Volume V9 | September 2019
Including Annual Meeting updates
Laboratory Diagnosticians' News Matters
AAVLD Foundation Chair's Message


There are a variety of ways that individuals become involved with the AAVLD. In my own case, I was a student with a pathology interest during veterinary school and I went on to complete a residency in anatomic pathology where I was focused on diagnostic medicine. Through these years I was exposed to the ACVP because I was aware of the certification examination. I was not, however, aware of the AAVLD and it wasn’t until I had accepted my first ‘real’ job that I was introduced to the organization. Ever since, the membership of the AAVLD has been the people I rely on for networking, help with difficult cases and finding out where I can get testing done for obscure diseases.
The people I have met in AAVLD are also some of my favorite individuals and the organization is my professional home. My introduction to the AAVLD was effective but certainly later than it should have been given my interests. Ideally, individuals with an interest in diagnostic veterinary medicine become involved in the AAVLD during their training and are exposed to the multitude of opportunities the field offers during visits to the annual meeting or in browsing through JVDI.

The AAVLD Foundation serves to foster the advancement of Diagnostic Veterinary Medicine and as such has a focus on growing interest in this area of endeavor. Historically, this has been achieved primarily through the funding of travel awards and presentation/poster awards for graduate students, residents and other trainees to attend the annual meeting. Recently, the foundation expanded the awards to also include staff in an effort to encourage lifetime learning and acquisition of new skill sets. We have also partnered with the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine to bring veterinary students to the USAHA/AAVLD meeting. This year the foundation, either in partnership or by itself, is funding travel awards for 25 individuals. The goal of these efforts is to introduce recipients to the field of veterinary diagnostic medicine (hopefully we catch them early not after they have their first job) or to continue stimulating their interest in the field through the numerous interactions and scientific events that are available at the annual meeting.

The AAVLD foundation is funded through donations from the membership of the organization and from the proceeds of the Foundation Auction during the President’s dinner at the Annual Meeting. This year as you fill in your registration form or are enjoying the camaraderie and fun of the Foundation auction please consider making a direct donation or bidding during the silent or live auctions. These funds are vitally important in efforts to continue to attract the next generation of diagnostic personnel who so effectively foster the health and welfare of food and companion animals. If you have ever received a travel or presentation award and are now established in a ‘real’ job please be doubly generous in recognition of the role the foundation has played in fostering your own career.
Photo Contest
Showcase your perspective on animal agriculture and laboratory sciences!
AAVLD and USAHA are proud to announce a Photo Contest for members of both organizations. It's a great opportunity to highlight the work of our members, with a look through your "lens."
Winners and entries will be featured at the President’s Dinner on October 27 in Providence.
Photos must be submitted in accordance with the RULES , by October 1, 2019.
Categories :
  • Animal Agriculture- $500 Winner, $250 Runner-up
  • Laboratory Science - $300 Winner, $100 Runner-up
Limit one photo per person per category (limit 2 total)
Finalists from each category will be selected for the People’s Choice, with a prize of $400
AAVLD and USAHA Executive Committees will be responsible for selecting winners and finalists for the People’s Choice. Category winners will not be eligible for People’s Choice award.
Entry Forms:
2019 AAVLD Plenary Speakers
AAVLD Job Board
Take advantage of the terrific AAVLD resources offered to our members.
AAVLD offers its members a low cost web-based career center that connects job seekers with prospective employers in the veterinary diagnostic laboratory industry. The job board, powered by career services leader JobTarget, provides access to AAVLD members and non-members alike. The cost is $75 for a 90-day posting.
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Next Year's Membership renewals due by November 15!
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. Renew your membership today!
Make a difference
Committee work is the foundation of AAVLD's ability to fulfill its mission. If you are interested in joining a committee and contributing to its efforts, please email the appropriate committee chair.
JVDI In Focus
The goal of JVDI in Focus is to bring attention to an interesting article appearing in the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation . This month’s focus is on an article in the upcoming November issue:

Histophilus somni myocarditis and leptomeningitis in feedlot cattle: case report and occurrence in South America”
by Carlos A. Margineda, Donal O’Toole, Mónica Prieto, Francisco A. Uzal, and Gustavo C. Zielinski.
J Vet Diagn Invest 2019;31(6)

Abstract. We investigated deaths in a group of feedlot steers in Argentina. The main findings in 3 steers autopsied were pulmonary congestion and edema, necrotizing myocarditis, pericarditis, suppurative leptomeningitis, and bronchopneumonia. Histophilus somni was detected by bacterial culture and immunohistochemistry in the hearts of the 3 animals. Partial sequences of the 16S rRNA gene of a H. somni isolate had 99% similarity with other H. somni sequences in GenBank. Most reports of H. somni septicemia in cattle originate from North America and western Europe. There is scant information about cardiac histophilosis in South America. A survey of diagnostic laboratory personnel in 7 South American countries documented various forms of bovine histophilosis in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Corresponding author: Carlos A. Margineda, Laboratorios de Sanidad Animal, EEA INTA Marcos Juárez, Ruta 12, Marcos Juárez (CP2580), Córdoba, Argentina. margineda.carlos@inta.gob.ar
y of Bern, Länggassstrasse 122, CH-3012, Bern, Switzerland. kemal.mehinagic@vetsuisse.unibe.ch
AAVLD Members in the News
SDSU Dedicates New Diagnostic Laboratory
Director Dr. Jane Hennings with Dr. David Zeman

Public Servant extraordinaire and ADRDL Office Manager Rita Miller with Dr. David Zeman
SDSU President Barry Dunn with
Dr. David Zeman
Cutting the ribbon at the new ADRDL
ASF Course Attended by AAVLD Members
Colorado State University Dedicates New Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Colorado State University Dedicates New Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

On Thursday, Colorado State University celebrated the grand opening of its new Western Campus in Orchard Mesa.
The event capped off a year-long collaborative effort to provide residents of Colorado’s Western Slope greater access to CSU resources and a better opportunity to interact with the state’s land-grant university. “This is an investment in Western Colorado, in Colorado agriculture, and in the future of a state and region where CSU is proud to be an economic partner,” said CSU System Chancellor Tony Frank. The new campus includes a 7,717-square-foot state-of-the-art veterinary diagnostic laboratory. This laboratory is a branch laboratory within the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories System, with the main laboratory in Fort Collins. The Western Slope VDL director is Dr. Raye Walck.
Excerpted from CSU College of Agriculture Sciences College News Sept 10 2019

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AAVLD Diagnostician Named South Dakota Vet of the Year
AAVLD Member Dr. Dale Miskimins was recently named South Dakota Veterinarian of the Year at the 128 th Annual Meeting of the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Miskimins is diagnostic pathologist and professor at the South Dakota State University - Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory in Brookings. He’s been at the lab since 1991, and has a special interest in lameness of cattle. Veterinary Practitioners enjoy his practical diagnostic approach and dedication to customer service. Congratulations Dr. Miskimins, we are proud to call you a fellow AAVLD diagnostician.
Returning to OVC as faculty in the Department of Pathology, he taught cardiovascular and urinary pathology for 5 years before moving to the Veterinary Services Branch of OMAFRA in 1982 as an anatomic pathologist, completing the ACVP boards in 1984, and becoming Guelph lab head in 1994. VLSB was transferred to the U of Guelph in 1997 as part of the Common Sense Revolution; Lab Services is administered within the Office of Research.
Retirement plans include continuing as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, farming (hay-making, fence building), home repairs, travel, spending time with family, dancing, and the occasional round of golf.   AHL
During her tenure, the ADDL has reached many milestones - including Tier 1 status in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) of USDA, a member of the FDA CVM Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (VET-LIRN), one of 4 original whole genome sequencing laboratories for the Vet-LIRN , one of 35 laboratories in the FDA Genome Trakr Global Network , and one of 18 laboratories authorized to perform CWD immunohistochemistry testing . A nationwide search is currently underway for a new ODA Laboratory Director. During the search, Drs. Yan Zhang and Jeff Hayes are serving as Co-Interim Directors of the ADDL.

Reprinted from the Ohio Department of Agriculture ADDL Newsletter September 2019
Accreditation Committee 2015
AAVLD Foundation Auction
2018 Awards acknowledgments & 2019 Trainee Travel Awards
In Remembrance
He later went on to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology (1971) and earn a PhD in Toxicology (1973). He served on the faculty at the University of Missouri from 1974-1982 where he taught toxicology to veterinary and graduate students, conducted toxicology research and provided clinical and diagnostic toxicology services through the diagnostic laboratory and teaching hospital. In 1983, Gary returned to the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine as a Professor of Veterinary Toxicology and Section Leader of Toxicology at ISU where he had responsibilities teaching veterinary students, conducting research on toxicology problems affecting pets, livestock, and wildlife, and providing toxicology diagnostic services to clients. He served for many years as the Chair of the interdepartmental toxicology graduate program and mentored many residents and graduate students conducting research on toxicological aspects of numerous agriculture chemicals and nutrient and toxicant interactions with disease. Renowned for his research on mycotoxins, he headed one of the leading veterinary diagnostic toxicology labs in the world at ISU. He served as Director of the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for 10 years (1994-2004) and retired from ISU in 2010.
Dr. Osweiler was widely regarded as a leader in veterinary toxicology, publishing numerous peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, abstracts and proceedings papers. The textbook he co-authored entitled "Clinical and Diagnostic Veterinary Toxicology" was a highly valued resource for veterinary students and practicing veterinarians in North America for many years. Gary served as President of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, President of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology, as well as President of the American Academy of Veterinary and Comparative Toxicology. He provided expertise to numerous state, national and international advisory boards, including the Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee of the US Food and Drug Administration.
Most of all, Gary was deeply committed to his family, friends, church and community. He and his wife Sue met at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in 1964 and were married there in 1966. Together they were involved in parish and community activities throughout his life. Gary was a quiet but powerful model of warmth and true integrity for his family.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Sue of Ames; sons, John (Susan) of Des Moines and Jeff (Chantale) of Kingston, Jamaica; daughters, Julie of Windsor Heights and Jill (Steven) Schaefer of Chantilly, Virginia; brothers, James (Janet) and Stanley (Barbara); sister, Jean Bessman (Carl), and five grandchildren: Molly, Amelia, Elsa, Maddie, and Julien.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Adams Funeral Home and online condolences may be left for Gary's family at www.adamssoderstrum.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gary's name may be directed to Heifer International.
Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 18, 2019
Although we all knew is death was imminent and that his time with our college was drawing to a close, I am sorry for our future students who will not get an opportunity to learn from and meet the man who has taught all our students, staff, and faculty bacteriology and mycology since our college was formed. He was a great man and I know the college will long remember his presence in our hallways; I hope you will think of him often and that part of him will remain with you always.”
He touched so many and passionately supported everyone in our field. We will strive every day to carry his legacy forward and continue to make him proud.
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Important Agenda Items for AAVLD
AAVLD and USAHA appoint Joint Task Force to Evaluate the
Annual Meeting Format
President Bailey (AAVLD) and President Haase (USAHA) have appointed a joint organizational task force to evaluate the structure and format of the annual meeting. Representing the AAVLD are Amy Swinford, Robert Gibson, Jamie Henningson and David Zeman; representing USAHA are Barbara Determan, Jan Hennebelle, Stephen Crawford and Ben Richey. The current format has been in use for approximately the past 20 years. The charge of the task force is to assess the current format for effectiveness and efficiency and make recommendations for the future. Determan and Zeman are cochairs of the taskforce. A report to both executive boards are due by February 2020.

AAVLD and ACVP Exploring Joint Meeting for 2023

The AAVLD Executive Board has authorized discussions with the ACVP for a possible one-time joint meeting with the ACVP for 2023. The ACVP approached AAVLD leaders with the idea. Talks are in the preliminary stages only. The collaboration could produce some unique excitement that year. There are no plans to interfere with the long and ongoing partnership with USAHA. Once preliminary ideas are firmed up, USAHA and our meeting planner will be providing counsel. If any AAVLD members have input, they may contact Dr. Zeman at DZeman@aavld.org .

The 2019 Annual Meeting App from USAHA and AAVLD is now available for registrants of the meeting. The 2019 version of the App is a great resource for information and is accessible from your smart phone, tablet or desktop. Once registered, you can find schedule information, other attendees, announcements and more through the app!
Meeting registration is required to access the app. Once registered, your access will be tied to your email address. Access may not be immediate – we appreciate your patience, and should be completed within a few days of your registration.
You can download the app using these links:
Or search AAVLD USAHA in your app store.
We look forward to seeing you in Providence! Don’t miss out, October 24-31. Register Today! https://www.usaha.org/2019-annual-meeting
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Upcoming Events

  • AAVLD Annual Meeting - Providence Rhode Island, October 24 – 28 2019 Providence Rhode Island.

  • CRWAD Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases Nov 2-5, 2019, Chicago, IL


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AAVLD Foundation Committee

John Adaska - Chair
Donal O'Toole
Tim Baszler
David Zeman
Christie Mayo
Kristy Pabilonia
Beate Crossley
François Elvinger
Pat Halbur
Brett Webb
Jamie Henningson
Kerry Sondgeroth
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!

AAVLD Foundation Auction is October 25th!!