2020 News Releases

Recent veterinary graduate creates fund to support student parents

A new fund in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine will support veterinary students who are also parents.

The fund, in alignment with the missions of the college, is committed to creating an environment for students that ensures good communication, productive collaboration, mutual respect, diversity, integrity and honesty. With the help of staff and alumni, steps have been taken to establish the Veterinary Parent’s Excellence Fund.

College of Veterinary Medicine presents annual teaching awards

Three faculty members have been recognized for preclinical teaching excellence in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. Zsolt Szladovits, Brad Njaa and Kenneth Harkin were each named as the respective top teachers for the first, second and third years of instruction, as voted on by each respective class of students for their teaching efforts in the 2019-2020 school year.

Shelter medicine program performs its 25,000th surgical procedure in Wichita

Veterinary students continue to gain valuable, hands-on surgical experience with Kansas State University's Shelter Medicine Mobile Surgery Unit. In October, the program recorded its 25,000th spay/neuter procedure on a patient named "Cat No. 3" from Willow Colony while the unit was on location at Friends of Felines TNR, in Wichita.

Five years and five months since first hitting the road on its maiden trip May 9, 2015, the K-State Mobile Surgery Unit has been used to help dozens of animal shelters and community organizations save on veterinary care costs and has drawn attention to the plight of homeless animals.

Boehringer Ingelheim and Kansas State University join forces to invest in the future of veterinary medicine

Boehringer Ingelheim, a leading provider of animal health products, announced a strategic collaboration with Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine today that will support a strong pipeline of highly skilled veterinarians and continued innovation in the heart of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor. Boehringer Ingelheim’s U.S. Animal Health business will donate $800,000 over the next five years to the KSU Foundation. The funds will support interaction and collaboration between Boehringer Ingelheim and veterinary students at one of the leading animal health schools in the country, Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Veterinary student publishes novel report on hernia surgery for parakeet

A pet parakeet, weighing only 37 grams, was recently referred to the exotic animal services at the K-State Veterinary Health Center by its veterinarian following unsuccessful pharmaceutical treatment for a mass under the bird's tail. After closer examination at the Veterinary Health Center, it was determined surgery would be necessary to remove the mass, which turned out to be caused by an unusual body wall hernia. Daria Hagan, third-year veterinary student from Wichita, was asked by Eshar to help write report about the case, which was recently published in the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine. The case is believed to be the first to describe surgery on this kind of herniation.

Livestock Services' renovations boast increased safety and new technology

The Livestock Services' handling and treatment area in the Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center has recently undergone significant renovations and is now open to patients. According to Matt Miesner, section head and clinical professor in Livestock Services at the Veterinary Health Center, improvements not only came from a need for structural repair, but also a need to ensure the standards of modern, safe, efficient and low-stress animal handling methods. He said these changes will benefit clients, clinicians and veterinary students.

Researcher, team finding patented ways to help fight tick-borne diseases

Research at Kansas State University is making progress on keeping both humans and animals safe from tick-borne diseases. Roman Ganta, professor and director of the Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases at the College of Veterinary Medicine, and his team of researchers received two patents on technology to develop vaccine candidates against tick-borne Ehrlichia and Anaplasma infections.

College of Veterinary Medicine announces 2020 class of Early Admission Scholars

An elite group of Kansas State University undergraduate students has the special opportunity to become veterinarians. The College of Veterinary Medicine recognized these students for being selected to its Early Admission Program in a recent virtual ceremony.

Veterinary student conducts anaplasmosis research with national fellowship

Kansas State University's Lauren Herd, a second-year veterinary student, Wichita, is one of 12 students selected nationally for a Veterinary Student Research Fellowship to Address Global Challenges in Food and Agriculture.

Veterinary Medicine appoints Sanderson as new W.S. and E.C. Jones chair of clinical epidemiology

An analysis of data has led the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine to select Mike Sanderson as the newest holder of the W.S. and E.C Jones Departmental Chair of Clinical Epidemiology.

USDA-NIFA grant supports research to control respiratory disease in young swine

A new $500,000 grant will help a Kansas State University researcher look for ways to control one of the most important viral agents in pigs: porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. Megan Niederwerder, assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is the project director on the three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, "Assessing the Microbiome as a Tool for the Mitigation of Viral Disease in Nursery Pigs."

New published study from K-State virologists identifies potential COVID-19 treatment

Yunjeong Kim and Kyeong-Ok "KC" Chang, virologists in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, have published a study showing a possible therapeutic treatment for COVID-19.

Veterinary researcher works with South Korean company on African swine fever virus vaccine development

New vaccine development work at Kansas State University may soon help confront African swine fever, a disease that is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa. It has spread to different regions of Europe and Asia, causing devastating losses worth billions of dollars in China, Vietnam and other surrounding countries where pork is the most popular food item.

University signs research agreement for COVID-19 vaccine candidate

Kansas State University has signed a new preclinical research and option agreement with Tonix Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, to develop a vaccine candidate for the prevention of COVID-19. The inventor of the technology, Waithaka Mwangi, professor of diagnostic pathobiology in the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine, will direct the research, which is based on a new vaccine platform that his research team developed for bovine parainfluenza 3 virus, known as BPI3V, which is closely related to human parainfluenza 3 virus.

SORT steps up to help with COVID-19 efforts in Riley County

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine veterinary students and Master of Public Health students are helping the Riley County Health Department with its COVID-19 efforts as members of the Student Outbreak Response Team, or SORT.

Comer's CAREER grant a first for College of Veterinary Medicine

Jeff Comer, associate professor of anatomy and physiology, has received a $450,513 award from the NSF Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, Program. The grant period is for five years. Depending on funding availability and scientific progress of his project, funding could be increased by $115,344 in the fifth year, bringing the total of the award to $565,857.

Veterinary researcher to use $3 million-plus NIH grant to develop vaccines for several tick-borne diseases

Roman Ganta, director of the Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseasesin the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, has received a $3.125 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue his longtime work on tick-borne diseases.

Veterinary research team receives $11.3 million grant to establish infectious disease research center

The National Institutes of Health is awarding a Kansas State University-led team of veterinary researchers with a prestigious five-year, $11.3 million grant under the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence, or COBRE, program to establish a new Center on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, or CEZID.

K-State veterinary faculty target new ways to confront COVID-19

Scientific work continues in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University to better understand and confront the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. Faculty, staff, students and postdocs in the college are utilizing their respective areas of expertise to explore different aspects of the novel coronavirus, which reached pandemic levels this spring.

Student from Hoyt chosen for American Veterinary Medical Foundation scholarship

MaRyka Smith, second-year veterinary student, Hoyt, was chosen as Kansas State University's recipient of the Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship. AVMA stands for the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Veterinary student receives top exotic animal medicine scholarship

Tori Matta, second-year veterinary student at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has received the $2,500 first-place scholarship award from ZuPreem, a Kansas-based manufacturer of food for zoo animals and specialty pets.

Veterinary researcher receives $1.58 million NIH grant to explore pathway for better cancer therapies

New research at Kansas State University is following a unique pathway that could lead to innovative therapies for treating cancer and other human disorders.

College of Veterinary Medicine continues to offer essential services to Kansas and beyond

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University has made accommodations to continue providing the best service possible in animal care and diagnostic services during this time of need.

K-State student receives international veterinary scholarship

Emily Eppler, second-year Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine student from Manhattan, is one of 54 veterinary students selected from around the world to receive a $5,000 scholarship supported through a partnership between Merck Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.

College of Veterinary Medicine launches one-year master's degree program in biomedical science

Students interested in professional health careers now have an option to earn a master's degree that can be completed in one calendar year. The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University has announced the launch of a new one-year master's degree in biomedical science.

Veterinary medicine study develops new vaccine method for cattle disease

Researchers at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with Iowa State University, have developed a new vaccine delivery platform to produce long-lasting protection against anaplasmosis infections.

Veterinary medicine researchers develop new method to improve food safety

Faculty members from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine have developed a faster, more efficient method of detecting Shiga toxin-producingE. coli,orSTEC,in ground beef, which often causes recalls of ground beef and vegetables.

Research exposes risks for possible spread of classical swine fever and pseudorabies through feed

New research from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine provides the first investigation into how feed and feed ingredients may be playing a role in the spread of two swine viruses of global significance.

New study changes understanding of protein biology in E. coli

The conventional wisdom behind the biological activity of a group of E. coli bacterial proteins has been upturned by new research at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Philip Hardwidge, a microbiologist and biochemist in the diagnostic medicine and pathobiology department, and Samir El Qaidi, postdoctoral associate, published the results of their newest investigations in the article "An intra-bacterial activity for a T3SS effector" in Scientific Reports.

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