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July 2021 - Vol. 16, No. 7

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CVM virologists publish new findings on SARS-CoV-2 treatment option

Dr. Chang looks through a microscope

A recent study by Kansas State University virologists demonstrates successful postinfection treatment for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. College of Veterinary Medicine researchers Drs. Yunjeong Kim and Kyeong-Ok "KC" Chang published the study in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, or PNAS.



Third-year student Jayden McCall chosen for veterinary research fellowship to identify African Swine Fever Virus protective antigens

Jayden McCall

Jayden McCall, third-year veterinary student at Kansas State University from Valley Center, Kansas, is one of 14 students selected nationally for a Veterinary Student Research Fellowship to Address Global Challenges in Food and Agriculture.



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

dog drinking water

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.



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Veterinary Medical Library begins new chapter

Gayle Willard

Gayle Willard, professor/director of the Veterinary Medical Library, is retiring after more than 50 years of service to Kansas State University and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Andi Parrish has been named as the new director.



K-State veterinarian shares tips for managing cattle heat stress



Not only do hot summer days make people uncomfortable outdoors, it can also impact livestock. K-State Research and Extension beef veterinarian Dr. A.J. Tarpoff said temperature, humidity, wind speed and solar radiation all affect cattle.



K-State’s US-China Center for Animal Health encourages public and private partnerships

US-China Center logo

The US-China Center for Animal Health (USCCAH) is a true example of "one world, one health." Established in 2010 at Kansas State's College of Veterinary Medicine, the Center aims to improve the veterinary training system in China to the level of the AVMA Council on Education's accreditation standards and to promote US-China research collaborations focused on combatting emerging and major infectious animal diseases.



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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:
Austin Schilling
Austin Schilling was appointed as the new director of development at the KSU Foundation.

The latest issue of Wildcat Veterinarian has been published. You can read the digital version here!

Several faculty members and alumni contributed to Guideposts for Veterinary Professionals, a handbook that offers valuable guidance to complement the challenging years of a veterinary medical education and early career. Dr. Howard Erickson served on the editorial board and contributed several biographical sketches of individuals who have made significant contributions to veterinary medicine. Drs. Abbie Viscardi, Sara Mark and Jerry and Nancy Jaax wrote chapters, and Dr. Bonnie Rush provided a testimonial included on the back of the book. Copies will be presented to students at colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States and Canada at their annual white coat ceremonies or other special events over the next three years.

The Johnson Cancer Research Center presented Deepa Upreti, Ph.D. student in Anatomy and Physiology, with a Cancer Research Award in the amount of $7,500. She and her mentor, Dr. Masaaki Tamura, are studying the role of intestinal microbiota in Euglena gracilis extract-dependent prevention of lung cancer.

Congratulations to the following clinical sciences faculty members that will receive tenure and/or promotions:

    • Dr. Chris Blevins promoted to clinical professor
    • Dr. Kate KuKanich promoted to professor
    • Dr. Jason Grady promoted to clinical associate professor
    • Dr. Raelene Wouda promoted to associate professor with tenure

Drs. Phillip Lancaster, clinical sciences, Chad Paulk, grain science and industry, and Raghavendra Amachawadi, clinical sciences, received a K-State Global Food Systems award for "Enhancing the economic value and business viability of food waste to animal feed conversion."

Drs. Kate KuKanich and Waithaka Mwangi with VRSP trainee Jayden McCall received $10,000 in funding from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and Association of American Veterinary Colleges (AAVMC) for the Development of African Swine Fever [ASFV] subunit vaccines.

The Annual Conference for Veterinarians was held virtually from June 6-8. Thank you to the following faculty, adjuncts and staff from the department of clinical sciences that presented live streaming sessions or recorded presentations:

    • Dr. Sam Hocker, The Many Faces of Mast Cell Tumors and Spot the Difference: Are all Splenic Masses the Same?
    • Dr. Laurie Beard, Diseases in Quarter Horses and an Update on Endoscope Disinfection
    • Dr. Rose McMurphy, Concurrent Medications and Anesthesia: What to Give, What to Stop
    • Dr. Bob Larson, Beef Cattle Reproduction: What Can Go Wrong?
    • Dr. Katie Delph, Equine Infectious Disease Update
    • Dr. David Upchurch, Current Trends in Wound Management – Parts 1 and 2
    • Dr. Dylan Lutter, Case Based Application of Equine Physical Therapies and Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Horses: Making a Case for Chiropractic
    • Dr. Mike Kleinhenz, Feeding Hemp to Cattle
    • Dr. Matt Wimer, Veterinary Podiatry Applied Anatomy for Shoeing Considerations
    • Dr. Brad White, Morbidity and Mortality in Feedlot Cattle: an update and Job Satisfaction, Compensation, and Employee Turnover in Rural, Mixed Animal Practices
    • Dr. Haileigh Avellar, Clinical Applications of Platelet Based Regenerative Therapies
    • Dr. Elizabeth Santschi, How to Improve your Radiographs and Reading Distal Limb Radiographs
    • Dr. Shaun Huser, The Bull BSE
    • Dr. Emily Reppert, Interpreting the Ruminant Hemogram and Biochemical Profile
    • Dr. Chris Blevins, Equine Field Emergencies
    • Dr. Sara Gardhouse, Survival Guide to Backyard Poultry Medicine – Parts 1 and 2
    • Dr. Matt Miesner, Bull Reproductive Injuries
    • Dr. Shane Lyon, Stop Honking at Me! – Managing Tracheal Collapse and Veterinary Graduates of Today: A Generational Perspective
    • Dr. Leslie Weaver, Johne’s Disease in Small Ruminants
    • Ashley VanMeter, Veterinary Nurse (Large and Small) Benefits to a Practice
    • Dr. James Roush, Student Expectations for Starting Contracts and Salaries

Drs. Matt DiFazio, Justin Thomason and James Carpenter had their ECG case featured as the ECG of the month in the JAVMA June 1 edition.

Dr. Kate KuKanich was the source of an article published in the JAVMA news, June 15 edition, regarding accessibility in veterinary spaces.

Terry Solis-Galvez passed his national pharmacy technician exam and will be adding the credential Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) to his name. Becoming a CPhT demonstrates knowledge and commitment in medication safety and effective patient care. Congratulations, Terry!

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