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USDA National Needs Fellowship Opportunities
Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics has fellowship opportunities for three Ph.D. students and two Masters students. Topic areas include Animal Health Economics and others. For more information click here.
Allison McKiearnan Participated in the Beef Cattle Institute Summer Scholars Program
Allison McKiearnan, graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Natalia Cernicchiaro, was selected to participate in the Beef Cattle Institute’s Beef Scholars Program in summer 2016. Each student received a $3,500 stipend to conduct a research project related to the program’s theme “Antimicrobial Use in Cattle.” The program, designed to inspire collaboration, brought together students and mentors from four colleges and six departments including animal sciences and industry, pathobiology, food science and industry, veterinary medicine, computer science and computer engineering. Allison worked on the project "Emergence and spread of AMR in gut commensals and foodborne pathogens in feedlot cattle and their environment.” Each student presented their findings at a concluding session held at the Kansas Department of Agriculture on August 12, 2016. For more information, https://www.beefcattleinstitute.org/first-summer-scholars-success/
Dr. David Renter participated in the XXIX World Buiatrics Congress 2016 in Dublin, Ireland
Dr. Renter participated in the XXIX World Buiatrics Congress 2016 in Dublin, Ireland July 3-8. WBC is recognized worldwide as the premier cattle congress in the world, exploring the study of cattle and their diseases.
Dr. Natalia Cernicchiaro instructed one-week course on Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Uruguay
Dr. Natalia Cernicchiaro recently returned to Uruguay to instruct a second one-week course on Veterinary Epidemiology to graduate students, veterinarians, and other health professionals at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay. The course provided students with epidemiological concepts and techniques regarding study design and analysis and interpretation of observational data with emphasis on analysis of dichotomous outcomes.
CORE faculty members presented at the 2016 Conference on Applied Statistics in Agriculture
Drs. Elva Cha and Nora Bello presented “Using Structural Equation Models to Assess Causal Relationships Between Health and Performance Outcomes in Feedlot Cattle” at the Conference on Applied Statistics in Agriculture which was held May 1-3, 2016 in Manhattan, KS. Others that were involved in this study are Drs. Mike Sanderson, Natalia Cernicchiaro, Abigail Jager and David Renter.
Dr. Renter will serve on the Outcomes Research and Health Information Technology Working Group
Dr. David Renter has been asked to serve on the Outcomes Research and Health Information Technology Working Group, for the Kansas City Regional Strategic Assessment, established by the Kansas City Area Life Science Institute (KCALSI). During the strategic planning process, outcomes research and health IT was identified as one of the four primary focus areas.
CORE faculty present at ISVEE 14 in Mexico
Several of the CORE faculty members attended and presented at the 14th Conference of the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE 14) November 3-7, 2015, in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. One of the presentations was a poster by David Renter, Natalia Cernicchiaro, Christy Hanthorn, Robert Larson, Brad White and Michael Sanderson titled “Center for Outcomes Research and Education – applied epidemiology and economics for quantifying the value of animal health initiatives.”
Dr. David Renter gave a presentation on the Center for Outcomes Research and Education at the Community Practice Leadership Summit
Dr. Renter gave a presentation on July 30, 2015, titled “Initiatives at the Center for Outcomes Research and Education” at the Community Practice 2015 Leadership Summit that took place at the University of Kansas.
Dr. Renter did a radio interview for Agriculture Today on Bovine Respiratory Disease
K-State veterinarian David Renter talks about a new USDA-funded project he'll oversee, which will investigate the factors that lead to bovine respiratory disease in feeder cattle...this is expected to be the most comprehensive study of B-R-D undertaken to date, researching the causes of a disease complex which costs the beef cattle industry billions of dollars each year.
A multidisciplinary research team from Kansas State University will study risk management strategies to help reduce the health and economic effects of bovine respiratory disease complex in commercial feeder cattle.
The College has established a new center of excellence that may be the first of its kind in animal health. On Feb. 25, the Center for Outcomes Research and Education, or CORE, will be publicly launched under the guidance of Dr. David Renter, a veterinary epidemiologist who will be the center's director. With a goal of improving effectiveness and efficiency in animal health care and its associated impacts on human health, the center will focus on demonstrating the value of animal health interventions — including treatment, prevention or diagnostic activities intended to improve health.
In business, we often hear that we need to spend money to make money. That concept certainly applies to animal health in our clients’ operations, where investments in prevention and control of diseases, parasites and injuries pay off by improving productivity and reducing economic losses associated with animal morbidity and mortality. But, of course, the devil is in the details, and it falls upon the veterinarian to objectively evaluate the costs and benefits of prevention and control programs.
Findings of a recent study indicate that, in a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, vaccinating susceptible animals living in a broad geographic area could result in a shorter outbreak with fewer herds depopulated. Biosecurity measures, early detection of infections, and control of contacts between farms also could decrease the duration and harm from such an outbreak.
BVD CONSULT is a website designed to aid cattle producers and veterinarians in creating Bovine Viral Diarrhea control, prevention and eradication strategies that are specific to individual herds. From this site you can access peer-reviewed research articles that pertain to the information found in BVD CONSULT. You can also access other peer-reviewed BVD articles. If you are looking for more information about the disease, look here.