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December 2022 - Vol. 17, No. 12

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A holiday greeting from Hodes Family Dean Bonnie Rush & Friends


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Veterinary students receive prestigious AAEP scholarships

By Wendy Barnes

Anne Brien and Bailey Fritz receives AAEP awards

Two K-State College of Veterinary Medicine students, Anne Brien and Bailey Fritz, were awarded $5,000 scholarships on Nov. 20 at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) 68th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Both are third-year veterinary students who received the support of their clinical instructors and AAEP members during the application process.



Kansas Livestock Foundation/Cartridges for Cash scholarships

Anne Brien and Bailey Fritz receives AAEP awards

Five Kansas State University veterinary students were among 27 scholarship winners statewide recognized at the annual Kansas Livestock Association Convention Nov. 30 in Wichita. A total of $30,000 was presented by the Kansas Livestock Foundation and its partners. Each of the five K-State veterinary students received a $1,500 Cartridges for Cash Scholarship from Merck Animal Health and KLF, which is awarded to a veterinary student with a career goal of being a large animal veterinarian.



Maria Lou receives Westfall Award; organizes GSA social event

Maria Lou rolls out the dough

While it looks like she's literally rolling in the dough, Maria Lou, a doctoral candidate in the Department Anatomy and Physiology, cooked up a fun social event for the Graduate Student Association. She was also recently recognized by her department with the prestigous Jane A. Westfall Graduate Student Fellowship Award for Women. Learn why she was chosen for the award and see how she inspired fellow graduate students to step up for a fun baking challenge.



Dr. Susan Nelson shares tips on picking right pet food for cat, dog

Kitty eating cat food

When it comes to selecting the right pet food for your dog or cat, a Kansas State University veterinarian says always check the package labeling carefully and be wary of some of the words used to describe the product. Checking the product's ingredient list is the most common way pet owners select a pet food, but even the ingredient list and words on packaging can be misleading, said Dr. Susan Nelson, clinical professor at the Veterinary Health Center.



Special Feature: Year In Review — in Pictures!

Hodes Family Dean Bonnie Rush with Steve and Colleen Hodes

A look back at some of the many activities and events in the College of Veterinary Medicine that happened during 2022. While this is not a comprehensive list of every news headline, we hope these images evoke some great memories while some of these pictures are scenes that you may not have seen before.

Community Outreach event at Douglass Center

February: The new WOW vehicle (Wellness on Wheels) sets up at the Douglass Community Center in Manhattan for a wellness event for people and their pets in the community. This would be just one of many regular events organized by the CVM's Community Outreach team throughout the year, in Manhattan and beyond.

APVMA collage

March: The College of Veterinary Medicine serves as the host school for the annual symposium of the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association, or APVMA. The event included lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops/wet labs.

Dr. Steve Hodes

April: Dr. Steve Hodes, DVM class of 1979, holds up a college rejection letter he received before electing to attend K-State for veterinary school. He and his wife, Colleen (seated left), provided a gift to the college to provide veterinary students with business education, investing in their success as veterinary practice owners, while also naming the deanship in the college: Hodes Family Dean. Dr. Bonnie Rush is the inaugural dean to hold this title.

Fourth-year student Rachel Miner sits for an interview

April: A Denver TV reporter, Jessie Cohen, interviews fourth-year student Rachel Miner (right) about her involvement in the Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas, or VTPRK. The report aired on Denver's channel 7 and several affililated TV stations nationwide.

Fourth-year student Rachel Miner sits for an interview

May: Third-year student Angela Thompson-Butler receives a puppy with assistance from fourth-year students Bairon Madrigal and Payton Wise and third-year student Walter Meyers at a Spring Heartworm Clinic held at the Douglass Center in Manhattan. The event was coordinated with Everybody Counts - Manhattan sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, Elanco and Idexx.

Cheryl Mellenthin received honorary DVM degree

May: Hodes Family Dean Dr. Bonnie Rush introduces college-supporter Cheryl Mellenthin, accompanied by K-State President Richard Linton, at Commencement for the presenation of an honorary DVM degree. This is the first time the college has made such a presentation.


June: Annual class reunions included a collective gathering inside the Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Auditorium for the returning classes ending in 7 and 2.

Vet Med ROCKS day camp

July-August: Elementary school students learn about proper dog handling during a session at the Vet Med ROCKS summer day camp. The student outreach club sponsors day camps every summer for elementary, middle school, high school and undergraduate college students. Campers are introduced to basic veterinary skills and hands-on learning activities.

Dodge City rodeo

August: Fourth-year students Cora Farley, Tabitha Tschenz (veterinary assistant), Kylee Nelson, Shiloh Murray, Lane Forge and Lance Berry serve as the veterinarians at the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo.

Sloth bear gets a root canalAugust: 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, and intern Dr. Meagan Wood. They enlisted Drs. Morgan Murphy and John Whittaker from the anesthesia service; Dr. Doug Winter, the VHC's zoological and small animal veterinary dental specialist; and Dr. Clay Hallman from radiology and imaging. They were assisted by Sunset Zoo personnel Denise LeRoux and Kirk Nemechek (not pictured).

First Day of classes

August: The first official day of classes begins, and members of the various classes gather for a group picture to help kick off the beginning of the school year.

fourth-year students Katherine Clarkson, Ashley Huesman and Sloane Miller as well as veterinary nurse intern Catherine Lowry. They met with the public to teach about #farmanimals and how to care for newborns, as well as guide youngsters through some realistic, hands-on activities with Bessie and Black Beauty, our bovine and equine education models.

September: Fourth-year student Katherine Clarkson, veterinary nurse intern Catherine Lowry and fourth-years students Ashley Huesman and Sloane Miller welcome some newly born piglets at the Birthing Center at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. The fair was canceled the previous two years due to the pandemic, so everyone was excited to restart this wonderful annual tradition.

Vet students visit VDL booth at AABP September: A group of K-State veterinary students stop by the KSVDL's booth at the AABP Conference in Long Beach, California.

Advanced equine rotation - tracheal washSeptember: Fourth-year students perform a tracheal wash on a horse as part of an advanced equine rotation under Dr. Katie Delph Miller.

Ohlde and Snyder

October: The college formally announces the addition of two new puppies, Snyder and Ohlde, who are KSDS Service Dogs that are being cared for and trained by the classes of 2025 and 2026 as part of a new student community service initiative. The puppies have already grown significantly since they arrived.

Veterinary scholars at American Royal

October: A group of Missouri and K-State veterinary students are recognized as American Royal scholars. From left, an MU student, K-State fourth-year student Tyler Pauly, another MU student, and K-State fourth-year students Brooke Falk, Jackson Ralston and Clay Carlson.

AVC meeting - Bovine Club

December: A large group of veterinary students, include members of the Bovine Club, attend the 2022 Winter Meeting of the Academy of Veterinary Confsultants. Drs. Brad White and Bob Larson, with the CVM's Beef Cattle Institute are lurking in the back row on the right!


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