Apley, Thomson Recognized Nationally on Top 15 Professor Lists

At BCI, we take pride in our staff members, extended faculty and program coordinators. So imagine our immense excitement when we had not one, BUT TWO members of BCI recognized in top 15 rankings by VetTechColleges.com.

Dr. Mike Apley, professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, was recognized as a “Top 15 Large Animal Vet Professor”. Dr. Apley is a contributing faculty member to the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at K-State. He brings a focus on the cattle feeding industry along with a unique niche of the use of drugs in food animals.

“The recognition is much appreciated. A lot of professors are really dedicated to the futures of their students and it is the students who make everything we do worthwhile,” Apley says.

Apley is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pharmacology with nearly 20 years of teaching experience in the field of large animal medicine. In 2007, Bovine Veterinarian Magazine named him one of the most influential veterinarians in the cattle feeding industry for his years of research and dedication. Apley is also a contributing editor to Beef Magazine. In September 2013, he was named on a list of 20 influential beef and dairy veterinarians by BovineVetOnline.com.

Recognized as a “Top 15 Vet Nutrition Professor” was Dr. Dan Thomson, also a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at K-State and serves as the director of the BCI. As director, Thomson is responsible for not only providing direction of the program, but to participate with outside groups such as the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA), National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and similar activities.

“Receiving the award is humbling as there are so many good faculty members at K-State and other universities that are as much or more deserving,” Thomson says. “I’m thankful for the recognition and I hope it helps propel K-State forward to recruit the best and brightest students.”

He teaches welfare and nutrition, and farm animal production medicine, and, in 2012, received the National Excellence in Teaching award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Thomson has more than 50 peer-reviewed papers published, as well as 73 proceedings, 204 abstracts and four book chapters. He is also host of “Doc Talk,” a nationally-aired veterinary television show that has a viewership in more than 45 million homes. Thomson was also named on the list of 20 influential beef and dairy veterinarians by BovineVetOnline.com.

“We’re extremely proud to have faculty and alumni who are frequently and consistently recognized for excellence in their specific fields of veterinary medicine,” said Ralph C. Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “It’s exciting to have our people included among such great company as the other professors who are also on these lists. It also gives us some reassurance that we are doing the right things at Kansas State.”

Inclusion on the Top 15 lists is determined in part by the criteria of possessing both a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a doctorate, membership in professional organizations and being published in academic journals. VetTechColleges is operated by Sechel Ventures through its educational-publishing division.