Leading Canine Geneticist to Give Lecture Jan. 15

Eldin A. Leighton, one of the nation’s leading authorities in canine genetics, will give a lecture Wednesday, Jan. 15, @theCVM. Leighton will discuss his latest research, “Steps taken to Genetically Control a Bleeding Disorder Discovered in German Shepherd Dogs” at noon in 255 Overton Educational Wing. As the Jane H. Booker Chair of Canine Genetics at The Seeing Eye, Inc., in Morristown, N.J., Leighton directs the genetics program for the oldest school in the world providing guide dogs for blind people. In addition to his seminar, Leighton will be consulting with the college’s Animal Health and Performance Program (AHPP) to expand and improve its detector canine breeding and development program.

Support Auburn Athletics and the CVM this Sunday

Must Pick Up Tickets in Dean's Office Today!

Auburn Athletics’ annual Dean’s Challenge promotion is underway for Auburn women’s basketball.  The college/school with the highest overall attendance will receive a $1,000 scholarship award from Auburn Athletics. Support the Lady Tigers and the CVM by attending the Sunday, Jan. 12, game vs South Carolina in Auburn Arena; tipoff is 1:30 p.m. Stop by 104 Greene Hall for free tickets for you and your family.

State Legislators Tour the College

The CVM recently hosted a visit for Speaker Mike Hubbard of the Alabama House of Representatives, and Chairman Bill Poole of the Alabama House Ways and Means Education Committee, to discuss the impact of the college's research on the protection of human and animal health in the State of Alabama and beyond. While on campus, the state Congressmen received updates on several research projects:

Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer, Animal Health and Performance Program, the Auburn Laboratory for Imaging Animal Systems, Vaccine technology and Tay-Sachs disease research.

Chairman Bill Poole, second from the right, learned about ongoing research in the Flow Cytometry and High Speed Laboratory by lab manager Allison Church Bird, far right. Also attending were, from left, CVM Associate Dean for Research Skip Bartol, and AU Governmental Affairs staff C.J. Hincy and Sherri Fulford.

Peter Panizzi, a faculty member in Pharmacy, explains to Poole some of the research he and CVM faculty members are jointly conducting.

New to the CVM Family

Welcome from left: Jeff Daniel, Jacqueline Mack, Courtney Burbage, Sidney McKathan, and Melissa Weldon; and in second photo, from left: Ning Cheng, Jill Wardlow, Dr. Philip Moore and Ben Hohenstatt.

Welcome new employees:

  • Courtney Burbage, Clinical Sciences
  • William Travis Chase; Administration
  • Ning Cheng, Clinical Sciences
  • Jeff Daniel, Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Hayley Ann Dickinson, Clinical Sciences
  • Farruk Mohammad Lutful Kabir, Pathobiology
  • Ben Hohenstatt, intern, Communications and Marketing
  • Jacqueline Mack, AUESPP
  • Ivy McCranine, Clinical Sciences
  • Sidney McKathan, Clinical Sciences
  • Anna Arlene Myers, Administration
  • Dr. Philip Moore, Clinical Sciences
  • Lisa Cox Parsons, Clinical Sciences
  • Jill Wardlow, Clinical Sciences
  • Melissa Weldon, Vaughan Animal Teaching Hospital

Stewart chosen as Member of Global Teaching Academy

Allison Stewart, associate professor in equine internal medicine, has been selected as one of eight Auburn faculty members in the newly created Global Teaching Academy in Auburn’s Office of International Programs to recognize and celebrate exceptional teaching in an international context. One role of the academy will be to facilitate international course offerings on campus, complementing the recent growth of study abroad courses and exchange programs offered overseas. The Academy will also assist in creating an academic International minor for those students not currently served by an international concentration within their disciplines. 

Pugh Named to 2014 List of Distinguished Practitioners and Academicians to Watch

Dr. David Pugh, a nationally recognized expert in sheep and goat medicine and theriogenology, has been named to Veterinary Practice News’ annual list of Distinguished Practitioners and Academics to Watch in 2014. Pugh, a Clinical Veterinary Fellow at the CVM, has also taught at the University of Georgia. In 2012, attendees at the Western Veterinary Conference voted Pugh as the Food Animal Continuing Educator of the Year for "expertise, communication skills and outstanding commitment to the veterinary profession.”

A CVM alumna Eleanor Green, current dean of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, was also named to the watch list. Green earned her DVM from AU in 1973.

January 2014


Congratulations to Dr. Jey Koehler, who has earned the rank of assistant professor in the Department of Pathobiology.  

Communications & Marketing Intern

Auburn University journalism major Ben Hohenstatt will be interning spring semester with the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Chicago native has worked for the Auburn Plainsman and Auburn Athletics while attending classes and will work on a number of initiatives for the college.

Hodgepodge Grill

Hodgepodge Grill will be open Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. each weekday. The food truck provides hot meals to CVM students, faculty, staff and clients and offers a variety of food items: tacos, sliders, wraps, burritos and hot dogs.

Great Equine Conference

More than 60 veterinarians specializing in equine services recently attended the annual “Horse Conference” on campus, listing to a variety of national experts and receiving hands-on continuing education credit. Participants came from a six-state area to hear Dr. Jack Easley, who for more than 30 years has lectured on and promoted equine veterinary dentistry throughout the world.

United Way

The College of Veterinary Medicine has pledged $13,336 for the United Way of Lee County for the year and Auburn University is at 96% of its goal.  Donations are always acceptable and if you would like to contribute, contact Karla Meadows for more information.  Thank you all for your generous gifts to our community.


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 Janet McCoy.

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.”


Did you get married, have a baby, win a teaching award, receive a grant for a study, publish your work in a professional journal, or, do you have immediate family serving in the U.S. Military? @the CVM is a monthly e-newsletter for faculty and staff and we would like to hear from you! Please send information to Janet McCoy -  mccoyjl@auburn.edu, 105 Greene Hall.

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