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October 2022 - Vol. 17, No. 10

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Meet Snyder and Ohlde: CVM welcomes KSDS service dogs for training

Rebekah Arnold, Ohlde, Kathleen Wardman, Madison Lathem, Snyder and Jayme Williams

Two puppies in training, named for Kansas State University athletics legends, are being welcomed at the College of Veterinary Medicine — although not as patients in the Veterinary Health Center. In cooperation with Kansas Specialty Dog Service (KSDS) Assistance Dogs Inc., the two service dogs, Snyder and Ohlde, are part of a new student community service initiative.



CVM receives 2022 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence In Diversity (Heed) Award

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For the second year in a row, the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University has been recognized for its efforts to enhance diversity in its academic environment. The college received the 2022 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.



Extra pair of students join Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas

VTPRK scholars - Dr. Brad White, Violet Biggs, Jayden Hanna and Hodes Family Dean Dr. Bonnie Rush

Recent legislative changes in Kansas are bolstering a long-running, successful program at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. Increased funding by the state of Kansas for FY2023 and beyond allows for the selection of additional annual loan recipients and an increase in the funding of all students currently in the Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas, or VTPRK.




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Dr. Hans Coetzee receives 2022-23 Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award

Dr. Hans Coetzee

Internationally recognized Kansas State University graduate faculty Dr. Hans Coetzee, University Distinguished Professor and head of anatomy and physiology department, joins Yoonseong Park, professor of entomology as one of two university-wide recipients of the 2022-2023 Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award.



Chengappa publishes fourth edition of 'Veterinary Microbiology'

Dr. M.M. Chengappa and Veterinary Microbiology

The fourth time is a charm for Dr. M.M. Chengappa, University Distinguished Professor and former head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology.

The newest and fourth edition of "Veterinary Microbiology" just arrived off the printing presses.



Third-year veterinary student receives Amstutz Scholarship at AABP

Paige Schmidt receives Amstutz Scholarship at AABP conference

Paige Schmidt, third-year veterinary student at Kansas State University, Medina, North Dakota, is one of nine students selected nationally for the prestigious Harold E. Amstutz Scholarship. Schmidt received a one-time $10,500 scholarship from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, or AABP. She is working concurrently on a master’s degree in veterinary biomedical sciences and is the president of the K-State student chapter of the AABP.



Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory develops new test for cattle diseases

cattleThe Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has developed a new test for two major blood-borne diseases in cattle. The laboratory's Molecular Research and Development section, led by Dr. Jianfa Bai, clinical professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, has developed a unique polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, bovine test specific for the endemic disease anaplasmosis and the emerging disease Theileriosis.



Scholarship grant supports public health workforce training for Kansas, nation

K-State Master of Public Health students Nokwanda Hlophe, left, and Toni Rose Barroga, right, attend the 2022 Riley County Community Health Improvement Plan meeting with Ellyn Mulcahy, center, director of the university's Master of Public Health Program.A new grant leverages expertise in public health education at Kansas State University to promote the expansion of public health systems and workforce through strategic scholarships. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration approved a three-year $1,486,217 grant for the program Ready to Serve: Building a Day-1-Ready Public Health Workforce for Kansas and Beyond.




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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:

Congratulations to Drs. Erica Chavez-Peon and Erin Hennessey for passing the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) board exams. Also, congrats to Dr. Matt DiFazio for successfully passing the ACVR preliminary examination.

Congratulations to Drs. Maggie Ewald and Jordan Roberts (former ophthalmology residents) who passed their American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist boards.

Congratulations to Dr. David Upchurch who received his Masters of Veterinary Education, or MVetEd, from the Royal Veterinary College.

Dr. Michael Kleinhenz received $24,540 as the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Foundation Cattle Welfare Grant winner for his project, “Evaluation of pain associated with scours in calves.”

Dr. Chris Blevins had an article, “Making health care part of the routine,” in the Ranch Horse September issue of the Kansas Stockman.

Several faculty members participated in the 2022 American Association of Bovine Practitioners Annual Conference in Long Beach, California, Sept. 22-24 with several presentations.

  • Drs. Mike Apley, Brian Lubbers and Michael Kleinhenz presented a two-day pre-conference seminar, "Applying Clinical Pharmacology in Practice: the balance between wizardry and paralyzing indecision," Sept. 20-21. Dr. Apley also presented, Managing Anaplasmosis in Cow-Calf Herds.
  • Dr. Shaun Huser presented "Evaluation of Herd and With"in-Herd Prevalence of Bovine Leukemia Virus in Eastern Kansas Beef Cattle.
  • Dr. Robert Larson presented "Evaluating the timing of BRD morbidity and mortality in feedlot cattle."

Dr. Ken Harkin provided continuing education seminars at the Southwest Veterinary Symposium in Fort Worth, Texas Sept. 23-24, His presentations included:

  • Fever of Unknown Origin in Dogs and Cats
  • Leptospirosis: A Look at the Clinical Disease in Dogs and Other Species
  • Leptospirosis: So Much More to Know About the Diagnosis, Therapy and Monitoring of Leptospirosis in Dogs
  • Canine Distemper Virus Infections
  • Canine Dysautonomia: A Rare Disease that Seems Less Rare Every Year
  • Feline Histoplasmosis: An Insidious Disease That Needs to Be on Every Differential List
  • An Overview of Fungal Diseases in Dogs

Dr. Mike Apley presented three sessions at the Iowa State Veterinary Medical Association Annual Meeting in Ames Sept. 29-30. His presentations were titled:

  • The latest related to the antimicrobials we use in practice
  • A practical guide to utilizing antimicrobial susceptibility testing in practice
  • Antimicrobial stewardship – Platitudes don’t help

Dr. Thomas Schermerhorn served on the Boehringer Ingelheim Diabetes Advisory Panel held Sept. 30.

Dr. Roman Ganta, university distinguished professor and director of the Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases at K-State veterinary college, made a visit to his home country of India that included a series of scientific lectures at several top universities. See full story in K-State Today.

K-State Olathe features professional development in animal health topics


Advanced Animal Pharmaceutical | Nov. 9-10
This workshop provides a detailed, practical and experienced based review of veterinary drug approval processes. It focuses on four major technical sections comprised of five topics of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Center for Veterinary Medicine product submission. Featured instructor: Rob Hunter, Ph.D., One Medicine Consulting


Roadmap to Market: Supply Chain in Animal Health | Dec. 8
Join us for a discussion on how to best navigate the supply chain and still get products to market in a timely manner, amidst ever-changing barriers. Examine examples and applications of how to overcome the challenges through best practices and planning. Featured instructor: Adam Hill, The Scarbrough Group

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