American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians

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Dr. Adaska
Dr. John Adaska
Dr. Lein
Dr. Donald H. Lein
Dr. Gibbs
Dr. Paul Gibbs
Dr. Halbur
Dr. Patrick Halbur


Dr. Hooser
Dr. Steve Hooser

Event: 59th annual meeting, Oct. 13-19, 2016, Greensboro, North Carolina
Awards: E.P. Pope Award: Dr. John Adaska, Tulare, California, for noteworthy contributions to the AAVLD and the field of veterinary diagnostic medicine. Dr. Adaska received his DVM degree and his doctorate in comparative pathology from the University of California-Davis in 1990 and 2005, respectively. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, he is chief of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System’s Tulare branch. As a diagnostic pathologist, Dr. Adaska works primarily with dairy cattle, and his research has involved gastrointestinal diseases of cattle, including salmonellosis and Johne’s disease. He is a past secretary-treasurer of the AAVLD. Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Donald H. Lein, Ithaca, for volunteering time, energy, and professionalism to substantially enrich and advance the AAVLD and the field of veterinary diagnostic medicine. Following graduation from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1957, Dr. Lein practiced mixed animal medicine in Machias, New York. After earning his doctorate in pathology from the University of Connecticut in 1974, Dr. Lein joined the Cornell faculty. During his tenure, he headed the university’s diagnostic laboratory, retiring as professor emeritus in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences. Dr. Lein is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and a past president of the AAVLD and United States Animal Health Association. Pioneers in Virology Award: Dr. Paul Gibbs, Gainesville, Florida, for contributions to diagnostic virology. Dr. Gibbs, who is also the 2015 recipient of this award, graduated from the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science in England in 1967. He is professor emeritus of virology in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. During his tenure, Dr. Gibbs served as associate dean for students and instruction at the veterinary college and directed the university’s International Center. Early in his career, he was a principal veterinary research officer at the Pirbright Institute in England. Life Membership Award: William H. Fales, PhD, Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Fales earned his doctorate in bacteriology from the University of Idaho in 1974. From 1974-2016, he served as a diagnostic microbiologist at the University of Missouri’s Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. Earlier in his career, Dr. Fales was a public health microbiologist in California and served in the Army Medical Service Corps.J. Lindsay Oaks Best Student Molecular Biology Poster Presentation Award: Dr. Noah Hull, University of Wyoming, for “The benchtop and field validation of a novel qPCR assay for the detection of Brucella abortus field strain and vaccine strains.” Richard Walker Best Student Bacteriology Oral Presentation Award: Dr. Tessa LeCuyer, Washington State University, for “Creation of a MALDI-TOF library to identify Aeromonas salmonicida.” AAVLD/ACVP Resident Pathology Travel Award: Dr. Nanny Wenzlow, University of Florida, for “Ribonucleic acid (RNA) decay and the estimation of the postmortem interval (PMI) in horses.” Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation Award: Dr. Nanny Wenzlow, University of Florida, for “Ribonucleic acid (RNA) decay and the estimation of the postmortem interval (PMI) in horses.” Best Graduate Student Poster Award: Dr. Elizabeth R. Houston, Iowa State University, for “Determination of the immunodominant regions of Senecavirus A-VP1 by ELISA mapping.” Best Staff Presentation Award: Niesa Kettler, Michigan State University, for “Validation and optimization of the NIH mold database for MALDI-TOF MS in a veterinary diagnostic setting.” Best JVDI Full Manuscript: Dr. Crystal J. Jaing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, for “Application of a pathogen microarray for the analysis of viruses and bacteria in clinical diagnostic samples from pigs.” Best JVDI Brief Communication: Dr. Matthew C. Allender, University of Illinois, for “Development and use of a real-time polymerase chain reaction assay for the detection of Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola in snakes.”
Officials: Dr. Patrick Halbur, Ames, Iowa, president; Dr. Steve Hooser, West Lafayette, Indiana, president-elect; Dr. Keith Bailey, Stillwater, Oklahoma, vice president; Dr. Kristy Pabilonia, Fort Collins, Colorado, secretary-treasurer; Dr. Thomas Baldwin, Logan, Utah, immediate past president; and Jim Kistler, Navarre, Florida, executive director