Volume V1 | January 2020
Laboratory Diagnosticians' News Matters
Do We Have 2020 Vision?

Happy New Year AAVLD members! Turning the calendar this year begs the question… does AAVLD have 2020 vision? With our new slate of dedicated officers and executive board members I firmly believe we do. I’m pleased to introduce your 2020 officers and executive board members below. 
In the year ahead your leaders strongly desire:

  • to advance the discipline of veterinary diagnostic laboratory science.
  • make your meetings scientifically and technically relevant to veterinary laboratory diagnosticians and workers.
  • promote excellence in all aspects your laboratory work.
  • increase cooperation, interaction and comradery among our members.
  • nurture the next generation of veterinary laboratory diagnosticians and workers.

To accomplish all this we need engaged members and dedicated leaders at all levels of the organization. If you are not currently serving on one or two committees of AAVLD, find a committee, contact that committee chair, and please become engaged. I guarantee you will be personally and professionally rewarded for doing so. We are truly fortunate to have a mission we can all believe in... thank you very much for being a member of AAVLD in 2020!

David H. Zeman, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Executive Director, AAVLD
Advancing Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Science
The AAVLD is a world leader in advancing the discipline of veterinary diagnostic laboratory science to promote global animal health and One Health.

The AAVLD promotes continuous improvement and public awareness of veterinary diagnostic laboratories by advancing the discipline of veterinary diagnostic laboratory science. The AAVLD provides avenues for education, communication, peer-reviewed publication, collaboration, outreach, and laboratory accreditation.

Core values
The AAVLD is committed to these core values:
  • Continuous improvement
  • Engagement of members
  • Effective communication
  • Collaboration
  • Support of One Health
1. Advocate for the role of veterinary diagnostic laboratories in One Health by engaging in development of animal health initiatives, policies and dissemination of surveillance information
2. Foster continuous improvement of diagnostic laboratories through accreditation and continuing education activities while encouraging discovery and innovation in veterinary laboratory diagnostic sciences
3. Strengthen communication with members and promote their continued professional growth

2020 AAVLD Executive Board Members
Dr. Deepanker Tewari,
Dr. Shuping Zhang,
Dr. Jerry Saliki,
Dr. Keith Bailey,
Immediate Past President
Dr. Kristy Pabilonia, 
Regional Representatives 
Dr. Debbie Reed,
Dr. Eric Burrough,
Dr. Amy K. Swinford,
Dr. Kevin Snekvik,
Dr. Ashley Hill,
Dr. Neil Pople,
Canada Provincial
Dr. Maria Perrone
Canada Federal, ex-officio
Dr. Karl J. Hochstein
NVSL, ex-officio
Dr. Gail C. Golab 
AVMA, ex-officio
Dr. Robert Gibson,
AAVLD Board Signs New Agreement with Executive Director
Greetings all for 2020! The AAVLD Executive Board recently signed a three year agreement with Dr. David Zeman, to continue as the Association’s Executive Director.  The agreement period extends to the end of calendar year 2023. Zeman came on board August 2018 and works half-time. The Executive Director serves as the manager of the Association and provides operational oversight and direction in the use of financial, human, and technology resources. We have been fortunate to have Dr Zeman join us in serving the membership as he brings years of experience as an association member and also serving in several leadership roles. Zeman says…”I am enthused to continue serving as your Executive Director. The AAVLD mission is one that is easy to advocate for, and working alongside our dedicated volunteers makes this an enjoyable task”.  

Announcement from President Tewari
New Region 2 Board Member Announced
University of MN Celebrates with Willmar, Minnesota Poultry Lab Manager
Congratulations Stacy Pollock!
National award goes to Willmar poultry lab manager
A devastating disease outbreak followed by a complete renovation of her workplace made 2015 and 2016 memorable for Stacy Pollock. The Willmar, Minn. resident’s many contributions during this time and over her 25-year career earned her national recognition at a meeting of her peers this October in Rhode Island. The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) presented Pollock with the 2019 Outstanding Performance Award for Diagnostic Services—the first time the award has been presented.
“I am grateful for the recognition,” Pollock says, “but performing this well under pressure requires a solid team of professionals and that’s what we have in Willmar and St. Paul. So, I’m accepting this award on behalf of the entire team.”
Pollock manages the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory (MPTL) in Willmar, which is part of the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) in St. Paul. The MPTL also includes staff of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health to ensure coordinated communication and services for Minnesota’s poultry industry.
The VDL’s staff was on the front lines for providing diagnostic services to Minnesota’s poultry industry during the national outbreak in 2015 of highly pathogenic avian influenza, which affected 110 poultry farms over a five-month period and caused more than $560 million in losses in Minnesota alone. With its location in the heart of Minnesota’s poultry community, the MPTL and Pollock’s team became a hub for everything related to the outbreak.
The outbreak prompted the Minnesota Legislature to provide $8.2 million for a total renovation and expansion of the MPTL’s facility in Willmar. Pollock led the team in packing up the lab, moving it down the street and re-opening for service, and then moving back to new laboratories and offices a year later in 2016.
“Those years were incredibly disruptive, and uncharted territory for our office,” says Dale Lauer, DVM, assistant director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, who works at the MPTL with Pollock. “Through it all, our services did not falter one bit. Stacy’s leadership kept us on task to provide the level of diagnostic support that our poultry industry requires. She is our rock and our visionary spark plug.”
“Stacy is setting a high standard for her colleagues in the AAVLD,” says Jerry Torrison, DVM, PhD, DACVPM, director of the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. “It is gratifying to know that our Minnesota staff are leading the nation in providing fast, high quality service in such challenging circumstances.”
The MPTL and VDL provide rapid diagnosis of animal diseases, identify emerging diseases, develop new diagnostic methods, and train diagnosticians and veterinarians. The lab serves numerous clients, including the livestock and poultry industry, animal research scientists and educators, and companion animal owners. The diagnostic facilities are the state’s official laboratory for the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

Source: UMN News, reprinted with Permission

Stacy Pollock with Dr. Jerry Torrison and Dr. Dale Lauer of the
Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory
Wilmar Minnesota
University of Minnesota
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2020 Membership Dues are now Past Due and Next Year's 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!
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
Update from the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, the official journal of the AAVLD:
  • Dr. Grant Maxie retired as director of the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph on Aug 31, and will continue in his role as JVDI Editor-in-chief.
  • Dr. Ed Dubovi retired as a virologist at Cornell University and from his section editor (SE) role with the Journal, and is being replaced as JVDI Virology SE by Dr. Jianqiang Zhang (JQ) from Iowa State University. We thank Ed for his years of expert service to the Journal.
  • We’ve added Dr. Aslı Mete from University of California-Davis as a Pathology SE to free up more time for Dr. Francisco Uzal for his work as Images Editor for the Journal.
  • Dr. Steve Bolin from Michigan State University joined us in the past year as Molecular/Immunology SE.
  • Dr. Steve Hooser from Purdue University joined the team as Toxicology SE.
  • Peter Alexander, our Sage Publications production editor in Thousand Oaks, CA, had moved on to other tasks at Sage, and has been replaced by Divya Munjal at Sage India.
  • The link to the PowerPoint mini-symposium given by Grant Maxie, Francisco Uzal, and Holly Farrell at the 2019 AAVLD/USAHA annual conference in Rhode Island on Best Practices for Submitting, Reviewing, and Publishing Manuscripts in JVDI can be accessed at: https://journals.sagepub.com/pb-assets/cmscontent/VDI/VDI_Best%20Practices.pdf
  • We received 524 manuscripts in 2019, which is a good lead-in to 2020, with several focus issues under development:
  • PCR issue – Kathy Toohey-Kurth and Beate Crossley, guest editor Sharon Hietala (all from UCDavis)
  • Clostridia issue – Paco Uzal and Mauricio Navarro (UCDavis), guest editors
  • Next-generation sequencing issue – Laura Goodman (Cornell), guest editor
  • Use of lab data – Brian McCluskey (TraceFirst), guest editor
  • JVDI continues to be well respected as an international peer-reviewed journal of veterinary laboratory medicine, and we welcome submissions of Review Articles, Full Scientific Reports, and Brief Communications, especially from AAVLD members.
M. Grant Maxie, Editor-in-Chief
Holly M. Farrell, Managing Editor
Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
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AAVLD Participates in AVMA House of Delegates Meeting
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Veterinary Leadership Conference and Winter Session f the House of Delegates meeting occurred on January 9-11, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.
AAVLD is one of approximately ten federal partners that AVMA has asked to serve on their House Advisory Panel (HAP). Dr. Keith Bailey, Immediate Past President of AAVLD, represented AAVLD during this winter meeting.
As non-voting guests of AVMA, members of the HAP share their expertise and unique perspectives on a wide variety of topics. Many of topics directly involve veterinary diagnostics and have global implications. Examples of these topics include One Health, veterinary wellbeing, antimicrobial resistance, mass depopulation of animals, appropriate animal carcass disposal, animal conservation, food safety, public health, and disaster and emergency responses.
AAVLD values this partnership with AVMA and the opportunity to help shape the future of our profession.
AAVLD Liaison Report
Meeting:                      AVMA House of Delegates Regular Winter Session
Location:                     Chicago, IL
Date of Meeting:          January 10-11, 2020
Liaison:                       Keith Bailey, House Advisory Panel member representing AAVLD
Date of Report:            January 12, 2020
Keith Bailey, Immediate Past President of AAVLD, served as a House Advisory Panel (HAP) member during the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) Regular Winter Session held in Chicago, IL on January 10-11, 2020.
Members of the Advisory Panel to the HOD include:
·        AAVLD
·        American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
·        National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials
·        National Assembly of State Public Health Veterinarians
·        National Institutes of Health
·        United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
·        United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
·        United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
·        United States Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Veterinary Medicine
·        United States Department of Homeland Security
Members of the HAP are invited guests of the AVMA HOD and provide expertise and unique perspectives on issues discussed. HAP members do not vote in the HOD.
The HOD Regular Winter Session began with the Veterinary Information Forum (VIF) on January 10. The meeting Chair was Dr. Douglas Kratt, 2019-2020 AVMA President-elect.
HAP members were individually introduced and recognized by the Chair.
Topics discussed during the VIF included the veterinary technician programs, workplace safety/sexual harassment, risk of litigation during veterinary student externships, update on cannabis activities, and Connected Care (telehealth/telemedicine).
Following the VIF, HOD and HAP members broke into 7 different Reference Committees. The HOD and HAP members were joined by interested AVMA general membership.
K. Bailey attended Reference Committee #5 – Legislative and Governmental Matters. Topics covered during this meeting included:
·        Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues
·        Committee on Environmental Issues
·        Legislative Advisory Committee
·        Political Action Committee Board
·        State Advocacy Committee

Additionally, Reference Committee #5 was tasked to discuss VIF topic of Cannabis.
One action taken by the Board of Directors pertaining to the Committee on Environmental Issues was to reaffirm the Policy on Appropriate Animal Carcass Disposal:
The AVMA advocates safe and environmentally responsible disposal of animal carcasses, whether on an individual animal basis or during mass mortality events. As such, the AVMA supports continued research on appropriate methods, guidelines, and best management practices for animal carcass disposal.
No bylaws changes were proposed during the HOD meeting.
The following 4 resolutions were considered during the HOD meeting:
1.     Resolution 1: Policy on Use of Technology in Veterinary Medicine.
2.     Resolution 2: Policy on Cribbing in Horses
3.     Resolution 3: Revised Policy on Declawing of Domestic Cats
4.     Resolution 4: Revised Policy on Microchips
The 4 resolutions were successfully adopted by the HOD. However, a lengthy discussion involved Resolution 3 (Policy on Declawing of Domestic Cats) resulting in an Amended Resolution being passed.
VIF topics were also considered by the HOD, resulting in the following adopted recommendations:
·        The AVMA Board of Directors consider the development of a toolkit (including forms) to protect veterinarians, students and veterinary health care team members from potential liability resulting from veterinary student externs and practice volunteers. During the discussion of this topic, the Board was asked to also engage laboratory diagnosticians while developing the toolkit.
·        The AVMA Board of Directors develop guidelines on Connected Care/Telehealth.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 11:40 AM on January 11, 2020.

CVM Appointment of OADDL Director
OK State University CVM Stakeholders,
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeremiah Saliki, Director of the University of Georgia, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, as Director of the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (OADDL) at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine, effective April 30, 2020.
Dr. Saliki has a DVM, a PhD, and is board-certified with the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. He has extensive post-PhD technical and administrative experience in two AAVLD-accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratories over the past 26 years. From 1993 to 2005, Dr. Saliki was a faculty member at OSU CVM where he rose through the ranks of Lecturer to Full Professor and Head  of  the Virology/Serology  Section at OADDL.
I look forward to working with Dr. Saliki as does the Pathobiology Department and the OADDL team. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Saliki back to our College.
Dr. Carlos Risco,
Dean of the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine
U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan ‘One Health’ Awareness Month Resolution
Washington D.C. See full Press Release. ( https://tinyurl.com/r6s9oow )
On December 19, 2019 the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution Senate Resolution 462 introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (Democrat-California) and Martha McSally (Republican-Arizona) designating January 2020 as “National One Health Awareness Month” in the U.S. to promote collaboration between public, animal and environmental health scientists.
One Health is a relatively new term being used by health experts – including at the U.S. (and other) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – to better focus on the linkages between human, animal and environmental health and the need to develop comprehensive solutions. For instance, public health specialists are now working with physicians and veterinarians to minimize the inappropriate use of antibiotics in human and animal patients to combat antibiotic resistance.
“By using the ‘One Health’ approach, global health problems including antibiotic resistance and the spread of infectious diseases can be more easily addressed,” Senator Feinstein said. “Our resolution will hopefully draw attention to the need for holistic approaches to addressing human health that take into account changes in environmental and animal health. With diminishing resources and a growing human population, fighting problems with a ‘One Health’ approach must be encouraged now more than ever.”
“The health of our population is dependent on the interconnection of people, animals, and the environment,” said Senator McSally. “I was glad to join Senator Feinstein in introducing this resolution designating January as National One Health Awareness Month to promote ‘One Health’ and its growing collaboration in order to make our world a healthier place.”
Full text of the resolution follows ( https://tinyurl.com/va7sp6b ):
Designating January 2020 as ``National One Health Awareness Month'' to promote awareness of organizations focused on public health, animal health, and environmental health collaboration throughout the United States and to recognize the critical contributions of those organizations to the future of the United States.
Whereas One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach, working at the local, regional, national, and global levels, with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment;
Whereas the mission of One Health is to establish closer professional interactions, collaborations, and educational opportunities across the various medical, veterinary, and environmental health professions and their allied science professions to simultaneously improve public health, animal health, and environmental health;
Whereas the increasing threats posed by emerging diseases shared between animals and people, foodborne, vector-borne, and waterborne diseases, and other environmental factors may support the need for an integrated effort by professionals from multiple disciplines, including health, science, technology, and engineering;
Whereas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 75 percent of new or emerging infectious diseases in people are spread by animals;
Whereas, each year, International One Health Day is November 3; and
Whereas One Health is essential to combating and strengthening the surveillance of emerging and reemerging diseases:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate designates January 2020 as “National One Health Awareness Month” to—
1.  promote awareness of organizations that focus on One Health efforts to improve the quality of life for people and animals;
2.  recognize the efforts made by such organizations in using a One Health approach to prevent epidemics; and
3.  recognize the importance of using the One Health approach to simultaneously protect the health of people, animals, plants, and the environment in the United States.
This Resolution follows introduction in June and July 2019 in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives identical One Health Bills S.1903 and HR.3771, ‘‘Advancing Emergency Preparedness Through One Health Act of 2019’ by Senators Tina Smith and Todd Young and House Representatives Kurt Schrader and Ted Yoho. Co-sponsors for the One Health Bills of 2019, which are separate from the Resolution above, are actively being sought. U.S. citizens may wish to contact their Federal Congress persons to raise awareness about these One Health Bills and this Senate Resolution and urge them to co-sponsor.
One Health Education Call to Action!!
Passing this resolution and bringing these U.S. Congressional Bills forward was NOT easy for those on the front lines making it happen. The One Health Community is sharing the news widely and that is wonderful; but what good is it to simply talk about it in our own circles ? Now is the time to EDUCATE the public and lawmakers.  
Over the next 5 weeks (and beyond) this U.S. Senate RESOLUTION needs to be on the front page of EVERY newspaper and spoken about on every radio station in your community, state, and country. 
Will you take up these challenges?
1.     In the next 24 hours, write to the New York Times and at least 3 other media outlets. 
·    Tell them about the One Health Awareness Month Resolution press release and share it with them ( https://tinyurl.com/r6s9oow ).
·    Add a personal story about how One Health or a One Health issue has affected and impacted you or your family.
·    Mention that Senator Dianne Feinstein, ranking member on the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee, has passed a bipartisan resolution about One Health Awareness. (Be sure to say the words "One Health"). In so doing, the U.S. Senate has demonstrated that it can act in bipartisan ways for the good of all citizens.
2.     Bring One Health to your community.
·    Create a challenge to your social media friends and connections to spend 30 days in a row posting about how One Health is important or has affected you, them or their loved ones.
·    Do a talk about One Health and One Health issues at a library, school, park, church, business etc. near you.
·    Plan and implement a One Health Day Event in 2020 to educate about One Health or One Health issues.
3. Please share these news items widely by forwarding this message to family, friends and colleagues.
4. Watch for further communications about actions you can take
Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season.
Cheryl Stroud, DVM, PhD
Executive Director, One Health Commission
In Memoriam
Dr. Robert A. Crandell, Retired USAF Colonel        
July 28, 1924 – December 15, 2019

A much beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, grandfather, colleague and neighbor, passed away on December 15, 2019 after a long illness, he was 95. He joins his beloved wife of 69 years, Mary Jane Richards Crandell and is survived by his four children, Sara Ann, Catherine Lee, Robin and Robert II. Blessed with an extraordinary sense of humor and a kind, generous spirit, Bob lived an abundant, fulfilling life. His interests were wide and he was most devoted to his wife and family, friends and career.
Dr. Robert A. Crandell, Retired USAF Colonel, was born in Three Rivers, Michigan to Leland and Marjorie Crandell. He earned his undergraduate and veterinary studies at Michigan State University where he earned a BS degree in Animal Husbandry in 1947 and his DVM degree in 1949. He obtained a MPH degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1955. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Preventative Medicine as well as the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. Dr. Crandell had a distinguished military career in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 – 1971, obtaining the rank of Colonel and serving eventually as Chief of the Biosciences Division of the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine. He served as Director of the Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Illinois before joining TVMDL, Texas A & M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.
Dr. Crandell contributed much to the understanding of feline viruses and was first to isolate the only feline herpesvirus (feline rhinotracheitis virus). He was the first to isolate and identify feline herpesviruses; he is well known around the world for a much-used cell line he established and which bears his name, i.e., CRFK-Crandell Feline Kidney Cell. During his tenure at TVMDL, Dr. Crandell helped elucidate the role of Cache Valley fever virus, was the first to isolate a calicivirus from vesicular lesions of canines and expanded the serological/virological testing capabilities of the laboratory.
Dr. Crandell served as the founding editor of the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. He was President of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratories Diagnosticians and received the 1991 that organizations most coveted award, the E. FD. Pope Memorial Award. His vision, energy, and painstaking attention to the details of this enterprise are reflected in the success of the Journal in its initial 3 years. Dr. Crandell also served AAVLD in various committee assignments and as Vice-President, President-Elect, and finally President in 1985. Dr. Crandell has been active in the US Animal Health Association, serving on various committees, notably the Committee on Animal Virus Characterization.
He was a long-standing member of the Examination Committee of the American Board of Veterinary Public Health and the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council Animal Health Committee. He was a consultant to National Institutes of Health in comparative virology, a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Veterinary Research, and cochairman of the AVMA Regulatory Program Committee and the Pseudorabies Committee for the Livestock Conservation Institute.
In 1993 Dr. Crandell received the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus. 2001 he was presented with the President’s Award for Outstanding Committee Chairman Distinction in recognition of exemplary leadership and dedication to the National Institute for Animal Agriculture and the NIAA Emerging Diseases Committee. American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians presented him with the Pioneers in Virology Award in 2005. 
A special thank you to Traditions Home and Hospice Team for their superior and extraordinary service filled with compassion and passion during his and the family’s journey. A special connection and bond with each and every one of his Hospice Team surpassed all expectations. 
Visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Chapel College Station on Thursday, January 2nd from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Full Military Honors Ceremony and Burial will be held at Veterans National Cemetery at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas on Friday, January 3rd at 2:00 p.m.
In remembrance of Robert A. Crandell, the family request contributions to Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.
On behalf of the AAVLD Virology Committee, in celebration of a life well lived.
Dr. Robert “Bob” Crandell was the first recipient of the Pioneer in Virology award sponsored by the AAVLD Virology Committee beginning in 2005. Below is the excerpt from the August 2005 Newsletter. His contributions will be remembered for years to come.
Rest in peace, Dr. Crandell.
Pam Ferro and Devi Patnayak,
Co-Chairs, AAVLD Virology Committee

AAVLD & News worthy Events
Upcoming Events

  • AAVLD Accreditation Committee Meeting, February 3-4, 2020, Las Vegas Details

  • AAVLD Accreditation Audit Pool Training, February 5, 2020, Las Vegas Details

  • AAVLD Executive Board Meeting, February 6, 2020, Las Vegas Details

  • AVMA Convention 2020, July 30 – August 4, San Diego

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

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!