American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians

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Dr. Carter
Dr. Craig Carter
Dr. Pabilonia
Dr. Kristy Pabilonia
Dr. Erol
Dr. Erdal Erol
Mr. Mollet
Brad Mollet


Dr. Eloit
Dr. Monique Eloit
Dr. Bailey
Dr. Keith Bailey
Dr. Tewari
Dr. Deepanker Tewari


61st annual meeting, Oct. 18-24, 2018, Kansas City, Missouri


E.P. Pope Award
Dr. Craig Carter, Lexington, Kentucky, for noteworthy contributions to the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and to the field of veterinary diagnostic medicine. Dr. Carter received his veterinary degree in 1981 and his doctorate in veterinary public health in 1993 from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, with a joint appointment at the College of Public Health. Dr. Carter also directs the university's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Earlier in his career, he owned a large animal ambulatory practice in Texas and served as a clinical associate at the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and a distinguished scholar of the National Academies of Practice, Dr. Carter serves as president of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society. He is a past president of the AAVLD and a past executive director of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. Dr. Carter also received the AAVLD Life Membership Award at the meeting.

Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Kristy Pabilonia (Colorado State '02), Fort Collins, Colorado, for volunteering time, energy, and professionalism to substantially enrich and advance the AAVLD and the field of veterinary diagnostic medicine. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, Dr. Pabilonia is an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She is also a diagnostic veterinarian and heads three sections of the university's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, serving as interim laboratory director. Dr. Pabilonia is secretary-treasurer of the AAVLD.

BioMic Award for Excellence in Diagnostic Microbiology
Dr. Erdal Erol, Lexington, Kentucky, for research accomplishments in the field, which have resulted in new scientific findings that have application for the betterment of veterinary medicine. Dr. Erol received his veterinary degree in 1986 from Firat University in Elazig, Turkey, and earned his doctorate in microbiology in 2004 from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. He is an associate professor and head of the diagnostic microbiology unit at the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, where he leads the bacteriology, molecular biology, and virology sections. Dr. Erol's research interests focus on infectious agents causing abortions and respiratory diseases in horses. Earlier in his career, he served as an infectious-disease diagnostician at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory and as a veterinary microbiologist at the Arkansas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

J. Lindsay Oaks Best Student Molecular Biology Presentation Award
Linto Anthony, South Dakota State University, for "Genome divergence and increased virulence of outbreak associated Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg."

Richard Walker Best Student Bacteriology Presentation Award
April Aquino Estrada, University of Minnesota, for "Serotype and genotype (by multilocus sequence typing) distributions of Streptococcus suis in the US."

Brenda Love Best Classical Bacteriology Presentation Award and Best Graduate Student Poster Award
Sreenidhi Sreenivasan, Pennsylvania State University, for "Development of a peptide-based diagnostic test for bovine tuberculosis."

AAVLD/ACVP Resident Pathology Travel Award
Yvonne Wikander, Kansas State University, for "A unique immunophenotype of thymoma-associated lymphocytes in a dog."

Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation Award
Laura Burns, Iowa State University, for "Rapid screening for veterinary drug residues in food and companion animal tissues using liquid microjunction surface sampling probe mass spectrometry."

Best Staff Oral Presentation Award
Zachary Forbes, Cornell University, for "Prevalence of canine and equine respiratory disease agents in clinical diagnostic submissions from 2013-2018."

Best JVDI Full Manuscript
Jianqiang Zhang, Iowa State University, for "High-throughput whole genome sequencing of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus from cell culture materials and clinical specimens using next-generation sequencing technology."

Best JVDI Brief Communication
Melissa Goolia, National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, Canada, for "Validation of a competitive ELISA and a virus neutralization test for the detection and confirmation of antibodies to Senecavirus A in swine sera."

Honorary Membership
Brad Mollet, Washington, D.C., and Dr. Monique Eloit, Paris


Drs. Keith Bailey, Stillwater, Oklahoma, president; Deepanker Tewari, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, president-elect; Shuping Zhang, Columbia, Missouri, vice president; Kristy Pabilonia, Fort Collins, Colorado, secretary-treasurer; Steve Hooser, West Lafayette, Indiana, immediate past president; and David H. Zeman, Brookings, South Dakota, executive director