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"Legend of Veterinary Academic Medicine" Honored 

October 3, 2007

John Madigan, DVM, a professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, has been named a "Legend of Veterinary Academic Medicine" by Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was recognized for exceptional expertise in teaching, research and service. The college invited Madigan to Manhattan, Kansas to speak on several topics September 28, 2007.

In his faculty presentation, "One Way of Doing It," Madigan reviewed the steps in his career that allowed him to be a clinician and scientist while participating extensively in public service. "I reviewed the process which allowed me to have an National Institute of Health grant studying a tick-borne infection of horses and humans, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and develop multiple areas of expertise on other conditions, including the use of detective-style research versus conventional epidemiology to discover the life cycle of Neorickettsia risticii, the agent of Potomac Horse Fever," Madigan explained. His talk also covered his development of the Neonatal Critical Care program at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and sling-support systems for horses. He described how he built veterinary disaster response programs as well as emergency response training for veterinarians and veterinary schools. Also in the area of rescue and emergency response, Madigan developed protocols for helicopter airlifts to rescue horses, techniques that have been adopted nationwide. Finally, he shared his thoughts on personal development and keys to being happy in one's work.

Madigan also gave a lecture to senior students, residents and clinical faculty on the topic, "Trigeminal Mediated Headshaking in Horses" and spoke to veterinary students about "Veterinary Emergency Response and Disaster Medicine."

In 2006 Madigan, a 1975 graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine, received the American Veterinary Association's Animal Welfare Award for his efforts to advance animal well-being, dedication to animal care, and contributions to the community and society. He currently heads the school's Veterinary Emergency Response and Helicopter Rescue teams. He led volunteer crews involved in high-profile animal rescues during flooding in Yuba City, California in 1997, flooding in North Carolina after Hurricane Floyd in 1999, and wildfires in Yolo County, California in 2006.

Sheep rescues:

North Carolina flooding: