September 2017

Dr. Jamie Henningson Appointed Interim KSVDL Director

Dr. Jamie HenningsonOn Aug. 29, 2017, Dean Tammy Beckham appointed Dr. Jamie Henningson interim director of KSVDL.

A long-time resident of Kansas, Jamie was born in Hays and then moved to Topeka where most of her family still resides. She spent most of her time growing up on a 120 acres of land owned by her grandparents and parents north of Topeka. The family owned other areas of land which early on had cattle and corn but was eventually turned into CRP land. She grew up with horses and spent her days running and riding and breaking horses for her dad. Her parents have never had cable television and they didn’t get air conditioning until she went off to college, so most of her days were spent outside. She was actively involved in 4-H where she served as president of the local club and was involved in the horse and leatherworking projects. In high school, she competed in running sports and was actively involved in FFA, competing in livestock, horse and poultry judging. Jamie enrolled in Kansas State’s College of Agriculture Animal Science program and earned her DVM from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.

Jamie spent five years in graduate training at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory training under Dr. David Steffen and Dr. Clayton Kelling in pathology and virology. Jamie’s graduate degree program focused on a vaccine candidate trial for Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV). PhD in hand (2008), she became a junior faculty member at the University of WI-Madison where she worked as a diagnostic pathologist and taught reproductive pathology. In 2009, she passed the American College of Veterinary Pathologists board exam. In 2010, she joined the swine virology group at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, IA with a primary focus on pandemic influenza and the highly pathogenic PRRSV.

Late in 2011, Jamie enthusiastically returned to her alma mater as a diagnostic pathologist at KSVDL. Jamie is heavily involved with unraveling interesting diagnostic cases that present to KSVDL and has been the primary pathologist in a number of research projects. Her primary interest is bovine pathology. She is currently the liason between the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) and American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and is participating in the Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) for beef.

Outside of work, Jamie enjoys spending time with her two wonderful kiddos, a girl and boy, 11 and 9 years of age. Her daughter is involved in girl scouts, basketball, running and cyclecross, while her son plays football and wrestles. Jamie is a Girl Scout troop leader and runs a summer youth cycling program in Manhattan to encourage city kids to spend time outdoors.

During this transition period, her goal is to continue to build on the solid foundation of KSVDL built by Dr. Gary Anderson and many other excellent directors of the past. Our mission at KSVDL remains the same and our number one goal is to provide the best service to KSVDL clients. Please feel free to call her with questions and concerns about any aspect of KSVDL, as we cannot continue to grow and improve without valuable clientele input.

KSVDL pathologist Dr. Brad Njaa provides necropsy training to graduate students during Transboundary Animal Diseases course
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