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July 2020 - Vol. 15, No. 7

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University signs research agreement for COVID-19 vaccine candidate

Dr. Waithaka Mwangi

Kansas State University has signed a new preclinical research and option agreement with Tonix Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, to develop a vaccine candidate for the prevention of COVID-19The inventor of the technology, Dr. Waithaka Mwangi, professor of diagnostic pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Dr. Waithaka MwangiDr. Mwangi will direct the research, which is based on a new vaccine platform that his research team developed for bovine parainfluenza 3 virus, known as BPI3V, which is closely related to human parainfluenza 3 virus.

"A weakened BPI3V has previously been shown to be an effective vaccine vehicle in humans. More importantly, following extensive testing, BPI3V was shown to be safe and stable in infants and children," Dr. Mwangi said. "The vector is well suited for mucosal immunization using a nasal atomizer, but it can also be injected. Therefore, BPI3V is suitable for development of COVID-19 vaccine candidates."

The researchers focused on the most critical protein of coronaviruses: the spike protein. When a person is exposed to the virus, this protein is involved in the infection of the host cell. The vaccine candidate developed at K-State has been engineered to display the spike protein in a manner that mimics the actual virus.

While the majority of vaccines that are currently being developed will be injected into the body, according to Dr. Mwangi, the best vaccine will be one that will trigger immune protection, such as Immunoglobulin A, or IgA, at the mucosal surface, the portal of virus entry. IgA plays a crucial role in the immune function of mucous membranes. Instead of being injected, Dr. Mwangi's vaccine candidate would be sprayed in the nose to trigger the IgA response and block the virus's spike protein from infecting the host cells. The vaccine will also induce T cell responses capable of killing infected cells.

The research agreement, coordinated through K-State Innovation Partners, is the fourth license agreement between K-State and corporate partners on technologies related to COVID-19.

"The team at K-State Innovation Partners enjoyed working with Dr. Seth Lederman and his team from Tonix to efficiently negotiate an exclusive, field-of-use option and sponsored research agreement to fund additional research at the Biosecurity Research Institute on Dr. Mwangi's COVID-19 vaccine candidates," said Bret Ford, director of business development and licensing for K-State Innovation Partners. "The negotiations were approached with a high sense of urgency and we look forward to the company potentially commercializing our vaccine candidates to provide a solution for this global pandemic."

Dr. Mwangi's research will be conducted at the university's Biosecurity Research Institute in Pat Roberts Hall, a biosafety level-3 facility.

"As the world's foremost global food and biosecurity science university, K-State is committed to understanding and combatting zoonotic diseases and the viruses that cause them like SARS-CoV-2," said Peter Dorhout, vice president for research at K-State. "To deploy our innovations at scale, our faculty need to combine forces with collaborative corporate partners like Tonix Pharmaceuticals as part of our land-grant mission to serve."


K-State study first to show SARS-CoV-2 not transmitted by mosquitoes

BRI research lab

A new study by DMP researchers is the first to confirm that SARS-CoV-2 cannot be transmitted to people by mosquitoes. Dr. Stephen Higgs, associate vice president for research and director of the university's Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI, together with colleagues had the findings published July 17 by Nature Scientific Reports

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A study at the Kansas State University Biosecurity Research Institute is the first to confirm that SARS-CoV-2 cannot be transmitted to people by mosquitoes.
A study at the Kansas State University Biosecurity Research Institute is the first to confirm that SARS-CoV-2 cannot be transmitted to people by mosquitoes.

The article, "SARS-CoV-2 failure to infect or replicate in mosquitoes: an extreme challenge," details the study's findings, which provide the first experimental investigation on the capacity of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, to infect and be transmitted by mosquitoes.

"While the World Health Organization has definitively stated that mosquitoes cannot transmit the virus, our study is the first to provide conclusive data supporting the theory," said Higgs, Peine professor of biosecurity and university distinguished professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology.

The study, which was done at the BRI, a biosafety level-3 facility, ultimately found that the virus is unable to replicate in three common and widely distributed species of mosquitoes — Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus and Culex quinquefasciatus — and therefore cannot be transmitted to humans.

"I am proud of the work we are doing at K-State to learn as much as we can about this and other dangerous pathogens," said Higgs. "This work was possible because of the unique capabilities of the BRI and the dedicated BRI and institutional staff."

Colleagues involved with the study include Yan-Jang Huang, research assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology; Dana Vanlandingham, professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology; Ashley Bilyeu and Haelea Sharp, research assistants in diagnostic medicine and pathobiology; and Susan Hettenbach, research assistant at the BRI.

Researchers at the BRI have completed four additional studies on COVID-19 since March and this is the first peer-reviewed publication based on SARS-CoV-2 experiments wholly conducted at K-State.

Research at the Biosecurity Research Institute has been ongoing with other animal pathogens that can be transmitted from animals to people, including Rift Valley fever and Japanese encephalitis, as well as diseases that could devastate America's food supply, such as African swine fever and classical swine fever. The research was in part supported by the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Transition Fund provided by the state of Kansas.

"We have remarkable talent and capabilities working within our research and training facility at the BRI," said Peter Dorhout, K-State vice president for research. "The BRI is one of the critical anchor facilities in the North Campus Corridor, which serves as our growing research and development space for private sector and government agency partnerships with K-State."


Dr. Megan Niederwerder demonstrates how additives can help mitigate risk of ASFV transmission through feedDr. Megan Niederwerder

New research at Kansas State University is demonstrating that the risk of spreading a deadly animal virus through feed can be effectively reduced through the use of different feed additives. African swine fever, or ASF, is a rapidly spreading and emerging transboundary animal disease that threatens pork production and human food security worldwide..

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Dr. Megan Niederwerder
Dr. Megan Niederwerder, assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology at Kansas State University

Although African swine fever virus does not affect humans, it has reduced pork availability in some countries with afflicted pigs.

The K-State research team, headed by Dr. Megan Niederwerder, assistant professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, has just published a new study, "Mitigating the risk of African swine fever virus in feed with antiviral chemical additives," in the scientific journal Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. This study provides the first evidence that feed additives may be effective tools against African swine fever.

"Over the last two years, ASF is estimated to be responsible for the death of at least 25% of the world's pig population due to the emergence of the virus within China and subsequent spread to over 10 other Asian countries," Dr.  Niederwerder said. "In 2019, we published the first report of African swine fever virus, or ASFV, transmission through the natural consumption of plant-based feed. Our subsequent work has focused on mitigation of ASFV in feed through the use of chemical feed additives and heat treatment."

Although feed additives have historically been used to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination in feed, research thus far has not reported efficacy for the inactivation of African swine fever virus in feed ingredients. Niederwerder said there are currently no commercially available vaccines and no effective treatments that can be administered to pigs for ameliorating disease caused by the virus. Thus, control of African swine fever is focused on biosecurity measures to prevent the introduction of the virus into negative countries or negative farms and regions within a positive country. The other method of containment would involve large-scale culling of infected or high-risk animals to contain the spread of the virus.

"Our new research reports novel data evaluating the efficacy of feed additives on inactivating ASFV in an in vitro cell culture model and a feed ingredient transoceanic shipment model," Dr.  Niederwerder said. "This will provide valuable information to the swine industry with regards to mitigating the risk of potential routes for introduction and transmission of ASFV through feed and ingredients."

Niederwerder and her team examined two different classes of liquid feed additives, including a medium-chain fatty acid-based additive and a formaldehyde-based additive, for efficacy against African swine fever virus in cell culture and in feed ingredients. In general, both chemical additives demonstrated evidence of reducing the virus infectivity, with data supporting dose-dependent efficacy.

This study was funded by a grant from the Swine Health Information Center and the State of Kansas National Bio and Agro-defense Facility Fund.

While the results of the study are promising, Dr.  Niederwerder emphasized the need for a multifaceted approach to reducing the risk of African swine fever virus in feed, including sourcing ingredients from countries without the virus when possible, applying holding times to high-risk ingredients, and implementing consistent biosecurity protocols at the feed mill.


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Applications open for Early Admission Program at College of Veterinary Medicine

Early Admission Scholars

The dream of being a veterinarian may be easier to reach than one might think, especially when students prepare early. A special program in the College of Veterinary Medicine is designed to help undergraduate students get on track through its Early Admission program..

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Early Admission scholars
The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine's 2019 Early Admissions Scholars. The application window opens Aug. 1 for the next class of scholars. More info is posted at at http://www.vet.k-state.edu/admissions/early-admit/.

“Early Admission helped with my academic objectives by providing me with a grade-point-average guideline to keep myself above in order to qualify for the program while in high school,” explained Bailey Wright, a fourth-year veterinary student at K-State. “It allowed me to maintain myself within the program while completing my undergraduate coursework.”

Bailey said the Early Admission Program made her a “more focused” student while she was taking classes that would form the academic foundation for her veterinary school career.

Interested students will have an opportunity apply for the Early Admission Program beginning on Aug. 1 and running through Feb. 1, after which selections will be announced.

Bailey Wright andBailey Wright (left) accepts an Early Admission Scholar certificate from mentor Dr. Brittany McCary, DVM class of 2018. Bailey was part of the Early Admission class of 2013. She is now a fourth-year student and plans to graduate with the DVM class of 2021.

“The goal of the Early Admission Program is to recruit exceptional candidates for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine and provide unique experiences that guide students towards advanced clinical and research training to produce future leaders in veterinary medicine,” said Dr. Caroline Rost, assistant dean for admissions. “Bailey is a great example of student who made the most of the opportunities within the program.

“The Early Admission Program allowed me to branch out and try new activities while in undergraduate studies here at K-State,” Bailey said. “I was able to explore activities other than only things related to veterinary medicine. For example, Wildcat Warm-up, sorority life, pre-health ambassadors, mortar board senior honor society, volunteer opportunities both locally and internationally, and leadership positions within each of those areas. I firmly believe that being able to branch out into other activities allowed me to develop skills in communication, leadership, and team development that have been extremely advantageous during veterinary school and will continue to be utilized once I graduate and begin to practice.”

Dr. Rost said the program is open to high school seniors who have been admitted as an undergraduate student to Kansas State University with an interest in veterinary medicine and a 29 or above composite ACT score (or SAT equivalent). Students must currently be enrolled in high school and plan to attend Kansas State University in the Fall semester following their high school graduation.

Bailey Wright leads a session in the anatomy lab for Vet Med ROCKS day camp in 2018Bailey works with a pre-vet student during a day camp session with Vet Med ROCKS in 2018. 

“Another advantage is that the Early Admission program keeps you connected with the veterinary college directly throughout your undergraduate studies,” Bailey said. “Program members are paired with a veterinary student mentor and are invited to attend meetings at the vet school. This allowed me to feel involved and learn more about the vet school before I began my education there.”

More information about the program and how to apply is posted online at http://www.vet.k-state.edu/admissions/early-admit/.

“Ultimately, veterinary medicine is a wonderful career field with countless opportunities that I feel lucky to be part of,” Bailey said. “And I could not recommend the Early Admission program more as a crucial stepping stone in my path to achieving these future career goals.”


Vet Med ROCKS to host virtual summer camp for youth

Vet Med ROCKS summer camp for youth

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vet Met ROCKS summer day camp will take place in a virtual format this year — and it's free of charge.

"We hope to still interact with campers through Facebook Live and present information on interesting topics, assign tasks to campers and allow campers to ask questions and upload photos of their projects for camp counselors to evaluate," said Michael Demmin, a third-year veterinary student and summer camp chair for Vet Med ROCKS, the Recruitment and Outreach Club of Kansas State, in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

From Aug. 3-6, students in kindergarten through the eighth grade will have the opportunity to learn about a different system/organ every day. Participants will get to enjoy fun hands-on activities using household items to enhance learning about each day's topic. Each day will end with a live Q&A session where campers can ask questions to current K-State veterinary students about the daily topic or veterinary school.

On Aug. 7, the club will host a virtual rounds session for high school and college students where clinicians will run through clinical cases. A Q&A session will also be conducted by admissions representatives and current students to get details of how to get into veterinary school and life as a vet student.

Preregister at vet.k-state.edu/asp/rocks/ and follow the Vet Med ROCKS Facebook page for updates.


South Korean company collaborates with Dr. Mwangi on African swine fever virus vaccine developments

An illustration of the development of a next-generation African swine fever virus vaccine using single-cycle Adenovirus.New vaccine development work at Kansas State University may soon help confront African swine fever, a disease that is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa. It has spread to different regions of Europe and Asia, causing devastating losses worth billions of dollars in China, Vietnam and other surrounding countries where pork is the most popular food item.

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August workshop covers career transitions for veterinarians

This August, industry professionals are helping practicing veterinarians who are considering a new career, transition to one in industry, government or at a nonprofit organization.

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The online workshop, "Veterinary Career Transition Virtual Workshop," is a collaboration by the Center for the Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and Kansas State University's Olathe campus.

The career transition workshop is broken into sessions that are offered throughout August in an effort to accommodate the busy schedules of practicing veterinarians and limit screen fatigue. Sessions will be 6-8 p.m. Aug. 12-14 and Aug. 20-21, and from 3-6 p.m. on Aug. 22.

"K-State has heard from many practicing veterinarians over the years that burnout is a significant factor veterinarians face in clinical practice," said Debbie Kirchhoff, executive director of strategic initiatives at K-State Olathe. "We are proud to partner with Dr. Valerie Ragan and her team at Virginia- Maryland to offer this needed workshop to help those practicing veterinarians who are ready to make the switch to a new career."

The workshop is structured as a series of short lectures, individual and group activities, discussions, expert panels and networking opportunities.

Throughout these units, topics will cover career and self-assessment, resume building, professional networking, job searching and other key career transition issues. Participants also will learn about career opportunities in public and corporate veterinary medicine and ones in the animal health industry.

Sections are being led by professionals in the American Association of Industry Veterinarians, Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC, Bayer AG, Zoetis Inc. and veterinarians employed in federal and state positions.

Registration for the noncredit workshop is $195. Registration is limited to 50 people and closes at midnight on Aug. 5.

The program has been approved for 8 continuing education credits.

Register by visiting olathe.k-state.edu/profdev. 


K-State Beef cattle experts outline ‘pillars’ for sustainable ranches

Herefords grazing on a large pasture in the Kansas Flint Hills illustrate how transition plans help to keep land fragmentation from occurring.

Environmental considerations important, but so are social, economic matters

In agriculture, the word sustainability is often associated with environmental topics, but a senior official with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said it also has economic and social ties.

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Herefords grazing on a large pasture in the Kansas Flint Hills illustrate how transition plans help to keep land fragmentation from occurring.
Herefords grazing on a large pasture in the Kansas Flint Hills illustrate how transition plans help to keep land fragmentation from occurring.

“The three pillars of sustainability are economic, environmental and social, and there are ways that cattle ranchers can impact each of these on a local level,” said Myriah Johnson, NCBA’s senior director of sustainability research and recent guest on the Kansas State University Beef Cattle Institute Cattle Chat podcast. NCBA is a contractor to the beef checkoff and her research is funded through checkoff support.

Johnson said producers need to first focus on economics; “If we don’t make money on our operations, they are not sustainable.”

K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist Dustin Pendell said “producers won’t know where they stand economically without collecting data. It is important to have benchmarks to measure by.”

Veterinarian and Beef Cattle Institute director Brad White advised producers to consider both income and expenses to find a balance between the two.

Another economic factor that also has environmental implications are transition plans.

“When thinking of transition plans, we focus on handing down the ranch from one generation to the next, but there is also an environmental impact in reducing land fragmentation,” Johnson said.

When land is fragmented, subdivisions often are created and new roads are built, which can lead to far-reaching implications for wildlife.

Johnson said that water management and the use of diesel fuel are two other environmental factors within a rancher’s control. “When we burn diesel fuel, that is a resource that can contribute toward greenhouse gases so we need to consider ways to be efficient in using that resource,” Johnson said, using an example of maximizing driving routes as one way to best use diesel fuel.

“Not only does that have environmental benefits, but it also has an economic advantage because there is a direct cost for running the truck,” White said.

Johnson’s third pillar is social sustainability: “Worker safety is an example of social sustainability. It is often something ranchers don’t think a lot about.”

She encouraged cattle producers to have “tailgate conversations” with employees where they discuss an emergency action plan and identify ways to reduce hazards.

An added benefit of these conversations, White said, is the likelihood of employee retention. “With planning and training, we are able to minimize employee loss,” he said.

Johnson and the K-State experts said six key points to manage sustainability on a cattle operation include:

  • Create efficiencies wherever possible.
  • Focus on employee retention to minimize loss.
  • Develop a transition plan.
  • Design a water management plan.
  • Evaluate financial benchmarks.
  • Manage safety protocols to benefit everyone.

To hear the full discussion about sustainability relating to cattle ranching, listen to the BCI Cattle Chat podcast online.To learn more about this topic, tune into the BCI Cattle Chat podcast.


Attention dog owners: Veterinary Health Center looking for K9 blood donors

By Brooke Neiberger

K-9 blood donors

The K-State Veterinary Health Center is looking for volunteer K9 blood donors. Just like people, dogs have diseases or injuries that require blood transfusions. Many of our canine patients receive transfusions; the dogs enrolled in the Canine Blood Donor Program provide the blood products for them. The demand for blood products for our patients increases every year.

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K-9 blood donors

We need volunteer blood donors to ensure that every patient in need can be treated.

Healthy dogs 1 to 5 years of age and weighing more than 55 pounds can safely donate a unit of blood every eight weeks.

Canine blood donors will receive an annual health screening consisting of physical examination, appropriate vaccinations, blood tests such as a complete blood cell count, serum chemistry, heartworm test and a stool examination for intestinal parasites. For the protection of the donor and the blood supply, we provide monthly preventatives for heartworms, fleas and tick-borne infectious diseases.

Contact vhcblooddonor@vet.k-state.edu to enroll your dog or find out more information.


Regulatory requirements for animal drugs and vaccines are topics of upcoming workshops

Three professional development workshops about regulatory affairs in animal health are being offered this fall by Kansas State University's Olathe campus. Workshops cover the regulatory aspects of animal drug and vaccine development, with options for introductory and advanced courses.

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"We are excited to bring together leading professionals in the regulatory field and provide education for an unmet need in the animal health industry," said Angela Buzard, manager of training and development at K-State Olathe. "This set of workshops, as well as previous seminars on similar topics, are making a positive impact. We look forward to continuing to work with industry partners to launch additional programs as new needs arise."

Animal Health Regulatory 101 is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26-27. It is a two-day introductory course on the regulatory requirements of animal drug and vaccine development. Attendees will learn how to navigate the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the two federal agencies that oversee these products. They also will learn about the requirements the agencies place on the development and maintenance of drugs and vaccines.

This workshop returns because of popular demand. Twenty-four participants from 12 animal health companies attended the previous workshop and scored it a 4.48 on a 5.0 scale. Several of these companies contacted K-State Olathe to ask about the next offering to send additional employees.

The Advanced Animal Biologics Workshop is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21-22. The workshop covers practical issues in animal health regulatory affairs as it relates to the development of vaccines and other biologics to aid in assuring developed biologics are pure, safe, potent and effective. Attendees will learn about the history of applicable regulations used by the USDA's Center for Veterinary Biologics and gain an understanding of the integration of science into successful product approval and maintenances.

The Advanced Animal Pharmaceutical Workshop is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11-12. This workshop provides a detailed, practical and experience-based review of the veterinary drug approval process. Content covers the five topics that comprise the four major technical sections of a product submission to the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine – chemistry, manufacturing and control; efficacy; target animal safety; human food safety; and efficacy for generic products.

All three workshops have content is designed for professionals who are tasked with developing and maintaining an animal health company's product portfolio or who are involved with the company's regulatory strategies.

The workshops can be attended in-person at the Olathe campus or virtually. Those who attend on campus are required to practice social distancing to aide in participant safety.

The workshops are part of the campus' ongoing Regulatory Affairs Animal Health Program, which provides the latest information about the regulatory field through workshops and seminars. More than 400 professionals from animal health companies and affiliated industries have attended program events since it launched in 2017.


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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 the monthly listings of recently departed alumni and links to their obituaries, plus a new link for submitting nominations for Alumni Recognition Awards.

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NEW - Submit nominations for Alumni Recognition Awards online 

See our new online nomination form to nominate a fellow alumnus for one of our many annual recognition awards, presented at the national conferences: VMX, WVC, AVMA and the Annual Conference for Veterinarians. See full details at the link below.


In Memoriam - Recently Departed Alumni

Dr. Victor Carl Hurtig, DVM 1966
June 30, 2020

Dr. Laurence Ross Buller, DVM 1977
June 15, 2020

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Questions about Alumni or CE events?


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Alumni and Events Coordinator

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Event Coordinator



Clinical Nutrition Symposium 
The Clinical Nutrition Symposium for Small Animal Veterinarians, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, is now available online for free! To access the video, register with Continuing Education Online: http://vet.ksu.edu/onlinece/index.aspx. The symposium can be found under the Small Animal icon.


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More activities and accomplishments in the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Welcome to new faculty members Dr. Sara Gardhouse, assistant professor in Exotics and Zoological Medicine and Dr. Sam Hocker, assistant professor in Oncology!

Dr. Raelene Wouda completed the requirements to receive the 2019-2020 Professional Development Certificate in Teaching Excellence through the Teaching and Learning Center. Recipients contributed to the teaching and learning climate at KSU and detailed strategies they would like to implement in the future to further help their colleagues. Congratulations, Dr. Wouda!

Drs. Matthew R. DiFazio, Justin D. Thomason, Natalia Cernicchiaro, David Biller, Sasha Thomason and Paxton Harness published, “Evaluation of a 3‐dimensional ultrasound device for noninvasive measurement of urinary bladder volume in dogs” in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

After four years, the revised Pink Book, “Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents: Clinical Medicine and Surgery” 4E, edited by Quesenberry, Orcutt, Mans, and the CVM's Dr. James Carpenter is out!

Caitlin RandolphCaitlin Randolph is the VHC's nurse intern for the June 2020 class. Her internship year began June 22. Caitlin graduated from Wichita State University's Tech Veterinary Nursing Program in May. Her interests include exotics/zoo med, oncology and anesthesia. Caitlin has two years of experience in small animal clinics and two years of experience with zoo medicine and husbandry.

Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy leads webinar for prospective MPH students
Dr. Ellyn Mulcahy leads a Facebook Live webinar to provide information about K-State's Master of Public Health, or MPH, program. The live session was recorded and has more than 800 views. The MPH office is located in Trotter Hall.  

LinkedInWe have expanded our social channels!

Join the College of Veterinary Medicine on LinkedIn and add us to your profile under education and/or employment to help build and engage our online social community! Follow the LinkedIn page here: www.linkedin.com/company/kstatevetmed


New Arrivals/Recent Departures

Click here to see the New Arrivals/Recent Departures at the CVM …

Welcome to:

Laura Meier, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Research Assistant
Brittany Butts, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Dr. Francine Calvaruso, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Medical Resident Year 1
Aubrey Deavours, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Research Assistant
Dr. Katie Kleinhenz, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Medical Resident Year 1
Dr. Taryn Pestalozzi, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Brandiwyne Smith, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Laboratory Client Services Assistant
Sarah Larosche, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Intern
Dr. Zhe Wang, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Assistant
Dr. Shakirat Adetunji, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Fellow (Post Doc)
Ashley Thackrah, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Laboratory Client Services Assistant
Dr. Theresa Ann Rooney, Veterinary Health Center, Intern

Farewell to:

Bin Xi Wu, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Intern
Dr. Emily Benfield, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Dr. Katherine Mitchell, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Dr. Diana Montano Reynoso, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Dr. Caitlin Moreno, Veterinary Health Cener, Intern
Dr. Michael Schettler, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Dr. Nalani Yamada, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Shirley Arck, Veterinary Health Cener, Administrative Director
Dr. Theresa Rooney, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Macey Strutt, Veterinary Health Center, Veterinary Nurse I
Dr. Jason Banning, Veterinary Health Center, Intern
Judith Park, Organizational Support Services, Accountant I
Ce Zheng, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Research Assistant
Dr. Peggy Schmidt, Dean's Office, Associate Dean/Professor
Dr. Lauren Wisnieski, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Fellow (Post Doc)
Dr. Michael Dryden, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Distinguished Professor



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