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2011 Veterinary Medicine Achievements

* Two K-State graduate students and an alum received national honor society Phi Kappa Phi's 2011 Love of Learning Awards. The $500 awards to help fund graduate studies or career development. Recipients are Ashley Gleiman, doctoral student in adult and continuing education; Hannah Leventhal, veterinary medicine student and graduate student in animal sciences and industry; and Christopher Nichols, a 2007 master's graduate. December 2011

* Dan Thomson, Jones professor of production medicine and epidemiology and director of the Beef Cattle, was selected as the recipient of Kansas Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award for leadership in agriculture, service to Farm Bureau families and community involvement. December 2011

* K-State's Jenna Dockweiler is one of only six veterinary medicine students nationwide to receive a 2011-2012 scholarship from the American Kennel Club. Dockweiler, a master's student in veterinary biomedical sciences and a second-year student in the doctor of veterinary medicine program, was selected for the $2,500 American Kennel Club/Companion Animal Recovery Scholarship based on her academic performance, activities with purebred dogs or related research, and need. September 2011.

* Megan Lawrence, a second-year veterinary medicine student, was selected for the Morris Animal Health Foundation's 2011 Veterinary Student Scholar program. Lawrence is one of 81 students to be selected for the competitive program, which provides a stipend to conduct research. Lawrence's project is "The Affects of Cefovecin on the Fecal Flora of Healthy Dogs." It looks at how giving the antibiotic Cefovecin to canines will affect their fecal bacteria, including E. coli, salmonella and enterococcus. Her faculty mentor is Kate KuKanich, assistant professor of clinical sciences at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine. July 2011

* Thirteen K-State students are among a select group of veterinary students receiving the Pfizer Animal Health Student Scholar Award for their outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession and to the well-being and medical care of animals. The scholarship was presented to 300 second- and third-year students from the 28 U.S. and three Caribbean schools of veterinary medicine. The scholars cumulatively receive $750,000 in scholarships. June 2011

* T.G. Nagaraja, a Kansas State University distinguished professor of diagnostic medicine/pathobiology, was named one of the state's top researchers by the Ad Astra Kansas Initiative's "Science in Kansas: 150 Years and Counting." The project promotes Kansas' top 150 scientists -- past and present -- to emphasize the importance of science and innovation and the role it plays in the history and future of Kansas. 2011.

* Michael Dryden, professor of veterinary parasitology, was named the 2010 Veterinarian of the Year by Ceva Animal Health. The award was presented Feb. 12 at the Purina Pro Plan 57th annual Show Dogs of the Year Awards, presented by Dogs in Review magazine in New York City. Dryden is considered one of the world's foremost experts on fleas and ticks. Feb. 2011

* K-State is strengthening its collaboration with industry through a partnership with Abaxis Inc., an animal health company coming to the Kansas City area. The company announced a strategic alliance with the university, the K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and the university's business development and commercialization arm, the National Institute for Strategic Technology Acquisition and Commercialization. This alliance will provide a full-service commercial laboratory for veterinarians across the United States. K-State experts will help provide a wide array of laboratory testing and pathology analysis that needs veterinary interpretation and experience. Jan. 2011

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