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Resident director of TVMDL’s East Texas poultry diagnostic lab earns Vice Chancellor’s Award

Dr. Randle Moore, the resident director of the East Texas poultry diagnostic laboratory operated by the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, has received the annual Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence from Texas A&M AgriLife. He is the tenth TVMDL employee to earn the honor since the awards program began in 1980. The Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence Program recognizes outstanding achievements by faculty and staff in Texas A&M AgriLife.  Dr. Mark A. Hussey, vice chancellor and dean for agriculture and life sciences, presented the award to Dr…. Read More →

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Veterinary-track students tour TVMDL’s College Station lab during career-development event

Students from a Dallas-area high school toured TVMDL’s College Station lab during a Dec. 12 career event. The event exposed the students to a wide range of opportunities in veterinary medicine. It also allowed them to meet and observe veterinary professionals on the job. About 40 students from R.L. Turner High School in the Carrolton/Farmers Branch School District attended the event.  The students belong to the school’s Academy of BioMedical Professions, which provides education and training for careers in medicine. All of the students are on a career… Read More →

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How TVMDL helps to protect Texas and the southwestern U.S. from biological disaster

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR When it comes to preparing Texas and the Southwest for disaster, we have an important job at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. We focus on the disasters that may result from outbreaks of infectious animal diseases. We are meeting our responsibility on three major fronts: Our high-containment laboratories in College Station and Amarillo. Our commitment to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. Our collaborations with the FAZD Center, which conducts research and develops products to defend the United States from the contagious… Read More →

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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… Read More →

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TAMUTimes: Texas benefits from TVMDL director’s Auburn education

From the Oct. 25 issue of Texas A&M University’s daily e-newsletter, the TAMUTimes: In the mid-1990s, Tammy Beckham was a professional, classical musician. As a French horn player and a pianist, she performed with a symphonic orchestra. But Auburn University presented her with an opportunity to pursue another dream. “I’ve always had a passion for animals and wanted to become a veterinarian for as long as I can remember,” she says. “Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine offered a dual-degree program that allowed me to pursue a Ph.D…. Read More →

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Epidemiologist Lindsey Holmstrom joins College Station lab

We recently brought aboard Dr. Lindsey Holmstrom to serve as a diagnostic epidemiologist for TVMDL in College Station. She will hold a joint appointment with TVMDL and the FAZD Center.  Before coming to TVMDL, Dr. Holmstrom was a primary investigator for the Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance at the University of California, Davis. She is a Ph.D. candidate in epidemiology at the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis. She is also a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Fellow. Dr. Holmstrom… Read More →

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TVMDL contracts to install new system for managing lab information

We will soon have a new system to manage laboratory information at our four locations. We have contracted to purchase the award-winning U.S. Animal Laboratory Information Management System (USALIMS) from the National Agribusiness Technology Center (NATC). USALIMS is a comprehensive laboratory information management system used by veterinarians and clinical technicians for diagnosing and containing animal diseases. The system is used at 26 laboratories throughout Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Missouri and North Carolina. It is also used by 11 labs in the USDA’s… Read More →

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For the first time since 1969: We have a new sign at our College Station lab

As part of re-branding TVMDL, Operations Manager Jordan Brod took on the job of changing out the signs across the agency. He worked with sign makers from SignsNow to carefully take down the metal lettering that (as far as we can tell from period photos) have been on the front of the College Station lab since it was built in 1969. The sign makers then repainted the lettering and returned them to the wall. We thought it would be a major challenge to find an “A&M” that would… Read More →

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TVMDL diagnosticians greet veterinarians and answer questions at Southwest Veterinary Symposium

Over the weekend, TVMDL used the Southwest Veterinary Symposium in Dallas as an opportunity to touch base with veterinarians from across the region. This year, we sent Dr. Roger Parker, deputy agency director; Dr. Robert Sprowls, resident director of TVMDL’s Amarillo facility; Dr. Matt Cochran and Dr. Terry Hensley, assistant agency directors; Dr. Bill Gilmore, pathologist at the Amarillo lab; Dr. Sandra Lovering, branch chief for pathology in College Station; and Stacy Morris, chief of staff. Our team distributed materials addressing pigeon fever in Texas horses and a… Read More →

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Sept. 20 presentation: How to better protect horse health during equine events

WICHITA FALLS — TVMDL Extension veterinarian Dr. Terry Hensley will explain how organizers of equine events can better protect the health of participating horses during a presentation for the Wichita County Extension Horse Committee on Thursday, Sept. 20. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the county’s Extension office in the Courthouse Annex, 600 Scott, in Wichita Falls, Texas. An expert on the health of horses, sheep, goats, backyard poultry, wildlife and exotics, Dr. Hensley serves a dual role as assistant agency director at the Texas A&M Veterinary… Read More →

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