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July 2022 - Vol. 17, No. 7

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Researchers successfully test first vaccine to prevent bovine anaplasmosis


A new study in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University is paving the way forward in controlling a devastating and costly cattle disease: Bovine Anaplasmosis.



CVM hosts veterinary educators conference

VEC  anatomical modeling seminar

From June 27 to29, the College of Veterinary Medicine hosted 153 registrants for the Veterinary Educator Collaborative, or VEC. This biennial conference is a component of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges that fosters faculty development and promotes best practices among veterinary educators.



Homecoming spotlights camaraderie fostered through U.S.-China Joint DVM Program

US-China Joint DVM Homecoming

The old expression “two heads are better than one” took on new meaning this year at the annual celebration of the U.S.-China Joint DVM Program at Kansas State University held in May.




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Shelter Medicine meets community needs at home and away

Drs. Ron Orchard

July was a busy month for the CVM's Shelter Medicine program. Teams of faculty, staff and students participated in two events. The first event was in Manhattan at the Douglass Community Center and the other event was in Kansas City at the Metro Lutheran Ministry building.



Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2 (RHDV2) Discovered in Kansas

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease map

As of April 2022, RHDV2 has been found in the states highlighted on the accompanying maps in the "keep reading" section. RHDV2 was discovered this month in a domestic rabbit housed in Eastern Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Animal Health has quarantined the facility.



Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases represents K-State at international rickettsiology conference in South Carolina

Dr. Ganta and the CEVBD team at ASRThe Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases, or CEVBD, was well-represented this year at the 31st meeting of the American Society for Rickettsiology, or ASR, held June 25-28, at Greenville, South Carolina.



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Alumni Events, Development and Continuing Education

VMAA Connect Purple logoThe Veterinary Medical Alumni Association organizes alumni receptions at several of the national annual conferences plus continuing education events and more.




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More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:

VHC welcomes new residents and interns
New residents
Back row (left to right): Drs. Hannah Neill, livestock services; Danielle Cucuzella, equine surgery; and Sarah Scott, oncology. Front row (left to right): Drs. Viktoria Granacka, equine medicine; Caylie Voudren, small animal medicine; Kathryn Ryan, anesthesiology; and Darby Toth, small animal surgery.
Not pictured: Drs. Ashley Bowyer, ophthalmology; Michell Gonzalez, anesthesiology; Trey Neyland, livestock services; and Lauren Ryon, radiology.
New interns

Left, Dr. Kailah Buchanan, intern in cardiology and Dr. Alison Jeffrey, medical intern in exotics.

Dr. Mike Apley was presented the 2022 Clinical Sciences Award for Excellence in Junior Faculty Mentoring. He was nominated by Dr. Raghu Amachawadi.

Dr. Brian Lubbers has been designated as a Big XII Faculty Fellow for 2023 in support of his visit and collaboration with Texas Tech University.

Drs. Jessica Meekins and Shane Lyon have been invited to join the AAVMC Council on Outcomes-based Veterinary Education (COVE) national working group. This is an oversight committee that will be involved with the application and implementation of competency-based veterinary education into the curriculum of CVMs. They will serve as college representatives and will help contribute to this mission here at the CVM.

The Department of Clinical Sciences faculty played a major role in the 84th Annual Conference for Veterinarians held at K-State June 5-7. Clinical Sciences faculty members that presented included:

Large Animal

    • Dr. Haileigh Avellar – Evaluation of First Aid of Equine Musculoskeletal Injuries
    • Dr. Warren Beard – Common Procedures in Equine Practice
    • Dr. Chris Blevins – Veterinarian’s Role at Rodeo and Equine Events
    • Dr. Jason Grady – Is This Stud a Dud? Case series of Managing Stallions for Breeding and Clinical Management of Endometritis
    • Dr. Phillip Lancaster – Systems Models to Identify Management Strategies to Improve Economic and Sustainability of Beef Cow-Calf Operations
    • Dr. Brian Lubbers – Revisiting Antimicrobial Resistance in BRD Pathogens
    • Dr. Bryan Weaver – Deep Digital Sepsis in Cattle and Surgery of the Bovine Distal Limb
    • Dr. Brad White – Available Resources to Augment Rural Veterinary Practice

Small Animal

    • Dr. Nicky Cassel – Part 1: Is Artificial Intelligence Stealing My Job? Part 2: Heart or Lungs? Surgical Abdomen or Not? Part 3: Guess the Foreign Body (with Dr. Mackenzie Hallman)
    • Dr. Nathaniel Kapaldo – What is “Safe” Anesthetic Monitory? And Blood Pressure Matters: A Practical Approach to Management
    • Dr. William Whitehouse – What’s New at KSU? Minimally Invasive Procedures, Part 1 & 2

Dr. Bob Larson spoke at a client meeting for Ogallala Animal Clinic on June 16 regarding beef heifer development.

Dr. Emily Reppert attended the ACVIM forum in Austin, TX June 22-25 and presented, “Wellness among candidates in the ACVIM large animal internal medicine training programs.”

Dr. William Whitehouse attended the ACVIM forum in Austin, TX June 22-25 and presented, “Diltiazem Infusion Alterations on Glomerular Filtration Rate, Electrolyte Excretion, and Urine Output in Health Dogs.”



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