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College of Veterinary Medicine


Our graduate students are trained on fundamental and advanced concepts that can be directly applied to solve current and future challenges throughout their professional careers.  Our recent graduate students have had immediate employment opportunities following graduation.  Several former students have successfully pursued careers in academia and government, and many recent graduate have found tremendous opportunities in various segments of industry.   Some examples of former graduate students are below.



Kaitlynn Abell, DVM, PhD

Research Scientist, Elanco

David Amrine, DVM, PhD

Research Director, Kansas State University, Beef Cattle Institute

Abram Babcock, MS, PhD

President, Adam’s Land and Cattle, LLC

Aric Brandt, DVM, MS

Veterinary Practitioner,  Plymouth Veterinary Clinic

Aurelio Cabezas, DVM, MS

Data Analyst in Epidemiology, World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)

Sarah Capik, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor of Ruminant Animal Health, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A& M University

Charley Cull, DVM, PhD

Clinical Research Associate, Veterinary and Biomedical Research Center, Inc.

Elliott Dennis, MS, MBA, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Diana Dewsbury, MS

Graduate Research Assistant, Kansas State University, Center for Outcomes Research and Epidemiology

Charles Dodd, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVPM

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Director of Outreach for the College of Veterinary Medicine

Marcio Goncalves, DVM, PhD

Global Nutrition Specialist, Pig Improvement Company

Gregg Hanzlicek, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor and Interim Associate Director, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Kansas State University

Jay Jacela, DVM, PhD

Study Director, Global Operations, Elanco Animal Health

Rodger Main, DVM, PhD

Director, Iowa State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Sara McReynolds, DVM, MPH, PhD

Assistant Animal Health Commissioner, Kansas Department of Agriculture

Jason Nickell, DVM, PhD, DACVPM

Associate Director, Livestock Technology and Innovation, Merck Animal Health

Sureemas Nitikanchana, DVM, PhD

Director, Research and Development, SPM Group

Ana Oliveira, DVM, MS

Consultant, Kansas State University

Megan Potter, DVM, PhD

Swine Veterinarian, Abilene Animal Hospital

Brad Robért, DVM, MS

Veterinary Practitioner, Tallgrass Veterinary Hospital

Doug Shane, DVM, PhD

Assistant Researcher Farm Animal Product Efficacy, Clinical Development, North America, Bayer Animal Health

Ashley Smith, MS, PhD

Senior Clinical Research Associate, Bayer Animal Health

Rebecca Smith, DVM, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Illinois

Miles Theurer, DVM, PhD

Veterinary Research and Consulting Services, Hays, KS

Ryan Tollefsrud, DVM, MS

Veterinary Practitioner, South 71 Veterinary Clinic, Willmar, MN