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May 14, 2018

Shelter medicine hires two full-time faculty

Submitted by Joe Montgomery

Drs. Alyssa Comroe and Brad Crauer

The College of Veterinary Medicine welcomed two faculty members to its shelter medicine program in April. Brad Crauer and Alyssa Comroe serve the college as clinical assistant professors of shelter medicine.

Crauer previously worked for the College of Veterinary Medicine and helped develop the shelter medicine program in 2015. After more than two years with K-State, he moved to the Seattle, Washington, area where he served as medical director for the Wenatchee Humane Society. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1991.

"I think Kansas State is poised to be a leader in this area, and my goal is to develop this program so the college becomes known as the university that produces the most-skilled, knowledgeable and practice-ready shelter veterinarians," Crauer said.

Comroe joined K-State from Jacksonville, Florida, where she was a veterinarian at Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services, a large municipal animal shelter. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 2015.

"I'm really excited to continue to grow the shelter medicine program at K-State to help prepare students to be shelter veterinarians," Comroe said. "The field needs more qualified shelter veterinarians, and I think K-State can provide that training."

The shelter medicine program provides learning and teaching opportunities to veterinary students by offering a rotation on the college's Mobile Surgery Unit. Students on the rotation provide spay, neuter and other surgical procedures and veterinary consultation to 16 private and municipal partner organizations. The shelter medicine team includes Crauer and Comroe as full-time faculty members, an intern, Sarah Steen, and two veterinary technicians, Gillian Campbell and Ron Orchard.