Jan 20, 2022  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Sciences

A-111 Mosier Hall
Fax: 785-532-2252

Department Head:

Bonnie Rush

Program Director:

Michael Kenney

Graduate faculty:

*David Anderson, DVM, North Carolina State University; MS, Kansas State University
*Michael D. Apley, DVM, PhD, Kansas State University
Laura J. Armbrust, DVM, Kansas State University
Mary Bagladi-Swanson, DVM, Kansas State University
Laurie A. Beard, DVM, Washington State University; MS, The Ohio State University
Warren L. Beard, DVM, Texas A&M University; MS, The Ohio State University
David Biller, DVM, Auburn University
Christopher Blevins, DVM, MS, Kansas State University
*Janine L. Brown, (Adjunct) PhD, MS, Washington State University
James Carpenter, DVM, MS, Oklahoma State University
Deborah Davenport, (Adjunct) DVM, Auburn University; MS, Ohio State University
*Elizabeth G. Davis, DVM, University of Florida; Ph.D, Kansas State Univesity
*Steve Dritz, DVM, University of Minnesota; PhD, Kansas State University
*Maria Soledad Ferrer, Vet, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; MS, Louisiana State University
*Roger Fingland, DVM, University of Missouri-Columbia; MS, Ohio State University; MBA, Baker University
*Ronette Gehring, BVSc., MMedVet, University of Pretoria
*Gregory Grauer, DVM, Iowa State University; MS, Colorado State University
Kenneth Harkin, DVM, Iowa State University
Mary Lynn Higginbotham, DVM, MS, University of Missouri-Columbia
David S. Hodgson, DVM, Kansas State University
Emily Klocke, DVM, Michigan State University
*Katherine A. KuKanich, PhD, University of Tennessee; DVM, University of Minnesota
Shelie Laflin, DVM, Kansas State University
*Robert L. Larson, DVM, Ph.D, Kansas State University
James Lillich, DVM, Colorado State University; MS, Ohio State University
*Guy H. Loneragan, (Adjunct) Ph.D, Colorado State University; MS, Ohio State University
Diane Mason, DVM, MS, Ohio State University; PhD, Kansas State University
Dudley McCaw, DVM, University of Illinois
Rose McMurphy, DVM, Washington State University
Matt D. Miesner, DVM, Washington State University, M.S., Ohio State University
Amy J. Rankin, DVM, University of Wisconsin, MS, Purdue University
David C. Rankin, DVM, Kansas State University; MS, Washington State University
Walter Renberg, DVM, Oklahoma State University; MS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Ralph Richardson, DVM, Kansas State University
James Roush, DVM, Purdue University; MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bonnie Rush, DVM, MS, Ohio State University
*Thomas Schermerhorn, VMD, University of Pennsylvania
*Daniel U. Thomson, DVM, Iowa State University; PhD, Texas Tech University; MS, South Dakota State University
Brad J. White, DVM, University of Missouri-Columbia; MS, Mississippi State University

*Denotes graduate faculty that are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.

About the department

The Department of Clinical Sciences offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science (Veterinary Biomedical Science) degree. Graduate work in clinical sciences may be pursued in several fields of specialization including agricultural practice, anesthesiology, cardiology, equine medicine and surgery, oncology, exotic and wildlife medicine, ophthalmology, radiology, small animal medicine, small animal surgery, and theriogenology. The department, along with the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University, has modern facilities and equipment for both basic and applied studies.

The primary goal of graduate study programs in clinical medicine is to prepare students for careers in teaching and research in a clinical specialty area. After completing graduate work, the student will be better prepared to conduct research both independently and as a team member. Adequate training in planning research projects and writing research proposals will give the student the ability to function with teams of scientists from the biomedical field. The student’s experience in clinical teaching and literature study will form the basis for development of future teaching programs within his or her discipline.

A residency program designed to prepare and qualify a veterinarian for specialty boards recognized by the AVMA is usually combined with the graduate program. While a graduate program can be accomplished in a shorter period of time, the duration of combined programs is usually three years. This reflects the minimum time required to satisfy the objectives of each program. Details of an individual residency program can be obtained from the Director of the Veterinary Health Center at Kansas State University . An individually tailored graduate program concurrent with professional veterinary school or for non-DVM applicants can be arranged on an individual basis.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission, the applicant must FIRST identify, contact, and be accepted by a graduate faculty member within Clinical Sciences. Once the student has been accepted by a graduate faculty mentor, the student should submit the application online.  Additional materials should be addressed to Amy Geyer, A111D Mosier Hall.

  • Online application to Graduate School
  • Statement of Objectives
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework completed
  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation sent to the Director of Graduate Programs

International applicants must also submit the following:

  • TOEFL scores
  • Affidavit of Financial Support form

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and admission will follow deadlines set forth by the Kansas State University Graduate School.

Continued Enrollment Requirements

Applicants for graduate study must have a minimum grade average of B. Applicants currently enrolled in the professional veterinary curriculum or those holding a baccalaureate degree will be considered on an individual basis.

A student who has less than a B average, based on individual merit, may be admitted on probationary status. Full standing is attained automatically upon completion of at least 9 hours of course work for graduate credit with grade of B or better and upon the removal of any deficiency which was specified at the time of admission. International students must have a health certificate and an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

A graduate student may be denied continued enrollment in the university for any of the following reasons:

a.     Failure of a student on probation as a condition of admission to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the first 9 credit hours of graduate level coursework.

b.    Failure of a student placed on probation for deficient grades to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 within 2 semesters for full-time students and within 12 credit hours for part-time students.

c.     Failure to meet published departmental or University requirements.

d.    Failure to maintain satisfactory progress toward a graduate degree.

e.     Failure in the final degree examination(s).

f.     Failure to acquire mastery for the methodology and content in a field sufficient to complete a successful thesis or dissertation.

g.    Qualifying for placement on probation a second time, except when the first period of probation is a condition of admission or when the second period is a condition of reinstatement.

h.    A recommendation for suspension or expulsion by the Honor Council.


Programs Offered

Master of Science
Veterinary Biomedical Science (M.S.) 


Clinical Science

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