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AAVLD veterinariansEvent: Annual meeting, Oct. 18-23, Reno, Nev.
Program: The AAVLD celebrated its 50th anniversary at the meeting. Scientific sessions reviewed the history and future of the association and focused on new diagnostic techniques and information on animal diseases. A joint scientific session was held with the United States Animal Health Association on diseases such as bovine viral diarrhea, viral hemorrhagic septicemia of fish, scrapie, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, Salmonella in poultry, equine infectious anemia, and Johne's disease (see JAVMA, Dec. 15, 2007).
Awards: E.P. Pope Award: Dr. Beverly Byrum, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, for outstanding contributions to the association and veterinary diagnostic laboratory medicine. A 1989 graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Byrum is director of laboratories at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. As director, she facilitated the addition of the ODA Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, and the membership of its Consumer Analytical Laboratory as a cooperative agreement project laboratory to the Food Emergency Response Network. Dr. Byrum has also served as an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine since 1994. Pioneers in Virology Award: Dr. Janice Miller, Ankeny, Iowa. Prior to retirement, Dr. Miller worked at the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service in the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, for 31 years. During that time, she conducted research on viral diseases in cattle, tuberculosis, sheep scrapie, and chronic wasting disease in deer and elk. Trek Award for Outstanding Diagnostic Microbiologist: Joann M. Kinyon, Ames, Iowa. Kinyon is a bacteriologist at the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. A joint AAVLD/USAHA award was given to Dr. Ron DeHaven, AVMA executive vice president, for his years of service at the Department of Agriculture and his support of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. A special president's award was given to Dr. Alex Ardans for his more than 30 years of service to the association and veterinary diagnostic laboratory medicine. Graduate Student Poster Award: Dr. Akinyi Nyaoke, Storrs, Conn., for "Species identifications of Exophiala from investigations of phaeohyphomycosis in aquaria." A veterinary anatomic pathology resident, Dr. Nyaoke is pursuing his PhD degree in veterinary pathobiology at the University of Connecticut. Graduate Student Presentation Award: Dr. Joshua Daniels, Pullman, Wash., for "Consolidation of virulence and resistance genes on plasmids isolated from Salmonella dublin." Dr. Daniels is pursuing his PhD degree at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Best Brief Communication: Dr. Steven B. Kleiboeker, Columbia, Mo., for "Simultaneous detection of North American and European porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus using real-time quantitative reverse transcriptase-PCR." Dr. Kleiboeker is vice president and chief scientific officer at ViraCor Laboratories in Lee's Summit, Mo. Best Full Manuscript: Dr. Todd E. Cornish, Laramie, Wyo., for "Comparison of ear notch immunohistochemistry, ear notch antigen-capture ELISA, and buffy coat virus isolation for detection of calves persistently infected with bovine viral diarrhea virus." Dr. Cornish is associate professor and veterinary pathologist in the Department of Veterinary Sciences and the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory at the University of Wyoming. Life memberships were granted to Drs. Bruce Akey, Ithaca, N.Y.; Emmett Braselton, Lansing, Mich.; Tony Van Dreumel, Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Jim England, Caldwell, Idaho; and Dan Gould, Fort Collins, Colo.
Officials: Drs. Grant Maxie, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, president; Dave Steffen, Lincoln, Neb., president-elect; Gary Anderson, Manhattan, Kan., vice president; Sharon Hietala, Davis, Calif., secretary- treasurer; and Barbara Powers, Fort Collins, Colo., immediate past president


New York State VMS


New York veterinarians

Event: Annual meeting, Sept. 28-30, Saratoga Springs
Awards: Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Donald F. Smith, Ithaca. A 1974 graduate of Ontario Veterinary College, Dr. Smith was dean of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the National Academies of Practices and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Outstanding Service to Veterinary Medicine Award: Drs. Roger G. Ellis, Granville; and Ronald C. Riis, Ithaca. A 1977 graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Ellis is a field veterinarian with the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets' Division of Animal Industry. He was recognized for his commitment to volunteering in and raising awareness of needs in Third World countries. A 1971 graduate of the University of Minnesota and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, Dr. Riis is an associate professor of ophthalmology at Cornell University. He was honored for his scientific accomplishments and his dedication and enthusiasm in teaching veterinary ophthalmology. Merit Award: Dr. Susan R. McLellan, New York. A 1969 graduate of the University of Illinois and a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Dr. McLellan works part time at Lenox Hill Veterinarians, a practice she owned until recently. She was recognized for her contributions to the NYSVMS, her regional VMA, and the veterinary profession.
Officials: Drs. David Hancock, Victor, president; Edward Chapman, Fayetteville, president-elect; Lawrence Bartholf, Greenfield Park, treasurer; Joan E. Hilfiker, Corning, immediate past president; and AVMA delegate and alternate delegate—Frederick Tierney, Spring Valley, and Walter McCarthy, Niagara Falls.


South Dakota VMA


South Dakota veterinariansEvent: Annual meeting, Aug 12-15, Sioux Falls
Awards: Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. James Myers, Belle Fourche. A 1968 graduate of Kansas State University, Dr. Myers owns Belle Fourche Veterinary Clinic, focusing on bovine medicine. He has helped advance the treatment of calf scours and anesthetics used in bovine surgery.
Officials: Drs. Peggy Behrens, Rapid City, president; Vicky Wilkey, Pierre, president-elect; Dick Rogen, Sioux Falls, 1st vice president; Bill Baus, Redfield, 2nd vice president; Penny Dye, Rapid City, secretary- treasurer; and Dayton Williams, Sioux Falls, immediate past president