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March 2022 - Vol. 17, No. 3

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Phi Zeta Research Day puts the spotlight on student presentations

Trey Tomlinson presents his research poster during Phi Zeta Research Day

Phi Zeta Research Day represents an opportunity for the College of Veterinary Medicine community to come together and share the latest research in all fields of basic, applied and clinical sciences.



Summer programs encourage Native, Indigenous, tribal and rural Kansas students to experience veterinary medicine

Veterinarian Dr. Brady Luke at Solomon Valley Veterinary Hospital in Beloit shows prospective veterinary students in the SPARK program a few items typically used in the field by cattle veterinarians.

For the second year, the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University offers two summer opportunities for future veterinarians: SPARK, the Summer Program for Aspiring Rural Kansas veterinarians, and SPRINTS, the Specialized Programs for the Recruitment of Indigenous, Native and Tribal Students initiative.



Plattner and Doty recipients of new Marler professorships

Dr. Brandon Plattner and Kelsie DotyFaculty members in the colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Health and Human Sciences are recipients of two new professorships established by former K-State College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Ronald Marler.




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K-State student receives David A. Schoneweis Scholarship at AASV Annual Meeting

Random (Rahyne) Bolda

Random Bolda, a second-year student at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, was awarded the David A. Schoneweis Scholarship during the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Annual Meeting held in Indianapolis, Indiana.



CVM hosts pre-veterinary students, Temple Grandin at national symposium

APVMA exotic pet-handling wet lab

The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, along with the KSU Pre-Veterinary Club and the Veterinary Voyagers, hosted these students for the annual symposium of the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association, or APVMA, March 11-12.



Drs. Richt and Valent named to inaugural BRI endowed professorships

Drs. Juergen Richt and Barbara Valent

Dr. Jürgen Richt, the Regents distinguished professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Barbara Valent, university distinguished professor in the College of Agriculture, are receiving Kansas State University's first Biosecurity Research Institute endowed professorships.



Diagnostic team analyzes marijuana toxicity levels in donkeys

Dr. Alyson Fitzgerald working in the toxicology lab as a veterinary student (file photo)

The increased prevalence of marijuana use for medicinal purposes in humans has inadvertently increased the potential risk of ingestion by pets and other animals. Scientists at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, or KSVDL, recently published toxicity findings on a pair of donkeys that were fed with cannabis buds.



Make arrangements for pets in family emergency plans

Dog close-up

Severe weather season is approaching and Dr. Susan Nelson, veterinarian and clinical professor at the Veterinary Health Center, says to include pets in your family emergency preparedness plans.





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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. Warren Beard, Chris Blevins, Leslie Weaver, Pearce Sloan and Maria Granello along with several fourth-year veterinary students, served as the veterinarians for the 2022 KSU Rodeo event Feb. 18-20.

Dr. Mike Apley attended the 2022 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention in Houston Feb/ 1-3 where he also chaired the Task Torce on Antimicrobial Resistance Policy.

Dr. Robert Larson also attended the 2022 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention and met with the Cattle Health and Well-Being Committee and participated in the Beef Cattle Herd section.

Dr. Brad White presented at the American Associate of Bovine Practitioners Recent Grad Conference on Feb. 19 in New Orleans. He presented, “Different Animal Identification Methods and its Application in an Infectious Disease Outbreak.”

Dr. Brad Crauer was the guest on "The Abundant Bean" podcast for a segment called, "Running a Phenomenal Veterinary Practice,” on Feb. 22.

Dr. Mike Apley presented at the 53rd American Association of Swine Veterinarians Annual Meeting Feb. 26-28, in Indianapolis. He presented, “Pivot points for antimicrobial decisions in swine, Making sense of antimicrobial susceptibility testing in swine, and What is in the antimicrobial pipeline?”

Dr. Chris Blevins co-instructed seven lectures and two labs (one cadaver, one live horse) with Dr. Bruce Whittle (MU) for the American Association of Equine Practitioners Dental Workshops held at Utah State University Feb. 25-27. Lecture titles included: Equine Dentistry Intro and Goals, Dental Structure and Eruption Schedule, Stomatognathic System, Equine Oral Examination, Equine Dental Disease, Restraint and Sedation and Floating Techniques.

VetMed Rocks Summer Day Camps 2022

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Save the Date - July 31 - August 3

Vet Med ROCKS camp will consist of daylong activities at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine!

  • July 31 Virtual day for high school/college

  • August 1 in-person day high school/college

  • August 2 in-person day middle school

  • August 3 in-person grade school

In-person camps will be held at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Manhattan, Kansas.

Technician Internships offered at KSVDL for Summer 2022

KSVDL Technician Internship

Do you have students looking to gain more experience in veterinary diagnostic medicine or explore career options?

The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) is offering multiple paid technician internships for Summer 2022. This competitive program offers individuals the opportunity to gain experience and training within the KSVDL, as well as observe career possibilities in our laboratories first-hand.

The technician internships are open to both students and non-students. This includes individuals enrolled in universities, community colleges, certificate programs and technical schools as well as recent graduates and individuals looking to expand their career options.

To apply, please submit the following items with the subject line: Summer Internship Opportunities at KSVDL

  • letter of interest
  • resume
  • letter of recommendation
Applications must be submitted to:

Dr. Barbara Lutjemeier

Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek

Kristina Wyatt

Review of applications will begin April 1 in anticipation of an early June start date.


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