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June 2013 - Vol. 8, No. 6

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Video Feature - Revamped Sunset Zoo clinic bears new name

Revamped Sunset Zoo clinic bears new name

Manhattan, Kansas’ Sunset Zoo now has a new facility bearing a familiar name from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. At the annual Wine in the Wild fundraiser on June 1, a newly renovated and expanded James W. Carpenter Clinic was unveiled, named for the longtime professor of zoological medicine, Dr. Jim Carpenter. The opening of the clinic is the latest development in the long-standing partnership between the College of Veterinary Medicine and Sunset Zoo.

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Video produced by Joseph Chapes and Kent Nelson, technology coordinators from
Computing and Technical Support (CATS). See more CVM videos at our YouTube site: youtube.com/KSUCVM


Dr. Bob Rowland leads international symposium on deadly swine disease

The start of summer often brings throngs of people together in darkened auditoriums, eager to see the latest blockbuster. The star of this feature attraction was a deadly swine disease, and the director of the presentation was Dr. Bob Rowland, a virologist and professor of diagnostic medicine/pathobiology in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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 Dr. Bob Rowland and Dr. Hanchun Yang 
 Dr. Bob Rowland, from the CVM, joins Dr. Hanchun Yang of China Agricultural University, to host International Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) - China. 
 Xiangdong Li 
 Ph.D. student Xiangdong Li attends the PRRS symposium in China through a David A. Benfield Travel Fellowship he won. 

The surprise twist is that the packed house was in Beijing, China. Dr. Rowland teamed up with Dr. Hanchun Yang of the China Agricultural University and a committee of PRRS experts from around the world for an event entitled International Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) – China.

“This meeting, which I have organized for more than eight years, was an incredible success that exceeded all expectations,” Dr. Rowland said. “We planned for 500 attendees – set up the meeting for 600 – and ended up with 700.”

The attendees came from 25 different countries, and there were 151 abstracts submitted and presented as poster presentations. The symposium featured 40 talks with three keynote addresses, 18 oral presentations of the abstracts and 19 invited speakers.

“The Beijing meeting is recognition that PRRS is a transboundary disease that needs transboundary solutions,” Dr. Rowland said. “The collaborations that emerge from this type of meeting have a global impact.”

The symposium included 22 travel fellowships awarded to graduate students and postdocs from seven different countries. Xiangdong Li, a Ph.D. student at K-State was one of those who attended on the David A. Benfield Travel Fellowship. Dr. Benfield, a professor in food animal health at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, is credited as a co-discoverer of the cause of PRRS. His donation provided for the travel fellowship.

“It’s very exciting to be able to share data with our peers,” said Xiangdong, who works in a research laboratory under Dr. Jishu Shi, the director of K-State’s U.S.-China Center for Animal Health. “Being able to attend the symposium helps us share information with the swine industry and gives us an opportunity to broaden our research. We are the first lab in the U.S. to work with the Chinese strains of PRRS that have caused great economic losses for Chinese swine producers.”

Xiangdong was one of 16 recipients of the travel fellowship, which included researchers from Canada and Europe as well as another K-Stater, Andrew Suddith, who is on the staff of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Yongming Sang, an assistant research professor in Immunophysiology at K-State, presented at the conference.

Dr. Rowland indicated that one of the goals of the symposium is to help find vaccines to control the spread of PRRS and porcine circovirus (PCV2). While the numbers were very good, the reviews have given this blockbuster symposium an enthusiastic two thumbs up. The next PRRS symposium will be in Ghent, Belgium, in 2015, and the host will be Hanchun Yang of the China Agricultural University and Dr. Hans Nauwynck, who teaches at the University of Ghent.rnal of Medicinal Chemistry, PLOS Pathogens and several other journals.

Full house at PRRS Symposium
A huge crowd turns out in Beijing for the International PRRS Symposium. Dr. Rowland had originally expected 500, but was pleased to have 700 attend.


Annual Conference for Veterinarians relocates to new site this year

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 Conference registration table
 Presenters and attendees check in at the registration table for the 75th Annual Conference for Veterinarians, held this year at the Hilton Garden Inn and Manhattan Conference Center.
 Primus Singleton
 Primus Singleton, Hill's Pet Nutrition, shares information about his company at the KVMA Trade Show held during the conference.
 Dr. Sara Mark and Dr. Mike Cavanaugh (standing, both from the class of 1983) join Dr. Bob Smith (class of 1976) and Dr. Mike LaRosh (class of 1983) lead a panel discussion on "Staying Relevant in a Changing Society.
 Dr. Sara Mark and Dr. Mike Cavanaugh (standing, both from the class of 1983) join Dr. Bob Smith (class of 1976) and Dr. Mike LaRosh (class of 1983) lead a panel discussion on "Staying Relevant in a Changing Society."

Dr. Jianfa Bai and Dr. Gary Anderson
Dr. Jianfa Bai and Dr. Gary Anderson (seated), with the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL), visit with Dr. Hemant Joshi, an attendee from Nika Biochemicals. In conjunction with the conference, the KSVDL sponsored a barbecue on the Blue Earth Plaza lawn across from the conference center.The Flint Hills Discovery Center can be seen in the background.

Asking questions during a small animal session.
Asking questions during a small animal session.

Dr. Jane Brunt gives feline session
Dr. Jane Brunt, class of 1980, leads a session on feline health. A sign language interpreter was requested Dr. Tom McDavitt (seated in blue shirt), class of 1993, who attended the conference and his 20 year class reunion, which was held the same weekend as the conference.


Hot Topic

Dr. Richard Hesse discusses the emergence of porcine virus in U.S.

Dean Ralph Richardson, Dr. H. Morgan Scott and Dr. M.M. ChengappaKansas State University diagnosticians can provide insight about the recently confirmed U.S. cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDV.

Dr. Richard Hesse is a professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology and has studied swine diseases. He is able to discuss biosecurity protocols and is helping the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to proactively monitor and track the porcine virus in the field.

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Dr. Dick Hesse
 Dr. Richard Hesse is one of the CVM's experts on swine diseases 
Dr. Kelli Almes
 Dr. Kelli Almes, veterinary pathologist and director of client services at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, has developed a fact sheet with more information about PEDV. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed last week that the virus had been found in Indiana and Iowa. Although these are the first cases in the U.S., the virus has been identified in many countries, including Canada, China, Korea, Japan, England and other European countries.

The virus is a production-related disease and may appear to be the same as transmissible gastroenteritis virus with acute diarrhea. The disease is not zoonotic and poses no threat to humans or other animals. It also poses no risk to food safety. Laboratory testing is the only way to diagnose the virus. Producers who see signs of illness in their pigs should notify their herd veterinarian immediately to address the issue, Hesse said.

Dr. Hesse, a member of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, is the director of diagnostic virology at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He leads research related to infectious disease pathogenesis and vaccine development. He has developed USDA-licensed vaccines for porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome, or PRRS, and porcine circovirus-associated disease, or PCVAD. He is developing rapid diagnostic assays and vaccines for zoonotic, foreign animal and emerging/re-emerging diseases. Dr. Hesse can be reached at 785-532-4457 or rhesse@k-state.edu.

Dr. Kelli Almes, veterinary pathologist and director of client services at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, has developed a fact sheet with more information about the virus and control of the disease. The fact sheet can be viewed on the diagnostic laboratory website under the "News and Videos" section at www.ksvdl.org. Almes can be reached at 785-532-3995 or kalmes@k-state.edu.



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VMAA recognizes four alumni at Heritage Evening

The Veterinary Medical Alumni Association honored four different alumni at the annual Heritage Evening banquet in conjunction with the 75th Annual Conference for Veterinarians. See the awards and bios for each honoree below:

Dr. Ron Marler receives the Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr. Ron and Verna MarlerDr. Ronald J. Marler, Scottsdale, Ariz., is the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award for for his outstanding achievements, humanitarian service and contributions to the veterinary profession, as presented by the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association, along with three other alumni awards at the 2013 Heritage Evening Banquet. Dr. Marler received his bachelor’s degree in 1971 and DVM in 1973 from K-State.

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Dr. Ron and Verna Marler
 Dr. Ronald Marler, class of 1973, and his wife, Verna. 

A short time after graduating, Dr. Marler joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps as a captain and then returned to K-State to complete a Ph.D. in veterinary pathology in 1978. Dr. Marler, who served as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at K-State from 1994 to 1997, is recognized as an expert in drug development and pharmaceutical pathology and toxicology. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and American Board of Toxicology.

Dr. Marler’s industrial career began in the late 1970s with Mead Johnson Pharmaceuticals as a veterinary pathologist. By 1981, he had moved on to the toxicology laboratories of Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals while also working as an adjunct professor for Butler University’s College of Pharmacy. Dr. Marler worked with Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals in a variety of positions, including: project leader, senior research toxicologist, group leader and head of the department of toxicology as well as director and vice-president of Global Drug Safety. In 1994, he returned to his alma mater to become dean for the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Marler returned to industry in the mid-1990s and quickly rose to a senior executive level at Covance Laboratories. He joined the Mayo Clinic in 2004, and has held multiple positions including director of core research facilities, associate director for research, director of the clinical procedural skills laboratory and executive director of clinical trials business operations. As part of Mayo Clinic’s executive-on-loan program, Dr. Marler was privileged to serve as the CEO of Colorado State University Ventures and CEO and CSO of Bridge Laboratories. He is currently professor of Experimental Therapeutics and Molecular Pharmacology, director of the Animal Histology and Pathology Core, director of the Center for Procedural Innovation, and senior adviser for non-clinical drug development. Dr. Marler also has a successful preclinical drug development consulting practice.

Dr. Marler and his wife, Verna, split their time between their homes in Scottsdale and Payson, Ariz. They have two sons: Aaron and Kyle.

Dr. Polly Schoning accepts the E.R Frank Award

Douglas and Dr. Polly SchoningDr. Polly R. Schoning, Manhattan, Kan., is the recipient of the 2013 E.R. Frank Award as selected by the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Alumni Association. The award is presented as part of the 75th Annual Conference for Veterinarians on June 2. The E.R. Frank Award is presented to a faculty member who displays meritorious service to the college as well as the same professional essence of Dr. Frank, a longtime faculty member in equine surgery and a K-State alumnus. Nominees must have at least a 15-year relationship with the college, possess a noteworthy record of service and display an unassuming and unpretentious manner throughout their careers.

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Douglas and Dr. Polly Schoning
 Dr. Polly Schoning stole the show with her wry sense humor and hilarious anecdotes in accepting the E.R. Frank Award. She was joined by her husband, Douglas O. Schoning, whom she been married to for nearly 50 years. 
Dr. Schoning earned her bachelor’s degree in 1962, DVM in 1964, master’s degree in anatomy in 1970 and her Ph.D. in pathology in 1979, all from K-State. After receiving her DVM, Dr. Schoning first worked as a small animal clinician before becoming a bacteriologist for the Vermont State Department of Health in 1965, while also developing a small animal practice in Essex Junction, Vt. From 1967 to 1971, she was back at K-State as an instructor in anatomy while also working on her master’s degree. In 1974, Dr. Schoning started as an assistant professor for the Department of Surgery and Medicine at K-State before becoming a full-time graduate student in 1977. After receiving her doctorate, she moved to the Department of Pathology as an assistant professor, later becoming a full professor. She retired in 2003 and is now professor emeritus in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology.

Dr. Schoning is a lifetime member of both the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the American Veterinary Medical Association. In addition to her professional commitments, she was a member of the Kaw Valley Girl Scout Council on the board of directors, starting in 1989 until she became president from 1992 to 1995. She has also served on the board of directors for the Green Mountain Club in Vermont. Her passion for hiking led to memberships in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Maine Appalachian Trail Club, as well as the book she authored, “The Appalachian Trail by Day Hikes: Tips for the Timid.” She has completed hiking both the Applachian Trail and the Long Trail.

Dr. Schoning has been married to Douglas O. Schoning for nearly 50 years. They have three children: Mary Elizabeth, Kathleen Jean and David Douglas, as well as four grandsons: Dawson Douglas, Cooper Lee, Walker David and William Walter.
CVM presents a Distinguished Service Award to Dr. David Hodgson

Dr. David HodgsonDr. David S. Hodgson, Manhattan, is the recipient of a 2013 Distinguished Service Award by Kansas State University and the College of Veterinary Medicine at K-State. This award is in recognition of Dr. Hodgson’s contributions and service within the college, the university and the international veterinary community.


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Dr. David Hodgson
 Dr. David Hodgson thanks the CVM for recognizing him with the Distinguished Service Award at the annual Heritage Evening Banquet held earlier this month. He was being recognized for his multiple trips to Afghanistan where he provided assistance at Kabul University for their veterinary education program.  
Dr. Hodgson grew up in central Kansas on the family farm homesteaded by his great grandparents in 1871. He obtained his DVM degree from Kansas State University in 1968. After service with the military in Vietnam and California, he was in a mixed animal veterinary practice in Lyons, Kan., for 10 years. Following two years of teaching and training veterinary technicians at Colby (Kan.) Community College, Dr. Hodgson returned to K-State to pursue graduate studies in physiology. An intense interest in anesthesia led to a residency in veterinary anesthesia at the University of California-Davis. He was a faculty member at Texas A&M University and Colorado State University prior to his return to K-State in the Department of Clinical Sciences in 1989.

Dr. Hodgson is a recognized expert in anesthesia equipment design, function and use. His research interests include cardiopulmonary effects of various anesthesia manipulations in horses and other species. Dr. Hodgson’s innovative ideas have been directed toward enhancing patient care and safety. Design and fabrication of novel anesthetic delivery devices have been a career-long interest. Helping students think critically and scientifically about clinical anesthesia related issues have been especially satisfying for Dr. Hodgson.

Dr. Hodgson has traveled to Afghanistan six times between 2007 and 2012, for periods ranging from two to six months each year. Recent trips to provide assistance for the veterinary education program at Kabul University demonstrate selflessness and caring for both animals and people. He has helped teach veterinary students at Kabul University and to treat patients daily at the Kabul University Veterinary Clinic. During the spring of 2012, he traveled to Nangarhar Veterinary School and Herat Veterinary School to evaluate their programs and provide guidance and support for future development.

Dr. Hodgson was the recipient of the E.R. Frank Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association in 2009. He is also a Diplomate and past-president of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia.
Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer becomes second recipient of Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

Drs. Justin Janssen and Copper Aitken-PalmerDr. Copper Aitken-Palmer, Fort Valley, Va., is the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award for her notable achievements since graduating from Kansas State University.



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Drs. Justin Janssen and Copper Aitken-Palmer
 VMAA President Dr. Justin Janssen presents Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer with the VMAA's second-ever Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Dr. Aitken-Palmer, class of 2003, is the chief veterinarian for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.  
Dr. Aitken-Palmer earned her DVM and a master’s degree in clinical sciences, both from K-State University in 2003. She also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. She is currently the chief veterinarian for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, in its Department of Conservation Medicine, in Front Royal, Va. Her work routinely takes her to China as she specializes in giant panda reproduction, health and conservation.

After graduating from K-State, Dr. Aitken-Palmer worked in Maryland as an associate veterinarian at Kenwood Animal Hospital and College Park Animal Hospital. Dr. Aitken-Palmer completed a zoological medicine residency with the University of Florida in Gainesville Fla., in 2011, which included specialized training in clinical zoo and wildlife medicine at White Oak Conservation Center and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Reunion Achievement Award

Dean Richard and Dr. Cliff Noffsinger
Dean Ralph Richardson recognizes the class of 1963
with the reunion achievement awarded, accepted on
behalf of the class by Dr. Clifford Noffsinger.


Class of 2013 goes through commencement exercises

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Lauren Bodenhamer, Jennifer Booth and Teresa Borys
Lauren Bodenhamer, Jennifer Booth and Teresa Borys recite the Veterinarian’s Oath at commencement exercises for the Class of 2013 on May 16. There were 108 graduates in this class with about 50 students planning to go into a small animal or mixed practice. An exit survey revealed that 40 graduates from this year’s class plan to go into an internship or residency.

 Dr. Walter Cash 
 Dr. Wally Cash, professor in anatomy and physiology, addresses the graduating class. 

Todd Askren and President Schulz
Upon earning his doctor of veterinary medicine degree, Dr. Todd Askren shakes hands with K-State President Kirk Schulz.


Pet Tribute hosts annual Ice Cream Social

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Ice Cream Social
The Pet Tribute program hosted its annual ice cream social in May, serving Call Hall ice cream to guests from the CVM and other friends of the college. Pet Tribute uses the ice cream social to raise awareness for how this program raises money for scholarships while helping to honor the human-animal bond. Several scholarship recipients and staff members with the Development and Alumni Office helped serve ice cream.


SCAVMA picnic raises funds and fun for Landon Schrader familyl

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Brian Smith cooks burgers
Brian Smith, class of 2016, helps cook hamburgers at the annual SCAVMA barbecue held in May on the lawn of Trotter and Mosier Halls.

Students with pets at picnic
Students, some with their pets, enjoy a cool spring day while awaiting the "entertainment" portion of the barbecue.

Trenton Schrader tosses a pie at Dr. Ronnie Elmore, left, joined SCAVMA President Kyle Clymer and Dr. David Poole.
Second-year student Trenton Schrader takes the honor as official pie thrower. Dr. Ronnie Elmore, left, joined SCAVMA President Kyle Clymer and Dr. David Poole as the recipients of the pie toss, which was used to help raise money for Trenton and his wife Karen, whose son, Landon, is suffering from a developmental subdural hygroma after his birth April 16. Information about Landon is posted here: http://anadventurewithlandon.blogspot.com/

Three amigos


SCAVMA picnic raises funds and fun for Landon Schrader familyl

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Noel Kramer, Dr. Carol and Steve Wyatt
The CVM says farewell to two of its longtime employees who both retired in May. Noel Kramer, left, was the custodial supervisor in the Department of Facilities and had worked with the CVM for 18 years. On the right, Dr. Carol Wyatt, retired after 13 years with the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology. She was an associate professor and she was the associate director of the flow cytometry facility. She is pictured with her husband, Steve, at a retirement reception.


VHC welcomes new interns

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Back row (left to right): Dr. Christine Higbie, Dr. Lee Emery and Dr. Krista Holstein-Peterson. Front row (left to right): Dr. Samantha Haas, Dr. Sara Gardhouse and Dr. Emily Sharpe.
The Veterinary Health Center welcomes its new class of interns. Back row (left to right): Dr. Christine Higbie, Dr. Lee Emery and Dr. Krista Holstein-Peterson. Front row (left to right): Dr. Samantha Haas, Dr. Sara Gardhouse and Dr. Emily Sharpe.



Regular features

K-State 150: CVM continues celebrating K-State's sesquicentennial year

African-American students at the College of Veterinary Medicine

K-State 150 - Sesquicentennial LogoThe 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. (Read the entire Lifelines series of monthly Sesquicentennial features at the CVM's K-State 150 page.)

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

African-American students at the College of Veterinary Medicine

The city of Manhattan has participated for several years in an event known as Juneteenth, which is a celebration based on the historical nationwide announcement of the emancipation of slaves during the Civil War. The event in Manhattan celebrates freedom and emphasizes the outstanding achievements and educational contributions of African Americans. To contribute toward this celebration this month, we look at the role of African-American students and graduates who have studied at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Between, 1889 and 1950, it is estimated there were only about 70 African-American students who graduated from veterinary colleges in the United States. Of that number, 24 graduated from Kansas State University, which is more than any other veterinary institution in the U.S. during that same time period.

Dr. John William BrownDr. John William Brown was born in Tennessee, but later moved to Kansas and attended Ft. Scott High School. He entered K-State at age 16 and earned his DVM in 1912. He was the head of agricultural instruction at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama for a year and was later commissioned as a second lieutenant during World War I, where he was assigned to Veterinary Training School at Camp Lee, Va. In the 1930 census, he was listed as a veterinary surgeon in Ft. Scott. He also reported to have done meat inspection work for the USDA. Dr. Brown is not too far behind the other first African-Americans at K-State. George Washington Owens was the first male graduate in 1899, and Minnie Howell was the first female graduate of the college in 1901. The veterinary degree program was established in 1905 and the first graduating class was in 1907, so Dr. Brown was in the fifth class to graduate with a veterinary degree from K-State.
Rich Meinert Compassion in Action Memorial Award to honor 4-H achievement. Contact Darcy Hanson at the Lassen County 4-H office at 530-251-8285 for more information. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rgj/obituary.aspx?n=richard-joseph-meinert&pid=171681853#sthash.mJnPxpCD.dpuf
Rich Meinert Compassion in Action Memorial Award to honor 4-H achievement. Contact Darcy Hanson at the Lassen County 4-H office at 530-251-8285 for more information. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rgj/obituary.aspx?n=richard-joseph-meinert&pid=171681853#sthash.mJnPxpCD.dpuf

Tuskegee founder Dr. Frederick D. Patterson (left) presents a special award to Dr. Walter C. Bowie, K-State DVM class of 1947, and Dr. Theodore S. Williams, K-State DVM class of 1935.
Tuskegee founder Dr. Frederick D. Patterson (left) presents a special award to Dr. Walter C. Bowie, K-State DVM class of 1947, and Dr. Theodore S. Williams, K-State DVM class of 1935. Both Drs. Bowie and Williams became deans at Tuskegee. Other Tuskegee faculty who graduated from K-State include: Dr. Eugene Adams, class of 1944, who became associate dean and university vice provost; Dr. John W. Brown, class of 1912; Dr. Thomas G. Perry, class of 1921; Dr. Lloyd B. Mobiley, class of 1938; Dr. Raymond C. Williams, class of 1946; and Dr. Earl H. Brown, class of 1947.

Dr. Donald Jackson
Dr. Donald Jackson, class of 1951, has a different connection with Tuskegee. Originally from Kansas City, Kan., Dr. Jackson enlisted in the Army Reserve Corps before he graduated from high school and dreamed of being a fighter pilot. After basic training, he was sent to Tuskegee and there he was taught by some of the heroic veterans of the 99th Pursuit Squadron. He graduated at the close of the war, in Class 45H, the last group of Tuskegee Airmen trained. However, due to the Excess Officer Act, Dr. Jackson was put on extended leave and allowed to attend college.

Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma

K-State's first African-American fraternity was Phi Beta Sigma. It was established at K-State in 1917 and was the first chapter of the national fraternity on a racially mixed campus west of the Mississippi River. Out of an archived list of members from 1917 to 1935, eight were identified as veterinary medicine students and only one did not finish his degree. There were only two African-American veterinary graduates during this time period who were not members of Phi Beta Sigma, which illustrates the significance of this fraternity in promoting higher educational opportunities for African-Americans.

Phi Beta Sigma 1921 group photo
Out of this 1921 group photo of Phi Beta Sigma members, four would become veterinarians (in the highlighted ovals). Back row: Dr. Thomas Perry and Dr. Jerry Jarmon, both in the class of 1921. Middle row: Dr. George Thomas Bronson, class of 1924. Front Row. Dr. Raymond M. Williams. Dr. Williams' son, Dr. Raymond C. Williams earned his veterinary degree at K-State in 1946, becoming the first African-American father and son to earn veterinary degrees at K-State. Dr. Raymond Williams was president of Phi Beta Sigma from 1923-1924. His son, Dr. Raymond C. Williams, went on to teach at Tuskegee University and was the first there to win the Norden Teaching Award in 1963.

 Ashley Cole and Loren Easterwood attend first-year orientation activities. They will be second-year students this fall.  
 Ashley Cole and Loren Easterwood attend first-year orientation activities. They will be second-year students this fall.  
Diversity at the CVM Today

The College of Veterinary Medicine continues to promote diversity today by: educating veterinarians and veterinary students about the value of racial and ethnic diversity and the need to understand and incorporate the strengths of differing world views that various groups bring with them; providing students of all ethnicities currently in veterinary medical education an opportunity to enhance their understanding of the impact that changing demographics and cultural perspectives will have on their future professional life and the way they serve as veterinarians; building on the examples of success and outstanding service rendered the profession by veterinarians of all races and ethnic backgrounds in all aspects of veterinary medicine; and recalling and building upon the role the CVM and other colleges of veterinary medicine, the Tuskegee School of Veterinary Medicine included, have had in furthering the contributions of under-represented minority veterinarians.


A Historical Overview of African American Veterinarians in the United States: 1889–2000 by Dr. Eugene Adams

Prominent African Americans In Veterinary Medicine

The "Dangerous" Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.


Under the Microscope logo

Amanda Hedrick, Administrative Officer, Dean's Office

Amanda Hedrick

Hometown: I was born and raised in Cottonwood Falls, Kan. We were always outside either exploring nearby creeks, playing whiffle ball in the street, getting sunburnt at the pool or riding bikes. It’s a gorgeous area and was a really fun place to grow up.

Family Information: In my house, there’s just the two of us, my very patient and loving husband of 4 years, Nathan, and me. We met in Aggieville when playing the role of “wing people” for a couple who didn’t last past a couple of weeks, which was probably because they didn’t have much in common except for maybe their great taste in friends.

Pets: We have two rescue dogs. Zed is a 2-year-old miniature Australian shepherd and Tilly is a 4-year-old shaggy mutt that looks like, depending on who you ask, a bearded collie, a Bouviers des Flandres, a giant schnauzer or the dog in "Fraggle Rock."

What was the most memorable part of this last school year? Joining the CVM staff in January.

When was the last time you surprised yourself at doing something you didn’t know you could do? I fostered a 6-week-old puppy for the Riley County Humane Society for three weeks and didn’t end up keeping her.

What is something you collect that your co-workers might not know about? I don’t really have a “collection” per se. What I end up collecting and when depends on the project I am working on. Currently I am collecting colored glass to recycle in a mosaic.

What do you like most about working or living in a college town? The “perks” that the college offers such as theatre performances, guest lecturers and exhibits. We don’t attend these nearly enough, but it’s nice to have the options.

Which summer movie are you anticipating the most? "Much Ado About Nothing" directed by Joss Whedon. I am looking forward to this as I am a fan of the director’s work (seriously, who didn’t like "The Avengers"?) and it should be an interesting rendition of the story as it was filmed in his home with a cast of friends.

Name your favorite activity that you can only do during summer. Going to the lake with my husband and playing fetch with the dogs in the water – no worries, they have been appropriately vaccinated.



Pet Friendly License Plate program in Kansas

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

See what the Pet Friendly plate looks like ...

Pet Friendly license plate


News Ticker

More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:

 Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek and Dr. Gary Anderson.  
 Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek accepts the KVMA's KSU Distinguished Service Award from Dr. Gary Anderson. 
 Dr. Meghan Vorhees and Dr. Don McReynolds 
 Dr. Meghan (Tindle) Vorhees, class of 2009, presents the Lifetime Service Award to Dr. Don McReynolds, class of 1956. 
 Dr. Jerry Schrader, class of 1957, accepts the Veterinarian of the Year Award from Dr. Bill Niederee, class of 1989. 
 Dr. Jerry Schrader, class of 1957, accepts the Veterinarian of the Year Award from Dr. Bill Niederee, class of 1989. 
KVMA hands out awards at June conference

The Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA) held its annual luncheon and awards ceremony at the 75th Annual Conference for Veterinarians in Manhattan on June 3. A number of these awards were presented to and by K-State veterinary faculty and alumni, which are shown here.

Dr. Eva Dudek (right), class of 1988, presents the Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Eileen Warner-Hough, class of 1968.
Dr. Eva Dudek (right), class of 1988, presents the Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Eileen Warner-Hough, class of 1968.

Dr. Tom Jernigan, class of 1979, presents the KVMA President's Award to Dr. Ken Burton, class of 1981.
Dr. Tom Jernigan, class of 1979, presents the KVMA President's Award to Dr. Ken Burton, class of 1981.

Dr. Emily Klocke was the recipient of the Pet Tribute Faculty Fellow Award.

Dr. Clem Neeley, class of 2013, won the Easi-Scan ultrasou nd contest. He received a $15,000 unit from BCF Technology. “I really appreciate everyone's support through this competition and really look forward to using the BCF Easi-Scan in practice to better serve my client base.”
Dean Ralph Richardson and Dr. Dan ThomsonDean Ralph Richardson presents Dr. Dan Thomson with the CVM's Excellence in Outreach Award, in recognizing his work with the Beef Cattle Institute, the “Doc Talk” program on RFD-TV and many other outreach activities. This award was presented as a surprise at the 75th Annual Conference for Veterinarians. In addition, Dean Richardson recognized Dr. Thomson with a public announcement of his Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) regional teaching award in food and agricultural science presented on the basis of ability as classroom teachers, use of innovative teaching methods and service to students and their profession. The APLU award was one of only six given nationally.
Dr. Richard and Dorothy BuchliCongratulations to Dr. Richard and Dorothy Buchli, Kansas City, Mo., for celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary in May. They met at K-State in 1940. Dr. Buchli earned his DVM in July 1943. See a full story about the Buchlis in the Kansas City Star, "Dancing through life has kept them together for 70 years" (photo courtesy of the Kansas City Star).
Recent publications
Dr. Ram Raghavan has an article published in the July issue of GEOSPATIAL HEALTH titled "Spatial scale effects in environmental risk-factor modelling for diseases." It was co-authored with Dr. Karen Brenner and Dr. Ken Harkin in Clinical Sciences, along with Dr. John Harrington Jr. from K-State's Department of Geography and Dr. James J. Higgins in the Department of Statistics.

Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek has an article published in the May issue of JAVMA titled, "Management practices associated with the rate of respiratory tract disease among preweaned beef calves in cow-calf operations in the United States." It was co-authored with Dr. David Renter, Dr. Brad White, Dr. Michael Sanderson, Dr. H. Morgan Scott, and Dr. Robert Larson, all from the CVM, and with Dr. Bruce A. Wagner, director of the National Animal Health Monitoring System with USDA-APHIS and Dr. David Dargarz, an epidemiologist with the APHIS' Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health.
Gruber Golf Tourament logoChris Gruber Memorial Golf Tournament

Please save the date for September 15, 2013, and 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

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Welcome to:

Dr. Ying Fang, Associate Professor, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology
Dr. Weiping Zhang, Associate Professor, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology
Shambhanath Choudhary, Med Resident, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology
MD Mofazzal Hossain, Fellow (Post Doc), Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology
Ginna Swindlehurst, Vet Tech, VHC
Nicholas Hemphill, Medical Technologist, VHC
Qingbiao Huang, Fellow (Post Doc), Anatomy & Physiology
Erin Schirtzinger, Research Assistant, KSVDL
Dr. Yuntao Zhang, Research Assistant Professor, KSVDL
Dr. Lalitha Peddireddi, Research Assistant Professor, KSVDL
Qing Sun, Research Assistant, KSVDL
Daniel Cutting, Computer Information Specialist, Dean's Office
Jeremy McDiffett, Computer Information Specialist, Dean's Office

Farewell to:

Martina Scates, Senior Admin Assistant, VHC
Karinne Cortes, Grant Specialist, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology
Bo Chen, Fellow (Post Doc), Anatomy & Physiology
Raman Malhi, Research Assistant, KSVDL
Angela Long-Claycamp, Senior Admin Specialist, Veterinary Medical Library



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