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October 2021 - Vol. 16, No. 10

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$3.43 million NIH grant to create core research facility

Core Research Lab

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.



Meet the new class of scholars in Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas

VTPRK Scholars

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



Third-year student selected for NBAF Scientist Training Program fellowship

Jayden McCall, third-year veterinary student

Jayden McCall, third-year veterinary student from Wichita, was recently awarded the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Scientist Training Program fellowship, or NTSP fellowship.



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Ribbon-cutting launches Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Auditorium

Ribbon Cutting with BI VIPs

The newest learning space in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University opened its doors Oct. 1 with an official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony.



CVM receives Insight Into Diversity 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence In Diversity (Heed) Award

HEED award collage

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University received the 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.



Veterinary Health Center receives Rawhide Portable Corral gift

Rawhide Portable Corral delivery

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.



Dr. Susan Nelson says don't flee from flea and tick prevention now that fall is here

cute corgi

Just because fall is here doesn't mean it's time to stop using flea and tick preventatives on pets, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian. "These wonderful 70-80 degree temperatures that we are enjoying after a hot summer are also ideal temperatures for fleas to thrive," said Dr. Susan Nelson, clinical professor at the Veterinary Health Center



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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. TG Nagaraja, Chengapp and Jianfa BaiCongrats to (from left) Drs. T.G. Nagaraja, M.M. Chengappa and Jianfa Bai, who were presented with plaques in honor of their recent patents: "Compositions and methods for detecting, treating, and protecting against fusobacterium infection" — Drs. Nagaraja and Chengappa; and "Co-detection and association of multiple gene from the same genome in a sample" — Dr. Bai.

Congrats to Dr. Abbie Viscardi for being chosen for a 2021 AABP Foundation Cattle Welfare Grant Award for her project, "Evaluating the efficacy of two local anesthetic options to reduce pain in calves after cautery dehorning."

Welcome to Dr. Nathaniel Kapaldo, anesthesia clinician, and congratulations on passing the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) Board Certification Exam.

Congrats to the Dr. Brad White on receiving a $191,800 grant from the International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture (through the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research). Dr. White is developing predictive models to determine cattle’s BRD risk at the time of feedyard placement. He is receiving additional funding from Innovative Livestock Services Inc., Hy-Plains Feedyard, Veterinary Research and Consulting Services and the Beef Alliance.

Congratulations to Drs. Erin Hennessey and Erica Chavez-Peon who both passed their preliminary radiology board exam and Dr. Hannah Turner passed her certification exam!

Dr. Maria Jugan presented an abstract, "Fecal microbiota transplant versus probiotic supplementation as treatment for dogs with acute hemorrhagic diarrhea syndrome," at the 27th International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium in Nashville Sept. 11-15.

Dr. Ronnie Elmore presented, “Communication – The Key to Diversity,” for the Sept. 14 Intercultural and Inclusion Lunch and Learn.

Drs. Robert Larson and Brad White were featured in Morning Ag Clips on Sept. 14 with an article, “Factors influencing cow supplementation pre- and post-weaning.” Dr. Larson had an article, “Understanding Anaplasmosis Risk,” published in the farm journal Drovers on Sept. 14.

The Shelter Medicine Program traveled to the Santee Sioux Reservation in Nebraska for their bi-annual community outreach trip Sept. 17-19. The team saw over 100 patients for wellness exams and vaccines and performed 40 surgical procedures. Participants included: Drs. Brad Crauer, Neala Boyer and Hayley Barkoviak and shelter med nurse Kelsey Decker along with third- and fourth-year veterinary students.

Dr. Mike Apley moderated a discussion by a panel of industry experts on the role of antibiotics and technology in the beef industry at this year’s Production Animal Consultation (PAC) Summit for Industry Leaders held in Lincoln, Nebraska, Sept. 29.

The Beef Cattle Institute’s CattleChat podcast reached a milestone in September with 10,930 total downloads! Congratulations to Drs. Brad White, Robert Larson, Phillip Lancaster and Brian Lubbers.

Drs. Paige Adams and Ellen Mulcahy recently edited and published the fall issue of the One Health Newsletter. The theme of this issue is "One Health in Action." Story topics for this issue include a One Health perspective on COVID-19’s neuroscientific aspect; the relationship between shared-biking programs and improved health of plants, animals and humans; black fungus in India; and more.

Pharmacy technician, Terry Solis-Galvez, CPhT has received a passing score on his national Technician Product Verification Certification. The dispensary is excited to have him credentialed in this area, as it demonstrates his skill in safeguarding patients from dispensing errors and expresses his commitment to excellence as a pharmacy technician. Terry becomes the fourth full-time pharmacy technician to earn this credential.

Kind Heart Celebration features surprises and opportunities to give

The KSU Foundation hosted the 5th annual Kind Heart Celebration for the veterinary college on Sept. 24. Dean Bonnie Rush gave updates on the college, and then a video was played featuring a special surprise. Dr. Wayne Ingmire and his wife Jane had created a scholarship award for veterinary students, and in the video, the scholarships were presented to the first two recipients. After the video finished playing, Dr. Ingmire talked about how rewarding it is to give out scholarships to students. He told attendees of the celebration to check under their chairs where two individuals each found a $2,000 scholarship taped to the underside. Dr. Ingmire said they could pick any of the students attending the banuqet and present them with the scholarship, so that other people could share in the joy of giving. As another part of the program, Dr. David Biller led a "fireside chat" with four fourth-year veterinary students who talked about the impact scholarships provide.

Kind Heart Celebration collage
Top left, Dr. David Biller asks a panel of fourth-year students to explain what it means to receive a scholarship. The students are (l-r): Caroline Pawlowski, Jana Gigliotti , Shain Powell and Ryan Swanson. Bottom left: Dr. Wayne and Jane Ingmire congratulate Jana Gigliotti and Zach Bieberly on being selected for the inagural Ingmire Family Scholarship award. Top right: Patricia Barbano presents fourth-year Victoria Stone with one of the surprise scholarships. Middle right: Dr. Frank Blecha presents his surprise scholarship to second-year student Bailey Fritz.

Here's the video of the Dr. Wayne and Jane Ingmire suprising Jana Gigliotti and Zach Bieberly with the Ingmire Family Scholarship:


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