April 2019 - Vol. 14, No. 4
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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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.
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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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.
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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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.”
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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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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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 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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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.
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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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.
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.
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!
The 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., 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.
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!
Monday, May 20, 2019
Hilton Garden Inn
See event website for more details.
In Memoriam - Recently Departed Alumni
Dr. Robert W. Russum, DVM 1959
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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, 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).
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.
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.
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!”
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