Paul DeLaune, PhD, associate professor at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Vernon, Texas, visited the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in Amarillo on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. His visit was part of the shadowing program of the AgriLife Advanced Leadership Program (AALP).
Dr. DeLaune was paired with TVMDL Virology Section Head Binu Velayudhan, PhD, for the shadowing program. AALP is designed to improve leadership skills give participants a better understanding of the Texas A&M University System and the land-grant mission.
“This was a great opportunity to show Dr. DeLaune TVMDL laboratory facilities and for him to better understand the diverse services we offer to our clients,” said Dr. Velayudhan. “He became familiar with the variety of tests we offer, our organizational structure and the interpersonal interactions within the lab and with our clients.”
While at TVMDL, Dr. DeLaune met with Amarillo Resident Director R. Gayman Helman, DVM, PhD, and other staff in the lab. Dr. DeLaune attended and interacted in a weekly professional staff meeting, sharing aspects of his work at the Vernon center. In addition, he was able to observe sample flow in the lab from check-in through final reporting. Dr. DeLaune was also introduced to TVMDL’s quality and safety programs, including the online management program Qualtrax, and the use of the lab’s laboratory information management system.
The AALP allows collaboration and better understanding among the different agencies, which creates a synergy that aids in carrying out our linked mission of serving Texans.
For more information on AALP, visit agrilifeas.tamu.edu/training/leadership. A complete list of TVMDL diagnostic test offerings, and information on the agency, is available at tvmdl.tamu.edu.