Volume V8 | August 2019
Including Annual Meeting updates
Laboratory Diagnosticians' News Matters
President’s Message

AAVLD Summer Meetings held in Denver CO
The AAVLD Executive Board held its summer board meeting in Denver on August 7 th. Fiscal year-end financial data was analyzed and a budget was passed for FY20. The Association’s finances are stable and FY19 ended in the black by a slim margin.   Organizational management in the future was a major topic of discussion. The board also approved a revision of AAVLD goals as submitted by the Strategic Planning Committee.  Also meeting on August 5 th and 6 th was the Accreditation Committee. The board heard a report from the Accreditation Committee co-chairs, Dr. Baszler and Dr. Korcal. Dr. Baszler terms out of his role later this year. The AAVLD is fortunate to have the dedicated efforts of the Executive Board and Accreditation Committee.
"In the Spot light
Where are they today?
Dan Grooms, DVM, PhD, DACVM
Dr. Daniel Grooms was the 4 th AAVLD student poster awardee in the 6 th year (1996) of the student awards program for his poster “ Detection of antigen in the ovaries of cows acutely infected with bovine viral diarrhea virus or vaccinated with a commercial modified live bovine viral diarrhea vaccine”, Daniel L. Grooms, Kenny V. Brock, Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center, Food Animal Health Program, The Ohio State University. Today Dr. Grooms is Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University and from 1997-2018 was a faculty member, extension veterinarian and department chair at Michigan State University, CVM. He is board certified in veterinary virology by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. https://vetmed.iastate.edu/users/dgrooms
Who introduced you to or how did you become aware of AAVLD?

My mentor and PhD advisor was Dr. Kenny Brock at The Ohio State University. Dr. Brock would very often attend the meetings of AAVLD and the U.S. Animal Health Assn. meeting and it was through him that I attended this meeting and showed my poster.

Did your training program provide travel funds for you to attend the national meeting?

I can’t recall if I had travel funds to attend this specific meeting, but any good graduate program encourages and provides funding for students to attend national meetings. I know I attended several meetings that made sense for me in my graduate degree program.
Have you encouraged other students to attend AAVLD meetings or become involved in AAVLD since finishing your training?

While I was at Michigan State, all of my graduate students present at AAVLD or other national meetings. Not only do I require graduate students to attend these meetings, I need to support that with some sort of travel funds. I want them to not only present posters but to attend all aspects of these meetings. These meetings are some of the most important training components for any graduate student – from listening to experts to networking for that first job after graduation. I believe graduate student mentors need to realize this is a critical aspect to a student’s training. It’s just so important.

Was your first experience attending an AAVLD national meeting a good one?

I came from a practice background before going back to work on my PhD. This meeting was all new to me so I soaked up everything I could about bovine diarrhea virus. I looked at everyone’s posters and worked hard to talk to people. This experience helped me grow as a scientist.
How can AAVLD meet the needs of student attendees?

I would say that in order to meet the needs of students, any scientific meeting should encourage graduate student involvement through travel stipends, competitions, and networking opportunities.
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Next Year's 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 September issue:

Mycoplasma bovis at Acute and Chronic Stages of Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex
by Kemal Mehinagic, Paola Pilo, Beatriz Vidondo, and Nadine Stokar-Regenscheit
J Vet Diagn Invest 2019;31(5)

Abstract. Viral agents such as bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) and bovine parainfluenza virus 3 (BPIV-3) are considered primary infectious agents in bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC). Information regarding the pathogenesis of BRDC is scarce, especially at an advanced chronicity stage, in addition to ongoing coinfection with other primary agents such as Mycoplasma bovis . Based on a retrospective review of histology slides from 104 autopsy cases, we classified cases according to type of pneumonia and chronicity. We performed immunohistochemistry (IHC) for BRSV, BPIV-3, and M. bovis as well as real-time PCR (rtPCR) for M. bovis on lung tissue of all 104 cases and correlated results with the morphologic type of pneumonia. Histomorphologically, 79 cases were classified as bronchopneumonia, 16 as bronchointerstitial pneumonia, and 9 as interstitial pneumonia. In 89 cases, at least 1 of the investigated agents was detected by IHC; 44 of these cases had a coinfection. BPIV-3 was the predominant agent present, as a single infection in 39 cases, and in coinfection with M. bovis in 39 cases. Comparing the detection methods for M. bovis , rtPCR was more specific and sensitive than IHC. The combination of both methods provided a good visual tool for assessing severity and distribution of M. bovis antigen within the tissue. Unlike BRSV, BPIV-3 and M. bovis persisted in chronic BRDC, suggesting ongoing impairment of defense mechanisms in the lung.
Corresponding author: Kemal Mehinagic, Institute of Animal Pathology, Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern, Länggassstrasse 122, CH-3012, Bern, Switzerland. kemal.mehinagic@vetsuisse.unibe.ch
AAVLD Members in the News
AAVLD Executive Board and Accreditation Committee Denver, CO
AAVLD Executive Board during meeting in Denver CO, August 7 th .
AAVLD Accreditation Committee meeting in Denver CO, August 5th – 6 th
Dr. Steve Hooser with new AVMA rep on the AAVLD Executive Board, Dr. Gail Golab.
Dr. Zeman with Dr. Pabilonia, ruminating during lunch.
Dr. Tewari working with Reda Ozuna… discussing the annual meeting program I am sure.
Dr. Christina Loiacono discussing board business with Dr. Jerry Saliki.
Dr. Zeman and Dr. Golab, heading for the airport.
Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
JVDI Call for Submissions on Next-generation Sequencing
High-throughput, or next-generation sequencing (NGS), is rapidly expanding our ability to detect and genotype various pathogens, and is developing as a tool that will be useful in veterinary diagnostic laboratories. The cost continues to come down, and hence accessibility and practicality are increasing. Research is continuing at a fast pace, and clients of our labs are excited about seeing the benefits of this new technology in the field, especially if the cost-benefit analysis shows value to them and their clients.
We are inviting submissions to a special JVDI focus issue on applied next-generation sequencing. If interested, please submit an abstract of up to 250 words describing your proposed topic. Readers would be interested in background review material and current veterinary applications of the technology, including both successes and failures, or lessons learned.
Please submit your abstract to our guest editor, Dr. Laura Goodman, laura.goodman@cornell.edu or to the Editor-in-chief, Dr. Grant Maxie, gmaxie@uoguelph.ca by August 15, 2019.
The Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation (J Vet Diagn Invest) is an international peer-reviewed journal published in English as the official journal of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). JVDI is devoted to all aspects of veterinary laboratory medicine. The major disciplines are anatomic pathology, bacteriology/mycology, clinical pathology, epidemiology, immunology, laboratory information management, molecular biology, parasitology, public health, toxicology, and virology.
AAVLD Revised Version of the Vision, Mission, Core Values and Goals
Strategic Plan Gets Update
The AAVLD Strategic Planning Committee co-chairs, Dr. Amar Patil and Dr. Gary Anderson, submitted a revision to the AAVLD strategic plan statement and the Executive Board approved the update at their August board meeting. Specifically, the goals were clarified and made more concise. AAVLD continues to strive to maintain its position as a world leader in advancing the discipline of veterinary diagnostic laboratory science. 
Important Agenda Items for AAVLD
AAVLD and USAHA appoint Joint Task Force to Evaluate the
Annual Meeting Format
President Bailey (AAVLD) and President Haase (USAHA) have appointed a joint organizational task force to evaluate the structure and format of the annual meeting. Representing the AAVLD are Amy Swinford, Robert Gibson, Jamie Henningson and David Zeman; representing USAHA are Barbara Determan, Jan Hennebelle, Stephen Crawford and Ben Richey. The current format has been in use for approximately the past 20 years. The charge of the task force is to assess the current format for effectiveness and efficiency and make recommendations for the future. Determan and Zeman are cochairs of the taskforce. A report to both executive boards are due by February 2020.

AAVLD and ACVP Exploring Joint Meeting for 2022

The AAVLD Executive Board has authorized discussions with the ACVP for a possible one-time joint meeting with the ACVP for 2022. The ACVP approached AAVLD leaders with the idea. Talks are in the preliminary stages only. The collaboration could produce some unique excitement that year. There are no plans to interfere with the long and ongoing partnership with USAHA. Once preliminary ideas are firmed up, USAHA and our meeting planner will be providing counsel. If any AAVLD members have input, they may contact Dr. Zeman at DZeman@aavld.org .

Now Accepting Applications For
The 2019 Annual Meeting App from USAHA and AAVLD is now available for registrants of the meeting. The 2019 version of the App is a great resource for information and is accessible from your smart phone, tablet or desktop. Once registered, you can find schedule information, other attendees, announcements and more through the app!
Meeting registration is required to access the app. Once registered, your access will be tied to your email address. Access may not be immediate – we appreciate your patience, and should be completed within a few days of your registration.
You can download the app using these links:
Or search AAVLD USAHA in your app store.
We look forward to seeing you in Providence! Don’t miss out, October 24-31. Register Today! https://www.usaha.org/2019-annual-meeting
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AAVLD Annual Meeting - Providence Rhode Island, October 24 – 30, 2019 Providence Rhode Island.

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AAVLD Foundation Committee

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Donal O'Toole
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David Zeman
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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!

AAVLD Foundation Auction is October 25th!!