Volume V7 | July 2020
Laboratory Diagnosticians' News Matters

Format Change for 2020 Annual Meeting
Dear members and stakeholders of AAVLD and USAHA,

After much deliberation, the executive boards of the AAVLD and USAHA have elected to hold an ALL VIRTUAL ANNUAL MEETING in lieu of the traditional in-person format. 

The decision was difficult, but we’re confident it’s the right one in light of the unstable COVID-19 situation . The safety of our memberships are a priority and the increasing challenges of this year undoubtedly support a virtual approach to accomplish the work of USAHA and AAVLD.

Looking ahead, our top priority is to design a program for the most efficient committee work and resolution processes, while maintaining access by a wide audience to other key components of the annual meeting such as the keynote presentation and other continuing education offerings. By August 15 th , we will share a tentative program and revised registration options with our membership.  In the meantime, we will engage committee chairs in this process and encourage collaboration to continue the important business of AAVLD and USAHA. 

Dr. Deep Tewari
2020 President, AAVLD


Dr. Marty Zaluski
2020 President, USAHA
AAVLD Labs in the News
Washington State University to begin human testing for COVID‑19
WSU Insider
July 7, 2020

By Sara Zaske, WSU News
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will start processing hundreds of daily tests on human samples for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease known as COVID-19. The expanded testing at WSU begins this week and is part of the overall effort to safely re-open the economy in the state and the region.

WSU’s new testing ability, designated  WSU One Health Diagnostics , builds on the work of its Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory which regularly handles tests for animal pathogens and has experience in handling high volumes. WSU will run as many as 2,000 COVID-19 tests per day for the eastern part of the state.

“WSU is proud to be part of the effort to increase the testing capacity for the state of Washington, and in particular for the eastern part of the state,” said Guy Palmer, professor of pathology and infectious diseases. “Testing is critical to curbing the transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. It lets the individual know if they need to self-isolate, and as a community, it helps us judge if current public health measures are adequate.”

WSU will process diagnostic samples collected at multiple sites in the state.  Range Health , the WSU-affiliated nonprofit that runs a mobile medical unit serving rural areas, plans to start collecting samples from people in the region’s smaller towns and communities.

The university will be working in collaboration with the state Department of Health and a private laboratory,  Incyte Diagnostics , which will handle pre- and post-test analysis. Based in Spokane, Incyte Diagnostics is a full service anatomic and clinical pathology laboratory with facilities throughout the state. It has provided diagnostic services to hospitals, physicians and patients throughout the region for over 65 years.

“WSU and Incyte Diagnostics were able to develop a partnership that allows for COVID testing to be done rapidly and locally,” said Patty Sipes, CEO of Incyte Diagnostics. “This partnership accelerates testing capacity and allows us to participate in a rapid response model necessary to support the communities we serve.”

In addition to testing the diagnostic samples, WSU is also able to process antibody tests which can show whether someone has had the virus in the past. However, a positive antibody test does not guarantee that someone is immune to contracting COVID-19 again. These tests can help epidemiologists understand how widely the virus is being transmitted in the community by people without symptoms, and evaluate if current health and safety measures are adequate.

WSU already has experience running large volumes of tests, also called high throughput testing, through its  animal diagnostic laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine . The Diagnostic Lab has ramped up capacity in the past to handle surges of testing during animal disease outbreaks, such as avian influenza and bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE.

This will be the first time, however, that the university will conduct tests on human samples. The lab has already conducted some COVID-19 tests for companion animals with no positive tests to date.

Palmer said the human tests at One Health Diagnostics will be handled separately from the testing for animal pathogens, which will continue at its usual levels. The two types of samples will be processed separately in different physical areas and follow a different set of protocols.

WSU has been certified to handle human sample testing through a process called Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment, and its testing proficiency has been evaluated by the Washington Department of Health.

Media contact:
Phil Weiler, University Marketing & Communications, 509-335-4742,  phil.weiler@wsu.edu
Ohio ADDL May 2020 Newsletter
Ohio Department of Agriculture sent this bulletin at 05/04/2020 11:51 AM EDT
Jeff Hayes Retiring After 36 Years of Service

Dr. Jeff Hayes, Section Head of the Pathology Section, is retiring from the Ohio Department of Agriculture effective June 1, 2020 after more than 36 years of service as a diagnostic pathologist. He has a national reputation as a foreign animal disease expert. He served as a pathologist at the Plum Island Foreign Animal Diagnostic Laboratory from 2002-03 and after returning to the ADDL continued to each as a guest lecturer for the Foreign Animal Disease Courses at Plum Island. Dr. Hayes has been instrumental in training many pathology residents through the long-standing partnership between the ADDL and the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. We wish Dr. Hayes all the best in this new chapter of his life.
How veterinary diagnostic labs are supporting human COVID-19 testing
by  Neoteryx , on Jul 13, 2020 9:00:00 AM
The number of people that need to be tested for COVID-19 continues to overwhelm public health facilities and laboratories that perform testing. Veterinary diagnostic laboratories with adequate staff and infrastructure are pivoting to support other labs and healthcare systems by conducting tests on human blood samples for COVID-19 illness.

Their help couldn’t have come at a better time and vet labs have moved quickly to help with the testing process. According to the  COVID Tracking Project , the U.S. had conducted only 27,157 tests as of March 12, 2020. Many public health labs lacked the technology to perform high-throughput nucleic acid extraction. After engaging veterinary diagnostic test centers to help, it is estimated that the COVID-19 testing figures increased to 2.8 million by April 12, and to 7 million by May 3, 2020.

Do Veterinary Diagnostic Labs Have the Capacity to Perform Human Tests?

While  veterinary diagnostic labs  are primarily equipped to perform animal tests, many of them also have the infrastructure to perform COVID-19 testing for humans. Both human and veterinary laboratories rely on two tools: a real-time PCR testing machine and the nucleic acid extraction instrument.
The possibility of using veterinary labs for novel coronavirus testing was considered after Iowa State veterinary lab found that the COVID-19 virus has a similar DNA testing process to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PED). PED is another form of coronavirus that killed many piglets in 2013 and was unresponsive to treatment. Many vet labs optimized their equipment and processes to test for PED, which helped them determine that older pigs could recover and develop immunity against the virus. Those same labs are still set up for coronavirus testing.

Vet labs are equipped to respond to disease outbreaks regularly. Similar processes and technology required to perform animal disease testing animal studies also apply to human disease testing. For example, the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab has a biosafety level 3 facility for testing viruses and bacteria.
The facility has a high-throughput testing machine that can test 96 samples at a time, several times a day. It also is equipped to perform the real-time PCR diagnostic test that detects the presence of the SARS-Cov-2 virus.

How Are Veterinary Diagnostic Labs Testing for COVID-19?

Two tests have been developed to detect COVID-19:

1. The molecular diagnostic test performed on mucus or saliva samples that is used to detect the presence of active virus indicating a current COVID-19 infection, and;

2. The serologic test performed on blood samples that is used to evaluate a person's immune response to the virus through the presence of raised SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. The presence of antibodies would indicate a previous exposure or COVID-19 illness, from which a person recovered.

Veterinary diagnostic labs are accepting nasopharyngeal swabs to perform molecular diagnostic tests to determine the presence of viral genetic material in a sample. Mucus and saliva samples are collected from places in the body with potential for a high virus concentration (i.e., the nose or mouth). The RT-PCR test is then performed repeatedly until a fluorescent signal reaches a threshold showing the result is positive.

Blood samples, which can be collected remotely using a  Mitra® Collection Kit  and shipped to a lab, are processed as dried blood samples. Blood samples are used for serologic tests that are performed once a patient recovers from COVID-19 illness to determine the presence of  SARS-CoV-2 antibodies .

Studies  show most patients develop antibodies 7-11 days after exposure to the virus, but some develop them sooner. Since the scientific community still has limited understanding of the novel coronavirus and all the ways in which it is transmitted, safe blood and specimen collection techniques are required. Remote blood collection using Mitra microsampling devices based on  volumetric absorptive microsampling  (VAMS) technology are being deployed to patients who must stay safe at home. At-home Mitra Collection Kits include instructions and supplies, and easy-to-use remote Mitra devices. These devices are an advancement on the dried blood spot (DBS) technique for blood sample processing in the lab.

Physicians, clinics, researchers and labs can ship out home blood collection kits via mail. Patients can use a simple finger-stick method with a lancet to collect a drop or two of blood on a  Mitra ®  device  from their fingertip. They follow instructions to pack up the blood sample and mail it back for testing.

Do Veterinary Diagnostic Labs Have the Necessary Certification?

Veterinary labs have the necessary infrastructure to test for COVID-19, but they are not necessarily certified to perform human tests. They need a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certification to perform the tests.
To work around this issue, many veterinary labs have formed partnerships with human healthcare laboratories. For example, the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory formed a partnership with CSU’s Health and Medical Center, which already operates a CLIA-certified lab.

Other veterinary laboratories, like the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab have obtained certification from the FDA, CDC, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in charge of animal diagnostic labs.

It is hoped that veterinary labs and healthcare systems will continue working together in this way to help the U.S. reach its goal of testing all citizens for COVID-19 illness and SARS-CoV-2 raised antibodies.

Reprinted with Permission from Original Source:
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Deadline is
July 31, 2020

Anatomic and clinical pathologists are invited to submit cases for the Diagnostic Pathology Slide Seminar at the 2020 AAVLD meeting. Necropsy, surgical pathology, or cytology cases that present a diagnostic challenge, represent an emerging disease, or exemplify a classic condition are solicited.
Diagnostic Pathology Slide Seminar Award

Pathology residents and graduate students will be eligible to compete for the 2020 Diagnostic Pathology Slide Seminar Award. This award will be given to the top three presentations and comes with a monetary value of $300, $200 and $100 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.


Abstract submission will take place via the Clarivate Analytics ScholarOne online platform used for abstract submission to the general AAVLD meeting. The platform will open April 16 and will close July 31. All abstracts should be received by July 31, 2020. When submitting an abstract, please choose “Diagnostic Pathology Slide Seminar Abstract Submission,” which will be an option after beginning the “Create New Submission” process. When submitting your abstract, please indicate if you are a resident or graduate student; all residents and graduate student abstracts that are selected for presentation will automatically be considered for the Diagnostic Pathology Slide Seminar Award.

Graduate students and residents will be given priority for selection. Experienced pathologists may also submit abstracts, but will be considered only after graduate students and residents. All abstracts received prior to July 31 will be given consideration for inclusion in the seminar.

Authors will be notified of the status of their abstracts by August 14, 2020.


Accepted abstracts will be allotted 6 minutes for presentation and another 3 minutes for questions. Presenters of necropsy and surgical pathology cases must supply a set of 65 H&E stained glass slides. Cytology cases should consist of either 65 glass slides or, if less than 65 slides are available, then a representative series of high quality digital images or a digital slide should be provided. Case material (slide sets) should be submitted to Dr. Aslı Mete by September 4, 2019 at the below address to allow for distribution and review by attendees prior to the seminar.

Each presenter and their sponsoring laboratory will receive a set of slides at no charge. Remaining slide sets will be available, on a first come-first serve basis, for a $60 donation to the Pathology travel fund of the AAVLD Foundation. Please contact Dr. Aslı Mete if interested in purchasing such sets.

Conference coordinators :
Chair: Dr. Grant N. Burcham, Heeke Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center, Purdue University, Dubois, IN;

email: gburcham@purdue.edu ; phone: 812.678.3401

Co-chair: Dr. Aslı Mete, California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS), Davis, CA;

email: amete@ucdavis.edu ; phone: 530.752.8748

For USPS shipments: PO Box 1770, Davis, CA 95617-1770
For FedEx/UPS shipments: 620 W. Health Sciences Dr., Davis, CA 95616
AAVLD Soliciting Nominations for the 2020 Award for Excellence in Diagnostic Veterinary Microbiology- Due August 1st
Dear AAVLD Members-
We are currently soliciting nomination for the 2020 BIOMIC Award for Excellence in Diagnostic Veterinary Microbiology. This award recognizes a distinguished scientist for research accomplishments in the field of diagnostic bacteriology that result in new scientific findings that have application to the betterment of veterinary medicine. 
This is a great way to see that your colleagues are recognized for their work to further veterinary diagnostics!  Please send the following to jdloy@unl.edu by August 1, 2020.
  • A letter describing nominee’s research accomplishments 
  • Nominee’s CV
  • Two letters of support from other than nominator, familiar with the nominee’s qualification & accomplishments
  • Photograph of the nominee to be used for the award presentation
Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions.
J. Dustin Loy DVM PhD Dipl. ACVM
Associate Professor and Veterinary Diagnostic Microbiologist
Faculty Supervisor for Bacteriology and Molecular Diagnostics
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Email: jdloy@unl.edu
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 September issue:

Conidiobolomycosis, cryptococcosis, and aspergillosis in sheep and goats: a review

by Priscila Maria Silva do Carmo, Francisco A. Uzal, Pedro M. O. Pedroso, and Franklin Riet-Correa.

J Vet Diagn Invest 2020;32(5)

Abstract. We review herein infections by Conidiobolus spp., Cryptococcus spp., and Aspergillus spp. in sheep and goats. Conidiobolus spp. are common causes of rhinitis in sheep and are less frequent in goats, in which Conidiobolus spp. also cause skin lesions. Cryptococcus spp. cause rhinitis, meningitis, encephalitis, and pneumonia in goats, and are rarely observed in sheep. Aspergillus spp. may cause rhinitis in goats, and pneumonia and mastitis in sheep and goats. Gross and microscopic lesions caused by these 3 fungal infections may be similar to each other. The diagnosis of these diseases must be based on gross and microscopic lesions, coupled with detection of the agent by immunohistochemical, molecular, and/or culture-based methods.
Figure 1. Conidiobolomycosis in sheep. A. Nasal discharge and unilateral exophthalmos with marked craniofacial asymmetry and ulcerative keratitis. Published with permission of Vet Pathol. B. Unilateral exophthalmos with severe conjunctivitis and ulcerative keratitis. Reprinted with permission of Braz J Vet Res. C, D. Mid-sagittal section of heads showing a large yellow and firm mass in the caudal part of the nasal cavity ( C ) and pharynx ( D ).
In Memory
MAHOMET — Gavin Lee Meerdink of Mahomet passed away early in the morning on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Meadowbrook Health Center in Urbana.
He was born on June 7, 1945, in Bloomington as the eldest of four children to Dr. Peter B. and Geneva (Hubers) Meerdink of LeRoy. His family moved to Galva, where he graduated from Galva High School in 1963. He attended Iowa State University (ISU) and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. In 1970, he earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree. He is from the third generation of Meerdinks to graduate in veterinary medicine from ISU.
Gavin practiced his first year of veterinary medicine at Pines Meadow Veterinary Clinic in Oregon, Ill. A year later, he moved to Denison, Iowa, where he established a primarily large-animal practice that grew quickly. In 1974, his alma mater recruited him back to Ames to teach large-animal internal medicine, and he later transitioned to the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
While working at ISU, Gavin achieved board certification from the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology in 1978. His professional academic career advanced with moves to Michigan State University in 1979, the University of Arizona in 1983 and, finally, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989, where he retired in 2005.
Throughout his career, he authored more than 60 publications and book chapters, made numerous presentations to national and international professional organizations and served in advisory capacities for various organizations, such as corporations, government agencies, racing commissions and zoos. He served as president of four professional organizations, including the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, where the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigations was created under his presidency. In 2002, he was awarded the highest honor in his field by receiving the E.P. Pope Memorial Award that annually recognizes one person who has made noteworthy contributions within veterinary diagnostic medicine.
Gavin’s talents and energy were not limited to veterinary medicine. He was passionate about agriculture, especially raising his own livestock and baling his own hay. He never backed away from a challenge — he fixed his own farm equipment, which sometimes involved welding, laid brick to build his own shop, and attained a commercial driver’s license (needed to drive a semi) to move his family across the country, not once but twice.
He gave of his time to neighbors in need and served his church. Above all, he had the gift of gab, never knew a stranger and will be remembered for his stories.
He was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend. He is survived by his wife, Lois (Jacobson) Meerdink, with whom he was married for 52 years; daughter, Ann Grissom (Doug), and grandchildren, John, Peter, Jacob and Kate, of Chicago; son, John (Cammie), and grandchildren, Eva, Daniel and Piper, of Mahomet; siblings, Linda Carpenter (Stan) of Austin, Texas, Debra Long (Rocky) of Corrales, N.M., and Denis Meerdink (Pam) of Stockton, Calif.; brother-in-law, Raymond Jacobson of Milwaukee, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to Mahomet United Methodist Church (1302 E. South Mahomet Road, Mahomet, IL 61853; mumc.org ) or Alzheimer’s Association (225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601; alz.org ).
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private graveside service will be held. A gathering to celebrate Gavin’s life will be arranged at a later date. Condolences may be offered at www.owensfuneralhomes.com .
Editor’s Note:  AAVLD has lost a great leader, a man who led us as President in 1990 and later received our discipline’s highest honor, the E. P. Pope Award, in 2002. In his memory and honor, we reprint his accomplishments as listed in the JVDI story regarding that award. Our most sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues, from an Association grateful for his service and friendship.  
Dr. Gavin Lee Meerdink
The E. P. Pope Memorial Award is presented in memory of Dr. Edward P. Pope, who was one of the founders of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and who served with distinction as its Secretary-Treasurer from 1959 to 1972. The award was established in 1974 and is given annually to a person who has made noteworthy contributions to the organization, and implementation and recognition of the specialty of veterinary diagnostic medicine. There have been 27 previous recipients of the Pope Award since it was first presented in 1975.

The 2002 Pope Memorial Award was presented to Dr. Gavin L. Meerdink at the 45th Annual Meeting of the AAVLD in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 20, 2002.

Dr. Meerdink was born in LeRoy, Illinois, on June 7, 1945. His family moved to Galva, Illinois, where he graduated from high school. He attended Iowa State University (ISU) for undergraduate and professional studies and graduated with the DVM degree in 1970. (He is the third generation of Meerdinks to graduate in veterinary medicine from ISU.) Gavin established a primarily large animal practice in Denison, Iowa, that soon grew into a multi-person practice. On an invitation, Dr. Meerdink returned to ISU to teach large animal internal medicine and soon moved to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in 1974. His graduate studies included pathology, toxicology, nutrition, and biochemistry. He earned diplomate status in the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology in 1978. In 1979 he joined the diagnostic laboratory, large animal clinic, and extension as an Associate Professor at Michigan State University. In 1983, he was appointed Chief of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Arizona. Dr. Meerdink returned in 1989 to the Midwest to the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory as Head of Diagnostic Toxicology and later as Extension Veterinarian (Beef and Feed Safety) and Director of the Veterinary Medical Research Farm.

Dr. Meerdink has authored or co-authored over 60 publications and book chapters, writes a bi-monthly column, and is often a speaker on subjects related to agriculture chemicals, livestock haz- ards, and diagnosis. He is a member of several professional organizations and has served as president for four of them. He is currently on the board of directors of the Illinois State VMA and Council for Agriculture Science and Technology; and has served in various advisory capacities for govern- ment agencies, corporations, zoos and racing commissions. Dr. Meerdink was a member of the organizing committee for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He is a member of Phi Zeta (veterinary scholastic honorary) and Gamma Sigma Delta (agriculture scholastic honorary).

While under the tutelage of Dr. Vaughn Seaton, Gavin became a member of AAVLD early in his diagnostic medical career. He became active in committee work of the Association and has chaired several of them. Dr. Meerdink was President of AAVLD in 1990 and Editor of the Newsletter from 1991 through 1998. During his office tenure from 1988 to 1991, some substantial Association chang- es included return from professional association management to management by volunteers, inau- guration of the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, and the inception of plans for the Foundation of the AAVLD. He has expressed his continued enthusiasm for the activities of this Association and how communal membership decisions quickly translate to actions resulting in im- proved animal disease diagnosis and, especially now, the safety and security of the nation’s animal agriculture industry.

Gavin and his wife, Lois, who is Assistant Dean and Director of Career Services at the University of Illinois College of Business, have a daughter, Ann Marie, a graduate of the University of Arizona, who is married to Douglas Grisson and has two sons. The Meerdink’s son, John Gavin, a graduate of Southern Illinois University, is a mechanical engineer for an engineering consulting firm.
Joseph P. Garvin passed away on July 14, 2020.

Joseph P. Garvin, husband, father, son, brother, friend, and veterinarian, died at home surrounded by family in Sperryville, VA on Sunday, June 14, 2020 following a brief illness. He was 58. Joe received his BS from the College of William and Mary and was awarded his DVM from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. D
Dr. Garvin dedicated his career to science and public service. He was employed by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) for 32 years. He joined VDACS in 1988 as a veterinarian in Meat and Poultry Services. In 1990, he was promoted to Veterinary Diagnostician for the Office of Laboratory Services (OLS) and in June 2003, he was promoted to the position of Program Manager for OLS. As Program Manager, he managed Virginia's four state animal health laboratories and was actively involved in many state and national committees and projects. Joe was an avid naturalist and generously volunteered his time. He was Vice President of the Board of Directors of Nature Camp Inc. at the time of his death. Joe enjoyed birding and participated in both Breeding Bird Surveys and Christmas Bird Counts annually. He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Kathryn (Sue) B. Garvin, and sons, Ryan and Benjamin; his parents Paul J. Garvin and JoAnn Ryan; sister Mary McDuffie and her husband John; brother Daniel Garvin and his wife Cheri; sister Ann Johnson and her husband Douglas; and many extended family members. Joe was loved and extremely well respected by his colleagues, friends, and family. He will be missed for his thoughtful, caring nature, and the kindness with which he always treated others. A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a future date.
Remembering Dr. Garvin:

Losing Joe was quite a shock and I still can’t quite believe it. I had the honor and pleasure of hiring Joe as Director of the Warrenton Regional Animal Health Laboratory and watched him grow into a great Director, diagnostician and eventual replacement for me when I left VDACS. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to count him among my professional colleagues and personal friends. He was one of the most compassionate and decent human beings I have ever known and the world is a sadder place without him. I will greatly miss him, as a friend and as a colleague, and my heart goes out to all of his other friends, colleagues and family. 

Bruce L. Akey MS DVM

Director, Texas A&M Vet Med Diagnostic Laboratory
AAVLD Membership Drive Competition – Earn a Free Lunch for yourself or your Lab!!
Dear colleagues:
In an effort to increase AAVLD membership, we are launching a membership drive competition. This competition is open to individual members and Institutions to help identify and subscribe new members or bring back into the Organization previous members whose membership has lapsed for more than two years. Our vibrancy depends on a strong involved membership base to advance our discipline…would you please help? Thank you.
Competition time : February 10 to September 30, 2020.
How to submit : The competition is open to individual members and to Laboratories. The goal is to grow our organization’s membership through the recruitment of new members and bringing back previous members whose membership has lapsed by two or more years. Each time you successfully sponsor a new member who subscribes, send your name (personal or institution) and the name of the new member to rozuna@aavld.org and jsaliki@uga.edu .
Prizes : Winners will be selected based solely on the number of new or renewing (after ≥ 2-year lapse) members recruited. The winners will be recognized at the AAVLD annual meeting during the Foundation Auction. There will be two prizes – one individual and one Lab:
  • Individual prize: $100 Visa debit card: treat yourself for being an outstanding supporter!
  • Laboratory prize: $500 Visa debit card: use these funds to celebrate with your lab mates!
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'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. Renew your membership today!
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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding AAVLD Membership:
When are my dues fee due? 
They are due November 15 for the next calendar year. Many members pay for the next year when they register for the annual meeting. Lead time is needed to finalize committee appointments for the new year.
Does it matter who pays for my dues?
No. Your status will be the same with their resepective privileges whether you pay, your employer pays, or your Uncle Vinny.
Are Lab Accreditation dues different than Institutional/Agency membership dues?
·      Laboratory Accreditation dues are different and separate and are related to accreditation only and go to fund the accreditation program only.
·      Whether accredited or not, a Laboratory (or Institution/Agency) may additionally become an Institutional/Agency Member. By doing so they are supporting the broad mission of the AAVLD and these funds go to support CE and training and all other activities of the AAVLD. Institutional/Agency Members are highly valued members and are demonstrating leadership and belief in our organizational purpose. 
Do Institutional/Agency Member labs have to pay for their employees individual dues?
No. A laboratory, institution, agency or department can become a member under this category even without signing up their employees. They are simply supporting the AAVLD mission with their dues payment. Some states are not allowed to pay for employee dues; and some states have budgetary restrictions.
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Achieve Optimal Efficiency in Your Laboratory Create a laboratory that thrives on speed, efficiency, quality and compliance. Here's How: iVention helps laboratories implement adaptive SaaS informatics solution and industry best practices Reduce...

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Designing a better, more beautiful world since 1935. Road Map for Return: Guidance for a Return to the Office During COVID-19 Meeting clients' and partners' need for comprehensive guidance on returning to work, our Workplace Strategy experts have ...

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Yesterday The Clark Enersen Partners broke ground with our Colorado State University partners for the Johnson Family Equine Hospital. This 85,000 SF complex will open in 2021 as one of the top equine-focused facilities in the nation. The buildin...

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AAVLD Foundation Committee

Brett Webb- Cochair
Francois Elvinger- Cochair

John M. Adaska
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!