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April 2019 - Vol. 14, No. 4

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Zoetis Research Award goes to Dr. Wenjun Ma

Dr. Frank Blecha and Dr. Wenjun Ma

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University presented its highest research award during its annual Phi Zeta Research Day activities on March 26: The 2019 Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence. Dr. Wenjun Ma was chosen as this year’s recipient. He is an associate professor of virology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology.

Dr. Ma’s laboratory is interested in viral diseases of animals, with an emphasis on emerging zoonotic viral infections.

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Dr. Frank Blecha and Dr. Wenjun Ma

 

Dr. Wenjun Ma accepts the Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence from Dr. Frank Blecha, associate dean for research.

His current research focuses on understanding mechanisms of pathogenesis and developing vaccines and/or antivirals for different viral pathogens, such as Influenza virus, Rift Valley Fever virus, porcine circovirus 3, African swine fever virus and other viral infections in livestock and poultry.

“I am very honored to be the recipient of this prestigious research award,” Dr. Ma said. “Influenza and other viral diseases are very important for human and animal health. Better understanding of biology and basic features of these viral pathogens will promote the development of countermeasures, including vaccines and antivirals, as well as accurate and rapid diagnostic tools that can be used to protect public and animal health.”

Dr. Ma is an exceptional molecular virologist, working at the forefront of many important viral diseases of domestic and wild animals and humans,” said Dr. Frank Blecha, associate dean for research. “His research is particularly focused on influenza virus where he studies mechanisms of infection, pathogenesis, surveillance, genetic aspects of influenza virus virulence and transmissibility, and animal models. Dr. Ma supports his extensive research program with funds from several agencies, but primarily from the National Institutes of Health; receiving over $4 million from the NIH over the last 5 years. His most recent NIH grant aims to understand the ecology of bat influenza A-like viruses and address their potential threats to other species, including humans.”

Dr. Ma also studies the development of rapid detection systems for different viral diseases. His laboratory research has been supported by funds from National Institute of Health, Department of Homeland Security, United States Department of Agriculture, Kansas Bioscience Authority, National Pork Board and industry partners. He has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed prestigious journals, and has been invited to give presentations by national and international universities, research institutes and conferences.

Dr. Ma received his bachelor’s degree at the Northeast Agricultural University in Harbin, China. He earned a master’s degree in preventive veterinary medicine at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, China. Then he studied in Germany where he completed a doctorate molecular virology and biology at Justus Liebig University in Giessen. He performed postdoctoral studies at Iowa State University and the National Animal Disease Center in Ames. He has been taught at K-State from 2008 to 2010, and from 2011 to present.

 

USDA-NIFA grant targets anaplasmosis

Brandt Skinner, Dr. Emily Reppert and Dr. Katie Reif

A research grant from the USDA in the amount of $1,199,948 is supporting work at Kansas State University toward combatting a disease that affects cattle in the U.S. and globally.

Dr. Kathryn Reif, assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said the project focuses on optimizing antimicrobial use in order to control active infection of the hemoparasitic pathogen, Anaplasma marginale, the causative agent of bovine anaplasmosis..

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Brandt Skinner, Dr. Emily Reppert and Dr. Katie Reif

 

Dr. Kathryn Reif, far right, Brandt Skinner, a graduate student in her lab, and Dr. Emily Reppert collect samples to monitor the anaplasmosis status of the K-State cow calf herd.

 

Dr. Emily Reppert and Dr. Katie Reif

 Drs. Reppert and Reif examine some samples.

Dr. Reif explained that treatment polices should be based on a firm understanding of how antimicrobial therapeutic effect can be maximized while minimizing risk of resistance development.

“Cattle producers in Kansas and beyond are concerned that the current, FDA-approved anaplasmosis treatment regimens are not sufficiently controlling diseases,” Dr. Reif said. “Also, there is no fully USDA-approved vaccine for anaplasmosis, and the experimental vaccine, available in some states, does not prevent infection. Efficacy concerns over the current anaplasmosis control measures underscores the need for updated science-based recommendations to help cattle producers manage this disease.”

While Dr. Reif specializes in vector-borne disease research, her research team at K-State consists of experts in many other disciplines including molecular biologists,  clinical pharmacologists, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) specialist, extension agents, livestock veterinarians and experts in the development and delivery of innovative decision support tools.

“With these combined skill sets, our team is uniquely qualified to conduct the proposed program of research,” Dr. Reif said. “Together, we have the capability to answer these innovative research questions and communicate the outcomes effectively to the scientific community and stakeholders in the livestock industry.”

Toward the latter effort, Dr. Reif said her group will be hosting an anaplasmosis outreach event on May 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, which will include a number of invited speakers and a producer panel to discuss strategies and best practices for managing anaplasmosis. Producers and other individuals interested in learning more about anaplasmosis can register for at: https://www.vet.k-state.edu/education/continuing/conferences/Bovine-Symposium/index.html.

The grant title is “Mitigation of antimicrobial resistance through alternative treatment regimens to control bovine anaplasmosis.” Co-investigators consist of Drs. Hans Coetzee, Emily Reppert, Raghavendra Amachwadi, K.C. Olson, Brad White and Gregg Hanzlicek, all faculty members in the College of Veterinary Medicine, except Dr. Olson, from the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry in the College of Agriculture.

 

Third-year student Jake Carlson repeats as AAAP scholarship recipient

Third-year student Jake Carlson

For the second year in a row, Jake Carlson, Elk Grove, California, a third-year veterinary student at Kansas State University, has been named as one of 10 students chosen nationwide to receive a $5,000 scholarship from the American Association of Avian Pathologists Foundation (AAAP Foundation) and Merck Animal Health.

These scholarships are designated for second- and third-year veterinary students who are focused on poultry health.

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Third-year student Jake Carlson

 

Third-year student Jake Carlson

Jake earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science at California State University-Fresno. He spent multiple years working for Mitchell Farms in Elk Grove, interned with the National Turkey Federation and worked for the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Management and Animal Health Team. He recently took part in a series of externships with Butterball LLC, The Turlock Branch of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System and Foster Farms this past summer. After graduating, Jacob plans to become a staff veterinarian for a poultry company.

“It’s a great honor to have been selected for this scholarship again,” Jake said. “I am looking forward to using the funds to travel to the different poultry externships I have arranged for my fourth year of veterinary school and am excited to learn even more about poultry medicine and the industry.”

Jake added that he is especially looking forward to spending two weeks with K-State veterinary alumnus, Dr. Kabel Robbins, who is a veterinarian for Butterball LLC in Ozark, Arkansas.

“I was fortunate enough to have met him at the AAAP annual meeting last July and have enjoyed having him as a mentor,” Jake said.

“These standout recipients will be instrumental to the future of poultry production,” said Dr. Justin Welsh, executive director of livestock technical services for Merck Animal Health. “We’re proud to support these students in their educational pursuits and look forward to the impact they will make in the years to come to help us advance the science of healthier animals.”

“Projecting ahead 30 years, these are the future veterinarians who will ensure healthy flocks are producing safe and wholesome eggs and poultry meat in the global food supply,” said Dr. Fred Hoerr, president of the AAAP Foundation. “We are fortunate to partner with Merck Animal Health to help identify these students and support their education.”

 

 

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Phi Zeta Day spotlights research

Second-year student Meghan Lancaster presents her poster

The College of Veterinary Medicine held its annual Phi Zeta Research Day on March 26.

“This was a wonderful success, featuring an inspiring and insightful keynote address by Dr. Luis Montaner, who is a world-renowned HIV researcher and professor at Philadelphia’s Wistar Institute,” said Dr. Raelene Wouda, president of the Kansas State University Sigma Chapter of the Society of Phi Zeta and assistant professor of oncology. 

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Second-year student Meghan Lancaster presents her poster

 

Second-year student Meghan Lancaster explains her research project to Dr. Charan Ganta.

 

Brianna Salgado talks about her research

 Brianna Salgado talks about her research with several students.
 Dr. Luis Montaner
 Dr. Luis Montaner, DVM class of 1991, delivers the keynote address.

“Dr. Montaner is director of the beat-HIV collaborative, and most importantly, he is a K-State alumnus. His keynote was followed by an afternoon of oral research presentations, describing basic or applied science investigations taking place at the College, and a poster session, proudly sponsored by Royal Canin.”

Phi Zeta Research Day spotlights the research efforts of graduate students who are working towards a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Master of Science, Master of Public Health and/or a doctorate (Ph.D.) in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The annual event is organized by the Sigma Chapter of the Society of Phi Zeta, a professional honors society whose name is based on the Latin word philozoi, which means "love for animals." The chapter’s mission is to promote scholarship and research that improves the health and welfare of animals.

“The Phi Zeta Research Day is a wonderful opportunity for the College of Veterinary Medicine to recognize our students’ exceptional scholarly and research achievements,” Dr. Wouda said. “This year’s oral and poster abstract submissions by our students were of an outstanding quality, reflecting the diversity and impact of the research emerging from the college. Here at K-State, we strongly encourage students to become actively involved in either clinical and/or laboratory-based research programs. We hope these opportunities will inspire them to incorporate research in their future veterinary careers. The combination of a veterinary degree and research experience makes our students uniquely qualified to be highly successful scientists, capable and eager to contribute meaningfully to the continual advancement of veterinary, human and public health.”

This year’s award recipients were announced at a reception and ceremony that also included the presentation of several endowed scholarships.

The prestigious Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence, which is presented each year to an outstanding faculty member selected by the college. Dr. Wenjun Ma, associate professor of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, was announced as the 2019 recipient of the Zoetis award.

“Dr. Ma is an exceptional molecular virologist, working at the forefront of many important viral diseases of domestic and wild animals and humans,” said Dr. Frank Blecha, associate dean for research. “His research is particularly focused on influenza virus where he studies mechanisms of infection, pathogenesis, surveillance, genetic aspects of influenza virus virulence and transmissibility, and animal models. Dr. Ma supports his extensive research program with funds from several agencies, but primarily the National Institutes of Health; receiving over $4 million from the NIH over the last 5 years. His most recent NIH grant aims to understand the ecology of bat influenza A-like viruses and address their potential threats to other species, including humans.”

In addition the scholarship and awards, the Sigma Chapter of the Society of Phi Zeta initiated new members, whose nominations are based on notable academic achievements. Below is a list of the award and scholarship categories and awardees.

Oral Presentations:

Applied Sciences category awardees:

1st Place:  Miriam Martin, doctoral student in physiology – “A field study to investigate the effect of Zuprevo administered alone or in combination with Banamine transdermal on the health and well-being of transported feedlot calves on arrival at the feedlot”

2nd Place: Aurelio Cabezas, doctoral student in pathobiology – “A description of the U.S. livestock industry: spatial and network analysis of Interstate Certificates of Veterinary Inspection animal movements”

3rd Place: Kaitlynn Schuck, master’s student in biomedical science – “In situ hybridization for detection of Rift Valley fever virus”

Basic Sciences category awardees:

1st Place: Ana Stoian, doctoral student in pathobiology, Bucharest, Romania – “Infectious dose of African swine fever virus when consumed naturally in liquid or feed”

2nd Place: Jinhwa Ransburgh, research associate – “Bat influenza vectored NS1-truncated live vaccine protects pigs against heterologous virus challenge”

3rd Place: Fangfeng Yuan, doctoral student in pathobiology – “Isolation and characterization of a divergent strain of porcine sapelovirus from swine farm in US”

Clinical Sciences category awardees:

1st Place: Dr. Gail Huckins, zoological medicine intern – “Pharmacokinetics of oral mavacoxib in Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber)”

2nd Place: Dr. Dana White, resident and master’s student in veterinary biomedical science – “Radiographic angles for determination of atlantoaxial instability”

3rd Place: Peter Cho, fourth-year veterinary student – “Evaluation of Multiple Doses of a Long-acting Oral Opioid Containing an Abuse Deterrent in Dogs”

Poster presentations:

Applied Sciences category awardees:

1st Place:  Emily Johnson, undergraduate in animal sciences and industry – “Rehabilitation of the osteological specimens using an alkali-, acid- and enzymatic-based solutions”

2nd Place: Brianna Salgado, undergraduate in animal sciences and industry – “Development of Local Kansas E. coli UTI Antibiograms to Improve Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Medicine”

3rd Place: Ally Fitzgerald, third-year veterinary student – “Clinical efficacy of an oral long-acting analgesic with a human abuse deterrent in perioperative dogs”

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Emma Winkley, master of public health and fourth year veterinary student – “Maximizing usability of veterinary hospitals for clients with mobility disabilities”

Basic Sciences category awardees:

1st Place: Sarah Stuebing, fourth-year veterinary student – “Assessing the likelihood of epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus-2 infection in Culicoides sonorensis

2nd Place: Jacob Herford, third-year veterinary student – “Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs reduce vas deferens epithelial MRP4 expression and prostaglandin export”

3rd Place: Akash Aryal, Manhattan High School senior – “A novel relational optimization and predictive modeling of the PubChem Bioassay database”

Special Awards and Scholarships:

Benjamin and Catherine Kurz Research Scholarship – Zackery Bieberly, second-year veterinary student

Miller Pathology Scholarship Award – Haley Blazek, third-year veterinary student

Dr. Harish C. and Ved K. Minocha Scholarship – Vlad Petrovan, doctoral (Ph.D.) candidate

Zoetis Research Award for Excellence in Research by a Faculty Member – Dr. Wenjun Ma, associate professor of virology, Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology        

Phi Zeta poster award winners
Fangfeng Yuan, Jinhwa Ransburgh and Ana Stoian receive certificates for their third, second and first place in the basic sciences category. The awards were presented by Drs. Nora Springer and Raelene Wouda.

 

BugAPalooza showcases public health

Emma Winkley and Dr. Kate KuKanich

The Master of Public Health Program organized a contingent of representatives from its program and the CVM to appear April 1 at BugAPalooza, a public health event hosted in Manhattan City Park, sponsored by the Riley County Health Department.

Drs. Ellyn Mulcahy and Kate KuKanich along with Barta Stevenson attended the event and were joined by student volunteers, including Heather Poole and Brittany Blattner, both MPH students in the infectious disease and zoonoses track.

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Emma Winkley and Dr. Kate KuKanich

 

Third-year student Emma Winkley prepares to display her reserach poster along with help from her mentor Dr. Kate KuKanich.

 

Ron Orchard and Dr. Butch KuKanich

 Dr. Butch KuKanich mentors first-year/MPH student Ron Orchard (above) and second-year veterinary student Ally Fitzgerald (below).
 Ally Fitzgerald and Dr. Butch KuKanich

Special thanks are extended to the judges of a public health poster session: Dr. Susan Nelson, clinical professor in the clinical sciences department; Berlin Londono, assistant professor in the entomology department and MPH faculty member; Andrew Adams, Riley County Health Department emergency preparedness coordinator; and Jared Tremblay, transportation planning analyst with the Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Adams reported a total of 288 community members attending BugAPalooza this year, which is a family-friendly outreach event to educate the public on arboviral disease prevention and personal preparedness.

The following posters and awards were presented:

Ally Fitzgerald, second-year veterinary student, "Evaluating a novel opioid formulation containing an abuse deterrent in a clinical trial of dogs undergoing ovariohysterectomy (OHE) surgery," first place.

Chris Omni, Master of Public Health student in public health physical activity, "Black Butterflyz: A Physical Activity Intervention to Improve the Health of Black Women," second place, tie.

Ron Orchard, first-year veterinary student and Master of Public Health student in infectious disease and zoonoses, "Clinical interactions of oral fluconazole and intravenous ketamine & midazolam," second place, tie. Orchard's poster described some potential drug interactions of a component of an abuse deterrent opioid formulation for dogs presented by Fitzgerald.

Jennifer Delzeit, Master of Science student in statistics, "Univariate gradient statistic for a marginal cure rate model with high-dimensional covariates," third place.

Emma Winkley, third-year veterinary student and Master of Public Health student in infectious disease and zoonoses, "Veterinary Hospital evaluations to maximize usability for clients with mobility disorders," honorable mention.

Brittany Blattner, Master of Public Health student in infectious disease and zoonoses, "Differential salivary protein profile and human immune response against the Lone Star tick (Amblymma americanum) from field and laboratory derived specimens," honorable mention.

Mori Atobatele, Master of Science student in diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, "Detection, Isolation, Characterization and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing of Salmonella enterica from Wheat Grain Samples," honorable mention.

 

 

Dr. Zhoumeng Lin's lab members present award-winning posters and platform presentation at national meeting

Dr. Zhoumeng Lin, Dr. Jim E. Riviere, Dr. Nancy A. Monteiro-Riviere, Dr. Yi-Hsien Cheng, and Dr. Miao Li.

Dr. Zhoumeng Lin reports having assembled a strong team of lab members to represent the K-State CVM at the 58th annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) in Baltimore from March 10-14.

Founded in 1961, SOT is a professional and scholarly organization of scientists from academic institutions, government and industry representing the great variety of scientists who practice toxicology in the US and abroad.

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Dr. Zhoumeng Lin, Dr. Jim E. Riviere, Dr. Nancy A. Monteiro-Riviere, Dr. Yi-Hsien Cheng, and Dr. Miao Li.

 The ICCM team presents posters at the 2019 SOT meeting. From left to right: Dr. Zhoumeng Lin, Dr. Jim E. Riviere, Dr. Nancy A. Monteiro-Riviere, Dr. Yi-Hsien Cheng and Dr. Miao Li.
 Dr. Yi-Hsien Cheng receives the Society of Toxicology postdoctoral excellence award
 Dr. Yi-Hsien Cheng receives the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section (RSESS) Postdoctoral Excellence Award.
 Dr. Wei-Chun Chou
 

Dr. Wei-Chun Chou receives the SOT Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section (RSESS) Postdoctoral Excellence Award.

 

Dr. Miao Li

 

Dr. Miao Li receives the SOT Risk Assessment Specialty Section (RASS) Perry J. Gehring Best Postdoctoral Fellow Award.

SOT is the largest toxicology society in the world and it consists of more than 7,800 members from more than 60 countries. Its mission is to create a safer and healthier world by advancing the science and increasing the impact of toxicology.

Dr. Lin’s research team presented two award-winning posters and one platform presentation and provided services to SOT including Dr. Yi-Hsien Cheng, who presented a poster entitled “Assessing Delivery Efficiency of Nanoparticles to Tumors in Tumor-Bearing Mice Using a Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling and Simulation Approach”. Yi-Hsien received the “SOT Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section (RSESS) Postdoctoral Excellence Award” and the “Biological Modeling Specialty Section Best Trainee Abstract Finalist Award”.

Dr. Wei-Chun Chou did a platform presentation entitled “Bayesian Evaluation of Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) Modeling for Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) to Characterize the Interspecies Uncertainty between Mice, Rats, Monkeys, and Humans: Development and Performance Verification”. Wei-Chun received the “SOT Biological Modeling Specialty Section (BMSS) Andersen-Clewell Trainee Award” and the “SOT Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section (RSESS) Postdoctoral Excellence Award”.

Dr. Miao Li presented a poster entitled “Integration of Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD) Empirical Methods for Drug Withdrawal Interval Determination with a Mechanistic Population-Based Interactive Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (iPBPK) Modeling Platform: Example for Flunixin Meglumine Administration”. Miao received the “SOT Risk Assessment Specialty Section (RASS) Perry J. Gehring Best Postdoctoral Fellow Award”, the “AACT and InnoStar Best Abstract Award”, and the “Biological Modeling Specialty Section Best Trainee Abstract Finalist Award”.

In addition to present the latest research findings from Dr. Lin’s laboratory, Dr. Lin and his lab members have been providing services to SOT. In the 2019 SOT meeting, Dr. Miao Li served as a member of the SOT continuing education committee, and a volunteer for the continuing education courses, as well as the postdoc representative of the biological modeling specialty section.

Dr. Lin has been serving as the secretary/treasurer for the Central States Society of Toxicology since May 2018. In addition, Dr. Yi-Hsien Cheng has been selected to serve as the postdoc representative of the biological modeling specialty section and Dr. Miao Li has been selected as the postdoc representative for the risk assessment specialty section starting from May 2019.

 

Veterinary Health Center to provide free eye exams to Central Kansas service and working animals

Dr. Amy Rankin performs eye examination on a dog.

The Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University will provide Central Kansas Service and Working Animals with free sight-saving eye exams this May. Each year, board certified veterinary ophthalmologists across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico collectively provide more than 7,500 free eye exams as of The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO®)’s ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event.

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Dr. Amy Rankin performs eye examination on a dog.

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties that board certifies veterinarians as ophthalmologists. The organization developed the ACVO/StokesRX National Service Animal Eye Exam event in 2008, and since its inception, nearly 68,000 Service and Working Animals have received free screening eye exams — including approximately 7,625 in 2018 during the 11th year of the event.

In addition to the free screening eye exams provided to Central Kansas Service and Working Animals, approximately 300 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will donate their time and resources this year. In addition to dogs, if they qualify, other Service and/or Working Animals including horses, miniature horses, donkeys, alpacas and cats can receive free sight-saving exams.

“It’s super powerful and rewarding,” said Beth Rivard, Executive Director Prison Pet Partnership. “The ACVO/Stokes eye exam program saves so much in providing veterinary care so we can continue to place Service Dogs with no cost to the client while giving back to the community at the same time.”

Liam, a three-year-old yellow lab Service Dog received an eye exam through the program before being placed with Cody, a college student with cerebral palsy. The pair can be found wheeling independently around the University of Washington campus where Liam carries and retrieves books and medical supplies for his handler. Previously Liam was professionally trained and cared for by female inmates for two years through the Prison Pet Partnership, a non-profit which provides meaningful vocational training in Gig Harbor, Washington. Service Animals like Liam benefit from this event every year.

A photo of Cody and Liam, other Prison Pet Partnership participants and several Service and Working Animals that have received free eye exams as part of the event, are is available for download here.

The goal of the ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event is to provide as many free screening exams as possible to eligible Service and Working Animals. The following types of Working or Service Animals may qualify: guide, handicapped assistance, detection, military, search and rescue, and current, registered therapy animals – all whom selflessly serve the public. The Veterinary Health Center has been proud to participate in this philanthropic event since 2013.

This year’s event is sponsored by ACVO® and Stokes Pharmacy, as well as several generous industry sponsors.  The doctors and staff at The Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University and participating board certified ophthalmologists volunteer their services, staff and facilities at no charge for Service and Working Animals and their owners/agents to participate in the event.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE 2019 EVENT:

To qualify, Service and Working Animals must be “active working animals” that have been trained through a formal training program or organization, or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The training organization could be national, regional or local in nature. More qualification details are available here. Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form beginning April 1 at www.ACVOeyeexam.org. Registration ends April 30. Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a registration number and will be allowed access to a list of participating ophthalmologists. Then, they may contact a specialist to schedule an appointment, which will take place during the month of May. The Veterinary Health Center requires that participants meet all event qualifications, pre-register at ACVO.org then provide the assigned registration number over the phone when making an appointment. Times may vary depending on the facility and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so owners/agents are encouraged to register and make appointments early.

About the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists®

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® (ACVO®) is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Its mission is “to advance the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence as specialists in veterinary ophthalmology.” To become board certified, a candidate must successfully complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a one-year internship, a three-year ACVO® approved residency and pass a series of credentials and examinations. For more information, please visit www.ACVO.org.


K-State to host international Rabies in the Americas conference

Rabies in the Americas conference banner

We’re "‘jazzed" to host this year’s Rabies in the Americas (RITA) conference in Kansas City! The committee is planning an informative program with innovative technology, intriguing research, and updated protocols and procedures, with activities to highlight what Kansas City has to offer. We want to make the 30th RITA extra special! Mark your calendars for Oct. 27-Nov. 1, 2019. You can now visit our website for additional information. We’ll continue to publish information online as we get closer to conference time. Registration will open soon! Don’t miss out on this year’s RITA Conference!

 

Sam Cossio to give Upson Lecture

 

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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 news about Dr. M. Gatz Riddell Jr., who was selected as this year's Alumni Fellow, plus updates on the 81st Annual Conference for Veterinarians and recently departed alumni.

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Dr. M. Gatz Riddell talks beef on campus visit as 2019 Alumni Fellow

 

Dr. M. Gatz Riddell Jr.

Dr. M. Gatz Riddell Jr., Auburn, Alabama, was chosen as this year's Alumni Fellow.

The K-State Alumni Fellows Program, sponsored by the the Alumni Association, the President's Office and the Deans' Council, recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers. Since 1983, the program has brought successful alumni back to campus to meet with students and faculty and share their expertise in the classroom and at informal settings.

Fellows are chosen by each college to return as distinguished guests and as mentors, friends and counselors. They are honored in recognition of the ultimate measure of a university – not curricula, facilities or programs, but the quality of its alumni.

Dr. Riddell is secretary general of the World Association for Buiatrics and a professor emeritus at Auburn University. He was raised on a homesteaded farm near Conway, Kansas. Following an internship and residency at Auburn University from 1977-1981, he practiced veterinary medicine in Tennessee until returning to Auburn University in 1984. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1982.

Dr. Riddell represented the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Drug Advisory Committee and later served on and chaired AVMA’s Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents. He retired from Auburn University in 2005 as professor emeritus and was the executive vice president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners from 2005 until 2016. He is a past president of both the AABP and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC).

Dr. Riddell delivered an all-university seminar on April 11. Watch for a special video interview with Dr. Riddell next month in Lifelines.

81st Annual Conference for Veterinarians

Mark your calendars for the 81st Annual Conference for Veterinarians! It will be June 2-4, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Manhattan, KS. Watch your mailboxes for more information! We are currently confirming various topics. Check back later as we continue to update information!

17.5 hours of CE will be offered during the conference. Full registration also includes 2 hours of complimentary online CE.

Registration is now open! Visit our page for more information!

2nd Kansas State University Symposium on Bovine Anaplasmosis

Monday, May 20, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn


The 2nd K-State Symposium on Bovine Anaplasmosis is a one day, producer-oriented workshop on the current state of anaplasmosis in the U.S., with an emphasis on Kansas beef cattle. The workshop will feature presentations by national experts on the economic impact of anaplasmosis, prevalence of anaplasmosis in Kansas and other cattle production states, anaplasmosis diagnostic considerations, prevention and treatment options for anaplasmosis, and the Veterinary Feed Directive. In addition, the meeting will include an interactive producer-panel with producers describing their own anaplasmosis experiences, challenges, and management strategies. The meeting will conclude with an overview of on-going and upcoming anaplasmosis research projects at K-State and opportunities for producer participation.

See event website for more details.

In Memoriam - Recently Departed Alumni

Dr. Robert W. Russum, DVM 1959
Dec. 11, 2018
    
Dr. Max Leo Hacker, DVM 1968
Feb. 22, 2019

Dr. Jerald Deforrest Ball, DVM 1988
Nov. 19, 2014

 

Questions about Alumni or CE events?

Contact:

Ashley McCowan PhotoAshley McCowan
Alumni and Events Coordinator
785-532-4833
amccowan@vet.k-state.edu

Dana ParkerDana Parker
Program Assistant
785-532-4528
dlaparker@vet.k-state.edu

 

 

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More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:


Dr. Alyssa Comroe attended the ASPCA Sheltering Operation in Ohio March 5-8.  She was able to shadow at the emergency shelter where animals are held from cruelty cases such as hoarding, dog fighting, etc. Dr. Comroe was able to become more prepared to deal with local ASPCA cases. Some of our students will be volunteering their time during spring break and summer vacation at this shelter.

Dr. Raghavendra Amachawadi attended the 7th Pan Commonwealth Veterinary Conference in Bangalore, India, March 3-7 where he was invited to present, “Antibiotic alternatives in food animal agriculture.”

Congratulations to Dr. Megan Wilson who is now an American College of Veterinary Surgeons diplomate! Dr. Wilson completed her small animal surgery residency in July 2018. Her faculty adviser was Dr. Walter Renberg.

Drs. Hannah Turner, Kara Berke, David Biller and S.M. Schneider published, “Rectal Duplication Cyst in a Cat: A Case Report and Literature Review,” in the Israel Journal of Veterinary Medicine, March 2019 edition.

Dr. Ken Harkin was invited to present three lectures at the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital Continuing Education Event in Wichita, Kansas, on March 28. Dr. Harkin presented, “Antibiotic Therapy for Leptospirosis: Do we have the right answer?”, “Myostatin Reduction for Rehabilitation and Beyond” and “Paroxysmal Dyskinesia: It’s not a seizure, is it?”

Congratulations to Jeana Owens, master's student in veterinary biomedical sciences, for winning the Histochemical Society’s Ralph D. Lillie Award at Experimental Biology 2019 in Orlando, Florida. The graduate student award is given annually for excellence in a Histochemical Society related research presentation at Experimental Biology. Jeana presented both an oral and poster presentation on the expression of host cell protease TMPRSS2 in the pig.

Congratulations to Nelwyn Cook being named one of K-State’s Employees of the Year. She will be recognized at the 42nd Annual University Support Staff Recognition Ceremony.

Po-Yu “Tony” Lai, student worker for the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, was named the 2019 Kyle Pelton Student Employee of the Year. He is an incoming member of the DVM class of 2023.

The American Association of Veterinary Clinicians held their Residents’ Professional Development and Leadership Conference March 29-30. Dr. Elizabeth Davis provided two lectures, “Approaches to effectively engage students during didactic lectures” and “How to write good exam questions to assess students’ knowledge and understanding.” She also participated in and Q&A panel. Dr. Mac Hafen provided a lecture, “Health and Wellness,” as well as participating on a Q&A panel. Dr. Davis also attended the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges Leadership Academy March 5-7 in Washing D.C. This was the third and final session of the program where she received her certificate of completion.

Dr. Carlo Anselmi is a co-author on a case report recently published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Open Reports entitled, “Complete laparoscopic excision of a hepatic cyst and omentopexy in a Persian cat.”

Dr. Megan Niederwerder was an invited speaker in the general session of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, in March. The title of her talk was, "The foreign animal disease risk of feed." She also gave a presentation in the research topics session entitled "Oral infectious dose of African swine fever virus consumed naturally in feed or liquid." Dr. Niederwerder was also an invited speaker and expert panelist at the 2nd Annual Animal Microbiome Congress in Kansas City in March. The title of her talk was "Role of the gut microbiome in porcine respiratory disease complex" and the title of the panel in which she served was "Innovation in the Animal Microbiome."

Vet Med ROCKS open registration for summer camp 

Vet Med ROCKS logoVet Med ROCKS, the Recruitment and Outreach Club of Kansas State, is going to be holding summer day camp from Aug. 2-6, for high school, college, middle school and grade school students (see registration page for detailed schedule and additional information).

http://www.vet.k-state.edu/asp/rocks/

Congrats to Dr. Chuck Dodd on KVMA Service Award

Dr. David Renter, Dr. Chuck Dodd and
Dr. David Renter and Dr. Andrew Hawkins (KVMA President and 2006 alumnus) congratulate Dr. Chuck Dodd on being presented with the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association's KSU Distinguished Service Award for 2018. The award was presented at the annual KVMA conference held in March.

Field trip to Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina

Visit to Rolling Hills Zoo
The Advanced Zoological/Wildlife Medicine Elective had its first day-long field trip on Saturday, March 30. The destination was the Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina. The team consisted of 13 students plus interns Drs. Gail Huckins and Matt DiFazio, and Dr. James W. Carpenter. They were hosted by zoo veterinarian, Dr. Danelle Okeson, DVM class of 1996.

The class worked with rhinos (where Dr. Huckins performed a venipuncture), observed the training of a 17-foot-tall giraffe for foot care (on right: zoo technician with Dr. Huckins), performed a health examination on a coati, toured the zoo (top picture of the class shows Mango, the male orangutan through the window), and visited the incredible natural history museum!

"It was a great learning experience for the entire team!" Dr. Carpenter said.

Food animal symposium draws students to Ohio

Leah Metzger, Bella Carmona, Mia Cuccaro, Haley Bartlett, Jestina Miles, Sydni Schmidt. Middle: Paige Moritz, Haley Blazek, Leah Metzger, Ashley Zelenka, Emma Munyan, Jamie Chermak, Tara Fountain. Back: Jason Paine, Arlen Stoller, Audra Jones
Front row, from left: Leah Metzger, Bella Carmona, Mia Cuccaro, Haley Bartlett, Jestina Miles and Sydni Schmidt. Middle: Paige Moritz, Haley Blazek, Leah Metzger, Ashley Zelenka, Emma Munyan, Jamie Chermak and Tara Fountain. Back: Jason Paine, Arlen Stoller and Audra Jones

 

Arlen Stoller, Haley Bartlett, Leah Metzger, Audra Jones, Emma Munyan, Mia Cuccaro, and Jason Paine.

 From left: Arlen Stoller, Haley Bartlett, Leah Metzger, Audra Jones, Emma Munyan, Mia Cuccaro, and Jason Paine.

A large group of students represented Kansas State University recently at the Ohio State Food Animal Medicine Student Symposium with both of our teams in the Dairy Vet Challenge.

The students gained knowledge in evaluating dairies and communicating recommendations to increase production.

The conference provided hands-on opportunities in dystocia and fetotomy, small ruminant techniques, hoof trimming, embryo transfer, necropsy and enucleations, as well as other skills.

There was an ultrasound and fetal sexing lab where 12 students practiced skills on the school’s dairy herd. Students networked with veterinary students from 19 veterinary schools and interacted with industry leaders.

Open House features newly renovated areas at the CVM

K-State Open House collage
The 2019 All-University Open House featured the public debut of several renovated areas in the College of Veterinary Medicine including the new clinical skills laboratory on the first floor of Trotter Hall and the anatomy laboratory on the third floor of Trotter. Above are some pictures from this year's Open House.

CVM minds its MANNRS

MANNRS collage
The College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agriculture hosted 25 students visiting campus from Minorities in Agriculture and Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANNRS) Conference held in Overland Park, Kansas. The students toured the CVM complex and the dairy facilities on campus.

A panel discussion was held over the lunch hour comprising undergraduate, graduate and DVM students who participated in the MANRRS organization in the past. In the bottom right photo, first-year student Melissa Riley answers some questions about her experience at K-State. Dr. Bonnie Rush and Dr. Kimathi Choma also addressed the group.

In addition to the campus visit, Dr. Callie Rost and Dave Hoffman (shown above giving tours) attended the MANRRS Career Fair, and Dr. Rost gave a presentation during the conference titled “Applying to DVM Programs – What You Need to Know!”

Fond farewells to Lynn Schwandt

Lynn Schwandt retires
Congrats to Lynn Schwandt, longtime facilities employee, on retiring from the CVM. A reception was held in March in Arrow Cafe. Above right, facilities director Allan Leikam shares a few stories and parting thoughts.

 

New Arrivals/Recent Departures

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Welcome to:

Amanda Martinitz, Veterinary Health Center, Client Services Assistant
Dr. Gisselle Medina, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Research Assistant Professor
Brooke Neiberger, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Nurse I
Alexandra Eichman, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Assistant
Corie Reed, Dean of Veteirnary Medicine, Accountant II

Farewell to:

Dr. Heman Shakeri, Anatomy & Physiology, Fellow (Post Doc)
Zan Bertolino, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Nurse II
Kassandra Hall, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Nurse II
Brooke Neiberger, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Assistant
Hyesuk Seo, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Research Associate
Dr. Yanhua Li, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Fellow (Post Doc)

 

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