Kansas State University

The first reference to the field of veterinary medicine at Kansas State was in 1862. Beginning in 1886, animal health courses were offered to students enrolled in agriculture but not for veterinary degree credit. The curriculum leading to the degree, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, was established in 1905. At first, the school was known as the Department of Veterinary Medicine; it became the Division of Veterinary Medicine in 1919 when it separated from the School of Agriculture and in 1943, the name Division was changed to School. In 1963, the Veterinary Medicine Program was designated a college after Kansas State College became a University. Of the present colleges of veterinary medicine, Kansas State University is one of the oldest in the United States to grant the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

Three academic departments make up the College of Veterinary Medicine: Anatomy and  Physiology (A&P), Clinical Sciences and Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology (DM/P). The college has overall about 180 teaching faculty and 100 residents, interns and graduate students. The College of Veterinary Medicine has three primary missions: teaching, research and public service.

The first class to graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine only had 7 people in it. Today, approximately 110 people graduate with their DVM. In the class of 2015, there are 88 female and 22 male students. The average age is approximately 24 years. The students come from a wide range of home states: Kansas 45, California 9, Illinois 6, North Dakota 5, Nebraska 5, Colorado 4, Pennsylvania 4, Texas 4, Missouri 3, North Carolina 3, New York 3, Florida 2, Massachusetts 2, Oregon 2, South Dakota 2, Virginia 2, and 1 each from 10 other states.

University Distinguished Professors

The title of University Distinguished Professor is a lifetime title that represents the highest honor Kansas State University can bestow on its faculty, an award that recognizes those making outstanding contributions to teaching, research, and service to their professions and communities. The College of Veterinary Medicine has seven University Distinguished Professors currently on its staff. They are Dr. M.M.Chengappa, Dr. Frank Blecha, Dr. Dan Marcus, Dr. T.G. Nagaraja, Dr. Jürgen Richt (Regents Distinguished Professor), Dr. Philine Wangemann and Dr. Michael Dryden. Dr. James Coffman, former dean, is an Honorary University Distinguished Professor.

Continuing Education

The K-State College of Veterinary Medicine offers a Veterinary Medical Continuing Education program to facilitate lifelong learning anytime, anywhere, through innovation, technology and partnerships for practitioners, technicians, faculty, students, specialty and professional groups. Each year there are a variety of programs that are available online, in person or in print, which can provide licensure renewal, specific certification and continuing education credits.

Veterinary Medical Library

The K-State Libraries has a separate branch located onsite at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Library, as a gateway to the world's biomedical information, is dedicated to excellence in support of the College of Veterinary Medicine's mission, the advancement of knowledge, life-long learning, and consumer health. The library staff of information specialists provides customized information services for all clientele including veterinary and health care practitioners, allied groups, and the general public.

Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab (KSVDL)

Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab is fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and provides a complete range of diagnostic services for all species of animals. A “rabies lab” is also located in the KSVDL. The lab receives samples from all over the globe for analysis and diagnosis. The lab is staffed by a large group of scientists who provide expert diagnosis and consultation services.

Veterinary Health Center

The Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University is a full-service veterinary hospital providing routine, specialty and emergency care. The mission of the hospital is to provide superior veterinary medical education, quality patient care and exceptional customer service in a caring environment. The hospital is staffed by a large group of doctors, technicians and students, and includes several board-certified specialists in the areas of internal medicine, surgery, dermatology, cardiology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, reproduction and anesthesiology. The hospital also has a full-service diagnostic lab.

Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)

A Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) award to the College of Veterinary Medicine (KSU CVM) provides the resources needed to elevate the research projects of basic researchers and clinician-scientists at Kansas institutions so they successfully compete for independent NIH funding. The center and its projects also provide a strong foundation for translational research at K-State.

The theme of the COBRE is epithelial function in health and disease, and its projects focus on epithelial cell physiology or pathophysiology. Epithelia are cell layers that line the body’s vital organs and glands and that actively secrete and absorb substances, prevent microbial and viral invasions, and support sensory functions. A clearer understanding of the molecular basis of epithelial function will enable us to better identify disease states and devise therapies for them.
The COBRE supports three core facilities and seven faculty member/mentor teams. COBRE facilities include a state-of-the-art confocal microfluorometry and microscopy facility; a molecular biology and biochemistry support facility; and an epithelial electrophysiology facility. Team members and mentors are faculty of the KSU CVM and collaborating departments at KSU, the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and Wichita State University.

The COBRE benefits greatly from KSU CVM’s strong support of its basic science and clinical faculty. That support, combined with the additional monetary and programmatic support provided by the COBRE, will ensure the success of COBRE projects and full realization of the potential of our talented faculty.

U.S.-China Center for Animal Health

The U.S.-China Center for Animal Health is a new training center operated through the veterinary college to improve Chinese animal health education, research, government and industrial workforce. The center will assist Chinese and U.S. animal health companies to access each market respectively. The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor and the K-State Olathe campus will help provide ideal training platform locations.

Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD)

The Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) provides basic and translational research, develops and deploys preventive measures and countermeasures, models how a disease spreads and economic effects. The center also trains students and public health decision makers to identify and respond to an outbreak in a quick and effective manner.

Beef Cattle Institute (BCI)

The Beef Cattle Institute helps approach today and tomorrow’s issues with facing the beef industry through education, research and outreach. BCI enhances the education provided by K-State and also provides many accessible training opportunities. These opportunities are made available to both students and beef producers.

Frontier Program

Frontier is an interdisciplinary program for the historical studies of border security, food security and trade policy run through the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology through the College of Veterinary Medicine. The program was the brainchild of Dr. Justin Kastner, assistant professor of food safety and security at K-State, and Dr. Jason Ackleson, associate professor of government at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. They also work closely with Dr. Abbey Nutsch, assistant professor of food safety and security in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. Drs. Kastner, Ackleson and Nutsch are the leaders of the new DHS grant.

Frontier utilizes an educational model called “FIX,” which stands for “Frontier Interdisciplinary eXperiences.” FIX projects involve studying problems from multiple academic perspectives and producing written and/or multimedia products for the Frontier Web site. Frontier’s FIX program is geared primarily for on-campus K-State and New Mexico State University students, who are then identified as Frontier scholars. Scholars are expected to develop a broad understanding of key issues and then develop a concept for their individualized FIX projects, on which they receive guidance and support from Frontier’s faculty mentors and student coordinators. Some of the FIX projects have included travel to Washington, D.C., Los Alamos, N.M., and the U.S.-Mexican border in order to examine current policy efforts as well as physical sites and facilities related to border security and food security.

Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health Program (MPH) is an interdisciplinary program at Kansas State University, involving faculty from eight departments in four colleges and three support units.  The MPH degree is a 42 semester credit hour program designed to provide graduate-level education for individuals currently employed or anticipating a career in the field of public health.  Each student in this program will complete 14 or 16 credit hours of the core curriculum, covering courses in each of the five broad aspects of public health:
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health Sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Health Service Administration
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

The remainder of your coursework will be in one of the areas of emphasis (or a combination of two areas):

  • Food Safety and Biosecurity
  • Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Public Health Physical Activity

Kansas State University also offers a Certificate in Public Health Core Concepts.  It is a 14 or 16 credit hour program designed to provide broad-based additional knowledge and skills in public health.  Each student in this program completes the 14 or 16 credit hour “core” public health curriculum.

The objective of both the MPH Degree and the Certificate program is to prepare individuals to better address human, animal, and community health issues on local, state, national and international levels.

Midwest Institute for Comparative Stem Cell Biology

The Midwest Institute for Comparative Stem Cell Biology exists to further basic and applied research in stem cells and related biotechnology in animals and humans and to extend that discovery through education and commercialization. The institute is uniquely situated to leverage research capabilities through collaboration among Kansas State University, the University of Kansas and the Kansas University Medical Center, and scientists with similar interests at other institutions. The institute has strong potential for economic development and attainment of external funding. It positions basic research, discovery and development of specific applications, commercialization and education in a strong scientific environment with the further purpose of partnering with other research institutions and with corporate and governmental entities with related activities and interests.

Christian Veterinary Mission Fellowship

Christian Veterinary Mission Fellowship is a student organization stemming from Christian Veterinary Mission whose mission is "to challenge, empower, and facilitate veterinarians to serve others through their profession, living out their Christian faith. CVM also provides education and encouragement for those who desire to minister through service, prayer, relationship building, and modeling Christ's love." Developed for veterinarians, technicians and veterinary students, the mission provides the opportunity to travel internationally and domestically, working with full-time veterinary missionaries. Short-term trips range in length from one week to six months; however, the usual length of service is two weeks. This program is funded through private support. The most recent trips have been to Haiti, Uganda and Kenya.

  • In 1912, the admission requirements for the Kansas State Agricultural College used to be: 14 years of age and complete 15 units of high school. During this year 49 people were veterinary students. Room and board at the time cost $3.75 per week.
  • During the 1929-1930 year, tuition was not charged. There was a $10 matriculation fee for Kansas residents and a $15 fee for non-residents. An incidental fee of $25 for residents and $37 for non-residents. Each student was required to pay a $3 health fee.
  • In 1942, an accelerated curriculum was offered to veterinary students to cover both military and private needs for veterinarians. During the second year, veterinary students were required to be in class from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • In 1943, all male students enrolled in the DVM program were in the Army under the Army Specialized Training Program or under the Medical Administration Corps.
  • Due to the accelerated program during the war, there was no Class of 1948.
  • Between July 1, 1956 and June 30, 1957, the college treated 28,137 patients.
  • From 1911 to 1957, 42 veterinary students were granted football letters for participation in varsity football.
  • The first Veterinary School Open House (also called Veterinary Day) was held in 1957. Exhibits included a dog show, Tammy the five-month-old lion cub and the world’s smallest horse.
  • In 1965, a new off-campus internship program was instituted for the senior students. The students were required to work with Dr. L.D. Jernigan (KSC 1945) for one week during the year. Dr. Jake Mosier stated that working in Council Grove would give each senior additional exposure in a general practice type situation. Two or three students would live in a trailer house during the week. This also helped the decreasing dairy herds within the practicing area of the veterinary college.
  • In 1973, the first year class consisted of all Kansas residents. This was due to the unusually large number of highly qualified Kansas residents applying for the DVM program.
  • In the summer of 1993, Manhattan was flooded. About 150 pets, 25 horses and other farm animals found shelter at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
  • The Wildcat Express (Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s new transportation system) came to KSU in 1996. The fee for transporting small animals was $50 and $175 for horses. Only patients referred by a licensed veterinarian were transported on the Wildcat Express.
  • In 1999, a life-size bronze statue of Dr. Robert E. Kind (DVM 1957), called “A Kind Touch,” was erected between Trotter Hall and Mosier Hall. The statue was created by artist David L. Spellerberg at the National Heritage Collectors Society of Thousand Oaks, Calf.
  • The CVM celebrated its first centennial in 2005. The event included the release of a book, “A Century of Excellence,” authored by Drs. Ronnie G. Elmore and Howard H. Erickson.
  • 2007 marked the graduation of the 100th class of veterinarians at K-State.
  • In 2009, Manhattan is announced as the future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, a biosafety level 4 zoonotic disease research facility.
  • In 2010, the Beef Cattle Institute teamed up with the Frontier program to produce a book about “150 Years of Kansas Beef” to coincide with the sesquicentennial for Kansas statehood.