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October 2019 - Vol. 14, No. 10

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Meet the new class of scholars in the Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas

VTPRK students

Five new students in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University have been chosen for the largest veterinary scholarship program offered by the state of Kansas: The Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas.

This year’s recipients are first-year veterinary students: Kami Miller, Rachel Jones, Grace Luebcke, Jackson McCoole and Boyd Roenne.

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Boyd Roenne, Rachel Jones, Kami Miller, Grace Luebcke and Jackson McCoole
First-year students Boyd Roenne, Rachel Jones, Kami Miller, Grace Luebcke and Jackson McCoole plan to provide rural areas with veterinary care.

“The VTPRK program fulfills an important educational and service mission for the state of Kansas,” said Dr. Bonnie Rush, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “These students completed a rigorous selection process. They will complete additional training beyond the curricular requirements of the professional degree program to prepare them for success in rural practice. Scholarship recipients (past, present and future) create a unique community of supportive colleagues and represent the future of rural veterinary practice in Kansas.”

The Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas was passed by the state Legislature in 2006 to provide a financial incentive to provide rural areas in Kansas with committed veterinarians. Program participants are eligible for up to $20,000 in loans per year to pay their tuition. Upon completion of their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, each graduate is required to work at a full-time veterinary practice in one of the 91 Kansas counties with fewer than 35,000 residents. For each year the graduate works in rural Kansas, $20,000 worth of loans are forgiven by the state. Graduates are expected to work four years in a designated county to receive $80,000 in loan waivers. 

Ninety-six percent of students are completing or have completed their loan obligation through service. Graduates who do not complete through service are required to re-pay the loan. The funds are reinvested through the addition of students to the program. Ninety-three percent of graduates who have completed their four-year obligation remain in a qualifying county. Seventy percent remain in the original practice and community they entered after graduation.

The students spend time during the summer and breaks in the academic year learning about foreign-animal disease preparedness, natural disaster response, rural sociology, small business management and public health. In addition, they will spend three weeks in a rural veterinary practice during their senior year, applying the principles of small business management to rural veterinary practice. 


Dr. David Poole chosen for Iman Research Award

Dr. David Poole

Dr. David Poole is one of two professors at Kansas State University who were recently recognized with an Iman Outstanding Faculty Award, which is one of the university’s highest faculty honors. He was selected on the basis of outstanding research and was presented with $5,000 during a ceremony held at the K-State Alumni Center.

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Dr. David PooleThe Iman Award for teaching was presented to Dr. Lisa Wilken, associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering.

The Iman research award recognizes faculty members who have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession and who have contributed significantly through research to improve the betterment of the educational experience, or whose research has had a significant impact on their area of study.

Dr. Poole, who is the Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars and university distinguished professor of kinesiology and anatomy and physiology, earned his Ph.D. in kinesiology from UCLA and a post-doctoral fellowship in medicine from UCSD. He joined K-State's faculty in 1995.

Dr. Poole is internationally recognized for his original discoveries in oxygen transport. Using innovative models including, humans, racehorses, dogs, elephants and rodents at rest and during exercise, his group has identified primary sites of metabolic control and the impact of diseases such as heart failure and diabetes, driving paradigm shifts in understanding how capillaries facilitate blood-tissue oxygen and substrate delivery. Discoveries made by Dr. Poole, his colleagues, notably Dr. Tim Musch, and students have advanced novel therapeutic treatments for heart failure patients.

His nominator, Dr. Craig Harms, professor of kinesiology and department head, said, "I have seen, first hand, how he has distinguished himself both within and among our university faculty and our professional societies. David is truly one of the uniquely gifted talents found on our campus."

Dr. Poole has been honored by the British First Lady, Cherie Booth Blair, the Canadian Rechnitzer Foundation, the Danish Royal Academy of Science, the American Physiological Society and the American College of Sports Medicine. As principal investigator, he has been awarded more than $5 million ($17.9 million as co-investigator) from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the American Heart Association. Dr. Poole is this year's Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars.

"The hard work, dedication and accomplishments of Dr. Wilken and Dr. Poole have enhanced K-State's reputation across the nation and beyond as a major research institution," said Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association. "They are great examples of the positive impact faculty have on both the university and society as a whole."

Introduced in 2007, the annual Dr. Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Awards are sponsored by the K-State Alumni Association and are made possible through the generosity of Ron and Rae Iman.

The CVM has had seven other faculty member previously receive the Iman Award, in both categories, as listed: Dr. Dan Marcus (2009) for the research award and Dr. Derek Mosier (2009) for the teaching award; Dr. T.G. Nagaraja for the research award (2012); Dr. Kenneth Harkin for the teaching award (2013); Dr. Jürgen Richt for the research award (2014); Dr. Bob Larson for the teaching award (2016); and Dr. Bob Rowland for the research award (2018).

For more information on the Iman Awards, visit k-state.com/Iman


CVM Students serve Kansas feedyards through BQA assessments

BQA students

This summer, in collaboration with the Kansas Livestock Association and the Kansas Beef Council, several veterinary medicine and animal science students traveled across the state to perform Beef Quality Assurance assessments at feedyards. The BQA Feedyard assessment focuses on animal welfare, records, protocols, facilities and equipment.

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The BQA team assessed feedyards across the state. (From left) Front row: Jessie Vallejo, Sydney Bigger, Amy Servos, Savannah Miller and Arlen Stoller. Back row: Tyler Blackwood, Jared Bourek, Damon Smith and Dr. Dan Thomson.
The BQA team assessed feedyards across the state. (From left) Front row: Jessie Vallejo, Sydney Bigger, Amy Servos, Savannah Miller and Arlen Stoller. Back row: Tyler Blackwood, Jared Bourek, Damon Smith and Dr. Dan Thomson.

According to Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Beef Quality Assurance is the cornerstone program of the beef industry to ensure safe, wholesome beef from cattle raised humanely.

The BQA feedyard assessment program was established in the spring 2009 and focuses on animal welfare, records, protocols, facilities and equipment. A copy of the BQA Feedyard Assessment Guide is posted online at bqa.org/.

The predominantly student-led BQA team operated out of the College of Veterinary Medicine with guidance from Thomson and Clayton Huseman, executive director of the Kansas Livestock Association's Feedlot Division.

Over three months, the group assessed 32 feedyards across Kansas. These feedyards represented 690,000 head on feed.

"We have been proud to provide service to our cattle-feeding stakeholders in the state of Kansas since 2012," Dr. Thomson said. "Our goal is to empower our veterinary and animal science students to run the BQA assessment project as a business."

Dr. Thomson said students developed a budget, set up a phone line, made a map of the feedlots in the state and directly contacted feedlot managers to set up the assessment visits.

"It is such a great learning and networking experience for our students and a great service for our beef producers," Dr. Thomson said. "It is what the land-grant mission is all about."

To serve on the BQA team, students had to become BQA-certified and then attend a BQA feedyard assessment training at Cattle Empire in Satanta. Students also had to demonstrate a working knowledge of low-stress cattle handling, animal welfare and an understanding of its importance to beef consumers.

"Aside from performing assessments, our team was able to work with consulting veterinarians, nutritionists and feedyard managers, as well as provide training for feedyard employees," Dr. Thomson said.

Students on the BQA team said they enjoyed the opportunity to interact with people who are so passionate about their role in the beef industry and getting to compare different feedyard handling facilities and management styles.

Student members of the BQA team include Jared Bourek, third-year veterinary medicine student and doctoral student in pathobiology, and Arlen Stoller, third-year veterinary medicine student, both from Manhattan; Damon Smith, senior in animal sciences and industry, and pre-veterinary medicine, Waterville.

From out of state: Savannah Miller, third-year veterinary medicine student, Corning, California; Jessie Vallejo, master's student in veterinary biomedical science, Gridley, California; Tyler Blackwood, second-year veterinary student and master's student in veterinary biomedical science, Napa, California; Sydney Bigger, second-year veterinary medicine student and master's student in veterinary biomedical science, Media, Illinois; and Amy Servos, third-year veterinary student from Cypress, Texas,

For more information regarding BQA feedyard assessments, or to schedule a feedyard assessment, contact the BQA team at bqa@vet.k-state.edu.



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CEEZAD team combats animal diseases in Asia

Dr. Jürgen Richt takes samples from a camel

A team of CEEZAD scientists has returned from a two week-long visit to Asia designed to give lectures and combat the spread of animal diseases including African Swine Fever (ASF). Dr. Jürgen Richt, CEEZAD’s director, led the team, which conducted lectures and field tests in China, Mongolia and South Korea.

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Dr. Jürgen Richt takes samples from a camel
Dr. Jürgen Richt conducts fieldwork, sampling camels for MERS and FMD in the Gobi desert in Mongolia.

Dr. Richt said ASF, which made its way to China in August of 2018, has caused the loss “of a significant portion of the Chinese swine population.” China has been home to the world’s largest pork industry in recent years. He spoke about progress in CEEZAD’s effort to control the spread of ASF using vaccines and point-of-need diagnostic techniques during lectures in Shanghai and Nanchang in China, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, and Seoul in South Korea.

The CEEZAD team was told that pig prices were three times higher in China now than they had been during a previous visit about a year ago. Dr. Richt said that was due to steep declines in Chinese pork production, which also affected sales of sow feed and swine vaccine significantly.

CEEZAD team with Camels
Members of the CEEZAD team pose with local veterinarians and veterinary technicians during sampling operation in the Gobi desert of Mongolia.

In Mongolia, the team – which also included Dashzeveg Bold, a CEEZAD graduate research assistant from Mongolia – conducted field research in the Gobi Desert. That research included collecting blood and nasal swab samples from 90 young camels, and their diagnostic examination for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).

Dr. Richt mentioned that all the drawn samples proved negative for either disease, although some of the laboratory testing for MERS remains ongoing.

In Mongolia, the camel sampling and testing efforts were conducted in the field using mobile diagnostic PCR machines (Biomeme Franklin).  Then, at the Central Veterinary Laboratory in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, CEEZAD conducted additional research on ASF, Classical Swine Fever and FMD. There the team was able to amplify and sequence parts of the genomes of all three viruses from infected samples using the portable PCR machine and the portable next generation sequencing device (MinION Nanopore).

In Korea, the team met with swine producers, veterinarians and veterinary diagnosticians. Dr. Richt also lectured on ASF at Konkuk University, South Korea’s major veterinary medicine research university. Since identification of the ASF virus in South Korea on Sept. 20, the country’s pig producers and veterinary authorities have been working to limit its spread.

Dr. Jürgen Richt with former grad students Dr. Jingjaio Ma of Jiao Tong University in Shanghai and Dr. Qinfang Liu of the Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute
Dr. Richt meets with Dr. Jingjaio Ma of Jiao Tong University in Shanghai and Dr. Qinfang Liu of the Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute. Both are former members of Dr. Richt and Dr. Wenjun Ma’s laboratory team at Kansas State University.


CVM team to provide health Info at Okt-FLU-ber Fest

flu shot - stock photo by Hyttalo Souza on unsplash.com

Members from K-State’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program and the CVM will be joining the Riley County Health Department on Oct. 24 for a special event: Okt-FLU-ber Fest. These veterinary and public health experts will answer questions about influenza in pets and what people can do to keep all family members – people and pets – safe from various strains of influenza. 

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flu shot - stock photo by Hyttalo Souza on unsplash.com
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Okt-FLU-ber Fest will include a vaccine clinic for kids and adults in a fun, family atmosphere. The clinic is from 2-7 p.m. in Pottorf Hall at Cico Park in Manhattan. Registration for vaccinations closes at 6:45 p.m.

Each child who is vaccinated will receive a pumpkin while supplies last. Games and educational opportunities also will be available.

Last year's event saw a record number of vaccines administered: 681 doses by RCHD and Fort Riley staff. The Fort Riley Public Health Department will be available as well, offering vaccinations to military families.

"This is an important collaborative event to educate and inform our community about influenza and the One Health relationship between animals and humans," said Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy, director of the Master of Public Health program. She said Master of Public Health students will be assisting at the event.

According to Dr. Kate KuKanich, associate professor of internal medicine in the clinical sciences department, canine influenza most commonly causes coughing, sneezing and runny nose, similar to a person with a respiratory virus.

"There are many other infectious causes of these same signs in dogs," Dr. KuKanich warned. "While some dogs show no signs of illness with canine influenza when infected and shedding, other dogs may show more severe signs such as fever or even pneumonia."

KuKanich said there are two strains of canine influenza: H3N8 and H3N2.

"Both are very contagious and spread through respiratory secretions especially when a dog coughs or sneezes," Dr. KuKanich said. "Fortunately, we have not yet diagnosed a single case of canine influenza H3N8 or H3N2 at the Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center."

Veterinarians are routinely on alert for influenza and can submit a nasal swab from any suspected case to the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for testing by PCR and sequencing. Inquiries should be directed to clientcare@vet.k-state.edu or by phone at 785-532-5650 or 866-512-5650.

Additional FAQ and answers about influenza in pets

What can dog owners do?

Dr. KuKanich suggested discussing risk factors with your veterinarian to decide if vaccination is recommended.

"Not all dogs should be vaccinated," KuKanich said. "Dogs who stay in Kansas and have little contact with other dogs are considered to be at very low risk at this time."

Dr. Susan Nelson, clinical professor, and Dr. Neala Boyer, clinical assistant professor with the Veterinary Health Center's Pet Health Service, suggest that dogs who travel, go to dog shows or spend time at boarding facilities, doggie daycare or dog parks may be at increased risk and are candidates for vaccination.

Is there risk for people to acquire canine influenza?

No, neither H3N8 nor H3N2 has been shown to be transmissible to a person or to cause illness in people, although H3N2 has been transmitted to cats causing respiratory illness.

Can influenza spread from people to pets in our households?

Yes, the human influenza strain H1N1 has been confirmed in pet dogs, cats and ferrets. These pets were believed to acquire their influenza from sick family members within their homes.

"It is a good idea to stay home when you are sick with the flu to minimize spread of disease to your friends and colleagues, and our pets can be wonderful companions when we are ill," Dr. KuKanich said. "Coughing and sneezing in your elbow or into a tissue and washing hands frequently are great ways to keep other people and pets around you healthy. If your pet does show signs of illness, call your veterinarian for advice and let them know about any illness in yourself or other family members."

What is One Health?

Dr. KuKanich said One Health is the industry term referring to the collaborative efforts of a community to keep people, animals and the environment healthy.

"By working as a team with our county health departments, physicians and veterinarians, we can keep everyone safe from the flu and other infections we may come across," Dr. KuKanich said.

Further questions can be addressed to KuKanich at kstenske@k-state.edu.


Toxicology society presents Dr. Annelise Nguyen with Doull award

Dr. Annelise Nguyen receives John Doull Award from Dr. James Sacco, 2019-2020 CSSOT President

Dr. Annelise Nguyen, associate professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, was recognized with the prestigious John Doull Award at the annual meeting of the Central States Society of Toxicology in Des Moines, Iowa, Sept. 26-27.

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Dr. Annelise Nguyen receives John Doull Award from Dr. James Sacco, 2019-2020 CSSOT President
Dr. Annelise Nguyen accepts the John Doull award at the annual meeting of the Central States Society of Toxicology from Dr. James Sacco, 2019-2020 president.

Dr. Nguyen was recognized for contributions of an outstanding member to the discipline of toxicology. She presented the lecture "Collaboration, Discovery, and Innovation."

Dr. Annelise Nguyen and Dr. James Sacco

The John Doull Award is presented each year by the Central States Chapter of the Society of Toxicology to honor the contributions of its members to the discipline of toxicology and to the chapter. Nguyen scientific contributions have been focused on breast cancer research, including four patented technologies.

Doull was a longtime professor of toxicology at the University of Kansas Medical School. He was well known as the co-author and editor of the textbook, "Casarett & Doull's Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons." Doull died in 2017.

Dr. Annelise Nguyen gives presentation
Dr. Nguyen presents her lecture on "Collaboration, Discovery, and Innovation."



Dr. James Carpenter recognized with 2019 Oxbow Quest Award

Dr. James Carpenter receives Oxbow Award

Oxbow Animal Health has announced Dr. James Carpenter as the winner of the 2019 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health (Quest) Award. Established in 2009, the Quest is presented annually to an animal health professional who advances the field of exotic mammal medicine and care.

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Dr. Carpenter, who serves as Professor of Exotic Pet, Wildlife, and Zoological Medicine at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, was presented with the award at the 2019 ExoticsCon conference in St. Louis, Missouri at a reception in his honor. 

“Throughout Dr. James Carpenter’s 40 years in the field of exotic animal, wildlife and zoo animal medicine, he has contributed to the development of countless veterinary professionals through his research, teaching, authorship, and industry leadership,” said John Miller, President and Founder of Oxbow Animal Health.  “Dr. Carpenter’s contributions to the advancement of exotic medicine simply cannot be overstated and we are truly honored to recognize him with this award.”

“I am greatly honored to be the recipient of the 2019 Oxbow Quest Award (Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award),” said Dr. Carpenter.  “It was the most amazing, emotional and memorable celebration of my professional life, which has spanned over 40 years in the field of exotic animal/zoological medicine. I am greatly appreciative of Oxbow Animal Health for envisioning, sponsoring and hosting this event.”

Dr. James Carpenter receives Oxbow Award
Dr. James Carpenter accepts the Oxbow Award from Dr. Micah Kohles, Oxbow’s vice president of Technical Services and Research. Dr. Kohles earned his DVM at K-State in 2001.

James W. Carpenter, MS, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, has been a clinical and research veterinarian for over 40 years in the field of exotic animal, wildlife (including endangered species), and zoo animal medicine, has assisted in developing an internationally-recognized program in Zoological Medicine at KSU, and has trained 42 Interns and Residents. He is the author of 185 scientific papers, 47 book chapters, and 250 proceedings articles, and is Co-editor of Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents: Clinical Medicine and Surgery (2004;2012; and 3E in prep) and is the Editor of the Exotic Animal Formulary (1996, 2001, 2005, 2013, 2018).  Dr. Carpenter is the Past-President of: the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and the American College of Zoological Medicine.  He was awarded the Edwin J. Frick Professorship in Veterinary Medicine from the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002, and named the Exotic DVM of the Year for 2000, and the T.J. Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year for 2012.  He was also named an Alumni of the Year by the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009.  In 2013, the Veterinary Health Center named the new veterinary facility at Manhattan’s Sunset Zoo the “James W. Carpenter Clinic at Sunset Zoo.” Dr. Carpenter is also the former editor of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, and is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery. 

The Oxbow Quest Award is based on excellence in one or more of the following areas: exhibiting leadership in the field of exotic mammal health, advancing the understanding of clinical diseases and treatments in exotic mammal pets, promoting the field of exotic mammal medicine, promoting the field of exotic mammal nutrition or providing innovation to the field of exotic mammal medicine. Nominations are made by submitting a CV and letter of recommendation describing the individual and how they exemplify the above qualities. For more information, visit www.oxbowvetconnect.com.



Animal Health Activities at K-State Olathe

Two-day workshop focuses on regulations for animal drug, vaccine, pesticide development

Olathe workshop

Kansas State University's Olathe campus is holding a two-day workshop that is a deep-dive into the regulatory aspects around animal drug, vaccine and pesticide development, as well as the three federal agencies that oversee these products.

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"Animal Health Regulatory 101" is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13-14 at the K-State Olathe campus. 

The workshop is divided into seven broad sections that cover the regulatory spectrum. Section topics include an introduction and overview to the regulatory process; the approval process; fees and waivers; and how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency regulate animal health products.

"The course is designed for both the newcomer to the animal health pharmaceutical industry and those people tasked with developing and maintaining an animal health company's product portfolio," said Rob Hunter of One Medicine Consulting and one of the workshop's instructors. "It will help those responsible for overseeing a company's regulatory strategies, at both the early and intermediate knowledge base level."

Content is designed for professionals who are tasked with developing and maintaining an animal health company's product portfolio and who are involved with the company's regulatory strategies. This includes professionals at contract research organizations and contract development and manufacturing organizations, entrepreneurs, regulatory agents, U.S. agents of foreign corporations, process owners, record retention specialists, financial and institutional advisers, professionals who are new to the animal health industry and others.

Hunter is leading the workshop with Norm Brown.

Hunter is an internationally recognized subject matter expert on pharmacokinetics and various pharmaceutical interactions with the body. He has 20 years of veterinary and human drug development experience with NASA, Pfizer Inc., Elanco Animal Health Inc., and other veterinary pharmaceutical companies.

Brown specializes in several aspects of the animal health regulatory process, including regulatory and compliance resolution, new production registration and international registration. He has 35 years of veterinary vaccine and regulatory and quality experience with Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health, Merck Animal Health, Diamond Animal Health and Mallinckrodt Veterinary.

The two-day workshop is part of K-State Olathe's larger regulatory affairs in animal health professional development series, which provides the latest information about the regulatory field. More than 400 professionals from animal health companies and affiliated industries have attended seminars in the series since it debuted in late 2017. Additionally, participant feedback has shown that the information is effective and making a difference in the industry. 

Register and learn more about "Animal Health Regulatory 101" at olathe.k-state.edu/regaffairs101.

Olathe workshop

Climate change and extreme weather events are topics of One Health Day

Dr. Mike Apley at K-State Olathe

An upcoming community event takes a closer look at how climate change is associated with more frequent and extreme weather events that are negatively affecting humans and animals. "Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events: A One Health Perspective" is the topic of this year's Kansas City One Health Day.

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The event is from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Kansas State University's Olathe campus. It also will be livestreamed for those unable to attend.

Kansas City One Health Day is part of an annual, international event focused on the complex interrelationships humans, animals and the environment share — referred to as One Health. The day is intended to spotlight a particular aspect of this connection and inspire action and research through the new ideas and knowledge introduced at the event.

"Throughout my career in veterinary medicine, I've seen connections between animal and human health, and how they affect and are effected by each other and the environment we live in," said Dr. Gary Anderson, director of the Animal Health and Food Safety Institute at Kansas State University's Olathe campus.

Dr. Mike Apley at K-State Olathe

"Approaching medicine through this larger framework of knowledge that comes with One Health really helps move forward research, medical treatments and training for the next-generation of medical practitioners in a meaningful way," Anderson continued. "Ultimately, that enhances the quality of life for every person and animal."  

Kansas City One Health Day is developed through a partnership with Kansas State University's Olathe campus and College of Veterinary Medicine, BioNexus KC, BioKansas, the KU Edwards Campus and KU's Frontiers Program.

The groups are working closely to promote and advance bioscience research and discovery in Greater Kansas City, which is home to more than 240 life science companies with approximately 30,000 employees. The region's scientists, companies and institutions regularly collaborate on life science research, helping further position the region as a national leader in One Health.

Kansas City One Health Day features several prominent researchers who will explore various aspects of climate change.

Chuck Rice, university distinguished professor of soil science at Kansas State University, will deliver a keynote on the global impact of climate change and extreme weather events.

The human, animal and environmental aspects of climate change will be discussed by Barbara Polivka, associate dean of research and professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Kansas Medical Center; Ram K. Raghaven, assistant professor of GIS/spatial epidemiology at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine; and Terri Woodburn, program director of the professional science master program at KU-Edwards campus.

K-State Olathe poster presentation





Regular features

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 about the Rabies in the Americas conference coming in Kansas City, plus the Cat Town season schedule, and updates on recently departed alumni.

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RITA Conference on Twitter

Rabies in the Americas conference banner

A K-State team from the Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory are serving as planners for Rabies in the Americas, or RITA.

RITA is an international scientific meeting that has been held annually since 1990, the focus of which is the presentation and discussion of developments in rabies research, surveillance, control and prevention. Conference participants include researchers, academics, regulators, students, and medical, public health and veterinary professionals, among others.

A new Twitter page is set up for this year's RITA: @rita2019kc, and you can use the #RITA2019KC as a hashtag for Tweeting your own activity and updates while at the conference.

Cat Town U.S.A.

Cat Town - vs TCU
Cat Town U.S.A. provides a special opportunity for the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine family to come together prior to home football games. Meals are served two hours prior to kickoff time.

DateOpponentTime (CST)RSVP Link

Oct. 19


Cat Town: TBA
Kickoff: TBA


Oct. 26


Cat Town: TBA
Kickoff: TBA


Nov. 16

West Virginia*

Cat Town: TBA
Kickoff: TBA


Nov. 30

Iowa State*

Cat Town: TBA
Kickoff: TBA


  *Conference Games  


In Memoriam - Recently Departed Alumni

Dr. Ralph E. Alter, DVM 1945
Sept. 6, 2019
Dr. Joseph M. Brennan, DVM 1959
Sept. 21, 2019

Dr. Charles E. Lingle, DVM 1962
Sept. 12, 2019

Dr. Ronald Gilbert Mason, DVM 1969
Oct. 16, 2016

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More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:


Drs. Hans Coetzee, Michael Kleinhenz, Butch KuKanich, Abbie Viscardi, and Brad White as well as Ally Fitzgerald, DVM class of 2021, participated in the second biennial Pain in Animals (PAW) Workshop held at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The focus of the meeting was cross-species assessment of acute pain.

Drs. Mac Hafen, Sarah Kaufman, Susan Moore, Annelise Nguyen and Bonnie Rush sponsored the first college hot meal dinner event for students. The event was held on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. Every sixth of the month, faculty and staff will donate prepared food items for the event. The number six honors our college as the sixth oldest veterinary school in the country.

Dr. Brian Lubbers received the FDA Group Recognition Award: “Vet-LIRN AMR and WGS Pilot Project Collaboration Group.” This award category recognizes superior achievement of the Agency’s mission through teamwork, partnership, shared responsibility or fostering collaboration and coalition to achieve FDA goals.

Dr. Ryane Englar was a featured speaker at the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association Conference on Sept. 13. She presented three sessions: “Transparency in the Exam Room,” “Unconditional Positive Regard” and “Bad News Delivery: Acknowledging and Overcoming Medical Errors.”

Dr. Chris Blevins participated in the functional exercise (SFEAR) with KDA preparing for depopulation of swine in Kansas (ASF). Dr. Chuck Dodd was the chief operation officer of depopulation and disposal.

Drs. Kate KuKanich and Alyssa Comroe with DVM/MPH student Ron Orchard presented, “One Health Service Event to Provide Veterinary Care to Low Income Kansas Resident,” at the Kansas Public Health Association Conference in Topeka.  Student Emma Winkley also presented, “Veterinary Hospital Evaluation and Suggestions to Maximize Usability for Clients with Mobility Disabilities,” with Dr. Kate KuKanich.

Dr. Megan Niederwereder will be sharing updates on her African swine fever research as a keynote speaker at the South Dakota State University's Swine Day Nov. 5. Dr. Niederwerder's latest analysis shows that the half-life of the ASF virus in feed ranges from 9.6 to 14.2 days after exposure to varying temperature and humidity conditions simulating transoceanic shipment. The new study expands on her previous work confirming the likelihood of ASF transmission through feed and can be used to implement science-based management practices such as storage time to reduce this risk.

Ramesh Marasini recently participated in the ComSciCon-AIP 2019 workshop. ComsciCon-AIP is a two-day event organized in collaboration between ComSciCon – Communicating Science Conference – and AIP, or American Institute of Physics, held at the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland The ComSciCon workshops empower graduate students to communicate research in science, engineering and other technical fields to broad and diverse audiences.

Ramesh Marasini attends ComSciCon

K-State Women of Distinction

Dr. Derek Mosier, Dr. Lalitha Peddireddi Dr. Beth Davis, Dr. Bonnie Rush, Dr. Emily Klocke, Dr. Jamie Henningson, Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy, Dr. Hans Coetzee, Gail Eyestone, Dr. Nora Springer and Dr. Frank Blecha.
Left to right) Dr. Derek Mosier, Dr. Lalitha Peddireddi, Dr. Beth Davis, Dr. Bonnie Rush, Dr. Emily Klocke, Dr. Jamie Henningson, Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy, Dr. Hans Coetzee, Gail Eyestone, Dr. Nora Springer and Dr. Frank Blecha.

Drs. Lalitha Peddireddi, Emily Klock, Ellyn Mulcahy and Bonnie Rush and Gail Eyestone

The K-State Office for the Advancement of Science and Engineering, or KAWSE, and the Women of K-State hosted an annual Women of Distinction Recognition Ceremony in September. The ceremony recognizes K-State women faculty for academic achievements, such as earning tenure and promotion, being promoted to full professor, or winning a universitywide award. This year's event included several CVM faculty and staff members, plus the department heads and associate dean. Dr. Mary Bagladi-Swanson, who was promoted to clinical full professor, was unable to attend.

Master of Public Health Program News 


The Master of Public Health program at Kansas State University has received some good news: the Council on Education for Public Health has fully accredited the program until December 2026. Made up of faculty from 12 departments in five colleges, the interdisciplinary program provides graduate-level education for individuals currently employed in or anticipating a career in public health.

The Council on Education for Public Health is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health.

The Master of Public Health program was established at the university in 2003 and was previously accredited by the council in 2014 for five years. The current term will last seven years.

To maintain accreditation status, K-State agrees to send interim reports to the council focusing on evaluation, core public health knowledge and competencies. The program's 2015 interim report on these topics was accepted by the council as evidence of compliance. The next interim report is due in summer 2020.

Ddr. Ellyn Mulcahy, director of the Master of Public Health program and associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, submits these reports to the Council on Education for Public Health.

"A seven-year full accreditation for the Master of Public Health program is very important, as it ensures that our students and graduates are receiving a nationally and internationally recognized and accredited graduate education," Dr. Mulcahy said. "It ensures that our students and graduates experience quality public health education and training. A Master of Public Health degree from an accredited program is required by many public health agencies, so this is an advantage for K-State as it will attract students looking for training in public health that has been evaluated and judged to meet standards essential for the conduct of public health educational programs."

Partnership with Flint Hills Wellness Coalition

K-State's Master of Public Health program has paired with the Flint Hills Wellness Coalition this year as part of the 2019 Community Needs Assessment Survey. Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy, director of the program, helped with planning and drafting questions. She said Master of Public Health students will assist with data analysis.

"We encourage all university members to complete the 2019 Riley County Community Needs Assessment Survey," Dr. Mulcahy said. "This survey is completely confidential and available in both English and Spanish. It aims to get information about the quality of life in the community and to identify any unmet needs."

Some questions on the survey ask about personal experiences in the community and some ask for opinions about the community in general. Mulcahy said anyone who lives in Riley County is invited to take this survey. The survey link will be open through Friday, Oct. 11.

Kansas Public Health Association

A group of MPH student joined 180 public health practitioners, students and faculty in attending the Kansas Public Health Association Conference on Sept. 24-25 in Topeka, Kansas.. Eight MPH students and four alumni presented. The 2020 KPHA annual meeting will be in Manhattan.

Current MPH Students

Ariana Achakzai
Public Health Nutrition

Ariana Achakzai

Reduction of Food Waste Through a Community Collaborative Approach with Relevant Stakeholders in Manhattan, Kansas

Kasi Bardouche
Public Health Physical Activity

Kasi Bardouche

Feasibility and Enjoyment of Park-Based Physical Activity Among Adults with Serious Mental Illness

Brittany Blattner
Infectious Diseases And Zoonoses

 Brittany Blattner

Effectiveness of an Awareness Campaign on Opioid Addiction in Riley County

Yibo Liu
Infectious Diseases And Zoonoses

 Yibo Liu

The Use of the Health Belief Model to Assess Predictors of Caregiver's Intent to Vaccinate Themselves and Their Children Against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

Patty McKenna
Public Health Nutrition

 Patty McKenna

Attitudes and Perceptions of Opioid Use Within the Kansas State University Community

Ron Orchard
Infectious Diseases And Zoonoses/DVM

 Ron Orchard

One Health Service Event to Provide Veterinary Care to Low Income Kansas Residents

Melitza Ramirez
Public Health Physical Activity

 Melitza Ramirez

Perceptions Of Caffeine Use among Kansas Crossfit Participants

Emma Winkley
Infectious Diseases And Zoonoses/DVM

 Emma Winkley

Veterinary Hospital Evaluation and Suggestions to Maximize Usability for Clients with Mobility Disabilities


Elena Aronsen
Public Health Nutrition
Model Vaccine Policy for Kansas Colleges and Universities
Bianca Garcia
Public Health Nutrition
Access to Tobacco and Food Retailers in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties
Chris Omni
Public Health Physical Activity
Black Butterflyz: A Physical Activity Intervention to Improve the Health of Black Women
Chelsea Raybern
Infectious Diseases And Zoonoses
Building Bridges to Prevent Measles in Kansas


Clarenburg Lecture features renowned toxicologist

Dr. Mel Andersen, Clarenburg Lecture with Dr. Hans Coetzee
Dr. Mel Andersen speaks at the Clarenburg Lecture on Oct. 8. (Inset) Dr. Hans Coetzee, A&P department head, thanks Dr. Andersen for visiting K-State.

As part of its annual Clarenburg Lecture Series, the College of Veterinary Medicine hosted Dr. Melvin "Mel" Andersen. His lecture topic was "A 50-Year Career in Toxicology-Using Pharmacokinetic Models to Understand Dose-Response Relationships."

The Rudolf Clarenburg Lectureship was established in 1996 to honor the late Rudolf Clarenburg, professor of physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine. This lecture series brings nationally acclaimed scientists to Kansas State University to discuss their research interests with students and faculty throughout the university.

Dr. Andersen, now semi-retired, serves as a senior program adviser at ScitoVation LLC in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. During the course of his nearly 50-year career in toxicology, Andersen worked in multiple organizations, including the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, the environmental health department at Colorado State University and K.S. Crump Group of ICF Kaiser Consulting. Between 1971 and 1994, he worked in toxicology research programs in the federal government with the Department of Defense and Environmental Protection Agency as well with private industry at the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology.

Throughout his career, Dr. Andersen has primarily focused on developing biologically realistic models of the uptake, distribution, metabolism and biological effects of various chemicals and applying these models in safety assessments and quantitative health risk assessments.

The Clarenburg Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support received from the Clarenburg family to honor and recognize the significant contributions made by Clarenburg to the Department of Anatomy and Physiology and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Cover story

Dr. Nora Springer with American Journal of Pathology
Congrats to Dr. Nora Springer on having her article, "Obesity-Associated Extracellular Matrix Remodeling Promotes a Macrophage Phenotype Similar to Tumor-Associated Macrophages" published in and featured on the cover of the Oct 2019 issue of The American Journal of Pathology. Dr. Springer thanks Mal Hoover for the design work she contributed.

American Royal

American Royal collage - Eleanor Selanders and Haydan Vosburgh
Dr. Chuck Dodd and fourth-year students Eleanor Selanders (top left) and Haydan Vosburgh represented the CVM at the American Royal in Kansas City. They provided back-to-back 10-minute presentations to groups of young children from area schools.

Purple Pantry

The CVM recognizes food insecurity is a reality for a proportion of our students, house officers and staff. At the university level, this challenge has been addressed by Cats Cupboard, but it is underutilized by CVM personnel due to distance and hours of operation. The CVM has worked with Cats Cupboard to establish a satellite food pantry in the CVM called the Purple Pantry. The Purple Pantry takes food donations at 001 Trotter Hall.

Examples of recommended non-perishable food items for donation: Canned tuna, canned chicken, canned beans (black, pinto, garbanzo), peanut butter, whole wheat pasta, plain oatmeal, plain cream of wheat, brown rice, quinoa, canned vegetables, canned fruit, tomatoes (diced, sauce, paste), canned soup, granola bars, cooking oils, and microwave meals.

A giving link has been also set up for the Purple Pantry where you can make financial donations to support this effort: https://give.evertrue.com/ksu/purplepantry

Thank you for supporting CVM family members in need!

Dr. Brad Crauer at K-State Olathe Careers & Cases series
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New Arrivals/Recent Departures

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Lacey Broskey, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Assistant    

Dr. Rachel Palinkski, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Clinical Assistant Professor    

Chalanda Adeyiga, Veterinary Health Center, Client Services Assistant    

Konner Cool, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Research Assistant    

Dr. Lester Hallman IV, Veterinary Health Center, Medicial Resident Year 3

Farewell to:

Dr. Richard Hesse, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Professor    

Dr. Jonathon Sago, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Medicial Resident Year 3    

Dana Parker, Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Program/Project Coordinator     

Juan Almaraz, Veterinary Health Center, Intern

Bailey Jeffries, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Assistant    

Dr. Michael Moore, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Vet Research Project Manager    

Michelle Barreto, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Nurse I    

Lauren Pearson, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Research Assistant    

Megan Irick, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Assistant    

Misty Bear, Clinical Sciences, Research Assistant  


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