K-State Veterinary Medicine Students Win Honors

K-State Veterinary Medicine Students Win Honors

Research on E. coli, pain relief in cattle win research awards; two students earn scholarships.

Four Kansas State University Veterinary Medicine students won honors at the annual conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in Albuquerque, N.M. this summer.

Benjamin Wileman, Ruby Mosher, Craig Pauley and Austin Domek all received honors at the conference.

Wileman, a summer 2010 doctoral graduate from Belle Fourche, S.D., was the winner of the conference's 2010 Graduate Research Competition. His  research involved looking for a novel vaccine technology to control a type of E. coli in beef cattle. Wileman's major professor was K-State's Dan Thomson, associate professor of clinical sciences. The E. coli research has already led to changes in the industry, according to Thomson.

Mosher, a doctoral candidate in pathobiology, Emporia, finished second in the research competition with her study of the effects of a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug on increasing the welfare of domestic livestock. The drug, Meloxicam, was used to mitigate postsurgical pain in cattle.

Preliminary studies have indicated positive effects, Mosher said. Mosher also has won a research grant from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners for $8,500 to conduct further investigation into the usage of Meloxicam in cattle of various ages, on various diets and in various clinical scenarios.Mosher's major professor is Hans Coetzee, associate professor of clinical sciences.

Pauly and Domek, both graduate students in vet medicine, were awarded $5,000 scholarships from Pfizer Animal Health and the American Associaton of Bovine Practitioners Foundation. The cost of their travel and lodging for the annual meeting was also paid.

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