August Issue - 2010

2nd Annual Staff Recognition Awards Presented

The College of Veterinary Medicine presented its second annual Staff Recognition Awards on July 21 in Overton Auditorium. The program’s purpose is to formally recognize outstanding performance and accomplishment by CVM staff employees, as well as to recognize longevity of employees of the college.

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Dr. Fred Hoerr Honored for Ongoing Research in Poultry Disease and Health

Frederic J. Hoerr, D.V.M., Ph.D., director of the Alabama State Diagnostic Laboratory and a professor at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine where he has taught diseases of poultry since 1980, is the recipient of the Phibro Animal Health Excellence in Poultry Research Award for 2010. 

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CVM Graduate Student Receives AAAP Best Poster Award

The American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) presented Rodrigo Gallardo, a graduate student in the Department of Pathobiology, the best student poster award at the AAAP annual meeting held in Atlanta during the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention. Posters for the A.S. “Rosy” Rosenwald Student Poster Award involve some aspect of poultry health and disease. 

CVM’s Latest Employees

Attending the August 4 employee orientation session were Anne Wiley, a research associate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology; Darci Palmer, a veterinary technician in Clinical Sciences; Joel Smith, an animal care technician with the Large Animal Teaching Hospital/Clinical Sciences; and Roy Harmon, a research aid in Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology.

Provost Reappoints Wohl as Auburn University Ombudsperson

Auburn University Ombudsperson Dr. Jim Wohl has been reappointed to a three-year term, Provost Mary Ellen Mazey announced recently. Dr. Wohl served as ombudsperson during a two-year trial period for the position that was established in 2008. He acts as a neutral party in helping employees and the university address workplace conflicts and concerns.  Read More

New SATH Campaign Kicks Off

On August 2 at Auburn’s alumni reception held during the 147th AVMA Annual Convention in Atlanta, the college launced its capital campaign for the new Small Animal Teaching Hospital and Educational Wing. Attendees wore buttons with the campaign theme: Soar – The Spirit to Innovate, The Heart to Heal.

Construction begins in December on the educational wing which will include three state-of-the-art lecture rooms and small-group meeting and conference rooms.  The new lecture rooms will allow the college to increase enrollment beginning fall 2011.  

CVM Hosts International Animal Rehab Symposium

If you heard someone speaking in Swedish or Slovene the week of August 4-7, they were likely attending the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Symposium.  The conference, which was held on the CVM campus and the Hotel at Auburn University, had over 250 in attendance from 15 different countries. 

“The field of animal rehabilitation is rapidly growing and a number of veterinary practices and teaching hospitals now include rehabilitation services,” said Dr. Janet Steiss, D.V.M., Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology.  Dr. Steiss also holds a master’s degree in physical therapy and is a licensed physical therapist. “Understanding the field of physical therapy as it relates to human patients allows us to provide new approaches to the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in companion animals and horses.”

Dr. Steiss says in the past ten to fifteen years there has been exponential growth in the interest of animal rehabilitation. At the symposium’s exhibit hall, state-of-the-art rehab equipment ran the gamut from a small booty to protect a paw to an underwater treadmill.

The International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy is dedicated to the practice, teaching, and research of veterinary rehabilitation and physical therapy, furthering scientific investigation, and providing better patient care based on sound scientific study.

Call for Nominations – Joy Goodwin Lectureship Series

The Joy Goodwin Lectureship Committee is seeking nominations for the Joy Goodwin Lectureship Series - for both the annual distinguished lectureship and the visiting lecturer series.  According to Dr. Kaltenboeck, the committee anticipates supporting five visiting Joy Goodwin lecturers, as well as the distinguished Joy Goodwin lecturer. Consult the website for nomination rules; all nominations should be made through the website:

Lee County Humane Society Accepting Votes for 2011 Calendar

The Lee County Humane Society is accepting votes through Sept. 11 for the 2011 Best Friends Calendar. The calendar, which is a celebration of local pets, helps raise money for animals at the shelter.

Over 50 entries were submitted for the calendar contest. The pet that receives the most votes will be featured on the cover and the next ten pets with the highest number of votes will be included as a pet of the month. A local artist will choose the most artistic entry to be featured as “Best in Show Pet of the Month.” Each vote costs $1 and there is no limit on voting. All donations to the Lee County Humane Society are tax-deductible.

Voting is available online at and at the shelter. Voting ends Sept. 11 at the Lee County Humane Society’s 10th annual Woofstock celebration. Calendars will be sold at the shelter and locally in late fall. All proceeds benefit the shelter’s general operating fund which sustains the shelter animals’ basic food, medical, and welfare needs. 

Greene Hall Defibrillator

The Department of Public Safety and Security/Emergency Management has assigned an automated external defibrillator (AED) unit to Greene Hall (first floor lobby next to the elevator door). The AED is housed in a wall-mounted cabinet that will alarm when the AED is removed.

Horses From Around the World

The Veterinary Medical Library invites you to see a display of horse statuaries assembled by Dr. and Mrs. John Schumacher. The collection is contained in the cases in Greene Hall lobby. 

Do you zumba?

You should. The CVM’s exercise program for staff and faculty features classes this fall . Zumba is a fun cardio workout using basic dance moves. Exercise classes meet in 144 McAdory Hall, are 30-60 minutes in length, and are designed to accommodate all fitness levels.  The only recommendations are a towel and a bottle of water.

Also this fall, nutrition and diet evaluation!  A registered dietician is available this semester only for consultation. E-mail

Healthy Tigers Reminder

Auburn University employees who subscribe to the university's health insurance plan are offered a new health care benefit. Employees who take advantage of the 2010 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 coordinated by the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center.

Wellness clinics have been conducted at the CVM and appointments are available at the Walker Building at the Harrison School of Pharmacy. In lieu of attending a clinic, an employee who sees his or her doctor regularly and has the required test results may have the doctor submit a health care provider screening form to verify discount eligibility.

If the screening is completed before November 30, 2010, and if the results are within normal limits, the employee will be immediately eligible for the 2011 premium discount which will take effect January 1, 2011.

For more information and to make an appointment online, visit the Healthy Tigers website


  • Dr. Allison Stewart (Clinical Sciences) whose articles on snake bites are published in a special snake bite report in the September issue of Equus.
  • Dr. Annette N. Smith (Clinical Sciences) and her husband, Steven Friedlander, who welcomed their second daughter, Melody Joie Friedlander, on June 13. She weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz., and was 20 1/2 inches in length. She joins proud big sister Suzanna Claire.
  • Clay Fulghum (Clinical Sciences), an animal care orderly , whose son Conner was born August 4. He weighed 5 lbs., 11 oz., and was 21 inches long.
  • Karla Meadows (Administration) who has been appointed by the Auburn University president's office to serve as an A&P representative on the university Safety Committee.

Upcoming Events

Vet Tech Lunch-and-Learn

  • Friday, September 3 
  •  Flea Products
  • Missy Streicher
  • Friday, September 17
  • Dr. Christine Royal, Novartis

Football, Fans, and Feathers

  • Sept. 3, 17, 24
  • Southeastern Raptor Center
  • Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater
  • 4 p.m.
  • $5; children under 3, free

Fledglings No More!
Release of Barn Owls into the Wild
Sept. 2
Town Creek Park
1150 South Gay Street
6:30 p.m.
Southeastern Raptor Center’s
Guardian Barn Owls 
at the movie release of
Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Sept. 24
Carmike Wynnsong 16
2111 East University Drive
beginning at 6 p.m.
Fledglings No More! Release of Barn Owls into the Wild
  • Sept. 2
  • Town Creek Park
  • 1150 South Gay Street
  • 6:30 p.m.

Southeastern Raptor Center’s Guardian Barn Owls at the movie release of Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

  • Sept. 24
  • Carmike Wynnsong
  • 162111 East University Drive
  • beginning at 6 p.m.

Reflecting Back

As her husband deploys to Afghanistan as commander of the 358th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services), we take a look back at Dr. Aime Johnson’s veterinary mission trip to Kenya in July 2009.

From Africa, to England, to New Zealand, CVM faculty and students are making an impact on animals and people around the globe.

Rumuruti, Kenya, July 2009

The team of veterinary students and veterinarians traveled to the town of Rumuruti, Kenya, about 30 miles from the equator.  We were working with the Samburu tribe, pastoral people who depend on their animals for everything. This tribe is semi-nomadic and will travel long distances looking for adequate grazing.  Our goal was to improve the health of the animals, thus improving the health of the Samburu and increasing the tribe’s source of income. 

Our work days started as soon as we jumped out of the vans.  We greeted the waiting people and were lead to a boma where several hundred sheep and goats were waiting.  A boma is a corral-type holding area made from tree or bush branches. Many contained very long, sharp thorns.  All animals were vaccinated for sheep and goat pox, and dewormed.  Additional services included spraying for ticks, treating for mange, and treating any individual sick or injured animals in the herd. 

Many of the diseases that cause illness in the animals are caused by ticks, so teaching tick control to the Samburu was essential. We did not have access to the diagnostics that are available in a regular veterinary practice including routine blood work and special tests. The students had only their eyes and hands to examine the animals and determine a diagnosis. The students blossomed as a result, as they gained confidence in their skills and treatment decisions.  This trip is also Christ-centered as we sought to show God’s love through our actions, and actively encourage the new believers in the tribe. As a result, over 30,000 animals were treated in one week with countless lives changed physically and spiritually.

Dr. Aime Johnson
Assistant Professor in Theriogenology
Department of Clinical Sciences


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