Lifelines - September 2013 The official newsletter of the College of Veterinary Medicine
September 2013 - Vol. 8, No. 9
Celebrating a Partnership
U.S-China Center celebrates first year of joint DVM program.
Senior International Scientist
Dr. Philip Hardwidge earns a prestigious international title.
Dr. Mike Apley and Dr. Dan Thomson make a list of 20 influential bovine veterinarians in a recent bovine magazine.
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U.S-China Center celebrates first year of joint DVM program
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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Chinese Academy of Sciences bestows prestigious title to Dr. Philip Hardwidge
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,
“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.
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
Dan Thomson, DVM, PhD, Kansas State University
Bob Smith, DVM, Veterinary Research and Consulting Services LLC, Stillwater, Okla.
Mark Spire, DVM, MS, ACT, Merck Animal Health
See the entire article at: http://www.bovinevetonline.com/bv-magazine/20-influential-beef-and-dairy-veterinarians-221826101.html
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.
Tularemia; a zoonotic disease that affects pets and humans.
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: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23593930.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Join us at Cat Town 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 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
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.
‘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: email@example.com.
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.
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."
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.”
Special Guest at Cat Town
Chris 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:
Or go to: www.snoopscramble.org
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 KSU.SCAAEP@gmail.com
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
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: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/ITD/schedule.html
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Rebecca Marineau, email@example.com.