Spouses of A&M System’s top leaders learn how diagnosticians solve animal-health cases

Stephanie Weaver, diagnostic laboratory supervisor in histopathology, explains how veterinary pathologists identify viruses and other pathogens that may affect animals owned by TVMDL clients. From left are Charlotte Sharp, wife of Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp; Lori Steele, wife of Douglas Steele, director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service; Mary Sue Smith, wife of Robert Smith III, president of Texas A&M University-Galveston; and Daisy White, wife of A&M System Regent John White.

Spouses of Texas A&M University System’s regents, chancellor and other top leaders got the chance to act as veterinary detectives during a Jan. 31 visit to TVMDL’s College Station laboratory.

Women in lab coats examine a veterinary specimen in clear bag

Veterinary Toxicologist Travis Mays shows a specimen to Lynn Box (center), wife of A&M System Board of Regents Chair Richard Box.

The 13 spouses learned about diagnostic testing for animals by participating in two mock cases: one for a horse and one for a cat. Each case was based upon actual events.

Assistant Agency Director Terry Hensley presented the details of each case. The spouses then toured six lab sections: necropsy, histopathology, toxicology, clinical pathology, virology and bacteriology.

At each stop, a professional diagnostician explained that section’s role in finding the clues that helped to identify each animal’s health problem.

After the spouses completed their rounds, Hensley showed them how the evidence fits together to form a complete diagnosis for the horse and the cat.

Spouses who took part in the cases were:

  • Lynn Box, wife of A&M System Board of Regents Chair Richard Box.
  • Amanda Foster, wife of Regent Morris Foster.
  • Larry Gay, husband of Regent Elaine Mendoza.
  • Daisy White, wife of Regent John White.
  • Charlotte Sharp, wife of A&M System Chancellor John Sharp.
  • Becky Hallmark, wife of James Hallmark, vice chancellor for academic affairs.
  • Lori Steele, wife of Douglas Steele, director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
  • Charlene Boggus, wife of Tom Boggus, director of the Texas A&M Forest Service.
  • T.J. Sera, wife of Gary Sera, director of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.
  • Lisette Dottavio, wife of Dominic Dottavio, president of Tarleton State University in Stephenville.
  • Karen O’Brien, wife of J. Patrick O’Brien, president of West Texas A&M University in Canyon.
  • Mary Sue Smith, wife of Robert Smith III, president of Texas A&M University-Galveston.
  • Karen Tallant, wife of Stephen H. Tallant, president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Sonia Lingsweiler, assistant section head in bacteriology, answers a question from Larry Gay, husband of Regent Elaine Mendoza. In the background are (from left) Amanda Foster, wife of Regent Morris Foster; Charlene Boggus, wife of Tom Boggus, director of the Texas A&M Forest Service; and T.J. Sera, wife of Gary Sera, director of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.

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