Volume V2 | February 2023

Laboratory Diagnosticians' News Matters

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AAVLD President's Message

I hope this newsletter finds you well and that your 2023 has been off to a good start. The AAVLD Executive Board and the Accreditation Committee met in Las Vegas during the week of February 6th and had very productive meetings. This will be a busy year for accreditation with the committee reporting that they are scheduling 8 full site visits this year. The committee is now supported by their own dedicated quality manager, Patricia Lukens.

The AAVLD Executive Committee met with NVSL leadership in January and renewed the MOU between our organizations that outlines our joint efforts to support the NAHLN. Additionally, we discussed an opportunity to establish a new cooperative agreement toward NVSL-sponsored VDL workforce development initiatives. The executive board discussed this at length during our meeting in Las Vegas and decided to move forward with drafting a potential cooperative agreement where the AAVLD would coordinate and manage efforts to create a veterinary diagnostician development program and an executive leadership program for VDL managers and directors.

Planning for the 2023 annual meeting is well underway and Dr. Poulsen announced that the plenary session will focus on VDL workforce development. He also presented some planned changes in abstract submission deadlines and criteria for awards eligibility. Please keep an eye out for the call for abstracts in the coming weeks and pay close attention to the submission guidelines and specific deadlines.  

The Strategic Planning Committee met recently to review and update the AAVLD strategic plan. After their meeting, it was proposed to the executive board that the AAVLD should consider identifying more measurable short-term goals for each long-term goal in the strategic plan. The executive board agreed with this recommendation and will be asking committee chairs to discuss this during their next committee meetings to see what is being done to meet each long-term goal and what additional efforts might benefit the AAVLD in achieving its long-term goals.

The Governmental Relations Committee with travel to Washington, D.C. the week of March 20th to meet with AVMA and federal leaders and discuss AAVLD priorities including increased support of the NAHLN. Please feel free to reach out to the GRC members with any specific questions or concerns ahead of these meetings.

Lastly, I would again ask that anyone interested in becoming more involved in our organization to please reach out and inquire about opportunities and to consider joining one of our many committees. I look forward to seeing you all in Washington, DC in 2023! 


Eric Burrough, DVM, PhD

AAVLD President

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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:

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AAVLD Labs in the News

Dr. Brodersen Retires from the University of Nebraska

A familiar face at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center (NVDC), Dr. Bruce Brodersen, retires this month after an affiliation with the laboratory that has lasted 38 years. The lab is located on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Brodersen came to the Center as a graduate student trainee and leaves as a tenured Professor and Director of the NVDC.  As a diagnostic and research pathologist, he has had a special interest In respiratory diseases of cattle (BVD especially). He has taught a variety of systemic pathology subjects in the University’s professional veterinary college curriculum including respiratory, urinary, musculoskeletal, and alimentary diseases.

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MSU VDL welcomes inaugural Diagnostic and Client Services Veterinarian (DCSV) 

On January 17, 2023, Dr. Rachel Whitesell, DVM joined the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory as the Lab’s inaugural diagnostic and client services veterinarian.

Dr. Whitesell earned a Bachelor of Arts in German studies from Pennsylvania State University (2002) and completed the post-baccalaureate pre-health program at the University of Pennsylvania (2009). She then went on to earn her DVM from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine (2013). During her time in the DVM program, she was both a summer necropsy student (2011) and a student researcher (2011 - 2013) at the Laboratory.

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State diagnostic laboratories protect

all creatures, great and small

By Katie Burns

October 10, 2022

The caseload at the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory has more than doubled since the 1990s, but the personnel has dropped by about half with the use of new technologies.

Yet, staffing continues to be a big challenge at the OADDL to meet the ever-increasing number of cases—with the main caseload coming from swine, cattle, chickens, and horses, in that order.

The type of cases varies among state veterinary diagnostic laboratories, with a mixture of large and small domestic animals and some wildlife. Diagnostic work even has extended to humans recently with the COVID-19 pandemic. The state laboratories have a broad mission to protect animal and public health.

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Bring on the news!

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

Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation

Varioius diseases affect domestic and wild lagomorphs and challenge veterinary laboratory diagnosticians regularly. Domestic rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) are bred for different purposes including meat or fur production, laboratory research investigation, or simply as companion animals. Neoplasms, infectious diseases, and several background lesions are important conditions in this group. Wild lagomorphs, including rabbits of different genera (Oryctolagus, Sylvilagus, Brachylagus), hares/jackrabbits (Lepus spp.), and pikas (Ochotona spp.), are very common in different parts of the world and are affected regularly by outbreaks of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases or exposed to environmental toxins.  

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JVDI in Focus


Our February focus is an article appearing in JVDI’s March issue, “Immunohistochemical analysis of expression of VEGFR2, KIT, PDGFR-β, and CDK4 in canine urothelial carcinoma” by Laura C. Setyo, Shannon L. Donahoe, Patrick L. Shearer, Penghao Wang, Mark B. Krockenberger.


J Vet Diagn Invest 2023;35(2). https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/epdf/10.1177/10406387221146247

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Grant Maxie, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Editor-in-Chief, JVDI



Holly M. Farrell

Managing Editor, JVDI


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Worth Quoting

Happy February. Speaking of love…

We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.  

~Orson Welles

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.

~Ann Landers

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

~Vincent Van Gogh

You can't blame gravity for falling in love.

~Albert Einstein


Source: BrainyQuote

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