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February 2012

AURIC Launches; Reception to be Held Mar. 16

AURIC, the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer, will hold a launch event on Friday, Mar. 16, at the college. Based in part on a $1 million state appropriation, the program’s mission is to foster excellence in cancer research, from the laboratory to the clinic. Dr. Bruce Smith has been named as AURIC director. Membership in AURIC is open to interested faculty, students, and staff.

The CVM community is invited to a reception honoring Speaker Mike Hubbard for his instrumental role in establishing AURIC at 10:30 a.m. on Mar. 16 in the Overton-Goodwin Student Center cafeteria.

A Giant Battle: Auburn Canines Help in Search for Everglades’ Pythons

A story in the Feb. 27 New Yorker magazine and the featured story (below) regarding Burmese pythons in the Everglades has prompted worldwide attention for the Animal Health and Performance Program. The college has received numerous media inquiries, including a television station in London and NPR in Canada regarding the dog detection program.

The scenario sounds like a low-budget movie from the 1970s: Humongous snakes are on the loose, eating everything in sight. But this is real – a problem that Auburn University and its canines are helping to combat.

Auburn researchers used detection dogs in the Everglades National Park to find Burmese pythons during a recent study on ways to manage and eradicate these nonnative, invasive snakes, which are eating native wildlife, mostly mammals and birds.

For more of the story written by Charles Martin, click here.

Auburn University researchers used detection dogs in the Everglades National Park to find Burmese pythons during a recent study on ways to manage and eradicate these nonnative, invasive snakes. Holding this pregnant python are, left to right, dog handler Jason Dewitt, researcher Christina Romagosa, doctoral student Melissa Miller, and dog trainer Bart Rogers. Black Labrador retrievers Ivy and Jake, part of Auburn’s EcoDogs program, were trained to find the large snakes.

Gogue Appointed to Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has appointed President Jay Gogue of Auburn University to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council. The new council, comprised of prominent university presidents and academic leaders, is charged with advising the Secretary and senior leadership at the Department on several key issues.

"Dr. Gogue's extensive experience and expertise will make him a valuable asset to the Council," said Secretary Napolitano. "I look forward to working with him on these critical issues."

The new council underscores the Department's commitment to working with the academic community. In this noteworthy role, Gogue will provide advice and recommendations on issues related to student and recent graduate recruitment; international students; academic research; campus and community resiliency, security and preparedness; and faculty exchanges.

Gogue began his tenure as Auburn University's 18th president on July 16, 2007.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited the Auburn University Canine Detection Training Center in August 2011 for a first-hand look at bomb-sniffing dogs and the technology behind them. Left to right, Cong. Mike Rogers, Secretary Napolitano, President Jay Gogue, and Amtrak Handler Ed Ross with Zeta. 

Dr. Fred Hoerr Retires as Director

Dr. Fred Hoerr, director of the State Diagnostic Laboratory, retired Feb. 29 after 31 years with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and Auburn University. Dr. Hoerr served the College of Veterinary Medicine, first as affiliate faculty and later as professor of avian pathology, through a joint appointment with the State Diagnostic Laboratory. He was honored with Professor Emeritus status during his retirement reception on Feb. 28.

In 2010 the American Association of Avian Pathologists selected Dr. Hoerr for the Philbro Animal Health Excellence in Poultry Research Award which recognizes research in poultry disease and health over a period of 20 years or more. In 2011 Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine presented Dr. Hoerr its distinguished alumna award. Under his leadership, the Auburn diagnostic laboratory received accreditation by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians in 2011. The maximum five-year accreditation brings Alabama up to standards, not only to other laboratories in the United States, but on an international basis.

Veterinary Medicine Tweets News

Make the College of Veterinary Medicine part of your Twitter feed. Keep up to date on the latest information and events by following the college @AuburnVetMed on Twitter. On Facebook search for “Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.”

CVM Orientation

Attending the Feb. 1 CVM orientation session were, front row, Jamie Foster, large animal/small animal technician (Clinical Sciences); Brooke Howze, surgical services technician (Clinical Sciences); and Julia Diller, large animal/small animal technician (Clinical Sciences). Back row, Jennifer Pannell, large animal/small animal technician (Clinical Sciences); Joe Rowe, lecturer (Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology), and Corrie Pascoe, research assistant, (Equine Source Plasma Project).

AVESS and Nestle Purina Changes

Staff, faculty, residents, interns, and students are allowed to purchase Nestle Purina food from AVESS. Nestle Purina donates the food AVESS carries to help supplement the student feeding program and to help AVESS raise money to donate to the college for the benefit of the students’ education. 
A letter from Nestle Purina representative Dr. Nicholas Vaughan explaining the following changes is attached.

  • To allow more people to obtain food, the limit of items allotted per person per month is 3 food items per month (including dry/canned food and Fortiflora) and 3 treat products per month. 
  • Nestle Purina has suggested the price of their donated food be raised allowing more money to be donated to the college for educational purposes. A chart of the new prices is attached.
  • To allow AVESS to keep better track of inventory and to assure the correct price is charged, all items will be scanned before leaving the store.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact a Nestle Purina representative or an AVESS manager.
-AVESS Manager Sarah Fredrick, Class of 2014

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

Upcoming Events

AURIC Reception

  • March 16
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Overton-Goodwin Student Center

105th Annual Conference

  • April 12-14

Open House

  • April 21

Spring Exercise Schedule and Location Change

As Dr. Mary Boudreux says, it's never too late to start taking care of yourself.  Attached is the Spring Exercise Class Schedule. Classes now meet in Overton auditorium (not McAdory). 

Come by and meet Colleen Daly or Danielle Wadsworth, as they are investing a lot of time with this program for the CVM.  

Clinical Pharmacology Lab Moves

The Clinical Pharmacology Lab has moved. To submit a sample, please bring it to the window outside the Scott-Ritchey Research Center (the ramp going up to the card key door). If no one is at the window, please ring the buzzer.  

Mail, Express Mail, and Loading Dock Concerns

Overton mail kiosk - The mail kiosk in Overton is now operational. Instructions are located on the machine.  Mail pickups occur weekdays by 3:45 p.m. with no mail picked up on the weekend. Mail pickups occur weekdays by 3:45 p.m. with no mail picked up on the weekend. 

Fed Ex - The CVM Federal Express drop box has been relocated. The box is now near the Greene Hall loading dock facing the C zone parking lot.

Greene Hall loading dock –when using this area for disposal, please note:

  • Equipment cannot be left on the loading dock because no one will pick it up.  A request must be made through your department/unit to have Surplus Property retrieve the item.
  • Large items can only be picked up for disposal by submitting a work order to Facilities.
  • The trash compactor controls must never be blocked.
  • Always push the key button when placing trash into the compactor.

Construction Update

Overton exterior

Continuation of the metal panel installation continues. The three roof areas of concern will be replaced (low slope in center, large hip on northeast corner, and east elevation on north stairwell). Additional metal roofing will be ordered. There is a section of flat roof which continues to have drainage problems. It is believed the leakage problem was resolved but water is still trapped. A camera will be brought in to check for moisture.

Phase II

Phase II will be delayed for four to six weeks due to the bid being over the estimated costs. 

McAdory Hall

One barn has been demolished and the second is under way. Demolition of McAdory Hall will occur immediately after the barns are removed.

Equine Research

The punch list has been completed. One additional gas leak was detected and the valve tightened. An additional order for vacuum outlets has been added to the project.

Procedure Changed for Submitting Animal Use Protocol Forms

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee no longer requires the submission of 16 copies of animal use protocol forms. Submit only the original form with all signatures to the Office of Research Compliance, 115 Ramsay Hall basement. The email address for IACUC related matters has changed and is now Call Lisa Boshell, IACUC administrator, at 844-5978 with questions.

Congratulations to...

  • Ashley Burt who was selected to serve as director of Information and Instructional Technology (IIT) in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Burt, who had served as interim director since 2009, began his appointment as director on March 1. 
  • Sam Deal (Clinical Sciences accountant) and his wife Allison who welcomed a baby boy, Leonard James (“L.J.”) on Feb. 7. L.J. was 20.5 inches long and weighed 7.2 oz.
  • Chris Alford  and Manjunatha Nanjappa whose manuscripts have been chosen to compete for the 2012 National Phi Zeta Award.  Alford's paper "Evaluation of a Transvaginal Laparoscopic Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery Approach to the Abdomen of Mares" was selected to compete nationally in the clinical sciences category. Dr. Reid Hanson was his graduate advisor. 
  • Nanjappa's paper "The Industrial Chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) Interferes with Proliferative Activity and Development of Steroidogenic Capacity in Rat Leydig Cells" was selected to compete in the basic sciences category. Dr. Benson Akingbemi is his graduate advisor. 
  • Carl Pinkert, Auburn University associate vice president for research, who was elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Council.

Our Condolences To...

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


The college has launched a Fan Page on Facebook. Search for "Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine."

You must be a Facebook user to view our page. To post CVM news, upcoming events, honorary awards, grant awards, etc. (with photographs), please send your information to Tara Lanier.


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