Volume V6| June 2019
Laboratory Diagnosticians' News Matters
President's Message

Increasing AAVLD’s Influence Nationally and Worldwide

An initiative of the AAVLD this year has been to increase our outreach and visibility, particularly in areas of national and international influence. Our efforts this Spring were primarily concentrated on helping our congressional representatives understand the importance of organized veterinary diagnostics and the critical role that the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) plays in disease surveillance in the U.S. With valuable assistance from our stakeholders, Washington D.C. is keenly aware of the threats that animal diseases in other countries pose to the U.S. animal industry and how the AAVLD is protecting our animals and food supply. The spread of animal diseases throughout other countries has also increased interest in how the AAVLD and the NAHLN play a key, coordinated role in the early detection of high-consequence pathogens.
Last month I had the great pleasure of sharing our story at the conference of the International Alliance for Biological Standardization (IABS) in Wiesbaden, Germany. The audience primarily consisted of researchers, laboratorians and regulators in the European Union who are actively involved in veterinary diagnostic testing, test development and validation, and testing standardization. One of the stated goals of this conference was to discuss proposals on how to increase the quality, efficacy and utility of existing strategies and methods, as well as those under development.
Members of the AAVLD team have also recently been involved in related conferences and discussions in other countries. I encouraged you to stay tuned for information about these exciting activities in our next newsletter.

K. Bailey
Dr. Tewari Represents AAVLD at the OIE-87 th General Session
Dr Deepanker Tewari attended the 87 th OIE meeting in Paris, May 26 th – 31 st , as the AAVLD representative along with the US Delegation comprised of USDA officials, AVMA, USAHA and allied industries. The Meeting was also attended by CDC One Health team, and Department of Homeland Security officials.
OIE is the international body for standard setting. This year’s meeting was attended by 153 countries. There are a total of 182 member countries in the OIE. At the meeting, OIE offices reported progress made in 2018 regarding animal health issues and two technical items were also introduced: 1) addressing the impact of external factors on veterinary services and adaptations required; 2) strategic challenges to global control of African swine fever. This was followed with reports from Scientific, Aquatic, Terrestrial and finally Biological (laboratory) commissions.
The Biological Standards Commission has revised 11 chapters in the Terrestrial manual including some relevant ones for our members e.g. lab methods for antimicrobial resistance, EEE, EIA, Equine flu, ASF and CSF.
Picture from the meeting Drs K Simmons, M Zaluski and D. Tewari of US Delegation at the OIE meeting in Paris.
A Message from the Program Chair
AAVLD 2019 Meeting Plans Progressing on Target

The scientific program abstract submission closed June 1 st , 2019 with 150+ submissions. Thanks to AAVLD members for submitting high quality abstracts for consideration as posters/oral presentations to make the scientific sessions a success at the upcoming meeting in Providence, RI. I have seen the quality of science being presented go up each year and this year is no surprise. The program committee is reviewing the abstracts and will be finalizing the program soon.
In the meantime, we want you to start your planning to attend, so you can listen, present, network, support and learn from these sessions. AAVLD staff is working to make sure the expectations of the attendees are met. If you have any suggestions to improve the meeting format, please feel free to email me or Drs. Zeman or Bailey.
Deep Tewari
President-Elect and 2019 Program Chair
CALL For Nominations
Awards and Honors
Please consider making nominations for the Office of Vice President and for AAVLD Awards listed below.
The deadline is July 5, 2019 for submitting nominations.  To submit a nomination, please provide a letter of support which includes a description of why the nominee is deserving or qualified for the nomination. 
Award Nomination Details & List of Past Award Winners at: https://www.aavld.org/awardees-1
Please forward your nomination(s) to Dr. Dave Zeman, AAVLD Executive Director dzeman@aavld.org and Dr. Steve Hooser, Immediate Past-President shooser1@purdue.edu . Thank you in advance for your nominations.
Steve Hooser, Immediate Past-President/Chair Nominations and Awards
Dave Zeman, AAVLD Executive Director
AAVLD Vice President
The AAVLD is soliciting nominations for the position of Vice President. The office of Vice President is a four year commitment in which the member rotates annually through the offices of Vice President, President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President - in that order. The term for this position will begin in October of 2019 at the end of the Annual Meeting. For your convenience, the Bylaws relating to the officer of Vice President are listed at the end of this note.
Award Nomination Details & List of Past Award Winners at: https://www.aavld.org/awardees-1
E.P. Pope Award
The E.P. Pope Award is the AAVLD's highest award. This award is to be presented to an individual who has made noteworthy contributions to the AAVLD and the field of Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Medicine.
AAVLD Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award Honors those members who have generously volunteered their time, energy, and professionalism to substantially enrich and advance the AAVLD organization.
AAVLD Honorary Membership (Active, Life and Retired members not eligible)
Any person not otherwise a member of the Association who has contributed in an outstanding way to the mission of the organization. Awardees are often from outside of the typical disciplines of the AAVLD, or from an allied profession or field, or from a geographically distant region.
Life Member
A Life Member is any individual member who has maintained membership in the Association for 35 years, or if such member is at the point of professional retirement, for 25 years, is eligible to be a life member. Life members shall have all the privileges of regular membership and shall be exempted from payment of all dues. Those eligible should self-nominate and submit a letter detailing their eligibility by July 15 th for Executive Board approval and ultimately a vote by the HOD at the annual meeting.
Retired Member
Any individual who has been an Active Member of the Association for at least the past (10) years and who is retired from active professional life. Retired Members shall have all the privileges of Active Membership provided annual receipt of their payment of 25 % of current active membership dues. Those eligible should self-nominate and submit a letter detailing their eligibility by July 15 th for Executive Board approval.
Bylaws of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
Article III
The Vice-President
Section 1. It shall be the duty of the Vice-President to assume the duties of the President-Elect in case of the latter's absence, disability or resignation.
Section 2. Upon the President-Elect's completion of the term of office, the Vice-President shall assume that office.
Section 3. The Vice-President shall be a voting member of the Executive Board and the Executive Committee.
Section 4. The Vice-President shall serve as Ex-Officio on the same committees as the President-Elect.
Section 5. The Vice-President shall serve as a program Co-Chair and assist the President-Elect in organizing the Annual Scientific meeting of the Association and is Chair of the Credentials Committee and, with the assistance of the Secretary, shall certify and seat duly selected delegates to the House of Delegates.
Section 6. The Vice-President must be an Active Member of the Association in good standing.
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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.
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: “Investigation of congestive heart failure in beef cattle in a feedyard at a moderate altitude in western Nebraska” by Rodney A. Moxley, David R. Smith, Dale M. Grotelueschen, Tom Edwards, and David J. Steffen.
J Vet Diagn Invest 2019;31(4)

Abstract. Right-sided congestive heart failure (brisket disease) commonly occurs in cattle raised at elevations >2,500–3,500 m. We investigated clinical cases resembling brisket disease at a western Nebraska feedyard at a moderate altitude (1,369 m). Over a 15-mo period (2009–2010), we examined 17 cases (16 steers and 1 heifer), all purebred Angus. All animals had clinical right-sided heart failure: brisket and ventral abdominal edema, and severe chronic passive congestion of the liver. Gross examination confirmed right ventricular hypertrophy (left ventricle plus septum: right ventricle weight ratio mean: 1.33 vs. 2.8–4.0 reference interval). Microscopically, all 17 cases had interstitial fibrosis (mean score: 2.4 ± 0.8) and 6 had replacement fibrosis of the right ventricle, whereas 14 had interstitial fibrosis (mean score: 1.2 ± 0.2) and 0 had replacement fibrosis of the left ventricle. Lesions of arteriosclerosis were seen in 9 of 16 cases in 51 of 571 (8.9%) right ventricular coronary arteries, and in 10 of 16 cases in 52 of 366 (14.2%) left ventricular coronary arteries. The probability of coronary arteriosclerosis was greater in papillary ventricular muscle (OR = 11.3; p < 0.0001), left ventricle (OR = 4.8; p < 0.0001), and larger arteries (OR = 1.01; p < 0.0001). Pulmonary arteries and arterioles had lesions compatible with hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension. We hypothesize that moderate hypobaric conditions significantly contributed to disease in cattle genetically predisposed to hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension. Adiposity, coronary arteriosclerosis, and left ventricular fibrosis may have contributed to the condition; however, the cattle died prior to development of advanced obesity.
Figure 1. A. Purebred Angus steer at western Nebraska feedyard in which all cases in our study occurred, exhibiting clinical signs of severe brisket and ventral edema, fitting the case definition. This steer was not present when the study began, but represents the clinical appearance of the 17 cattle in our study. B. Severe right ventricular hypertrophy causing marked rounding of the heart (right side of photo) of case 11. Ecchymotic hemorrhages in right and left ventricular epicardium. C. Right ventricular cardiac myocytes have increased diameter and prominent aggregates of myofilaments in case 1. The mean cross-sectional diameter of cardiac myocytes in the right ventricle was 30.7 μm. H&E. Bar = 50 μm. D. Left ventricular cardiac myocytes are ~50% of the diameter of hypertrophied myocytes in right ventricle with normal-sized myofilaments. The mean cross-sectional diameter of cardiac myocytes in the left ventricle was 14.2 μm. H&E. Bar = 50 μm.


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AAVLD Members in the News
AAVLD Historical Files- Where are they today?
Third AAVLD Student Presentation Awardee: Dr. Jeremiah T. Saliki- 1993
In 1993, Dr. Jerry Saliki became the third recipient of the AAVLD best student presentation award for his paper “ Comparison of virus isolation and monoclonal antibody-based sandwich ELISA for detection of pestes des petits ruminants virus or viral antigen in goat tissues and secretions.” JT Saliki, JA House, CA Mebus and EJ Dubovi, USDA/APHIS/NVSL FADDL, Plum Island, NY. Today, Dr. Saliki, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVM, is the Director of the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Head of virology/serology and Professor of infectious diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. During his long involvement with AAVLD he served an 11-year term as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Veterinary Investigation and in 2015 was presented the E P. Pope Award, AAVLD highest honor.
Who introduced you to AAVLD?
Who introduced you to AAVLD?

I had never heard of the AAVLD until 1992 when I had generated enough data to make a presentation at a scientific meeting. My graduate committee member, Dr. James House, suggested the AAVLD was the right meeting for my material.
Were you active in regional AAVLD activities?

I was not active in regional AAVLD activities at the time of my presentation in 1993, but I have been active in them since 1994.
Did your training program provide travel funds for you to attend the national meeting? 

My funding to attend this meeting came from FADDL-Plum Island.
Have you encouraged other students to attend AAVLD meetings or become involved in AAVLD since finishing your training? 

I systematically encourage pathology and microbiology residents, as well as diagnostic laboratory staff, to be involved in AAVLD and attend meetings. I have done this is several ways including paying for students and staff institutional AAVLD membership; providing funding from the laboratory budget for residents and staff to attend AAVLD meetings; and encouraging students, residents, and staff to apply for travel awards from the AAVLD and the University of Georgia.
Was your first experience attending a national AAVLD meeting a good one?

It was my very first presentation at a national/international scientific meeting. I was at the end of my PhD research and anxious to share my findings. AAVLD provided me with the forum to do so to a very receptive audience. It was such an enriching experience that I have attended every single AAVLD meeting since 1993.
Do you think AAVLD today is meeting the needs of student attendees? 
Yes, I think today’s meeting is definitely meeting the needs and expectations of student attendees. The availability of travel awards to assist students that may otherwise be unable to attend the meeting has been a big support.
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

  • 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.

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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!