Event: Annual meeting, Oct 8-15, San Diego
Awards: E. P. Pope Award: Dr. Donald H. Lein, Ithaca, NY, for outstanding contributions to the AAVLD in a variety of leadership roles throughout his career as director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell University, including service on numerous committees, on the AAVLD executive board, and as president in 1995. Life membership, for sustained contributions to veterinary diagnostic laboratory medicine: Dr. Martin E. Bergeland, Sinai, SD; Dr. Anthony M. Gallina, Camp Hill, Pa; Dr. Lloyd Lauerman, East Olympia, Wash; Dr. Gaylord E. McKissick, Bridgewater, NJ; Dr. Stuart L. Nelson Sr, Columbia, Mo; and Dr. John C. Shook, Mechanicsburg, Pa. Graduate Student Award: Dr. L. Hassan,Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Cornell University, for a plenary session paper, "Prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella spp in milk filters on New York dairy farms"; and Dr. Christie Loiacono, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Missouri, for a poster presentation on epizootic hemorrhagic diseases in Missouri cattle
Officers: Dr. Bruce L. Akey, Richmond, Va, president; Dr. David H. Zeman, Brookings, SD, president-elect; Dr. Patricia C. Blanchard, Tulare, Calif, vice president; Dr. Doris Miller, Watkinsville, Ga, immediate past president; Dr. Arthur A. Bickford, Turlock, Calif, secretary/treasurer; and directors — Dr. Frederic J. Hoerr, Auburn, Ala, Southeast region; Dr. Beverly Byrum, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Northeast region; and Dr. Grant Maxie, Guelph, Ontario, Canadian region
Business: Preconference symposia addressed serology quality assurance, mycology, comparative histopathology of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, and paratuberculosis culture techniques. Committee meetings focused on issues ranging from the role of veterinary diagnostic laboratories in world trade to quality assurance standards and technical advances in diagnostic laboratory medicine.