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October 2020 - Vol. 15, No. 10

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Dr. Roman Ganta's team finding patented ways to help fight tick-borne diseases

By Piper Brandt

Dr. Roman Ganta

Research at Kansas State University is making progress on keeping both humans and animals safe from tick-borne diseases. Dr. 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.



Kansas State University students to host SAVMA Symposium online in March 2021

The 2020 SAVMA Symposium logo

While the venue may be different than originally planned, veterinary students at Kansas State University are moving forward as hosts for the 2021 SAVMA Symposium. The Student American Veterinary Medical Association, or SAVMA, is the national organization for veterinary students and works with local colleges of veterinary medicine to put on its annual symposium. For the first time ever, this year's event will take place online.



Veterinary student publishes novel report on hernia surgery for parakeet

By Piper Brandt

Daria HaganA tiny surgery on a tiny bird is turning out to be a big deal thanks to the care of Kansas State University veterinarians and the writing skills of a K-State veterinary student. 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.


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Livestock Services' renovations boast increased safety and new technology

Cattle in the renovated Livestock Services handling areaThe 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 Dr. 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.



Early-admit students explore public health in the spirit of Sherlock Holmes

By Piper Brandt

(from left to right) Sophie Sutton, Lucy Fischer, Alexis Justice and Kate LewisIt’s public health, my dear Watson! A group of early-admit veterinary students have the opportunity to study nineteenth-century discoveries in microbiology, epidemiology and public health science that have coincided with literary classics, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.



K-State beef experts offer ways to capture the marketing value on calves

By Lisa Moser

Calves at a sale barnWhen putting money in the stock market, there is nothing like the feeling of watching a return on investment grow. The same can be true when cattle producers are financially rewarded at the point of sale for their time and money invested in pre-conditioning calves. But as the experts at the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute recently shared on a Cattle Chat podcast, that value can vary greatly.



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Alumni Events, Development and Continuing Education

VMAA logo 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 the monthly listings of recently departed alumni and links to their obituaries, plus a new link for submitting nominations for Alumni Recognition Awards.





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More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Drs. Phillip Lancaster (lead), DeAnn Presley (Agronomy), Walter Fick (Agronomy), Dustin Pendell (Ag Econ), Andrew Ricketts (Horticulture), Adam Ahlers (Horticulture) received $99,896 in funding from National Cattleman’s Beef Association for their study “Assessing human benefits of grazing rangelands in the Great Plains.”

Drs. Calli Coffee, Jim Roush and Mary Lynn Higginbotham published “Carboplatin-induced myelosuppression as related to body weight in dogs” in the Veterinary and Comparative Oncology journal.

Dr. Brad White was an invited speaker at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Sept. 23-25.

Dr. Matt Miesner lectured on Bovine Surgery Cases for the K-State Olathe Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine on Sept. 23.

Congratulations to Drs. Mike Kleinhenz and Hans Coetzee for making headlines with their studies on industrial hemp in cattle feed. A special report was run on KSNT News out of Topeka, Kansas.

Dr. Brad Crauer was interviewed by Fox43 News providing adoption advice for the Clear the Shelters event.

Drs. David Eshar, Sara Gardhouse & Tess Rooney were interviewed for the K-State Today, Sept. 23 edition in the article, “Veterinary medicine students participate in tortoise anesthesia research.”

Thank you to the State Fair Student Ambassador, Karissa Severud and other fourth-year students and faculty that participated in the Virtual State Fair event this year. Videos were posted throughout the week on social media depicting a day in the life of a veterinarian. The State Fair mascot, Ike the bison, came to K-State’s Livestock Services for a check-up in the first video! Other areas featured where small animal and exotics.

Thank you to Laura Constance and Rebecca Whisler, fourth-year veterinary students, for participating in the Virtual American Royal Student Presentations event. They provided live Zoom sessions and pre-recorded videos to share with school age children, from 2nd grade up to high school. They all enjoyed talking about how to care for animals and what it takes to become a veterinary student to prepare for a career as a veterinarian.

A Day in the Life of a K-State Veterinarian

Have you ever wondered what it's like in the day in the life of a veterinarian? In a new series of videos, you can get an inside look at the many different ways clinicians treat animals and help clients. Follow along with Dr. Susan Nelson and Dr. Neala Boyer, Small Animal Clinicians for the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University!


LinkedIn We have expanded our social channels!

Join the College of Veterinary Medicine on LinkedIn and add us to your profile under education and/or employment to help build and engage our online social community! Follow the LinkedIn page here:


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