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January 2012

Inaugural Lecture - Educational Wing 2012

Classes Move to New Educational Wing

Freshman through junior classes have moved from Greene Hall to the new Overton-Goodwin Educational Wing. Dr. Betsy Welles, the Pfizer Distinguished Teacher for 2011 and a professor in pathobiology, gave the inaugural lecture on Jan. 20 in the cardiovascular systems course for second-year students.

Construction on the new space began in December 2010. The wing, which contains 34,000 square feet for educational use, includes three new 150-seat classrooms and 13 conference rooms. The classrooms allowed the class size to increase from 95 students to 120 beginning fall semester.

“‘Wow!’ That’s what the students are saying as they come in the rooms because we’ve made such a giant leap in in our facilities,” said Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Donna Angarano. “We’ve had good technology, but now it’s even better. And now we have the facilities to match our technology and our outstanding faculty.”

“There is so much light, leg room, and the chairs are very comfortable,” said veterinary student Farah Ashraf of Springfield, Va. “It is a lot more open and a better environment.”

“To have classrooms with electrical outlets and Internet access available at every seat, the type of projectors and document cameras, the tiered-classroom seating with every two rows the same height for small break-out groups, to have the flexibility in seating -- these are opportunities we have not had in our older classrooms,” said Dr. Angarano. “While they were functional for educational purposes, we now have something that is just so much more than functional. It’s state-of-the-art.”

The classroom building expansion represents phase 1 of the college’s capital building campaign. Phase 2, construction of the new Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital, begins in April. Opening in 2014, the new hospital will feature approximately 200,000 square feet of clinical, examination, and client-use space.

Visit our Web site for more information on the capital campaign.

Welcome New Employees

CVM Orientation took place Jan. 4. Attending were, first row, Stephine Carter, admin support associate (Admin), and Alana Franklin, research associate (Admin-Equine Source Plasma Project). Second row, Julie Price, large animal/small animal technician (Clinical Sciences); Iris Peeler, quality assurance specialist II (Admin-Equine Source Plasma Project); Shaneka Robbins, pharmacy tech (Clinical Sciences); and William Baker, lab tech (Pathobiology).

Dougie Macintire Memorial Scholarship Fund Created

A scholarship fund has been established in the name of Dr. Dougie Macintire who died Dec. 27. Dr. Macintire, the P.B. Griffin Distinguished Professor of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, retired Dec. 1 with 21 years of service to the College of Veterinary Medicine. She was internationally recognized for her expertise in critical care medicine and in infectious diseases in small animals. She was a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

Monies for the Dougie Macintire Memorial Scholarship Fund will be used to support an annual award or scholarship for an Auburn University veterinary student who shows special interest and expertise in critical care medicine.

Giving Information

Checks payable to AUF or Auburn University Foundation

  • For: Dougie Macintire Memorial Scholarship
  • Deliver to: CVM Development Office, Room 2005, JT Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital
  • Mail to: Jan Chamblin
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Office of Development
  • 317 South College Street
  • Auburn, AL  36849

Research Week 2012 – Registration Open!

From Dr. Frank “Skip” Bartol, Alumni Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies

Registration for Research Week 2012 is now open. This first-of-kind activity for Auburn University is designed to showcase research and creative scholarship campus-wide April 2-5.

Faculty and graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to register and participate. Program details and the registration portal and abstract submission page can be found online at:

The site also contains information pertaining to the: (1) calendar of events, (2) undergraduate forum, (3) graduate forum/symposium, (4) faculty forum, (5) grantsmanship workshops, and other aspects of Research Week.

Deadline for registration and submission of abstracts is Feb. 1 for graduate students and Feb. 15 for faculty and undergraduate students.

All abstracts must be submitted online. Abstracts of work you and your students have completed/presented in the past year or anticipate presenting in the coming year are encouraged. For example, 2011 Phi Zeta abstracts are essentially 'ready-to-go' in this regard.

Register now for Research Week for the CVM to make a great showing!

Eastern Screech Owl is 2012 First Raptor

An Eastern Screech Owl, “12-001”, is the first bird admitted to the Southeastern Raptor Center in 2012. Because it was found near a road, it is suspected the injured owl was hit by a car. A diagnostics and physical exam revealed a fractured wing that doesn't require surgery. After a month of physical therapy and cage rest, the owl will be placed in a flight aviary for exercise, and later evaluated for release.

To keep up with the latest news, events, and public releases, “like” the Southeastern Raptor Center on Facebook. 

Healthy Tigers Coming February 17

Personnel with the Healthy Tigers Wellness Initiative are coming Friday, Feb. 17, from 9-12 in the cafeteria for health screenings. The healthcare benefit is for Auburn University employees who subscribe to Auburn University's Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance plan for the benefit year 2013. Employees who elect to take advantage of the Healthy Tigers Wellness Initiative can earn a $25 per month credit on their health insurance premiums (up to $300 per year) by participating in a health and wellness screening program that will continue to be coordinated by the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center (AUPCC) located in 2155 Walker Building, Harrison School of Pharmacy.

The health screenings include completing an optional short health and wellness questionnaire, having a finger stick blood test performed to check cholesterol and blood sugar levels, getting a blood pressure measurement, and participating in an optional height, weight, body mass index (BMI) and percent body fat analysis.

In addition to the employee screening, spouses who are covered under the AU BCBS insurance (family plan) will be required to be screened for the 2013 benefit year. Appointments may be scheduled online through the Healthy Tigers website Those who do not have internet access may call the AUPCC at 844-4099. Clinics are scheduled for locations across the main campus and others will be held at the CVM this year.

Dorothy Spain Passes Away

Dorothy Spain, 84, who worked in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology first as a TES employee and then full time for over 10 years until her retirement in December 2010, died Jan. 8, 2012. Those who knew Dorothy knew she lived life to the fullest. The following is an excerpt from her obituary: 

Ms. Spain was born at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Tex. She spent part of her childhood in Hawaii and Long Beach, Calif. After her mother died, Ms. Spain lived with her father, Brig. Gen. Robert D. Knapp (USAF), and his relatives before attending high school at Fairfax Hall boarding school in Waynesboro, Va. Ms. Spain attended the University of Texas in Austin. In the summer after her junior year she met Col. Thurlo M. Ashton, (USAF) while visiting her father in Argentina, where he was stationed after World War II. She married Col. Ashton in Buenos Aires and his military assignments took them from Argentina to Illinois, Texas, Panama, and the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. Ms. Spain lived in the northern Virginia area from 1960 through 1985 and worked for Travelers Insurance Company before starting a successful real estate career. She married Fredric L. Spain and together they expanded Holley Realty from one office to multiple offices of Holley Hargett and Spain Realty. She was also active in the Virginia Republican Party. In 1985, Ms. Spain moved to Auburn to help care for her father. She continued her real estate career with Cary-Pick Realty before working for Auburn University, retiring from the College of Veterinary Medicine in December 2010. Ms. Spain enjoyed travelling and frequently attended military functions across the United States with her father, including meeting of the Order of Daedalians and the 57th Bomb Wing Association. Ms. Spain was also a lifelong sports fan and especially enjoyed rooting for the Auburn Tigers, the Atlanta Braves, and the Washington Redskins. 

Annual Conference, April 12-14

From Kris Robertson Street, Coordinator of Events and Recruitment

The 105th Annual Conference takes place Apr. 12-14 at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center and at the CVM.

Keynote speakers are Auburn faculty and alumni – Dr. Brad Fields, Dr. Jim Floyd, Dr. Jacob Johnson, and Dr. Soren Rodning. During the opening session on Friday, they will discuss how veterinarians work to ensure a safe food supply for U.S. Armed Forces, the health and safety of military working dogs, and the integrity of animal agriculture in the countries they served.

For CVM faculty, staff, and students: If you do not need continuing education credit, you do not have to register for the conference, but please wear your badge when attending conference events.

If you do require continuing education hours, please register before Mar. 30. Registration is required for a CE certificate.  

View a copy of the conference schedule and register online.

For questions and more information, contact Kris Street at 844-2497 or

Congratulations to...

  • Dr. Ya-Xiong Tao (Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology) who has received a three-year grant award from the American Diabetes Association. The $345,000 award will fund Dr. Tao’s research “Rescue of intracellularly retained human melanocortin-4 receptor mutants.”
  • CVM faculty members who had their titles changed to clinical lecturer: 
    Manual Chamorro, Erin Groover, Jey Koehler, Cinzia Mastrorilli, Amelia Munsterman, Benjamin Newcomer, Sara-Louise Newcomer, Adesola Odunayo, and Glen Sellers.


Dr. Mac’s Service Available Online

Because of numerous requests, the college memorial service held January 9 for Dr. Dougie Macintire is available for viewing. Enter the link below into your web browser:

  • mms://
  • The video is also available for download on the G Drive: G > Biomed > Public > macintire_service.wmv

Dr. Joe Rowe Joins APP

Dr. Joe E. Rowe joined the Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology on Jan. 16 as a lecturer in anatomy. Dr. Rowe, who has years of experience as a mixed animal veterinarian, brings a strong clinical perspective to the teaching of anatomy of both small and large animals. He received his D.V.M. in 1987 and a degree in animal/dairy science in 1982, both from Auburn University. Since 2009 he has served as a small animal medicine and surgery relief veterinarian. He worked as a large animal medicine and surgery relief veterinarian from 2004 to 2008 after operating his own mixed practice clinic in Eclectic from 1995 to 2004.

Dr. Rowe has completed first responder and bioterrorism preparedness training, as well as WMD basic agriculture emergency response and incident command training classes. 

New emergency preparedness training offered

The Auburn University Department of Public Safety and Security is offering a new emergency preparedness training course for employees beginning this month. The first half of this course provides an in-depth review of Auburn University's emergency guidelines, notification components and expectations of faculty and staff during an emergency. The second half trains attendees on active shooter response by providing a range of options available using ALiCE – Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. Employees are strongly encouraged to attend one of the scheduled four-hour training sessions. Sessions are shown under “Training resources” on the Emergency Management website and are also available in A-Train as course EM300 (sessions being added as training locations are identified). Any questions should be directed to 844-8888 or

Construction Update

Contractors will begin to erect the first part of Phase II construction fencing. This first part will encompass the parking in front of McAdory Hall which faces Wire Road. Contractors will use this as a set up area. The current McAdory Drive will be closed and the new drive opened. Construction fencing will move every few weeks to allow for progress.  

McAdory Hall is now closed to the public. Partitions will be added at the entrance to Hoerlein (ramp) joining McAdory in the near future. Demolition of McAdory Hall is scheduled for completion by Mar. 29. 

The new traffic signal located on Wire Road is activated.  

*The standing water issue (when it rains heavily) located near the door to Pathobiology and the new educational wing will be addressed during Phase 2 of the construction process.

Our Condolences To...

  • Teri Dunaway (Clinical Sciences) whose mother passed away on Jan. 27 after a lengthy illness.


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