Lifelines - October 2013 The official newsletter of the College of Veterinary Medicine
October 2013 - Vol. 8, No. 10
CVM welcomes new class of early admit scholars.
Students and alumni earn accolades at annual AABP conference.
K-State's Rabies Laboratory offers two new assays for treating rabies.
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CVM announces 2013 class of Early Admission Scholars
Twenty-one undergraduate students have been formally accepted into the 2013 class of the Early Admission Scholars program for the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Since it was established in 1999, the Early Admission Scholars program has recruited more than 250 academically qualified undergraduate students who want to study veterinary medicine. After acceptance into the program, completion of 64 hours of preprofessional requirements, and completion of three years of undergraduate work or completion of a bachelor’s degree, the scholars are admitted into the College of Veterinary Medicine.
“This is the top 5 percent of K-State students according to their college acceptance test scores,” said Dr. Ronnie Elmore, associate dean for academic programs, admissions and diversity programs. “Qualifying for this program is valuable because there are hundreds of applicants each year for a limited number of positions. This program allows these students to know early in their undergraduate programs that they have a place in the veterinary college. Each veterinary class is only 112 students, but more than 1,200 apply each academic year.”
Successful candidates in the Early Admission Scholars program must maintain at least a 3.4 grade point average during completion of the preprofessional requirements. By their third year of undergraduate studies, the scholars may petition for enrollment in the first year of the DVM degree program.
The College of Veterinary Medicine assigns each scholar a student mentor to stimulate career and academic development and to provide orientation and access to college activities. The preveterinary students attend regular meetings during the academic year to develop a sense of community and share their progress.
The 2013 class of Early Admission Scholars are: Braxton Butler, Izabella Carmona, Rachel Chall, Katelyn Eike, Viola Folsom, Jason Gregory, Jessica Hayes, Erika Hrenchir, Oliver Kindel, Alaina Littlejohn, Lauren Minter, Rebekah Raetzel, Sydney Rathjen, Kathryn Ryan, Hannah Seger, Eleanor Selanders, Alexis Sherwood, Michaela Sievers, Elizabeth Stietzle, Joseph Waisner and Bailey Wright.
Students and alumni earn accolades at annual AABP conference.
K-State veterinary students, research and practicing alumni all made a big splash at the annual AABP conference held in Milwaukee, Wis., in September. Five individuals won awards in different categories, receiving monetary prizes, scholarships and/or travel expenses. These awards, funded by AABP members, AABP partners and the AABP Foundation, were designed to enable recipients to further pursue their careers in bovine medicine.
Fourth-year student Tera Rooney Barnhardt, Satanta, Kan., received a $5,000 AABP Foundation-Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship. She was one of 15 students to win this award from veterinary colleges across the United States.
“I applied for the AABP scholarship after discussing it with my mentor, Dr. Dan Thomson,” Tera said. “He and a veterinarian from back home graciously provided a letter on my behalf to the AABP. I have worked hard to get to where I am and this scholarship will help immensely.”
Third-year student Aaron Schaffer, Fairbury, Ill., received a $7,500 AABP Amstutz Scholarship. He was one of nine students to receive this scholarship. He also earned second place in the AABP Research Summaries Graduate Student Awards category for his paper, “Effects of BRD in Holstein dairy calves during the first 120 days of life on subsequent production, longevity, and reproductive performance as cows.”
“Growing up on a dairy farm instilled a passion for agriculture within me, and therefore, my primary interest is food animal medicine,” Aaron said. “I strongly believe in the concept that veterinarians should prevent disease rather than treat disease, and thus, I would like to build my practice around preventative medicine.”
Ph.D. student and K-State DVM ('08) Dr. Sara McReynolds, Stockton, Kan., received third place for her paper, “Impact of uncertainty in foot and mouth disease indirect transmission probability on outbreak duration and herds depopulated.”
“The conference was beneficial to my program because I was able to gain experience presenting my research,” Dr. McReynolds said. “It also allowed me to discuss my research with other veterinarians and to get valuable feedback."
Dr. Dan Thomson, assistant dean for outreach and Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology, is the adviser for Aaron and Tera, while Dr. Mike Sanderson is Sara’s adviser. Dr. Thomson said, “Aaron and Sara continue the tradition of Kansas State beef and dairy cattle research excellence. Their research is very relevant to the beef and dairy industries for improving cattle health and well-being. It is great for them to be recognized nationally for their projects.” Dr. Sanderson agreed, noting the “high quality of graduate students and the research they perform at Kansas State University in service to the livestock industry.”
K-State was also represented well at AABP by two of its alumni – one a DVM and the other a Ph.D. graduate. Dr. Randall Spare, Ashland, Kan., a 1986 DVM graduate, won the Merial Excellence in Preventive Medicine Award for beef production. This recognizes individual AABP-member practitioners or practices that have developed outstanding preventive medicine programs. Because of differences in management goals and needs, one award is given to recognize an outstanding program for dairy production, and one for beef production. This award consists of a $1500 general scholarship contribution to be made in the name of the recipient to his/her veterinary college of choice and a specially designed bronze plaque in bas-relief given to the recipient.
Dr. Ben Wileman, Willmar, Minn., who earned a Ph.D. in pathobiology at K-State in 2010, won the James A. Jarrett Award for Young Leaders. This award is for a deserving AABP member within 10 calendar years of graduation from veterinary school. Recipients will have given extraordinary service to the AABP in a manner that significantly enhances the mission of the organization.
“Both of these awards emphasize preventive medicine, which has always been an important part of our veterinary educational curriculum,” said Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “These two individuals are also very highly motivated and have shown great commitment to professional excellence. We’re very proud to recognize their success as our alumni.”
Kansas State Rabies Lab Validates Assays for New Rabies Biologic
The global fight to prevent deaths from rabies has received an important contribution from the Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory. The lab has helped to develop and validate two new assays that will be used to help approve a new rabies treatment, building on the lab’s reputation in the field of rabies vaccine production. Watch the video below for the full story:
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Bats pose risk of rabies
This is the time of year that bats are most active.
While the winged mammals may seem like a nuisance at most, Two states, Illinois and New Jersey, have both discovered bats with rabies.
As a matter of fact, the winged creatures are the leading cause of rabies in humans -- although these cases are very rare.
And if a pet or human comes in contact with a bat, it can be hard to tell whether or not they are at risk for rabies.
"Bats leave very small punctures so sometimes it can be hard to tell if you’ve been bitten or not," said Dr. Susan Nelson, clinical associate professor at the Veterinary Health Center
Dr. Nelson offered the following steps for people to protect themselves and their pets:
"Unfortunately a lot of cats aren’t vaccinated for rabies because people feel they don’t need it if they live inside," Dr. Nelson said. "Well, there’s definitely a need for vaccinating these cats, but if you find one of your pets trying to capture or has contact with one of these bats, that’s another reason to capture the bat and have it tested for rabies."
Any suspected bats can be sent to the Rabies Laboratory through the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Click here for information on where to send the bats. See our video feature this month for more information.
Since her previous appearance in Lifelines, Susan Rose, facility manager in the Comparative Medicine Group, has watched her passion for painting attract further opportunities. The Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery here in Manhattan has sponsored two shows featuring Susan’s art, “Flint Hills Masters” and “Through Artists Eyes.” The first show, located at the gallery, highlights influential artists of the Flint Hills and will be on display until Nov. 2. The second, located at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, features many of the same artists and will be on display until January. The Discovery Center has even published a book featuring the work from this exhibit. Susan has two pieces at each exhibit, all of birds native to the Flint Hills region.
Susan is excited about the exposure she is getting from these shows, as well as the opportunity to interact with other artists from the area. “My goal is still to be able to continue to produce art that speaks what I want to communicate about my love of nature, and is something others connect to and hopefully want to purchase,” Susan said.
In December, Susan’s work will also be a part of the “Women Painters of the Flint Hills” show at the SouthWind Gallery in Topeka. For more information about Susan and her work, visit her website: www.SusanRoseFineArt.com.
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 email@example.com . 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
‘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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The year 2013 marks a milestone for Kansas State University: its 150th birthday. It has been a celebration of the past, present and future for America’s first land grant institution and Kansas’ first public university. The 150th celebration officially concludes Oct. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Anderson Hall lawn. There will be an opportunity to view the university's time-capsule artifacts, partake in "Wildcat Birthday 150" Call Hall ice cream, listen to the K-State Marching Band and purchase official merchandise and commemorative books celebrating the 150th. See more information http://www.k-state.edu/150/ .
Editor's Note: In honor of K-State's sesquicentennial, 1863-2013, Lifelines and Healing Hands has been running a series of articles on notable moments and people in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The following story is borrowed in part from 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.
In 1922, a live bobcat, Touchdown I, was donated by Dr. Herbert Groomer, DVM class of 1907, and
Sometime during March of 1922, Touchdown II, was donated by Harold P. "Horsepower" Bates of the Kansas State Agricultural College (KSAC) class of 1911. He received his degree in mechanical engineering. Touchdown II served the college for 14 seasons at football games and other athletic events. Unfortunately, Touchdown II died of heat prostration during the summer of 1936. Touchdown V was stolen before the KSAC game with KU during the fall of 1955. The bobcat was later found dead beside a road between Topeka and Lawrence. Touchdown IX was retried during December 1979, following a 15-14 vote by the Kansas State University Student Senate that recommended the discontinuance of the use of a live mascot at athletic events.
It is reported the Touchdown IX was given to Manhattan's Sunset Zoo. Today the zoo still maintains a bobcat exhibit, and care for all of the animals at the zoo is provided by contract through the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University.
Technology resources available for student check-out
By Carol Elmore
Although the Veterinary Medical Library has many print items such as books and journals available for checkout, the library also has many technology items that are available for checkout. The proceeds from our annual used book sale are reinvested into new technology items. We have added items recently that have helped us remain technologically up-to-date.
We have a Dell Latitude 10 laptop in our collection that has a touch screen and Windows 8. We also have a Surface Pro tablet with Window 8 that has a touch keyboard as well as a type keyboard. Either keyboard can be easily attached or removed from the tablet.
We have also added some new recording devices. We have two Sony digital voice recorders with USB cables to allow for the seamless transfer of files to Windows and Macintosh computers. These have up to 96 hours of battery life with 2 x AAA batteries.
For video recording we have a Sony Action Camcorder. This camcorder is a mountable one that can be used with our dog mount, headband mount or handlebar mounts. Now your dog can record a typical day in his life for you. You could record a daily walk or ride with the headband or handlebar capabilities. We also have a new Canon HF M500 Camcorder that can be used with a power adapter or batteries. This camcorder even has a European adapter plug.
Please come by the VML and check out any of our new or current technology items. Remember to ask for assistance if you need help locating or using any of our equipment or library resources.
Please visit the Veterinary Medical Library Web site: www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/library/ for help on this and other subjects.
Dr. Michael Cates, director of the Master of Public Health Program, was elected to the Kansas Public Health Association Board of Directors at their conference this week.
Lisa Duer, grants manager and program coordinator for the associate dean for research, has been selected to serve on the Professional Staff Affairs Committee of the faculty senate.
Dr. Justin Kastner, associate professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association central region.
Two teams from the CVM, one male and one female, competed in the recent Apple to Capital race from Manhattan to Topeka, a 75-mile relay from Manhattan to Topeka. The all-male team finished 2nd and the women finished 7th overall!
Wildcat March auction raises money for scholarships
We reported earlier this year about the CVM's participation in the K-State 150 celebration, specifically through Wildcat March statue exhibition. Dr. Jane Brunt, DVM class of 1980, bought a statue for the CVM, which was then decorated by Mal Hoover, the college's certified medical illustrator. The Wildcat March exhibition began in February this year and concluded with an auction in September. There were about 32 statues overall. The auction to purchase these statues raised
$116,305 for the
Sesquicentennial Scholarship Fund — renewable scholarships for K-State students. The CVM's statue was won by Dr. Kelly Lechtenberg DVM class of 1987, who donated the statue back to the college. It is now permanently on display on the second floor lobby in Mosier Hall outside of Frick Auditorium.
The All-University Campaign for K-State is an internal fundraising effort run by campus faculty and staff volunteers specifically focused on the participation of all employees including the Manhattan campus, K-State Salina, K-State Olathe, K-State Alumni Association, KSU Foundation and
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
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
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
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
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
William Arck Jr., Project Coordinator, Dean's Office
Kay Schmidt, Senior Admin Assistant, VHC
Dr. Adi Wasserkrug Naor, Medical Resident Year 1, DM/P
Jodee Webster, Research Assistant, KSVDL
Thanks and Goodbye to:
Darlene Sheffer, Research Associate, DM/P
Lifelines is published each month by the Development and Alumni Affairs Office at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The editors are Joe Montgomery, email@example.com, and Rebecca Martineau, firstname.lastname@example.org.