Volume V7 | July 2019
Including Annual Meeting updates
Laboratory Diagnosticians' News Matters
Executive Director’s Message

Greetings veterinary diagnosticians! I hope your summer is going well and that you all enjoyed some downtime over the Fourth of July holiday. Efforts are in full swing regarding our annual meeting preparations. Program Chair, Dr. Deep Tewari, reported that over 150 abstracts were submitted for presentations and posters. In addition, several exciting and professionally useful pre-meeting symposia are now scheduled… check them out on the website and via registration announcements. Registration is now officially OPEN!  Remember, current active membership ensures huge valuable discounts for meeting registration. 
However, most importantly your membership allows you to serve and grow professionally on the many AAVLD committees, provides journal access and opportunities to stay in touch with other diagnosticians. Committee service is so vital to our organization and profession, and allows us to advocate for our discipline and progress with the times. If you have not renewed your 2019 membership, please do so today…thank you. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

David H. Zeman, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Executive Director
Meet Your New AAVLD Executive Board Member: 
AVMA Liaison, Dr. Gail Golab 
For many years, your AAVLD Executive Board has enjoyed an AVMA liaison member. I am glad to report that the AVMA has appointed a new person in this role; Dr. Gail Golab replaces Dr. Christine Hoang on our board. Gail Golab, PhD, DVM, MANZCVS, DACAW brings a broad array of experiences to us. She is currently the Chief Veterinary Officer for the AVMA.   She has several years of private practice experience as well as several years of AVMA leadership responsibilities. She has been involved more than 30 years in the human-animal interactions field, including research and policy development. Please read more in the attached bio-sketch. I’m sure you’ll agree that we will benefit by her joining our AAVLD management team. You may welcome her at GGolab@avma.org

David Zeman, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Executive Director

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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 July issue: “Zinc overload in weaned pigs: tissue accumulation, pathology, and growth impacts” by Eric R. Burrough, Carson De Mille, and Nicholas K. Gabler
J Vet Diagn Invest 2019;31(4)

Abstract. Zinc oxide (ZnO) is commonly fed to pigs at pharmacologic concentrations (2,000–3,000 ppm) for the first 3 wk post-weaning to increase growth and reduce enteric bacterial disease. The safety of this high-dose treatment is assumed based upon lower bioavailability of ZnO compared to other common forms of Zn in feed; however, limited data are available regarding the specific serum and tissue concentrations of Zn expected in animals experiencing overload following feeding of excessive ZnO. Fifty-five 3-wk-old pigs were divided into 5 groups receiving various concentrations of ZnO (0–6,000 ppm) for 3 wk. Pigs receiving 6,000 ppm ZnO had higher mean pancreatic Zn concentrations (p < 0.001) compared to other treatments, and higher pancreatic Zn concentrations were associated with pancreatic acinar cell apoptosis (p < 0.0001). Hepatic Zn concentrations were highest for pigs receiving 6,000 ppm ZnO (mean ± SEM; 729 ± 264 ppm) and significantly higher than all other groups (p < 0.0001), with controls having concentrations <60 ppm. Similarly, serum Zn was highest in pigs receiving 6,000 ppm ZnO (4.81 ± 2.31 ppm) and significantly higher than all groups (controls, <1 ppm). Additionally, as pigs became overloaded with Zn, there were significant reductions in serum Cu and both serum and hepatic Se. Hepatic and serum Zn concentrations >500 ppm and >2 ppm, respectively, are indicative of Zn overload, and dietary trace mineral analysis is warranted if expected inclusion rates are ≤3,000 ppm ZnO.
Corresponding author: Eric R. Burrough, 1911 Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011. burrough@iastate.edu
AAVLD Members in the News
AAVLD Represented at WAVLD International Symposium
Several AAVLD members were spotted in attendance during the 19 th International Symposium of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (WAVLD), held recently in Chiang Mai Thailand. WAVLD Executive Director Barb Martin and the host country were extremely gracious to all attendees. Thailand is indeed the land of smiles. Dr. Matti Kiupel gave numerous pathology presentations to the group (they were excellent). Dr. Jerry Saliki posted a scientific poster and served on an expert panel. Dr. David Zeman presented “The USA Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory System and the Role of the AAVLD”.   AAVLD Executive Board member Dr. Jerry Saliki and Dr. David Zeman were invited to meet with the WAVLD Executive Board to discuss ideas for future collaboration between AAVLD and WAVLD. Dr. Craig Carter was honored for his many years of past service as Executive Director of the WAVLD. It was also learned that both Dr. Carter and Dr. Saliki are outstanding dancers! Barb Martin invites all AAVLD members to mark their calendars to attend the next ISWAVLD meeting in Lyon France, June 2021.  
AAVLD Participates in USDA/NBAF Stakeholder and Partnerships Conference
K. Bailey, President AAVLD
Leadership of the USDA’s National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) held a conference in Kansas City, MO on May 22-23, 2019.
The conference was attended by more than 100 individuals from various governmental agencies, research facilities, biopharmaceutical companies, agriculture commodity interest groups, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, advocacy groups, and congressional representatives.
The stated goals of the conference were to:
·        Provide NBAF stakeholders and partners with updates on the progress of NBAF construction and the Operational Plan for the facilty
·        Discuss collaborative efforts
·        Gather feedback to elaborate an NBAF science program that corresponds to stakeholder’s priorities
The NBAF will allow the USDA to rapidly respond to the needs of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) through expansion of their current capabilities.
AAVLD greatly appreciates the efforts of USDA leadership and the opportunity to participate in discussions regarding the critical activities of NBAF.
Dr. Lautner (Associate Deputy Administrator, USDA, APHIS) speaking at conference
62nd AAVLD Annual Meeting-- Diagnostic Pathology Slide Seminar
Saturday, October 26, 2019, Providence, RI

Anatomic and clinical pathologists are invited to submit cases for the Diagnostic Pathology Slide Seminar. Necropsy, surgical pathology, or cytology cases that present a diagnostic challenge, represent an emerging disease, or exemplify a classic condition are solicited.
Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019
NEW!!! Diagnostic pathology slide seminar award opportunities available.
Please notice that abstracts for the slide seminar cannot be submitted on line, but must be sent by e-mail to Dr. Charan K. Ganta, ckganta@vet.k-state.edu
Please refer to the below link for more detailed information. 

Providence, RI
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AAVLD Annual Meeting - Providence Rhode Island, October 24 – 30, 2019 Providence Rhode Island.

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AAVLD & News worthy Events
Upcoming Events

  • AVMA Convention, August 2 – 6, 2019, Washington DC

  • Accreditation Committee Meeting, August 5-6, 2019, Aurora, CO

  • Executive Board Meeting, August 7, 2019, Aurora CO

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

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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!