Volume V3 | March 2023

Laboratory Diagnosticians' News Matters

Visit our Website

AAVLD President Elect & Program Chair Message

The birds are migrating and the snow is melting in the Midwest. I am sure most of us are preparing for highly pathogenic influenza and as I write this, there are 4 states with positive birds. However, now is also the time to get excited about the joint AAVLD/USAHA meeting in National Harbor, MD October 12-18th! The program committee has been working hard over the past few months and it is going to be a great meeting. Because of all the great feedback we received in 2022, we will be following the same format with the awards luncheon and keynote speaker at the president’s dinner.

The abstract submission portal has been open since March 1st and our goal is to have 200 abstracts to fill out several days of symposia to showcase all the great work happening in our member laboratories and with collaborative partners. I would like to point out a few important changes and deadlines for 2023 to help the review and awards process go more smoothly. Most importantly, to be considered for any award, abstracts must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday, June 5th, 2023. June 5th is also the deadline for full consideration for all abstracts. This deadline may be extended but an extension is not guaranteed. Additionally, to be considered for awards, the 12-minute recordings of the presentations are due by 11:59pm on Friday, September 1st, 2023. 

We have solidified our plenary session for October that will focus on workforce development with trends, forecasting, and tools to use to strengthen our workforce. Our speakers will include Dr. Andrew McCabe, Executive Director of the AAVMC, Dr. Kristie Johnson from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Clinical Microbiology Subcommittee Chair for ASM, Dr. Garry Morgan II, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and Karen Konrath, President of Transitions Coaching.

We are excited for our scientific and plenary programs to motivate and engage the AAVLD membership for continued growth and collaborative scientific work. Don’t forget to include the keynote speaker at the President’s dinner, the awards luncheon, committee meetings, poster sessions, exhibitor show, coffee meetings, and meals with friends to round out your itinerary for another great AAVLD meeting.

Any feedback for the meeting is welcome! 

Keith Poulsen

2023 Annual Meeting Program Chair and President -elect

Submit your abstract today Click here

AAVLD Trainee Travel Awards Trainees in a Master's, PhD or residency program enrolled in all disciplines in veterinary diagnostic medicine, including epidemiology, immunology, microbiology (bacteriology, food safety, mycology and virology), molecular diagnostics, parasitology, pathology and toxicology, are encouraged to apply. 

Learn more...

The AAVLD / USAHA meeting is a remarkable opportunity for trainees interested in diagnostic pathology to learn and develop professional networks that will be helpful throughout their career. Trainees are encouraged to attend and present scientific papers, case presentations and posters. Competitive travel awards of $1,750.00 are awarded to trainees who present scientific papers at the meeting.

Learn more...

  • AAVLD/ACVM Dr. David Bemis Microbiology Trainee Travel Award
  • J. Lindsay Oaks Best Student Molecular Biology Presentation Award
  • Richard Walker Best Student Bacteriology Presentation Award
  • Brenda Love Best Student Bacteriology Poster Award

 Learn more...

This award recognizes an individual who is retired and has made major contributions in a career of diagnostic virology. The Virology Committee solicits nominations and selects the awardee(s) when qualified candidates are available. At the annual meeting, a plaque is presented to the awardee during the Virology Committee meeting.

Learn more...

The Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation (JVDI) is the official journal of the AAVLD. Each year, the awards committee selects two published manuscripts for awards in the following categories. Application is not necessary; all published manuscripts are considered eligible.

Learn more...

One awarded every year (for best oral and poster presentation), $400 check (for the best oral presentation), in AAVLD newsletter, on web page. $100 (for the best poster), in AAVLD newsletter, on web page. Awarded to the persons delivering the best oral and the best poster presentation on a molecular diagnostics & bioinformatics topic at the AAVLD annual meeting. 

Learn more...

Join AAVLD Committees

Functions of AAVLD Committees

Committees serve multiple functions that are essential to the AAVLD mission. This includes dissemination of the latest scientific information that will advance the many disciplines engaged with diagnostic medicine, including:

AAVLD will soon offer a 'Committee Membership Enrollment Form'. Coming soon.

Click here for full article:

AAVLD Labs in the News

Click here for full article.

Bring on the news!

AAVLD Membership, please send your laboratory news to Dave Zeman, Executive Director dzeman@aavld.org

JVDI in Focus

Equine abortion and stillbirth in California: a review of 1,774 cases received at a diagnostic laboratory,

1990–2022; Cantón et al.

Reproductive failure represents an important cause of economic loss for the equine industry. We reviewed the cases of equine abortion and stillbirth submitted to the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, University of California–Davis from 1990 to 2022. A total of 1,774 cases were reviewed. A confirmed cause of abortion was determined in 29.2% of the cases. Abortion or stillbirth was attributed to infectious agents in 18.7% of the cases, with Streptococcus spp., equine herpesvirus 1, and Leptospira spp. being the most prevalent. Noninfectious causes of abortion were established in 10.5% of the cases, with umbilical cord torsion being the most common. In 70.8% of the cases, a definitive cause of abortion could not be established. Our study demonstrated the difficulties in establishing an etiologic diagnosis, even when following a standard diagnostic work-up. New diagnostic approaches are needed to improve the likelihood of reaching a final diagnosis in cases of equine abortion and stillbirth.

Click here for march TOC

Worth Quoting

The keyword this month is SNOW:

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

~John Ruskin

Advice is like snow - the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.

~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.

~Mae West

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.

~Margaret Atwood

Source: BrainyQuote

Click here for full article:


Committee Dashboard

Foundation Auction

Exhibitor & Sponsors

Award Opportunities

Annual Meeting Gallery

View more pictures...

  • Annual Meeting scientific presentations
  • Annual Meeting proceedings

Click here for full article:

Take advantage of the terrific AAVLD resources offered to our members
Veterinary Jobs - American Association of Veterinary...
We use cookies on this site to enhance your experience. By using our website you accept our use of cookies. Yes, I agree More Information Cookies YourMembership uses cookies for your convenience and security. Cookies are text files stored on the...
Read More
Veterinary Jobs - American Association of Veterinary...
The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians offers the top jobs available in Veterinary diagnostic labs. Search and apply to open positions or post jobs on the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians now.

Contact: rozuna@aavld.org
Read more aavld-jobs.careerwebsite.com

2024 Renewals are due by November 15!

'Membership is January to December'

AAVLD membership is open to any individual interested in the disciplines and activities of veterinary diagnostic laboratories. Membership terms are by calendar year (January-December) and membership dues are payable by November 15th of the preceding year (to ensure inclusion in the annual membership directory, eligibility for committee involvement, and receipt of all six issues of the JVDI). Note: In order to receive a discounted rate for the Annual Meeting registration, you are required to be a current AAVLD Member.
Did your membership Lapse?
Please select 'Renew Now' to access the Lapsed Membership renewal form. www.aavld.org ->Quick Links->Renew Now->here you can access the Lapsed Membership Form.

LinkedIn Share This Email
Renew Now!
AAVLD & News Worthy Events

Student Travel Awardees 2022 and

Student Competitive Awardees click here

Up and Coming!

2023 AAVLD/ USAHA Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 12, 2023 - Wednesday, October 18, 2023

AAVLD Meeting Calendar

Do you have ideas to improve the AAVLD annual meeting? Contact David Zeman dzeman@aavld.org

Would you like to sponsor an event? Contact

Would like to make a year-end donation to the AAVLD Foundation?  Make your donation today!

What ever your contribution to the AAVLD mission, we need you!

Experience highly selective prepared media culture...
Highly selective pre-poured media culture devices, engineered for specimen transport, isolation, identification, and differentiation.
Read More
Home - ECL2 Quality Solutions
NOW OFFERING Q-PULSE CLOUD! Call or e-mail us for more information! ECL2 - is a U.S. based, client-centric consulting firm, specializing in providing complete solutions for Quality Management, Safety Management and Enterprise Risk Management....
Read More
Contact Us | Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics
Longhorn is in close communication with the FEMA/HHS about supply capacity expansion. We are working with buyers to optimize tube selection to match available swabs and to fit into existing automation systems. 2 Bethesda Metro CenterSuite...
Read More

Thank you

2022 Annual Meeting Sponsors

The generous contributions and participation by our Exhibitors and Sponsors is a huge part of our conference success year after year. On behalf of the AAVLD, we would like to thank these companies for their commitment to our organization and helping us to achieve our mission.
Anaerobe Systems | Anaerobic Chambers & Culture Media...
Our entry level chamber with fewer features and less workspace, but with a lower cost and smaller footprint. The AS-150 is ideal for smaller labs that typically have fewer than 100 plates in their incubator, or labs that don't have the space or...
Read More
Home - Clark & Enersen
Clark & Enersen has a dedicated team of architects, engineers, and other talented professionals who specialize in the planning and design of science, research, and technology facilities. In 2021, we ranked as the nation's 25th largest Science &...
Read More

Advanced Technology Corp. - Home

Veterinary Practice Management Software, Laboratory Information Management Software

Read More

Veterinary Medical Research & Development - VMRD

VMRD Products The VMRD portfolio is the most comprehensive in veterinary diagnostics and has a wide range of products that include USDA-licensed ELISA kits, FA reagents, antibodies, and Coombs testing reagents. Our IFA reagents support confirmatory testing and are designed to work together as a complete system with minimal cross reaction.

Read More

Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics

UK Health Security Agency issues report validating PrimeStore MTM inactivation of Monkeypox Virus PrimeStore® MTM is the original inactivating transport media. It is a patented, FDA cleared sample collection system for nucleic acid testing. It serves to inactivate RNA, mRNA and DNA pathogens (including SARS-Cov-2) for safer and faster collection.

Read More

INDICAL BIOSCIENCE | Improving veterinary diagnostics for better animal and human health - INDICAL BIOSCIENCE

INDICAL is a leading provider of diagnostic workflows, associated protocols, and expert technical support.

Read More


For over 20 years, Tetracore has been at the forefront of diagnostics innovation. Our mission is to create and develop highly innovative diagnostic reagents, assays, and instruments for the detection of infectious diseases and bioterrorism threat agents. We strive to provide best-in-class solutions and actionable results to our partners in domestic preparedness, forensic biology, human health, and animal health.

Read More

Animal Health | Thermo Fisher Scientific - US

Thermo Fisher Scientific is committed to the animal health industry, offering products and services designed to help you adapt and succeed in an evolving environment. Learn about how we can support new farm animal testing standards with dependable chemistry, flexible platforms, and government-licensed testing solutions.

Read More

Standard BioTools | Standard BioTools

We support the scientific community in the quest to solve unanswered challenges in health and disease across basic, translational and clinical research, including the fields of cancer, inflammatory diseases, immunotherapies and environmental monitoring. Harnessing the power of proprietary CyTOF® and microfluidics technologies, Fluidigm products provide comprehensive cell analysis aimed to elevate scientific data into actionable insights.

Read More
Go to AAVLD Foundation Auction More details ...

AAVLD Foundation Committee


Brett Webb- Cochair

Francois Elvinger- Cochair

Bruce Akey, Tim Baszler, Beate Crossley, Francois Elvinger, Pat Halbur, Christie Mayo, Donal O'Toole, Kristy Pabilonia, Jamie Retallick, Kerry Sondgeroth, Brett Webb, David Zeman and Ashley Hill

Foundation Donation
The AAVLD Foundation is a non-profit foundation that raises funds for the advancement of veterinary diagnostic laboratory disciplines through scholarship programs, student travel support to our scientific meeting, guest lectures, seminars, professional awards and research programs. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible 501(c)(3), and can be paid when you renew your AAVLD membership. Thank you for remembering your AAVLD Foundation!
Make a donation today!
Facebook  Twitter