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April 2022 - Vol. 17, No. 4

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CVM presents research excellence award to Waithaka Mwangi

Dr. Mwangi

And the top faculty research award in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine goes to: Dr. Waithaka Mwangi. He was named the Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence at the Phi Zeta Research Day on March 1.



K-State research suggests probiotics may pose risks to animal, human health

By Piper Brandt

Enterococcus bacteria

New research at Kansas State University reveals how probiotics may not be as beneficial for animal and human health as thought. Probiotics, in most uses, are organisms considered to be beneficial for gut health in animals and humans.



Veterinary students receive scholarships from Zoetis and American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges

AAVMC ScholarsTen students in the College of Veterinary Medicine have been chosen to receive the 2022 Zoetis Foundation/AAVMC Veterinary Student Scholarship.




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Veterinary student publishes report on successful radiation treatment for cockatoo

Daria Hinkle

A Kansas State University veterinary student has written and published a case report in a prestigious journal about successful radiation treatment received by a Major Mitchell's cockatoo at the K-State Veterinary Health Center.




Veterinary research finds destressing benefit from feeding cattle industrial hemp

Dr. Kleinhenz

A new study by Kansas State University finds that feeding cattle industrial hemp may have a beneficial effect on their welfare: a reduction in stress and increasing the times when they lie down.




Second-year veterinary student receives USDA-Boehringer Ingelheim summer research opportunity

Michaela Long

Kansas State University's Michaela Long, currently in her second year of veterinary studies, is among 12 students from 10 universities across the nation selected to spend the summer researching diseases that could affect livestock and public health.



College of Veterinary Medicine presents Dr. Walter C. Bowie Scholarship to Bairon Madrigal

Bairon Madrigal

Bairon Madrigal, a third-year Kansas State University veterinary student from the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, is the recipient of a K-State College of Veterinary Medicine scholarship that honors the legacy of a renowned alumnus from the college and promotes diversity among future veterinarians.



Regular features


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.



News Ticker

More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Zoo crew goes on the road

Dr. James Carpenter and 12 students in the Advanced Zoological and Wildlife Medicine course visited Salina’s Rolling Hills Zoo on March 26. The group was hosted by the zoo's official veterinarian Dr. Danelle Okeson (’06 grad) who also provided a tour of the zoo and the wildlife museum.

group with lemur
The students participated in a wet lab where an endangered black and white lemur (Madagascar) was given its annual health exam.
baby rhino
Third-year student Bairon Madrigal brushes a baby rhinoceros, which is a form of enrichment.
Jayden and giraffe
Third-year student Jayden McCall provides enrichment to a giraffe.
Faculty promotions for 2022

Drs. Coetzee and GantaCongratulations to Drs. Hans Coetzee, professor and head of anatomy and physiology and Roman Ganta, professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology and director of the Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases, for joining the ranks of university distinguished professors!

Dr. Coetzee is internationally recognized for developing objective measures of pain during routine husbandry procedures in food-producing animals, including beef and dairy cattle, sheep and swine. Coetzee also researches bovine anaplasmosis and developed a single-dose implant vaccine that provides long-term immunity against anaplasmosis infections.

Dr. Ganta is an international authority on tick-borne rickettsial diseases, contributing significantly to the knowledge of the biology, pathogenesis, immunology, diagnostics and vaccine studies of rickettsial pathogens from the Ehrlichia species, Anaplasma species and Rickettsia species, particularly E. chaffeensis, E. canis, E. ruminantium, A. marginale, A. phagocytophilum and R. rickettsia, which are spread by the bite of infected ticks.

Drs. Justin Kastner, Katie Reif, Judy Klimek and David Rankin
Congratulations to these faculty members above, from left to right: Earning promotion to full professor: Dr. Justn Kastner, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathology. Earning tenure and promotion to associate professor: Dr. Kathryn Reif, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology. Earning promotion to clinical professor: Dr. Judy Klimek, Anatomy & Physiology and Dr. David Rankin, Clinical Sciences.

All in the CVM family!

The CVM hosted a dedication event in honor of Dr. Steve and Colleen Hodes who have given a gift to name the deanship in Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Steve graduated received his DVM in 1979 and Colleen earned her physical education degree from K-State in 1978.

Hodes family
Hodes Family Dean Dr. Bonnie Rush joins the Hodes family for a celebratory picture.
Dr. Bonnie Rush

Dean Rush shares some photos from Steve and Colleen's time as students at K-State and when they got married.

Dr. Hodes

Dr. Steve Hodes, DVM 1979, talks about a college rejection letter he received before getting accepted into the DVM program at K-State and how it helped inspire him to succeed.

Open House brings in the youngsters

The CVM hosted guests during K-State's Open House on April 9, inluding several future veterinarians! (Photos courtesy of second-year student Elizabeth Brann, a representative of the CVM's Open House committee).

girl and cow

girl and hose


girl in surgical gear

More News and Activities

Congratulations to the newest American College of Veterinary Surgeon Diplomates!
Dr. Haileigh Avellar (Large Animal) and Drs. Lauren Aldrich and Stacy Friesen (Small Animal).

Congratulations to Clinical Sciences' newest inductees into Phi Zeta Sigma, Drs. Sara Gardhouse, Leslie Weaver and Sarah Kaufman!

Congratulations to Drs. Raghavendra Amachawadi, Nicky Cassel, Beth Davis, Ronnie Elmore, David Eshar and Kate KuKanich for receiving JEDI awards. These awards are presented to those that stand up for Justice of others, provide opportunities for Equity, support and celebrate Diversity, and promote Inclusion for all.

The Livestock Services crew represented the Veterinary Health Center at K-State Cattlemen’s Day on March 4.

Dr. Elizabeth Santschi presented, “Equine Practice – What Do I Do About That?” at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 8.

Dr. Sue Nelson was interviewed for the March 10 edition of K-State Today in an article, “K-State veterinarian says make arrangements for pets in family emergency plans.”

Dr. Vien O presented, “Introduction to Veterinary Emergency Medicine,” at the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association Symposium on March 11-12.

Dr. Raghavendra Amachawadi presented, “Evaluation of a direct-fed microbial product (DIRECTä) on fecal shedding of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in finishing cattle in a commercial feedlot,” at the Midwest American Society of Animal Science meeting, March 14-16.

Dr. Chris Blevins, along with VHC staff and fourth-year students, represented the College of Veterinary Medicine at the 25th Anniversary of Equifest of Kansas in Salina, March 17-20. The event is Kansas’ premier all-breed horse fair and expo.

Drs. Jessica Meekins and Sara Gardhouse were the veterinarians for a Sunset Zoo Colobus monkey that received a successful cataracts surgery. WIBW-TV published a story March 18 explaining the 27-year-old monkey was blind and her quality of life was suffering. A few weeks following the surgery, she is back to climbing trees!

Dr. Laurie Beard was invited to speak at the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium on March 22 where she presented, “Strep equi/Strep zoo: Diagnosis and Containment in a Racing Environment.”

Dr. Justin Thomason presented, “Wildcat Cardiology,” at the K-State Olathe Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine lecture series March 23.

The 39th Annual Frank W Jordan Seminar was held March 26, and this year’s topic focused on Oncology. Thank you to the Clinical Sciences faculty who presented sessions:

  • Dr. Raelene Wouda – Mast Cell Disease: Novel Therapies and a Clinically Relevant Approach to Therapy
  • Dr. Mary Lynn Higginbotham – What New in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lymphoma
  • Dr. Samuel Hocker – Canine Urogenital Tumor
  • Dr. Warren Beard – Treatment of Sarcoid in Horses
  • Dr. Chieko Azuma – Applications of Radiation Therapy in Companion Animals

Dr. Sara Gardhouse presented an informational lunch meeting, hosted by the Avian Medicine Club, on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), the current outbreak, and the impact to backyard flocks, zoos and wildlife on March 28.

VetMed Rocks Summer Day Camps 2022

Vet Med Rocks Logo

Registration is Open - 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.


New Arrivals/Recent Departures


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