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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, and neuroscience.

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.

Congratulations to our PhD graduate, Mike Kleinhenz!

Mike Kleinhenz

Mike Kleinhenz

On Dec. 7, 2018, Mike Kleinhenz received his PhD from his mentor, Dr. Hans Coetzee, during the graduation ceremony. Kleinhenz, whose research field specialty is clinical pharmacology, was also honored with a cake party in the department. His research project focused on pharmacokinetics and analgesic properties of transdermal flunixin meglumine. Kleinhenz will continue working at Kansas State in the Department of Clinical Sciences, doing clinical instruction for seniors in the Livestock Field Services section. He will also continue to work with the Coetzee lab team.


Highlights in research and teaching

Dr. Hans Coetzee wins world honor for lifetime achievement

Dr. Hans Coetzee

Dr. Hans Coetzee (pictured, at left), Professor and Department Head for Kansas State University's Department of Anatomy & Physiology, has won the 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim Ruminant Well-being Achievement Award for his work in the field of animal pain management. He was given the award on Aug. 30 at a conference in Sapporo, Japan.

The World Association for Buiatrics and Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health aim to raise public awareness about the role that veterinarians play in improving the well-being of animals by recognizing Dr. Coetzee's lifetime achievement in the field.

This isn't Dr. Coetzee's first time winning a major award. He earned the 2017 AVMA Animal Welfare Award for his work. Receiving the award during the 2017 AVMA Convention last July, he was recognized for his commitment to welfare of livestock animals and his achievements in the development of pain assessment models. 

On Aug. 29, 2017, during the 33rd World Veterinary Congress in Incheon, Korea, the inaugural World Veterinary Association Global Animal Welfare Awards were given to 6 veterinarians, representing each of the WVA world regions. Dr. Coetzee emerged as the winner from the U.S. region.

Dr. Steve Ensley's work on algae garners media attention

Dr. Steve Ensley, right, is featured on Topeka's KSNT-TV.

Dr. Steve Ensley's work on the study of deadly blue green algae drew regional media coverage from TV station KSNT of Topeka, Kan. Check out the story here: https://www.ksnt.com/news/local-news/kansas-state-university-studying-deadly-blue-green-algae-in-kansas-waters/1374379037 (photo above by Joe Montgomery).

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Dr. Timothy Musch
Dr. Tim Musch to receive award

Dr. Tim Musch, University Distinguished Professor of kinesiology, and anatomy and physiology, was selected for the 2018 Honor Award from Environmental and Exercise Physiology, or EEP, section of the American Physiologic Society.

Dr. David PooleDr. David Poole earns lectureship honor

Dr. David Poole, Professor of exercise physiology and Co-Director of the Cardiorespiratory Exercise Laboratory in the kinesiology, and anatomy and physiology departments, will receive the Edward F. Adolph Distinguished Lectureship Award from the Environmental and Exercise Physiology, or EEP, section of the American Physiological Society.

Dr. Masaaki TamuraDr. Masaaki Tamura collaborates on aerosol-based lung cancer treatment

A National Institutes of Health-funded research project seeks to produce a therapeutic compound that could be administered directly to the lungs in aerosol form.