January 2020 - Vol. 15, No. 1
Veterinary students voted for the following three faculty members to receive the 2019 preclinical teaching excellence awards in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Drs. Matt Basel, Ryane Englar and Dan Thomson were each named as the respective top teachers for the first, second and third years of instruction. Votes were cast by each respective class of students for the 2018-2019 school year.
By Piper Brandt
A new study from Kansas State University on the treatment of non-responding cases of bovine respiratory disease, known as BRD, conducted by Dr. Hans Coetzee and his collaborators from Iowa State University, sheds light on the relationship between drug treatments and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.
The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University announces the appointment of Dr. Annelise Nguyen, associate professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, as the center's new associate director, starting Jan. 13. She succeeds Mark Weiss, professor of anatomy and physiology in the veterinary college.
Drs. Steve Ensley, veterinary toxicologist and clinical professor of anatomy and physiology, and Scott Fritz, research associate with the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, have received the Outstanding Citizen Assistance Plaque. Matthew McKernan, horticulture agent with K-State Research and Extension — Sedgwick County, has received the Certificate of Appreciation.
By Dr. Chris Blevins, VHC Equine Field Service
During the winter, we rarely think about ticks. In most cases ticks are only a problem in the warmer seasons of spring, summer and fall. However, horse owners are noticing many ticks on their horses this winter. This “winter tick”, also known as the Ghost Moose Tick, is different from the tick we see in the summer months. The scientific name is Dermacentor albipictus.
By Lisa Moser
One of the most exciting times of the year on cow/calf operations is when the calves are born and producers can see the results of their breeding decisions. Experts from the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University say it can also be stressful and costly if those mating decisions lead to calving difficulties, which is why much care needs to be taken when planning those matings.
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 a bio on the upcoming Alumni Recognition Award to be presented at the VMX conference in Florida, a profile about an alumnus and a book he wrote about rural high schools, plus the monthly listings of recently departed alumni and links to their obituaries.
More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:
Drs. Emily Reppert and Nora Schrag presented at the Academy of Veterinary Consultants 2019 winter conference in Kansas City on Dec. 6 with a presentation titled, “Recent research related to use of Chlortetracycline (CTC) for Anaplasmosis control.”
Dr. Hans Coetzee was nominated and accepted to be a speaker for the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research 2020 Lunch–N–Learn Hill Seminar Series. The purpose of the seminar series is to inform Hill Staff and other policy stakeholders about the value of public investment in food and agriculture research.
Congrats to Molly Carstenson, CPhT (Compounding Manager), from the Veterinary Health Center Dispensary, who is now a Certified Compounded Sterile Preparation Technician (CSPT). Her certification allows the Dispensary to be able to bring this level of training and service to its patients. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) recently began offering advanced training for pharmacy technicians in the area of sterile compounding, and Molly was ready to commit as soon as the training program launched.
SAVE THE DATE: The 2020 Dog N Jog 5K & 10K and 1-mile Pup Trot will be held Saturday April 4th in the morning (Official time to be announced at an upcoming date)! The event will be raising money for KSDS assistance dogs!
Dr. Mike Dryden, also known as “Dr. Flea,” received a thank-you plaque from the Class of 2022 for his outstanding teaching skills. He has also recently published a new book, “Top 100 Questions and Answers about Fleas and Pets.” Dr. Dryden is the course coordinator of second-year DMP Veterinary Parasitology.
The CVM recognizes food insecurity is a reality for a proportion of our students, house officers and staff. At the university level, this challenge has been addressed by Cats Cupboard, but it is underutilized by CVM personnel due to distance and hours of operation. The CVM has worked with Cats Cupboard to establish a satellite food pantry in the CVM called the Purple Pantry. The Purple Pantry takes food donations during regular business hours at 001 Trotter Hall.
Examples of recommended non-perishable food items for donation: Canned tuna, canned chicken, canned beans (black, pinto, garbanzo), peanut butter, whole wheat pasta, plain oatmeal, plain cream of wheat, brown rice, quinoa, canned vegetables, canned fruit, tomatoes (diced, sauce, paste), canned soup, granola bars, cooking oils, and microwave meals.
A giving link has been also set up for the Purple Pantry where you can make financial donations to support this effort: https://give.evertrue.com/ksu/purplepantry
Thank you for supporting CVM family members in need!
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Lifelines is published each month by the Marketing and Communications Office at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The editors are Joe Montgomery, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Piper Brandt, email@example.com.