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November 2021 - Vol. 16, No. 11

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College presents annual teaching awards

Recipients of fall teaching awards

Three faculty members have been recognized for preclinical teaching excellence in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Drs. Pradeep Malreddy, Lisa Pohlman and Emily Reppert were each named as the respective top teachers for the first, second and third years of instruction, as voted on by each respective class of students for their teaching efforts in the 2020-2021 school year.



Rose hits model market with ‘CHAMP’


Veterinary students can now get a leg up on learning clinical skills thanks to a new tool envisioned by Kansas State University's Susan Rose, clinical education technician in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and commercialized with help from K-State Innovation Partners.



CVM appoints Renberg for Doughman professorship

Dr. Renberg

Dr. Walter Renberg, professor and section head for small animal surgery in the Clinical Sciences department has been chosen as the new holder of the Roy and Lucille M. Doughman Professorship.



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Second-year veterinary student receives Tokach Angus Ranch Memorial Scholarship

Paige Schmidt

A Kansas State University veterinary student joined a group of 10 students selected for scholarship awards through the North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation. Second-year student Paige Schmidt, of Medina, North Dakota, received the Tokach Angus Ranch Memorial Scholarship during the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association’s 92nd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Fargo.



Richard Preston, 'Hot Zone' author, discusses future pandemics

Richard Preston

The details of a 1994 bestselling novel "The Hot Zone" inspired a recent television miniseries. The author, Richard Preston, will be featured at Kansas State University to speak about future pandemics.



New $325,000 grant supports first U.S. research project into novel tick disease

Dr. Ganta

Researchers at Kansas State University are the first in the United States to look into methods of keeping a foreign tick-borne livestock disease at bay. The Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases recently received $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and an additional $75,000 from the state of Kansas' National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Transition Funds.



BCI experts offer advice for cold weather concerns

Cattle in cold

A high percentage of the U.S. beef herd resides in areas of the country where moderately to extremely cold winter temperatures are common. By planning for winter weather, ranchers can avoid being caught off-guard by extreme events and can manage the typical winter conditions so that cattle do not have to continually utilize body fat as an energy source to keep warm – leading to excessive loss of body condition.



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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:

Six veterinary nurses attended Colby's 50th Veterinary Nurses Conference on Oct. 22. Each presented a seminar in their specialty and promoted the Nurse Intern Program. (From left to right) Amber Melton, RVT Exotic and Zoological Medicine; Hannah Smiley, RVT Nurse Intern; Brooke Neiberger, RVT Oncology; Emily Conner, RVT Equine; Christine Hackworth, RVT Outreach Program Coordinator; and Raycelon Kuntz, RVT Nurse Intern.

Dr. Megan Niederwerder was an invited speaker at the Alternatives to Veterinary Antimicrobials (AVANT) Workshop on Regulatory Issues in Phage Therapy and FMT in Animals at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark on Oct. 17. The title of her talk was “Use of FMT for control of viral diseases of swine.” She was also an invited speaker and panelist for the Kemin Intestinal Health Conference, a Global Digital Event held by the Animal Nutrition & Health Division of Kemin Europe on Sept. 16-17. The title of her talk was “Successful measures to control African swine fever.”

The Dr. Jane A. Westfall Graduate Fellowship for Women was awarded to Deepa Upreti during the Anatomy and Physiology seminar on Oct. 26. This fellowship provides financial assistance to female graduate students in the A&P department. Deepa is a graduate research assistant working with Dr. Masaaki Tamura.

The fourth-year Shelter Medicine rotation hit 30,000 surgeries on Oct. 4!

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners 54th Annual Conference was held in Salt Lake City, UT on Oct. 7-9. Several CS faculty members attend and presented:

  • Dr. Mike Apley presented, “A Pilot Antimicrobial Use Monitoring Project in 22 U.S. Beef Feedlots.”
  • Dr. Mike Kleinhenz presented a clinical skills session, “Practical approaches to on-farm pain management in cattle” as well as a student session, “Approaches to Pain Management.”
  • Dr. Brian Lubbers presented in the clinical forum, “Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing and Antimicrobial Stewardship.”

Dr. Mike Kleinhenz presented, “Development of Standard Operating Procedures for Pressure Mat Analysis in Food Animal,” in the virtual 3rd Annual Pain in Animals Workshop (PAW) on Oct. 14-15. The focus of this year’s workshop was on Gait Analysis and Accelerometers.

Dr. Susan Nelson presented, “Those Creepy Crawly Parasites that Affect Cats and Dogs,” at the K-State Olathe Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine lecture series on Oct. 20.

Dr. Steve Ensley spoke about Harmful Algae Blooms Nov. 3 at K-State Olathe for One Health Day.

Dr. Chris Blevins performed USEF Drug and Medication Testing at the United States National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show on Oct. 25-30.

Dr. Anne Lovett, Livestock Services resident, presented a portion of her master’s research project, “Acute anaplasmosis reduces breeding soundness in experimentally infected beef bulls,” at the Kansas State University poster competition held at K-State on Oct. 27 and won her section! She will travel to Topeka in February to represent K-State during the Capitol Graduate Research Summit . Dr. Emily Reppert, associate professor of Livestock Services, is Dr. Lovett’s mentor.

Dr. Maria Granello and Lexi Pedrow
Dr. Maria Granello, Equine Intern, and Lexi Pedrow, forth-year student, partnered with Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences the weekend of Oct. 26-28 to provide surgical services for castrations for the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue in Texas. As a group, they castrated around 100 donkeys for the rescue organization. "I learned so much from this trip!" Lexi said. "I got to work with and learn from vets from Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and Dr. Granello. It was great to see how they each castrated and the little differences that can be done. I left there feeling so much more confident in my surgical skills.


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