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K-State Today

May 2, 2016



Rush named College of Veterinary Medicine executive associate dean

By Tammy Beckham

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine has named Bonnie Rush as executive associate dean.

Rush is a professor of equine internal medicine, department head of clinical sciences and interim director of the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University.

"I am thrilled to have Dr. Rush join our leadership team in this new role," said Tammy Beckham, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. "Her expertise and dedication to the mission of the college is unparalleled and I am looking forward to working with her to continue to advance the goals of the college."

Rush's area of clinical expertise is equine respiratory disease with an emphasis on respiratory physiology, immunology and aerosol drug therapy. She co-authored the book 'Equine Respiratory Diseases, by Blackwell Publishing, with Dr. Tim Mair of Bell Equine Clinic, Kent, U.K.

"I look forward to serving professional students, faculty and staff as we identify and implement new goals in our pursuit of excellence," Rush said. 

Rush began her career as a faculty member at Kansas State University in 1993. She has served as the head of Clinical Sciences at Kansas State University since 2006. She is a core course coordinator, has led curriculum reform and maintains responsibility for clinical outcome assessment. She is committed to the scholarship of teaching and has authored or co-authored more than 20 manuscripts in the Journal of Veterinary Education on effective instructional practices, communication training, and student welfare.

Rush received the President’s Award for Outstanding Department Head in 2014. She received the 1996 and 2003 Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, the 2002 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, the 2004 Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year and the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio State University.

Rush earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ohio State University in 1989, completed internship training at North Carolina State University in 1990 and equine internal medicine residency training at Ohio State University in 1993.