April 2011

New Small Animal Teaching Hospital Named in Memory of the Baileys

The Board of Trustees of Auburn University has approved the naming of the future small animal teaching hospital for a former graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine and his wife.

The Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital will be built adjacent to the existing hospital.  The new facility will feature approximately 200,000 square feet of clinical, examination, and client-use space. The hospital will include services such as community practice, critical care, oncology, neurology, imaging, and orthopedics.

Auburn alumni John and Rosemary Brown have made a $10 million pledge in memory of the Baileys. The Browns are contributing the funds in admiration and appreciation of their friendship with the Baileys which began when they were students at Auburn during the 1950s.

Wilford S. Bailey, a veterinary parasitologist, held a 50-year continuous faculty appointment at Auburn University after receiving his veterinary degree in 1942. He served in positions ranging from instructor to university president.

Bailey was the first recipient of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Distinguished Alumni Award. After his death in October 2000, the award was renamed the Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumnus Award to acknowledge his contributions to veterinary medicine, higher education, and humanity.

Bailey met his wife Cratus “Kate” Hester during her one quarter at Auburn after she had earned degrees in home economics from Nashville’s David Lipscomb and Peabody colleges. The couple married in 1942.  At the time of Bailey’s death, they were married 58 years and had four children: Ed Bailey of Rye, N.Y.; Joe Bailey of Auburn; Margaret Bailey Newcomb of Palmyra, Va.; and Sarah Bailey of Acworth, Ga. Cratus Bailey died August 5, 2010.

John Brown, a 1957 graduate in chemical engineering, retired as CEO of Stryker Corporation in 2004. His wife Rosemary Kopel Brown graduated in 1957 in chemistry and spent 30 years as a secondary mathematics teacher.  The Browns are longtime supporters of their respective colleges and the College of Veterinary Medicine.  The Dr. Wilford S. Bailey Scholarship, funded by the Browns and given annually, provides resources for veterinary students.

“Through their gift, John and Rosemary Brown are challenging friends and graduates of our college to match their pledge,” said Dean Tim Boosinger.  “Their support creates awareness of the new small animal teaching hospital and encourages others to contribute.

“The Browns wish to remember their friendship with the Baileys and the college is the very fortunate recipient,” said Boosinger.  “Veterinary medicine at Auburn has a 119-year history of outstanding service to the advancement of animal and human health. The Browns’ generous gift in remembrance of the Baileys will enable us to continue as leaders in veterinary education for many years to come.”

The Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital is scheduled to open in 2014.

Dr. Jan K. Strother to Deliver Commencement Address

Dr. Jan K. Strother, a small animal veterinarian from Hartselle, Alabama, and vice president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), will deliver the commencement address for the College of Veterinary Medicine’s 104th commencement on May 10. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in the Auburn Arena.

During her two-year term as AVMA vice president, Dr. Strother serves as liaison with the student chapters of the association. A 1986 graduate of the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Strother is founder and hospital director of the North Alabama Cat and Bird Veterinary Clinic in Hartselle. Her professional interests include avian and feline medicine and surgery.

Dr. Strother’s skills as a public speaker have resulted in appearances as a guest on Good Morning America, the Today Show, Fox Pet News, and many other radio and television shows to discuss pet health issues.

Dr. John MacDonald Receives Prestigious Award for Dermatology

The American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) has honored Dr. John MacDonald with the prestigious Award of Excellence for his contributions to science and education. Dr. MacDonald accepted the annual award during the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum held April 13-16 in Galveston, Texas.

Dr. MacDonald, a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, has been a member of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology since 1979. He served on the ACVD executive board for ten years with two-year terms as member-at-large, treasurer, secretary, and president and past president.  He currently serves as the ACVD representative to the American Board of Veterinary Specialists acting as a liaison between the two organizations. 

Dr. Petrenko’s Book on Phage Nanobiotechnology Published

"Phage Nanobiotechnology,” edited by Dr. Valery Petrenko and published by the Royal Society of Chemistry is now released. 

From the book’s synopsis:

"Several books and many papers have been published during the last decade on the design and the use of new nanomaterials in medicine and technology, which describe major concepts of nanotechnology. Meanwhile, a new promising type of nanomaterials-bacteriophages-emerged recently as a result of the evolution of phage display technique…

This comprehensive book, of value to researchers as well as scientists, introduces readers into this hot new area of phage nanobiotechnology. It summarises the existing data on the phage nanomaterials and discusses their use in different areas of medicine, science and technology. With contributions by top level experts and pioneers in phage display, the major goal of this book is to bring the phage display technique closer to specialists in these diverse areas of medicine, science and technology, where phage-derived nanomaterials can be most beneficial."

Congratulations to Dr. Petrenko, a professor in the Department of Pathobiology and principal investigator for Auburn’s Center for Translational Cancer Nanomedicine, on this important contribution to phage nanobiotechnology.

CVM Welcomes New Employees

CVM Welcomes New Employees
Attending the April 6 CVM orientation session were: Rita Kay Ramsey, admin support assistant, Department of Clinical Sciences; Dr. Russell Cattley, professor, Department of Pathobiology; and Trevor Browne, ag tech, Animal Health and Performance Program. 

Attending the April 6 CVM orientation session were: Rita Kay Ramsey, admin support assistant, Department of Clinical Sciences; Dr. Russell Cattley, professor, Department of Pathobiology; and Trevor Browne, ag tech, Animal Health and Performance Program.


Nominations for Staff Awards Sought

The college will honor staff and administrative professional personnel on August 3 during the annual Staff Appreciation Day. Four staff recognition awards will be given to individuals who are permanently assigned within the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Dean’s Award is presented to an individual working within the college, but who has another organizational home (e.g., Facilities Division, Auburn University Alumni Foundation, RBD Libraries, Centaur, etc.)

The Deborah Hatch Czerkawski Award is given to an individual who demonstrates “altruistic dedication to the college, the university, and/or the community at large.”  

Visit nomination instructions and forms, or contact your departmental or section personnel.  Nominations with accompanying letters of support must be received by the departmental/section representatives by 4:45 p.m. on June 1.

Yard/Bake Sale Benefit Planned for May 21

Remember to bring your donated items to IIT in 180 Greene Hall or the OTS house for the benefit yard/bake sale for Carrie Chavers, wife of Jason Chavers (IIT). The event is to support Carrie in her fight against adrenocortical carcinoma.

Scheduled for May 21 from 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the OTS house, the yard sale features entertainment by the local band Pangea. Refreshments will be available for a small donation.

Contact Karie Dalton (daltoka@auburn.edu or 844-3713) if you plan to donate items for the bake sale or to deliver yard sale items to the OTS house or IIT. To distribute flyers for the event, pick them up in IIT or view the flyer at this link.

We thank everyone who donates! We hope to make this a great day for Carrie and Jason.

Have You Been Screened?

Have you had your Healthy Tigers screening this year?  Auburn University Blue Cross Blue Shield (AU BCBS) subscribers must be screened yearly in to qualify for the Healthy Tigers Initiative discount.  Healthy Tigers screening appointments are available through the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center (AUPCC).  Appointments may be scheduled online through the Healthy Tigers website .

Spouses covered by AU BCBS must also be screened to qualify for Healthy Tigers for the 2012 benefit year.

In place of attending a clinic an employee or spouse who sees his or her doctor regularly and has the required test results may have the doctor submit a Healthcare Provider Screening Form to AUPCC to verify discount eligibility. Test results must be conducted in 2011 for the benefit to take effect on January 1, 2012. NOTE: Lab costs associated with the some of the Healthy Tigers screening procedures, if conducted by your physician, may be billable to you unless they are deemed to be medically necessary. Please consult with your doctor to determine how this may affect you.

Additional information concerning the program 

For additional questions, email aupcc4u@auburn.edu or Healthy Tigers at wellnss@auburn.edu.

Lee County Humane Society Accepting Entries for Calendar Contest

The Lee County Humane Society is accepting entries for the 2012 Best Friends Calendar contest. The calendar, which benefits the animals at the shelter, raised more than $14,000 last year.

Photo entries will be accepted until May 27. Each entry costs $10 per photo and all photos will be included in the 2012 calendar. Special offers of $20 per photo plus 15 votes in the contest, or $50 per photo plus 35 votes in the contest are offered.  Photo submissions should be a 4x6 photograph or high-resolution digital format submission by e-mail or online at www.leecountyhumane.org.  Applications and official rules for the contest are available at the shelter or at www.leecountyhumane.org.

The photo receiving the highest number of votes will be featured as the “cover pet.” The winner will receive a personal pet photography session with Jackie Hampton Photography. The ten pets receiving next highest number of votes will be featured as “pets of the month.” A local artist will select the photograph to be featured on a month as “best in show.”

 Voting for the contest begins June 13 at the shelter and online and ends August 27 at the shelter’s Woofstock celebration.  Each vote costs $1, and there is no limit to the number of votes that may be submitted per photograph.  All donations to Lee County Humane Society are tax-deductible.

The Lee County Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to serving the citizens and animals of Lee County through animal rescue, the promotion of responsible animal companionship, and the elimination of pet overpopulation.

Upcoming Events

  • CVM Graduate Student Association Cake Farewell
  • Wednesday, May 4
  • Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Goodwin Student Center Cafeteria
  • Commencement 
  • Tuesday, May 10
  • 6 p.m.
  • Auburn Arena
  • Yard/Bake Sale Benefit for Carrie Chavers
  • Saturday, May 21
  • 6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • OTS House, 1585 Wire Road
  • Retirement Reception for Dr. Bobby Brown
  • Friday, May 20
  • 2 p.m.
  • Goodwin Student Center
  • Staff Appreciaton Day
  • Wednesday, August 3
  • Overton Auditorium

Construction Work on Wire Road to Continue through May

Construction work for the turn lanes on both sides of Wire Road directly in front of the College of Veterinary Medicine will continue throughout the month of May. Only one outer lane will be blocked at any given time and all lanes will be open at the end of each work day. For questions about the work, contact David Roberson at 703-7203.

Retirement Reception for Dr. Bobby Brown is May 20

Dr. Bobby Brown, director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Health since 2006, retires from Auburn University on May 31. A retirement reception is planned for Friday, May 20, at 2 p.m. in Goodwin Student Center.

Dr. Brown received his D.V.M. from Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1968. For many years he worked at the Centers for Disease Control as chief of the animal resources branch and as associate director for veterinary public health. He was also a senior assurance officer with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, U.S. Department of Health and Human Sciences.

Guest Wireless Internet Available

The Office of Information Technology has created a guest wireless access system. Employees with a valid Auburn account can use the system to provide wireless Internet access for guests.  This access is isolated from the CVM network so they will not be able to access any CVM servers/services.

Instructions to create an account and connect to the network

For connection problems, visit Vet Med’s IIT virtual help desk or call 844-3713.

Recycling Returns

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Department has placed receptacles for mixed paper, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans at the veterinary college. Roll-carts for mixed paper are located at the vending machines near the Greene Hall loading dock and at the cardboard dumpster on the north side of Hoerlein Hall. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to bring their mixed paper items to these bins until a more comprehensive program is established.

Recycling bins for #1 and #2 plastic bottles and aluminum cans are placed next to some of the outdoor trash bins.

Locations list and list of acceptable and nonacceptable mixed paper items

For questions concerning the bins, contact aureuse@auburn.edu or call 844-9461.

Say Goodbye with Cake

The CVM Graduate Student Association is hosting a cake reception on Wednesday, May 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Goodwin Student Center cafeteria for graduate students and faculty members to bid farewell to the graduate trainees who are leaving this academic year.

Congratulations to...

  • Dr. Mahmoud Mansour who earned tenure in 2011.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Spangler who received a promotion to associate professor with tenure in 2011.
  • Dr. Roberto A. Palomares Naveda who received an "Outstanding International Graduate Student Award" for academic excellence from the Auburn University International Student Organization.  Dr. Naveda is a second-year resident in food animal theriogenology.
  • Maninder Sandey and Rodrigo A. Gallardo, CVM Biomedical Sciences graduate students, who placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the science poster category at the 2011 Graduate Scholars Symposium.  The Graduate Student Council honored Sandey and Gallardo at a luncheon on April 21.  
  • Beth Carlisle (small animal internal medicine veterinary technician) and her husband Jarrid on the birth of their daughter McKenna on April 6. McKenna arrived at 6 lbs., 5.5 oz., and 20 inches long. 
  • Dori Miller, a graduate research assistant, on her designation as a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) National Research Initiative (NRI) Merit Fellow.  Dori, who is mentored by Dr. Frank Bartol, is continuing efforts to test the “Lactocrine Hypothesis” on behalf of the Auburn/Rutgers research partnership.


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