Kelly Farnsworth, MS, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
Clinical Associate Professor, Large Animal Surgery, Washington State University College
of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Farnsworth is a 1993 Washington State University graduate. After graduation he
completed an equine ambulatory internship at The Ohio State University and an Equine
Surgical Residency at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia.
Dr. Farnsworth was on faculty at the University of Minnesota for 3 years prior to
returning to WSU in the spring of 2002. Dr. Farnsworth teaches equine surgery at WSU
and has been involved in communication skills training for the last 10 years. Dr.
Farnsworth’s current areas of clinical interest focus on minimally invasive surgery
Lawrence D. Firkins, DVM,MS, MBA
Assistant Dean, Public Engagement, Professor of Pathobiology, University of Illinois
College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Larry Firkins is a professor in the Department of Pathobiology, the Assistant
Dean for Public Engagement, and Swine Extension Veterinarian at the University of
Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the university in 1995
and serving as Director of Research Stations for six years, he spent nine years as
a partner in a veterinary practice in central Illinois.
Dr. Firkins obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois
in 1986, followed by a master of science degree in Epidemiology in 1996. He completed
his master of business administration degree from the University of Illinois in 2001.
In 2004, Firkins received the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
Service Excellence Award; in 2005, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians
Meritorious Service Award; and in 2007 the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary
Medicine All-Round Excellence Award.
During his time at the University of Illinois, Dr. Firkins has focused much of his
teaching efforts on the integration of practical business skills into the veterinary
curriculum. Earlier this year, he was named to the List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by Their Students for the 35th time. Firkins has given over 140 international presentations in 15 countries,
over 350 presentations throughout the U.S., and completed 27 trips presenting business
seminars to students, faculty, and practitioners at colleges of veterinary medicine
throughout the country.
Daniel Hogan, DVM, Diplomate A.C.V.I.M.
Associate Professor, Purdue University
Dan Hogan graduated from The Ohio State University in 1992 and then spent the next
3 years in general practice in Ohio and coastal North Carolina. He completed his small
animal internship at Louisiana State University in 1996 and residency at the University
of Illinois in 1999. He became board-certified in cardiology in 1999. He joined the
faculty of Purdue University in 1999 and was promoted to associate professor in 2005.
David Twedt, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM
Professor, Colorado State University
Dr. David C. Twedt graduated from Iowa State University and entered an internship
and medicine residency in gastroenterology at The Animal Medical Center in New York
City. Dr. Twedt then joined the staff of the Animal Medical Center and was also a
research associate at the Liver Research Center of Albert Einstein Medical School.
Dr. Twedt is currently a diplomate of the ACVIM, professor in the Department of Clinical
Sciences at Colorado State University and small animal internal medicine.
Dr. Twedt is past president of the ACVIM as well as the Comparative Gastroenterology
Society. Publication and research interests include liver disease, gastrointestinal
disease and endoscopy. He has also been the recipient of several teaching and research
awards. He is also the co-editor of Current Veterinary Therapy.
Richard Wallace, DVM
Cattle Technician Service Veterinarian, Pfizer Animal Health
A 1985 graduate of Ohio State University, Dr. Wallace started his own mixed-animal
veterinary practice in Centerburg, Ohio upon graduation. Desiring more work with dairy
cattle, he sold his practice in 1987 and joined a three-person dairy practice in Door
County, Wisconsin. After completing a Master’s degree in Veterinary Preventive Medicine
in 1995, he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois as the Dairy Extension
Veterinarian. Dr. Wallace taught several dairy production medicine courses and continues
to be the lead instructor for two online continuing education courses (Milk Quality
and Udder Health and Advanced Cattle Reproduction) that are integral for the Online
Dairy Certificate Program offered by Academic Outreach at the University of Illinois.
In a cooperative role with the Department of Animal Sciences, Dr. Wallace served as
the faculty coordinator and dairy farm manager for the Dairy Cattle Research Unit
at the University of Illinois for six years. His own research interests included dairy
cattle health and well-being, milk quality and mastitis control, lameness and digital
dermatitis, transition cow health and selenium status, management of calf scours,
use of dairy records for herd management and cow behavior as it affects health and
Dr. Wallace is a past president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners
and the American Association of Extension Veterinarians. He has also been involved
with the Board of the NMC and served on numerous NMC committees.
In July 2010, Dr. Wallace joined Pfizer Animal Health as a Cattle Technical Service
veterinarian focusing on dairy. He conducts activities alongside 12 other veterinarians
covering dairy topics for PAH. Dr. Wallace covers Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri,
Nebraska, South Dakota and the Southwest portion of Wisconsin.
Dick, and his wife Carrie, married in 1981 and they have three children. Sarah graduated
from University of Illinois in 2009 with a degree in Communications and Katherine
graduated from University of Illinois in 2011, also majoring in Communications. Their
son, Ben, is a junior at Illinois State University majoring in Business Finance and
Jennifer Akers, DVM
Assistant Professor, Pet Health Center
Dr. Akers is a 2001 graduate from Iowa State University CVM. After 5 ½ years of private
practice, she joined the faculty at Kansas State University CVM in 2006. Dr. Akers
is an assistant clinical professor in small animal general medicine and dentistry.
David Amrine, DVM
Graduate Research Assistant, Production Medicine
Graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine with DVM in
2009. Worked for the USDA-FSIS as a Veterinary Medical Officer after graduation and
am currently pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology, with a focus on methods of detection
and management of bovine respiratory disease.
Marjory Artzer, MS, DVM
Assistant Clinical Professor, Pet Health Center and Small Animal Surgery
Dr. Artzer recieved her bachelor of science degree from Washburn University and her
master of science and DVM from Kansas State University. She is an assistant clinical
professor in the Pet Health Center and small animal surgery.
Laurie Beard, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Clinical Professor, Equine Internal Medicine
Dr. Beard earned her DVM in 1991 from Washington State University. She then did an
internship at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY. Dr. Beard completed
both her residency in equine internal medicine and her master's degree at Ohio State
University in 1995. Dr. Beard worked as an associate professor at Ohio State for 7
years before joining the K-State faculty as an associate clinical professor of equine
Elizabeth Davis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Associate Professor and Section Head, Equine Medicine and Surgery
Dr. Davis is a 1996 graduate of the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine
and a 2002 ACVIM Large Animal Diplomate. Dr. Davis earned her PhD from Kansas State
University in 2004 in Equine Innate Immunity. Her clinical interests include immunologic
disorders, respiratory disease, neurologic disease, and foals. Dr. Davis's research
interests consist of innate immunity, determining effective vaccine and immunomodulatory
strategies in horses.
DesChene Brochtrup, DVM
3rd Year Chief Radiology Resident
Dr. Brochtrup graduated from University of Missouri Veterinary College in 2004. She
was in private practice for five years in St. Louis Missouri, involving an equine
general practice internship, three years of general small animal practice and two
years of small animal emergency. She is currently in her third and final year of radiology
residency training at Kansas State University. Dr. Brochtrup will be moving back to
St. Louis to work with a mobile imaging clinic and a private specialty veterinary
Aradhana Gupta, DVM, MVSc, Diplomate ACVP
Instructor in Clinical Pathology
Dr. Aradhana (“Ara”) Gupta is originally from Punjab state of India, which is famous
for agriculture and Punjabi music. She graduated from Punjab Agricultural University
(PAU), India in 2000 and then completed master’s in Epidemiology and Preventive Veterinary
medicine from PAU in 2002. Her research work was based on the infectious bovine rhinotracheitis
and collaborative work on bovine brucellosis. Upon completion of her master’s program,
she worked as a veterinary microbiologist in PAU for one year, where she was an essential
part of the veterinary disease investigation team.
Dr. Gupta accompanied her husband for 3 years in Sydney, Australia. While her husband
was pursuing PhD at the University of Sydney (USyd), she worked as a research associate
at the USyd Veterinary Clinics. She was as an integral part of a research project
on investigation of bacteriological isolates and their sensitivity patterns in different
animal species. The other project at the USyd involved exploring the mucosal immunity
following the oral delivery of vaccine in poultry birds. Dr. Gupta was employed by
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries in Sydney, Australia before moving
to Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 2006.
Dr. Gupta successfully completed one year of Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary
Graduates, AVMA program at OSU in June 2007. After working for a year in a small animal
practice in Jacksonville, Florida, she joined a 3-year clinical pathology residency
at Louisiana State University. She completed her residency and became a Diplomate
of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in September 2011. Dr. Gupta has
been awarded and admired at many occasions for her presentation skills. She has been
awarded C.L. Davis Foundation Student Scholarship Award at the ACVP/ASVCP meeting
for an outstanding resident in 2011. Dr. Gupta has recently joined the KSVDL as an
Instructor in Clinical Pathology.
Shelie Laflin, DVM, DABVP
Associate Clinical Professor, Agricultural Practices, Kansas State University
Dr. Laflin graduated from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
in 2000. After graduating, she completed an internship in Food Animal Medicine at
Colorado State University. She returned to KSU in 2001 as a clinical instructor in
Food Animal Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Laflin obtained her board certification through
the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners with a focus in Food Animal. Her primary
interests are beef and small ruminant production medicine.
Brian Lubbers, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Director of Clinical Microbiology
Dr. Lubbers worked in private mixed animal practices in California and Iowa for 3
years. In 2005, he returned to Kansas State University as a Clinical Instructor (Agricultural
Practices)/Post-Graduate Trainee. He completed his PhD in Microbiology (Pharmacology)
under Dr. Mike Apley. He is now serving as the Microbiology Laboratory Director in
the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
Matt Miesner, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Clinical Assistant Professor, Agricultural Practices
Dr. Miesner received his DVM from Washington State University in 1999. He then practiced
as an associate veterinarian in general private practice in Pasco, Washington before
beginning a residency in Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at Ohio State University.
After his residency Dr. Miesner remained at OSU as a clinical instructor and a year
later was appointed as an assistant professor and also received his MS degree. Dr.
Miesner joined the K-State faculty in August of 2006.
Rachel Moon, DVM
2nd Year Radiology Resident
Dr. Moon graduated from St. George’s University in 2003. She completed her clinical
rotations at Auburn University. She was in private practice for six years in Texas
and California. She completed a diagnostic imaging internship at Advanced Veterinary
Medical Imaging in California in 2009-2010. She is currently in her second year of
radiology residency training at Kansas State University. Dr. Moon is currently open
to working in either academia or private practice after completion of her residency.
Ellie Nuth, DVM
1st year Radiology Resident
Dr. Nuth graduated from Colorado State University in 2010. She completed a general
small animal internship at the Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, 2010-2011, and she is
currently in her first year of radiology residency training at Kansas State University.
Dr. Nuth is currently open to working in either academia or private practice after
completion of her residency.
KC Olson, MS, PhD
Associate Professor, Cow-Calf Nutrition and Management
Dr. Olson is an associate professor of cow-calf nutrition and management. He is actively
involved in the undergraduate and graduate education programs at K-State and takes
great pleasure in the privilege of helping to train the next generation of Great Plains
ranchers and farmers. Dr. Olson's research program is designed to address questions
that directly affect beef industry profitability. Specific areas of research include:
nutritional management of cattle grazing native range; effects of calf-hood nutritional
management on carcass quality and value; and factors influencing grazing behavior.
Dr. Olson holds advanced degrees from K-State and North Dakota State University. Prior
to coming to K-State, he was on the faculty at the University of Missouri – Columbia.
Dr. Olson is active in the American Society of Animal Science, the Society for Range
Management, the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, and the American
College of Animal Nutrition.
Lisa Pohlman, DVM, MS, ACVP Diplomate
Director, Clinical Pathology; Assistant Professor
Dr. Lisa Pohlman joined the faculty of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathology
at Kansas State University in November of 2007 as Assistant Professor of Clinical
Pathology. Dr. Pohlman earned her DVM in 2001 from the Ontario Veterinary College,
University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. After graduation she spent 3 years
in small animal practice in Ottawa, Canada. In 2004, Dr. Pohlman moved to Auburn,
Alabama to pursue a residency and Master's degree in Clinical Pathology at Auburn
University. In the fall of 2007 she completed her program and became a Diplomate of
the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Here at K-State Dr. Pohlman is Director
of the Clinical Pathology Laboratory and an active teacher in the junior and senior
years of the veterinary curriculum. Her research interest is canine and feline lymphoma.
Jane Ashley Stuckey, DVM
Junior Ophthalmology Resident
Dr. Stuckey is from northeast Arkansas where she grew up on her father’s row crop
farm. She obtained two bachelor of
science degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville – one in Agriculture,
Food, and Life Sciences and the other in Animal Science. Dr. Stuckey earned her DVM
from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a small animal
rotating internship at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
in 2011. Currently, Dr. Stuckey is the junior resident in ophthalmology at Kansas
State University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Her research efforts are focused
on diabetic dogs with cataracts. However, she looks forward to initiating an equine-based
ophthalmology project, as well. Following her residency, Dr. Stuckey is considering
a career in academia as a clinical instructor.
Brad White, DVM, MS
Associate Professor, Production Medicine, Kansas State University
Dr. White received his DVM from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his master
of science from Mississippi State University. He teaches the following courses in
the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University: Advanced Cow-Calf Production
Management (4th year), and Production Medicine (3rd year). Dr. White's research interests
are beef production and management with emphasis on calf health management.