TVMDL professionals invited to take part in AAVLD/USAHA presentations

Several TVMDL professionals were invited to make presentations during the 55th American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD)/115th Annual United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) joint meeting held in Greensboro, N.C., during October. The annual meeting is the premier forum for the latest in veterinary diagnostic laboratory science, animal health, and disease regulation policy throughout the United States.

Two TVMDL professionals presented diagnostic posters.

Dr. Hemant Naikare, section head for bacteriology and molecular diagnostics at TVMDL’s Amarillo lab, presented a poster titled “TaqMan real-time PCR based detection of Mycoplasma bovis.” The poster was co-authored by four other members of the Amarillo lab:  Dr. Debabrata Mahapatra, veterinary diagnostician; Alesia Reinisch, molecular diagnostician; Russell Raleigh, microbiologist; and Dr. Robert Spowls, resident director. TVMDL Director Dr. Tammy Beckham also served as a co-author.

Dr. Binu Velayudhan, section head for virology in Amarillo, presented a poster titled “PCR-based panel testing for simultaneous detection of bovine respiratory pathogens.” In addition, Dr. Velayudhan served as the co-moderator for the AAVLD’s virology scientific session.

TVMDL professionals also participated in presentations and panel discussions about their diagnostic activities:

  • “Investigation of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis cases in Texas horses from 2005 to 2011” – Dr. Amy Swinford, microbiology branch chief located at our College Station facility.
  • “Identification of Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Virus in Feral Swine.” – Dr. Mangkey Bounpheng, section head for molecular diagnostics in College Station, and Dr. Tammy Beckham, TVMDL director.
  • “TaqMan real-time PCR assay for the direct detection of Campylobacter fetus subsp. venerealis from Inpouch TF” – Feng Sun and Dr. Loyd Sneed, molecular microbiologists in College Station, Dr. Bounpheng and Dr. Naikare.
  • “Development and performance evaluation of a simple streamlined method for Bluetongue virus and Epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus nucleic acid purification, denaturation, and detection” — Dr. Megan Schroeder, associate scientist; and Jennifer Meier,  assistant microbiologist; and Dr. Bounpheng, all from the College Station lab.
  • “Oral Fluids Collection in Swine as a Diagnostic Sampling Technique for Foreign Animal Diseases” – Dr. Bounpheng, Dr. Schroeder and Dr. Beckham.
  • “Optimization and Validation of a High-throughput Real-time RT-PCR Assay for Rapid Detection of Foot and Mouth Disease Virus from Bulk Tank Milk” –  Dr. Bounpheng and Dr. Beckham.

TVMDL contributes significant leadership within AAVLD and USAHA. TVMDL professionals served as committee members for more than half of the committees at the AAVLD/USAHA convention. Dr. Beckham served as vice chair for the USAHA Committee on Foreign and Emerging Diseases and as a member of the USAHA/AAVLD Committee on Animal Emergency Management.

The current president-elect of AAVLD is Dr. Catherine Barr, quality assurance and safety manager at TVMDL’s College Station facility and a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology.