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Focus on animal care at Kansas State University in Manhattan

Anita Durairaj

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Kansas State University in Manhattan has an excellent veterinary medicine program. Their veterinary programs are often ranked in the top 5 in the nation.

A few years ago, I got a chance to visit the veterinary medicine department at Kansas State University. This visit was for an interview with the Department of Veterinary Medicine.

As a part of my interview, I was given a tour of some of the facilities they had. These included the animal care facilities. The job that I was interviewing for did not involve directly working with animals. It was a research position and I would only be working with animal samples. Nevertheless, I was impressed with the tour and the care that the professors, veterinarians, and staff at the department displayed towards their animal patients.

This is what the department states about their mission and focus on animals,

Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to the advancement of health and welfare of animals, people, the environment and the veterinary profession through excellence in teaching, research, service and outreach. - KSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Highlights of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State.

The Department of Veterinary Medicine includes a Veterinary Health Center and a diagnostic laboratory. In addition special programs are offered such as the Shelter Medicine program, and a Master of Public Health program.

The Veterinary Health Center is a fully serviced vet hospital. Even with COVID-19, animals are being accepted for routine appointments. Both small and large animals are treated. There is a special curbside check-in and discharge station for the animal patients. Common as well as exotic animals are also treated. In fact, I remember being told that a camel had even received treatment at the vet hospital. You can bring in the animals for general care as well as for major surgery.

The second component of the department is the diagnostic laboratory. The laboratory is accredited and offers diagnostic services for all kinds of animals.

The mission of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) is to develop and deliver accurate, innovative, and timely diagnostic and consultative services to the veterinary and animal health community in Kansas and the nation. - Kansas State University

For its students, the department offers the Shelter Medicine program which is an educational course that incorporates service and learning. In this program, students work with a community organization. In the process, they learn about animal welfare and can serve as advisors for shelters.

Finally, there is the Master of Public Health program which involves real world application.

There are 3 major academic departments within the College of Veterinary Mediciene. These include Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical Sciences, and Diagnostic Medicine / Pathobiology.

When I interviewed at the university, it was with the Department of Anatomy and Physiology. Areas of research in this department range from the study of cattle feed to pain management in animals.

The department's mission and vision is clear,

Our mission: Cultivate an environment that fosters ingenuity, leadership and excellence in teaching, research and service.
Our vision: Build the finest veterinary biomedical science department.

Now with COVID-19 ruling the lives of both humans and animals, there are changes in veterinary care. New programs and protocols are being developed in light of the pandemic and these also affect the way animals are being treated.

However, there is no doubt that the Veterinary Medicine program at Kansas State University is staying at the forefront of these changes and animal care will always be a priority here.

Source: K-State College of Veterinary Medicine website

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