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July 2018 - Vol. 13, No. 7

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Summer heat sparks concerns

KSVDL toxicologist points to hazards from blue-green algae

By Gabriella Doebele

Blue-green algaeA toxicologist with the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory said recent weather conditions form the recipe for the development of blue-green algae.

Also known as cyanobacteria, blue-green algae may bloom in fresh water where environmental conditions make it possible for these organisms to grow and replicate rapidly. Conditions typically associated with blue-green algae development include warm weather, lots of sunlight and the presence of nutrients in the water, which often are the result of agricultural runoff.

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Blue-green algae

 Blue-green algae looks like blue or green paint was spilled on the surface of nonmoving water.
Dr. Steve Ensley, a clinical veterinary toxicologist at Kansas State University, said health problems can arise when animals and people come into contact with the various toxins produced by cyanobacteria. The most prominent problem involves a toxin called microcystin, which affects the gastrointestinal tract and liver.

When animals are exposed to this toxin, they may experience vomiting or diarrhea, Dr. Ensley said. If the cyanobacteria exposure is severe, it can be lethal and cause liver failure in animals. Although gastrointestinal problems and liver failure also are possible in humans after blue-green algae exposure, Dr. Ensley said irritant effects are more common. Humans often experience skin rashes, sneezing, coughing, irritated eyes, running noses and conjunctivitis after blue-green algae exposure.

"If there is a bloom in a body of water that animals are drinking out of, then we need to move them away from it as fast as we can," Dr. Ensley said. "Fence off that water source if at all possible."

If livestock and/or pet owners are worried that their animals could potentially be exposed to blue-green algae, then they should regularly check for signs of its development, Dr. Ensley said.

"There is some confusion between the blue-green algae blooms and other vegetation on water," Dr. Ensley said. "If a blue-green algae bloom occurs, then it looks like blue or green paint was spilled on the surface of nonmoving water."

With warm weather and rainy days on the rise, the risk of blue-green algae blooms may not slow down soon.

"It's going to be a concern until we get into cooler weather, so it may be a problem until September as long as the weather stays warm and we continue to get rainfall," Dr. Ensley said. "Rain causes lakes and ponds to become enriched with an excess amount of nutrients, like phosphorus and nitrogen, causing the bacteria to bloom at a more rapid pace."

Water samples for blue-green algae identification can be submitted to the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. When collecting a water sample, the laboratory recommends using gloves to prevent skin contact. Collect about 20 fluid ounces — or 500 milliliters — in a clean, leak-proof container, and include any visible scum. Keep the sample refrigerated, not frozen. Samples should be shipped to the laboratory in an insulated box with a cold pack. For more information, please contact the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at 866-512-5650 or email clientcare@vet.k-state.edu.
Additional concerns for animals during excess heat conditions

By Gabriella Doebele

Dog on beach

With excessive heat warnings this summer,  Dr. Tom Schwartz, director of the Veterinary Health Center, says pet owners need to take precautions.

Dr. Schwartz said the best thing is to keep all animals inside in cool places. But if the animals can’t be brought inside, they must be given shade and plenty of water. Misting fans, sprayers and just a hose can help keep cattle, horses and pets cool. Horses can lose more than 7 gallons of fluid as sweat. 

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Dog on beach

“It is important to note that if the sum of humidity and temperature exceeds 130 degrees, horses can be at risk for heat stroke,” said. Dr. Schwartz. “Black cattle such as angus, are at a higher risk for heat stroke as animals with a heavy coat such as sheep and llamas. Make sure that they have access to shade and to water in their pastures.”

Dr. Schwartz mentioned that no pet should be kept in a car for any length of time without the air conditioner on. Pets should be left at home and go outside when the temperature is lower. For horses, the combination of heat and humidity can be a problem even early in the day.

“Do not walk your pets once the day heats up,” Dr. Schwartz warned. “Walk only early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures drop and try to avoid pavement which can burn their pads. Dogs such as English bulldogs and pugs, who have trouble breathing, should not be outside for any length of time as they can easily overheat.”

Some pets may enjoy boats and being around the water, but this activity should be avoided.

“While you are in the water and staying cool, they are roasting on deck,” Dr. Schwartz explained. “Pets normally have higher temperatures than people at around 101.5 degrees. Hyperthermia occurs when their temperature exceeds 105 degrees.”

Dogs that suffer from heat stroke will become restless and either pant or drool excessively. They may not respond to their name and appear unsteady on their feet. They should be moved to a cool area immediately. Take a rectal temperature if possible.

“Pets with a high temperature should be cooled by wetting their ears, abdomen and feet,” said Dr. Schwartz. “A fan will help. Offer cold water but do not force water into the mouth of a pet as they may not be able to swallow. Immediately seek care from a veterinarian.”

The Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University is a full service veterinary hospital providing routine, specialty and emergency care. Our mission is to provide superior veterinary medical education, quality patient care and exceptional customer service in a caring environment. Questions can also be referred to the Veterinary Health Center at 785-532-5690.

Students visit Boehringer Ingelheim in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

Students visit Boehringer Ingelheim in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

Students visit Boehringer Ingelheim in Saint Joseph, Missouri.


Recent CVM graduate receives 2018 Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Innovation Award

By Gabriella Doebele

Drs. Kat Davros and Peggy Schmidt

It is beginning to look a lot like award season! Dr. Akaterina Davros, a 2018 graduate from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was one of 28 recipients of the 2018 Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Innovation Award.

This award was designed to recognize graduating seniors at each veterinary school accredited through the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in the U.S. and Canada.

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Drs. Kat Davros and Peggy Schmidt


Dr. Akaterina Davros with the CVM’s Dr. Peggy Schmidt

Students chosen must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated innovation, entrepreneurship and creative forward-thinking in the development of a project or product that inspires others within the veterinary profession.

Dr. Davros received this award for her help with creating programs to improve mental and physical health of students, staff and faculty.

“I scheduled weekly free yoga classes, created an appreciation board in the VHC and other programs to breakdown the mental health stigmas in our profession,” said Dr. Davros.

As for her post-graduate plans, Dr. Davros is currently an emergency medicine intern at the Fort Collins (Colorado) Veterinary and Emergency Rehab Hospital. However, she would like to see her days as a Wildcat continue at some point in the future.

“I would love to one day come back to the KSU CVM and teach other students,” Dr. Davros explained.


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Workshop unites CVM and twinning project partners from Tanzania

By Gabriella Doebele

Tanzania vistiors tour K-State facilities

The College of Veterinary Medicine recently hosted the fourth workshop for the OIE Veterinary Education Twinning Project.

From May 29 to June 5, seven faculty members from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Tanzania, attended at the workshop plus the 80th Annual Conference for Veterinarians in Manhattan.

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Tanzania vistiors tour K-State facilities
SUA faculty members tour a bovine facility during the visit to K-State.

One of the objectives of the OIE Twinning Project in the workshop is to foster networking that may lead to further opportunities for education, research and professional development. During this fourth workshop of the twinning project, the main topics discussed were curriculum mapping, continuing education, research collaborative opportunities and the student exchange program.

The main objectives of the twinning project are to integrate the SUA BVM degree curriculum in compliance with the OIE Recommended Model Core Veterinary Curriculum. Gap analysis on SUA curriculum mapping has been finished and has been used to generate from data validated through consultation with the instructors who are responsible for delivery of the different courses in the curriculum. The number of courses addressing competence went down for almost all the competencies. The K-State team had done some initial work on the DVM degree curriculum and are now planning to consult with respective course instructors for validation.

As part of the twinning project between SUA and K-State, a continuing education (CE) five-day course will be given to Tanzanian veterinarians at SUA in June 2019. Four K-State faculty will participate during the CE course in Tanzania. The SUA workshop participants attended K-State’s annual conference and have gained experience for the future planned CE course delivery for next year.

The overwhelming collective goal of researchers at K-State and SUA is to identify innovative solutions to combat global health challenges. There are several common research focus areas for both school’s researchers to engage in collaborative research projects, for which a matrix has been prepared and updated during the workshop. The bottleneck for establishing active collaborative research projects is identifying the necessary funding streams. The workshop discussed options and identified individuals at both institutions to serve as resources for sharing and promoting potential funding opportunities.

The student exchange program has provided a rich cultural experience for students from both partner universities who share and learn to enhance veterinary education through problem solving from different perspectives and approaches. Students and faculty will gain a global perspective by exploring different livestock production systems, animal and zoonotic diseases, and the challenges to control new, emerging diseases.

The clinical case presentation program between SUA and K-State has been reviewed by faculty and students, and there was positive feedback to continue sharing diverse and interactive clinical case presentations for broader knowledge, international networking and solidarity through two-way capacity building for students and through faculty engagement.

During the workshop, SUA visitors toured the Veterinary Health Center, which was led by Dr. Beth Davis. They also visited the Biosecurity Research Institute and the animal facilities at the K-State Research Unit.

“The OIE Veterinary Education Twinning Project is a mutually beneficial ‘smart partnership,’” said Dr. Tesfaalem Sebhatu, senior research analyst, who helps coordinate the program at K-State. “It would be keen to find a way to develop complementarity and synergy with the OIE twinning project in Tanzania and build on what has already been initiated through this project and address the needs identified to promote veterinary education, student/faculty exchanges and research collaboration.”

Tanzania vistiors tour K-State facilities


U.S.-China Joint DVM Program celebrates annual homecoming

By Gabriella Doebele

Dr. Aolei ChenAnother year, another graduate! On June 5, Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine hosted its annual homecoming for the U.S.-China Joint DVM Program. The lone 2018 graduate, Dr. Aolei Chen, earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

The U.S.-China Joint DVM Program provides for the selection of four Chinese students each year to study for a veterinary degree in the United States. Students must complete one year in the pre-veterinary program at K-State, after which they can enroll in the four-year veterinary programs at K-State or one of its partnering schools in the U.S.

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Dr. Aolei Chen
Dr. Aoeli Chen expresses thanks to Kansas State University for her pre-veterinary education prior to earning her DVM this year at a partnering institution: the University of Minnesota. 


Kaiwen Chen


Kaiwen Chen, who just finished his first year in the DVM program at K-State, shares a memorable photo.

The homecoming event included reports from 21 of the students who just finished their pre-veterinary year at K-State and/or are currently working on their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at K-State, the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University or the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Chen knows graduating is just the tip of the iceberg. She looks forward to making a lasting impact in her home country.

"Veterinary school is just the starting point of our career; lifelong learning is the key," Dr. Chen said. "I cannot guarantee that I can affect all the people that I interact with. But, if I can influence them — two of them — and each of them influence another two people, then in a couple years later along the way the number can be exponential."

"Veterinary school is difficult under any circumstances. No one would tell you it is easy," said Dr. Bonnie Rush, interim dean of K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine. 

She applauded these students for their courage in becoming a veterinarian in a different culture using a secondary language. 

"The program has been a cornerstone for this college's commitment and interest in making a difference to the world by having a global program," Dr. Rush said. "We are proud of the students that we send back to China to improve animal and human health in their country."

Dr. Peggy Schmidt, associate dean for academic programs and student affairs at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine, shared how excited she is to see members of the program grow as educators.

"You will be taking a role in academia, which will be a very special role as a veterinarian," Dr. Schmidt said. "We are used to taking care of our patients and clients, but you will also have the opportunity to take care of the future generations of veterinarians. The veterinarian students will come to your door and place their little veterinary heart in your hand and say, 'Nurture me, take care of me,' and that's also a pretty special role."

The program is sponsored by Kansas State University, the China Scholarship Council, Zoetis/International Veterinary Collaboration for China, the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association and Banfield Pet Hospital. Since its establishment in 2012, the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health has guided the program through partnerships with the governments, universities and animal health industry in the U.S. and China.

"I think the stories we heard today from the students, and those who have even graduated, yet prove that they are deserving to be here," said Dr. Alex Ramirez, interim assistant dean of academic and student affairs at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. "We take pride in those students that come into our institution, but really, as a veterinary professional, we are proud of all – not only those who are in our school but also those who will be representing our profession in the future."

"The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota continues to be a strong supporter of this program and we're grateful of all the supporters that help, including the Chinese Scholarship Council, that make this possible," said Dr. Trevor Ames, dean of Minnesota's veterinary college.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia is a new partner to the program and will be welcoming Xinyi Xu in the fall. Dr. Scott Brown, associate dean of academic affairs, served as Georgia's representative at this year's homecoming.

"We are honored and excited to be a part of this program for the first time," Dr. Brown said. "It is a program that expands our horizons — allowing us access to exceptional international students who want to come to the U.S. to further their career and gain important perspective on how the veterinary profession can impact animal and public health in both countries. We look forward to welcoming our first student in August and being part of her journey."

The first program graduates, Drs. Yi Ding and Yaoqin Shen, now have a year of teaching as associate professors at Huazhong Agricultural University in China after earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota and K-State, respectively, in 2017. They have used the U.S. clinical rotation model to launch the Excellent Clinician Training Program at Huazhong Agricultural University.

"We divide students into groups and let them do rotations in each department," Dr. Ding said. "Our college thinks the program is important. Before, we would just get experience in research labs — so we wouldn't get that much practical experience. Each month we give lectures on topics that we learned here in the U.S. Not only do the students in the training program attend, but also other students who are interested in clinical veterinary medicine."

A leadership seminar was incorporated into the event, as one of the program's missions is to train future leaders in the veterinary education and the profession in China. Dr. Daniel Aja, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Banfield and Dr. Ames offered advice and words of wisdom about what they have learned along the way.

As the ceremony concluded, Dr. Jishu Shi, director of the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health expressed his gratitude for those who traveled a long way to attend the homecoming event, as well as the students.

"From your presentations, I can say, just like every speaker here, we are all very proud of you," Dr. Shi said. "You're making the difference in the class room. The alumni have already set up partnership with universities in the U.S. and China. That's really what the program is supposed to be about, so thank you for the hard work you do."

Group photo
Students join the VIPs for a group photo at the annual homecoming ceremony for the US-China Joint DVM Program.


CVM researcher examines invasive squirrel species at Jerusalem Zoo

By Gabriella Doebele

Dr. David Eshar and Ariella Bary

An internationally found, five-striped palm squirrel has a Kansas State University veterinary researcher learning how to keep the rodent from driving people nuts!

Dr. David Eshar, associate professor in companion exotic pets, wildlife and zoo animal medicine, is currently collaborating with the Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem, Israel, examining the northern palm squirrel (Funambulus pennantii).

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Dr. David Eshar and Ariella Bary

 Dr. David Eshar and second-year student Ariella Barry perform a physical exam on a palm squirrel.

A team of Israeli zoo veterinarians and veterinary students

 A team of Israeli zoo veterinarians and veterinary students on zoo rotation perform health screening on quarantined palm squirrels at The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem, Israel.

The five-striped palm squirrel is native to India, but can become a feral invasive species through illegal pet trade. In this research project, Dr. Eshar is testing an injectable anesthesia protocol for these squirrels supported by a Department of Clinical Sciences research grant.

“This is part of the historical collaboration I have with the Jerusalem zoo,” said Dr. Eshar. “This is a great opportunity for Israeli Zoo vets and students to take part in zoo related research. I enjoy mentoring promising individuals.”

“Research proposals submitted to the Department of Clinical Sciences are intended to help facilitate clinical sciences faculty complete small-scale research projects,” said Dr. Elizabeth Davis, professor and department head of clinical sciences. “These projects are intended to be pilot level (preliminary data) for larger projects or small projects that can help faculty obtain data that can contribute to their publication success.”

“The current work being completed by Dr. Eshar and colleagues provides an example of a valuable study for a unique population of animals that would otherwise be challenging to successfully fund. He is likely to obtain data that can improve understanding about the physiology of this population that will be disseminated to other exotics clinicians that work in this field through publication in the peer reviewed veterinary literature.”

The Jerusalem Zoo is opening a new exhibit soon for the squirrel species. Dr. Eshar said this is an invasive species under strict control by the Israeli national wildlife authorities. The research will allow zoo officials to educate the public on the dangers of invasive species.

“This squirrel species is a huge problem in Australia,” Dr. Eshar explained. “For me as a zoo medicine specialist, this is a great opportunity to perform research and generate novel clinical knowledge in an uncommon species.”

Dr. Eshar will return to K-State to resume his regular teaching duties in the fall.


Veterinary graduate student selected as Seaboard American Royal scholar

By Gabriella Doebele

AshLee Lattner

AshLee Lattner, doctoral student in veterinary biomedical studies at Kansas State University, was selected as a 2018 Seaboard American Royal scholar. Lattner is one of 12 scholars selected from across the country.

The Seaboard Royal Scholarship program is designed to provide opportunities for outstanding college students to advocate for leadership, the food and fiber industry, and the American Royal.

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AshLee Lattner


AshLee Lattner

“I am incredibly humbled to receive this opportunity to advocate for an industry that has informed my personal development, education and career,” said AshLee. “Building on my agricultural economics and philosophy background, I am now studying beef industry sustainability in terms of system dynamics. More specifically, our team is exploring how production practices affect the interactions and tradeoffs between social, environmental and economic factors.”

Ashlee is one of 12 scholars selected from across the country. Scholars will travel to Kansas City, Missouri, in September for the 119th American Royal to participate in tours, PRCA Rodeo and other American Royal events.

Being chosen as a Seaboard American Royal scholar is just one of the many accomplishments AshLee can add to her decorated career. She is the former Miss Teen Rodeo New York, a Pennsylvania state bench press record title holder, a certified equine sports message therapist and has been barrel racing since she was 9.

“Besides loving rodeo and fast horses as a little girl, I fell in love with the barrel racing because it is the purest combination of team work, athleticism, power and grace all expressed in a matter of seconds,” said AshLee. “The only competition is the clock and your last run. Being Miss Teen Rodeo New York I entailed a lot of agriculture/rodeo sport advocacy and education as well.”

AshLee is a graduate research assistant at the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI). She works under Dr. Brad White, director of the BCI, and Dr. Bob Larson, professor in clinical studies. Her research focuses on value generation and supply chain management with an emphasis on sustainability. Her studies seek to further understand beef production terms of land use, ethics, business and economics.

“My animal welfare project is aimed at facilitating information flow throughout supply chains,” AshLee explained. “The goal of my environmental economics project is to establish market-based, sustainable production incentives. This scholarship greatly enhances my ability to perform thorough and applicable research by helping me participate in these educational experiences and engage with appropriate stakeholders for our projects.”

AshLee Lattner rodeo - barrel racing
AshLee participates in a barrel-racing competition: "Besides loving rodeo and fast horses as a little girl, I fell in love with the barrel racing because it is the purest combination of team work, athleticism, power and grace all expressed in a matter of seconds," she said.


CVM faculty attend 29th Meeting of the American Society for Rickettsiology

By Gabriella Doebele

ASR Travel Award winners

The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine was well-represented at a recent international scientific conference. The 29th Meeting of the American Society for Rickettsiology (ASR) was held from June 16-19 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where eight scientists associated with the Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases (CEVBD) and Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology gave presentations.

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The attending scientists included Drs. Roman Ganta, Ram Raghavan, Katie Reif, Andy Alhassan, Huitao Liu, Chandra Kondithimmanahalli, Ying Wang and research assistant Tippawan Anantatat.

Dr. Ganta was one of the plenary talk invitees. He gave a presentation on, “Targeted Mutagenesis Broadly Applicable in Ehrlichia Species in Creating Mutations to Disrupt and Restore a Gene Activity, and also to Introduce Expression Tags in Proteins.”

“The American Society for Rickettsiology is a great forum to interact with scientists having research interests on rickettsial diseases resulting from various vector-borne pathogens,” explained Dr. Ganta. “Its annual meetings are ideally suited for learning new research advances and also to build a network of collaborations for both young and senior scientists engaged in rickettsial research.”

Three K-Staters, Drs. Kondithimmanahalli, Reif and Anantatat, were among a group of 17 attendess who received ASR travel awards, which were organized by K-State Global Campus. The conference included other oral and poster presentations. The ASR meetings have been coordinated continuously from K-State since 2006, which was started by Dr. Ganta when he began serving on the ASR’s executive panel.

ASR Travel Award winners

Three K-Staters (circled): Drs. Katie Reif, Tippawan Anantatat and Chandra Kondithimmanahalli, attend the ASR conference thanks to travel awards administered by K-State Global Campus.


TAD Fellows suit up for high-containment research training at the BRI

By Gabriella Doebele

Hannah White

For most students, summertime is a time for vacation and a break from studying, but one dedicated group of students will use this as a time to for special laboratory training.

The Transboundary Animal Disease (TAD) Fellowship at Kansas State University consists of a select group of veterinary and graduate students in the College of Veterinary Medicine who will get the chance to attend biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) training in the BSL-4 simulator at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL) located in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Hannah White


Hannah White gets a hand while trying on BSL4 personal protective equipment (PPE) for a special training exercise.

According to Dr. Dana Vanlandingham, associate professor in diagnostic medicine and pathobiology. TAD Fellows will gain a better understanding of high containment laboratories as well as firsthand training in the BSL4 simulator. She has worked with the fellows through a series of graduate level DMP courses and specific BSL-4 training modules conducted at K-State’s Biosecurity Research Institute.

“We have had 11 total TAD Fellows over the past two years,” said Dr. Vanlandingham. “These students were chosen because of their ability to conduct graduate level research on TADs in a high containment environment. They will gain experience in Boston working in the NEIDL BSL4 simulator in full suits including, dexterity training, emergency drill, and entry and exit procedures.”

“Through the TAD Fellowship, we have had the opportunity to engage with subject matter experts in the field of high-containment and gain valuable hands-on experience in the laboratory,” said Amy Lyons, master’s degree student in veterinary biomedical science. "The TAD Fellowship complements the Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology graduate program by providing the hands-on safety and regulatory knowledge necessary to advance on into high-containment laboratory work."

Before heading to NEIDL, the students met with scientists from NEIDL at the BRI for initial training on how to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) designed for BSL-4 environments. The students expressed their eagerness to participate in the training in Boston in a few weeks.

“The TAD Fellowship and trip to the NIEDL is a unique opportunity because the diseases we have learned about have huge impacts both nationally and globally,” said Christian Cook, doctoral student in pathobiology. “Receiving hands-on training about how to work with these agents in high-containment laboratories is hugely beneficial to develop the expertise necessary to diagnosis and research foreign animal diseases.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to undergo BSL-4 training at the NEIDL because I am interested in a career in high containment research and to continue to build on the strong foundation of knowledge and experience I have gained at the BRI,” explained Dr. Matthew Olcha, doctoral student in pathobiology. “As a veterinarian, I am very interested in the One Health initiative and building relationships with other scientists and institutions is one way we bring the human and animal health sectors together.”

Some of the classes required for the TAD Fellows include “DMP 690 Essential Practices for BSL-3 Research Settings,” “DMP 895-B Select Agent Studies,” and “DMP 893 Principles of Biosafety and Biocontainment.”  After their time at NEIDL, attendees will receive certificates indicating that they received 32 hours of practical, hands-on experience in the BSL4 simulator.

Trying on PPEs

TAD Fellows - group photo
This summer's TAD Fellows consist of MaRyka Smith, Amy Lyons, Christian Cook, Hannah White, Jeana Owens and Dr. Matthew Olcha. In the top photo, the group practice putting on PPEs as a training exercise.



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Alumni Events, Development and Continuing Education

VMAA logoThe Veterinary Medical Alumni Association organizes alumni receptions at several of the national annual conferences plus continuing education events and more. This month's section includes an update on all the recognition awards presented during the Alumni Reunion Weekend.

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VMAA to recognize Brig. Gen. Erik Torring III at AVMA alumni reception

Brig. Gen. Erik H. Torring IIIBrig. Gen. Erik H. Torring III, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, has been chosen by the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and its Veterinary Medical Alumni Association for the 2018 Alumni Recognition Award. It will be presented at the annual convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in Denver, Colorado, on July 13. A veterinarian is selected each year for this award due to their outstanding careers that can inspire future alumni to go above and beyond.

Brig. Gen. Torring received his bachelor’s degree in 1987 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from K-State in 1989. He was commissioned through ROTC in the US Army Veterinary Corps upon receiving his DVM. Brig. Gen. Torring also earned a master’s in public health from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in 1994 and a master’s in strategic studies from the US Army War College in 2009. While he has had a very decorative career, Brig. Gen. Torring stays humbled and is thankful for his Wildcat roots.

“Receiving this award from the KSU Veterinary Medical Alumni Association is truly an honor,” said Brig. Gen. Torring. “My life and career have provided me opportunities and taken me to places that I never imagined and it all started with the firm foundation that I received at K-State."

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In Memoriam - Recently Departed Alumni

Dr. William Aman Grant, DVM 1961
March 12, 2018
Dr. Thomas R. Hathaway, DVM 1979
May 13, 2018

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More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:

The K-State Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Vets receiving a $1,000 grant from SAVMA. It is for an emergency preparedness wet lab the club will be offering this fall. They will also be involving Boy/Girl Scouts to get the community involved.

Vet Med ROCKS (Recruitment and Outreach Club of Kansas State) has officially opened the camper registration for the summer camp. The organization is looking for student and veterinary/veterinary technician volunteers to help out at the summer camp Aug. 7-10. The event will offer a one-day camp for elementary school, middle school, high school and preveterinary college students. If anyone is interested, contact Sarah Wilson at swilson1@vet.ksu.edu for more information.

Dr. Ryane Englar was an invited speaker at the Academy of Communication in Healthcare Research Forum in Tampa, Florida, from June 1-3.  Her descriptive session/oral presentation was entitled, “Perceptions of the Veterinary Profession among Human Health Care Students.”

Dr. Bob Larson spoke at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Young Cattlemen’s Conference June 6-8 in Pennsylvania. The title of his presentation was, “Biosecurity and the role of traceability to control cattle disease.”

Dr. Amy Rankin provided three hours of lecture for the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Basic Science Course designed for DVMs and residents June 13-15.  Topics presented were Anti-Inflammatory Drugs in Veterinary Ophthalmology and Antimicrobials in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Several Clinical Sciences faculty members attended the ACVIM Forum in Seattle, Washington, from June 14-16.  The following faculty were also presenters: Dr. Manuel Chamorro, “Consensus Statement: Control of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus in Ruminants”; Dr. Katie Delph, “Very High Streptococcus equi Subspecies equi M Protein Titers (>1:12,800) with and without Complications Post-Outbreak”; Dr. Kate KuKanich, “Pharmacokinetics of Oral Fluconazole in a Clinical Population of Dogs and Cats”; Dr. Matt Miesner, “Panel Discussion: Chronic Indigestion in Cattle”; and Dr. Amanda Trimble, “Prevalence of Equine Leptospiral Shedding using Urine Polymerase Chain Reaction and Serum Microscopic Agglutination Testing.”

Dr. Mike Apley presented at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture One Health Initiative hosted by Hy-Plains Feed Yard in Montezuma, Kansas ,on June 21.  Dr. Lacey Robinson also took a group of fourth-year students to attend the conference.

Dr. Tom Schwartz presented at the Vet Leader meeting in Great Bend, Kansas, on June 22. The title of his presentation was, “Veterinary Finance / Most Common Business Mistakes.”

Dr. Mark Weiss was selected to attend the National Search and Rescue School in early August offered by the United States Air Force. 

Dr. Ryane Englar attended the Primary Care Veterinary Educators / Veterinary Educator Collaborative Symposium at Cornell University from June 22-24.  She presented four posters: “Using a Standardized Client Encounter to Practice Death Notification”; “Using a Standardized Client Encounter to Practice Veterinary Team Discussions about Animal Cruelty Reporting”; “A Novel Approach to Simulations-Based Education for Veterinary Medical Communication Training over Eight Consecutive Pre-Clinical Quarters” and “Tracking Veterinary Student Acquisition of Communication Skills and Clinical Communication Confidence by Comparing Student Performance in the First and Twenty-Seventh Standardized Client Encounters.”

Icelandic venture

Drs. Rose McMurphy and Jessica Meekins

Drs. Jessica Meekins and Rose McMurphy traveled to Reykjavík, Iceland from June 7-9 to attend the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium. Dr. Meekins presented an abstract entitled “The effect of body position on intraocular pressure in anesthetized horses.” The project and travel to the conference were funded by a K-State Mentoring Fellowship Award.

VHC welcomes new interns

New interns
The Veterinary Health Center welcomed a new set of interns to work in small animal medicine and surgery, but Dr. Caroline Roxon (front, far right), who will be in equine medicine. Back row, from left: Drs. Amy Belanger, Adam Hunt and Matt DiFazio. Front row: Drs. Allison Mallard, Monica Chen, Ana Clara Munoz and Caroline Roxon.

VHC Staff Appreciation

VHC staff appreciation photo
The Veterinary Health Center recently honored three of its employees: Dennis Caffrey and Barb Self for 20 years of service, and Paul Wagoner for 30 years of service. They are joined above by Dr. Shirley Arck and Dr. Tom Schwartz.

Two of a Kind

Marilyn and Taylor Reiter
The CVM recently welcomed Marilyn and Taylor Reiter, the daughter and granddaughter of Dr. Robert Kind, class of 1957, memorialized via the Kind Touch statue. Taylor, from Arizona, hopes to study veterinary medicine.

A Marv-elous send-off

Marv Miller
The CVM recently said a reluctant farewell to Marv Miller, shown above with his wife Kye. Marv served 20 years as a computer information specialist. His expertise and assistance will be missed.


New Arrivals/Recent Departures

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Welcome to:

Dr. Carlo Anselmi, Clinical Sciences, Clinical Assistant Professor
Darla Singleton, Veterinary Health Center, Client Services Assistant
Jerry Losey, Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Computer/Systems Specialist
Audrey Hambright, Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Public Information Officer
Carolina Garcia, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Research Assistant
Beibei Li, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Research Assistant
Levi Chermak, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Research Assistant
Reza Mazloom, Anatomy & Physiology, Research Assistant
Sydney Kudritzki, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Technician I

Farewell to:

Dr. Jodi McGill, Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology, Assistant Professor
Julie Hix, Anatomy & Physiology, Research Assistant
Dr. Hongping Hao, Anatomy & Physiology, Fellow (Post Doc)
Dr. Jennifer Bouschor, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Intern
Dr. Abigail Finley, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Intern
Dr. Beverly Finneburgh, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Dr. Elizabeth Hyde, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Dr. Shari Kennedy, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Dr. Sarah Steen, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Dr. Allie Wingert, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Dr. Allison Wolfel, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
April Rocha, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Research Assistant
Jessica Salas, Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology, Research Assistant
Jessica Hayden, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Research Assistant
Drew Zenger, Veterinary Health Center, Animal Techinican I
Kadence Orr, Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology, Office Specialist II
Michaele Baeza, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Technician I


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