Volume V7 | July 2023

Laboratory Diagnosticians' News Matters

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AAVLD President's Message

As we reach the midpoint of the year, I wanted to recap some of what has happened in the veterinary diagnostic space thus far in 2023. In the late winter and early spring, the ongoing HPAI (H5N1) outbreak kept many of our member laboratories busy with testing and rapid response efforts. In February, African Swine Fever (ASF) was reported for the first time in Singapore. In February and March, Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease was detected in California and Texas. In May, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the global public health emergency associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with this, the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH; formerly OIE) held its first fully in-person general session in Paris from May 21 – 25 with more than 1,000 people in attendance representing 183 WOAH members. In late May, the USDA announced a case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a beef cow through slaughter surveillance in South Carolina. In June, ASF continued its march through Europe with index cases in domestic pigs in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. These events highlight the global importance of veterinary diagnostic laboratories and surveillance efforts and the impact our members and national and international colleagues make on a daily basis.

During the WOAH General Session, one of the key outcomes was a revised standard on BSE. This new standard recognizes the difference between classical BSE, which occurs after consumption of contaminated feed, and atypical BSE, which occurs spontaneously at a low rate in all cattle populations. Atypical BSE is no longer on the list of diseases that require compulsory notification to WOAH which should provide an incentive for countries that do not currently have an official risk status for BSE to apply for one and to increase surveillance efforts without concern for unwarranted trade restrictions related to atypical BSE. Of the 7 detections thus far in the U.S., only the initial case in 2003 was classical BSE. More information can be found here:

In closing, I would again like to remind our membership that the 66th Annual Meeting of the AAVLD, in conjunction with the USAHA Annual Meeting, will be held October 12 – 18, 2023 in Washington, DC (National Harbor, Maryland). The annual meeting is a great place for veterinary diagnosticians, laboratorians, and researchers to present their work before a multi-disciplinary audience and to network with others in their field. I look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting! 

Eric Burrough, DVM, PhD 

AAVLD President 




Ensuring the ongoing competence of diagnostic veterinary pathologists

By Dr. Grant Maxie

The basic tenets of a quality assurance (QA) program are:

say what you do, do what you say, prove it, and improve upon

it. The bottom line of a QA program is continuous improvement—

if you don’t document an activity, how can you measure

it and track improvement?

The AAVLD Requirements for an Accredited Veterinary

Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (https://www.aavld.org/

accreditation-requirements-page), which are based on the

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 international standard, stated in Article

5.2. “Personnel 5.2.1. The laboratory shall ensure the initial

and ongoing competence of laboratory personnel to do their

assigned work using objective criteria. NOTE: Examples of

objective criteria include proficiency testing, inter-laboratory

comparisons, reference sample panels, replicate testing of

quality control materials and continuing education.”

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Annual Meeting Registration opens in July.

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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. 

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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.

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  • 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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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2023 AAVLD Presidents Message

Eric Burrough, DVM, PhD

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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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2023 Plenary Session

Andrew T. Maccabe, DVM, MPH, JD Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from The Ohio State University in 1981 and 1985, respectively, and began his professional career working in a mixed animal practice with primary emphasis on dairy herd health.

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JVDI in Focus

Bovine respiratory syncytial virus infection in feedlot cattle cases in Argentina, Ferella et al.

Abstract. Although bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) infection has been reported in cattle in Argentina, it has not been associated with pneumonia in Argentina. We report here 5 cases of bovine pneumonia associated with BRSV. Autopsies were performed on 35 beef cattle with gross and/or microscopic lesions of pneumonia from 3 commercial feedlots. Lung samples in 5 of 35 animals were BRSV-positive by reverse-transcription nested PCR. The lungs of 2 of these 5 animals were coinfected with Mannheimia haemolytica, and 1 with bovine viral diarrhea virus 1... More

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The Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation is the official journal of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. The mission of the Journal is to educate by informing readers of progress in veterinary laboratory medicine and related fields of endeavor. The key objectives of the JVDI are to promote the science of veterinary laboratory medicine and the betterment of animal and public health. JVDI fully supports diversity, equity, and inclusion in our publishing activities.

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