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May 2015 - Vol. 10, No. 5

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Dedicated to Shelter Medicine

Cheryl Mellentin speaks at dedicationCollege of Veterinary Medicine holds dedication ceremony for brand new Shelter Medicine Mobile Surgery Unit

On April 13, the College of Veterinary Medicine held a dedication ceremony for its brand new Shelter Medicine Mobile Surgery Unit.

The Department of Clinical Sciences recently purchased the mobile surgical unit to allow students and faculty to perform on-site, pre-adoption spay/neuter procedures and provide medical care to enhance the health and adoptability of shelter animals.

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Cheryl Mellentin speaks at dedication ceremony for Mobile Surgery Unit

Dr. Brad Crauer, clinical assistant professor in shelter medicine, listens as philanthropist Cheryl Mellenthin talks about her passion for rescuing animals. A bequest from her late husband, Mark Chapman, provided support for a new mobile surgery unit.

Touring the Mobile Surgery Unit
 Attendees tour the Mobile Surgery Unit after the dedication ceremony. 

On April 13, the College of Veterinary Medicine held a dedication ceremony for its brand new Shelter Medicine Mobile Surgery Unit.

The Department of Clinical Sciences recently purchased the mobile surgical unit to allow students and faculty to perform on-site, pre-adoption spay/neuter procedures and provide medical care to enhance the health and adoptability of shelter animals. Agreements have already been established to provide services for non-profit and municipal animal shelter organizations in Kansas including Manhattan, Junction City, Ottawa, Emporia, Topeka, Lawrence, Salina and Clay Center, and in Beatrice, Nebraska.

The mobile surgical unit complements the college’s shelter medicine program, which is a service-learning course for fourth-year veterinary students to get hands-on experience under the supervision of a shelter medicine faculty member. Most shelter organizations in Kansas do not have a veterinarian on staff nor do they have on-site surgical facilities. The success of the program is dependent on developing strong and sustainable relationships with regional shelters. Sixty-six students from the graduating class of 2016 (fourth-year students) are scheduled to complete this elective two-week rotation.

“We believe students will develop a strong appreciation for the magnitude of the homeless pet population and will be prepared to volunteer and advocate for shelters in their communities after graduation, said Dr. Brad Crauer, a clinical assistant professor who was recently hired to direct the shelter medicine program.

The Shelter Medicine Mobile Surgery Unit was made possible by a bequest from Mark Chapman and Cheryl Mellenthin. Cheryl dedicated the mobile surgery unit in memory of her late husband and the late Chris Gruber, director of development.

“We are deeply humbled by the passion and amazing commitment to animal health and shelter medicine education expressed through Cheryl’s gift,” said Dr. Ralph C. Richardson, dean of the college. “Her generosity helps provides long-term sustainability to our shelter medicine program plus much-needed scholarship support. This also helps us to further our mission of outreach and service to the state of Kansas. The benefits will be far-reaching and we can’t thank Cheryl enough.”

The first rotation for providing service to regional shelters will begin on May 11, 2015. These students are projected to perform 2,800 to 3,500 spay/neuter procedures in the first year. Communities participating in the shelter-medicine program are encouraged to look for a large purple vehicle that says, “Future Vets Helping Future Pets.”

President Schulz, Dr. Brad Crauer, Dr. Bonnie Rush, Cheryl Mellenthin and Dean Richardson
K-State President Kirk Schulz; Shelter Medicine Program Director Dr. Brad Crauer; Clinical Sciences Head Dr. Bonnie Rush; Cheryl Mellenthin; and Dean Ralph Richardson dedicate the new Mobile Surgery Unit to Cheryl's late husband, Mark Chapman, and the CVM's late Director of Development Chris Gruber.


Video Feature

Alumni Fellow 2015: An interview with Dr. Tara Donovan

Dr. Tara Donovan, DVM class of 1998, visited campus April 15-17 as the college’s 2015 Alumni Fellow. Part of her visit included an All-College Seminar where she talked about her career as a veterinarian and vice president of health management for the Hanor Company headquartered in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Hanor has operations in seven states that produce 1.2 million market pigs each year. Dr. Donovan oversees the company’s preventive health care programs. Learn more about Dr. Donovan and her career interests in this interview conducted by Eric Atkinson, agricultural director of the K-State Radio Network.

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Video produced by Joseph Chapes and Kent Nelson, technology coordinators from
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Kansas State University names new dean for College of Veterinary Medicine

Meet Dr. Tammy Beckham

Following a national search, Kansas State University has named Dr. Tammy Beckham as its next dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, effective Aug. 2. Dr. Beckham is currently the director of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, or IIAD, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in College Station, Texas. Since 2010, she has led the IIAD’s efforts to perform research and develop products to defend the nation from high-consequence foreign animal, emerging and zoonotic diseases.

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Dr. Tammy Beckham
 Dr. Tammy Beckham will begin her era as the 12th dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine beginning Aug. 2.

Since 2010, she has led the IIAD’s efforts to perform research and develop products to defend the nation from high-consequence foreign animal, emerging and zoonotic diseases.
Dr. Beckham also has served as director of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, or TVMDL, an agency of the state of Texas and member of the Texas A&M University System. She has provided leadership for TVMDL’s two full-service laboratories and two poultry laboratories, and directs one of the highest volume animal diagnostic labs in the country.

“I am excited to welcome Dr. Beckham as the 12th dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine,” said April Mason, Kansas State University provost and senior vice president. “She is recognized as an international expert in the diagnosis of foreign animal diseases and will be a tremendous leader to help guide us toward our goal of becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025.”

Previously, Dr. Beckham was director of the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York. Her responsibilities included managing the diagnosis of animal diseases, overseeing diagnostic test development for a nationwide animal health diagnostic system, and coordinating efforts with the Department of Homeland Security, the National Animal Health Laboratory Network and other entities.

Dr. Beckham succeeds Dr. Ralph Richardson, who has served as the College of Veterinary Medicine’s dean since 1998. Dr. Richardson will transition to a faculty position in the college.

“The positive momentum at Kansas State University is very exciting,” Dr. Beckham said. “I am honored to have been chosen to be the next dean, and I look forward to leading the College of Veterinary Medicine as we leverage that momentum to serve our stakeholders and work to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025.”

A magna cum laude graduate of Auburn University, Dr. Beckham earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1998. She also holds a Ph.D. in biomedical science from Auburn, received in 2001 while she served as a captain in the U.S. Army. She served at the Army’s Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases in Frederick, Maryland, where she helped develop improved techniques for detecting deadly pathogens such as Ebola and Marburg viruses.

Dr. Beckham is chair of the Foreign and Emerging Disease Committee of the United States Animal Health Association and has served on many committees within animal health and veterinary diagnostic associations throughout the United States. She also has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Beckham has authored numerous publications, including those appearing in the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Journal of Comparative Pathology and Laboratory Investigation, among others. She routinely acts as a subject matter expert at international meetings and maintains partnerships with international scientists and world reference laboratories.


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CVM's Dr. Deryl Troyer helps develop new test for detecting mastitis

Kansas and U.S. dairy producers may avoid some of the billions of dollars lost to mastitis thanks to a Kansas State University technology that is detecting the early stages of the disease in dairy cows. Dr. Deryl Troyer, professor of anatomy and physiology, is leading a project with Dr. Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry, that uses nanotechnology to positively identify mastitis in dairy cattle earlier and costs less than current technologies on the market.

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The “Light-Switch Effect” illustrated in this graph helps Drs. Deryl Troyer  and Stefan Bossman in detecting enyzmes related to preclinicla mastitis case. (Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences - The Royal Society of Chemistry and Owner Societies 2014).

Mastitis is a disease that inflames and eventually scars the udder tissue of dairy cows, reducing milk production and altering milk composition. It is the most common disease in U.S. dairy cattle and costs the U.S. dairy industry more than $2 billion annually in losses.

"The classical mastitis tests estimate the numbers, not the activity, of neutrophil cells, which are the dominant cells that travel to the inflamed udder during mastitis," Dr. Troyer said. "Many times early and emerging cases of mastitis are not caught by the tests because they count the numbers rather than the activity. These are often the most important cases to catch."

Early detection will help dairy producers better treat cows with emerging cases of mastitis as well as reduce transmission to other cows in the dairy operation.

The project uses the duo's nanoplatform technology that can quickly detect cancer cells and tumors before physical symptoms ever appear. Researchers say that the test easily translated to mastitis detection because several of the enzymes that cause inflammation in human cancers also cause inflammation in the udder of the dairy cows.

"We looked at about 30 enzymes and identified three that are highly indicative of mastitis," Dr. Bossmann said. "These three enzymes and this nanoplatform make it possible to detect preclinical mastitis cases that have high enzymatic activity but a low somatic cell count. These cases have previously been undiscoverable, so there is not a test on the market for this combination."

To test for mastitis, a sample of unpasteurized milk is put into a buffer solution containing the enzyme-detecting nanoplatform. The nanoplatform consists of iron nanoparticles coated with amino acids and a fluorescent dye. The amino acids and dye interact with enzymes in the milk. The sample is incubated for up to 30 minutes and then examined for three enzymes that cause mastitis.

Recent tests in the Drs. Troyer and Bossmann laboratories have detected subclinical mastitis in less than five minutes.

Researchers say their mastitis test could be used today by large-scale dairies and eventually by robotic dairy facilities. Researchers hope to make the test a more viable option for individual and smallholder dairy operations through more development.

The project is being funded through the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Board of Regents and a Global Food Systems Innovation grant.

The Kansas State University Research Foundation, a nonprofit corporation responsible for managing technology, has filed a patent application for the nanoplatform transfer activities at the university. It can be licensed through the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization by contacting 785-532-3900 or ic@k-state.edu.

Collaborators for the mastitis test include Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek, assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology and program director for the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory; Dr. Luis Mendonca, assistant professor of animal sciences and industry; Mike Scheffel, research assistant in animal sciences and industry and manager of the dairy unit; Tej Shrestha, senior scientist of anatomy and physiology; Madumali Kalubowilage, chemistry doctoral student; Thilani Samarakoon, former postdoctoral researcher; and Samie Milligan with Heart of America Dairy Herd Improvement Association.

The department of chemistry is in the College of Arts & Sciences and the department of anatomy and physiology is in the College of Veterinary Medicine.


Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas State

In biomedical research, the smallest things can make the biggest impact. This is especially true at the new Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas State (NICKS), housed at Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. The center is comprised of interdisciplinary faculty who conduct nano research in the field of biomedical applications. Its mission is to enhance this interdisciplinary collaboration and also work with faculty from different colleges and in different departments such as chemistry, physics and engineering. We hope to have some great integrative-type of research that would be unique for biomedical applications. Learn more about NICKS in this video profile.

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A Month at SeaWorld

Fourth-year student Hillary Wolfe completes externship in Florida
Hillary Wolfe with dolphin trainer

A month in Florida is just what the doctor ordered, so to speak, for fourth-year student Hillary Wolfe. She completed a month-long externship at SeaWorld Orlando in March of 2015. While there, she said she was able to participate in medical procedures on a wide variety of species including sea lions, dolphins, manatees, sharks, sting rays and penguins.

“Day-to-day tasks included annual physical exams, blood draws, exams and radiographs on rescued sea turtles and wild birds, and any special medical procedures that may have been planned,” Hillary said. “Some of the major procedures I was involved with included a manatee caesarian section, a penguin endoscopy, and a wing amputation. I was also able to attend a release where we placed Streak, a manatee who was successfully rehabilitated after undergoing cold stress, back into the wild.”

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Hillary Wolfe with dolphin trainer at SeaWorld Orlando

Fourth-year student Hillary Wolfe learn about dolphins with a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando while on a month-long externship.


During the manatee C-section, Hillary was able to monitor anesthesia for the majority of the procedure with Dr. James Bailey, a boarded anesthesiologist who does a lot of work with aquatic animals.

“Dr. Bailey taught me about blood gases and maintaining proper ventilation in manatees undergoing anesthesia,” Hillary said. “This externship helped remind me how much I really love exotic animal medicine, and in the near future I plan to pursue a residency in either aquatic animal or zoological medicine.”

Hillary said her time out of Kansas was the opposite of being a fish out of water.

“Doctors Gearhart, Croft, DiRocco and Davis made me feel very welcomed, and I’m thankful I was able to learn from such knowledgeable veterinarians” Hillary said. “The entire veterinary staff at SeaWorld deserves a lot of credit for all of the excellent work that they do!”

After she graduates this May, Hillary said she anticipates benefiting from the broad base of experiences she gained as a student.

“I think that all of the large animal exposure I received while at K-State will help me out in the future, because there is still a lot out there that we don’t know about exotic species,” Hillary said. “Information like surgical techniques and doses of medications can be extrapolated from what we do know about horses and cows to other large exotic animal species.”

Hillary will put her experience to work right away as she will be completing a year-long small animal rotating internship at a specialty clinic in Maitland, Florida.

Hillary, third from left, participates in a manatee release
Hillary, third from left, participates in a manatee release.


CVM collaborates with UC Davis and Iowa State University to select Four Chinese Students for Joint DVM program

The U.S.-China Center for Animal Health in the CVM has now announced the selection of four students to attend K-State next fall for pre-veterinary studies in the U.S.-China Joint DVM Program.  The students were selected after interviews were conducted in China in early March.

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 The committee interviews an applicant in China
The selection committee for the U.S.-China Joint DVM Program interviews a prospective candidate. Members of the committee are (from left to right) Dr. Lei Wang, manager of education programs for the U.S.- China Center for Animal Health; Dr. Jishu Shi, director of the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health; Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University; Dr. Sean Owens, associate dean at the University of California, Davis; and Dr. Qijing Zhang, associate dean at Iowa State University. The interviews for each candidate lasted 45 minutes.

“For the first time in this program, we invited representatives from the University of California, Davis and Iowa State University to assist us in interviewing the Chinese students,” said Dr. Ralph C. Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “Each interview lasted about 45 minutes, so each of us had a chance to ask questions designed to help identify the students who will have the best chance of succeeding in one of our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree programs.”

The admitted students are Zhe Wang, Xiaotong Wu, Feng Yu and Yipping Zhu who are from Nanjing Agricultural University, China Agricultural University, North-West A&F University, and South China Agricultural University, respectively. These four were selected from an initial group of 14 junior or senior undergraduates from eight agricultural universities in China who applied to the program, which also included Huazhong Agricultural University, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Zhejiang University, and Northeast Agricultural University. Nine candidates from the fourteen applicants were selected for the interview based on their GPAs, TOEFL (English proficiency test) and GRE (graduate school admissions test) scores, as well as their application essays and school recommendation. 

Dr. Jishu Shi, director of the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health explained there were five members on the committee that interviewed the applicants at the South China Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine: himself, Dr. Lei Wang, U.S.-China Center for Animal Health, Dean Richardson, Dr. Sean Owens, associate dean at UC Davis, and Dr. Qijing Zhang, associate dean at Iowa State University. The students were chosen through a collective decision by the interview committee and the China Scholarship Council.        

The students who are selected for the U.S.-China Joint DVM degree program must complete one year pre-veterinary studies at Kansas State University, and then they may apply for admittance at Kansas State University or one of three other universities which are partners in the program: Iowa State University, University of California, Davis, and University of Minnesota.

So far, 12 students from China have been sent to Kansas State University for pre-veterinary studies, and six of those students are now in the first and second years of their DVM programs. Four students are at K-State and two are at the University of Minnesota. Another six students are at K-State for pre-veterinary studies and will enroll in DVM programs at K-State, University of Minnesota, or Iowa State University in the fall. The first group of students in the program will graduate in 2017. Upon receiving their DVM degrees, the Chinese students will return to China to serve the animal health community. To help the students after they graduate, Dr. Shi and Dr. Wang visited Dr. Ming Wang, vice president of the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) to discuss the potential career opportunities in China for the future graduates of the U.S.-China Joint DVM Program.  Currently, the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health and CVMA are developing new initiatives to help the students find desirable jobs in China upon their graduation.

Group photo from China

Left to right in the front row: Dr. Zisen Liang, Secretary of the Party Committee, South China Agricultural University CVM; Dr. Jishu Shi; Dr. Lei Wang, Dr. Yahong Liu, Dean, SCAUCVM; Dr. Ralph Richardson; Dr. Sean Owens, Associate Dean, UC Davis; Dr. Qijing Zhang, Associate Dean, Iowa State University. The second row: Candidates and SCAUCVM’s faculty and staff.

VIP visits K-State

Dr. Ming Liao, Vice President, SCAU with Chinese DVM students at K-State
Dr. Ming Liao (center), Vice President, South China Agricultural University meets with four of the Chinese students in the DVM program at K-State: from left, Zhen Yang, Meng Li,Chiyu Guan, Dr. Liao, Aolei Chen and Jing Li.

Dr. Ming Liao, Vice President, SCAU and Dr. Ralph Richardson, Dean, CVM.
Dr. Ming Liao meets Dean Ralph Richardson.


Faculty, Staff and Student Recognition and Achievements
  • Dr. Philip Hardwidge accepts Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence
  • Kansas State University recognizes Support Staff Employees of Year and Years of Services
  • Years of Service Recognition for CVM Employees
  • CVM Offices Participate in Developing Scholars Program and 15th Annual Research Symposium for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry

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Dr. Philip Hardwidge accepts Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence

Dr. Frank Blecha and Dr. Philip Hardwidge
Dr. Frank Blecha, associate dean for research, presents the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excllence to Dr. Philip Hardwidge, associate professor of bacteriology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology.

Kansas State University recognizes Support Staff Employees of Year and Years of Services

Support Staff Awards
Several CVM employees received recognition from the university on April 22 at a Support Staff ceremony. In the left column, years of service were recognized for (top) Yaritxa Rodriguez, VHC, five years; (middle) Tinisha Selvy, VHC, five years; and (bottom) Allen Massey, facilities, five years. In the right column, top, DM/P's Morgan Fyffe and middle, A&P's Erin Moore each receive an Employee of the Year award, while at the bottom, the VHC's Susan Hazelbaker receives a K-State University Support Staff Award of Excellence. See the full list of awardees here: http://www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=19601

 Years of Service Recognition for CVM Employees

Employee Years of Service
Dean Ralph Richardson recognizes some of the CVM employees for years of service at this month's quarterly staff meeting. Front row, left to right: Dr. Yonghai Li in DM/P, 10 years; Christine Hackworth, VHC, 10 years; and Tanya Purvis, KSVDL, 15 years. Back row: (includes supervisors) Shirley Arck, VHC, Lynn Schwandt, facilities, 20 years; Allan Leikam, facilities, Donna Springer, upcoming retiree, and Dean Richardson. Below is a full list of years of service and retirees:

State of Kansas Years of Service Recognition (USS) January-December 2014 (Pins were presented Fall 2014)

10 Years
Diane Beets - VHC
Christine Hackworth - VHC
Jennifer Teeter - VHC

20 Years
Amy Juracek – VHC

30 Years
Cindy Bryant - VHC

Kansas State University Years of Service Recognition (USS) January-December 2014

5 Years
Jami Maike - VHC
Yaritxa Rodriguez - VHC
Tinisha Selvy - VHC
Gypsy Snyder - Facilities

10 Years
Christine Hackworth - VHC
Dr. Yonghai Li - DMP

15 Years
Fred Carlson - CMG
Tanya Purvis - VDL

20 Years
David George – DM/P
Amy Juracek - VHC
Lynn Schwandt - Facilities

30 Years
Gary Morgan - Facilities

35 Years
Connie Geiger - CMG

Betty Gathers – VHC
Bertie Lovett – VHC
Dr, Patricia Payne - DM?/P
Linda Rohs – VHC
Javier Vinasco-Torres – DM/P
Donna Springer – Dean’s Office

Meet Ashley Zelenka - Student Employee of the Year Nominee

Rob Reves, Ashley Zelenka and Susan Hazelbaker

Rob Reves, senior supervisor in the VHC, nominates Ashley Zelenka for K-State's Student Employee of the Year Award, shown here with co-worker Susan Hazelbaker. They attended the inaugural Student Employee of the Year Award ceremony held April 15 in the Alumni Center. More than 40 students were nominated and attended along with their nominators, supervisors, coworkers and family. All students were recognized and Kyle Hooker with the K-State Horse Unit was the overall winner. Rob said, "I am very proud of Ashley and her work here in the Veterinary Health Center. Also I am very proud of K-State for recognizing the achievements of a largely unsung student workforce and I hope there will be more nominations within the College of Veterinary Medicine in the future."

CVM Offices Participate in Developing Scholars Program and 15th Annual Research Symposium for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry

Developing Scholars
Dr. Bob Rowland's lab  reports that Stephanie Martin and Taylor Scott, top and middle left and both  juniors in animal sciences and industry, received Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry research grants for Spring 2015. Micke Ramirez, bottom left and also a junior in animal sciences and industry, is in the Developing Scholars program, which mentors young undergraduate students at Kansas State University.

Dr. Nancy Monteiro-Riviere reports the NICKS center participated in the Developing Scholars Program too. Patrick Guvele, freshman in biological systems engineering, received the Promise Award from the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the 15th Annual Research Symposium for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry on April 19. The title of his project was “Biological Interactions of Silver Nanoparticles in Human Cells.”

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Hillary Wolfe with dolphin trainerThis has been a very busy month with several activities. Check out photographic highlights below for the following events:

  • Veterinary Medical Library Dedication
  • Annual SCAVMA Picnic
  • 20th Annual Pet Tribute Ice Cream Social
  • 2015 Clarenburg Lecture

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Veterinary Medical Library holds dedication ceremony

Library ribbon-cutting ceremony
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony today for our newly renovated Veterinary Medical Library with Director Gayle Willard, first-year class president Dustin Renken, second-year president Chris Eckert, third-year president Shawna Cikanek, fourth-year president Alyson Post and Dean Ralph Richardson.

Library tour
Chris Eckert
gives a tour of one of the collaboration rooms. The library now includes social spaces, group study areas with moveable chairs, collaboration rooms, individual study carrels, booth seating, tables for groups and a large quiet study room with 23 individual carrels and three recliners. Veterinary students also have access to a 24/7 room equipped for their needs.

SCAVMA hosts annual all-college picnic

SCAVMA - cooking burgers

SCAVMA picnic

20th Annual Ice Cream Social

Mark Primiano serves ice cream
Third-year student Mark Primiano, a Pet Tribute scholarship recipient, scoops ice cream for one of the guests.

Hannah Leventhal and Loren Easterwood
Third-year students Hannah Leventhal and Loren Easterwood were other scholarship recipients who served the Call Hall ice cream at the ice cream social.

Hannah Leventhal and Loren Easterwood
Lots of CVM and VHC faculty, students and staff stopped in to enjoy the ice cream and learn about Pet Tribute.

2015 Clarenburg Lecture

Drs. Peying Fong, Alicia McDonough and David Poole
Drs. Peying Fong and David Poole from the Department of Anatomy & Physiology welcome Dr. Alicia McDonough, who gave this year's Clarenburg Lecture on "Salt Transporters in the Kidney During Hypertension: Matching Na Output to Na Intake." Dr. McDonough is a professor in cell and neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine and the University of Southern California.


Beef Cattle Institute Graduate Student Receives Top Award at Premier Beef Nutrition Conference

By Audrey Hambright, BCI Communications Coordinator

Dr. Dan Frese, graduate student of the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University, was recently recognized for research conducted on cattle handling techniques at the Plains Nutrition Council (PNC) Spring Conference held in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Frese is first author and lead graduate student on the study titled, “Effects of cattle handling technique on blood chemistry parameters in finishing steers not fed a beta adrenergic agonist” which was awarded the overall top entry in the graduate student poster competition. Dr. Frese received $4,000 from the Dr. Kenneth & Caroline McDonald Eng Foundation as part of the award.

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Dr. David Frese

Dr. Frese, in addition to four other students who were recognized as runners-up, came from a total of 40 entries hailing from over 12 universities across the country. The posters were evaluated based on scientific merit and novelty, industry relevance of the research, clarity of data presentation as well as accuracy data interpretation and conclusions.

Evaluated by members of the PNC representing academia, allied industry and the consulting community, Dr. Frese’s poster displayed the results of the study, which was designed to model fatigued cattle syndrome (FCS) and how it is similar to fatigued pig syndrome. According to Dr. Frese, this research is significant in that it relates to the mobility problems that have been noted in the cattle industry at slaughter plants in recent years.

“I see this as the beginning of using objective data to emphasize how low-stress cattle handling can affect the beef industry,” he said.

Dr. Dan Thomson, director of the BCI and Dr. Frese’s major professor, applauded Dr. Frese’s work and accomplishments. 

“Dr. Frese has done a great job of solving real questions for the beef industry,” Dr. Thomson said. “He has been able to connect the dots on an important issue surrounding beta agonists.”

Dr. Steve Bartle, research director of the BCI and one of the co-authors for Dr. Frese’s study, works closely with the graduate students at BCI to prepare abstracts and poster presentations on their research. He feels this award is recognition of the team’s work as a whole.

“In the feedlot industry, this is a most high-profile conference where academia, consulting nutritionists and allied industry come together,” Dr. Bartle said. “This award shows our professionalism as researchers and relevance to the industry.” 

The PNC was established in the 1970’s as a forum for feedyard nutritionists to gather together to discuss the most recent advances in feedlot nutrition and research. While the first meetings attracted no more than a dozen working nutritionists, today the PNC is the preeminent feedlot nutrition meeting in the world, annually attracting over 500 nutritionists from across North America, South America, Africa, and Australia.


Western Veterinary Conference gives leadership award to Hannah Leventhal

Leventhal one of 35 recipients who were guests at the WVC in Las Vegas

WVC's Annual Conference recently honored 33 deserving veterinary students and two veterinary technician students from North American veterinary schools with the Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award. Since the inception of the scholarship program in 2002, WVC 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.

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Hannah Leventhal with Dr. George Dyck and Dean Ralph Richardson

WVC President Dr. George Dyck presents a Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award to third-year student Hannah Leventhal, accompanied here by Dean Ralph Richardson.


WVC selected recipients based on student accomplishments, scholastic excellence and long-term leadership potential. All of this year’s recipients were guests of WVC at the 87th Annual Conference in February, receiving complimentary registration and accommodations as well as invitations to special events. Leadership Award recipients attended a social receptions hosted by WVC on the first night after their arrival to open the Conference week. Recipients were also invited to a number of receptions, including an awards breakfast given in their honor by the WVC Board of Directors.

WVC congratulates Ms. Hannah Leventhal, a third year veterinary student from Kansas State University, as a recipient this year amongst the 35 selected students who received the 2015 Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award. She is the daughter of Lynn & Richard Leventhal of Arvada, Colorado.

The 87th Annual Conference was held February 15 through 19 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and attracted nearly 14,000 veterinary professionals with direct relationships to the animal health industry.



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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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More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Dr. David Biller lectured at the KLIVET 2015 Symposium in Turkey. He presented lectures in thoracic, musculoskeletal, spinal, and abdominal radiographic interpretation followed by case studies in traumatic patients and growing animals.

Dr. Jim Carpenter was a guest lecturer for the Exotic Animal Medicine Club at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the 2015 Wildlife and Exotic Animal Medicine Symposium at the University of California, Davis. Topics included careers in exotic medicine and nutritional diseases of exotic small mammals.

Dr. David Eshar lectured at the International Conference on Avian Herpetological and Exotic Mammal medicine in Paris. He spoke on hematology and general anesthesia in black-tailed prairie dogs.

Dr. Bob Larson presented at the Academy of Veterinary Consultants in Norman, Oklahoma, describing his newly released management tool, Trich CONSULT, and demonstrated its utility in herd-specific Trichinella control.

Dr. Bonnie Rush delivered a presentation at the AAVC conference in Atlanta on developing effective multiple choice examination questions to assess student knowledge and understanding.

Dr. Brad White spoke in in Torrington, Lusk and Sheridan, Wyoming. The meetings were for veterinarians and producers on optimizing calf health management.

Dr. Warren Beard lectured at the 10th Annual Equine Practitioner’s Winter Meeting in Dover, New Hampshire. He presented lectures on medical and surgical diseases of the head, radiographic interpretation and diagnosis of the skull, case-based interactive second intention healing and additional select wound management topics.

JHC cover - Dr. Sally DavisDr. A. Sally Davis reports that her article, "Validation of Normal Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells as a Model for Influenza A Infections in Human Distal Trachea," was the cover article and editor's choice by Editor John Couchman for the current issue of the Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry.

Dr. Davis also was selected to receive a Vector Laboratories Young Investigator Award. The Vector Award is a merit award of the Histochemical Society that recognizes outstanding poster and/or oral presentation at the Experimental Biology 2015 meeting in the field of histochemistry/cytochemistry by young biomedical researchers. The Vector Award consists of a certificate and a $500 cash prize to defray travel expenses to the meeting and may be cumulative with the HCS travel award. The Histochemical Society strives for the dissemination of scientific knowledge through education and outreach. Congratulations to Dr. Davis!


Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas State updates

The following presentations were given by the faculty and postdoctoral fellows of NICKS and ICCM at the 54th National Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in San Diego March 22-26, 2015.

  1. Choi K, Riviere JE, Monteiro-Riviere NA. Safety assessment of pet food ingredients using cryopreserved canine hepatocytes-based in vitro assays.  The Toxicologist 144, p. 20, #102, 2015.
  2. Ortega MT, Jeffery B, Riviere JE, Monteiro-Riviere NA. Toxicological effect of a pet food ingredient on canine bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells and enterocyte-like cells. The Toxicologist 144, p. 85, #400, 2015.
  3. Sasidharan S, Riviere JE, Monteiro-Riviere NA. Impact and implications of gold nanoparticle interactions with human serum proteins and biocorona formation. The Toxicologist 144, p. 64, #298, 2015.
  4. Lin Z, Monteiro-Riviere NA, Riviere JE. Prediction and comparison of size-dependent biodistribution of polyethylene glycol-coated gold nanoparticles in adult mice: a physiologically based pharmacokinetic model. The Toxicologist 144, p. 65, #305, 2015.
  5. Koci J, Jeffery B, Riviere JE, Monteiro-Riviere NA. Canine renal proximal tubule cells as an in vitro model for toxicity assessment of pet food ingredients. The Toxicologist 144, p. 490, #2280, 2015.
  6. Zhang LW, Monteiro-Riviere NA, Li J, Yang L. Nanoparticles exacerbate drug induced phospholipidosis. The Toxicologist 144, p. 416, #1942, 2015.
  7. Chen R, Zhang Y, Sahneh FD, Scoglio CM, Wohlleben W, Haase A, Monteiro-Riviere NA, Riviere JE.  Nanoparticle surface characterization and clustering through concentration-dependent surface adsorption modeling. The Toxicologist 144, p. 66, #308, 2015.


Dr. Abhilash Sasidharan, a Postdoctoral Fellow under Dr. Nancy Monteiro-Riviere received second place for Outstanding Postdoctoral Award in the Nanotoxicology Specialty Section, at the Society of Toxicology, San Diego, on March 24.  

Invited Presentations:

Dr. Nancy A. Monteiro-Riviere was invited to speak at the Experimental Biology-American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) in Boston in the session on Nanotoxicology: Small Particles, Big Concern. Evaluating the Safety Implications and Dermal Hazards Associated with Nanomaterials. March 29.

K-State Postdoctoral Association conducts workshop on structural bioinformatics

The Kanas State University Postdoctoral Association (KPA) recently organized a workshop along with Milwaukee School of Engineering's Center for BioMolecular Modeling on “Structural bioinformatics and Protein Modeling.” The workshop was held April 3 at the K-State College of Engineering in Fiedler Auditorium.

Dr. William Rutter, KPA’s Co-Chair, Research Associate, Department of Plant Pathology, initiated the event by inviting a guest speaker Dr. Phillip Klebba, who is the department head for the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at K-State. Dr. Klebba presented a topic on bioinformatic analysis of TonB-dependent transporters (TBDT) of the Gram-negative bacterium Caulobacter crescentus. The lecture was followed by Dr. Dave Turner, application scientist in the College of Computer Engineering, who highlighed the availability and usage of K-State's BeoCat Facility (http://beocat.cis.ksu.edu/beocat).

This was followed by a demonstration of the PyMOL program and its relevance in understanding 3D structure of protein and or enzmyes by Dr. Raman Chandrasekar, KPA secretary & workshop organizer, who is a research associate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. The KPA would like to acknowledge its sincere gratitude to K-State federal Credit Union, K-State Campus Store, Walmart, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and MOSE Center for BioMolecular Modeling, Milwaukee for their immense support towards this event.

- Submitted by Dr. Raman Chandrasekhar, secretary, KPA and workshop organizer

 KPA Workshop
From left to right: Dr. Karen Alviar, chair, KPA; Dr. William Rutter, co-chair, KPA, Dr. Raghavendra Amachawadi, chair, professional and career development committee; Dr. Dave Turner, application scientist, College of Computer Engineering (guest speaker); Dr. Phillip Klebba, head of Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics (guest speaker); Dr. Sonia Josefina Moisá, Dr. Raman Chandrasekhar, secretary, KPA and workshop organizer; Dr. Nick Anderson; Dr. Sergio Curto Ramos, chair, international committee; and Mr. Jordan, Lorne, research scholar, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics.

KPA 3-D protein
3D protein design by PyMOL  program and 3D protein model obtained from the MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling.

Bayer Global Marketing Group

Bayer Global Marketing group
On Thursday, April 28, the Bayer Global Beef Marketing Team visited the Kansas State University Campus, including the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dan Thomson and Dr. Mike Apley gave presentations to the group of participants whose backgrounds ranged from veterinarian to animal health marketing professional. This is a gathering of global marketing leads coming together to discuss the global beef industry.

Susan Rose Artwork on Display in June

Susan Rose artwork

Susan Rose, junior surgery lab manager, reports she has a a solo art exhibit at the K-State William T. Kemper Gallery in the Student Union. She will be dispalying a variety of work on June 2 and running through to June 29. Also in June, her new “Bird Series” work will be part of Downtown Manhattan’s Strecker-Nelson Gallery Flint Hills Landscape group show. This show will run through Aug. 22. She said the date for the opening reception has not been set for sure - it MIGHT be June 19 instead of June 12. We'll try to share an update in the June Lifelines. After that, Susan said she will be in two back-to-back group shows, “The Flint Hills Masters” at the Flint Hills Discovery Center that will run until January 2016. She also had a piece, “Dance Interrupted” (fighting prairie chickens), accepted into the Symphony of the Flint Hills Fine Art Exhibit and Auction. That event is on June 13.

Hannah Leventhal with Dr. George Dyck and Dean Ralph Richardson

Kansas State University House of Delegates representatives, left to right: Erin Jobman, second year and senior delegate; Mikaela Vetters, third year and IEO-elect, Hannah Leventhal, third year and secretary, and Sara Alves, first year and junior delegate.

Hannah Leventhal with Dr. George Dyck and Dean Ralph Richardson
 Mikaela Vetters and Hannah Leventhal, both third-year students, represent the KSUCVM on the national SAVMA Executive Board. 

Kansas State University Veterinary Students head to SAVMA Symposium 2015 in Minnesota

Forty veterinary students (first-third years) traveled north to Minnesota for the annual SAVMA Symposium held in Minneapolis and hosted by the University of Minnesota during this semester’s spring break. While in the twin cities, students had a wide array of activities to partake in, sights to see, and networking opportunities galore. Our K-State students took part in various academic competitions, such as the Bovine Palpation competition. We also had students partake in athletic competitions such as the well-loved Tug o’ War tournament. Our students also had opportunities to attend lectures from renowned professors such as Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Andy Roark, Dr. Betsy Charles and Dr. Justine Lee of Vet Girl, in addition to educational veterinary lectures, veterinary business lectures, leadership lectures and more. Each day also presented our students with fun wet labs to participate in at the University of Minnesota’s veterinary facilities and teaching hospital. There were also multiple opportunities to enjoy the Twin Cities with trips to the local whereabouts. Finally, our students had the opportunity to enjoy the local historic downtown, from brewery tours to a social night complete with a lip-syncing battle to a closing gala that featured Vet Girl’s Dr. Justine Lee.

While most of our students enjoyed daytime lectures, wet labs, competitions and trips, six of our students represented K-State at the SAVMA House of Delegates and SCAVMA Presidents’ meetings. Delegates Erin Jobman (second year) and Sara Alves (first year) did a phenomenal job serving as the K-State students’ voice at the House of Delegates meetings while also serving on their SAVMA committees. Hannah Leventhal (third year) finished up her term as the national SAVMA Secretary, and Mikaela Vetters (third year) officially began her role as the International Exchange Officer for SAVMA at the House of Delegate meetings at Symposium. Current K-State SCAVMA President Bruce Figger (third year) and KSU SCAVMA President-elect Ben Suchsland (second year) spent one morning at the SCAVMA Presidents’ meeting gaining new insight and sharing ideas with presidents at other schools. 

SAVMA Symposium 2015 was a great event for all who attended, and we look forward to taking another group of students up to Iowa State University for SAVMA Symposium in the spring of 2016!

Two Kansas State University Veterinary Students serving on the National Student AVMA (SAVMA) Executive Board

Also at this year’s symposium, two of our veterinary students served terms on the national SAVMA executive board. During two days of SAVMA House of Delegates meetings, Hannah Leventhal, third-year, finished up her year-long term as the national SAVMA secretary on the executive board. After serving as the SAVMA international exchange officer-elect since the 2014 AVMA convention, Mikaela Vetters, third year, was officially installed as the new SAVMA international exchange officer. Throughout the next year, Mikaela will participate in conference calls, travel to meetings, and represent Kansas State University on a national level while serving as officers on the executive board. Congratulations to them both!

- submitted by Hannah Leventhal



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Xiaorong Zhang, Scholar, A&P
Jianmei Yang
, Visiting Scholar, DM/P
Justin Wiebers
, Director of Online Training Center, Dean's Office
Dr. Nanhua Chen
, Postdoctoral Fellow, DM/P

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Susumu Ishiguro, Research Associate, A&P
Hong Wang
, Instructional Technologist, Dean's Office
Lucia PaulinaMaldonado Ruiz, Visiting Scholar, DM/P
Nengzhang Li, Visiting Scholar, DM/P
Nan Cao, Visiting Scholar, DM/P
Yinbao Wu, Visiting Scholar, A&P
Candra Brewer, Senior Administrative Assistant, VHC



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