Winn joins AAVLD audit pool

Winn, CullenCullyn Winn, a quality assurance and safety manager at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL), has been selected to join the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians’ (AAVLD) pool of auditors in 2014. The AAVLD auditors are responsible for performing audits to ensure that veterinary diagnostic laboratories across the nation meet defined quality standards.

Winn holds a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University. He is an accredited quality management systems auditor through Exemplar Global Inc., formerly the RABQSA, which offers international training certification in quality, environmental, occupational health and food safety management systems. Winn joined TVMDL in 2013; prior to that, he served as the quality assurance manager for BMI Defense Systems in Bryan, and from 2001 through 2012 as the quality manager/manufacturing manager for OI Analytical in College Station. At both companies he supervised ISO 9001-type registrations and compliance, conducted internal audits, and analyzed and implemented safety procedures.

At TVMDL, Winn is responsible for the continual improvement of the laboratory’s quality assurance system. He performs internal audits and works with his assigned sections to implement proactive approaches to ensure testing consistency and quality. As a member of the audit pool, Winn will receive specialized training in the AAVLD accreditation standards and best practices. He will be called upon to join other audit pool members in conducting AAVLD accreditation site visits and evaluating a laboratory’s quality assurance processes.

“I appreciate the opportunity to become part of the AAVLD auditor pool and look forward to assisting laboratories in ensuring quality, relevant test results for their clients and workplace safety for their employees,” said Winn. “Having the opportunity to visit and work with labs across the United States will offer me exposure to innovative and creative solutions in laboratory practices.  I hope to bring new knowledge and best practices that I observe during my experiences back to TVMDL.”

Currently, TVMDL has five staff members serving in this audit pool.

“TVMDL is fortunate to have the opportunity for so many of our professionals to serve in this role,” said Tammy Beckham, DVM, Ph.D., TVMDL director.  “These individuals bring experience from a wide array of specialties including microbiology, virology, pathology, toxicology and quality assurance. TVMDL benefits greatly from this level of involvement in the program. Each member has the opportunity to observe best practices in other laboratories and learn from their experiences. The experience they gain from reviewing processes at other laboratories will in turn enhance our abilities to improve processes within TVMDL.”

Texas Legislators created the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in 1967, with the lab formally opening in 1969. Today, the laboratory remains at the forefront of diagnostic testing, running nearly 825,000 tests annually. For more information on TVMDL, visit tvmdl.tamu.edu.

 

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