Anatomy and Physiology

We are a multi-disciplinary department with responsibilities in instruction, research and continuing education in the disciplines of gross and microscopic anatomy, cell and systemic physiology, pharmacology, neuroscience and animal behavior and welfare.


Our mission: Cultivate an environment that fosters ingenuity, leadership and excellence in teaching, research and service.

Our vision: Build the finest veterinary biomedical science department.

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Dr. Erickson named alumni fellow

  • Dr. Howard Erickson has been selected as the CVM Alumni Fellow for 2024. He received his bachelor's and DVM degrees from K-State in 1959 before joining the Air Force as a commissioned officer. He received a doctorate from Iowa State in 1966, then served as a full-time faculty member in our department from 1981-2011. As emeritus professor, he continues to teach an elective course on veterinary history.




Drs. Bruce Schultz, far left in photo above, and Peying Fong, far right, celebrated with One-Year Master's in Biomedical Science graduate Taylor Bachtel during commencement ceremonies on Dec. 8 in Manhattan. Graduates of the program made their way to receive their degrees in the photos below.



Drs. Matt Basel, Butch KuKanich win 1st-, 2nd-year teaching awards

BaselAnatomy & Physiology Department instructors Dr. Matt Basel (right) and Dr. ButchKuKanich KuKanich (left) were named winners of the College of Vet Med's 1st- and 2nd-year teaching awards, respectively, during a ceremony held on Nov. 14. "I am extremely proud of all the faculty and staff in the department for the outstanding work that you do every day. Thank you for all that you do to deliver our department mission," said A&P Department Head and CVM Associate Dean of Research Dr. Hans Coetzee.




Clarenburg Lectureship speaker Dr. Ellen Puré, of the University of Pennsylvania, received a plaque from Dr. Hans Coetzee on Nov. 16 following her talk at the College of Veterinary Medicine on the KSU campus in Manhattan. Dr. Puré is a Grace Lansing Lambert Professor, past chairwoman of Biomedical Sciences and Professor of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is Associate Director of the Cancer Research Institute and serves on editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Investigation and Matrix Biology and is Founding Senior Editor of Cancer Immunology Research.




S'moresFaculty, staff and students from the KSU Department of Anatomy & Physiology and their families gathered at Long's Park in Manhattan on Oct. 20 for their annual fall picnic celebration. About 80 people signed up for the event, which was highlighted by a catered meal and the making of s'mores. The meal, prepared by The Farmhouse, Olsburg, Kan., consisted of roast beef, fried chicken, vegetable lasagne, various side dishes and homemade pies.



Student Bailey Fritz nabs major scholarship

Fourth-year A&P student Bailey Fritz is one of two KSU students chosen nationally for the $75,000 Coyote Rock Ranch Scholarship. They were selected from 47 applicants. Fritz’s veterinary journey began with active involvement in SCAAEP, where she expanded lab topics and organized an equine mentorship group as president. After receiving her veterinary degree, Fritz plans to complete an equine surgical residency and pursue a dual clinical and research position in academia, focusing on equine pain and soft tissue injuries.




Thitikan Jirakittisonthon, right, received the Jane A. Westfall Graduate Student Fellowship for Women, a scholarship worth $3,000, from Dr. Hans Coetzee on Nov. 16 at the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine.



OYM grads

The Spring 2023 graduating class for the One-Year Master's in Biomedical Science program in our department included (from left): Shannon Spillers, Allyson Huber, Marquette Stanley, Samantha Maas, Hailey Weaver and Ellen Park. Not pictured: April Ascher, Hannah Dittmer, Rebecca Storrer and Random Bolda.



A&P's Ramona Weber wins 1st place in Kansas-related contest

  • Ramona Weber, a kinesiology PhD student who works in the lab supervised by Drs. Tim Musch and David Poole, took first prize in a poster contest that included 70 student presenters. A&P-affiliated grad students Kiana Schulze, Zachary White, Keshari Sudasinghe, and Liza Rogers also presented Oct. 24 in the Research and the State Poster Forum.



Dr. Hans Coetzee named Associate Dean, earns major awards

Anatomy & Physiology Department Head Dr. Hans Coetzee who recently earned Kansas State University's highest faculty title, University Distinguished Professor, is also a recipient of a 2022-23 Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award and an Iman Award. He has accepted the position of Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs, although he will continue to serve as Department Head as well until his successor is identified. Dr. Coetzee has been recognized by the graduate school as a 2022-23 Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award recipient. He is known worldwide for his work developing objective measures of pain in food-producing animals. He also researches bovine anaplasmosis and has developed a single-dose implant vaccine that provides long-term immunity against anaplasmosis infections.

CoetzeeAwarded more than $21.2 million in research funding over the last 16 years, including more than $18 million from highly competitive federal sources, Dr. Coetzee has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He also is in high demand for consultation by livestock producers, practitioners, academic researchers and pharmaceutical companies on livestock pain assessment. He has presented his work at continuing education sessions and conferences around the world.



Recent achievements by A&P faculty

  • Dr. Tim Musch has been selected as the 2023 Dolph C. Simons Sr. Award winner in Biomedical Sciences. This award is one of the four research achievement awards established in 1981 through the University of Kansas Endowment Association. Dr. Musch was also recently named president-elect of the American Physiological Society.
  • Dr. Masaaki Tamura has two K-State undergraduate students under his mentorship who were selected to receive research awards from the Kansas State University Johnson Cancer Research Center: Logan Glover, a sophomore in biochemistry from Goddard, Kansas; and Caden Blake, a freshman in human health biology from Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Dr. Pradeep Malreddy was promoted to the title of Clinical Associate Professor and was selected for membership in the Academy of Medical Educators.
  • Dr. David Poole has been selected as the 2023 College of Health and Human Sciences Research Excellence Award. "Dr. Poole has been extremely productive over the past five years, advancing scientific discovery in the microcirculation and developing state-of-the-art models of capillary function," an award nominator said. He ranks in the top 2% of most prolific researchers in his field.
  • Dr. Lynn Abel (pictured at right) has received the 2022 Boehringer Ingelheim AbelExcellence in Teaching in the first year of the DVM curriculum, as voted on by first-year students.
  • Dr. Scott Fritz was recently featured on the Beef Cattle Institute's "Tox Talk" podcast.
  • Drs. Mark Weiss and Lihua Wang have been selected for the inaugural Pathway to Commercialization Program.
  • Dr. Judy Klimek recently submitted her revisions for the equine dissection guide.
  • Dr. Matt Basel has been honored with a Master JEDI Award and has been nominated by his colleagues for certification to direct doctoral students, making him eligible to serve as a chairman of doctoral supervisory committees.
  • ShiDr. Jishu Shi (pictured at right) is the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Wayne and Hilda Appleton Endowed Professorship. During his 14-year career at K-State, Dr. Shi has attained national and international recognition for his research focused on advancing our understanding of swine immunology, especially as this pertains to the development of vaccines and diagnostic assays to combat swine fevers. Dr. Shi is also the founder of The U.S.-China Center for Animal Health (now U.S.-Asia Center). Dr. Appleton graduated in the class of 1942 and served as a mixed animal practitioner and swine producer. Dr. Shi has also established the Center on Vaccine Evaluation and Alternatives for Antimicrobials to support animal vaccine development and usage.



Wearing Covid-19 Masks: Blood Oxygenation and Exercise Capacity (KWCH - TV)

Dehorning Pain Management (Bovine Veterinarian)

Updated Ag Guide Expands on Pain Management (JAVMA)

K-State Research Team First to Analyze Safety of Industrial Hemp As Cattle Feed (KSN Wichita)

K-State Researches Possibility of Feeding Hemp to Cattle (KSNT Topeka)

K-State Studies Deadly Blue Green Algae (KSNT Topeka)