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Click here for the May 2014 issue of The Kansas Veterinarian newsletter. 


Lifelines - May 2014

The May 2014 issue of Lifelines, the official newsletter of the College of Veterinary Medicine, is available online here.


Dean Richardson Announces Plans to Step Down

Ralph C. Richardson has announced his plans to step down as dean of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine no later than July 2015. He will then assume a faculty position.

Richardson became the college's 11th dean in summer 1998 after serving as the head of the clinical sciences department at Purdue University. Richardson received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1970, completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Purdue in 1973, a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Missouri in 1975, and a training program in clinical oncology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1978.

"I plan to continue in a faculty role with the college and the university, hoping to use my abilities in program building and my background in comparative medicine to continue strengthening collaborative programs that benefit K-State," Richardson said. "I have a real sense of urgency to see our plans for the future become reality, but I want the college and the university to have plenty of time to conduct an orderly search for my replacement."

"Dean Richardson has led the College of Veterinary Medicine during a time of great change in both veterinary medicine and higher education," said April Mason, Kansas State University provost and senior vice president. "He has been the champion of many innovative programs, including the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health, which involves students and scholars from both countries together in efforts toward better veterinary health. I am most appreciative to Dean Richardson for announcing his future plans early so that a search for his successor can be conducted and assure a smooth transition of leadership."

Under Richardson, enrollment in the veterinary college saw controlled growth from a graduating class of 79 students in 1998 to a current class size of 112 for each incoming class. More than $72 million has been raised in private support for the college, including the creation of 150 scholarships and seven permanently endowed professorships.

To ensure opportunities for Kansas State University undergraduate students and to enhance recruitment of exceptional students, the college's Early Admission Program was started in 1999. Richardson had an active role in helping to promote the Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas, which offers a debt repayment incentive for graduates to work in rural practices in Kansas. The college initiated a D.V.M./Ph.D. program to provide training for alternate careers paths such as for working in research laboratories and academia. The college is also part of the university's interdisciplinary Master of Public Health Program that allows students to work in one of four different areas of emphasis, including infectious diseases and zoonoses, food safety, public health nutrition and public health physical activity.

The College of Veterinary Medicine, under Richardson, is part of the university's internationally recognized programs protecting the health of the nation's livestock and food safety. Faculty members at the college are involved with research at the university's Biosecurity Research Institute. The comprehensive biosafety level-3 facility, north of the college, provides an environmentally safe and secure location to study pathogens that threaten humans and livestock. The college and its faculty also played a role in helping the university's selection as the site of the $1.25 billion National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, a biosafety level-4 facility, that will be constructed near the college.

During Richardson's tenure, faculty and staff numbers grew and their teaching, research and service efforts garnered national and international attention. In 2008, Jürgen A. Richt was hired as a Regents distinguished professor and Kansas Bioscience eminent scholar. Recruited from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, Richt became the director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, or CEEZAD, at Kansas State University in 2010.

"I could not be more proud of the faculty and staff in our college," Richardson said. "We are truly like a family, and as I try to say frequently, we have accomplished the wonderful things that we have done because of the teamwork we have in the College of Veterinary Medicine and at K-State."

K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Newsletter Available

As a service to our members, the KVMA emails the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory's Diagnostic Insights newsletter for your information.Click here for the March 2014 issue.


Task Force Develops Merger Recommendation

The 2013 Kansas Legislature passed S.B. 171, establishing a task force to study a possible merger of the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners (KBVE) with the Kansas Dept. of Agriculture (KDA).

The task force was directed to identify performance benchmarks, study and make recommendations for organizational structures that optimize KBVE agency efficiencies, determine the best location for the KBVE and remain unbiased and objective in its deliberations, among other assignments.

The task force was composed of representatives of the KDA, KBVE, Kansas Animal Health Division, American Assn. of Veterinary State Boards, and the KVMA. After six meetings and once conference call, the task force has developed the following recommendations for the 2014 Kansas Legislature.

The KBVE voted unanimously to approve and support a two year trial merger with a sunset provision.

*a merger of the KBVE and the KDA will be implemented on a two year trial basis beginning July 1, 2014

*the trial period will allow the agencies to determine if the merger should be permanent

*the trial merger will end with a June 30, 2016 sun set

*legislative action would still be needed after the sun set if the agencies agree on a permanent merge

*the current KBVE staff will remain in place during the two year period

*current KBVE goals designed to address its statutory mission will remain intact

*the KBVE would remain an authority board and would not be an advisory board

*all KBVE functions designed to protect the public health, safety and welfare would stay the same

*all KBVE licensing, disciplining, inspecting and investigating authorities would stay the same

*the KBVE would keep ultimate legal authority in regard to veterinary medicine

*the KBVE would be the ultimate authority on all veterinary medicine rules and regulations

*only the KBVE would make recommendations for statutory changes in regard to veterinary medicine

*all veterinary fees would be established by the KBVE

*all powers established in statute and veterinary regulations would be retained by the KBVE

*KDA legal staff would not review complaints prior to being processed by the KBVE

*the appeal process on complaints would remain the same as it is currently

*the KDA would provide fiscal, legal, recordkeeping, communications, and IT services to the KBVE

*a percentage of the KBVE budget would be devoted to the above services

*the 10 percent of the KBVE budget that goes to the State General Fund would be eliminated

Click here for a one page synopsis of additional recommendations from the task force on the proposed two year, sun set trial period for the KBVE transition to the KDA.     

Legislation is currently being developed to enact the sun set and the task force recommendations outlined above.



1955 - 2014 | Obituary| Condolences

Gregory M. Dennis, 58, passed away January 5, 2014. He was born to Dr. Stanley M. Dennis and Naldi Walters on March 13, 1955, in Leongatha, Australia. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Lynch; children, Katherine Sosna, William & Zachary; father, Dr. Stanley M. Dennis; and sister, Deborah Vernon. He attended school at Manhattan High School, Kansas State University, Oxford University, London School of Economics and Washburn University. Gregory represented veterinarians and related organizations for over 25 years. He was an expert in veterinary law and lectured extensively in the U.S. & internationally. He was a founding member of the American Veterinary Medical Law Assoc. & legal counsel for both the MO and KS Veterinary Medical Associations. He was also an American Veterinary Medical Association consultant. Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a noon service at McGilley & Sheil Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wayside Waifs, Pets for Life, Inc., or the American Diabetes Association. To leave a message for the family, visit m-dennis. Condolences may also be left at Arr: McGilley & Sheil Chapel, 11924 E. 47th St., KCMO 64133. McGilley & Sheil Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 11924 E. 47th St, Kansas City, MO 64133, 816-353-6555

Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 12, 2014.


Input requested on veterinary shortage areas

January 3, 2014

The Kansas Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) Working Group is soliciting suggestions from rural practitioners on veterinary shortage (food animal) areas in Kansas for 2014. The group is identifying areas of need, in either a single county or groups of counties, in Kansas. These areas may 1) have inadequate veterinary service coverage, or 2) be served by recent graduates considered "at risk” for retention due to student loan debt, which must be at least $15,000. 

More information can be found here, and the 2013 Kansas shortage areas can be found here. Suggestions are needed by January 20th and may be directed to:

Dr. Randall Norton
Dr. Jessica Laurin
Dr. LewAnn Schneider


Nominations are being accepted for AVMA Awards

The veterinary profession is fortunate to be filled with wonderful veterinarians whose achievement and commitment reflect their passion for veterinary medicine in all its shapes and forms. Wouldn’t it be awesome to recognize that dedicated individual with a veterinary achievement award?

You are invited to nominate someone who has inspired you, motivated you or has made a difference in the lives of animals in some extraordinary way.

The nomination deadline is February 1, 2014. Additional details on the awards and the nomination form can be found at Veterinary Achievement Awards.


Kansas Animal Health Newsletter December 2013

Click here to view the Kansas Department of Agriculture's December 2013 Animal Health Newsletter.


KVMA Officers Installed at June Conference

September 1, 2013

KVMA installed officers for 2013 – 2014 during its annual meeting at the recent June Conference for Veterinarians at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Manhattan.

Dr. Rick Tanner, Topeka, is KVMA president for 2013 – 2014. He attended Larned public schools and graduated from the K- State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. After practicing veterinary medicine for a number of years in Kansas, he now works for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in Topeka.

Dr. Tanner has represented the KVMA in the past on the Kansas Statewide Animal Response Team and was appointed in 2008 to the Veterinary Prescription Monitoring Program Task Force. Dr. Tanner and his wife, Kathy Gross, Ph.D., have three children, Kara, Weston and Kaycee.



Dr. Beth Davis, Manhattan, is the 2013 – 2014 KVMA president elect. Dr. Davis graduated from Florida University with a DVM degree in 1996 and from K-State with a Ph.D. in 2004.

Dr. Davis is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – large animal. She was an assistant professor at the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine from 2003 to 2006. She was an assistant professor and head of the equine medicine and surgery section at the College from 2006 to 2008. Dr. Davis is currently an associate professor and head of the equine medicine and surgery section at K-State.


Dr. Marty Vanier, Manhattan, is the new KVMA vice president. Dr. Vanier is director of operations for KSU’s National Agricultural Biosecurity Center, designed to develop, coordinate and implement programs to address threats to the ag economy and food supply.

She received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from K-State in 1979 and a DVM degree in 1981. Dr. Vanier first joined K-State in 1989 as a research assistant for the Food Safety Consortium. From 1992 to 1999, she was executive director of the Kansas Agricultural Alliance.

Dr. Vanier was named Kansas Veterinarian of the year by the KVMA in 2009 and received the KVMA President’s Award in 2002 and 2012.

Dr. Aaron White, Norton, is the KVMA trustee at large for 2013 – 2014. Dr. White grew up on a farm near Kingsdown, Kansas and graduated from Minneola, Kansas High School.

He received a BS degree from Sterling College in 2000 with a major in biology and a minor in accounting. Dr. White graduated from the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM degree in 2004. He owns Norton Animal Health Center.

Dr. White has served as KVMA northwest district trustee and as a member of the KVMA State Fair Committee. He is active in the Norton community and the Norton Christian Church. Dr. White and his wife, Sarah, a veterinarian, have three children, Gideon, Isiah and Genesis.

Dr. Bill Bayouth, Lawrence, is the 2013 – 2014 KVMA treasurer. Dr. Bayouth graduated from K-State with a BS in biology in 1972 and with a DVM degree in 1974.

After practicing veterinary medicine in California and Colorado, Dr. Bayouth returned to Kansas in 1977 to practice at Animal Hospital of Lawrence where he remains currently.

He presently serves on the advisory board of the Ballard Center and is on the Douglas County Animal Response Team. Dr. Bayouth has been named Lawrence Public Schools Outstanding Citizen and has received the Ballard Citizenship Award. 

Kansas Veterinary Quarterly Available

August 7, 2013

The KVMA News Online is making the summer issue of the Kansas Veterinary Quarterly, published by K-State Research and Extension Service and the College of Veterinary Medicine, available to KVMA members.

Click here for the complete issue of the Kansas Veterinary Quarterly.   

Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus

July 15, 2013

KSVLD has developed a duplex real-time PCR assay for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv):

  • Samples: feces, intestinal content or a piece of intestine
  • Please ship the samples on ice packs for overnight delivery
  • The current price for the test is $30 per sample
  • We do not have the test listed on the submission form yet; please write "PEDv PCR" on the submission form.

If you have questions, contact Dr. Jianfa Bai at or 785-532-4332 or Dr. Dick Hesse at or 785-532-4457. 


K-State Seeking Canines for Osteoarthritis Study

April 29, 2013

Investigators at the KSU Veterinary Health Center are seeking lame, osteoarthritic dogs for participation in a clinical trial of dextrose prolotherapy. Prolotherapy is the injection of a substance into joints or tendons in order to stimulate repair. Prolotherapy was improved joint stability, range of motion, comfort and reduced joint swelling in several clinical trials in humans, but has not been tested in veterinary medicine.

What patients are eligible?
Dogs with lameness and radiograph-confirmed osteoarthritis of the elbow, shoulder, tarsus or stifle will be enrolled. Dogs that are non-responsive or partially-responding to conventional medical treatments are ideal candidates. Dogs must weigh more than 20 kg (44 pounds), have a detectable lameness on initial force mat analysis, have no analgesic medication changes in the two weeks prior to enrollment, and must not have had any orthopedic surgery within 6 months prior to enrollment in the study. They must remain on their currently prescribed medications for the duration of the study.

Dogs will be initially evaluated at the KSUVHC by veterinary lameness examination, measurement of range-of-motion, radiographs, post treatment owner questionnaires, and objectively evaluated utilizing a Tekscan Pressure Sensing Walkway. The Tekscan Walkway is a non-invasive, sensitive measurement of weight bearing in dogs.

After enrollment in the study, the affected joint on the lame limb will receive an intraarticular injection of the prolotherapy agent or a placebo agent at the initial visit and the 6 week visit. Evaluations, including the objective walkway, will be repeated at 6 and 12 weeks post initial-injection. Owners will bear the cost of initial examination and radiographs, but the costs of subsequent visits are covered by a grant funded by the AKC Canine Health Foundation. This study has been approved by the KSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

For further information, contact Dr. Matt Sherwood at: 785-532-5690 or 

Veterinarians, clients key to preventing prescription errors

By Jen Nigro
December 18, 2012

Chances are when you send a client home with a prescription for their pet, you have checked and double-checked to make sure the type and dosage of the medication are correct. You trust the pharmacist to follow your instructions to the letter- but that may not always happen. The Kansas Veterinary Medical Association has received several reports recently of human pharmacists making changes to veterinary prescriptions. They, in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association, are working with the Kansas Board of Pharmacy to make sure action is taken when this happens.

The push started last summer when the AVMA sent a letter to all 50 state boards of pharmacy expressing concern over reports of pharmacists changing dosages or drugs on veterinary prescriptions without consulting the prescribing veterinarian. The KVMA then sent a letter of its own to the state board detailing several examples. One involved a pharmacist in the Johnson County area reducing the dosage on a thyroid medication to meet human standards, thereby rendering it ineffective for the animal receiving it. Another involved a Kansas City, Kan., pharmacist telling a client they could substitute Ibuprofen for Rimadyl after the client expressed concern at the cost.

The letter, written by Dr. Tom Jernigan, DVM, noted that though human pharmacists are uniquely educated to deal with humans, they aren’t specifically trained to treat non-human species. "The KVMA respectfully requests that pharmacists be directed to communicate directly with referring veterinarians before making any therapeutic or management recommendations or suggestions for alternative animal medications or dosages,” he wrote. In addition to contacting the Kansas Board of Pharmacy, Gary Reser, Executive Director of the KVMA, met with the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners along with Dr. Beth Davis, Dr. Shirley Arck, and Dr. Marty Vanier.

Board President Jim Garrelts responded to the KVMA’s concerns with a letter of his own, stating the board would take the concerns seriously and investigate any complaints filed with them. He also expressed a willingness to collaborate with the veterinary profession to educate Kansas pharmacists about medication dosing and use in animals. "The Kansas Board of Pharmacy reaction to the KVMA letter and visit was extremely enthusiastic,” said Reser. "We are very pleased with how it turned out.”

Regardless of which side of the state line you live on, complaints should be made to your state’s Board of Pharmacy. On the Kansas side, you can do that by visiting Click on the Legal Division link on the left side of the page, then Consumer Complaint Form. Once filled out, send the form to Kansas Board of Pharmacy, 800 SW Jackson, Ste. 1414, Topeka, KS 66612. In Missouri, go to Choose the "Complaint Form” link on the right side of the page. Once filled out, send the form to Missouri Board of Pharmacy, 3605 Missouri Boulevard, P.O. Box 625, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0625. 

Board of Pharmacy Letter

September 11, 2012

The following letter was hand delivered by the KVMA to the Kansas Board of Pharmacy. The Board has indicated it will take the expressed concerns seriously, due at least in part to a solid, long term relationship with the KVMA. The examples in the following letter were provided by KVMA members.

Dr. James Garrelts, president
Kansas Board of Pharmacy
800 SW Jackson, Suite 1414
Topeka, Kansas 66612

Dear Dr. Garrelts:

The Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA), like the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), strongly believes that the pharmacy and veterinary communities share a common goal of protecting pet health when dispensing medications.

Pharmacists are uniquely educated to deal with the human species. Veterinarians, of course, are trained to treat non human species and are aware of their particular physiological and pharmacology needs.

The KVMA respectfully requests that pharmacists be directed to communicate directly with referring veterinarians before making any therapeutic or management recommendations or suggestions for alternative animal medications or dosages.

In a spirit of providing helpful illustrations of problems that have arisen in Kansas from changing medications or dosages without consulting with referring veterinarians, the KVMA offers the following:

It has been verified that a Walmart in southeast Kansas is selling a form of zinc suspension insulin in the $20 range, which goes back to 1980’s prices. There is no prescription required to obtain this product. This poses a lot of questions about a highly sensitive dose and use related drug. There appears to be potential for abuse with serious consequences for humans.

A Johnson County veterinarian sent a script with a client for the generic L-thyroxine 0.6 mg bid. The largest dose on the human side is 0.3 mg. The pharmacist decided that was too much and changed it to 0.3 mg. Needless to say, when the veterinarian checked the thyroid level of the patient the next month, there had been no improvement.

A Kansas veterinary client expressed surprise at the cost of rimadyl at Costco after taking a veterinarian script there. The pharmacist told the client that he could use another NSAID such as ibuprofen. Fortunately the client contacted the veterinarian before filling the script, as a single dose of ibuprofen can cause perforating gastric or duodenal ulcers in dogs.

A Kansas City veterinarian had a Walmart pharmacist attempt to convince a veterinary client to switch from a prescribed insulin to another one that would have been harmful to the veterinary patient. The same veterinarian was required to give a target pharmacist a DEA number before a script was filled. That should not have been required for an antihistamine.

A pharmacist told a client the thyroxin dosage the veterinarian recommended was too high, alarming the client and causing her question the veterinarian’s judgment.

The KVMA’s primary concern in communicating with you on this matter is the well being of veterinary patients. The KVMA welcomes the opportunity to work with you to address these issues.

Please contact Gary Reser at the KVMA office, 816 SW Tyler, Suite 200, Topeka, Kansas 66612, to let the KVMA know how it can assist.

Yours very truly,
Tom Jernigan, DVM
President , Kansas Veterinary Medical Association

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