Lifelines - April 2014 The official newsletter of the College of Veterinary Medicine
April 2014 - Vol. 9, No. 4
Dean to step down in 2015
Dr. Ralph Richardson announces plan for next phase of his career
Exotic Animal Medicine Club
Student club has popular display at Open House and has other activities.
K-State Night in China
The CVM organizes special recognition of alumni in Beijing.
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Dr. Ralph Richardson announces plans to step down as dean
Dr. Ralph C. Richardson announced Jan. 31 that he intends to resign from the position of dean of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine no later than July 2015.
Dean Richardson became the college’s 11th dean in the summer of 1998 after serving as the head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Purdue University. Dean Richardson had received his DVM from Kansas State University in 1970, and then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Purdue in 1973, a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Missouri in 1975, and a training program in clinical oncology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1978.
“I plan to continue in a faculty role with the college and the university, hoping to use my abilities in program building and my background in comparative medicine to continue strengthening collaborative programs that benefit K-State,” Dean Richardson said. “I have a real sense of urgency to see our plans for the future become reality, but I want the college and the university to have plenty of time to conduct an orderly search for my replacement."
Enrollment in the veterinary college saw controlled growth from a graduating class of 79 students in 1998 to a current class size of 112 for each incoming class. More than $72 million has been raised in private support for the college including the creation of 150 scholarships and seven permanently endowed professorships. To ensure opportunities for K-State undergraduate students and to enhance recruitment of exceptional students, the Early Admission Program was started in 1999. Dean Richardson had an active role in helping to promote the Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas, which offers a debt repayment incentive for graduates to work in rural practices in Kansas. The college has also initiated a DVM/Ph.D. program to provide training for alternate careers paths such as for working in research laboratories and academia. The college is also part of the interdisciplinary Master of Public Health Program that allows students to work in one of four different areas of emphasis including infectious diseases and zoonoses as well food safety, public health nutrition and public health physical activity.
“Dean Richardson has led the College of Veterinary Medicine during a time of great change in both veterinary medicine and higher education,” said April Mason, Kansas State University provost and senior vice president. “He has been the champion of many innovative programs, including the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health, which involves students and scholars from both countries together in efforts toward better veterinary health. I am most appreciative to Dean Richardson for announcing his future plans early so that a search for his successor can be conducted and assure a smooth transition of leadership.”
In cooperation with university, state and federal initiatives, Kansas State University became home for internationally-recognized programs intended to protect the health of the nation’s livestock. The $50 million Biosecurity Research Institute was constructed north of the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. This comprehensive biosafety level 3 facility provided an environmentally safe and secure location for K-State scientists, including a large group of veterinary medicine faculty members, to study pathogens that threaten humans and livestock. In December 2008, Manhattan was selected to be the site of the $1.25 billion National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), a biosafety level 4 facility, intended to replace the aging Plum Island zoonotic disease research facility in New York. The site of this federal facility is adjacent to the veterinary college and Biosecurity Research Institute, which both played key roles in the decision to locate the NBAF facility in Manhattan. Aging animal research facilities located on the NBAF building site were relocated into a modern biosafety level 2 Large Animal Research Center located north of campus and accessible to university scientists with livestock research interests.
During Dean Richardson’s tenure faculty and staff numbers grew and their teaching, research and service efforts garnered national and international attention. In 2008, Dr. Jürgen A. Richt was hired as a Regents Distinguished Professor and Kansas Bioscience Eminent Scholar. Recruited from the USDA’s National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, Dr. Richt became the director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, or CEEZAD, at K-State in 2010.
In 2013, K-State would hire it first National Academies of Science faculty member, Dr. Jim Riviere who was appointed to the MacDonald Professorship in Veterinary Medicine and University Distinguished Professor of pharmacology. Previously at North Carolina State University, Dr. Riviere directed the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD) with the mission of preventing or mitigating illegal or harmful residues of drugs, pesticides, biotoxins and other chemical agents in foods of animal origin. At K-State, Dr. Riviere is in the process of forming the Institute for Computational Comparative Medicine. His wife, Dr. Nancy Monteiro-Riviere was also hired as a Regents Distinguished Research Scholar and University Distinguished Professor. She is the director of the Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas State (NICKS)
Two of the college’s service units, the Veterinary Health Center (VHC) and the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL), have made numerous advances during Dean Richardson’s time at K-State. This includes renovations of the VHC’s Intensive Care Unit, linear accelerator, Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging capabilities and more. A satellite hospital, MidWest Vet, was established in Omaha, Neb., to expand animal health care service and access teaching cases to a broader region. In 2013, the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, as part of its longstanding partnership with the VHC, renovated and expanded its veterinary clinic, which is directed by and named for Dr. James W. Carpenter, a longtime clinical professor at K-State. The KSVDL expanded its facilities to include a new Rabies Laboratory in the K-State Research Park. In 2011, the KSVDL established a unique partnership with Abaxis Inc., resulting in a fund to support a clinical pathology resident, as well as create the Abaxis Veterinary Reference Laboratories, which incorporates the KSVDL for some of its diagnostics testing.
Dean Richardson oversaw the establishment of new traditions in the college, called Phi Zeta Day and Kind Hearts Caring Hands Day. Held each spring, Phi Zeta Day celebrates the research accomplishments of the students and faculty and the Kind Hears Caring Hands Day celebrates the teaching and learning that takes place at the college. On that day the White Coat Ceremony is held and provides a symbolic transition from the classroom and laboratory courses to the clinical phase of veterinary education.
Despite many successes, like all of higher education, the veterinary college has grappled with budget cuts during Dean Richardson’s tenure. Despite restricted state resources, the annual expenditures of the college increased every year due to increased research funding, hospital and diagnostic laboratory revenue, gifting and tuition. Because of his three-tiered proposal, “People, Places and Programs,” the college secured an additional $5 million in renewable state funding in 2013 to seize the opportunities to boost the economy, workforce, animal health and food quality in Kansas. This multi-faceted initiative and Dean Richardson’s involvement with the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor are being used to enlist resources across Kansas and the nation to meet state and national needs in veterinary medicine, food safety and public health. It will also support Kansas State University’s “Vision 2025” initiative to be a top 50 research institution, and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s goal to grow the Kansas animal health industry.
“I could not be more proud of the faculty and staff in our college,” Dean Richardson said. “We are truly like a family, and as I try to say frequently, we have accomplished the wonderful things that we have done because of the teamwork we have in the College of Veterinary Medicine and at K-State.”
K-State will embark on a national/international search to find a new dean.
Additional highlights during Dean Ralph Richardson’s tenure – 1998-2015
If you were looking for an “exotic” experience at the Kansas State University Open House on April 5, all you had to do was stop at the Exotic Animal Medicine Club’s booth at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The popular display included snake skins, skulls and other specimens, plus radiographs, live reptiles and a darting station simulating how wild animals are vaccinated.
“The response has been great,” said Drew Pearson, second-year student and activities chair for the club. “People are always fascinated by wildlife and it’s kind of something you see in your backyard but you never interact with, people want to know more so they love being here and we love having them and being able to teach tem and stuff, so the reaction’s been great.”
Watch our full video profile of this year's display at Open House below.
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斑猫 or banmao is the Chinese word for “wildcats.” On a recent trip to Beijing, the CVM honored two of its former banmao: Dr. Defa Li [Dee-FUH Lee] and Dr. Hua Wu [WAH Woo]. Both performed their doctoral and postdoctoral studies at Kansas State University in the 1990s.
The college’s China delegation was made up of Dr. Jishu Shi, director of K-State’s U.S.-China Center for Animal Health (UCCAH), Dr. Lei Wang, manager of the UCCAH, Dr. Ralph C. Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Ronnie Elmore, associate dean for academic programs, admissions and diversity programs, and Dr. Frank Blecha, associate dean for research. Both Dr. Li and Dr. Wu studied under Dr. Blecha in his research laboratory at K-State.
Dr. Blecha presented a congratulatory certificate from K-State President Kirk Schulz to Dr. Li who was just elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering, which is comparable to the National Academies of Science in the U.S. Dr. Li earned his Ph.D. at K-State in 1991. He is currently a professor of animal nutrition and nutritional evaluation of feed and dean of the College of Animal Science and Technology at China Agricultural University. He is also the chairman of the Scientific Committee of the State Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition, and director of the Research Committee of Chinese nutritional value of feed and animal husbandry standards.
Dean Richardson recognized Dr. Wu for being elected as a member of the Chinese “1000 Plan” Global Experts Program. He was at K-State from 1995 to 2000 and is now a professor at the Institute of Special Economic Animal and Plant Sciences in the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
“Both of these alumni have made outstanding academic achievements during their careers in order to receive such distinguished honors from these Chinese organizations,” Dr. Richardson said. “They are both at top of their respective professions, and we are very proud they are K-State alumni. We look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in the future.”
The trip to China included other activities as part of an academic partnership in veterinary medical education. The team conducted interviews with about a dozen Chinese students who are candidates for pre-veterinary studies at K-State. From this group, as many as eight students will be accepted, which should be announced in May. After successful completion of pre-veterinary studies, the students can then apply for admission into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at K-State or at one of five partnering veterinary colleges.
The last day of Spring Break brought exciting news for 18 students in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) a global animal health company, in partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, announced a list of scholarship recipients for 2014.
The scholarship represents an ongoing commitment by Zoetis to invest in the future of the veterinary profession. Zoetis awarded $2,000 each to 452 second- and third-year veterinary students at accredited universities throughout the United States and the Caribbean, for a total of $904,000.
“With the continuing rising cost of veterinary education and concerns regarding repayment of educational debt following graduation, we are extremely pleased with the commitment of Zoetis to partner with our profession to provide significant scholarship funds to help our students financially,” said Dr. Ronnie Elmore, associate dean of admissions, academic programs and diversity programs. “The investment made in our students now will pay big dividends far into the future.”
Third-year student and scholarship recipient Kyle Clymer, David City, Neb., plans to stay in the rural Midwest and practice food animal medicine, while focusing on reproduction and herd health. He said, “First off, thank you to Zoetis and the AVMF for offering the Zoetis/AVMF Student Scholarship. We are all aware of the educational costs of attending veterinary school, and as an out-of-state student, scholarships to defray those expenses and displace additional loans have helped make my career goals possible.”
Below is a full list of the students from K-State receiving the scholarship this year:
• Lindsay Gehring, third year
New test to catch canine circovirus
There's a new disease lurking at the dog park.
Canine circovirus, also called dog circovirus, was discovered in 2012; however, researchers are still trying to determine the severity of the disease, according to Dr. Jianfa Bai, molecular diagnostician and assistant professor at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dogs infected with circovirus may show symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea and even death. It's suspected that this disease may have been responsible for the deaths of several dogs in 2013.
"Last year in Ohio and California, some dogs died of diarrhea and they couldn't figure out the causing agent because those routine diagnostics could not pick up any pathogens that are potentially causing the diarrhea deaths," Dr. Bai said.
The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the College of Veterinary Medicine has recently developed tests to identify circovirus. Researchers are still unsure how deadly this disease is. While some dogs show symptoms, 3 to 11 percent of the dogs tested at the diagnostic laboratory have been confirmed as carrying the pathogen — but are healthy and do not show symptoms.
Dr. Bai says they can't rule out that circovirus is causing deaths. It is also possible that the deaths are caused by a combination of circovirus and another disease.
Samples can be sent to the KSVDL to test for canine circovirus. For more information, contact the laboratory at 866-512-5650.
The Western Veterinary Conference honored Kyle Clymer, a third-year veterinary student from David City, Neb., with the Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award. Kyle was chosen based on accomplishments, scholastic excellence and long-term leadership potential. He is the the son of Kent and Gina Clymer. Kyle is among 34 students who were selected to receive the award this year.
Since inception of the scholarship program in 2002, the Western Veterinary Conference has granted approximately $1 million in scholarship funds. The Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award recognizes veterinary student leaders and promotes lifelong professional service to the industry.
This trip was offered to K-State veterinary students as an elective credit for the senior year, and is available as an externship for a two-week or three-week rotation.
“This externship has been a great experience,” Erika said. “The practitioners are excellent teachers, and there are constant opportunities for getting more hands-on experience and improving palpation skills. UC Davis’ Animal Research Center is a great place to learn more about the dairy industry and dairy production management from very knowledgeable and skilled professionals.”
While the three K-Staters are in California, they have been featured on a blog for the VMTRC. Four other students from K-State have already completed the elective earlier this year: Tia Castensen, Charley Cull, Jeff Pearson and Stacey McHaney.
Class Reunion Photos
Last 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.
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
Please join the CVM on Thursday, April 17, as we recognized Dr. James Coffman as our Alumni Fellow for 2014. Dr. Coffman will be delivering an All-College Seminar at 12:15 p.m. in Frick Auditorium (on the first floor of Mosier Hall). Lunch will be served to attendees beginning at 11:45 a.m.
A Kansas native, Dr. Coffman is retired from a career as an educator and veterinarian. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1960, DVM in 1962 and master’s degree in pathology in 1969, all from K-State. After earning his DVM, he operated a private equine practice in Wichita from 1962-1965. He served on the faculty of the department of surgery and medicine from 1965-1969. After two years in private practice in Oklahoma City, Dr. Coffman served as professor of equine medicine at the University of Missouri from 1971-1981. He also was director of the Equine Center there from 1973-1977. Dr. Coffman returned to K-State in 1981 as the head of the Department of Surgery and Medicine. This marked the beginning of his 28 year tenure at K-State where he has served as dean of the college of veterinary medicine from 1984-1987 and provost from 1987-2004.
"The health and well-being of all who live and work in Kansas are absolutely critical to the state’s future," Dr. Cates said. "The National Public Health Week proclamation by our governor and the resolutions from our senate and house all demonstrate a welcomed positive attitude from our senior leaders toward improving health in Kansas. I am hopeful that it also demonstrates their commitment to provide the necessary means to make that happen."
Dr. Cates returned to Topeka April 1 to participate in ceremonies for similar resolutions that were being proposed by the Kansas House and Senate.
‘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.
New features on new KIC scanner
by Carol Elmore
For several years the Veterinary Medical Library has provided a face-up, multiple-page scanner, The KIC Knowledge Imaging Center allows students, faculty, staff and the general public to make free digital copies of their materials and save them as images or PDF documents. Recently the library was given funds by Dr. Louise and Peter Kaufman (DVM class of 1972) for the purchase of an additional KIC Scanner. This means there will be less waiting time for scanning and some new features not available on our original scanner, which will provide more versatility for those who wish to do their own scanning.
Thanks to the continued generosity of the Kaufmans our library is able to maintain its high standards of providing up-to-date technology and materials to the people who use our materials. Remember to contact our library staff if help is needed in using or accessing any of our resources. Wayne Michaels from the Computer and Technical Support Group at the College of Veterinary Medicine provided technical support and set up of the new scanner as well as assistance with the wording of this column.
Please visit the Veterinary Medical Library Web site: www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/library/ for help on this and other subjects.
Dr. Nancy Monteiro-Riviere was invited to The Risk Assessment Bureau, Consumer Product Safety Directorate of Health Canada, Ottawa. The title of her presentation was “How The Physicochemical Properties of Nanoparticles May Influence Skin Penetration and Toxicity for Risk Assessment Analysis” on Feb. 21. She also chaired the Nanotoxicology: Metals, Environmental, and In Silico Session at the 53rd annual meeting of the National Society of Toxicology held March 25 in Phoenix. Members of her lab presented their research at this meeting. Titles of the presentations are listed below.
Drs. Meena Kumari and Antje Anji attended the first Gordon conference focused on the Nervous System and Alcohol, held in Galveston, Texas, from Feb. 16-21. They presented a poster entitled "Chronic Alcohol-mediated Egress of a Subunit of Glucosidase II out of the Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum."
Dr. Chris Blevins will be the featured speaker at an educational meeting for horse owners, care takers, trailers, farriers and others interested in the equine industry to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. April 16 at the Lyndon (Kan.) Community Center. He will discuss a recommended dental schedule and what to watch out for when determining if your horse is having dental problems. Other topics will include vaccination schedules for your horse, diseases of concern and what to do if an accident occurs.
Dr. Gyanendra Singh, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology shared his editorial appointments in the following journals: editor, Journal of Metabolomics and Systems Biology, http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/JMSB/editors; associate editor: Universal Journal of Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, http://universalresearchjournals.org/ujbb/editors.htm; WebmedCentral editor – toxicology – Webmedcentral, U.K., http://www.webmedcentral.com/wmc_editor_details/3828; and WebmedCentral editor – virology - Webmedcentral, U.K., http://www.webmedcentral.com/wmc_editor_details/3826. He also obtained a bibliographical listing in “Marquis Who’s Who in America 2011” (65th edition).
Congratulations to Amy Brusk and her husband, Richard, on the birth of their son, Matthew, on Monday, April 7, at 3:38 p.m. weighing 10 pounds, 6 ounces, and measuring 22 inches long. Matthew has a big brother Josh. Amy is the Grant Specialist for Clinical Sciences, the Veterinary Health Center and the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.
Stem cell study - call for patients
Drs. Walter Renberg, James Roush and David Upchurch would like to announce that the enrollment period is still open for an IACUC approved clinical study evaluating the use of injectable stem cells for treatment of osteoarthritis. Stem cells derived from the patient’s own fat have been used for years in human and veterinary medicine and initial reports seems promising. Potential candidates should be dogs with lameness due to arthritis of the hip joints without other confounding sources of lameness (knee disease or neurologic issues that affect the hind limbs). Candidates will need to have an initial screening by the doctors to ensure that they qualify. The study has been generously funded, and all candidate dogs will have their initial exam and subsequent procedures and visits fully funded.
If you are interested or have further questions please email Dr. Upchurch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
David Upchurch, DVM
April 18: Kind Hearts, Caring Hands Day including the White Coat Ceremony, 2:00 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn, Main Ballroom,
May 2: Pet Tribute Ice Cream Social, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Trotter Hall basement (by the cafeteria)
May 31-June 3: 76th Annual Conference for Veterinarians, Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center
Department of Anatomy and Physiology Seminar Series
Seminars begin at 3:30 p.m., Mara Conference Center, 4th floor, Trotter Hall
April 14: Dr. Michael Neely, University of Southern California, hosted by Dr. Ronette Gehring
April 21: Dr. Butch KuKanich/Dr. Ronette Gehring/Dr. Michael Apley, Kansas State University
April 28: Dr. Tommy Huang/Dr. Mengjie Li/Dr. Keith DeDonder, Kansas State University
May 5: Ryan Broxterman/Clark Holdsworth, Kansas State University
Dr. Zhoumeng Lin, Unclassified, Fellow (Post Doc), A&P
Candra Brewer, Senior Administrative Assistant, VHC
Dr. Gayathri Krishnamoorthy, Research Assistant Professor, A&P
Hollie Wells, Staff Assistant, VHC
Dr. Cheryl Herman, Instructor, A&P
Dr, Elizabeth Devine, Clinical Assistant Professor, VHC
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.