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September 2014 - Vol. 9, No. 9

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Patented Pain Relief

Dr. Butch KuKanich and DDr. Butch KuKanich and Dr. Hans Coetzeer. Hans Coetzee team up to treat cattle lameness

A U.S. patent was recently awarded for technology created by researchers at in the College of Veterinary Medicine that improves the health and welfare of beef cattle and other ruminant animals suffering from lameness and following castration, dehorning and other painful but necessary management procedures.

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 Dr. Butch KuKanich 

Dr. Butch Kukanich analyzes meloxicam plasma samples using a mass spectrometer.

  Dr. Hans Coetzee 
 Dr. Hans Coetzee works with a calf as a part of the project on pain relief. 

... U.S. Patent No. 8,791,105, “Methods for Alleviating Chronic Pain and Improving Performance of Cattle Undergoing Dehorning or Castration,” was awarded to the Kansas State University Research Foundation, a nonprofit corporation responsible for managing technology transfer activities at the university.

The patent is for research conducted while at Kansas State University by former faculty member Dr. Hans Coetzee, now a professor of clinical pharmacology at Iowa State University, and Dr. Butch Kukanich, associate professor of anatomy and physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The patent covers administering meloxicam alone or administering a combination of meloxicam and gabapentin to help alleviate acute and chronic pain and improve the performance of cattle. Researchers found that combinations of meloxicam and gabapentin improved the welfare of cattle by reducing the severity of lameness. Meloxicam alone improved weight gain after dehorning and reduced the incidence of bovine respiratory disease after castration.

“Once meloxicam was orally administered to beef cattle prior to these common procedures, the cattle gained more weight and had lower incidence of bovine respiratory disease because it allowed them to be more comfortable and less stressed,” Dr. Kukanich said.

A significant benefit of this patented technology is that it reduces reliance on antibiotics to treat and control diseases in cattle. This reduces the risk of antibiotic resistance selection and has positive implications for both human and animal health.

The patent is available to license.

Currently, the Kansas State University Research Foundation has been awarded four patents in 2014 for inventions by university researchers.


Video Feature

Virtual tour with Student Ambassadors

Taking a tour of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University is an exciting opportunity to learn about veterinary medicine for potential students, alumni and other visitors. Providing this sneak peak into college is just one of the responsibilities of the college’s student ambassadors.

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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



Eggs from backyard chickens pose potential consumption problems

Backyard chickensA recent trend in the United States has grown out of a desire for a safe food source, but a Kansas State University phramacologist warns that what you don’t know could hurt you or others. More and more Americans are raising chickens in their backyards, ...

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 Chickens drinking water 
 More and more Americans are raising chickens in their backyards as pets. Dr. Ronette Gehring warns about potential residues in eggs from the use of antibiotics and other medications.

 ... keeping them as pets and relying on them as a safe source of fresh eggs. The practice of raising eggs at home is considered to be a fun, yet practical hobby. Dr.Ronette Gehring, regional director for the Midwest for the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank, FARAD, says that owners need to be aware of potential drug residues in the eggs.

“These animals get sick from time to time,” Dr. Gerhring said. “They may get injured and need antibiotic treatment or pain medications. Foot infections are quite common, while sometimes the animals may need treatment for external or internal parasites.”

She said residues from the medications remain in eggs for various lengths of time. FARAD maintains a database of information about medications and the withdrawal time for different animals.

“Owners must be aware that any drug they administer will result in residues in the eggs,” Dr. Gehring said. “It’s important that if owners buy medications over the counter to treat their flock, they closely follow the directions on the label. This includes only using the drug if it is specifically labeled for chickens laying eggs and only for the diseases listed on the label, at the exact dose, dosing interval and duration of treatment given in the instructions.”

Dr. Gerhing emphasized that owners need to be very attentive when using any medications.

“If all these instructions are followed closely, there will be a withdrawal time given on the label, which is the time for which the eggs must not be consumed after the last dose,” Dr. Gehring said. “Any deviation from the label instructions is considered extralabel and is illegal unless it is prescribed by a veterinarian within a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship. There are very few drugs specifically labeled for backyard chickens. Most are formulated for large commercial operations. So many treatments for backyard flocks will be extralabel requiring a prescription from a veterinarian.”

FARAD only gives extra-label drug use advice to veterinarians. Through this resource, the veterinarians can let owners know when it will be safe to consume their chickens’ eggs again. Dr. Gehring said that sometimes owners will have to clean coops and water dishes after chickens have stopped receiving drug treatments as residues can remain in that environment.

“Another problem owners need to be aware of is exposure of their chickens to chemicals and toxins in the home environment,” Dr. Gehring said. “For example, an owner may have wasps in the backyard and spray the wasps with pesticides. The chickens might eat the wasps, which can cause residues in the eggs. There are other environmental, accidental exposures such as herbicides sprayed for weed control. If an owner suspects an environmental exposure, then they can call FARAD themselves, but it’s important to know which chemicals the chickens may have been exposed to.”

Owners are encouraged to visit with their veterinarians and more information is available at the FARAD website: www.farad.org. FARAD is a congressionally-mandated risk-management program that is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In view of limited resources, FARAD's focus is limited to food animal species exclusively. The program is maintained by a consortium of universities, including Kansas State University, University of California-Davis, University of Florida and North Carolina State University.


Hot Topic

Equine expert warns traveling livestock owners of vesicular stomatitis

Two states have confirmed an outbreak of vesicular stomatitis, a very contagious disease for animals, livestock and potentially humans. A Kansas State University veterinarian explains the disease and why travel restrictions are imperative, ...

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 Dr. Beth Davis speaks to students 
 Dr. Beth Davis works with a group of first-year students at the Veterinary Health Center.
A Kansas State University veterinarian is cautioning residents of Kansas and surrounding states about a highly contagious viral disease that affects horses and livestock — and can sometimes affect humans.

At least 170 cases of vesicular stomatitis have been confirmed in Colorado and Texas, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service. Outbreaks of this disease usually occur in late summer and early fall in more arid regions. Although two states are currently affected, Dr. Beth Davis, professor and section head of equine medicine and surgery at Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center, says all animal owners need to be cautious when traveling with their animals.

"It's an interesting disease because it does have pretty significant clinical signs," Dr. Davis said. "Most commonly, it causes painful oral blisters in horses that can affect the mouth, muzzle and tongue. Additional signs may include lesions on the udder and/or around the top of the hoof where it meets the hairline. Vesicular stomatitis also can affect mules, donkeys, cattle, bison, swine, sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas."

If livestock owners suspect they are dealing with vesicular stomatitis, they should contact their veterinarian immediately because it is a reportable disease, Dr. Davis said.

"If you're dealing with a suspected case, communicate with your local veterinarian," Dr. Davis said. "Your veterinarian will communicate with state health officials and determine the best course of action."

Veterinarians and livestock owners work with state health officials to determine testing and quarantine protocols, which help identify animals infected and avoid their transport until viral shedding has ceased. When effective, the protocols will limit the spread of disease.

"It is quite contagious," Dr. Davis said. "The most common form of transmission is through insects, specifically biting flies. It also can be spread from one animal to another through direct contact and sharing of stable supplies."

Vesicular stomatitis is also potentially zoonotic, which means it can spread to humans, although it is rare. The elderly or immunocompromised are at higher risk of being infected. The virus causes mild flu-like symptoms in people and is generally resolved in about 10 days.

No vaccine is currently commercially available for vesicular stomatitis. Although the virus is very contagious, it is rarely fatal, Dr. Davis said. Animals that contract the disease often fully recover with supportive care like rest, fluids and soft food. Complete recovery may take three to four weeks. During that time, the animal is still contagious, which is why quarantine must be implemented on positive premises.

Dr. Davis also recommends when traveling with horses or other livestock, check with the state's department of agriculture to ensure there are no travel restrictions.


BCI gives State Fair attendees realistic birthing simulation via a new artificial cow

The term “hands-on” has recently reached a whole new level at the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University. The center, housed at the College of Veterinary Medicine, purchased a dystocia simulator cow and calf to help teach and demonstrate the birthing process.

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 Dr. Dave Rethorst and Daina Iman 
 Dr. Dave Rethorst pulls a calf with help from fourth-year student Daina Iman. 
 Dr. Dave Rethorst 
 Dr. Rethorst places the calf model inside the simulator. 

Visitors to the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson are already getting their own in-depth experience where the new simulator has been displayed to the public.

Developed by Veterinary Simulator Industries and the University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada, the simulator pair was purchased with the initial goal to create a simulation lab for teaching students working towards their veterinary degrees. Once the purchase was made, it was quickly realized that the simulator could be a valuable addition to the Birthing Center at the Kansas State Fair, which runs through Sept. 14.

Dr. Dave Rethorst, director of outreach for the BCI, coordinated the first demonstrations of the simulator cow, nicknamed “Bossy,” and her calf for the state fair.

“At the fair it wasn’t so much as to give a demonstration as it was to let youth have an opportunity to pull a calf,” Dr. Rethorst said.

Dr. Rethorst and a group of K-State veterinary students set up the cow and calf at the fair and have allowed children to identify the structures of the calf. The next step is for children to pull the calf with the straps. Youth anywhere from ages 4 to 20 have been lined up to try their hands at pulling a calf from the simulator cow while their parents and grandparents excitedly take photos and videos of the experience.

“All you had to do was ask the first kid passing by if they wanted to pull a calf, and the line grew from there. I never had to ask the rest of the day,” Dr. Rethorst said.

Modeled as a Hereford pair, both the cow and calf are built with realistic characteristics including size and structure. The cow stands approximately 53.5 inches at the shoulder, 96 inches in length and 31 inches at the widest point. Standing on a recycled plastic base, the cow is constructed of steel reinforced epoxy/fiberglass with water resistant components. The simulator features an adjustable pneumatic uterine and calf support system and pump as well as a functional udder with a milk tank. “Bossy” pulls out all the stops to provide the most authentic experience as possible. The calf is built of similar materials, but less structured to imitate a newborn calf.

To set up the simulator for demonstration, the cow has a removable top section between the shoulders and hooks, which opens to a hollow cavity with a clear, vinyl uterine bag in which the simulator calf can be placed. The demonstrator can decide how to place the calf for to simulate different birthing scenarios for students. A soft, but durable perineum panel is built into the backside of the cow to allow for flexibility during the process.

Following the debut at the Kansas State Fair, the simulator will be attending multiple education events across the state including Ag in the Classroom and joint 4-H/FFA meetings. It will also be a feature in each of the upcoming Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Regional Training meetings this fall and has been requested for use at a Kansas county fair next year.

Those interested in requesting use of the model dystocia pair can contact Dr. Rethorst at drethorst@vet.k-state.edu.

(Story by Audrey Hambright, BCI communications coordinator)


Cytology Slides from Tissue Swabs

The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is a full-service animal diagnostic laboratory that offers a range of diagnostic tests and services important for domestic and wild animals, located at Kansas State University's Manhattan campus.

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Veterinary Health Center announces a special fall contest

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 Jessy PradoHimalayan hike helps herds and horses

How does a second-year student find herself working with animal at altitudes of 10,000 feet? Find out in this fascinating story and see the great images Jessy Prado captured while she was on veterinary mission in the Himalayas.

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Jessy Prado watches a herd
Jessy Prado watches a herd go down the mountain pass after treating the animals with the team from the Christian Veterinary Mission.

  Nomad woman 
 A nomad woman waits as Jessy's team treats her herds. While the men maintained the appearance of being in charge of everything, Jessy said the women are often the only ones who can control the dogs, which are all borderline wild and kept only for protection at night. 
  Herd in Himalayas 
 Another herd that was treated by the veterinary mission team. 

It’s hard to imagine encountering snow in May, but thanks to a special opportunity, second-year student Jessy Prado trekked to the Himalayas and worked with animals in very high altitudes where snow is common.

“When I saw there was a backpacking trip to the Himalayas being put together, I had to be a part of it,” Jessy said. “I was incredibly grateful to receive an International Travel Scholarship as well as the Christian Veterinary Medicine Fellowship Travel Award. Those scholarships really made this trip a success – they allowed our team to purchase a lot more medicine for use than was previously expected.”

As part of the mission, Jessy worked with a specially assembled team.

“My team consisted of six veterinarians, two students and one of the veterinarian’s sons,” Jessy said, “We traveled to this specific area to work with nomadic herders during their annual migration deeper into the Himalayas. After a few days of orientation and acclimation, we spent our trip camping around 9,000-10,000 feet up in the mountains.”

Jessy said the annual migration is incredibly hard on the people and animals alike. Her team hiked about 10 miles a day, but the nomads can journey more than 500 miles. On their hike, the team worked with a wide range of animals and medical conditions.

“The people rely on their sheep, goats and horses as almost an exclusive source of income – they know each animal by name and losses are devastating,” Jessy said. “The most common ailments we treated were the simple ones – starvation, dehydration and malnutrition. We also saw a lot of pneumonia, bacterial infections, orf, broken legs and saddle sores. Occasionally we saw bear and leopard bites.

“Out of an estimated 2 million animals on the migration, we treated about 17,000 during our time there. We had four local veterinarians training with us so they could continue our work full time in that region, but clearly the need for long-term veterinarians there is huge.”

Overall Jessy said the trip was invaluable.

“It was a fantastic and stretching experience,” she said. “I’m uncertain whether this specific area is in my future for long-term plans, but this trip definitely affirmed what I want to spend my life doing – serving people all over the world through their animals.”

Jessy waits for more patients
Jessy waits for more patients at the pass. The spots to her right are dead goats, which she said was an incredibly common sight.


Second-year veterinary student earns national stipend for summer project researching the effective of anticancer drugs

Hard work has its rewards. Ask second-year veterinary student Michael Porta who learned at the start of the school year that he was selected as Kansas State University’s recipient of a national research stipend of $4,000.

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Michael Porta
Second-year student Michael Porta presents his research on anti-cancer drugs at the summer poster session for the Veterinary Research Scholars Program. He received a $4,000 stipend from the Morris Animal Foundation for his project.

He was one of 25 veterinary students from different universities across the country chosen for such stipends by the Morris Animal Foundation.

“My research this summer was focused on the effect of the anti-cancer drug fulvestrant on canine mammary carcinoma cells,” Porta said. “Fulvestrant has been used in human breast cancer patients with advanced stage metastatic disease, but research on its effect on canine cells is lacking. Surprisingly we found that concentrations shown to be effective in killing human cancer cells were not effective in killing canine cancer cells, but proteins involved in the mitosis and apoptosis pathways were affected by the drug.”

Porta’s research project at K-State was conducted through the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Research Scholars Program. Students in the program work with faculty mentors who are experts in different medical and science disciplines. Porta’s mentor was Dr. Annelise Nguyen, associate professor toxicology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, who is an expert in breast cancer research. She is also the director of K-State’s Veterinary Research Scholars Program.

“I am impressed on how much Michael has achieved in a 12-week program,” Dr. Nguyen said. “Not only has he submitted a well-written research proposal to Morris Animal Foundation, but also generated significant data using multiple molecular techniques and approaches that would take other students months to master each technique. The unique aspect of his project is that anti-cancer drugs targeting hormone receptor-positive tumors can be considered for the treatment of canine mammary carcinoma.”

The research stipends offered by Morris Animal Foundation are part of a program that was created in 2005 called the Veterinary Student Scholars Program. The goal of their program is to encourage veterinary students to pursue research careers by providing students with summer stipends so they can focus entirely on a project of their own design, while working with a mentor at their respective veterinary colleges. 

 “The stipend I received was not only beneficial for me, but for the Veterinary Research Scholars Program as a whole, because it allowed the program to use funds that could have been used to support me to instead support an additional student for the summer,” Porta said.

Many former veterinary student scholars continue research careers and go on to receive funding through other grant programs from organizations and entities such as the Morris Animal Foundation. Even when participating students decide not to pursue research as a career, Morris Animal Foundation believes these students walk away with a profound understanding of why animal health research is important to advancing veterinary medicine.

Over the past nine years, Morris Animal Foundation has awarded 385 highly competitive grants, totaling more than $1.4 million, to veterinary students from more than 50 different colleges and universities in 15 countries.


Second-year student places in AAVN case-writing competition

Second-year student Jeff Laifer received the second-place award for his submission to the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (AAVN) Student Case Writing Competition in Nashville, held in June.

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  Jeff Laifer receives award 
 Second-year student Jeff Laifer takes second-place at symposium in Nashville, joined by Dr. Laura Eirmann, a veterinary nutritionist at Oradell Animal Hospital (left) and nutrition tech Melanie Codi.

Jeff said the first-place winner was an internal medicine resident at Ohio State University.

“I saw the case, titled ‘Nutritional Management of Renal Tubular Acidosis and Calcium Phosphate Urolithiasis in a Dog with Hypercalcemia,’ two summers ago while working for Dr. Laura Eirmann, a veterinary nutritionist at the Oradell Animal Hospital, “ Jeff said. “The case originated at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, but was referred to Dr. Eirmann for the nutritional management of this complex case. As this was my first attempt at writing a case report, K-State professor Dr. Thomas Schermerhorn mentored me on the style of writing a case report and gave some really helpful feedback. Despite the nutritional management being successful, the 11-year-old Portuguese Water Dog patient was euthanized for intervertebral disc disease, a chronic issue not related to the nutritional management.”

Jeff said the case report will be published in the Fall edition of the AAVN newsletter.

“The AAVN Symposium itself was a great opportunity to meet veterinarians, veterinary students and see some familiar faces, “Jeff added. “Dr. Greg Aldrich, a nutritionist at K-State, is in charge of the new Pet Food Science Program. He has been an unofficial liaison of our student club to the AAVN. He is a well-respected member of the academy and his presence lent much legitimacy to our student chapter. Dr. Aldrich and I collaborated with student chapter representatives from Cornell University, Tufts University and St. Matthews to compare notes of what worked and didn’t work for our respective chapters during the 2013-2014 school year. All in all, the symposium was a success, and I plan on attending next year’s symposium in Indianapolis.”


First-year students go through orientation

The class of 2018 was welcomed before the start of classes with a variety of orientation activities. See some of the highlights in the gallery below.

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SaiRadha Sanesan
First-year student SaiRadha Ganesan meets one of her classmates at the annual all-college picnic.

Dr. Beth Davis speaks to students
Equine section head Dr. Beth Davis begins a demonstration on sonograms for a group of students on a tour of the Veterinary Health Center. This was part of an extended tour of the VHC. Drs. Amy Rankin and Ken Harkin each provided a 20 minute case-based lecture. The tour guides from the senior class gathered their freshmen group of students and visited eight different stations set-up in the VHC including the station where Dr. Davis spoke to the students. 

Jennifer Aucott
First-year student Jennifer Aucott introduces herself at the plenary session. Each student said who they were, where they were from, what field of veterinary medicine they are interested in and then gave a unique trait about themselves.

Dean Ralph Richardson greets students at all-college picnic
Dean Ralph Richardson welcomes students to the all-college picnic.


Dr. Bonnie Rush: Fostering students’ metacognition in teaching

Watch Dr. Bonnie Rush, head of Clinical Sciences, in the special video below...


HPSP students take oath to start year

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HPSP oath ceremony
K-State’s four Army Veterinary Corps Health Profession Scholarship Program recipients took their oaths in August. From left: Donna Springer, coordinator of student programs, and students second-year students Kathleen Stewart and Kaitlin Foley, third-year students Lisa Crevoiserat and Taylor Boles, with K-State MPH Director Dr. Michael Cates, retired brigadier general, who led the oaths.

Lisa Crevoiserat and Dr. Michael Cates
Dr. Michael Cates administers the service oath to Lisa Crevoiserat.


Regular features

News and Notes from the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association

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American Association of Bovine Practitioners Conference - K-State alumni reception

Sept. 19, 8-10 p.m., Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Pavilion 1

12th Annual Samuel Kelsall III Memorial Hunt

October 23 & 24

Get ready for upland bird season with this exclusive opportunity to benefit College of Veterinary Medicine student scholarships and the Samuel Kelsall III Memorial Scholarship. Plans include a trap shooting competition, country gourmet meals, a guided hunt and a chance to win a shotgun. Please see web site below.

Act fast — space is limited! Deadline to register is October 11.

Please contact Jodi Dragastin, development coordinator, at 785-532-4378 or e-mail jdragastin@vet.k-state.eduto register.


Class Reunion Photos

For graduates of the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009, here's a page with information about reunions and how to order reunion photos: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/alumni/reunions.htm

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


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.

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Pet Friendly license plate


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Read about more activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine ...

Drs. David and Amy Rankin presented seminar topics at the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association Meeting in Ningbo China.  David lectured on small animal analgesia topics and approach to small animal cases and Amy lectured on canine and feline ulcers and dry eye disease.

Dr. Mike Apley presented at the Cattle Feedlot Nutrition “Boot Camp” in Amarillo, Texas.  It was an interactive session with masters and graduate students in ruminant nutrition. This program is co-coordinated by Dr. Chris Reinhardt in Animal Science.  

Dr. Raelene Wouda, our new oncologist, passed the ACVIM (oncology) specialty examination.  Dr. Jane Ashley Stuckey, former ophthalmology resident (she finished in July), passed the ACVO examination.

Dr. Mary Lynn Higginbotham has received the Mark Derrick Canine Research Fund for $9,500 for her project, “The role of receptor tyrosine kinases in canine nasal carcinomas.” Dr. Jessica Meekins has received $3,685 from the same fund for “Effect of oral administration of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug carprofen on intraocular pressure in normal dogs.”

Cheryl Mellenthin and the late Mark Chapman donated funds for the Mobile Unit for the new Shelter Medicine elective. Both manufacturers have visited K-State. Dodgen, the last manufacturer that visited, has built seven other veterinary trailers for other universities. 

The Department of Clinical Sciences has received a renewable grant from PetSmart Charities for the Shelter Medicine Program - $200K for two years.  This grant will be used in direct support of the faculty position for Shelter Medicine. The position has been approved and the search committee members will be meeting soon.

Jessica Bradford, Class of 2015, presented an abstract at the Society for Theriogenology Conference in Portland, Oregon. She was third in the research abstract competition for “The effects of bovine sperm-bound anti-sperm antibodies on capacitation” and  second in the case poster competition (bull testicular abscess).

Dr. Pavan RajanhalliDr. Pavan Rajanahalli, a postdoctoral fellow (Department of Anatomy and Physiology, in the laboratory of Dr Mark L. Weiss) was selected to serve as a peer reviewer in the prestigious journal of Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/nanomedicine-nanotechnology-biology-and-medicine). The journal covers novel and significant experimental results in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology in life sciences. Sub categories include nanotoxicology, bio distribution of drugs and toxicity testing, nanomaterial interactions with living tissues and cells, and nanomedical devices to name a few. The journal has a 5-year impact factor of 7.013.

The SCAAEP Fall Equine Conference is on Sept. 20, 2014. The conference will be highlighting new faculty members Dr. Liz Santschi and Dr. Dylan Lutter. They will be covering many different topics involving orthopedic medicine. The conference will be held at the college in Frick Auditorium. 7 hours of CE Credit is available to attendees. The conference page link is: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/education/continuing/conferences/scaaep-conf/index.html

The KHC Equine Clinic: Horse Care 101 is on Nov. 8, 2014 at Frick Auditorium. Watch here for more information next month.

Joe's Fight Club

Joe's Fight Club
A group of CVM employees gathered at Vista restaurant in August to wish Joe Nisil (upper right corner) well in his fight against cancer. Several individuals were sporting "Joe's Fight Club" T-shirts in support of Joe. Front Row Bob Lynch, Wayne Michaels, Steve Waldron, Kent Nelson and Joseph Chapes. Back row: Eric Herman, Mal Hoover, Praveen Ramanan, DeAnna Jacklovich, Greg Knittel, Nancy Hawkins (seated), Marv Miller, Dr. Mike Dryden and Joe Nisil. Good luck Joe. Keep fighting!

VHC pours it on for ALS

VHC Ice Bucket challenge
A large group of VHC staffers, including Dr. Jim Carpenter, responded to the ALS Ice Bucket challenge issued by Manhattan's Sunset Zoo. To see their video, go the VHC Facebook page:



New Arrivals/Recent Departures
Welcome to:

Dr. Victoriya Volkova, DM/P, Assistant Professor
Dr. Estehela Gonzalez, KSVDL, Intern
Dr. Pankaj Kumar, DM/P, Medical Resident
Dr. Stephanie Fissekis, VHC, Medical Resident
Dr. Christopher George,  VHC, Medical Resident
Dr. Omar Gonzalez-Cintron, VHC, Medical Resident
Paxton Harness, VHC, Medical Resident
Susan Rose, Clinical Sciences, Laboratory Manager
Dr. Emily Sharpe, VHC, Medical Resident
Sarah Ensley, Clinical Sciences, Program Assistant
Dr. Raghavendra Amachawadi, DM/P, Fellow (Post Doc)
Dr. Jeffrey Comer, A&P, Assistant Professor
Taryn Oliver, VHC, University Support Staff, Veterinary Specialty Technician
Dr. J. Dylan Lutter, VHC, Clinical Assistant Professor

Farewell to:

Dr. Francisco Vargas, DM/P, Fellow (Post Doc)
Ana Rita Rebelo, KSVDL, Research Assistant
Dr. Emily Sharpe, VHC, Intern
Dr. Marian Benitez, VHC, Medical Resident
Dr. Gretchen Grissett, VHC, Medical Resident
Dr. Lynda Miller, VHC, Medical Resident
Dr. Elisa Nuth, VHC, Medical Resident
Dr. Jennifer Reinhart, VHC, Medical Resident
Dr. Jacob Sherwood, VHC, Medical Resident
Dr. Jane Stuckey, VHC, Medical Resident
Dr. Elizabeth Taylor, VHC, Medical Resident
Dr. Brandon Fraser, VHC, Medical Resident
Dr. Melina Zimmerman, VHC, Medical Resident


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