Veterinary microbiologists share techniques at national symposium hosted by TVMDL

Crowd of people watches as man gestures toward racks containing thousands of plants.

During a tour of Caliber Biotherapeutics’s facility in Bryan, Dr. Barry Holtz explains to AVM members how the company is growing plants to serve as materials for developing vaccines more quickly and less expensively.

TVMDL played host to a national symposium on techniques in veterinary microbiology on May 2-4.

Fifty-three professionals from across the United States attended the 37th symposium of Association of Veterinary Microbiologists held at Texas A&M University’s Memorial Student Center in College Station.

The association is a not-for-profit organization that provides expertise, support and mentoring to bench-level scientists and technicians who work in bacteriology, virology, serology and molecular diagnostics.

Sonia Lingsweiler, TVMDL’s assistant section head for bacteriology, served as the organization’s president in 2013.

Over the two-day symposium, the participants listened to presentations on various aspects of their fields. They then took part in roundtable discussions on the challenges they face in virology and bacteriology.

Among the presenters, TVMDL was represented by Dr. Konrad Eugster, director emeritus, and Dr. Amy K. Swinford, branch chief for microbiology at the College Station lab.

TVMDL produced a booth in the symposium’s exhibit area, providing participants with general information about the lab’s mission and services.

The lab also took the microbiologists on tours of Caliber Biotherapeutics, a Bryan biotechnology company that develops and commercializes protein-based therapeutics, the Messina Hof Winery and Resort, a Texas vineyard established in Bryan in 1977, and TVMDL’s College Station facility.

Several people seated at long tables arranged in a square.

The bacteriology round table offered AVM members to discuss common challenges in the lab  and to share solutions. A second round table was held for virologists.