Jodi Oleen, MS
Director of Industry Relations, KS Pork Association
Jodi Oleen is a marketing and PR professional passionate about conversation and connecting in an ever changing social environment. Her work as the Director of Industry Relations at the Kansas Pork Association has focused on using new media to connect farmers with their customers. When she is not at work, you will find her playing her two children (dogs) and helping her husband with chores on the ranch.
Social Media Coordinator, AdFarm - The Watering Hole
Kelly Rivard is currently the Social Media Coordinator for a full-service advertising agency that specializes in agriculture. She's a recent Kansas City transplant via Illinois, where she spent years immersed in 4-H, FFA, raising rabbits, and working on farms. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Media at North Central College in Naperville, IL.
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.
Beth Davis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Associate Professor and Section Head, Equine Medicine & 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.
Dan Frese, DVM
Dr. Frese received his DVM from Kansas State University in 2003 and entered private beef cattle and equine practice in Central Nebraska until July 2011. In August 2011 he returned to Manhattan to pursue a Ph.D. in Feedlot Pathobiology. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children.
Mary Lynn Higginbotham, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Onco)
Assistant Professor, Oncology
Jim Lillich, DVM, MS, DACVS
Associate Professor, Equine Surgery
Dr. Lillich is a 1991 graduate of Colorado State University. He completed an internship in large animal surgery at Cornell University in 1992. From 1992-1996, he completed a residency in equine surgery and served as a clinical instructor in food animal surgery at The Ohio State University. Dr. Lillich became a faculty member at Kansas State University in 1996. His research interests include developmental orthopedic disease, osteoarthritis, joint therapies and NSAID toxicity.
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.
Jessica Monday, DVM
Intern, Agricultural Practices
Dr. Monday received her DVM from Texas A&M University in 2012. She is currently the Kansas State University Food Animal Intern.
Heather Patterson, DVM
Resident, Small Animal Medicine
Dr. Patterson was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona, and received her DVM from Iowa State University in 2011. She then completed a small animal rotating internship at the VCA Veteirnary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut in June 2012. Dr. Patterson began her residency here at KSU in small animal internal medicine in July of 2012, and is also pursuing her MS in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences. Her research focus is on the effects of feline hyperthyroidism on the kidneys.
DJ Rezac, MS
Jessica Slack, DVM, MS, DACVO
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
Dr. Jessica M. Slack is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. She received her DVM degree from The Ohio State University after obtaining a BS in biology from a small private college in her hometown. She completed a small animal rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Care Referral Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico before finishing a residency in comparative ophthalmology at Purdue University. Dr. Slack joined the faculty at Kansas State University in 2012.
Brad White, DVM, MS
Associate Professor, Production Medicine
Dr.White received his DVM from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Masters of Science from Mississippi State University. He teaches the following courses 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.
Melina Zimmerman, DVM
Dr. Zimmerman graduated from Ross University in 2010 after finishing her clinical year at Louisiana State University. She then completed a small animal internship at Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialists in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Zimmerman is currently in the second year of her residency in Anesthesiology at Kansas State University.