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August 2011

American College of Theriogenologists Honors Dwight Wolfe with National Award

The American College of Theriogenologists has honored Dr. Dwight Wolfe with the David E. Bartlett Award for his important contributions to the field of theriogenology. Dr. Wolfe accepted the award August 11 during the 2011 Society for Theriogenology Annual Convention held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

A food animal professor, Dr. Wolfe obtained his D.V.M. degree from Auburn in 1977 and his M.S. in large animal surgery and medicine in 1982.  He became a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1983. Named Alabama Veterinarian of the Year in 2004, he was inducted into the Alabama Livestock Hall of Fame in 2006.  In 2009 the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association presented Dr. Wolfe the Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest honor. 

Homeland Security Secretary Visits Auburn Canine Program

(Left to right) Cong. Rogers, Secretary Napolitano, President Gogue, and Amtrak Inspector Parker with a graduate of Auburn's Vapor Wake Detection training program.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited the Auburn University Canine Detection Training Center on Monday, Aug. 22, for a first-hand look at bomb-sniffing dogs and the technology behind them. After seeing a demonstration of the canines in action, Secretary Napolitano toured the center with Auburn University President Jay Gogue and Alabama Cong. Mike Rogers, who chairs a key homeland security subcommittee in Congress.

Auburn-trained canines are in service with various local, state, and federal agencies. Secretary Napolitano was interested in learning more about Auburn's patented Vapor Wake Detection technology that equips canines to identify explosive materials at airport security checkpoints or other transportation hubs.

IACUC Animal Use Forms Updated

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has updated the protocol submission forms used by investigators to submit projects involving the use of live vertebrate animals to the committee for review.  The new forms include questions/information requests/addenda that reflect numerous changes found in the revised AAALAC Program Description template (2011), the Guide (2011), and the Ag Guide (2010).   All submissions (Protocols, SOPs, or Modifications) to the IACUC on or after September 1, 2011 must be on the revised forms.  The forms may be found on the new Office of Research Compliance (ORC) -  IACUC Administration website. Please contact ORC 844-5966 or with questions.

Welcome New Employees

Attending CVM’s new employee session on August 3 were: Dr. Tekla Lee-Fowler, assistant professor, Clinical Sciences; Amanda Hazi, research assistant, Pathobiology; Dr. Satyanarayana Pondugula, assistant professor, Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology; Allyson Pierce, veterinary technician, Clinical Sciences; Dr. Cinzia Mastrorilli, instructor, Pathobiology; and Tammy Bauer, admin support associate, Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology.

Raptor Center hosts “Football, Fans, and Feathers”

Auburn University's Southeastern Raptor Center hosts educational, birds-in-flight raptor programs this fall on Fridays before home football games. "Football, Fans, and Feathers" kicks off Sept. 2 at 4 p.m.  Programs take place in the 350-seat Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater at 1350 Raptor Road off Shug Jordan Parkway. Visitors learn about the residents of the Raptor Center during these entertaining programs, which are open to the public. Programs will also be held Sept. 9, 23; Oct. 14, 28; and Nov. 18 and 25, each beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $5, and children under age 3 are admitted free. Admission is $3 a person for school groups of 25 or more, and those groups should call 844-6943. Read the news release for more information

Exercise at Work!

The CVM exercise program is in full swing for fall. Below is a note from Colleen Daly, coordinator. Colleen received the Dean’s Award during the CVM annual staff recognition awards ceremony in August:

Along with the start of classes, the CVM exercise program is going strong. We are always looking for new people to join. If you are not ready to work with a group of people, we can meet individually to discuss your current physical activity patterns and create a work out plan specifically for you. Please stop by the program! All are welcome. Take a few minutes to look at our class schedule. [attach schedule or show schedule]


August New Employee Orientation

A large group attended the CVM’s new employee session on August 3.

  • Dr. Manuel Chamorro, instructor, Clinical Sciences
  • Amanda Hazi, research assistant, Pathobiology
  • Dr. Jennifer Koehler, instructor, Pathobiology
  • Dr. Tekla Lee-Fowler, assistant professor, Clinical Sciences
  • Dr. Cinzia Mastrorilli, instructor, Pathobiology
  • Allyson Pierce, veterinary technician, Clinical Sciences
  • Dr. Satyanarayana Pondugula, assistant professor, Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Dr. Trent Stephens, instructor, Clinical Sciences
  • Diane Wilson, veterinary fellow, Scott-Ritchey Research Center

Upcoming Events

Sept. 2, 9, 23

  • Football, Fans & Feathers
  • 4 p.m.
  • Southeastern Raptor Center

Sept. 14

  • Flu Clinic (employees only)
  • 9-11 a.m. 
  • Overton upstairs
  • Conducted by the School of Pharmacy

Sept. 27

  • CVM Employee Meeting
  • 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • 120 Greene Hall

Oct. 11

  • Payroll & Benefits
  • Noon – 1 p.m.
  • 120 Greene Hall

Oct. 14

  • CVM Tiger Tailgate
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Lameness Arena

CVM Employee Meeting

  • September 27
  • 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • 120 Greene Hall


  • Acting Dean Calvin Johnson
  • Leigh Jacobson, Auburn University Recycling Program
  • Teresa Coker, Open Enrollment
  • Vic Walker, CVM Electronic Medical Records

Hosted by the Staff Advisory Committee

Congratulations to...

  • Dr. Roberto Palomares on passing the theriogenology board exam. He is now a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists.
  • . Dr. Kenny Brock (Pathobiology) on his “grandfather” status. His daughter Tricia and son-in-law Nick Brooks welcomed baby girl, Ella Grace, on July 27. 
    Dr. Kenny Brock (Pathobiology) on his “grandfather” status. His daughter Tricia and son-in-law Nick Brooks welcomed baby girl, Ella Grace, on July 27. 

“Like” the Southeastern Raptor Center on Facebook!

The Southeastern Raptor Center has joined Facebook. To keep up with the latest news, events, and public raptor releases, "like" the Southeastern Raptor Center on Facebook here.


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