Volume V5| May 2019
Laboratory Diagnosticians News Matters
Executive Directors Message
Happy Springtime AAVLD members! The winter disease season is over, classroom responsibilities are behind you, calves are soon going out to warm dry pastures, the curtains in hog and poultry barns will soon rise, and it is time to find those interesting diagnostic cases to submit for presentation at the 2019 AAVLD annual meeting in Providence Rhode Island October 24th – 30th. Open submission began April 1st, and CLOSES ON May 24th.  
We need your submissions for oral or poster presentations to ensure our annual meeting is a success. We need submissions from seasoned diagnosticians sharing their insights, we need submissions from young diagnosticians building their resumes and experiences, and of course we need submissions from trainees and graduate students that are learning the ropes and establishing valuable communication skills. So whatever category you fall into, your submission is critical and greatly appreciated by your colleagues. Below is general submission information which can also be found on our AAVLD website. Program Chair Dr. Deep Tewari looks forward to your support.

DH Zeman
Executive Director, AAVLD
A Message from the Program Chair

I look forward to receiving your abstracts by May 24 th 2019 . See instructions below or go to the website and find submission information under the Annual Meeting tab. For technical questions regarding submission, contact Reda at rozuna@aavld.org .  If you have general or scientific questions regarding the program or your abstract, please contact me at dtewari@state.pa.us   Thank you.

Dr. Deep Tewari


Go to the AAVLD 2019 Abstract Submission Site managed by ScholarOne … https://aavld2019.abstractcentral.com/

·         Submission began  April 1, 2019, at 9:00 AM ET.
·         Submission ends  May 24, 2019, at 11:59 PM ET.

Notifications will be emailed by July 15, 2019 . If you do not receive your notification by July 31, 2019, please contact Deepanker Tewari at dtewari@pa.gov .
·         AAVLD Members: To submit an abstract, please login to the ScholarOne site with the ScholarOne User ID that was emailed to you by ScholorOne this year. If you do not have a ScholarOne User ID and password, please create an account. After logging in, you will be prompted to verify your contact information. Please update your information if necessary. If you had an account last year and did not receive an e-mail or do not remember your password, please use the "Forgot Password" link in the top navigation.
·         Returning Users: To submit an abstract, please login to the ScholarOne site with your ScholarOne User ID and Password.
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Contact Reda ( rozuna@aavld.org )
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.
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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 May Focus Issue on Backyard Poultry:

“An outbreak of Mycoplasma mycoides subspecies capri arthritis in young goats: a case study”

Gayle C. Johnson, William H. Fales, Brian M. Shoemake, Pamela R. Adkins, John R. Middleton, Fred Williams III, Mike Zinn, W. Jeff Mitchell, and Michael J. Calcutt.
J Vet Diagn Invest 2019;31(3)

Abstract. Mycoplasmosis is a well-known cause of morbidity and mortality in small ruminants. Previously recognized outbreaks have involved arthritis, and pneumonia or pleuropneumonia. Modern bacteriology procedures rely less on isolation techniques that require special media for mollicutes given that these species are notoriously difficult to isolate, and rely more on PCR tests. We report an outbreak of arthritis, pleuropneumonia, and mild meningitis affecting dairy goat kids, spanning a period of 3 y, which had unusual epidemiologic characteristics related to husbandry practices. Lesions were characterized by polyarthritis of the appendicular joints, with copious joint fluid and extension of arthritic exudate beyond the joint itself. The cause remained unknown until serendipitous isolation of a mycoplasma on blood agar. Mycoplasmosis was not detected from synovial samples by a general mycoplasma PCR, despite multiple attempts. Isolated colonies were also negative by this general PCR assay. The isolate was identified as Mycoplasma mycoides subspecies capri , using universal 16S primers and amplicon sequencing. Testing of additional isolates from other diseased goats in the herd confirmed that this was the cause of illness. A failure to recognize the distinct nature of organisms of the M. mycoides group of mycoplasmas meant that a PCR test that cannot detect this group of organisms was utilized at first, and the etiology of the illness was overlooked for a period of time. Veterinary pathologists and microbiologists must be aware of the limitations of some PCR assays when confronted with joint disease and pleuropneumonia in small ruminants.

Figure 1.
Histologic lesions in goat kids with Mycoplasma mycoides subsp. capri infection. A. Characteristic synovial inflammation extends from the synovial lumen (L) deeply to involve remaining synovium and joint capsule (JC). Adherent fibrin in the joint space (arrow). Dense, basophilic foci of degenerate neutrophils (N) are evident among more dispersed leukocytes. H&E. Bar = 500 μm. B. A higher magnification from another goat’s synovium contains a mixture of degenerate and viable neutrophils near the joint lumen (upper left). H&E. Bar = 100 μm. C. A thick layer of fibrin and degenerate neutrophils covers the pleural surface (P), with only mild inflammation extending into the lung (L). H&E. Bar = 500 μm. D. Mild leptomeningitis. H&E. Bar = 100 μm
AAVLD Members in the News

The 9 th SE Lab Directors’ meeting was hosted by the UKVDL-Lexington Lab from April 15-16, 2019. This annual meeting started in 2010 and has been held every year, except 2011. This year, there were 23 attendees representing the following 13 labs: AL (Thompson-Bishop Sparks State Diagnostic Laboratory), Arkansas Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, FL (Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory), GA (Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory; Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigation Laboratory), LA Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Mississippi Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory System, Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, TN (University of Tennessee Veterinary Diagnostic Lab), Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, VA (Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Virginia Tech Animal Laboratory Services), and WV (Moorefield Animal Health Diagnostic Lab). The 2020 meeting will be hosted in Florida by the Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
The format of these meetings is informal, allowing for more round the table discussions as opposed to presentations on topics ranging from administrative/financial through regulatory to technical. This year’s topics included: BSL-3 facilities, LIMS, outreach, electronic accessioning, GIS mapping of animal disease, diagnostic microbiology, QA/QC, zoonotic diseases, the Farm Bill, and laboratory physical security. The program also included a tour of laboratory facilities.

Story by Dr. Jerry Saliki, University of Georgia
Northeast Annual Meeting
The Northeast AAVLD held their annual meeting April 7-10 in Annapolis MD. For the third year in a row, NEAAVLD joined with NEUSAHA and the Northeast Oral Rabies Vaccination Group.  There were close to 100 attendees between the three groups.   This was a great opportunity for laboratory diagnosticians to connect with each other as well as interact with their state and federal regulatory counterparts.  
There were 9 lab directors along with technicians, quality assurance officers and pathologists representing labs in 8 states. The meeting had a packed agenda of presentations and included joint as well as breakout sessions for the different groups.  Regional meetings can help increase participation from members who aren’t able to make it to our national AAVLD meetings.    We’re looking forward to another joint regional meeting next year in New York.

Story by Robert Gibson, MPH, University of New Hampshire
Congratulations to all recent Graduates!  
Professor Mike Hildreth and Professor Emeritus David Zeman with recent PhD graduate Dr. A. Sarah; South Dakota State University.
AAVLD Website Update

The AAVLD website has content that is needed by, and useful to members, the Accreditation Committee, JVDI/publications, other standing & special committees and other interested parties. However, the current version went live in 2012 and over the years, as more and more content was added, it has become difficult to navigate and easily find what is needed. Therefore, the Executive Board has formed a Website Task Force to investigate, plan and guide an update/makeover of the organization website to make it easier to find and use the information and services available there. One of the first Website Task Force tasks will be to survey members on the issues they encounter on the current website, and what features are needed, and those wanted in the new website.

Dr. Steve Hooser, Chair of Website Task Force
Providence, RI
Here we Come!
AAVLD Annual Meeting - Providence Rhode Island, October 24 – 30, 2019 Providence Rhode Island.

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Congratulations to all Graduates and their Teachers this May!
Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.
Malala Yousafzai
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
Bill Gates
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AAVLD & News worthy Events
Upcoming Events

  • May 26 – 31, 2019 87th General Session of the World Assembly of the OIE Delegates

  • 18th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN) to be held in Saint-Hyacinthe at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Université de Montréal from May 26-29, 2019.

  • Ontario Small Ruminant Veterinary Conference, June 17-19, 2019

  • The 19th International Symposium of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (ISWAVLD 2019) 19-22 June 2019, The Empress Hotel and Convention Centre, Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Infectious Disease Diagnostic for the 21st Century, July 8-10, 2019

  • 11th International Leptospirosis Conference. July 8-12, 2019. Vancouver B.C.

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

  • Accreditation Committee Meeting, August 5-6, 2019, Aurora, CO 80011

  • Executive Board Committee, August 7, 2019, Aurora CO 80011

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

2019 CAHLN Annual Meeting

18th CAHLN Annual Meeting " The last frontier in veterinary diagnostic; applied genomic and high throughput sequencing " It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 18th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network...

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Ontario Small Ruminant Veterinary Conference - Small...

Important Deadlines: Abstracts Deadline has passed Registration Deadline June 6, 2019 Pre-Conference Tour Registration is closed If you would like to be updated when new information becomes available, or have questions, please submit your email...

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Infectious Disease Diagnostics for the 21 st Century
July 8-10, 2019
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Colorado State University

Registration is $250 for professionals, and $50 for students/post-doctoral candidates. Online registration will be accepted until May 31, 2019. Limited on-site registration will be available at the event.

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Student travel grants available
There is a growing realization that accurate diagnosis of infectious diseases is key to both treatment and stopping disease spread. This meeting will bring together experts from across the spectrum of disease detection, monitoring, and treatment for human, animal, and plant pathogens to discuss topics ranging from new diagnostic platforms to new areas of need in diagnostics.
International Leptospirosis Conference

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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!