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July 2012

Miniature donkey foal fitted with prosthetic limb (copy)

Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Hanger Clinic, formerly Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, are working together on a case that could have implications in the treatment and rehabilitation of horses, donkeys and other equines with congenital deformities or injuries.

Emma, a miniature donkey foal, was just two days old when she arrived at the John Thomas Vaughan Large Animal Teaching Hospital in April with a severe hind limb deformity, one that required amputation of the limb and the placement of a prosthesis.

Dr. Fred Caldwell, an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences and equine surgeon, performed the procedure, and is working with clinician Billy Fletcher from Hanger Clinic – the same company which made the prosthetic tail for Winter, the amputee dolphin and star of the film “Dolphin Tale” – to develop a prosthesis for her limb. The two worked out a plan to both allow Emma time to heal from the surgery and transition from her cast to the prosthesis.

“Billy was excited and enthusiastic to assist,” Caldwell said. “Once we proceeded with the surgery and amputated the distal limb, he provided a small footplate to incorporate into the cast to even out the length of her hind limbs so she could bear weight until we could get the surgical site healed and have her fitted with a prosthesis. It has been a group effort on behalf of many caring individuals willing to go to great lengths to save her.”

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Dr. Dan Givens named interim associate dean of academic affairs

Dr. Dan Givens, Alumni Professor at Auburn University, has been named interim associate dean of academic affairs.  His appointment is effective until a search can be completed for a permanent associate dean.  He will replace Dr. Donna Angarano who retires Oct. 1.

“Dr. Givens brings an outstanding reputation in teaching and a deep interest in students to the position of interim associate dean for academic affairs,” said Dr. Calvin M. Johnson, College of Veterinary Medicine interim dean.

In the leadership position, Dr. Givens will interact with veterinary students from admission to graduation. “I am honored and eager to begin serving the college in this role.  Students and teaching have long been two of my passions, so this is an exciting opportunity for me,” Dr. Givens said.

Dr. Givens is an alumnus of Auburn University, earning a D.V.M. from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and a Ph.D. in 2000. He completed undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University. After practicing two years in Kentucky, he returned to Auburn to study viral diseases of cattle and to pursue residency training in theriogenology. He holds dual board certification from the American College of Theriogenologists and the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.

Dr. Givens attained the distinguished rank of Alumni Professor in 2009.  He has received three of the veterinary college's teaching awards including the Carl Norden Distinguished Teacher Award (2010, 2004), the SGA Outstanding Teacher Award (2007), and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2001).

Dr. Boosinger Becomes Provost

The college hosted a reception on July 24 to celebrate the appointment of Dr. Tim Boosinger to the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Boosinger began serving as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. The event was held to honor Dr. Boosinger and to recognize his many contributions.

Faculty of 1000 highlights study of bisphenol A

by Dr. Benson Akingbemi

Faculty of 1000 (F1000) has cited a paper from a study on bisphenol A led by Dr. Benson Akingbemi as one of the best research articles available.  Dr. Akingbemi is an associate professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology.

The paper, “The industrial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) interferes with proliferative activity and development of steroidogenic capacity in rat Leydig cells”, appeared in the journal Biology of Reproduction and is part of work done by graduate student Manjunatha Nanjappa.  

Bisphenol A is an industrial chemical that has been present in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food packaging products since the 1960s.  It is also a popular constituent of dental sealants.  After extensive scientific and public debate, the FDA ruled in July 2012 that, while BPA is not unsafe, baby bottles and children’s drinking cups could no longer contain BPA.

F1000 is a post-publication review group of thousands of experts worldwide who identify and evaluate the most important articles in biology and medical research publications.  The selection process identifies significant new research articles by the world’s leading scientists and clinicians. On average, 1500 new evaluations are published each month. The selection of Dr. Akingbemi’s work places it at the top 2% of all published articles in the biological and medical sciences.

F1000 previously cited a paper published in 2010 in the Biology of Reproduction that was based on a study of the toxicity of dietary soy beans by Dr. Akingbemi’s team.  Dr. Akingbemi’s research is focused on the effects of environmental toxicants on male reproductive tract development and function and is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

July Orientation Held

The college held an orientation session on July 11 for new employees.

Attending were:

    • Tyler Rice, research assistant, Equine Source Plasma Project
    • Tony Gravely, canine instructor, Animal Health and Performance Program
    • Chrissy Senger, admin support assistant, Clinical Sciences
    • Lisa Parsons, small animal surgery technician, Clinical Sciences
    • Ginger Maddox, research associate, Equine Source Plasma Project
    • Rachael Schurmann, research assistant, Equine Source Plasma Project
    • Sam Jackson, diagnostic imaging tech, Clinical Sciences

    Auburn University dedicates Max Adams Morris field and marker

    "The Max Adams Morris story is a feel good Auburn story," said College of Veterinary Medicine professor and board member of the Auburn Heritage Association Charles Hendrix. "In the fourth stanza of the Auburn Creed it says, 'I believe in a sound mind, a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid,' and these are the qualities and traits that Max Morris exemplified."

    Auburn University recently dedicated the Max Adams Morris ROTC Drill Field and historic marker at the Nichols Center on campus.

    The new field is located in front of Nichols Center; the marker was placed near the building, as close as possible to the old Max Morris Field, which was located on the current site of the Village Residence Halls and adjacent parking lot.

    Morris was a 1942 graduate of Alabama Polytechnic Institute, or API, where he was an honor military student and a varsity football player. As a student, he received the Carnegie Medal for Heroism after he suffered severe burns rescuing Wayne Nelson Jr. and attempting to rescue H. Daughtry Perritt from electric shock at ROTC summer training camp at Ft. Benning, Ga., in 1941. Another cadet, Donald Kelly, saved Morris.

    Hendrix came across Morris' story while working on another project. He began working with the Auburn University Board of Trustees to have the area in front of Nichols Center named as the new Max Morris Field. He also wanted to place a historic marker near the former site because, to him, Auburn is about heroes.

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    Shown are Dr. Charles Hendrix, Auburn Heritage Association board member; Mary Norman, association president; and Brad Johnson, Alpha Psi member.

    Alabama TSA officials recognized for contributions to canine detection

    Individuals from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Inspection at Birmingham, Huntsville, and Muscle Shoals airports are recognized by the Auburn University Canine Detection Research Institute (CDRI) for their contributions to canine detection and aviation security.

    Federal Security Director Lyndel Hardy, Assistant Federal Security Director Afif Kanafani, and Transportation Security Inspector Robert Bouchillon of the Birmingham International, Huntsville International, and Northwest Regional Airports are recipients of the War Eagle Spirit Award. 

    The College of Veterinary Medicine presented the awards following a graduation ceremony for detection dogs and handlers on July 6. Pete R. Garcia, division director of compliance programs within the Office of Security Operations at TSA was the guest speaker.

    “The War Eagle Spirit Award goes to three individuals who are as committed and dedicated as Auburn University to training passenger screening dogs for TSA,” said John Pearce, CDRI associate director. The presentation of the spirit award to Hardy, Kanafani, and Bouchillon marks only the third time the honor has been given since its inception in 2010.

    Shown are: Canine Detection Research Institute Associate Director John Pearce, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Acting Dean Calvin Johnson, TSA Division Director of Compliance Programs Pete Garcia, Transportation Security Inspector Robert Bouchillon, and Animal Health and Performance Director Rob Gillette.

    Public Health Students Meet Dean of Public Health

    Students enrolled in the undergraduate public health minor offered through the College of Veterinary Medicine met with UAB’s School of Public Health dean on July 24. Dr. Max Michael also gave a lecture on his personal assessment of public health policy. Shown are Rudolph Davis, College of Sciences & Mathematics; Dr. Michael; Dr. Ken Nusbaum; and Cliff Deerman, COSAM. For more on the program, visit:

    Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, Aug. 15

    • Healthy Tigers at the CVM
    • Cafeteria
    • By Appointment

    Tuesday, Sept. 4

    • Joy Goodwin Lecturer
    • Dr. Barbara Fougere
    • Research Presentation: Noon
    • Public Lecture: 4 p.m.

    Friday, Sept. 14

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

            Summer Institute

            A technology expo, pedagogical tips and techniques presented by the Biggio Learning Center, and group-based discussion forums were all part of Summer Institute: reThinking Veterinary Education at Auburn held July 20 in Overton. With almost 70 registrants, the first-ever one-day teaching workshop for faculty, graduate students, residents, and interns was deemed a success. Four hours of C.E. were also available.

            College of Veterinary Medicine receives AAALAC accreditation

            The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine has received full accreditation from AAALAC – the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International – following a recent site visit.  Auburn University’s College of Agriculture also received accreditation.

            Dr. Pat Rynders, director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Health, and college staff were commended by AAALAC for providing and maintaining a quality program of laboratory animal care and use. In a letter to Dr. Rynders, AAALAC officials wrote: “Especially noteworthy were the strong administrative commitment to the program; the generally well written and comprehensive program description; the excellent veterinary medical care provided by the clinical veterinarians; the well maintained and clean facilities; the modernization and upgrades to several animal facilities; the conscientious, motivated and highly qualified staff, managers and program-level veterinarians; and the highly effective occupational health and safety program. . .”

            AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. The College of Veterinary Medicine, which also complies with university, state, and federal regulations regarding animal research, has received continuous AAALAC accreditation since 2003. 

            Southeastern Raptor Center Announces Dates for “Football, Fans, & Feathers”

            The Southeastern Raptor Center hosts educational, birds-in-flight raptor programs on Fridays before Auburn University home football games. Hawks, falcons, and eagles will be free-flown from flight towers allowing guests to see these raptors flying close.

            “Football, Fans, & Feathers” kicks off Sept. 14. Other dates are Sept. 21; Oct. 5, 26; and Nov. 2, 9, and 16. Programs begin at 4 p.m. and take place in the 350-seat Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater at 1350 Pratt-Carden Drive (GPS: 1350 Raptor Road) off Shug Jordan Parkway.

            Visitors learn about the residents of the Southeastern Raptor Center during these entertaining programs, which are open to the public.  Admission is $5 each and registration is not required. Admission is $3 a person for school groups of 25 or more, and those groups should call (334) 844-6943. Children under three are admitted free. 

            Smoking policy changes coming in August: 25 feet

            Effective Aug. 16, Auburn University's smoking policy requires all smokers to be at least 25 feet away from all campus buildings and doorways. The required 25 feet will help to create and sustain a cleaner environment for the campus community, while also promoting healthier life decisions such as tobacco cessation. So just what does 25 feet look like? Twenty-five feet is almost a first down for the Auburn Tigers inside Jordan-Hare Stadium, measuring 8.3 yards. For the fashion fan, 25 feet is equal to about 25 adult male sneakers. For the math lover, 25 feet is equivalent to 300 inches and 7.62 meters. For those who love the ocean, 25 feet is equal to a newly born blue whale and the average adult whale shark. For the movie guru, King Kong stood 25 feet tall. For the nature fan, an average anaconda measures about 25 feet in length. For the fitness minded, 25 feet is about 4.3 standard mountain bikes in length. The Auburn Harrison School of Pharmacy offers The "Pack It Up" cessation program to those members of the Auburn community who wish to quit. The program aids smokers in reaching their goal of quitting. Stay tuned throughout the summer for more information about the new policy in Auburn Daily.

            Articles being accepted for Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship

            The Auburn University Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship, or AUJUS, is accepting scholarly articles for its 2013 issue. AUJUS is a refereed publication that showcases the original research of undergraduate students and their faculty mentors. For more information on submission guidelines, suitable articles and publication requirements, go to the Undergraduate Research Program Web site. For questions, email The submission deadline is September 4.

            Construction Update

            Overton Exterior

            Metal panels are being added to the electrical room roof to cover the exposed wall. The overflow section on the north side is being repaired. This repair will prevent further water from exiting the roof unless through a downspout and gutter.

            New SATH

            Footings are being installed alongside Hoerlein Hall. Mechanical wall concrete is being poured and waterproofing has begun. Electricians are installing service for the electrical room.  All six elevator pits have been dug and concrete for two of the six has been poured. Gravel drains have been added under the slab to act as relief points for water drainage. 

            J.T. Vaughan

            The parking lot in front of JT Vaughan is open, however, there are changes to the parking zones.  Client unloading will now take place in the spaces to the right (facing JTV).  These spaces are not available for parking. The stripes will be eliminated in the near future.  Parking to the left will be zone A.  Entry into the gate will require use of a buzzer to alert staff. 

            Wire Road

            The rainwater retention system is complete. During the connection process, a sewage blockage was detected and is now being cleared by Facilities.  The bike path is scheduled to reopen on August 7. 

            Congratulations to...

            • Congratulations to Dr. Emily Graff (Pathobiology) and her husband Chris on the birth of their son, Arthur Perry Graff (6 lbs., 2 oz., 19 inches) on July 18.  


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