Research Grants Awarded Through AURIC - Auburn University Research Initiative In Cancer

Eleven grants have been awarded to Auburn University faculty through a university research initiative in support of interdisciplinary cancer research efforts.

The Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC), based at Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has announced funding of 11 grants to nine investigators through its Seed Grant program.  Each grant is for one year and up to $20,000. 

The list of awardees includes faculty from Auburn’s Harrison School of Pharmacy, College of Human Science, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and College of Veterinary Medicine. 

AURIC was created to improve both human and animal health, foster an environment of excellence in cancer research, promote research that enhances competitiveness to advance the understanding of the biology of cancer, and foster the translation of novel technologies from the laboratory to the clinic.

AURIC embodies the “One Medicine” concept which links human, animal and environmental health, and where discoveries in one species advance health in all species. “AURIC is human medicine, animal medicine, research and diagnostics where faculty, students, and staff are working together to solve the complex puzzle of cancer,” said Dr. Bruce Smith, director of AURIC. [Read More]

Auburn's Vapor Wake® Canines Make National News

NBC animal welfare correspondent Jill Rappaport interviewed Auburn and iK9 researchers about the Vapor Wake® Detection program at the Canine Detection Research Institute in Anniston, Ala., part of the College of Veterinary Medicine's Animal Health Performance Program.

While NBC Nightly News was pre-empted in some time zones (due to a sporting event), it did air in other time zones. In case you missed it, watch it here.

Alabama media have also picked up on the story. Birmingham WBRC (Fox6) reporter Sherea Harris featured the crime fighting canines, which was picked up by several Alabama television stations. Watch it here., the online version of the Birmingham News, Huntsville Times and Mobile Register, also had an article, photos and video. Read it here.

The Vapor Wake® program was recently featured on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° and The Discovery Channel has also filmed a piece for its Daily Planet series (no air date yet).

Students Attend Summer Vet Camp at the College

Lillian Shortle, 13, puts her hand through a fistula to feel inside a dairy cows rumen Wednesday at Veterinary Camp "Large Animal Day" at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. (Photo - Albert Cesare /

Last week, 30 junior high school students enjoyed a unique type of summer camp.

They were not swimming or paddling canoes, but they were sticking their hands inside a cow's stomach and learning how to shave down the teeth of a horse.

The students participated in Auburn University’s fourth summer of veterinary camps, where they learned about all types of animals from large mammals to fish.

“They really get a little of everything,” said Kris Street, outreach program administrator in the College of Veterinary Medicine. “It kind of reminds me of a little sampler platter, where they get a little sample of everything and they can decide, ‘Hey, wow, I really like this,’ or they can say, ‘You know what, this type of veterinary medicine is not anything I want to do.’"

The camp started last Monday and continued through Friday with unique lessons each day from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. The programming is guided by veterinary students with the help of faculty members.

A second camp hosting 52 high school students begins Monday, June 17 and will run through Friday, June 21. [read more]

Dr. Vitaly Vodyanoy Has Developed a Test for Super Bacteria MRSA

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be difficult to diagnose and quick diagnosis and treatment can mean the difference between life and death, says lead researcher Vitaly Vodyanoy of Auburn University. The biosensor can identify a specific bacteria in as little as 10 minutes compared to hours.

Vodyanoy, a professor in Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said he and his research team created the prototype biosensor as the first step in fighting superbugs like MRSA, methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus, a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics that can cause skin infections and even death.

The disease is of particular concern to hospitals, prisons and the military, where individuals are at risk for infection from unhygienic close quarters. Also, data from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention show that 12 million doctor visits a year are for suspected staph and MRSA skin infections.

The research, published in the May 8 edition of Journal of Visualized Experiments, JoVE, is a collaborative effort among Vodyanoy, a professor of physiology and director of the Biosensor Laboratory, and Keesler Air Force Base, with funding from the U.S. Air Force.

“What we have studied to date has been laboratory conditions,” Vodyanoy said. We are ready to take the next step in our research, which is clinical studies with people.”

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Construction Update

Terrace Level

A waterproof barrier is being applied in “wet” areas which will be followed by tile application.  Tile work will be concluded in approximately three weeks.  Dorms frames are being painted.  The ceiling grid has been delayed until June 24 to allow for the addition of wireless conduit.  Stairwell five has been poured and is the final set of stairs to be completed.  Overhead is 95% and piping is being labeled.

First Floor

Area E

Tile work will begin on June 24.  All Sheetrock ceilings and soffits are complete.  The interior window installation will begin on June 24.  The elevators and dumbwaiter will be delivered at the end of the month.  The painter will begin priming and painting on Monday.

Area A

Sheetrock is 80% complete.

Area F1

Sheetrock is 60% complete.

Area BC

Framing is complete.  In wall rough in is 60% complete.  An in wall inspection is scheduled for next Friday.

Sequence 1

Fireproofing is underway.

Second Floor

Wall framing is 95% complete and Sheetrock is 30% in the auditorium

Area E

The framing is 100% complete with Sheetrock to begin on Monday

Area A

Framing has begun with the electrical room complete including Sheetrock.  Overhead HVAC is complete.

Area F1

Framing is 50% complete.


Bricks work will be topped out on the west elevation to column line N today.  The remaining block work will be complete today.  Sheathing has begun on the Terrace Level on the west elevation.  The flat roof U Area is complete.  The flat roof over Sequence 11 will be complete by midweek.  The ice and water shield over Sequence 12 is complete.  Framing is at 70% for the clearstory.  Flat roof work will begin over stairwell six next week.  All flat roof work will be complete by June 25.  Most of the crane set precast has been set.  The exterior wall framing on the south elevation is at 50%.  Glass for the main lobby has been measured, ordered and will be delivered in three weeks.  Metal roof panels are ongoing.  Roof drains have been tied in for the east elevation and will continue southward. 

Parking Lot B

The permanent fencing should be set next week.

June 2013

Welcome New Employees

  • Elizabeth Brady, Clinical Sciences
  • Cristine Kritzer, Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Talia Gillespie, Clinical Sciences
  • Janet Mccoy, Administration

Campus Safety

Auburn University strives to make the stay of each student, faculty, staff and guest a safe and pleasant experience.

In addition to routine Auburn City police patrols, the CVM employs off-duty Opelika police officers as security guards from 7:00 p.m. until 7:45 a.m. on weekdays and 24-hour security on weekends. They perform foot and vehicular patrol. 

Security staff, wearing properly-labeled security vests, may ask employees, students and guests for proper identification; individuals are required to show proper identification or may be escorted from campus.  They also lock all doors when a room is open and no one is present. 

The telephone number for the CVM security is 334/321-8863, a cell phone carried while on patrol.  They may be contacted in the event of a problem but should never take precedence over calling 911 in an emergency.

Dr. Chance Armstrong Receives Food Animal Incentive Award

Congratulations to Dr. Chance Armstrong, postgraduate recipient of the Western Veterinary Conference 2013 Food Animal Incentive Award.

The Food Animal Incentive Awards are designed to encourage new graduates to enter food animal practice or other careers directly related to food animal practice. 

Armstrong is currently a resident in food animal theriogenology at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine. [read more]

Dr. Debra Taylor Selected as 2013 WVC Continuing Educator of the Year

The 8th annual awards honored six presenters from the 2013 Western Veterinary Conference. Honorees were selected by attendees of the conference for excellence in veterinary continuing education.

"We are very grateful for Dr. Taylor's contributions to the success of our annual conference, as we depend on talented professionals like her to fulfill our mission of providing excellence in continuing education," Janis Knoetzel, Scientific Program Manager, Western Veterinary Conference.

Compton, Flurry, and Dunaway Complete Research Administration Certification

Sherry Compton, Michelle Flurry and Teri Dunaway have all received the Office of Sponsored Programs' certification in research administration.

The 10-week course is dedicated to sponsored programs management and provides training for direct proposal submission within various colleges. 

Congratulations to...

  • Karlyn K. Browning on her retirement, after 41 years service to the College of Veterinary Medicine. 


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