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Erin Schirtzinger to present Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology Seminar

Erin Schirtzinger, research assistant professor in the K-State diagnostic medicine and pathobiology department, will discuss "Viral evolution and multiple scales" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Mara Conference Center, fourth floor of Trotter Hall.

K-State veterinary staffer hits model market with CHAMP

Veterinary students can now get a leg up on learning clinical skills thanks to a new tool envisioned by Kansas State University's Susan Rose, clinical education technician in theCollege of Veterinary Medicine, and commercialized with help from K-State Innovation Partners.

College of Veterinary Medicine presents annual teaching awards

Three faculty members have been recognized for preclinical teaching excellence in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Pradeep Malreddy, Lisa Pohlman and Emily Reppert 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 2020-2021 school year.

College of Veterinary Medicine appoints Renberg for Doughman professorship

Walter Renberg, professor and section head for small animal surgery in the clinical sciences department, has been chosen as the new holder of the Roy and Lucille M. Doughman Professorship.

CEZID lecturer Jesse Bloom to interpret evolution of SARS-CoV-2

The COBRE Center on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, or CEZID, is hosting Jesse Bloom in the CEZID Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, via Zoom.

Bloom's presentation for the seminar is "Interpreting the evolution of SARS-CoV-2."

Veterinary Health Center receives Rawhide Portable Corral as gift

A new gift is putting Kansas State University veterinarians "out to pasture," and the benefit is improved health care for livestock. The Rawhide Portable Corral company in Abilene recently made a special delivery to the livestock services team at the Veterinary Health Center at K-State.

College of Veterinary Medicine receives Health Professions Higher Education HEED Award for diversity efforts

The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine is being recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity and inclusion with a 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence, or HEED, in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine is one of only six veterinary schools nationally to receive the honor and is the only health-related school in Kansas to be recognized.

Veterinary student selected for NBAF Scientist Training Program fellowship

Jayden McCall, third-year veterinary student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, was recently awarded the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Scientist Training Program fellowship.

McCall will receive tuition, stipends and funds for supplies and travel through a $1.6 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

College of Veterinary Medicine selects new class of scholars in Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas

Four new students in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University have been chosen for the largest veterinary scholarship program offered by the state of Kansas: the Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas.

Fourth-year veterinary student receives new Aurora Pharmaceutical scholarship

Kansas State University's Colton Hull, a fourth-year veterinary student in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has joined a nationwide group of veterinary students receiving a brand-new scholarship: the inaugural Aurora Pharmaceutical D.V.M. Student Scholarship from Aurora Pharmaceutical.
Hull, from Woodston, received a $2,500 scholarship, which will help cover costs associated with obtaining his degree.

New $3.43 million NIH grant to create core research facility at College of Veterinary Medicine

Like a hub that connects the spokes of a wheel, the College of Veterinary Medicine is creating a new research center that brings together five highly focused laboratories at Kansas State University. The core laboratory is being made possible by a $3.43 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and will strengthen research efficiency and collaboration among K-State scientists and beyond.

University, Elanco Animal Health Incorporated sign strategic alliance to improve animal health

Kansas State University and Elanco Animal Health Incorporated are combining efforts to tackle innovation for companion animal and livestock health. A five-year strategic alliance agreement between the university and Elanco will allow for collaborative research and intellectual property licensing for commercialization activities.

Veterinary college to host Barbara Kazmierczak for seminar on infectious bacterium

The COBRE Center on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, or CEZID, is hosting Barbara Kazmierczak, Ph.D., M.D., in the CEZID Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, via Zoom. Kazmierczak's presentation for the seminar is "All for one, one for all — cooperative virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa."

Veterinary Health Center looking for K9 blood donors

Just like people, dogs have diseases or injuries that require blood transfusions. Many canine patients receive transfusions and dogs enrolled in the canine blood donor program provide the blood products for them. The demand for blood products for our patients increases every year. The Veterinary Health Center needs volunteer blood donors to ensure that every patient in need can be treated.

College of Veterinary Medicine announces 2021 class of Early Admission Scholars

A new group of Kansas State University undergraduate students has a special opportunity to become veterinarians. The College of Veterinary Medicine recognized nine students for being selected in its Early Admission Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine on Aug. 27.

James Roush new associate dean for academic programs and student success for College of Veterinary Medicine

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University has announced the appointment of James Roush as its new associate dean for academic programs and student success. Roush has served as the interim associate dean for academic programs and student success since January 2020.

College of Veterinary Medicine team volunteers at Everybody Counts — Manhattan

After a year off due to concerns about COVID-19, the College of Veterinary Medicine has resumed participation in a community outreach event called Everybody Counts. The event occurred Aug. 7 in Manhattan at the Douglass Community Center. The purpose of Everybody Counts is to provide much needed no-cost services to the most vulnerable population in the Manhattan area. The event provides dental care, medical care and a variety of social services from local organizations, school district representatives and other community organizations.

Summer veterinary research program includes new mentoring award

A select group of Kansas State University veterinary students spent this summer working with faculty mentors on high-level research projects. While hosting a record number of participants, the Veterinary Research Scholars Program presented a brand-new mentoring award to one of the faculty members on July 29.

New $3.7 million NIH grant supports collaborative research into COVID-19 treatment

As the fight against COVID-19 continues, Kansas State University has received a five-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to research a new treatment method for the virus. Kyeong-Ok "KC" Chang, a virologist at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is the principal investigator for the project, "Small Molecule Inhibitors Against 3C-Like Protease of SARS-CoV-2."

Joint veterinary program with China hosts deans, leaders and Chinese veterinary students at K-State

The future of Chinese veterinary medicine is taking root and getting stronger through a special program at Kansas State University. A recent celebration of the U.S. - China Joint Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program attracted a small but important group of national veterinary leaders and deans from partnering universities to Manhattan for an annual homecoming on Aug. 5 and 6.

Applications open for Early Admission Program at College of Veterinary Medicine

The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine is offering interested students a chance to start their early admissions application process sooner rather than later. The college's Early Admission Program is accepting applications beginning Aug. 1 and running through Feb. 1, 2022, after which interviews occur and selections will be announced.

Vet med student receives research fellowship to identify African swine fever virus protective antigens

Jayden McCall, third-year veterinary student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, is one of 14 students selected nationally for a Veterinary Student Research Fellowship to Address Global Challenges in Food and Agriculture. The fellowship, which includes a $10,000 stipend for mentored research, is through the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research in partnership with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

College of Veterinary Medicine names new director of Veterinary Medical Library

The College of Veterinary Medicine has named Andi Parrish as director of the Veterinary Medical Library, effective July 1. Parrish worked as an administrative specialist for the Veterinary Health Center from 2011 to 2012 after graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in English from Kansas State University. In 2012, she enrolled in K-State's English master's program and earned her degree in 2014.

Every dog has its day — but K-State veterinarian says Fourth of July may not be one of them

The Fourth of July may be a fun and noisy celebration for many people, but a Kansas State University veterinarian says that's not the case for some pets. "This holiday is often a time filled with fear and anxiety for some pets — and it can also be a dangerous time for them as well," said Susan Nelson, clinical professor at the K-State Veterinary Health Center, a part of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Shelter medicine program navigates safely through pandemic challenges

For the last six years, a large purple-and-white trailer from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine has become a common sight on highways and roadways in northeast Kansas. And while the trips made by this trailer during its first five years were mostly smooth sailing, the global coronavirus pandemic effectively presented a number of metaphorical road hazards and obstacles.

Veterinary college to host Alan Barrett for seminar on yellow fever vaccine

The COBRE Center on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, or CEZID, is hosting Alan D. Barrett, Ph.D., in the CEZID Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series at 3 p.m. Friday, June 25, via Zoom. This seminar was originally scheduled in April but had to be rescheduled.

Summer heat means time to keep an eye on pets for signs of heat stress, dehydration

With high temperatures scorching much of the country, a Kansas State University veterinarian is reminding pet owners that dogs, with that layer of fur, are susceptible to the heat. As the summer heat index rises, the risk for dehydrated and overheated dogs does the same, said Susan Nelson, clinical professor at the university's Veterinary Health Center.

Vet Med ROCKS resumes holding in-person day camps for youth

Vet Med ROCKS, which stands for Recruitment and Outreach Club at Kansas State University and is a registered departmental student organization, is hosting a series of in-person and virtual day camps for youth this summer. The Vet Med ROCKS summer camp will take place Aug. 1-4.

Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory exercises readiness for African swine fever outbreak

On May 20, members of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, or KSVDL, along with the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the Biosecurity Research Institute and many other partners across campus, the state of Kansas and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network took part in a tabletop exercise focused on laboratory activities during the various stages of a simulated outbreak of African swine fever.

Veterinary college to host Yoshihiro Kawaoka for seminar on SARS-CoV-2

The COBRE Center on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, or CEZID, is hosting Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Ph.D., in the CEZID Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series at 3 p.m. Friday, May 28, via Zoom. Kawaoka's presentation for the seminar is "SARS-CoV-2: What we have learned so far." Kawaoka is a virology professor in the pathobiological sciences department at the University of Wisconsin.

College of Veterinary Medicine presents scholarships and special awards at annual banquet

The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine hosted its 2021 Senior Banquet on Wednesday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn. The college presented more than $170,000 in scholarship awards to graduating seniors. Special awards were also presented during the banquet for distinguished faculty, house officers and staff.

College of Veterinary Medicine launches new database for listing externship opportunities

A new tool at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine will make it easier for veterinary practices and related pet health companies to connect with veterinary students who are seeking externship opportunities. Electronic programmers in the college just completed a searchable database that will allow veterinary clinics to maintain a permanent electronic profile and easily update available externship listings for veterinary students interested in building their professional experiences and skills before graduating.

College of Veterinary Medicine presents research excellence award to Butch KuKanich

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University presented its highest research award during its annual Phi Zeta Research Day activities on March 2: The 2021 Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence. Butch KuKanich was chosen as this year's recipient. He is a professor and assistant department head in the anatomy and physiology department.

University-developed US animal disease ID system receives Tyson support

A national cattle identification system that was first developed at Kansas State University has received a big boost of support from one of the country's largest food companies. Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods Inc., is backing U.S. CattleTrace, a system that uses ear tags with ultrahigh frequency technologies to establish a national animal disease traceability system.

College of Veterinary Medicine presents third annual staff awards

Amidst the challenges of the pandemic over the past year, a select group of 20 College of Veterinary Medicine, or CVM, staff members stood out as they rose to meet those challenges. From this group of nominees, eight awardees were honored and presented with one of three different awards at a staff luncheon on April 5.

Study finds reduction in milk production among anaplasmosis-infected cattle

Researchers at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine have published new data suggesting a negative effect on a dairy cow's milk production because of bovine anaplasmosis, a globally widespread livestock disease.The article, "Assessment of within-herd seroprevalence of Anaplasma marginale antibodies and association with decreased milk production in an Iowa dairy herd," co-authored by Andrew Curtis, a doctoral student in physiology, and Hans Coetzee, professor and head of the anatomy and physiology department, appears in the April issue of Applied Animal Science.

Online format sets record for veterinary student symposium at K-State

Although students preferred to meet in person, an online platform allowed wider attendance for the 2021 SAVMA Symposium than might not have occurred otherwise. Conducted March 13-15, Kansas State University's chapter of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association, or SAVMA, served as host for the annual meeting of this national organization for veterinary students.

Shelter medicine community outreach vehicle makes its maiden voyage

A new vehicle with a special mission has recently returned to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. The Shelter Medicine Community Outreach Vehicle, also called Wellness on Wheels, or WOW, successfully completed its first trip on March 13 after more than two years of fundraising, design and production.

K-State researchers find gut microbiome key to respiratory vaccine response in pigs

A K-State researcher and her team are taking a closer look at how tiny organisms living in the guts of pigs can help prevent costly respiratory diseases. Megan Niederwerder, assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, led a recent study aimed to identify gut microbiome characteristics associated with improved outcome in pigs immunized against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, or PRRSV, after co-infection with PRRSV and porcine circovirus type 2, or PCV2.

Local dogs donate blood to save canine lives

The Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center, or VHC, manages a community-based, volunteer canine blood-donor program, established in 2015. The hospital's blood bank collects, processes and stores canine blood needed for transfusions to treat a variety of conditions in dogs. More than 70 canine donors have been a part of the program since its creation. The donors are typically owned by VHC staff, students and area residents.

Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases establishes endowment fund to help fight tick-borne diseases

A goal of developing vaccines to control several tick-borne diseases has inspired two new gifts to Kansas State University's Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Tick-borne diseases can affect companion and agricultural animals as well as people. The CEVBD endowment fund was created with a $100,000 donation from Clint Severson, Celebration, Florida, and $75,000 from Kenneth Aron, San Francisco.

College of Veterinary Medicine professor elected to national role

After a nationwide search, the Board of Regents and Executive Board of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine has announced the appointment of Raelene Wouda, assistant professor of oncology, to the position of certification liaison. This newly created role is a division of duties that, in the past, was fully held by the organization's professional liaison.

University-licensed compound selected as candidate against COVID-19

Cocrystal Pharma, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, recently announced that a series of broad-spectrum protease inhibitors developed at K-State and licensed through K-State Innovation Partners in April 2020 has been selected as a preclinical lead compound for further development. The licensed protease inhibitors were developed by Kyeong-Ok "KC" Chang and Yunjeong Kim, virologists in the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with William Groutas at Wichita State University and Stanley Perlman at the University of Iowa.

Passion inspires K-State veterinarians to help homeless animals

Faculty and students at the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine are sharing their passion for shelter medicine with the Riley County Humane Society by providing veterinary care and finding homes for homeless animals in Riley County and beyond.

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