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Elizabeth Davis new head of College of Veterinary Medicine's clinical sciences department

Thursday, April 20, 2017


MANHATTAN — A longtime faculty member is the new head of the College of Veterinary Medicine's clinical sciences department at Kansas State University.

Elizabeth Davis, professor of equine internal medicine, replaces Bonnie Rush, who was earlier appointed executive associate dean for the veterinary college. Davis had been serving as interim head of the clinical sciences department.

"Dr. Davis has provided leadership to this department over the last several months in the interim role and will continue to provide leadership and expertise to the position through her past experiences as professor and section head for equine medicine and surgery," said Tammy Beckham, dean of the college. "She has served on numerous college committees and represented the College of Veterinary Medicine on the K-State Faculty Senate. She recently led the design, construction and opening of our new Equine Performance Testing Center. I am thrilled to have Dr. Davis in this role."

Davis earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 1996. She was then accepted into internship, residency and doctoral training programs at Kansas State University. She received diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2002 and earned a doctorate in equine immunology from Kansas State University in 2004. Davis joined the clinical sciences faculty in 2003 and was promoted to full professor in 2013.

A member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Association of Immunologists, American Association of Veterinary Immunologists, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association and Florida Association of Equine Practitioners, Davis also is a board member of the Kansas Horse Council. Along with serving as the immediate past president for the executive board of the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, Davis has had leadership roles with other specialty boards.

Among Davis' many honors are the 2016 Dr. William and Deanna Pritchard Veterinary Service and Outreach Award, the 2010 and 2007 Mary J. Reed Equine Compassion Award, and the 2007 Carl J. Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award. In 2015, she was selected for the Kansas State University Distinguished Service Award by the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association for her work with veterinarians in Kansas.


Tammy Beckham


Clinical sciences department


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Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis is the new head of the clinical sciences department in Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Written by

Joe Montgomery