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Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Kansas State University
1800 Denison Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66506
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KSVDL Client Care
General Inquiries
785-532-5650 or
Fax: 785-532-4835

KSVDL Business Office
Billing Inquiries
785-532-3294 or
Fax: 785-532-3502

Regular business hours:
8 am - 5 pm Mon.-Fri.
8 am - noon Sat.

KSVDL: Diagnostic Medicine Internship

The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) Diagnostic Medicine Internships are one-year positions for individuals who have a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, an interest in Diagnostic Medicine/Sciences, and some emphasis in Clinical Pathology. 

Some KSVDL internship highlights

  • Extensive training in Clinical Pathology methods and interpretations
  • Scheduled rotations through other KSVDL laboratories for familiarization with testing procedures and training in test-result interpretations

Specialty laboratory rotations include:

  • Anatomic Pathology                      
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Gene Sequencing
  • Histopathology
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Rabies
  • Serology
  • Virology
  • Opportunity to participate in the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine and KSVDL clinical rounds
  • Provides preparation for Diagnostic Residency Programs

For more information please contact Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek at gahanz@vet.k-state.edu or 785-532-4853.

Present Interns
2018 Interns

Dr. Rebecca BaconDr. Rebecca Bacon

Dr. Rebecca Bacon is a Virginia native but moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, in elementary school. She received a bachelor's degree in biology at The College of William and Mary in 2009 and earned her DVM at North Carolina State University in 2015. She completed an equine medicine and surgery internship at a private practice in Virginia and was an associate in a mixed animal practice for two years prior to entering the KSVDL Diagnostic Medicine Internship Program. 

Dr. Bacon has always had a love of pathology and infectious disease research, working at the NIH and MIT during summers in veterinary school, and is excited to be back in the academic realm. After completion of the internship, she will pursue a residency in anatomic pathology. She resides in Manhattan, Kansas, with her husband and loves exploring the outdoors, whether on foot, in a kayak, or on horseback.

Former Interns
2018 Interns

Dr. Jennifer BouschorTatiana Rothacker

Dr. Jennifer Bouschor received a degree in microbiology and cell science from the University of Florida in 2002. She went on to complete her DVM at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. After veterinary school, Dr. Bouschor practiced small animal medicine in Seattle, Washington, for eleven years before accepting the Diagnostic Medicine internship at K-State in May 2017. She will be starting a residency in Clinical Pathology this summer at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Bouschor is married with one cat and currently resides in Manhattan, Kansas.

Dr. Abigail FinleyDr. Abigail Finley

Dr. Abigail Finley grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Honors in Research, and from Ontario Veterinary College with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.

Throughout undergraduate and veterinary schools, Dr. Finley was actively involved in research and presented her honors thesis project “An extensive survey of infection by potential sex ratio-distorting pathogens among species of Arrenurus water mites” at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research during her senior year at Ithaca College. In the summers of veterinary school, she worked on research projects involving Lyme disease and Clostridial perfringens infection.

Dr. Finley has a passion in anatomic pathology with a special interest in vector-born diseases and parasitology. After completing the KSVDL Diagnostic Medicine Internship Program, she will continue her training and education at Midwestern University’s anatomic pathology residency program in Arizona.

In her spare time, Dr. Finley enjoys playing rugby and soccer, hiking, and painting. She currently resides in Manhattan with her two cats, Karma and Nova.

2015 Interns

Dr. Tatiana RothackerTatiana Rothacker

Dr. Rothacker was born in New Jersey.  She was raised in a bilingual family and is fluent in both English and German. Dr. Rothacker holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomolecular Science from Central Connecticut State University, and she graduated from the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.

While in veterinary school, Dr. Rothacker was active in the Veterinary Research and Scholars Program. Her research project focused on the effects of Q-fever vaccine on splenic marginal and B-cell populations. 

Dr. Rothacker has an extreme passion for clinical pathology and immunology.  After completing the Diagnostic Medicine Internship Program at KSVDL, Dr. Rothacker would like to pursue a residency in clinical pathology. 

Playing the piano, violin, and accordion, in addition to spray paint art, costume designing and hiking are some her hobbies.  Dr. Rothacker resides with three cats and a three-legged Great Pyrenees.

"Working as a diagnostic laboratory intern has provided me with the most opportunities to become more competent in veterinary clinical pathology prior to beginning a residency. I have also been able to learn a lot about other areas of the diagnostic laboratory, and I feel that this is the best opportunity out there for someone interested in pursuing a career in any veterinary diagnostic field.”

Dr. Maria BellMaria Bell

Dr. Maria K. Bell grew up in Nogales, Arizona. She is a 2001 graduate of the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced mixed animal, small animal, and exotic animal medicine in New England and New Jersey.  Dr. Bell has a huge passion for Clinical Pathology with specific interests in oncology and cancer biology.  Among her professional goals, after completing the Diagnostic Medicine internship, is to pursue a residency in Clinical Pathology. In her free time, she enjoys music, books, photography, and all things active (including running, cycling, triathlon, kayaking and hiking). She lives in Manhattan with her dog Shane.

“After a decade in private practice, it was time for me to do something I’d wanted to do since graduation – go back to school. The internship was the perfect bridge between practice and residency. I’ve learned so much and feel so much better prepared for the transition to a clinical pathology residency.”