Production Animal Track

From cows to chickens and clients to cash flow, there is something for everyone in the Production Animal Track!  Your role as a production animal veterinarian is complex.  It requires a focus on herd health and keeping the US food supply safe, but it also lends itself towards an empathetic heart with the desire to serve on your client’s management team to help them meet their goals.  Join us in watching lectures from some of the industry’s most innovative minds on a variety of business and veterinary medicine topics to help you maximize your potential!

Layer Hen Production: Vaccination Schedule
  • Dan Wilson, DVM
  • Wilson Veterinary Co.
Small Ruminant Pregnancy Toxemia
  • Leslie Wagner, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: Dig deep into the pathophysiology behind pregnancy toxemia in this comprehensive talk. Learn how-to pick-up signs of pregnancy toxemia based on physical examination and discuss the current best practices for diagnosis and treatment in cases of small ruminant pregnancy toxemia.
  • Bio: Dr. Leslie Weaver grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas where she raised goats, horses, and cattle. She received her Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences and a doctorate in veterinary medicine at Texas A&M University. Following graduation from veterinary school, she completed an internship in food animal medicine and surgery, an ACVIM residency with a food animal focus, and a Master of Veterinary Sciences at Oklahoma State University. She currently provides both ambulatory and hospital-based livestock services at Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center. Her clinical interests include small ruminant medicine, especially pregnancy toxemia and urolithiasis, bovine lameness, and performance bovine medicine.
Interpreting Diagnostic Tests
  • Kelli Almes, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: Production Animal Diagnostics: Abortion and Neurologic Workups. Abortions or stillbirths in our production animal species represent lost time, resources, and product, along with the possibility of infectious disease within the herd or flock. Some fetal loss is expected in every herd and the cost of doing diagnostics on an abortion must be weighed carefully. Does the herd/flock situation justify spending the money? Is the abortion rate higher than expected? Is there an abortion storm or outbreak? Is there high suspicion of a zoonotic or high impact infectious disease? As a veterinarian suggesting a diagnostic work-up can be a sticky situation. A routine production animal abortion work-up is approximately $150-$200 and includes bacterial cultures, PCR testing, and histopathology. Additional tests such as serological titers from the dam and fetus, fetal nitrate levels, and virus isolation are available but are less frequently pursued. This brings us to the overarching question; when is a diagnostic work-up warranted on an aborted fetus. Sometimes the answer is obvious; a large outbreak, a highly valued animal, suspicion of a high impact disease. Other situations are not so easy to evaluate and the herd/flock background along with management factors must be taken into consideration. A case presented as “neurologic” can be interpreted in a multitude of ways. Knowledge, experience, and species of specialty will most likely play into your idea of what that word means. In veterinary school we learn to pinpoint the location of the lesion based on the clinical signs and symptoms, and as a practicing veterinarian you will learn to decipher information from animal owners to make the determination of whether they are even truly “neurologic”. This differentiation is very important when we think about obtaining an accurate diagnosis when one of these cases necessitates a diagnostic work-up. No one single question to the owner, physical exam finding, or clinical sign will often reveal the answer in a neurologic case. Things such as ataxia and depressed mentation may seem straight forward, but severe systemic illness can often lead to a depressed state, and/or generalized weakness, which can be interpreted as ataxia. Severe hypoxia from respiratory disease or anemia can commonly causes clinical signs resembling and reported as neurologic. Lameness can mimic peripheral nervous lesions and vice versa. One of the most important issues to keep in mind when making assessments of a live animal, or collecting samples at necropsy, is the potential for an infectious zoonotic disease and the implications that has for you as the veterinarian, and the owner. 
  • Bio: Dr. Almes currently serves as a Diagnostic Anatomic Pathologist and the Section Head of Foreign Animal Disease and Outbreak Response at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. She began working as a diagnostic pathologist at KSVDL in late 2008. Dr. Almes is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologist (Anatomic). Her main diagnostic duties include necropsy and biopsy at KSVDL along with instruction of fourth year students.
The Regulation of Veterinary Vaccines and How to Read Labels
  • Amy Gill, DVM
  • USDA
  • Description: Dr. Gill will discuss her career in veterinary medicine from private practice to regulatory work with veterinary biologics in USDA APHIS VS Center for Veterinary Biologics. She will present the role of veterinarians within the Center for Veterinary Biologics and how these veterinary biologics (vaccines) are regulated. She will also discuss the new labeling requirements for veterinary biologics and product summaries available on the APHIS website.
  • Bio: Amy F. Gill received her D.V.M. from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) and practiced small animal companion veterinary medicine. Dr. Gill returned to the LSU SVM to complete a residency in Clinical Pathology and receive her Ph.D. through a NIH grant joint appoint at the Tulane National Primate Research Center. Dr. Gill worked for the USDA FSIS before joining the USDA APHIS Center for Veterinary Biologics in Ames, IA.
Heat Stroke Management
  • Kev Sullivan, DVM
  • Australia
How to Become an Asset to Your Livestock Producers
  • Mark Hilton, DVM, PAS, DABVP (beef cattle)
  • Elanco
An Overview of the Beef Industry
  • Dustin Aherin
  • Rabo AgriFinance
The Basics of Bovine Obstetrics
  • Ronnie Elmore, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Description: A brief discussion of bovine obstetrics including the four obstetrical operations – mutation, forced extraction, fetotomy, and Caesarian section will be presented. The emphasis will be on mutation and forced extraction. This presentation is suitable for experienced and inexperienced students. If a veterinarian knows how to do each of the four obstetrical operations and has the appropriate equipment for each, no bovine obstetrical situation will be frustrating or impossible. Bovine obstetrics need not be dreaded and can be both challenging and fun!
  • Bio: Dr. Ronnie Elmore has been a veterinarian for nearly 50 years. After earning his veterinary degree at the University of Illinois, he was in private practice in Ohio, on the faculty of the University of Missouri – Columbia, on the faculty of Texas A&M University, and is currently on the faculty of Kansas State University. Elmore is a board-certified Theriogenologist. He is active in local and national veterinary organizations and Rotary International.  Elmore is a prolific writer, having published more than 250 journal and magazine articles, abstracts and book chapters. He wrote a  weekly column for Copley News Service for more than 30 years and is a popular speaker for both veterinary and non-veterinary groups. Dr. Elmore served as the Associate  Dean for Academic Programs, Admissions, and Diversity at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University for twenty-eight years and now teaches the Basics of Bovine Theriogenolgy, Practicing Veterinary Medicine in a Multicultural Society, and facilitates preclinical externships in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Kansas State University.
Biosecurity: From Feed Supply to Swine Farms
  • Jordan Gebhardt, DVM, PhD
  • Kansas State University
  • Description: This lecture will focus on the importance of biosecurity within production agriculture, specifically within swine production and the animal feed supply chain. Following the introduction of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus into the United States in 2013, tremendous change has occurred right before our eyes within swine production. A renewed interest in swine farm biosecurity and focus on the risk of the feed supply chain serving as a route of disease transmission has occurred. Through these experiences, veterinarians, nutritionists, and swine producers have made tremendous strides in controlling spread of endemic diseases, but also have focused on keeping foreign animal diseases out of North America such as African swine fever virus. What lessons have been learned, and what areas need continued improvement will be explored.
  • Bio: Dr. Jordan Gebhardt obtained his PhD in Applied Swine Nutrition and DVM both from Kansas State University. He is a member of the Kansas State University Feed Safety Research Team, which includes veterinarians, swine nutritionists, and feed scientists. The objective of the team is to conduct research on feed biosecurity, with emphasis focused on economically-important swine diseases such as porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) and African swine fever virus (ASFV). Jordan has presented invited talks around the world discussing research and ways to implement biosecurity improvements in the swine feed production system.
Nutritional Influences on Dairy Cattle Reproduction – generously sponsored by American Association of Bovine Practitioners

  • Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Description: Nutrition is the single most important factor contributing to successful reproduction, yet this topic is not sufficiently addressed in the veterinary curriculum. This presentation will provide a review of various nutritional influences (e.g., energy, protein, minerals and vitamins) on the reproductive cycle from gametogenesis to neonatal survival. Information presented can be applied to both dairy and beef cattle systems.
  • Bio: Dr. Van Saun is a Professor and Extension Veterinarian in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University. He has been on faculty at Penn State for 20 years with responsibilities in teaching, extension, and field investigation. Dr. Van Saun received his veterinary degree and completed Master’s degree and residency training at Michigan State University. He also earned a Ph.D. degree in ruminant nutrition at Cornell University. He is board certified diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists and American College of Veterinary Nutrition. He was in private veterinary practice in New York and Michigan and an ambulatory clinician at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University. His research and extension programs focus on integration of nutrition, animal health and productivity and emphasize the critical role of pregnancy nutrition on animal performance. He is an invited lecturer to various veterinary educational programs nationally and internationally. His research spans across various species including dairy and beef cattle, horses and small ruminants.
Bull Breeding Soundness Exam – generously sponsored by American Association of Bovine Practitioners

  • Jennifer Koziol, DVM
  • Purdue
Natural Disaster Follow-up
  • Randall Spare, DVM
  • Ashland Veterinary Center
VFD/Drug Regulations
  • Michael Apley, DVM
  • Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Neonatal Resuscitation and Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Bryan Weaver, DVM
Caregiver Impact on Cattle Health, Performance, and Wellbeing
  • Tom Noffsinger, DVM
  • Description: A brief introduction to effective stockmanship concepts and their application during intervention opportunities in Production Medicine.
Tour of KSU Livestock Handling Facilities
  • Matt Miesner, DVM