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Lifelines - January 2014 The official newsletter of the College of Veterinary Medicine

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January 2014 - Vol. 9, No. 1

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Dr. M.M. ChengappaMicrobiologist of the Year

Dr. M.M. Chengappa receives distinguished recognition in veterinary microbiology.
Who presents this award?

Novel procedure saves Vida's vision

Ophthalmology team sets sights on a successful solution.
What did they try?

Trio make top 15 lists

VetTechColleges.com has identified a pair of faculty members and an alumna as top veterinary professors.
Which categories were they chosen for?

MPH Program has record year for number of graduates

Holiday Open House brings festive holiday fare: photo gallery

U.S. Senate passes Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

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Distinguished Microbiologist of the Year

ACVM tabs Dr. M.M. Chengappa with its highest honor
 Dr. Chengappa and Dr. Fahey 
 Dr. M.M. Chengappa, left, accepts the 2013 Distinguished Microbiologist of the Year Award from Dr. Jim Fahey, president of the ACVM. 
 Dr. Chengappa, Muthu and Tanya 
 Dr. Chengappa is joined by his wife, Muthu, and daughter, Tanya.  

Dr. M.M. Chengappa, University Distinguished Professor and head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, has been named as the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist of the Year by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM). This award was presented at the ACVM’s annual meeting held Dec. 8 in Chicago. Dr. Chengappa is a Diplomate of the ACVM.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized with such a prestigious award, being the only award of this kind given to an individual in the U.S. and Canada,” Dr. Chengappa said. “I’m honored and humbled by this recognition, and I’m quite thankful to the organization for recognizing me. I’m also thankful to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State and to Dean Ralph Richardson for giving me the opportunity to lead and work with a fine group of people in the college. I’m also thankful to Dr. T.G. Nagaraja for nominating me for this award.”

“We’re very proud of Dr. Chengappa in being recognized with this national award,” Dean Richardson said. “While he has been an excellent administrator for our college, it’s easy to overlook the fact that he is a prominent international scientist who has made immeasurable contributions to the field of veterinary microbiology.”

“Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist is the highest recognition accorded to an individual by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists,” said Dr. Nagaraja, University Distinguished Professor of microbiology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology. “I nominated Dr. Chengappa for this prestigious award not just because he has had a distinguished career and has made significant contributions in all aspects of veterinary microbiology — research, teaching and diagnostic services, but more importantly, because of the profound impact he has had in the academic careers and lives of a number of veterinary students, graduate students and faculty in the department.”

Dr. Chengappa's primary research interests are to study and understand the pathogenesis of important infectious diseases of animals, and to develop strategies to protect animals from these diseases. Identification, molecular characterization and functional analysis of antigens/toxins of Streptococcus suis, Mannheimia haemolytica, and Fusobacterium necrophorum are his primary areas of research focus. He also coordinates and teaches a course in veterinary microbiology for sophomore veterinary students.

Dr. Chengappa received his doctor of veterinary medicine and master of veterinary science at Mysore Veterinary College in Bangalore, India. He received his master of science and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is a board-certified veterinary microbiologist.

Dr. Chengappa has received numerous awards including the prestigious Beecham Award for Research Excellence from K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990; the Distinguished Veterinary Postdoctoral Award from Michigan State University in 2004; and the Karuna Award for Outstanding Contributions to National and Global Progress from India in 2007. In 2003, he was elevated to Kansas State University’s highest faculty honor of University Distinguished Professor and, in 2011, he was named as the university’s Outstanding Department Head.

He has authored or co-authored over 126 refereed publications, 130 abstract presentations, five U.S. patents, and has made numerous presentations as an invited guest speaker locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Chengappa has also been involved in international activities mostly related to infectious diseases. He and Drs. G.R. Carter and A.W. Roberts wrote the textbook "Essentials of Veterinary Microbiology;" and with Dr. G.R. Carter he wrote two books "Microbial Diseases: A Veterinarian's Guide to Laboratory Diagnosis" and "Essentials of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology." He co-edited the recently released 3rd edition "Veterinary Microbiology" with Drs. Scott McVey and Melissa Kennedy. In addition, Dr. M.M. Chengappa has advised 11 Ph.D., M.S. and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Chengappa holds memberships in a variety of professional organizations including the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease and the ACVM. As a member of the ACVM, he has served as the president of the board of governors in 2008-2010, vice president from 2004-2008, and several terms on the ACVM Board. Additionally, he has served on several ACVM Committees over the years. Dr. Chengappa was a guiding force is helping insure the parasitological specialty was approved within ACVM. He also has served as a committee member and/or chair on several national, regional and university committees in many areas. Dr. Chengappa is an active member of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) and became a member in 1990.

The ACVM is the specialty organization recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association for Certification of veterinarians with special expertise in microbiology. An ACVM diplomate is a veterinarian of good moral character who has satisfactorily completed the examination and has been elected to membership by a majority vote of the College's Board of Governors. Veterinary microbiology includes the fields of bacteriology, mycology, immunology, virology and parasitology as they apply to veterinary medical science.




Novel procedure at VHC helps save Vida's Vision

 Dr. Philip Hardwidges looks at E. coli O157:H7 
 Dr. Jessica Slack examines Vida's eyes with help from Jurinda Juno (left), Vida's owner. 

Due to the success of an operation never before performed at the Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center, one lucky dog’s eyesight and quality of life has been saved.

Jurinda Juno’s dog, Vida, from Garden City, Kan., had previously been treated for a limbal melanoma, or cancerous growth, on the eye. Despite this earlier surgery, Juno noticed signs of the growth’s return during the summer of 2013.

To learn how Vida's vision was successfully saved, watch this month's video report below:

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Video produced by Joseph Chapes and Kent Nelson, technology coordinators from
Computing and Technical Support (CATS).




Trio of faculty and alumni earns Top 15 distinction

 Dr. Michelle Fleetwood 

Dr. Michelle Fleetwood (yellow jacket) examines a beluga whale at the Vancouver (Canada) Aquarium. This 1999 K-State veterinary alumna and current professor at the University of New Hampshire was named a Top 15 Marine Veterinary Professor by VetTechColleges.com.

 Dr. Mike Apley and Dr. Dan Thomson 
 Dr. Mike Apley was named to the Top 15 list of large animal veterinary professors and Dr. Dan Thomson was on the list of veterinary nutrition professors.  

Two faculty members and one alumna from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University have been recently named on three separate lists of Top 15 veterinary professors by VetTechColleges.com.

Dr. Mike Apley, professor and section Head for Agricultural Practices in the Department of Clinical Sciences and Veterinary Health Center and a 1987 veterinary alumnus from K-State, was named to the list of Top 15 Large Animal Veterinary Professors. He was recognized because he is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pharmacology with nearly 20 years of teaching experience in the field of large animal medicine. In 2007, Bovine Veterinary Magazine named Dr. Apley one of the most influential veterinarians in the cattle feeding industry for his years of research and dedication. Dr. Apley is also a contributing editor to Beef Magazine. In September 2013, he was named on a list of 20 influential beef and dairy veterinarians by BovineVetOnline.com.

Dr. Michelle Fleetwood, a 1999 veterinary alumna and current professor at the University of New Hampshire, was named to the list of Top 15 Marine Veterinary Professors. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. She investigated marine mammal strandings as part of the Joint Working Group on Unusual Marine Mammal Mortality Events. She has had shared research published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and Veterinary Pathology.

Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology, Assistant Dean for Outreach, and director of the Beef Cattle Institute, was named to the list of Top 15 Veterinary Nutrition Professors. In 2012, he received the National Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. He has more than 50 peer-reviewed papers published, as well as 73 proceedings, 204 abstracts and four book chapters. He is also host of “Doc Talk,” a nationally aired veterinary television show that has a viewership in more than 45 million homes. Dr. Thomson was also named on the same list of 20 influential beef and dairy veterinarians as Dr. Apley above.

“We’re extremely proud to have faculty and alumni who are frequently and consistently recognized for excellence in their specific fields of veterinary medicine,” said Dr. Ralph C. Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Thomson added, “It takes a lot of people and support to be able to receive this kind of recognition for teaching. The people in our college have all played a role in paving the way, and in this case, I just got to carry the ball.”

Inclusion on the Top 15 lists is determined in part by the criteria of possessing both a DVM and Ph.D., membership in professional organizations and having been published in academic journals. VetTechColleges is operated by Sechel Ventures through its educational-publishing division. On VetTechColleges.com, the Sechel editorial team gives voice to professors, working veterinarians and veterinary technicians in one-on-one interviews, and goes behind the scenes to shed more light on the offerings at featured colleges, and the different career paths and specializations available to those interested in taking their first step toward a veterinary career.



MPH Program has record year for number of graduates

 Dr. Jami Grace 

Dr. Jami Grace gets her White Coat in this file photo from 2012. She was one of a record number of graduates in the MPH program this year. She has both a DVM (class of 2013) and a master of public health with an emphasis on infectious diseases and zoonoses (December 2013).


Kansas State University is racking up the numbers in its interdisciplinary Master of Public Health program. December 2013 brought eight new graduates of the program, bringing the total graduate count for the 2013 calendar year to a record 32.

The Master of Public Health program was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents in January 2003 and admitted its first students that fall. The mission of the program is to provide education, research and service across multiple disciplines of public health, impacting human, animal and community health locally, regionally and globally.

Students are required to take 42 semester credit hours to complete the program with specific courses in one of four areas of emphasis: food safety and biosecurity, infectious diseases and zoonoses, public health nutrition and public health physical activity. The program involves Kansas State University's colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Human Ecology and Veterinary Medicine.

Graduates of the program seek jobs in public health at all levels — from local to international — and are finding much success, said Dr. Michael Cates, director of the university's Master of Public Health Program and the James B. Nichols Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Alumni of the program include Svetlana Cotela, who became the deputy minister for the Ministry of Health and chief medical officer of the Republic of Moldova in July 2013. Cotela received her Master of Public Health with an emphasis in public health nutrition from Kansas State University in 2011. Other graduates are now working at many local, state, federal, international and private health-related agencies. The program also has attracted many students who have earned their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or are in the process of doing so.

"We want to thank the 20 different faculty members who served as major professors for one or more of these 32 graduates in 2013, as well as the 36 faculty members who served as committee members for one or more of these students," Dr. Cates said. "This year has really demonstrated the interdisciplinary nature of our program and its partners. These major professors and committee members were from 10 different departments in the four academic colleges."

Graduates of Kansas State University's Master of Public Health program in 2013 and their area of emphasis include:

Abby Banks, Atchison, public health physical activity emphasis, May 2013; Ryan Szatkowski, Emporia, food safety and biosecurity emphasis, May 2013; Dr. Jami Grace, Goodland, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, December 2013, and a May 2013 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduate; Sheila McCullough-Culver, Jetmore, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, December 2013; Ahsha Abu-Ali, Louisburg, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, May 2013.

From Manhattan: Dr. Kimathi Choma, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, May 2013; Jacob Davenport, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, August 2013; Gonzalo Erdozain, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, August 2013 — Erdozain also is a fourth-year veterinary medicine student; Janet Guvele, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, December 2013; Bethany Paige Johnson, public health nutrition emphasis, May 2013; Joseph Lightner, public health physical activity emphasis, May 2013; Clara Marshall, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, May 2013; Benjamin McKenna, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, December 2013; and Joshua O'Neal, public health physical activity emphasis, December 2013.

Amy Sents, McPherson, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, December 2013 — Sents also is a third-year veterinary medicine student; Dr. Lauren England, Overland Park, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, May 2013, and May 2013 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduate; Aundrea Shafer, Scranton, public health physical activity emphasis, August 2013; Kealan Schroeder, Tipton, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, May 2013; Allison Crow, Wamego, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, May 2013 — Crow also is a fourth-year veterinary medicine student; and Michael Banfield, Wichita, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, May 2013.

From out of state:

Dr. Jason Bradley, Bolivar, Mo., infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, May 2013; Ashley Bredenberg, Nixa, Mo., infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, December 2013; Mychal Davis, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, and Michaela Schenkelberg, public health physical activity emphasis, both August 2013 and both from Omaha, Neb.; Gabriel Kenne, Papillion, Neb., infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, August 2013; Iris Smithey, Beaumont, Texas, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, December 2013; Sara Coleman, Doswell, Va., infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, May 2013; and Dr. Zacharia Modi, Lorton, Va., infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, May 2013.

From out of country:

Yang "Jeanne" Liu, food safety and biosecurity emphasis, August 2013, and Jing Han, May public health nutrition emphasis, May 2013, both from China; Cristina Bonnelly, Puerto Rico, infectious diseases and zoonoses emphasis, May 2013; and Arlerta Ndlela, Swaziland, public health nutrition emphasis, August 2013.





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Second-year student wins $1,500 KLA scholarship

 Douglas Shane 
 Douglas Shane with Krieger, Hubert and Bastin. 

Fourteen scholarship winners for the 2013-14 school year were recognized during the annual Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Convention Dec. 6 in Wichita, Kan., and a total of $16,000 was presented by the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF).

Douglas Shane, a second-year student at the College of Veterinary Medicine was chosen to receive a $1,500 Ralgro Wheels for Bucks scholarship from Merck Animal Health and KLF. This award recognizes K-State veterinary school students with a career goal of being a large animal veterinarian. Douglas is the son of Scott and Beverly Shane from Louisburg, Kan. He said plans to establish his own practice focused on food animals.

KLF was established in 1983 to operate solely and exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. KLA is a trade organization protecting the business interests of independent ranchers, feeders and dairy farmers. Members of the association are involved in all segments of the livestock industry, including cow-calf production, backgrounding, cattle feeding, swine, dairy and sheep.





CVM joins national list of top 25 graduate programs

 Dr. Wangemann and Xiangming Li 

Dr. Philine Wangemann, University Distinguished Professor of anatomy and physiology, celebrates the graduation of her Ph.D. student, Xiangming Li, whose cap features an anatomically correct model of the inner ear on top of it.


Three Kansas State University graduate programs have received recognition by GraduatePrograms.com, a student-rated guide.

The website ranks the College of Arts and Sciences' sociology graduate program No. 20 and the political science graduate program No. 23. The College of Veterinary Medicine's graduate program is No. 24 in the nation.

"We are very excited that two of the graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences are recognized by students as not only among the best in Kansas, but also in the nation," said Dr. Peter Dorhout, college dean. "Raising the profile of the university's largest college will benefit the K-State 2025 strategic plan to promote academics, creative endeavors and scholarship."

"It's nice to see students' evaluation of the College of Veterinary Medicine," said Dr. Ralph Richardson, dean of the college. "We look forward to continuing to elevate the college's ranking and helping K-State be named a Top 50 public research university by 2025."

Program rankings were compiled using more than 40,000 student reviews from more than 1,300 graduate programs nationwide between Sept. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013. Ratings are based on a 10-star system with 10 stars being the best.

"I'm proud of our talented sociology faculty who have helped develop and maintain one of the best graduate-level sociology programs in the nation," said Dr. Betsy Cauble, sociology, anthropology and social work department head. "I am delighted that students see that and have recognized these efforts."

The guide gave the whole university 8.2 stars out of 10. The sociology program received 7.8 stars, the political science program received 6.854 stars and the veterinary medicine program received 7.083 stars.

"The ranking calls further attention to the outstanding quality of our graduate programs, and that students appreciate the many benefits they derive from our graduate curriculum and the value it represents," said Dr. Jeffrey Pickering, political science department head.




News and Notes from the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association

VMAA logoClass Reunion Photos

This year's class reunion photos were taken by University Photo Services. To order go to http://ksuphoto.zenfolio.com/vet2013 . If you need help, please call Photographic Services under the Department of Communication and Marketing at K-State. Their number is 785-532-2535 or email photo@k-state.edu . The College of Veterinary Medicine also has a class reunion photo form available online reunionphoto.pdf .

Class Biographies

Class Biography order forms are available on the College of Veterinary Medicine website at reunionbio.pdf . Thank you for submitting your updates.

20th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Save the date, June 9, 2014, at Colbert Hills Golf Course. Find more information at our website: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/development/golf/golf.htm




U.S. Senate passes Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

On Jan. 8, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, which was introduced by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Angus King (I-Maine). Once passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, the bipartisan legislation will allow veterinarians to legally carry and dispense controlled substances to protect the health and welfare of the nation's animals, ensure public safety, and safeguard the nation's food supply. Companion legislation, H.R. 1528, was introduced in the House by veterinarians, Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Ted Yoho (R.-Fla.).

"The passage of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act is a step in the right direction for the licensed practitioners who help ensure public safety and care for animals in Kansas and across the country," Sen. Moran said. "By legalizing the transportation and dispensation of controlled substances, this legislation makes certain veterinarians are equipped with the tools they need, and is particularly important for practitioners who work in rural areas, conduct research or respond to emergency situations."

"It is essential that veterinarians be able to transport the drugs they need to appropriately treat their patients," said Dr. Mike Apley, DVM, Ph.D., professor in Clinical Sciences at K-State. "This includes the transport and use of controlled substances to treat multiple species in situations that may not be anticipated prior to examining the patient. These situations include restraint, anesthesia, and humane euthanasia. It is apparent that legislation is urgently needed to enable creating the regulations which will allow this transport, and to avoid needless pain and suffering of veterinary patients as well as safety concerns for the people handling these patients."

The legislation is endorsed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, which had this to say about its passage:

"Today's action by the Senate proves that our nation's leaders are listening to the veterinary profession and are diligently working to ensure that animals in all settings continue to receive the best quality care," said Dr. Clark Fobian, president of the AVMA. "To be a veterinarian, you must be willing to go to your patients when they cannot come to you, and this means being able to bring all of the vital medications you need in your medical bag. We are pleased that the Senate has taken action to fix a loophole in federal regulation, which has concerned veterinarians over the past few years, and urge the U.S. House to swiftly follow suit when it returns from the holiday recess."

The 1970 Controlled Substances Act (CSA) stipulates that controlled substances must be stored and dispensed at the specific address veterinarians have on file with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The DEA enforces the CSA and has informed organized veterinary medicine that without a statutory change, veterinarians are in violation and cannot legally provide complete veterinary care.

The practice of veterinary medicine requires veterinarians to treat patients in a variety of settings, including rural areas, "house calls" or mobile clinics, research and disease control activities, emergency response situations, and removal or transfer of dangerous wildlife.

To read the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act in its entirety, click here.




Holiday fare brings festive delights

Some photos from the dean's annual Holiday Open House held in December.

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‘Pet Friendly’ License Plate

The College of Veterinary Medicine has a new way to support Kansas Shelter Medicine. The Pet Friendly license plate is available to Kansas residents statewide. For information, see www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/development/license.htm, call 1-855-269-7387 or e-mail: petplate@vet.k-state.edu.

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News Ticker

Dr. Patricia Payne reports that Champagne has returned to KSDS on Jan. 6 for further training. Learn more about the organization online: http://www.ksds.org/.Champagne

Ophthalmology study - call for patients

Dogs of all ages needed for fluorophotometric evaluation of the effects of age on the blood aqueous barrier in dogs. Please contact Dr. Jessica Slack (jslack@vet.k-state.edu) or Dr. Amy Rankin (arankin@vet.k-state.edu) for additional information and to enroll your dog in the study.

Stem cell study - call for patients

Drs. Walter Renberg, James Roush and David Upchurch would like to announce that the enrollment period is still open for an IACUC approved clinical study evaluating the use of injectable stem cells for treatment of osteoarthritis. Stem cells derived from the patient’s own fat have been used for years in human and veterinary medicine and initial reports seems promising. Potential candidates should be dogs with lameness due to arthritis of the hip joints without other confounding sources of lameness (knee disease or neurologic issues that affect the hind limbs). Candidates will need to have an initial screening by the doctors to ensure that they qualify. The study has been generously funded, and all candidate dogs will have their initial exam and subsequent procedures and visits fully funded.

If you are interested or have further questions please email Dr. Upchurch (upchurch@vet.ksu.edu).

David Upchurch, DVM
Small Animal Surgical Resident
Kansas State University
Veterinary Health Center






CEEZAD Seminar: Dr. Gusti Ngurah Mahardika will present, “Rabies Outbreak in a Global Major Tourism Area of Bali-Indonesia: Unclear Origin and Future” Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Mosier N202


North American Veterinary Conference - Orlando, Fla., Jan. 18-22

K-State Alumni Reception, Sunday, Jan. 19, 7 pm- 9 pm, Grand Ballroom 7A, Orlando World Center Marriott.
Dr. Robert Ridgway will receive the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine and VMAA 2014 Alumni Recognition Award at the reception.


Western Veterinary Conference- Las Vegas, Feb. 16-20

K-State Alumni Reception, TBA


Phi Zeta Research Day, March 4




New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Welcome to:

Jennifer Lehr, Coordinator, KSVDL
Dr. Rachel Madera,
Fellow (Post Doc), A&P

Farewell to:

Nicole Rykhus, Veterinary Technician, VHC
Kate Pennick, Medical Resident Year 3, DM/P




Lifelines is published each month by the Development and Alumni Affairs Office at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The editor is Joe Montgomery, jmontgom@vet.k-state.edu.