Archive - November 09

November 2009

An E-Newsletter for the faculty and staff of the College of Veterinary Medicine

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World AIDS Day

At the World AIDS Day Symposium on CVM’s campus – Auburn University President Jay Gogue; Nicholas De Pompa, symposium student organizer; and speakers Drs. Mark Freedman and Stephanie Schleis.


On November 18, Dr. Linda Detwiler, an academic liaison with the USDA, led the second-year class through Procedures in Foreign Animal Disease sampling. The lab began with an exercise in personal protective equipment (PPE). Dr. Fred Hoerr, director of the Thompson-Bishop-Sparks State Diagnostic Laboratory, demonstrated avian necropsy techniques. This hands-on experience is part of an effort to increase student awareness about the growing need for veterinarians to respond to the challenges posed by new and diverse animal disease threats through a career in public practice.

Dr. Linda Detwiler demonstrates harvesting tissue for identification of animals infected with the scrapie prion.

Dr. Ken Nusbaum helps a student don personal protective equipment.

Dean’s Holiday Party Dec. 17

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s annual holiday party is set for Dec. 17 from 2:30 - 4 p.m. in Goodwin Hall. Door decoration contest winners are to be announced and a visit by jolly St. Nick is not out of the question.

To put everyone in the holiday spirit, the college is participating in Giving Trees like the one at Village Mall. Red cards with a child’s gender, age, and toy are placed on trees in the Dean’s Office (104 Greene Hall), Small Animal (outside radiology), and Large Animal. The unwrapped toys (with cards taped to the outside) will be gathered at our Dec. 17th holiday party.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office Fraternal Order of Police has distributed toys for over 30 years. Capt. Dennis, who is retired from the sheriff's office, implements the program. He receives names from the Department of Human Resources, local school systems, etc. The Village Mall has worked with Capt. Dennis for all 30 years of the program.

Decorate those Doors!

Doors and entry forms must be completed by December 9. Judging will be held by December 16 via the online format and paper ballots as required. Use the form below to register your door. The form and fee can be given to any Staff Advisory Committee member or to Karie Dalton in IIT-Greene. The entry fee is $5 per door. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. Winners are to be announced at the Dean’s Holiday Party on December 17. 

CVM Family Donates 4,000 lbs. in Food

Although the University of Alabama won the SGA-sponsored food drive with 175,653 lbs., the College of Veterinary Medicine donated more than 4,000 lbs. to Auburn's total of 164,034. That's two tons of food contributed by CVM faculty, staff, and students with many challenge donations. While the food fight trophy resides in Tuscaloosa, the real winners of the competition are those fed through the food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters supplied by both the Food Bank of East Alabama and the West Alabama Food Bank.

Congratulations to Dr. Rob Gillette

Dean Boosinger recently announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Gillette as director of the Animal Health Performance Program which includes the Canine Detection Research Institute (CDRI) and the Veterinary Sports Medicine Program. Dr. Gillette served as director of the Richard G. and Dorothy A. Metcalf Veterinary Sports Medicine Program in the Department of Clinical Sciences. Auburn's CDRI is the largest dedicated canine detection research program in the United States and its associated Canine Detection Training Center is one of the largest outside the federal government.

Kudos to Dr. Amy Munsterman

Dr. Amy Munsterman, of the Large Animal Hospital’s equine section, recently passed the board exam of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Munsterman is also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Welcome New Employees

Two new employees attended CVM orientation on November 4. Amy Richards (left) is a medical technologist in the Department of Pathobiology, and Talia Gillespie (right) joins Pathobiology as a lab technician.

New Employees - November 2009

Tiger Tailgate Spirit Winners

At the Tiger Tailgate on November 13, the Staff Advisory Committee proclaimed several spirited members of the CVM family as winners:

  • Most Spirited Faculty Member - Dr. Charles Hendrix
  • Most Spirited Staff Member - Teresa Logiotatos
  • Most Spirited Student - Frank Aman, Class of 2010
  • Most Spirited Rotation - Internal Medicine

Tiger Tailgate Auburn vs. Georgia 2009

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CVM Exercise Program Continues

The college staff and faculty exercise program is continuing for another year, but to keep it strong more people need to join. Monthly costs are only $10 a month. At such a low rate, the program is a great supplement to a regular workout routine.


If you have been thinking of joining the exercise program, this will be a great time, especially because it will help keep off those extra pounds so many of us gain this time of year!,” says instructor Colleen Daly. “Wednesdays are a great time for anyone to attend (noon or 5 p.m.) because it is a walking day. Everyone walks at his or her own pace, and it's an enjoyable way to meet or exceed the recommended target of taking 10,000 steps a day.” Contact Colleen today to learn more about the program.

In Memoriam

Evelyn Ruth Hoerlein Wilson
February 7, 1923 - October 7, 2009
Former wife of the late Dr. B.F. Hoerlein

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