Recently, two professionals at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in Amarillo stepped into the national spotlight through peer-elected positions in the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). Catherine Barr, Ph.D., begins her tenure as association president and Hemant Naikare, DVM, Ph.D., begins serving a three-year term as southcentral regional representative.
The quality assurance and safety manager at TVMDL in Amarillo, Barr first joined TVMDL in College Station in 1991. She holds a doctorate in toxicology from Texas A&M University and is a diplomate with the American Board of Toxicology. Involved with AAVLD since 1995, Barr previously served on several AAVLD and United States Animal Health Association committees, including co-chairing the Veterinary Analytical Toxicology Committee and the Laboratory Safety and Waste Disposal Committee. She has served on the Program Committee and as a toxicology session moderator for many years, and has more recently been active in the Government Relations Committee.
Barr’s term as president follows her 2011 vice presidential election, where she progressed through AAVLD executive ranks until taking her turn at the helm.
“It is an honor to have been entrusted by my peers to lead the veterinary diagnosticians’ national organization,” says Barr. “From this experience, I have developed a better understanding of Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory’s role in the national and global effort toward protection of animal health, public health and food safety, as well as our activities toward guarding our animal industries here in Texas against incursion of foreign animal diseases.”
The most recent AAVLD annual meeting was held Oct. 17-23, in San Diego, Calif., and included 14 TVMDL presentations from both Amarillo and College Station employees. At the meeting, Naikare was elected to serve as southcentral regional representative, a three-year term.
A member of the TVMDL team since 2007, Naikare is section head of diagnostic bacteriology and molecular diagnostics at the Amarillo lab. He received his master and bachelor of veterinary science degrees from Bombay Veterinary College in Mumbai, India. Naikare received his doctorate in veterinary biomedical sciences from Oklahoma State University and is a diplomate with the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.
“Through these outstanding individuals, TVMDL is well represented within the animal health industry on a national stage,” says TVMDL Director Tammy R. Beckham, DVM, Ph.D. “Our involvement in AAVLD and other organizations advancing research on animal and human health issues remains of the utmost importance to the work done at both TVMDL laboratories.”
After her presidential term is complete, Barr will remain on AAVLD’s executive board as past president.