December 2018 - Vol. 13, No. 12
Primary care for pets has a bright future at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University thanks to a generous sponsorship by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
With this gift - the largest corporate gift in our history – the veterinary college will renovate three strategic areas in Mosier Hall to provide approximately 16,000 square feet of new space dedicated for clinical training, classroom teaching and research. The Pet Health & Nutrition Center will be named in honor of Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
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“This private-public partnership will enhance our educational capacity in small animal nutrition and client communication, to strengthen the preparation of our graduates for success in private practice. We are grateful to Hill’s for their tremendous generosity and investment in our students,” said Dr. Bonnie Rush, interim dean of the college. “This integrative partnership enhances the educational experience for K-State veterinary students through shared resources and expertise. The new experiential learning environment will strengthen our training program in nutrition and primary care, and will attract student externs from colleges of veterinary medicine across North America.”
“Kansas State is an important partner for Hill's Pet Nutrition,” says Jesper Nordengaard, vice president and general manager, Hill’s US, “as it harbors one of the most important veterinary schools in the Midwest of the US. We are proud to support the Pet Health and Nutrition Center as we believe that it fits seamlessly in our vision to help enrich and lengthen the special relationship between people and their pets.”
“By renovating the space and expanding resources, students will have the opportunity to care for their clients in a private practice environment,” Dr. Rush added. “While pet health faculty will have the capability to operate with more autonomy, specialty services remain available when clients’ needs arise.”
This renovation will create 3,400 square feet of space on the first floor of Mosier Hall for the new Hill’s Pet Health & Nutrition Center. This project will also allow the addition of 5,000 square feet research suite on the second floor.
“We are truly excited and grateful to Hill’s for partnering with us to provide this opportunity to teach primary care skills in a facility more representative of a true companion animal practice,” said Dr. Susan Nelson, clinical professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine. “The new facility will allow us to be more feline friendly and enhance student training in all areas of primary care, especially in the areas of nutrition, communication, business management, diagnostics and routine surgical procedures.”
“We are honored to support this great initiative, which will put K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine at the forefront of primary care and nutrition education,” said Dr. Jolle Kirpensteijn, chief professional veterinary officer, Hill’s US. “We look forward to a continued partnership to create a future generation of veterinarians, fully knowledgeable and confident in making nutritional recommendations, every pet, every time.”
A 270-seat contemporary auditorium will be constructed in a new area of the complex. Additional benefits from the renovations, as detailed by Dr. Rush, include: provision of a comprehensive educational experience in small animal nutrition and communication with pet owners; expansion of wellness-training opportunities for students; additional space for routine procedures; better capabilities to serve the wellness needs of small animal clients; dedicated space for communication training and rounds; and dedicated space for nutritional displays and nutrition consultation.
Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hill’s mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. The right nutrition, combined with the devotion of veterinary professionals can transform the lives of pets; and healthier and happier pets can transform the lives of pet parents. Hill’s is dedicated to pioneering research and ground-breaking nutrition for dogs and cats based on a scientific understanding of their specific needs. HILL’s® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods. HILL’s® Science Diet® and HILL’s® Ideal Balance™ wellness pet foods are sold through veterinarians and pet specialty retailers worldwide. For more information about Hill's, our products and our nutritional philosophy, visit us at HillsPet.com, HillsVet.com for Facebook, keywords “Hill’s Pet Nutrition.”
Happy Holidays from the College of Veterinary Medicine
Happy Holidays to you and your family and a joyous New Year! From all of us at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine..
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CVM team cultivates research collaborations and information-sharing in Paraguay and Argentina
Veterinary experts at Kansas State University recently participated in projects in Paraguay and Argentina in an effort to initiate a three-way collaboration with two other universities toward the creation of a tick-borne disease research program; present research updates at an international conference; and promote a working relationship with a governmental agency in Paraguay.
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“There are many new diseases in South America impacting the health of animals and people,” said Dr. Roman Ganta, director of K-State’s Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases (CEVBD). “The spread of tick-borne and other vector-borne diseases are expanding their ‘boundaries’ in both North and South America’s and in Central America.”
Dr. Giselle Cino, a pathologist at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, is helping facilitate the collaborative project through her connections in Paraguay. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the National University of Asunción (FCV-UNA). Her message emphasizes the prevention of the spread of ticks in pets.
"The most dangerous outcome is when a single tick can carry more than one disease-causing agent, thus potentially infecting a wide range of animals, especially pets," Dr. Cino said.
Dr. Melinda Wilkerson, department chair for pathobiology at St. George’s University (SGU), joined Drs. Ganta and Cino at the FCV-UNA main campus, in the city of San Lorenzo, Paraguay. Dr. Wilkerson was previously on the faculty at the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine.
Drs. Cino, Ganta and Wilkerson met with the administration of the UNA and faculty. Further, the team gave research presentations on tick-borne diseases to the students and faculty at FCV-UNA. The team also discussed research collaborations at length with FCV-UNA and administrators. A three-university research collaboration to study ticks and tick-borne diseases of importance to agricultural and companion animals for South America, Caribbean and the USA is already initiated. As part of this collaboration, efforts are also underway in student and faculty exchanges to promote strategic interests of CEVBD at K-State, SGU and UNA.
Dr. Cino also visited SENACSA, a government institution in Paraguay, and met with its current president, Dr. José Carlos Martin Camperchioli. SENACSA is in charge of regulation, coordination and execution of guidelines for the health and well-being of livestock and companion animals, as well as the quality of animal produce. It is similar to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
At the meeting with Dr. Martin, the researchers discussed potential opportunities for collaboration, projects and exchange programs among SENASCA veterinarians and K-State faculty. SENACSA currently has biosecurity level NSB3A-NB4OIE research space, so opportunities for training and collaboration in foreign animal and transboundary diseases were also discussed in the meeting.
Currently, Drs. Cino and Martin are working on establishing collaboration projects with USDA-APHIS in Plum Island. “This opportunity opens the door to train more faculty and students at KSU and Paraguay into foreign animal diseases detection, diagnostics, and biosecurity” Dr. Cino said.
The researchers also attended the International Congress on Tropical Veterinary Medicine, a conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Dr. Ganta was a plenary speaker and Dr. Wilkerson gave a presentation about research progress on collaboration between St. Georges University and the CEVBD. Dr. Gant’s plenary presentation was titled, “Genetic system for creating targeted mutations in Ehrlichia chaffeensis and its application to study pathogenesis and vaccine development.”
The Buenos Aires conference drew researchers from many countries and top universities and institutes from around the world and covered several topics of interest to SVM research, including vector-borne diseases and their vectors, chemotherapeutics and drug resistance, disease diagnostics and validation, immunology and immunity, one health topics related to human and animal health in various communities of the world and rural development, taxonomy and evolution, and training and capacity building.
Dr. Steve Stockham receives Lifetime Achievement Award from American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Dr. Steve Stockham, professor emeritus of veterinary clinical pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, has been selected for a 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASCVP).
The award is in recognition of Dr. Stockham’s 40-year national and international contributions to the profession of veterinary clinical pathology as a teacher, scholar, leader and mentor, especially recognized is his co-author contributions to the highly respective textbook, “Fundamentals of Veterinary Clinical Pathology.”
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The award was presented at the society’s annual meeting Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C. Several past K-State clinical pathologists trained by Dr. Stockham attended the ceremony.
Dr. Melinda Wilkerson, adjunct professor in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology and current chair of pathobiology at St. George’s University in Grenada, nominated Dr. Stockham for the award.
“I have known Dr. Steve Stockham since 1986, when I was a sophomore veterinary student and he was assistant professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU),” Dr. Wilkerson said. “Steve was a committee member for my Masters of Science training at MU. Dr. Stockham mentored me and facilitated an opportunity for me to present my MS studies on afibrinogenemia, to the annual meeting of the ASVCP in Kansas City in 1988. I was fortunate to be a part of the process of recruiting Steve Stockham to Kansas State University in 2001, for I personally benefited from his mentoring and successfully passed the AVCP board exam in clinical pathology in 2003.”
Dr. Wilkerson, who nominated Dr. Stockham, noted there were 10 current and former K-Staters at the ASCVP award ceremony to show their support, including Balaz Szladovits, Brad Galgut, Mehrdad Ameri, Rachael Holicky, Adi Wasserkrug Naor, Mark Morton, Yvonne Wikander.
“Dr. Stockham is an exceptional man, mentor, educator, and clinical pathologist who inspires everyone around him, including pathologists, veterinarians, technicians, residents, interns, and students, to be the best they can be,” said Dr. Mandy Meindel, clinical pathologist for Covance Laboratories Inc., Madison, Wisconsin. She was a clinical pathology resident who trained under Dr. Stockhams’ guidance. “Despite his countless achievements will continue to be an inspiration and guiding influence in veterinary clinical pathology.”
Dr. Stockham earned a bachelor’s degree in 1970 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1972, both from Kansas State University. He then earned a master’s degree in pathology from Michigan State University. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, an honorary member of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and was elected to the “Hall of Fame” of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology in 2013. He has been a faculty member at Kansas State University for 14 years during which he has been actively engaged in teaching, diagnostic service, research and institutional service. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Stockham has been involved in teaching in many ways including veterinary and graduate student instruction, resident training, curricular changes and faculty development.
Overall Dr. Stockham has 38 years of teaching experience in the veterinary curriculum, with 31 years as a primary instructor and course coordinator. Most of his classroom teaching has been in veterinary clinical pathology courses in which he uses a combination of lectures, case-based discussions and on-line microscopy methods to engage students and promote learning. His instructional activities have led him to receive 25 teaching awards during the past 28 years, such as the prestigious Norden/Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Awards in 1987, 1998, 2012 and 2016; the Bayer Animal Health Teaching Excellence Award in 2005, 2009 and 2013; and the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching in 1994. Dr. Stockham received the 2015 ACVP Educator Award, and in 2016, the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges presented him with its Distinguished Teaching Award in Academic Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Stockham retired after 15 years of service to K-State in 2016.
Wildcats care about animal welfare
By Adrian Austin
On Nov. 16, students from Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine traveled to Colorado State University to compete in the annual Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Assessment Contest.
Under the guidance of Dr. Abbie Viscardi, research assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology, students were able to take part in educational seminars, on-site assessments, networking events, computerized scenarios, oral presentations of assessments and an awards reception.
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According to its mission, the Animal Welfare Assessment Contest (AWJAC) aims to provide a unique educational experience while strengthening student vocabulary and reasoning skills. The competition teaches students to assess the welfare of animals in a variety of settings using science-based methods and reasoning. Students are given the opportunity to weigh evidence and present sound evaluations. This contest ensures that tomorrow's leaders in the animal industries develop strong communication skills and acquire enhanced knowledge of animal welfare.
The contest is open to veterinary students, undergraduates and graduate students. A limited number of veterinarians also take part each year as non-competitive participants.
Dr. Viscardi said K-State veterinary students held their own and represented the college well with their success throughout the two-day event.
“Cassandra Kroncke, one of our first-year veterinary students, placed as the Highest Scoring Individual in the Live Assessment for the Veterinary Division,” Dr. Viscardi said. “The undergraduate team did not place in the top five, but it will be interesting to see where they fell in comparison to the other teams when we get the full results back. They all did a really great job and I could not have been more proud! We had a lot of great animal welfare discussions throughout the weekend and it was encouraging to see how critically they thought of each scenario.”
Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University, also attended the event. K-State students mentioned how excited they were to be able to chat with Temple, as she has been at the forefront of animal behavior studies in the livestock industry.
“I really appreciate Dr. Viscardi’s leadership in assembling, coaching and mentoring the first Kansas team to participate in this contest,” said Dr. Hans Coetzee, head of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology. “Irrespective of the outcome, this was a good experience for everyone and I know the students really appreciated Abbie’s efforts and the opportunity.”
A Kansas State University veterinary infectious disease researcher and a late biology professor have been named 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS.
Drs. Jürgen Richt and James Guikema are among 416 fellows chosen this year. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon association members by their peers. The association's fellowship program recognizes individuals whose efforts toward advancing science applications are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.
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Dr. Richt, who is a Regents distinguished professor and director of the university's Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, or CEEZAD, was nominated on the basis of his distinguished research and advisory contributions to the field of zoonotic diseases, particularly for his pioneering role in the development of the One Health paradigm.
This year's fellows were formally announced in the AAAS News and Notes section of the journal Science on Nov. 29. Drs. Richt and Guikema will be recognized at a certificate and pinning ceremony on Feb. 16, 2019, during the association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Richt and Guikema join 21 current and emeritus Kansas State University faculty members who are fellows of the association.
"Our 2018 fellows are truly deserving of this recognition for their career accomplishments," said Peter Dorhout, the university's vice president for research. "Dr. Richt is a distinguished leader in zoonotic diseases whose work has improved animal and human health throughout the world. In a special way, this distinction by AAAS helps us remember and honor Dr. Guikema and his countless contributions to the field of biology during his service to Kansas State University."
Dr. Richt is a veterinary microbiologist who has worked with multiple agents of zoonotic potential, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy or mad cow disease, chronic wasting disease, animal influenza viruses, Rift Valley Fever virus, Borna virus and other emerging pathogens. Dr. Richt's career, which includes a seven-year assignment as lead scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Disease Center, has been spent developing novel vaccines and testing methods and remedies for a number of animal and zoonotic diseases.
An international partnership between Kansas State University and China is taking new steps forward to promote veterinary educational opportunities for Chinese students to attend college in the United States.
A group of faculty members from Kansas State University recently attended the Veterinary Education Forum at Nanjing Agricultural University, held Oct. 20 in China, for K-State’s U.S.-China Joint Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Program.
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The K-State representatives included Grant Chapman, associate provost for International Programs; Dr. Jishu Shi, director of the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health; and Dr. Lei Wang, manager of the education programs for the U.S.-China Center.
The conference was organized by the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health and Nanjing Agricultural University, and was sponsored by the Qingdao Yebio Bioengineering Company and Joint International Research Laboratory of Animal Health and Food Safety, China Ministry of Education.
Representatives also attended the conference from schools that partner with Kansas State University in the U.S.-China Joint DVM Program: Dr. Trevor Ames, dean, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Patrick Gorden, director of Food Supply Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine; and Dr. Harry Dickerson, associate dean for research, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
The conference was attended by more than 100 people including deans of 14 Chinese veterinary schools, DVM graduates of the U.S.-China Joint DVM Program, senior executives of Yebio, and faculty and students of the Nanjing Agricultural University.
“The Nanjing Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine has a long history with Kansas State University,” said Dr. Dong Wenchun, vice president, Nanjing Agricultural University. “It will be 100 years next year since Dr. Luo Qingsheng, the first Chinese DVM and the founder of our veterinary school, entered Kansas State University to study veterinary medicine in 1919. It is significant and memorable for our school to be chosen to host this conference.”
The conference held separate morning and afternoon sessions, which were hosted respectively by Dr. Jiang Ping, dean, Nanjing Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Wang Ming, vice president, Chinese Veterinary Medical Association.
The morning session was highlighted by a signing ceremony for a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the U.S.-China Joint DVM Scholarship Program between Kansas State University and Qingdao Yebio. In this MOU, Qingdao Yebio will support the U.S.-China Joint DVM Scholarship Program by funding pre-veterinary tuition and activities for five students.
The U.S.-China Joint DVM Scholarship Program provides for one year of pre-veterinary study at Kansas State University and four years of veterinary study at either K-State or at one of the four partnering schools: University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, University of Georgia and University of California, Davis.
The program was initiated by the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health, China Agricultural University and Chinese Veterinary Medical Association, and has been financially sponsored by the China Scholarship Council, Kansas State University, Zoetis/the International Veterinary Collaboration for China and Banfield Pet Hospital. The U.S.-China Center for Animal Health has been leading the program since it was launched in 2012.
“Kansas State University has a well-advanced, structured and standardized veterinary education system with rich experiences, and has trained numerous DVMs for China,” said Du Yuanzhao, general manager/president of YEBIO. “The Qingdao YEBIO-KSU joint efforts on the DVM program would address the great needs of China by training professional veterinary practitioners, and accelerating the development of veterinary education in China.”
“We value the partnership between the academic and industry, particularly in animal health field as a way serving the great society and the community,” Chapman said.
The afternoon session at the conference featured presentations and discussions on how to efficiently use the U.S.-China Joint DVM Program to promote veterinary education reform in China. Dr. Wang Ming started the conference with a summary of Chinese veterinary education reform in last 10 years. Dr. Shi reported the history and development of the U.S.-China Joint DVM Program. Dr. Cao Shengbo, dean of the Huazhong Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine [that has recruited graduates of the joint DVM program Yi Ding and Yaoqin Shen as associate professors], talked about how to support and greatly make use of DVM graduates in advancing Chinese veterinary education. Dr. Ames presented curricular and educational innovations in U.S. veterinary medical training.
The U.S.-China Joint DVM Program has graduated five DVMs since 2017. All of them have been recruited as associate professors at universities in China following their graduations in the U.S., which is unprecedented in China. The four DVM graduates of from the class of 2017 – Drs. Yaoqin Shen and Yi Ding, associate professors at Huanzhong University; and Drs. Jing Li and Bo Liu, associate professors at China Agricultural University – shared at the conference what they have learned in the U.S. and their teaching experiences in China.
“This conference provides a great opportunity for deans of veterinary schools in the U.S. and China and DVM graduates from our program to share their experiences and thoughts about veterinary education in China, which can be used as guidance for future Chinese veterinary education reform,“ Dr. Shi said. “We are so glad to see graduates of the joint DVM program have already made visible impacts in China.”
Following the conference, Dr. Shi and Dr. Wang interviewed applicants for the pre-veterinary program of the U.S.-China Joint DVM Program, along with Drs. Ames, Gorden and Dickerson. Four students have been selected to enter the program in fall 2019.
Congratulations to a trio of veterinary students on being chosen for prestigious scholarships. Overall, 22 scholarship winners for the 2018-19 school year were announced during the annual Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Convention held Nov. 28 in Wichita. A total of $23,500 was presented by the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) and its partners to both veterinary, pre-veterinary and animal science students. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) also gave out scholarships recently.
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Among the KLA scholarship recipients were two veterinary students from K-State: Braxton Butler, second-year student from Virgil, Kansas, and Jessie Schulteis, fourth-year student from Lincoln, Kansas. Each received a $1,500 Cartridges for Cash (CFC) scholarship from Merck Animal Health and KLF. This award recognizes K-State veterinary school students with a career goal of being a large animal veterinarian.
Kate Rigby, a fourth-year K-State veterinary student from San Diego, California, was one of five students selected nationally for a Merck Animal Health/AAEP Foundation scholarship. This $5,000 scholarship award recognizes promising veterinary students committed to a career in equine medicine. The scholarship was presented at the 2018 AAEP Convention, Dec. 3 in San Francisco, California.
To be eligible for the Merck Animal Health/AAEP Foundation scholarship program, applicants must be second- or third-year veterinary students dedicated to equine medicine and active within any of the AAEP’s 39 student chapters at colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. The scholarships are awarded to students for their academic excellence, leadership in their school and AAEP student chapter, and their long-term goals.
“Through our ongoing partnership with the AAEP, we are honored to back standout veterinary students who are passionate about pursuing careers in equine veterinary medicine,” said Craig Barnett, DVM, Merck Animal Health director of equine technical services. “These recipients represent the future of veterinary medicine, and we are confident that they will help us advance the science of healthier animals in the years to come.”
Rick Mitchell, DVM, MRCVS, Dipl. ACVSMR, Certified ISELP, AAEP Foundation Advisory Council chairman, added, “Merck Animal Health continues to serve as a leader in the industry for both veterinarian and student and we are very appreciative. These scholarships underscore the company’s commitment to the veterinary profession, students and the health of horses, especially in a time when students are graduating with excessive educational debt.”
A second year of K-State’s participation in an OIE Veterinary Twinning Project has just wrapped up. Dr. Tesfaalem Sebhatu, who helps coordinate the project, shared several highlights from the second year, including Workshop 5 that took place at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro, Tanzania, from Nov. 5-9, 2018.
The CVM sent a group of six faculty members to SUA consisting of Dr. Peggy Schmidt, Dr. Kathryn Reif, Dr. Mike Sanderson, Dr. Raghavendra Amachawadi, Dr. Chuck Dodd and Dr. Sebhatu.
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The objectives of the twinning project are to: Integrate SUA Veterinary Curriculum against the OIE Veterinary Education Model Core Curriculum; Advance high quality veterinary education by enhancing the Day 1 Competencies; Establish SUA as a regional center of excellence in veterinary education to support the National Veterinary Services; and Develop sustainable collaborative research and student/faculty exchange between SUA and K-State.
The main outputs of Year 2 activities included reviewing the progress of project activities and workshop 1 and 2 action items including: curriculum mapping; needs assessment for a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) [editor’s note: CPD at SUA is analogous with continuing education] course for June 2019; student/faculty exchanges between K-State and SUA; joint research collaboration opportunities; and case presentations.
Curriculum mapping has been performed so far by combining outputs of the results of stakeholder survey to identify areas for curriculum strengthening. The teams from K-State and SUA have performed gap analysis on results of curriculum mapping exercise and curriculum map version 2.0 data veracity, and gap analysis for each competency of curriculum mapping.
Plans have been laid for the CPD course in June 2019. The OIE Twinning project will fund the course in for Tanzanian veterinarians to be held at SUA. The group looked at CE-needs assessment and selecting priority topics and developing CPD course, piloting online training materials at SUA with ISU, and identified animal species and course delivery methods for the CPD course, which will cover cattle and poultry. The course delivery method and topics will include face-to-face theory and practical in person course with wet lab which includes necropsy procedures and sampling.
More information about the twinning project is posted online at: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/international/Initiatives/Twinning/twinning.html.
The K-State team tours a Massai dairy farm.
Dr. Susan Nelson, clinical professor at the university's Veterinary Health Center, shares tips that could help you keep your pet from harm.
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Don't add stress. If your dog isn't much of a people person, an increase in parties and guests coming and going for the holidays can make them nervous or stressed. The best place for your pet is in a back room away from guests, Dr. Nelson said. You may need to speak with your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medications if your pet is extremely anxious this time of year.
"Remember to have guests put purses out of reach so your pets don't get into sugar-free gum, cigarettes or medications," Dr.Nelson said.
"It is important to keep liquid potpourri out of reach as it can be toxic for your pet if ingested," Dr. Nelson said.
After the presents are opened, keep an eye out for dangerous toy pieces such as small parts or balls. "These items can become foreign bodies if ingested, and batteries — especially if punctured from chewing — can cause burns in the mouth and gastrointestinal tract," Dr. Nelson said.
Dr. Nelson recommends keeping pets in a room where they are protected from loud noises, and talking with your veterinarian about medications for noise phobias, should your pet suffer from severe noise anxiety. The use of string confetti should be avoided, or if used, removed before your cat is allowed in the area.
The Veterinary Medical Alumni Association organizes alumni receptions at several of the national annual conferences plus continuing education events and more. This month's section includes new about Dr. Dan Thomson, CVM faculty member, and Dr. Tera (Rooney) Barnhardt of Johnson, Kansas, and DVM class of 2014, who both recently completed a two-year continuing education program designed to enhance the business, communication, and planning skills of busy animal health professionals.
The Executive Veterinary Program (EVP), established by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, has long been a premier credential for elite food animal practitioners. Dr. Thomson, the Jones Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, and Dr. Barnhardt, the coordinator of animal health and welfare at Cattle Empire LLC of Santana, Kansas, was among the first cohorts for the EVP in Beef Health Management, which united the expertise of the University of Illinois in post-graduate education with the expertise at Kansas State University in beef cattle production and health management.
Drs. Thomson and Barnhardt completed the Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) with a focus on beef health management; this program consisted of 10 two-day interactive modules. The program covered essential aspects of beef production and health maintenance to enhance the management, consultation, and problem-solving skills faced by veterinarians in the field of beef medicine. There were 37 veterinarians from 16 states and Canada that completed the program with Dr. Barnhardt.The University of Illinois has been cultivating veterinary leaders and innovators in food production systems through the unique EVP model since 1991. The award-winning program uses nationally recognized experts from academia and industry to deliver practice relevant knowledge. Since the program began in 1991, there have been 255 graduates from seven EVP classes.
Save the Date for VMX Alumni Reception
The tentative date and times will be Jan 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in Orlando, Florida.
In Memoriam - Recently Departed Alumni
Dr. Dale Edward Kinyoun, DVM 1951
Dr. Wilmer Eugene Sedivy, DVM 1963
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More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:
Drs. Kate KuKanich and Brian Lubbers mentored Brianna Salgado through the McNair Scholars Summer Research Internship Program. Brianna presented at the One Health conference on Nov. 1. The presentation was, “Development of Kansas E. coli UTI Antibiograms to Improve Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Medicine.” Brianna won the undergraduate poster award!
Dr. Neala Boyer presented, “Thunderstorm and Noise Phobias and Separation Anxiety” for the Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine for the K-State Olathe lecture series on Nov. 7.
Dr. Mike Apley presented, “Veterinarians and our Food Supply,” at the Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine for the K-State Olathe lecture series on Nov. 28.
Drs. James Roush, Walter Renberg and former resident, Dr. Megan Wilson, published, “Comparison of the Effect of Dog, Surgeon and Surgical Procedure Variables on Improvement in Eight-Week Static Weight-Bearing following Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy,” in the Veterinary and Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology Journal.
Dr. Kate KuKanich and third year student, Emma Winkley, partnered with the Kansas Disability and Health Program to use their Community Health Environment Checklist (CHEC) which is a tool for measuring how usable public spaces are for people with disabilities. In 2018, they assessed ten veterinary hospitals located within 85 miles of the Manhattan area. They also created a tip sheet, “Top 10 Ways to Maximize the Usability of your Veterinary Practice for Clients with Mobility limitations.” Their checklist will be publicly available after publication of their journal article about the CHEC experience. Emma also presented her poster at K-State’s Research and State Conference
The Shelter Medicine program held its first symposium specifically targeted for veterinarians in shelter medicine. Individuals from six different organizations were in attendance: Kansas Humane Society, Helping Hands Humane Society, Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, Lawrence Humane Society, Nebraska Humane Society and Wayside Waifs. Drs. Brad Crauer and Alyssa Comroe presented lectures and provided round table discussions of attendee requested topics. They plan to host the second Shelter Medicine Symposium next year!
Dr. Raghavendra Amachawadi was a contributing author of, “Effects of supplemental zinc sulfate on growth performance, carcass characteristics, and antimicrobial resistance in feedlot heifers” that was published in the Journal of Animal Science.
Dr. Bonto Faburay has been appointed external examiner for graduate program by University of Pretoria, Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, South Africa.
News from the 99th Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) in Chicago. Of six presentations on Bovine Anaplasmosis, four were by K-State faculty and graduate students. Brandt Skinner, Dr. Katie Reif’s master’s student, won the Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine Student Presentation Award. Title: “Isolation and characterization of two Anaplasma marginale isolates.”
Dr. Megan Niederwerder was an invited speaker and panelist at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture Antibiotic Symposium in Overland Park, Kansas. The title of her talk was "Role of the gut microbiome in reducing antimicrobial use in swine."
Dr. Megan Niederwerder and Dr. Steve Dritz delivered presentations during the annual Kansas State University Swine Day on the risk of pathogens in feed. Dr. Niederwerder's talk was entitled "Risk of African swine fever virus (ASFV) introduction and transmission in feed."
Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy, MPH program director and associate professor of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, attended and presented at the American Public Health Association 165th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Nov. 10-14 in San Diego, California, along with K-State MPH faculty members, Dr. A. Paige Adams, research assistant professor, K-State Olathe; Dr. Gina Besenyi, assistant professor, Department of Kinesiology, director, Physical Activity Research in Community Settings (PARCS) Laboratory; Dr. Erin Yelland, assistant professor and extension specialist, School of Family Studies and Human Services; and Daniel Winslow (MPH student in Physical Activity and Public Health).
Daniel Winslow, K-State MPH student gave two oral presentations. Dr. Gina Besenyi, supervisor on both projects, is involved in the Physical Activity section as awards committee vice chair. Each year the physical activity section also awards a $750 scholarship to a student or early career professional to help offset the cost of attending the conference. To be eligible for any of these awards please check out the physical activity section at https://www.apha.org/apha-communities/member-sections/physical-activity/who-we-are/benefits.
Congratulations to Tinisha Selvy, Veterinary Nurse with the VHC's radiology team, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration on Dec. 8 from K-State Global Campus. She plans to apply for jobs on the big island of Hawaii. Good luck, Tinisha!
Pet owners submitted pictures during football season through Oct. 28. K-State Athletics shared some of the pictures at home games on the jumbotron. Friends and fans were invited to vote for their favorite pet pictures on Facebook. The top 10 pictures receiving votes out of 431 entries were then judged by the VHC to select a grand prize winner, second, and third-place winner, with each receiving a gift basket from the VHC and special prizes for football or basketball tickets.
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Graduate student among ten at K-State to earn honors at Research and the State
Research on weed control for food crops, early pancreatic cancer detection, threats to the biodiversity of tallgrass prairie ecosystem, animal feed biosecurity, and the social and economic impact of sustainable textile production are the focus of some of the winning research presentations by Kansas State University graduate students who were selected to represent the university at the 16th Capitol Graduate Research Summit, Feb. 26, 2019, at the State Capitol in Topeka.
Ana Stoian, doctoral student in pathobiology, from Bucharest, Romania, presented her project "Survival of African swine fever virus (ASFV) in feed ingredients under transboundary shipping conditions." Her faculty mentor on the project is Dr. Megan Niederwerder and her major professor is Dr. Bob Rowland.
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