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TVMDL staff present at American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians conference to more than 1,000 attendees

The 56th Annual American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians Conference held in conjunction with the 117th United States Animal Health Association Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, featured 14 Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) professionals from both the Amarillo and College Station laboratories as presenters. The conference, Oct. 17-23, hosts around 1,000 diagnosticians and veterinarians from the United States and more than one-dozen countries.

The association’s goal is to advance veterinary diagnostic science and the annual meeting brings together the most gifted minds in academia, government service and hands-on diagnostics. The lectures given by TVMDL experts exemplified that mission.

TVMDL Director Dr. Tammy R. Beckham, DVM, Ph.D., attended the conference as both a presenter and vice chair of the USAHA Committee on Foreign and Emerging Diseases.

“Our staff at TVMDL is at the top of their game, and at AAVLD, we presented material that showed that,” says Beckham. “The research represented in our presentations will effect animal and human health across the country. Our efforts to collaborate on the latest diagnostic tools and research information on these diseases directly impacts other diagnosticians ability to diagnose a variety of diseases.”

An impressive showing of 22 TVMDL professionals were present at the conference. The following professionals were presenters for various educational sessions:

“Comparative Evaluation of the TF-Transit Tubes (Biomed) vs. InPouch-TF (Biomed) for the Detection of Tritrichomonas foetus DNA from Bovine Preputial Samples by Real Time PCR”—Ms. Feng (Julie) Sun, molecular biologist, College Station; Dr. Amy Swinford, microbiology branch chief, College Station; Dr. Pamela Ferro, section head of virology and molecular diagnostics, College Station; Dr. Alesia Reinisch, molecular diagnostician, Amarillo; Dr. Hemant Naikare, section head of bacteriology, Amarillo.

“Performance Evaluation and Validation of Quantitative Real-Time PCR and Competitive ELISA for Detection of Anaplasma marginale in Texas Cattle”—Dr. Megan Schroeder, associate research scientist in diagnostic development, College Station; Dr. Thomas Hairgrove, program coordinator for Livestock and Food Animal Systems, College Station; Ms. Sandy Rodgers, serology assistant section head, College Station; Dr. Mangkey Bounpheng, section head in diagnostic development, College Station.

“Development of a Competitive ELISA for the Detection of Antibodies to Rift Valley Fever Virus”—Ms. Rodgers; Ms. Sun; Dr. Beckham.

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (EHDV) Serotype Identification by One-Step Multiplex RT-PCR”—Ms. Sun; Dr. Matthew Cochran, assistant agency director for diagnostic services, College Station; Dr. Beckham.

“Isolation of Two Non-A Genotypes of Bovine Parainfluenza Virus 3 in the US”—Dr. Binu Velayudhan, section head in virology, Amarillo.

In addition to the presenters, Dr. Velayudhan authored a poster on “Temporospatial analysis of equine encephalitis positive results by IgM ELISA on equine sera submitted to the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory over the last decade.” Dr. Velayudhan also served as co-moderator of the Virology Scientific Section on October 20.

The AAVLD president is TVDML Amarillo Quality Assurance Manager Catherine Barr. Active in AAVLD since 1995, Barr was elected as AAVLD’s vice president in 2011 and has since moved up the officer ranks to now hold the vaulted title of president.

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