December 2016 - Vol. 11, No. 12
More than 100 of the world’s leading experts in zoonotic diseases reported on developments in pathobiological research at the annual meeting of the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD). The three-day session included a workshop on universal vaccines, vaccine platforms and future concepts, and took place Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska.
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Dr. Jürgen Richt, CEEZAD’s director, said the meeting featured presentations on the most pressing topics in the area of food animal disease control and biosecurity.
“I was thrilled both at the depth of knowledge presented at the conference as well as at the enthusiasm of participants for what they heard,” Dr. Richt said. “Participant after participant told me how much they learned about the most recent developments in the field of zoonotic disease research and vaccine development and production, and how encouraged they were by what they heard.”
The meeting attracted experts in the animal health industry from every continent. In addition to presentations, sessions also featured “gap analyses” where experts defined gaps in their areas of expertise and challenged one another regarding the next steps to be taken in each field of study.
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While shoppers may be counting down the days till Christmas, veterinarians and cattle producers are preparing for the first day of January when new federal rules go into effect. A group of faculty members from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine has been spending the past year reaching out to provide information about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) that is being issued by the Food and Drug Administration.
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“We have had the opportunity to be present at state veterinary continuing education meetings as well as meetings with producers and feed manufacturers and distributors,” said Dr. Michael Apley, professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology. “These sessions have helped us all get to the same page on the rules and how we can work together to make the transition as smooth as possible. It isn’t very often that I don’t come home with another question to submit to the FDA for clarification.”
Other faculty members in the college and at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have also accumulated considerable mileage by reaching out: Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones professor of production medicine and epidemiology, Dr. Brian Lubbers, director of clinical microbiology, and Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations. Each has made presentations and spoke at regional meetings both in and outside of Kansas, including places such as New York, Georgia, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Oklahoma.
Dr. Lubbers emphasized the role veterinarians will have. “The revisions to the Veterinary Feed Directive that become effective January 2017 are the most significant changes to drug use regulations the veterinary profession has experienced for more than 20 years,” he said. “Veterinarians will now have to authorize all use of in-feed antibiotics in food animals.”
Veterinary practitioners have also sought out these faculty members and invited them to speak in their local communities. Recently, Dr. Hanzlicek spoke in Stockton, Kansas, along with the local veterinarian and K-State alumnus Dr. Craig Iwanski, who owns Central Veterinary Services with his wife, Dr. Jessica Iwanski. Both graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996.
“Our meeting was well attended, and the information Dr. Hanzlicek provided will only enhance the understanding of the Veterinary Feed Directive rules,” Dr. Craig Iwanski said. “We appreciate his willingness to present at our meetings as an authority on this subject.”
Dr. Thomson observed that once the new rules are implemented, the roles of faculty and practicing veterinarians may be reversed. “The practitioners that will actually be doing it will be teaching us in academia on how it works in the real world,” he said.
Dr. Apley echoed this opinion. “The upside of these meetings is the contact we have with the veterinarians and producers,” he said. “These interactions ground us and help us better understand what we need to do to serve producers and veterinarians in Kansas and in the United States. Around July, I had a naïve view that by Jan. 1, we would all be ready to go. It’s clear now that there are so many nuances about putting VFD in place and how we apply it, that it will take a couple of years to work through the details of the multiple situations in which medically important antibiotics are used in the feed.”
“Most importantly, we want to express our thanks from the college and from the Diagnostic Lab to the practitioners and producers we have been meeting with,” Dr. Hanzlicek said. “Our efforts to reach out pale next to the efforts that will be required in the near future by our practitioners and their clients.”
In addition these personal visits and meetings, the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University has recently collaborated with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension to develop a new website, VFDInfo.org, which houses educational modules specific to producers, feed mill operators, veterinarians and distributors.
Dr. Craig Iwanski, owner of Central Veterinary Services in Stockton, Kansas, opens a session on the Veterinary Feed Directive.
Equine scholarship recipient Jenni Wright tours Coyote Rock Ranch
In June, fourth-year student Jenni Wright was chosen as one of three national recipients of a generous $75,000 Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarship, named for the equine ranch owned by Penelope and Phil Knight of Terrebonne, Oregon. Jenni and the other recipients were featured in the video below produced by the American Quarter Horse Association.
Medicine in motion: This is a literal translation of the science of pharmacokinetics. An effort to better understand how medicines move in and through animal populations has brought a Belgian researcher named Dr. Mathias Devreese to Kansas State University this fall to learn advanced compartmental modeling with pharmacokinetics experts in the Institute of Comparative Computational Medicine (ICCM) at the College of Veterinary Medicine. He leaves this December with new knowledge and a strong sense of new family.
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“Since the day I got here, I found that people are really friendly here and you really feel part of the K‑State family,” said Dr. Devreese, who is an assistant professor at Ghent University in Belgium. “Here it’s like one big family. Back home, the university is one big place, but it’s all scattered around the city, so you don’t really feel that connection with other colleges or other faculties.”
Dr. Devreese has worked closely with Dr. Ronette Gehring, associate professor in the anatomy and physiology department at the veterinary college. He also been working with Dr. Jim Riviere, director of the ICCM, MacDonald Endowed Chair in Veterinary Medicine, Kansas Bioscience Eminent Scholar and University Distinguished Professor. Dr. Devreese’s visit to Kansas State University was supported by a grant from the Fleming Research Foundation.
“Mathias was an absolutely joy to interact and work with,” Dr. Riviere said. “His European perspective also broadened many of our discussions related to our developing global food animal residue avoidance program. Such international study visits are a clear example of the drawing power of the ICCM.”
“It has been very rewarding to host Dr Devreese as a visiting scholar in the ICCM,” Dr. Gehring said. “We have many common interests, including pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling, drug and contaminant residues in foods of animal origin, and antimicrobial resistance. Our students and postdocs benefited from interacting with a faculty member from another institution and continent, and we all gained a fresh perspective on shared research topics.”
“At Ghent University, we do a lot of pharmacokinetic studies in different animal species, pigs, poultry, also cockatiels, dogs, cats – a really big variety of animal species,” Dr. Devreese explained on how he decided to visit Kansas State University. “I was looking for a lab that has great expertise in pharmacokinetics modeling. I searched several publications, Scholar, PubMed, etc. I came to the ICCM eventually. Dr. Riviere and Dr. Gehring both have lots of publications on that particular subject I was looking for.”
Dr. Devreese arrived in September and plans to be back in Belgium by the second weekend in December.
“I brought a lot of datasets to model here, and we’ve been through all of them,” Dr. Devreese exclaimed. “I’m pretty pleased with my stay here. I’ve learned lots with all the analysis we had to do –mainly learning to work with the software. It’s just like I expected and hoped for.”
Dr. Devreese’s visit has not been spent entirely looking at graphs and data on computers.
“In Belgium, we’re really into cycling, so the day I got here, I bought myself a bicycle,” Dr. Devreese said. “I’ve been riding it back and forth to my home here, and the university all day. I really enjoy cycling on the weekends because the Flint Hills are really amazing. It’s really scenic. Also, the weather has been really nice here – it’s like Belgium summer here all the time, so that was really beneficial for cycling on the weekends and the evening.”
Because his experience has been very rewarding, Dr. Devreese has sought to give students at both universities similar opportunities.
“I’ve been in contact with the international exchange officer here, and we would like to set up an exchange between Ghent University and Kansas State University,” Dr. Devreese said. “The idea would be that one final-year student from Ghent would come here and one last-year student from K-State would go to Ghent for a couple of weeks or months to learn more about clinical practice. It would be very helpful to get another view of clinical practice and more experience because, for instance, the beef cattle here is very different than the Belgian White Blue breed, whose calves always have to be born by caesarian section. This breed has so much muscle it can’t give natural birth, so I think it would be really interesting for K-State students to come learn in Ghent where our veterinarians do 10 caesarian sections a day during calving season. We can really exchange knowledge, and clinical experience and practices.”
Dr. Devreese explained how the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program is different in where students can enter the program at the undergraduate level. They must study for six years rather than having four years at the graduate level as in the United States. He said the first couple of years focus on basic sciences, anatomy, physiology, and as students become more advanced, they will go into clinical sciences, in the third, fourth and fifth year.
Another aspect of Dr. Devreese’s visit to Kansas State University has involved interacting with the veterinary faculty.“Every Monday here, there’s a journal club,” Dr. Devreese said. “That has been really interesting to learn the American point of view versus European point of view. For instance, on an issue such as antimicrobial resistance, I hope one day we could align folks on both continents in their efforts, because it’s a global issue and a global problem. If you line up with each other, that would be great.”
'What I learned at LSU’s Animal Welfare Symposium’
By Cyndi Davidson, class of 2017
The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) hosted its second annual Animal Welfare Symposium at Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine on Nov. 12, and I was fortunate enough to attend. The symposium was free to all veterinary students and veterinarians, and I was granted a travel stipend from the HSVMA to help defray the cost of travel. As the only student from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine to attend, I wanted to share my experience in hopes of inspiring more students to attend next year.
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On the morning of the symposium, attendees were greeted with a fabulous breakfast spread, including a first for me — vegan cream cheese! The morning lineup of speakers began with Dr. Susan Krebsbach, veterinary adviser for the HSVMA, where she reminded us that animal welfare incorporates three components: body, mind and nature. All three of these values must be considered when evaluating animal welfare, but one or more are often compromised in favor of reducing cost or maximizing profit. This talk challenged me to rethink what I thought I knew about the definition of animal welfare and gave me an appreciation for how difficult it is to standardize it for all species.
Dr. Wendy Wolfson, assistant professor of shelter medicine at LSU, gave a talk titled, “A Practitioner’s Role in Addressing Neglect, Cruelty and Dog Fighting,” that I felt to be very empowering. She stressed that veterinarians should not feel intimidated to report cases of suspected animal abuse. Dr. Wolfson gave us a glimpse into the rapidly expanding field of veterinary forensic science, where I learned that a skin biopsy can tell you the age of a scar and that maggots can reveal time and location of death, provide DNA, and can be used for toxicological analysis.
Dr. Barry Kipperman, a private practitioner in the San Francisco area, gave a talk on farm animal welfare, and he proposed a question that greatly resonated with me as a student. He asked, “Is it consistent with our oath for veterinarians to support intensive confinement practices?” As we discussed the use of swine gestation crates and poultry battery cages — two hot topics in the realm of animal welfare — it got me thinking how a lot of farming practices deemed acceptable may not be consistent with what is outlined in the veterinarian’s oath. Dr. Kipperman challenged us to avoid complacency and to speak up and take action whenever we feel improvements should be made to the status quo.
Other topics covered in the symposium were beef cattle welfare, equine welfare issues, commercial dog breeding (“puppy mills”), the impact of costs of care on animal and veterinarian well-being, and an inspiring presentation by Dr. Barry Kellogg, a seasoned world traveler and expert on disaster-relief coordination. Dr. Kellogg shared pictures and stories of his 50+ year career of taking risks, refusing to say no, and actively seeking opportunities to make a difference. His talk created a palpable electricity in the room as our heads filled with ideas on how to make a meaningful impact on the world.
On the following day, Nov. 13, a small group of us visited the Pen Pals Animal Shelter at the Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, Louisiana. The animal shelter began as an emergency respite for animals displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and later Hurricane Gustav in 2008. The not-for-profit shelter became a permanent fixture in 2010, and provides training to carefully screened offenders who care for the animals housed there. What impressed me the most about the facility was how the dogs quieted down immediately after our group walked away — the anxious barks and appeals for attention were not an ongoing cacophony, which to me signified the dogs were generally calm and comfortable in their surroundings. The offenders in charge of the dogs do a commendable job of addressing those three pillars of animal welfare: mind, body and nature, which was very satisfying to observe.
A candid moment with symposium speakers Dr. Barry Kellogg, Dr. Susan Krebsbach and Dr. Barry Kipperman.
Dr. Kathryn Reif and Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy, from the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, hosted two workshops on Nov. 12 entitiled, “EEWWWW It’s a Tick!” for seventh graders as part of the school outreach program Girls Researching Our World (GROW), which is organized by the Kansas State University Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering. The goal of the program is to support and encourage girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
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“In this activity, students learned the basic lifecycle of ticks, how ticks feed and what diseases are transmitted by ticks,” Dr. Mulcahy said. “The introductory lecture also included how to identify the most common tick species in Kansas, what to do if you are bitten by a tick, and the best ways to avoid ticks and tick-borne diseases. After the lecture portion, students tested their newly acquired skills and used microscopes to identify local tick species.”
Below are a couple of photos from the event.
Two teams of researchers at Kansas State University have been awarded more than $1.1 million to investigate beef and dairy cattle systems, as well as mycotoxins in livestock feed, in Ethiopia. The projects, funded under the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems, or LSIL, in a four-year Reach grant and a one-year Focus grant, will employ a systems-based research approach that strengthens linkages between improved animal-source food production, consumption practices and human nutrition outcomes. Jessie Vipham, assistant professor of global food systems and nutrition, and Dustin Pendell, associate professor of agricultural economics, will serve as principal investigators of the $1.04 million Reach grant. Dr. Deon van der Merwe, associate professor of toxicology, will lead the Focus grant.
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Both projects utilize expertise from K-State’s College of Agriculture, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification, or SIIL, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet, or SMIL, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss, or PHL, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
"An exciting component of both of these projects is that they have combined the expertise of K-State faculty from several disciplines with the international research networks of multiple K-State Feed the Future Innovation Labs," Vipham said. "It is a great example of the research capacity that exists at K-State."
Ethiopia is a target country of the three Innovation Labs, which create opportunities for collaborative efforts between the Labs. Through collaboration with Ethiopian partners, the Reach grant will expand on current Innovation Lab research in Ethiopia, including research funded by SMIL.
"These grants provide another opportunity for the Feed the Future Innovation Labs at K-State as well as the Colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine to leverage our collaboration towards a research for development outcome," said Nat Bascom, SMIL assistant director. "Within our own lab, our scientific research network and long-term partnership with Ethiopia’s national sorghum improvement program will support the projects in finding new solutions to address the feed and forage constraint felt by smallholders across the country."
Furthermore, both projects will directly align with the research as well as human and institutional capacity development goals of SIIL and PHL.
In addition to the synergies leveraged at K-State, the Reach grant will engage with a diverse group of institutions and organizations in Ethiopia, including key research partners of Hawassa University, Oda Bultum University, Haramaya University and the Ethiopian Institute of Agriculture Research.
"We recognize that we cannot meet the goal of reducing global hunger and poverty through individual effort," Vipham said. "We are specifically focusing on unifying the efforts of multiple research-for-development programs seeking to improve human livelihoods, environmental impacts, and social and economic outcomes in Ethiopia."
The Reach grant is not only multi-institutional, but also utilizes the expertise of its multidisciplinary team. The K-State faculty members engaged in the project include Doohong Min, assistant professor of forage management, Barry Bradford, professor of dairy nutrition, and Travis O’Quinn, assistant professor of meat science. Mary Murimi, professor of nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University, also is a collaborator on the project.
"Multidisciplinary research is becoming more common, and rightfully so," Pendell said. "The project funded by the Reach grant is intended to investigate multiple dimensions of the cattle value chain, from feed production and cattle nutrition, to farmer income generation and human nutrition."
The leaders of the $107,000 Focus grant, "Safe Feed Safe Food: Mycotoxin Prevalence and Mitigation Measures in Ethiopia," will be collaborating closely with 24 farmer cooperatives, which are a part of the ACDI/VOCA Feed Enhancement for Ethiopian Development II initiative.
"The extent of risks posed by mycotoxins in livestock feeds in the region is currently poorly known," said Dr. Van der Merwe, project leader. "This project will start to fill in some of the knowledge gaps, and will help to build local risk assessment capacity for the future."
Updates from the Institute of Computational Comparative Medicine (ICCM) and the Nanotechnology Innovations Center of Kansas State (NICKS)
See fall updates on honors and awards, patent applications, grants awarded, publications, abstracts, invited presentations and scientific sessions.
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Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory seeks Kansas cattle producers for bovine anaplasmosis study
The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is looking for Kansas cattle producers to participate in a study to determine the prevalence of bovine anaplasmosis in cow herds within the state and to investigate management risk factors associated with blood test results.
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Bovine anaplasmosis is a blood disease caused by Anaplasma marginale which can cause adult-animal sudden death, abortion, weight loss, and a reduction in performance. Animals that become infected and survive become lifelong persistently-infected carriers. As carriers, they often show few or no symptoms and serve as a source of infection to the rest of the herd. Because of the nature of the disease, some herds remain at an unknown infection status.
Several studies have been completed assessing the prevalence of the disease in several U.S. states, but none have been completed in Kansas. The increase in the number of positive cases in Kansas test submissions to the KSVDL from 2013 to 2015 suggests either an increase in bovine anaplasmosis awareness among veterinarians or producers or the prevalence of the disease has increased in certain areas of the state.
In addition to estimating the level of anaplasmosis in Kansas cow-calf herds, this study will also investigate the different A. marginale strains present in Kansas. Differentiation is important because strains differ in the severity of clinical signs they produce, and the only vaccine available contains only one strain. This strain may be different than those present in some areas of Kansas, which might help explain the lack of vaccine effectiveness that has been reported.
The study involves collecting blood samples from 16,100 adult bovines, which will represent 1,610 Kansas cow-calf operations. The samples will be stored, and because they will represent a large portion of the Kansas cow-calf industry, they can be used in the future to discover the prevalence and risk factors associated with several other important bovine diseases including bovine viral diarrhea, Johne’s disease, and bovine leukosis.
Understanding anaplasmosis prevalence and the management factors that contribute to its presence in cow-calf herds will be important for formulating both prevention and disease management plans in the near future. This information will not only be useful for Kansas herds, but herds throughout the United States.
The targeted sampling period will start Oct. 1, 2016 with a targeted endpoint of Jan. 31, 2017.
Kansas veterinary practitioners will be calling on their clients to participate in this study. If you are selected to participate, the KSVDL encourages you to say yes, as your participation is important for the success of the project.
More information is available by contacting Gregg Hanzlicek, veterinarian with the KSVDL at 785-532-4853 or email email@example.com.
With a Jan. 1, 2017, deadline looming, veterinarians and producers now have more resources available to help them comply with the Veterinary Feed Directive being issued by the Food and Drug Administration.
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|In response to increasing demand, the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University developed additional free educational modules to complement its original set of modules released earlier this year. The new modules are pertinent to separate sectors of the beef industry.|
In collaboration with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension, the institute has developed a new website, VFDInfo.org, which houses modules specific to producers, feed mill operators, veterinarians and distributors. Experts from each sector address concerns and questions to ease the transition under new regulations.
Experts include Mike Apley, professor of production medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University; Brian Lubbers, director of clinical microbiology at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, also in the College of Veterinary Medicine; A.J. Tarpoff, beef extension veterinarian at Kansas State University; and Ken Bowers, dairy and feed safety, Kansas Department of Agriculture.
The website also hosts a sample Veterinary Feed Directive form as well as additional resources to guide users through any additional questions.
"These changes will be significant for the livestock and feed industry, and we are eager to provide guidance as much as possible," Bowers said. "Collaboration between these organizations has been valuable as we work to reach all producers, veterinarians and feed mills. The website is a great resource."
The Beef Cattle Institute utilizes collaborative multidisciplinary expertise to promote successful beef production through the discovery and delivery of actionable information and innovative decision support tools.
The Veterinary Medical Alumni Association as plans to announce another alumni recognition award at the upcoming annual conference for the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. See who this year's recipient is in this month's VMAA highlights.
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SCAAEP Conference draws a nice crowd
A total number of 45 Veterinarians and students attended the 2016 SCAAEP Fall Equine Conference, which was very good considering is the weekend before the fall/Thanksgiving break. Attendees enjoyed the lunch sponsored by the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and a lot of good information was shared during the conference about colic evaluation, mare repo problems and field dentals. Below are a few pictures from the conference.
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More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:
Congratulations to Dr. Sanjeev Narayanan for being the recipient of the Samuel W. Thompson Distinguished Lecturer Award, which was given to him at the American College of Veterinary Pathologists annual meeting in early December.
Dr. Lina Mur was invited by the European project ASF-STOP to give a plenary presentation on the launching conference “African swine fever - recent research advances and strategies to combat the disease in Europe”. The conference held on Pulawy (Poland) from Dec. 7-8 provides a platform for exchange of knowledge on ASF and to create or reinforce networking opportunities internationally. During her talk, entitled “ASF: a call for action”, Dr. Mur reviewed the historical research advances done on ASF, highlighting the critical situation of ASF in Europe and Africa, and the urgent need of addressing some of the challenges and existing gaps of knowledge on ASF. In order to do so, she emphasizes the importance of prioritize research needs learning from the past, having a global view (including African scenario and isolates), and importantly enhancing collaboration between research groups.
Congratulations to Dr. Katie Delph on obtaining her ACVIM-LAIM Diplomate status!
Dr. Jessica Meekins has been awarded a University Small Research Grant (USRG) titled, “The effect of calcium spirulan on in vitro replication of feline herpesvirus-1” in the amount of $4,355.50.
The Kansas Horse Council meeting was held at K-State on Oct. 29. Dr. Warren Beard was among the presenters, and Dr. Beth Davis provided a tour of the Equine Performance Training Center.
Dr. Walter Renberg presented several sessions on various orthopedic topics at the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association conference Nov. 4-5.
Dr. Greg Grauer presented, “Staging and management of chronic kidney disease in dogs and cats” for the Delta Veterinary Medical Association in Stockton, CA and for the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association in Sacramento, California, Nov. 9-11.
Dr. Mike Apley presented, “Animal Health and Antibiotics – Looking Ahead with Science” at GPS Dairy Consulting meeting in Minnesota Nov. 16 and then he also spoke at the KSU Swine Industry Day presenting, “VFD’s – Ready, Set, Go” on Nov. 17.
Dr. Robert Larson presented, “VFD’s, Cow Herd Management and New Tools” at the Reno County Cattlemen’s meeting in South Hutchinson, Kansas, on Nov. 17. He spoke on the traits of profitable cow-calf operations on Nov. 22 at the Lyons (Kansas) State Bank Ag Conference.
Dr. Chris Blevins was featured on an AG a.m. Kansas broadcast speaking about the K-State Equine Performance Training Center which is scheduled to be completed in February 2017.
Dr. Hans Coetzee was interviewed on Iowa Public TV in a story about the challenges surrounding antibiotics usage. You can the story and the video posted here: http://site.iptv.org/mtom/story/24508/meat-producers-struggle-over-antibiotics-related-advertising
The fall issue of Seek features a great story about canine health research, such as for cancer and osteoarthritis, being conducted in the CVM, featuring several faculty members: Drs. Denver Marlow, Annelise Nguyen, Raelene Wouda, Mary Lynn Higginbotham and Mark Weiss. Check it out in the link: http://www.k-state.edu/seek/fall2016/dogs/index.html
Dr Brad Crauer and fourth-year veterinary student Sarah Steen were featured in the Innovation and Inspiration campaign for the KSU Foundation magazine, Good For K-State, and inspire.ksu.edu website for the Shelter Medicine Mobile Surgery Unit.
“Dr. Crauer uses the Shelter Medicine program to educate students not only about surgery, but also about the sheer volume of animals in shelters in the United States,” said Sarah Steen, fourth-year veterinary student. “Once you’ve experienced the rotation and visited the shelters in the area, the gravity of the pet overpopulation problem becomes much more real. One important thing students can take away from this is the significance of giving back to the communities we’ll eventually be a part of once we’re out in practice. Every individual has the opportunity to make an impact, and the knowledge we gain by doing these surgeries efficiently will equip us to offer that service to the shelters in our own communities.”
Students are not the only beneficiaries. Veterinary care — especially spays and neuters — make up a large portion of a shelter’s operating expense. Since the students perform surgery at no cost, shelters are saving between $50-$175 per animal, a significant savings when considering hundreds of animals.
By Carol Elmore
Susie Larson from Print Graphics at the Veterinary Medical Library had an interesting and lively time with Pet Pics this year. From Nov. 2-4, with help from Andi Parrish and veterinary library student workers, Susie set up her photography studio inside the dock area on first floor to take some innovative and fun pictures of animals with their owners. Everyone loves to see pictures which feature folks and their animals. This year featured a picture of a veterinary student with her pet snake and two dogs. Who says pictures have to have only warm and fuzzy animals to be festive. Birds and fish were also featured as well as a small pony. Group pictures with multiple other animals will also be a hit as a gift this year as is evidenced by several group photos. Family groups were very special. Next November if you are hankering for a truly memorable gift for some special relative or friend, keep Pet Pics in mind as you plan your gift list.
Library staff decorates for the holidays
Lifelines is sad to report on the passing of a staff member and former staff member. Michael Parrett (right) passed away Nov. 22. He was a senior administrative assistant for the KSVDL. Mark Scott passed away Nov. 28. He had worked at the Agronomy Farm at K-State prior to going to joining the Veterinary Health Center where he drove the Wildcat Express.
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