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August 2022 - Vol. 17, No. 8

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Acing the test: New Wildcat veterinary graduates excel on national licensing exam

Dr. Abigail Ayre at commencement in May 2022

The numbers are in: This year, the Kansas State University Doctor of Veterinary Medicine class of 2022 passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination, or NAVLE, at a rate of 99%, which is nine percentage points above the pass rate average of 90% for other colleges of veterinary medicine.



CVM researchers identify potential treatment for emerging rabbit diseases

By Wendy Barnes

Rabbits - stock photo

Going down the rabbit hole is not so bad if it means saving the lives of wild and domestic rabbits threatened by the recent spread of diseases. Currently, there is no treatment for Rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) and European brown hare syndrome (EBHS), both of which are caused by lagoviruses. But hope is on the horizon due to a discovery by a team of researchers at Kansas State University.



Veterinary student Dannell Kopp receives FFAR Fellowship for 2022

Dannell Kopp

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) announced 13 recipients of the 2022 Veterinary Student Research Fellowships (FFAR Vet Fellows), and among these is a K-State second-year veterinary student, Dannell Kopp.




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Early Admission Program announces new class and opens enrollment for the next class

2022 class of Early Admission scholars

The CVM has announced a new class of students for its Early Admission Program and will now be accepting applications through Feb. 1, 2023 for the next class of students.



Dr. Susan Nelson says immunizations keep pets healthy

Pet immunizations

A Kansas State University veterinarian says immunizations are a great step to ensure pets live a happy, healthy life. "Vaccinations can help extend the life of your pet by protecting them from many diseases," said Dr. Susan Nelson, clinical professor at the university's Veterinary Health Center.



New Coppoc ‘ONE Health’ lecture to feature renowned international neuroscientist

Mark HutchinsonA new lecture series honoring a graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine will launch Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. in the Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Auditorium between Trotter and Mosier Hall.



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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:

Orientation kicks off first year for class of 2026
Orientation collage
(Top Left) Hodes Family Dean welcomes the class of 2026 to the first day of orientation and the day concluded with a picnic on the lawn between Trotter and Coles Hall. On the bottom, first-yeear students tour the Veterinary Health Center.
A fine mentor
Drs. Raghu Amachawadi and Mike Apley
Dr. Raghu Amachawadi nominated Dr. Mike Apley for the 2022 Award for Excellence in Junior Faculty Mentoring and had the opportunity to present the award in August.
Everybody Counts in Manhattan
Everybody Counts 2022

Thanks to all the CVM folks who helped with the Everybody Counts event this year! This fantastic, free community outreach event assists community members in need. There were health care services including sports physical exams for school kids, vaccinations, dental exams, hearing exams, as well as provisions for meals, Harvester and Breadbasket food, and clothing for those in need. The CVM had valuable participation from veterinarians, techs/nurses, students, staff and pharmacy staff. The Shelter Medicine's WOW vehicle was used to perform feline exams indoors while canine exams were performed outside. Donations from pharmaceutical and nutrition companies such as IDEXX, Merck, Purina, Zoetis, Hill’s, BI, Dechra, and Elanco, were essential to make the event possible. Overall the CVM team served 11 cats and 55 dogs!

POOL-ooza time for pets
Second-year students Mason Loy and Allison Burnett

Manhattan's T. Russell Reitz animal shelter held its Annual PetPOOLooza at the Manhattan city pool. Dr. Ron Orchard, Elizabeth Scarbrough, first-year class; and Mason Loy and Allison Burnett, second-year class (pictured above) all attended. Mason and Allison practiced administering vaccines.

Sloth bear necessities - VHC team joins forces for root canal procedure
Sloth bear at Sunset Zoo collage

What does it take to provide great care for a sloth bear? Team work! A 200 pound, 2.7-year-old sloth bear on display at Manhattan's Sunset Zoo required a root canal on one of its canines. In early August, the Zoological Medicine Service gathered members from its team: Drs. Alison Jeffrey, Jasmine Sarvi, and James Carpenter and students Sammi Martin, Holly Crews, Mackenzie Grey and Shannon Lloyd with small animal intern Dr. Meagan Wood. They enlisted Drs. Morgan Murphy and John Whittaker from the anesthesia service; Dr. Doug Winter (bottom right) the VHC's zoological and small animal veterinary dental specialist; and Dr. Clay Hallman (bottom left) from radiology and imaging. They were assisted by Sunset Zoo personnell Denise LeRoux and Kirk Nemechek (not pictured). The immobilization, examination, dental radiographs and root canal, physical examination, and ultrasound and other diagnostics took about four hours. The bear did great, recovered well and will later receive a cap for its restored tooth.

Dr. Emily Reppert presented at the 7th Annual Your Veterinarians Conference in Deadwood, South Dakota on July 14-15. She presented, “Evaluation and Treatment of Lameness in Beef Cattle.”

Drs. Mike Kleinhenz and Hans Coetzee presented the results of their research, “Cannabinoids in Cattle Feed: Current Knowledge and Next Steps,” which were the results of their research at the Kansas Industrial Hemp Stakeholder meeting held at the K-State Salina campus on July 19.

Dr. James Carpenter and the exotic animal rotation provided veterinary inspections of rabbits and backyard poultry at the Riley County Fair July 21. Participants included students Kamryn Ritter-Shapero, Hannah Barber, Eliza Turnage, Bairon Madrigal, Katie Passilla and Allison Burnett, and were joined by intern Dr. Jasmine Sarvi.

Dr. Chris Blevins and the Livestock Field Services rotation students served as the veterinarians at the Manhattan Kaw Valley Rodeo on July 21-23 and the Pottawatomie County Horse Show July 30 and the Rodeo August 4-6.

Dr. Kate KuKanich, director of the Veterinary Research Scholars Program, led 20 students through a successful summer of mentored research projects. The students presented their research posters to the CVM on July 28 and then went to St. Paul, Minnesota, the week of Aug. 8 to present at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium. Thank you to all the CVM faculty that mentored students this summer!

Dr. Sara Gardhouse and collaborators had their research findings, “Clinicopathologic findings and urolith composition for green iguanas (Iguana iguana) with urolithiasis: 21 cases and 132 stones (1996–2020)” published in the July 2022 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Drs. Zackery D. Bieberly, Butch KuKanich, Kate S. KuKanich, Kara A. Berke, Emily E. Klocke, David A. Upchurch, Alyssa J Comroe, Maria C Jugan, Diane E. Mason, Ron J. Orchard, Joshuah B. Klutzke, Alyson H Fitzgerald, and Kallie Woodruff collaborated on an article, “Long-acting injectable methadone (methadone-fluconazole) provides safe and effective postoperative analgesia in a randomized clinical trial for dogs undergoing soft tissue surgery,” in the American Journal of Research.

Drs. Phillip Lancaster, Bob Larson and Brad White were interviewed in an article, “K-State beef cattle experts offer tips for reducing ranch expenses,” for the June 29 edition of Beef magazine, which came about after a Beef Cattle Institute “Cattle Chat” podcast.


Updates from CORE - The Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology

Drs. Natalia Cernicchiaro and Andrea Dixon, both from the Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology (CORE), along with Chad Mire, Leela Noronha and Dana Mitzel, all from USDA-NBAF, received a new grant award from the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) for their proposal titled “Reassessing the risk of Japanese Encephalitis introduction to and transmission in the United States.”

Hannah Seger, Dr. Mike Sanderson and Dr. T.G. Nagaraja had a new article titled “Nonpathogenic Escherichia coli strains as a surrogate for Shiga toxin–producing E. coli: Fecal shedding dynamics and pen environmental contamination in weaned calves and feedlot steers” published in Applied Animal Science. 38(4):305-316. Their article was selected as "Editor’s Choice" for this issue!

Dr. Natalia Cernicchiaro presented “Introduction and application of outcomes research in veterinary epidemiology” at the 16th International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE): Connecting Animals, People and Their Shared Environments Aug. 7-12 in Halifax, Canada. Dr. Dustin Pendell presented “Global burden of animal diseases (GBADs): Wider economic impacts of animal health” at the same symposium.

The Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology was a sponsor for the 16th International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE).

K-State Olathe features professional development in animal health topics

Animal Health Regulatory Affairs 101 | Aug. 31 – Sept. 1
Immediately following the Animal Health Corridor's 2022 Summit, this workshop on veterinary medicine regulations will provide attendees with an understanding of veterinary drug and vaccine approval processes. This course provides 11.5 contact hours of veterinary continuing education as certified by KSU CVM.

Deviations, Root Cause Investigations and CAPA | Sept. 15
Join us for a review of CVB and CVM requirements for Deviations, Investigations, Root cause analysis and Corrective actions. This hands-on discussion will give you the skills you need to navigate the requests of the FDA and USDA.

Leadership Program for STEM Professionals | Begins Sept. 22

Take your management abilities to the next level with K-State Olathe's leadership program that provides the tools and skills you need to succeed. Strategically designed to build upon itself with each workshop, this series will help you achieve the results you and your company aspire to.

Discover your own strengths and communications style, learn conflict resolution skills, understand how to connect with your team across differences, and develop future-focused strategies to achieve lasting results.

Don't miss our early bird offer available now through Aug. 31.

Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine 2022



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