Volume V2 | February 2020
Laboratory Diagnosticians' News Matters
AAVLD President's Message

Dear Fellow AAVLD members,
The year 2020 brings us both challenges and opportunities. The AAVLD Executive Board just met in Las Vegas to deliberate on important issues impacting animal health and our laboratories. It was exciting to learn that different AAVLD regions are busy planning the spring get togethers to bolster regional cooperation among laboratories. Please contact your AAVLD regional representative to learn about any activities that are being planned in your region.
Our focus at AAVLD remains strengthening all veterinary diagnostic labs and improving laboratory infrastructure, so labs can diagnose and detect diseases early, before they become difficult to eradicate. The Executive team working with the Government Relations committee is reaching out to the Congress, USDA and our Ag partners making sure we highlight the benefits of providing additional infrastructure support, while still funding innovative projects that can help the whole network. We are also trying to emphasize that the NAHLN network needs total funding of $30M a year to help build a robust laboratory network.
The emergence of novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) from animals, and that has now primarily established as a human infection remains a cause of concern for all diagnosticians. Its rapid spread highlights the importance of deployment of rapid diagnostic tests for control in face of an outbreak. Our readiness to fight such diseases whether its African Swine fever or Bird Flu must be maintained and tested periodically, if we are to successfully respond to such threats.
Within each laboratory, the diagnosticians, professionals, our technical and support staff (that is all you together) are the real heroes in our fight against diseases and pathogens. The AAVLD organization provides us excellent opportunity to share knowledge and ideas and allows us to move in one direction collectively.
Let’s keep the spirit of sharing and volunteering to keep this organization growing!!!
With best wishes,
Deepanker Tewari, BVSc PhD DACVM
President, AAVLD (2020)

“Nashville Here We Come”
Ben Richey, Kelly Janicek, Kaylin Taylor and David Zeman recently did a premeeting walk-through the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in preparation for our fall annual meeting.
AAVLD Membership Drive Competition – Earn a Free Lunch for yourself or your Lab!!
Come and enjoy the meeting in this fantastic hotel in Nashville!

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Another Successful Accreditation Audit Pool Training, Accreditation Committee Meeting and Executive Board Meeting in Las Vegas
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AAVLD Job Board
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.
Take advantage of the terrific AAVLD resources offered to our members.
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Contact Reda ( rozuna@aavld.org )
2020 Membership Dues are now Past Due and Next Year's renewals due by November 15!
'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!
Did your membership Lapse?
Please select 'Renew Now' to access the Lapsed Membership renewal form. www.aavld.org ->Quick Links->Renew Now->here you can access the Lapsed Membership Form.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding AAVLD Membership:
When are my dues 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.
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
JVDI in Focus
Clostridial disease focus issue
We are eagerly anticipating the publication of our focus issue on Clostridial Diseases in the March 2020 JVDI, with guest editors Francisco A. Uzal, Mauricio A. Navarro, and Jesse M. Hostetter.
Key features of the clostridia focus issue:
  •  16 timely articles, including reviews of major clostridial agents and diseases: gas gangrene, tetanus, clostridial hepatitis, Clostridium perfringens type C enteritis in pigs, Clostridium (Clostridioides) difficile, Clostridium (Paeniclostridium) sordellii in horses, NetF toxin, and much more!
  • Clostridial diseases are still alive and well, and are among the main causes of disease, mortality, and loss of production in many animal species worldwide.
  • Most clostridia are ubiquitous in the environment, and eradication of these microorganisms is virtually impossible.
  • Vaccines and treatment are not yet readily available for some clostridial diseases.
  • The diagnosis of several of these diseases remains challenging. Diagnosis is complicated because several clostridia are found in tissues and body fluids of clinically healthy animals, and, as well, clostridia can invade immediately after, or shortly before, death. Diagnosticians must rely on diagnostic criteria other than the simple detection of a given microorganism to establish a diagnosis of most clostridial diseases.
We hope that the articles presented in this focus issue will help dispel some of the confusion regarding some of the most prevalent clostridial diseases, their etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and prevention.
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What can I do to increase the chances of having my paper accepted? How long does it take for an article to get published? Who are good contacts to reach out to for more information about my article along the way? How can I play a role in the dissemination of my paper? Our free webinar will guide you through the author journey, from beginning to end. Featuring Jessica Lipowski, Publishing Editor at SAGE, and a panel of Editors-in-Chief from various disciplines, including management, medicine, and health, this webinar will break down each step of the process and detail best practices for authors or those who want to be authors, as well as answer your questions about the process.

AAVLD Members in the News
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AAVLD & News worthy Events
Upcoming Events

  • Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Annual Meeting, June 1-3, 2020

  • AVMA Convention 2020, July 31 – August 4, San Diego

  • AAVLD/USAHA Annual Meeting, October 15-21, 2020, Nashville Details

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Dear Veterinary Professional,
The American Veterinary Medical Association is excited to host the AVMA Convention 2020, July 31 ̶ August 4 in San Diego. You are invited to meet in conjunction with the AVMA Convention! Meeting space is available for business meetings, luncheons, receptions and dinners. No educational or scientific programming may be scheduled during the official AVMA educational program time block, which is listed below. Groups may provide educational programming on days prior to or after the AVMA convention dates, or earlier or later on days when there is AVMA programming in the convention center.
Friday, July 31 ̶ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, August 1 ̶ 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, August 2 ̶ 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday, August 3 ̶ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, August 4 ̶ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thank You to our Exhibitors and Sponsors of the 62 nd Annual Meeting!
The generous contributions and participation by our Exhibitors and Sponsors is a huge part of our conference success year after year. On behalf of the AAVLD, we would like to thank these companies for their commitment to our organization and helping us to achieve our mission.
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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!