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CVM seeks applicants for summer rural veterinary medicine program

Dr. Iwanski meets SPARK participantsThe College of Veterinary Medicine seeks applicants for the Summer Program for Aspiring Rural Kansas, or SPARK, veterinary experience. Participants will also engage in consultation sessions to learn how to create a competitive application for a selective Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, or D.V.M., degree program. In this photo, Dr. Craig Iwanski, DVM class of 1996 who is now with Central Veterinary Services in Stockton, Kansas, explains the utilization of CIDR devices in beef cattle.

Distinguished professor receives Higuchi-KU/Simons research award

Dr. Timothy MuschDr. Timothy Musch is a recipient of the prestigious Dolph Simons Award in Biomedical Sciences, as part of the Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards. He studies exercise intolerance in patients with heart failure in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology.

CVM faculty offer assistance with VMLRP and VSGP applications

Dr. Aaron ShafferTwo national USDA programs provide support for rural veterinarians, but filling out an application can be challenging as well as intimidating. Faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University are now offering help through the process.

Veterinary researchers investigate cause of liver abscesses in cattle; receive $280,000 in grants and matching funds

Drs. Raghu Amachawadi and TG Nagaraja

Drs. Raghavendra Amachawadi and
T. G. Nagaraja are one of nine research teams to receive a $125,000 grant from ICASA, and a matching $155,000 from Micronutrients Corporation, Cargill Incorporated and Phibro Animal Health Corporation.

If you “doctor” your livestock, buying antibiotics is going to be different

Dr. Mike Apley on KSNT TV

The CVM's Dr. Mike Apley explains how producers will be required to have a prescription from a veterinarian when buying antibiotics for cattle, starting in June, in this story from KSNT 27 News.


Meet the new class of VTPRK scholars

Dr. Aaron Shaffer

Welcome to the first-year class of scholars accepted into the Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas. They are (from left) Chance Kopsa, Beloit; Kenzie Jones, Rolla; Milan Black, Pratt; Ryann Allison, Fort Scott; Emily Headrick, Kismet; Madalynn Martin, Protection; and Caleb Hildebrand; Stafford. They were joined by Dr. James Roush, associate dean for academic programs and students success, and Hodes Family Dean Dr. Bonnie Rush.

Too Much of a Good Thing: Ionophore Toxicity Discovered the Hard Way


Drs. Scott Fritz and Brad White discuss a toxicology case involving tragic consequences of Ionophore Toxicity during a recent Bovine Science with Beef Cattle Institute “Tox Talk” podcast. A story based on the podcast has been posted at Drovers online.

CVM hosts national VOICE conference in Manhattan Dr. Lisa Greenhill and VOICE attendees

Dr. Lisa Greenhill, chief diversity officer and senior director for institutional research at the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), invites a group of students to join her for a selfie. Third-year veterinary student Nikita Lakhani (to the left of Dr. Greenhill in the above photo) is the president of the K-State chapter of VOICE, which stands for Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment.

Nikita said, "The schools that had representatives attending the conference were: K-State, University of Tennessee, St. George University, University of Illinois, Auburn, Ross, Wisconsin, Colorado State University, Georgia, UC Davis, Tuskegee, Iowa State, LMU, NC State, PennVet, Purdue, LSU, Minnesota, Cornell and Ohio State University.

"I had a wonderful time meeting students from veterinary schools across the country, and we had some captivating presentations from fantastic speakers!" Nikita said. "It was so great to listen to a lecture, and then to take those ideas and bounce them off of my peers as we discussed ways to further DEI within the veterinary profession."

VOICE conference collageThe VOICE conference included seminars, discussions and tours of the veterinary college.

Injured snowy owl recovering in NW Kansas

Dr. Jessica Iwanski

This rescued owl was taken to Central Veterinary Services, P.A. in Stockton, where Dr. Jessica Iwanski, DVM class of 1996, (circled below) conducted an examination. Snowy owls are one of only two diurnal owls in North America (other one is the burrowing owl), and they are seen occasionally in Kansas.

CVM researcher participates in Monty Python-inspired experimental study

Monty Python-inspired laboratory reseearch

Dr. David Poole in the Department of Anatomy and Physiology collaborates with researchers at Arizona State University and the University of Virginia about the benefits of “silly walking.” Their research was described in a UK Daily Mail story.

KSVDL debuts new webinar series with presentation by Dr. Brian Herrin

Dr. Brian Herrin - KSVDL webinar

More than 90 participants "tuned in" for a webinar about "Trends in Small Animal Intestinal Parasites," presented by CVM parasitologist Dr. Brian Herrin. This session covered some common parasites seen in small animal general practice and emerging trends seen at the KSVDL. The webinar is available at the KSVDL YouTube Channel.

Tribute to a great man: Veterinarian Robert Cope's death felt across Lemhi County

Dr. Robert Cope

Sharing some sad news about the passing of 1975 DVM grad Dr. Robert Cope. This touching story at Intermountain Farm and Ranch really demonstrates how much of an impact Dr. Cope made on his local community in Idaho.

No pet left behind: K-State alumnus provides community service in Montana

Dr. Ashley Russo

Dr. Ashley Russo, DVM class of 2021, preps a syringe with the rabies vaccine before vaccinating a dog at the Poverello Center. She has worked for more than six months with the Street Dog Coalition, the nonprofit that holds monthly free pop-up pet clinics at the Poverello Center, in Missoula, Montana.

Introducing youngsters to career opportunities in veterinary medicine

Dr. Jamie Retallick

KSVDL Director Dr. Jamie Retallick attends the Career Fair at Eisenhower Middle School in Topeka and visits with students about career paths in veterinary pathology and diagnostics. She also promoted the Vet Med Rocks summer day camps hosted at the College of Veterinary Medicine each year.

Preparation is key to a successful calving season

CattleKansas State University veterinarian
Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek says being prepared ahead of calving season is the best way for producers to assure they will bring home the newborn calves successfully. A key to having a successful calving and production season is for cows and heifers to be in the appropriate body condition.

NBAF Laboratorian Training Program (NLTP) accepting applications

NBAF scholars work in training laboratory

The Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Kansas State University are accepting applications for up to ten undergraduate or recent B.S. graduates for fellowship positions for the summer of 2023.

K-State alumnus slated to be new state veterinarian in Utah

Dr. Daniel Christensen

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) announced the hiring of Dr. Daniel W. Christensen as the new Utah state veterinarian, taking the place of Dr. Dean Taylor who retired from UDAF on December 30, 2022.

CORE/CVM researchers present at Conference for Research Workers in Animal Diseases

Lucas Horton on earning a first-place awardCORE (Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology) and other CVM researchers participated in the CRWAD2023 held in Chicago with scientists and graduate students providing scientific presentations. The CORE news site has more photos.

Dr. Brandon Wiedenhaft

Alumnus Dr. Brandon Weidenhaft, DVM class of 2001, appeared on the Smoky Hills PBS TV program "Doctors on Call" for the Jan. 17 episode.
Dr. Weidenhaft operates Big Creek Veterinary Services PA in Hays. The episode is posted on the Smoky Hill PBS YouTube Channel.

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More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Dr. Mike Kleinhenz presented at ASI Dairy Days on Nov. 10 in Whiteside and Nov. 15 in Seneca. His presentation was entitled, “Disbudding calves with pain management.” He was featured in the Nov. 14 issue of the Washington Post in the article, “Cows fed hemp produced milk with THC, researchers say.”

Dr. Brad Crauer presented at the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement in New Orleans held Nov. 14-16. His presentation was titled, “Spectrum of Care: Legal Issues in Shelter Medicine.”

Dr. Ron Orchard presented on Shelter Medicine and Community Outreach for the Nov. 16 Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine Lecture Series at the K-State Olathe campus. He also presented on Jan. 23 with community partners on the Mobile Access Partnership that provides a variety of mobile services such as clothing, food, primary care and veterinary care. Dr. Orchard explained the role of the Wildcat on Wheels (WoW) vehicle and the Shelter Medicine Community Outreach rotation. This was part of Dr. President Linton’s regional community visits tour.

Dr. Walter Renberg hosted two scholars, Drs. Vladimir Celer and Dana Lobova, from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Brno, Czech Republic, on Nov. 17. They presented a seminar to give an overview of the research activities at their institution to find collaborative opportunities.

Dr. Brad White attended the Farm Journal Foundation’s event, Addressing the Persistent Shortage of Food Animal Veterinarians and Its Impact on Rural Communities, Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C.

Naemi Bickmeier, Ph.D. student with Dr. Katie Reif recently receiving a first-place student award from the Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine and first place for oral presentation. The presentation title was "Cross-sectional study of Kansas beef herds to investigate prevalence of Anaplasma marginale infection, and association with host factors and pregnancy status."

The CVM hosted the Small Animal Clinical Nutrition Symposium, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, on Dec. 10. These Clinical Sciences faculty presented:

  • Dr. Neala Boyer, “Don’t Shun the Emo 'Shun' in the Veterinary Visit. How and Why we Address the Stress in our Patients”
  • Drs. Mac Hafen and Adryanna Drake, “Ch-ch-changes: Turn and Face the Strain”
  • Drs. Susan Nelson and Paulina Macias, “How a Healthy Weight Improves the Well-Being and Longevity of our Pets as Well as the Emotional Impact on their Owne4”
  • Dr. Catherine Ruggerio of Hill’s (DCS adjunct faculty member), “Keep Calm and Feed On: Putting the Joy back in Nutrition Conversations”

Drs. Adryanna S. Drake, McArthur Hafen, Jr., Elizabeth G. Davis and Bonnie R. Rush published “Authentic Conversations about Self-Care with Fourth-Year Veterinary Medical Students,” in the Dec. 24 edition of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.

William Johnson, Ph.D. student with Dr. Jeba Jesudoss Chelladurai received a CRWAD Student Travel Award.

Taeyong Kwon, Ph.D. student with Dr. Juergen Richt received third place in oral presentations from the American College of Veterinary Microbiology for "Gene editing of pigs to control swine influenza virus infections."

Drs. Leslie and Bryan Weaver presented at the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association Conference Jan. 27. Her presentations were, “Johne’s disease in small ruminants” and “Strategies for eradication of Johne’s disease in a Boer goat herd.” His presentations were titled, “Abdominal Distension in Ruminants” and “Ruminant GI Case Discussions.”


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