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January 2021 - Vol. 16, No. 1

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University-licensed compound selected as candidate against COVID-19

Drs. Kim and Chang

As the pandemic continues, hope is in sight with the production and distribution of new vaccines and treatments. Kansas State University is continuing to help in the fight with a licensed technology against coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.



Dr. Raelene Wouda elected to national role in ACVIM

Dr. Raelene Wouda

After a nationwide search, the Board of Regents and Executive Board of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) has announced the appointment of Dr. Raelene Wouda, BVSc DACVIM (Oncology), to the position of Certification Liaison.



Dr. Juergen Richt receives Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Award

Dr. Richt

Dr. Juergen Richt, the Regents and University Distinguished Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, joins three professors from the University of Kansas as 2021 recipients of prestigious Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards.



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Passion inspires K-State veterinarians to help homeless animals

By Piper Brandt

Drs. Pohlman and Meekins

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.



Dr. Douglas Winter shares tips for Pet Dental Health Month

A dental procedure

Next month is Pet Dental Health Month and the perfect time to learn how to keep up with your pet’s pearly (or not so pearly) whites. Dr. Douglas Winter, member of the American Veterinary Dental College, has a few dental health tips to share:



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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:

Congratulations to Dr. Clay Hallman for successful completion of the American College of Veterinary Radiologist board certification process!

Congratulations to Dr. David Hodgson for being recognized as Professor of the Week during the Dec. 11 men’s basketball game. The Professor of the Week recognition is coordinated by Faculty Senate, the president's office, K-State Athletics and the Division of Communications and Marketing. Recipients are faculty members selected by Faculty Senate caucuses.

Congratulations to Dr. Leah Freilich and research mentor Dr. Maria Jugan for receiving the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Resident Fellowship Award in the amount of $9,776 for their project titled, “Effect of dietary nutrient profile on plasma glucagon-like peptide 2 concentrations in healthy cats.”

Congratulations to former graduate student Sarah Remfry, Drs. Raghavendra Amachawadi, Xiaorong Shi, Jianfa Bai, Jason C. Woodworth, Mike D. Tokach, Steve Dritz, Robert D. Goodband, Joel M. DeRouchey and T. G. Nagaraja. Their research article, “Polymerase Chain Reaction-Based Prevalance of Serogroups of Escherichia coli Known to Carry Shiga Toxin Genes in Feces of Finisher Pigs,” from the Foodborne Pathogens and Disease Journal was selected as a High-Impact article for the month of December. The journal selects three high impact articles from every issue.

Two fourth year students, Laura Constance and Rebecca Whisler, participated in this year’s virtual American Royal Field Trip. The K-State College of Veterinary Medicine was featured in the December field trip. The students filmed video clips exploring the life of a veterinarian and answering common questions. The American Royal had over 400 teachers/parents enrolled in the program, representing more than 6,000 students in 24 states and two countries!

The Kanas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Hill’s Pet Nutrition 2nd Annual Clinical Nutrition Symposium was held virtually on Dec. 15. Drs. Neala Boyer, Tom Schermerhorn and Taryn Pestaloozi presented seminars. The event was a great success with 1500 registered participants!


Drs. Mary Lynn Higginbotham, Sam Hocker and Raelene Wouda received $54,950 in funding from ELLIAS Animal Health for their research project, “Clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of ELIAS Cancer Immunotherapy combined with surgery as treatment for appendicular osteosarcoma in dogs.”

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