitors never see the entire assortment of animals cared for by zoo staff because they are unable to safely live anywhere else. In addition, the zoo conducts ongoing research as well as conservation and rehabilitation programs to breed and release animals back into the wild, such as otters, vultures and fallow deer, the latter of which we released four back into the wild on my second day volunteering at the zoo.

In order to release the deer, the head veterinarian first had to dart the animals so they could be safely removed from the enclosure. While I proceeded to vaccinate the deer for rabies, other staff members scanned for microchips, drew blood and prepared a drug to reverse the sedation. Because the group was so efficient, the animals were sedated for less than five minutes each. After the deer were loaded into wooden boxes, they were secured and transferred a short distance to a nature reserve outside of Jerusalem. The four deer were immediately released from their wooden crates into a small fenced enclosure, where 14 other deer were previously released. They were free to leave the enclosure and enter their natural habitat, as we watched with binoculars from a nearby hill.




Hot Topic

Tularemia; a zoonotic disease that affects pets and humans.

  Kitty cats  
  Tularemia is an occasional disease that can affect cats. It can be highly fatal as well pose a serious public health concern due to its zoonotic potential. Dr. Ram Raghavan has published new research examining the significant risk factors related to this disease.  

Tularemia, an occasional disease of cats in the Midwestern U.S. is highly fatal and a serious public health concern due to its zoonotic potential. Humans can acquire this disease from contact with cats but also from biting insects (flies, ticks) that have fed on infected animals. Another common infection source is accidental inhalation of the bacteria (Francisella tularensis) that becomes air-borne when mowing lawns where infected/dead animals were present.

Tularemia is frequently diagnosed at the KSVDL in cases received from Southeastern Kansas and neighboring states including Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. A new study conducted at KSVDL has found that there are environmental, climatic, and socio-ecologic conditions that are significant risk factors for this disease in cats. These risk factors include living in newly urbanized areas, or areas surrounded by grassland, or in environments of high humidity. Cats that tested positive for tularemia had experienced significantly higher humidity conditions roughly 8 weeks prior to diagnosis compared to those that tested negative.

This study was published recently in the Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases journal by Dr. Raghavan and colleagues and can be found at:

Future studies are planned to further our understanding of the prevalence of F. tularensis among ticks and wildlife in Kansas. The KSVDL is seeking Kansas veterinarians to participate in these studies. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Raghavan @785-532- 2492 or





Students win therio competition

  Jessica Klabnik-Bradford  
  Jessica Klabnik-Bradford, a third-year veterinary student wins first place for her poster at the annual SCT/ACT conference in Louisville.  
  Vivane Gomes  

Viviane Gomes wins first place for the oral session of the student case competition.

Photos by William Schultz, DVM, DACT.


Two Kansas State University students each captured first place in their respective competitions at the annual conference of the Society for Theriogenology and American College of Theriogenologists, held Aug. 7-10 in Louisville, Ky. In veterinary medicine, theriogenology is study of the different aspects of reproduction.

Dr. Maria Ferrer, clinical associate professor at the Veterinary Health Center, coordinated K-State’s entries into the competition. The students who participated were: Viviane Gomes, a veterinary student from Brazil; Jessica Klabnik-Bradford, a third-year veterinary student; and Stephanie Skinner, a pre-veterinary student and member of the Developing Scholars Program at K-State.

Viviane won first place in the oral session of the student case competition. She also presented a non-competitive abstract during the opening session. Jessica won first place in the student case competition in the poster session. Her poster will be featured in an upcoming issue of The Horse magazine. Stephanie presented her abstract during the scientific abstract competitive session.

“Stephanie Skinner's entry was a long shot being an undergraduate competing with a research abstract against Ph.D. students and residents, but she did an excellent job,” Dr. Ferrer said. “Just being selected for presentation within the first eight abstracts out of about 20 submissions for this session was impressive for an undergraduate student.”

For the student competition, only veterinary students qualify and they submit clinical cases. The top six abstracts from all submissions to that session enter the oral competition and the next six enter the poster competition. For the scientific abstract competitive session, undergraduate, graduate and veterinary students, plus theriogenology residents qualify in order to submit research abstracts. The top eight abstracts from all submissions to that session enter the competition and are presented orally.

All students or residents submitting competitive abstracts need a board certified theriogenologist as a mentor. The scores of the written part and the oral part are added and that’s how they come up with the winners. They are scored based on scientific/clinical merit and written and oral communication skills. The rest of the abstracts are presented during the species sessions throughout the conference.

“They all did an excellent job representing K-State and we should be proud of them,” Dr. Ferrer said. “I have received nothing but compliments and good comments about the three of them from the audience and the people they interacted with. Our equine theriogenology resident, Dr. Lynda Miller did an excellent job mentoring Jessica and Viviane with their cases”

“We really appreciate Dr. Ferrer and the other faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine for mentoring our students,” said Anita Cortez, administrative director of the Developing Scholars Program. “We think Stephanie is definitely poised to accomplish great things, and this has been a wonderful opportunity for her.”

The abstracts for each entry are listed below:

Klabnik-Bradford J, Ferrer MS, Blevins C, Beard L. Marble-Induced Pyometra in an Appaloosa Mare. Clinical Theriogenology 5:410, 2013. Proc Society for Theriogenology/American College of Theriogenologists Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.

Gomes VCL, Miller LMJ, Miesner MD, Fraser BC, Ferrer MS. Satisfactory semen quality after testicular rupture and hemicastration in a bull. Clinical Theriogenology 5:377, 2013. Proc Society for Theriogenology/American College of Theriogenologists Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.

Skinner S, Fulton C, Holliday S, Jones M, Anderson D, Gomes VCL, Ferrer MS. Calcium carbonate in mammary gland secretions and fetal readiness for birth in alpacas. Clinical Theriogenology 5:373, 2013. Proc Society for Theriogenology/American College of Theriogenologists Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.

Gomes VCL, Miller L, Bradford J, Holliday S, Skinner S, Ferrer MS. Stallion spermatozoa recovery after centrifugation and removal of the supernatant using different methods. Clinical Theriogenology 5:363, 2013. Proc Society for Theriogenology/American College of Theriogenologists Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.




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First-year students kick off the year with orientation

New students and their families help themselves to lunch during a break from orientation sessions.
New students and their families help themselves to lunch during a break from orientation sessions.

Enjoying the food and the sun outside of Mosier Hall.
Enjoying the food and the sun outside of Mosier Hall.

During the SAVMA team-building exercises, new students work together to build balloon towers. c
During the SAVMA team-building exercises, new students work together to build balloon towers.




News and Notes from the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association

Join us at Cat Town this fall

VMAA logoTailgate 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 and pictures from the first home game.

Class Reunion Photos

This year's class reunion photos were taken by University Photo Services. To order go to . 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 . The College of Veterinary Medicine also has a class reunion photo form available online .

Class Biographies

Class Biography order forms are available on the College of Veterinary Medicine website at . 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:

20th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Save the date, June 9, 2014, at Colbert Hills Golf Course. Find more information at our website:



Skaer family recognized at CVC

  Dr. Bill and Christen Skaer  
  Dr. Bill Skaer, class of 1969, and Dr. Christen Skaer, class of 1999, received Distinguished Alumni Awards at the Central Veterinary Conference.  

Dr. William C. “Bill” Skaer and Dr. Christen Skaer, Wichita, Kan., are the recipients of 2013 Alumni Recognition Awards presented at the Central Veterinary Conference (CVC) held in Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 24. These awards are given to veterinarians whose careers have served as exemplary role models for future alumni in a professional and community setting.

Dr. Christen Skaer is the owner of Skaer Veterinary Clinic in Wichita, a practice she bought four years ago from her father Dr. William Skaer, who is also being recognized by K-State at the CVC. He started the practice in 1971 and retired in 2012.

“I became a veterinarian because my hero, my dad, is a veterinarian,” Dr. Christen Skaer said. “I watched my dad work tirelessly to care for his patients and their families. He became a part of their family and I wanted to be just like him. I feel so fortunate to be able to take care of the four legged members of our community and get to love them like my own. I’m grateful each day that our clients allow me the great honor of being their veterinarian. Thank you for this recognition and your friendship.”

“When I retired, the thing I missed most was being involved, in the good times and the bad times, in the lives of our wonderful clients and their pets,” Dr. Bill Skaer said. “The bond we have with our companion animals is irreplaceable.”

“This is a very special opportunity for us to recognize two outstanding Kansas State veterinarians together at one conference,” said Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “Bill has had a very long and impressive career in serving Wichita, as well as the state of Kansas and the veterinary profession through active participation and leadership roles. His daughter, Christen, has followed in his footsteps and continued the family tradition by taking a very active role in helping people and animals in Kansas communities at very critical times of need. We are proud that this family is part of our veterinary family at K-State.”

Dr. Bill Skaer earned his DVM at K-State in 1969, and he was a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1971. He then opened his veterinary practice in Wichita, which moved to a new facility in 2001. He is a founding member and on the board of directors of a nonprofit spay-and-neuter clinic to serve low income pet owners. Dr. Bill Skaer has been a member of the Sedgwick County Board of Health from 1979 to 1989, and served as the chairman in 1988. He is a member of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, and was presented with its Lifetime Service Award in 2010. He is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association and the Wichita Veterinary Medical Association. He and his wife, Vicki, volunteer at the Wichita Art Museum. In addition to Christen, the Skaers have another daughter, Catherine, and two dogs, Addie and Radar (a rescue from the Greensburg tornado).

Dr. Christen Skaer earned her DVM at K-State in 1999. In addition to operating her veterinary practice, she is president of the Kansas State Animal Response Team, which is designed to train and credential volunteers to respond to animal needs during disasters. She has extensive training in companion animal medicine, surgery and ophthalmology. One of her special fields of interest is animal behavior. In addition to her DVM from K-State, she has a master’s degree in environmental studies from Friends University in Wichita, and a certificate in veterinary homeland security from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Dr. Christen Skaer was the 1999 Recipient of a Pet Trust (now known as Pet Tribute) scholarship award at K-State. This award is given to a veterinary student each year for outstanding compassion toward pets and owners. More recently, Dr. Skaer was recognized by the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association as its 2008 Veterinarian of the Year for her prompt response and tireless work after the Greensburg tornado in 2007 and for establishing the Kansas State and Sedgwick County Animal Response Teams to aid animals and their people caught up in widespread disastrous conditions regardless of the cause. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Wichita Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners and American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Dr. Skaer and her husband, Luke Carter, have five furry “kids”: Charo, Loretta, Morris, Margo, and Hewson.




‘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, call 1-855-269-7387 or e-mail:

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 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: Birthing Center becomes tradition at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson

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. The following is story is borrowed from several sections in the book, "A Century of Excellence: Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine" by Dr. Ronnie G. Elmore and Dr. Howard H. Erickson, published in 2005.

From "A Century of Excellence."
The Birthing Center, sponsored by the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, was one of the top attractions in the 1992 Kansas State Fair, which was held in Hutchinson on Sept. 11 through Sept. 20. Five cows calved during the fair and nine sows farrowed. The smallest litter contained 10 pigs and the largest 16. An incubator containing hatching chicken eggs was a big attraction for school-aged children. The Birthing Center also offered videos of a mare foaling, a cow calving and a sow farrowing. The Birthing Center was manned by senior veterinary students and directed by Dr. David Schoneweis.


1992 Birthing Center tent.
The Birthing Center was originally in a tent from this photo in 1992.

Students holding piglets.
Senior students from the 2000 State Fair.

Find your veterinarian on a map.
Visitors are asked to tell pin the county where their veterinarians practice in this picture from 2003.

Children identify bones.
Children try to identify bones of different animals in this 2008 photo.

Tracey Stonebridge and Bailey Davis
The State Fair now features a K-State Day at the Fair. Above third-year students Tracey Stonebridge and Bailey Davis host an information table along with other colleges from K-State. Next year, as fourth-year students, they may get a chance to put in a day at the Birthing Center. This year's State Fair continues through Sept. 15. The CVM also hosts a birthing center at the American Royal, Kansas City, one of the major livestock expositions in the country.


Under the Microscope

Joel SannemanJoel Sanneman, Confocal Manager, Anatomy and Physiology

Hometown: I’m originally from Clay Center, Kan., but have lived here in Manhattan since college.

Family Information: I’m married to my wonderful wife of 13 years, Jackie Sanneman. We have three kids: my son Brayden, 9, and two daughters Breanne, 7, and Brylee, 4.

Pets: We have two dogs; a loyal German shepherd rescue named Gus, who is about 16 years old and a rambunctious 5-year-old black Labrador named Cooper.

What does the change in seasons mean to you? I always look forward to football season. I also pride myself on a meticulously maintained landscape at home, so I will be sad to see the green turn to brown. However, I will look forward to more time to tie flies for next year’s fishing.

What was one of your favorite classes in college? I would have to say the class that had the greatest impact on my life was Pathogenic Microbiology 530 taught by the late George Marchin, because it was there that I met my study partner and future wife, Jackie.

When did you first become interested in a career in science? I have always had a fascination for all things science. It seems as though my son shares that same fascination and I enjoy helping to foster that.

List something that people might not know about you? I had a jazz drumming scholarship in college and was in a rock band that played regularly in Aggieville.

What do you do to relax? I relax best by being outdoors. This includes going on nature walks or “catching critters” with my kids, mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, 4x4 trail riding, fossil hunting or water retrieving with my Lab.






News Ticker

Congratulations to Dr. Justin Kastner, associate professor of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, on his new role as interim director of the university honors program for the fall 2013 semester.

Hannah Leventhal, third-year student, was selected this year as the national SAVMA secretary-elect. She will be attending multiple SAVMA events throughout the year with the role of organizing meeting minutes, maintaining records for SAVMA and serving as the line of communication between Executive Board Officers.

Second-year student Shawna Cikanek was awarded second place in the poster contest at the Association of Avian Veterinarians Poster Contest for her poster, “Housing Strategies for the Ex-Situ Conservation of Harlequin Frogs using Behavioral and Physiological Indicators.”

Dr. Carpenter and Shawna Cikanek
Dr. Jim Carpenter, exotics professor at K-State, congratulates his student Shawna Cikanek for winning second place at AAV.

Special Guest at Cat Town

Nagaraja, Rodman and Chengappa at Cat Town
Dr. T.G. Nagaraj (left) and Dr. M.M. Chengappa (right) welcome Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman to the CVM's Cat Town event at the home-opening football game held Aug. 30.


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:

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Large Animal Emergency Preparedness Short Course

Sept. 21 Featuring Eric Thompson, Founder of Emergency Equine Response Unit and Director of Emergency Operations for Code 3 Associates, Frick Auditorium, 8 a.m-4 p.m., contact



Anatomy and Physiology Seminar Series (date, speaker and affiliation)

Seminars begin at 3:30p.m., Mara Conference Center, 4th floor, Trotter Hall, Refreshments served at 3:15p.m.

Sept. 16 Scott Ferguson /Clark Holdsworth/Ryan Broxterman,.Kansas State University

Sept. 23 Dr. Norberto Gonzalez, KU Medical Center

Sept. 30 TBD

Oct. 7 Dr. Mark Weiss/Dr. Deryl Troyer/Dr. Masaaki Tamura, Kansas State University

Oct. 14 Dr. Zhirui Wang, Harvard

Oct. 21 Hamad Alshetaiwi/Deepthi Uppalapati, Kansas State University

Oct. 28 No Seminar this week

Nov. 4 Dr. Peying Fong, Kansas State University

Nov. 11 Dr. Bruce Stanton, Dartmouth

Nov. 18 Dr. Bruce Schultz, Kansas State University

Nov. 25 No Seminar this week

Dec. 2 TBD

Dec. 9 Dr. Jim Eberwine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Clarenburg Lecturer)


Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology Seminar Series

Seminars begin at 3:30p.m., Mara Conference Center, 4th floor, Trotter Hall

Sept. 12 Charles Wood, PhD, University Professor, Director of Nebraska Center for Virology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Sept. 19 Dan Thomson, MS, PhD, DVM, Professor and Director of Beef Cattle Institute, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University

Sept. 26 Jason Nickell, DVM, PhD, DACVPM, Department of Food Animal Research and Development, Bayer Healthcare, LLC

Oct. 3 Charles Rice, PhD, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University

Oct. 10 Anthony James, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California at Irvine

Oct. 17 Vanessa Sperandio, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Oct. 24 Victoriya Volkova, DVM, PhD, Research Associate, VIVO, Cornell University

Oct.31 Patrick Boerlin, DVM, MSc, Associate Professor, Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary

Nov. 7 open

Nov. 14 George Wang, PhD, Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Kansas State University

Nov. 21 Joanne Messick, V.M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University

Nov. 28 Thanksgiving

Dec. 5 Lee Cohnstaedt, Ph.D., Research Entomologist, Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit, Center for Grain and Animal Health Research, US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural
Resource Service

Dec. 12 Lisa Timmons, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas


K-State Olathe Veterinary Medicine Lecture Series

Lectures are at 3:30 p.m., located in K-State Olathe Forum Hall

Sept. 25 "Equine Surgery" Dr. Liz Devine, Clinical Assistant Professor, Large Animal Emergency Surgery

Oct. 9 "Anesthesiology" Dr. Dave Rankin, Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology

Oct. 23 "Equine Respiratory Diseases" Dr. Bonnie Rush, Professor of Equine Medicine, Head of Department of Clinical Sciences

Nov. 6 "Food Animal Veterinary Medicine" Dr. Nora Schrag, Clinical Assistant Professor, Agricultural Practices

Nov. 20 "Fleas and Ticks" Dr. Mike Dryden, University Distinguished Professor, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology

Instructional Technology and Design events

The mission of Instructional Technology and Design (ITD) is to provide software training, technology support, design for visual communication, instructional design, and instructional resources supporting the advancement of innovative teaching and learning for student success. Seminars are at 3:30 p.m. in the Mara Conference Center, 4th floor of Trotter Hall. More info is available here:

Sept. 17 Web Conferencing Tools: Zoom & Adobe Connect

Oct. 8 Qualtrics: The New K-State Survey Tool

Oct. 15 A Sneak Peek of Office 2013

Oct. 30 Creating Scientific Posters with PowerPoint

Nov. 5 Campus Pack: Blog & Wiki within K-State Online

Nov. 19 Effective Creation and Use of Video Content




New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Welcome to:

Dr. Abhilash Sasidharan, Post Doc Fellow, A&P
Taylor Richter,
Senior Admin Assistant, A&P
Nitesh Verma,
Archivist, A&P
Dr. Lester (Clay) Hallman
, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences
Linda Ritsch,
Research Assistant, KSVDL

Thanks and Goodbye to:

Martina Scates, Senior Administrative Assistant, 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 Marineau,