Rush, Bonnie R.

2009 Distinguished Alumni Awardee

Dr. Bonnie Rush received her DVM from our College in 1989. She continued at OSU, completing a MS degree in 1993 in conjunction with a three year residency in Equine Internal Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Upon completion of her residency Dr. Rush joined the faculty of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was awarded diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1993. Promoted to associate professor and tenured in 1998, she became a full professor in 2002. Over the last decade Dr. Rush has served as the Head of Equine Medicine and Surgery, the Associate Dean of Career Development, and currently is in her third year as Head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

Dr. Rush has the remarkable achievement of being honored for excellence in both teaching and research. She is a two-time recipient of her College's top teaching award, the Pfizer-Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Rush has pioneered several innovative initiatives that have enriched the academic program at KSU and benefited veterinary student career development. These include a novel recruiting program to address the rural shortage of veterinarians, an early admissions program, a student career counseling program, and a career opportunities website. She was responsible for the development and implementation of KSU's clinical competency skills assessment for fourth year students, developing and implementing an innovative program utilizing One45 commercial software. She has trained numerous equine medicine residents and advised or mentored 11 graduate students.

Dr. Rush is a highly respected ACVIM boarded equine internal medicine specialist. She has also been honored with her college's top research award, the Zoetis (formally Pfizer) Award for Research Excellence and is considered to be a leading authority on equine respiratory disease. She had published 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, 28 book chapters, and co-authored a book titled, Equine Respiratory Disease. Dr. Rush has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on 47 research grants totaling over $1 million.

Dr. Rush has served in various national organizations and scientific boards, including the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Grayson Jockey Club. In recognition of her many accomplishments, the National Association of Women Veterinarians honored Dr. Rush as Outstanding Woman of the Year in 2004.