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Meet new class of VTPRK scholars

By Rylee Coy

VTPRK scholars

Six students have been chosen for the The Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas. These first-year veterinary students are all from Kansas: Mallory Beltz, Sterling; Tara Ellenz, Tipton; Laura Carpenter, Wamego; Kaylee Geesling, Turon; Whitney Leiblie, Udall; and Leah Mailand, Paola.

Dr. Jayme Souza-Neto brings next-generation approach to livestock disease research

Mosquito larvae - with Dr. Jayme Souza-NetoDr. Jayme Souza-Neto's expertise in next-generation sequencing and functional genomics is an important part of a collaborative research project. He is working with Drs. William Wilson, Dana Mitzel and other USDA researchers through a non-assistance co-operative agreement to look at the transmission of arboviruses that cause diseases in livestock.

Research team receives patent for canine pain relief formulation

Drs. David Rankin, Kate KuKanich, Charles Locuson and Butch KuKanichAnimals can suffer from different types of pain, so help is on the way, thanks to a newly patented formula developed by a team consisting of three researchers from Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and a research partner previously from Vanderbilt University: Drs. David Rankin, Kate Kukanich, Charles Locuson (inset) and Butch KuKanich.

Beef Checkoff through NCBA awards grant to understand ecology of salmonella in cattle

Dr. Raghu Amachawadi

Dr. Raghavendra Amachawadi and his team including Drs. T.G. Nagaraja, A.J. Tarpoff and Phillip Lancaster will use two awards totaling $395,238 in grant funding from the Beef Checkoff through National Cattlemen's Beef Association, or NCBA, to study salmonella in beef-on-dairy cattle production systems.

CRWAD Fellows includes four scientists with purple connections through the CVM

CRWAD Fellows

The recent Conference for Research Workers in Animal Diseases, held in the Windy City, featured a foursome of Fellows who each have a connection to Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine: Drs. M.M. Chengappa, Scott McVey, Amelia Woolums and alumnus Steven Olsen, DVM class of 1985.

K-State testing for ‘mystery’ dog illness

By KSNT News

KSNT screen shot - testing for mystery dog illness

The KSVDL responds to reports of a mysterious canine illness. Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek tells KSNT news that a state-of-the-art test will identify all organisms in samples submitted to the lab, which will allow for the determination of whether there is a new organism associated with the test. See video news report for more information.

Preparation is key to a successful calving season

By Beefmagazine. com

Calving season - stock imagesThe KSVDL's 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. In this story, he reviews steps for cattle producers before and after calving.

Video: Dr. Trenton Shrader joins Fox 43 AM Live Show

By Fox 43 TV

Dr. Trenton Schrader gives interview on KSNT newsMeet Dr. Trenton Shrader, clinician in our exotic and zoo animal services! During his interview with Fox 43 TV in Topeka, Dr. Shrader shares updates happening in the service as well as one of his most memorable rescue stories.

VHC equine specialist Dr. Dylan Lutter appears on Better Horses TV

By Better Horses

Dr. Dylan Lutter on Better HorsesEquine performance specialist and surgeon Dr. Dylan Lutter works on a horse with several injury fractures and explains the process he followed to surgically repair damage to a horse named Pal. Story starts at 2:47 into video.


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More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Dr. Mike Apley presented, “Pharmacokinetics and residue characteristics of chlortetracycline calves,” at the Academy of Veterinary Consultants in Kansas City on Dec. 1-2, 2023.

Dr. Thomas Schermerhorn presented, “The promise of SGLT-2 inhibitors for treatment of feline diabetes mellitus,” at the Boehringer Ingelheim Diabetes Education Seminar in St. Louis, Missouri, Dec. 5, 2023.

The 5th Annual Hill’s CVM Clinical Nutrition Symposium was held in the BI Auditorium on Dec. 9, 2023. Former Hill’s Pet Health Intern Dr. Amanda Nascimento presented, “Tips & tricks for promoting healthy weight in dogs and cats,” and Hill’s Pet Health Resident Dr. Favia Vaduva presented, “The business of veterinary dietary recommendations: How to integrate nutrition science into your practice.”

Dr. Kate KuKanich served as a peer reviewer for the 2023 Infectious Disease & One Health Request proposals for the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

Taylor McAtee and Lucas Horton at CRWAD

Taylor McAtee (above left) and Lucas Horton, Ph.D. candidates at CORE, both presented at the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) 2024 held in Chicago, Illinois, in its first ever 3MT competition on Jan. 20, 2024. Taylor was awarded 2nd place in The Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (AVEPM) graduate student award competition for her presentation entitled “Comprehensive outcomes from a feedlot trial comparing ractopamine hydrochloride and lubabegron feed additives.” Lucas Horton was awarded 4th place for his presentation entitled “Economic considerations for extended feedlot heifer days-on-feed–sensitivity analyses from pooled clinical trials.”

Dr. Roman Pogranichniy was co-chair of the conference joint scientific committee during the 2023 NAPRRS/NC229 International Conference of Swine Viral Diseases, held Nov. 30 through Dec. 2. The KSVDL served as a major sponsor of the milestone event.

CORE members participated in . Dr. David Renter, Dr. Mike Sanderson, Taylor McAtee, Lucas Horton, Dr. Vanessa Horton, Dr. Stephen Edache and Dr. Deana Hardee presented oral presentations, and Dr. David Edache and Deanna Gennett both gave poster presentations. Dr. Natalia Cernicchiaro was elected to the CRWAD Council, the governing body of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, and also as the president-elect of the Association of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.

Drs. Laura Miller and Leela NoronhaDr. Laura Miller served as president for the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists and received an appreciation for leadership and service plaque at the AAVI event/luncheon, pictured on the left with incoming 2024 President Dr. Leela Noronha.

A story featured in Toxin Tails at the Pet Poison Hotline website involved a case that was treated by VHC emergency clinician Dr. Stefanie Durbin, after a dog named Thunder Chaplin ingested a chlorine pool tablet. His case won the Toxin Tails contest for 2023.

Dr. Thomas Schermerhorn presented at the VMX Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Florida, Jan. 13-15. He was in the Diabetes Masterclass: Use of SGLT2 inhibitors in Cats, where he presented “Trouble Shooting Cats on SGLT2 Inhibitors.” He was also part of a panel discussion.

Dr. Beth Davis attended the 2024 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Meeting, Jan. 4-6. She serves as an AVMA alternate delegate representing the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC). KVMA executive director Megan Kilgore and many CVM alumni were in attendance at the VLC and HoD meetings.

Drs. Natalia Cernicchiaro and David RetnerDrs. Natalia Cernicchiaro and David Renter recently received a $124,948 ICASA grant to improve understanding of how feedlot cattle are classified based on bovine respiratory disease risk. The researchers are gathering information from industry stakeholders on current practices and knowledge gaps related to antibiotic metaphylaxis administration for bovine respiratory disease.

Additionally, Drs. Cernicchiaro and Renter are designing a survey of feedlot managers, veterinarians and other decision-makers to establish what information is used to classify bovine respiratory disease risk and animal treatment. These data can be used to comprehensively assess health risks and interventions, and as a result, optimize health management strategies for specific cattle populations. The outcomes of this research will improve animal management and well-being, give more accurate information about cattle health risks for bovine respiratory disease and encourage more efficient antimicrobial use. K-State, Beef Marketing Group, Cactus Research, Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, Hy-Plains Feedyard, Veterinary Research & Consulting Services and Zoetis provided matching funds for a $249,911 investment.

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