Archive - May 2010

May Issue 2010

An E-Newsletter for the faculty and staff of the College of Veterinary Medicine

(For a printable version, please select the "print page" link at the top of this page.)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A Brown Pelican prepares to enter the water at the Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge near St. Petersburg May 23. The bird was rescued and cleaned by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after being found oiled near Louisiana's coast. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Ameen.

400 lbs. of Fiber Assist in Oil Recovery Efforts

In a recent news article, Bob Lowry, a reporter for the Huntsville Times, spoke to Dr. Misty Edmondson about the college’s donation of 400 pounds of fiber from its alpaca and llama herds to assist in the oil recovery efforts on the Gulf Coast.

The herds are shorn to reduce heat stress as the warm weather approaches. Dr. Edmondson, an assistant professor in the food animal section, said the fiber is normally thrown away or given away in small bits for hand-spinning into yarn or for making fish lures.

Recent graduate Mary Edmonds learned a prep school in Columbus was collecting hair and fiber from hair salons, pet groomers, and veterinarians to be used in oil containment booms.

The college’s donation of fiber came from 32 alpacas and 4 llamas that are used for teaching purposes. Dr. Edmondson said the animals are some times used as blood donors for alpacas or llamas that are treated at Auburn.  

Good quality alpaca fiber is popular in woven goods. However, the fiber of the animals kept at Auburn is not of a commercial quality.

Dr. Schumacher Returns to Internal Medicine

In June Dr. John Schumacher returns to the Large Animal Teaching Hospital and the internal medicine service after serving six years as the project veterinarian for the Equine Source Plasma Project. Project Director Dr. Kenny Brock, Dean Tim Boosinger, and other members of the equine project gathered on May 26 to show their appreciation for Dr. Schumacher’s work.

On behalf of the college, Dean Boosinger presented Dr. Schumacher with a service award commending him for his continuous service and dedication.

Photo caption: Dr. Kenny Brock, Dr. John Schumacher, and Dean Tim Boosinger

APP Celebrates

Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology held two celebrations this month. The first occurred May 14 with a special Ice Cream Seminar commemorating Dr. Steve Kincaid who gave his last final and “officially” retired.  A professor of veterinary histology, Dr. Kincaid retired August 31 after 20 years with the college, but remained to teach a freshman course for the 2009-2010 school year.

Gifts gathered when he first announced his retirement in 2009 took on new meaning: the Toomer’s Oak seedling (rolled with celebratory toilet paper) is now a small tree, and the signed Auburn football is autographed by former coach Tommy Tuberville.

The second event took place May 26 at noon as a surprise for Department Head Dr. Ed Morrison. The potluck lunch was an appreciation party for Dr. Morrison who received a golf putter engraved with the words “World’s Greatest Boss.” Said Office Supervisor Hattie Alvis, “It was the first time he didn’t have a speech prepared.”

CVM Orientation

Employees who attended the CVM orientation session on May 5 are:

Kevin Arnold, info tech specialist with Information and Instructional Technology

Terry Fisher, chief canine instructor with the Animal Health and Performance Program (AHPP)

Rickey Hooker, canine instructor tech with AHPP

Bart Rogers, ag tech with AHPP

Donna Tucker, safety and health specialist with Risk Management and Safety, and a part-time employee of the CVM, the College of Agriculture, and the Office of Vice President for Research

Auburn to Host International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Symposium

The field of animal rehabilitation is rapidly growing and a number of veterinary practices and teaching hospitals now include rehabilitation services. Nationwide and beyond, veterinarians and physical therapists are collaborating to provide rehabilitation programs for companion animals and horses.

The 6th International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Symposium gives professionals involved with or interested in animal rehabilitation the opportunity to hear the most current scientific and clinical information in this exciting field.

The symposium takes place August 4-7 at the Hotel at Auburn University and the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Laboratory and demonstration sessions will cover many clinical aspects of animal rehabilitation.  Exhibits, expert breakfast sessions, and 24 hours of continuing education credit in the United States are also included.

For information and to register, visit the website:

The International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy is dedicated to the practice, teaching, and research of veterinary rehabilitation and physical therapy, furthering scientific investigation, and providing better patient care based on sound scientific study.

On The Cover

Dr. Elizabeth Yorke, an equine surgery resident, and Dr. Amelia Munsterman, an instructor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, along with resident horse Leroy, are the cover photo for the April/May issue of Lee Magazine. The issue features the story of another horse, Magic, a Tennessee walker and the somewhat unconventional care he received while treated for acute laminitis at Auburn. To help heal Magic’s injury, the large horse was suspended in a sling attached to the roof of the stable.

Fulbright Scholar Program

The Core Fulbright Scholar competition for 2011-2012 is now open. Over 800 grants are available for teaching, conducting research, or combining both in more than 125 countries around the globe. The deadline for applying is August 2.

For information on Fulbright Scholar Awards, visit

To request information, write to

2011 Best Friends Calendar Deadline Extended

The Lee County Humane Society is accepting entries for the 2011 Best Friends Calendar through June 15. The Best Friends Calendar is a celebration of Lee County pets and helps raise money for animals at the shelter. The 2010 calendar raised more than $8,500.

Each entry costs $10 per photo or a special offer of $20 per photo plus 15 votes in the contest. Photo submissions for the contest should be a 4x6 photograph or high resolution digital format submission by e-mail. Applications for the contest are available at the shelter or online at

Voting for the contest begins June 21 at the shelter (and online) and ends September 11 at the shelter’s Woofstock celebration. Each vote costs $1 and there is no limit to the number of votes that may be submitted per photograph. All donations to the Lee County Humane Society are tax-deductible.

The photo receiving the highest number of votes will be featured as the “cover pet.” The ten pets receiving next highest number of votes will be featured as a “pet of the month.” A local artist will be selecting the most aesthetically pleasing photograph to be featured on a month as “best in show.”

All proceeds from the 2011 Best Friends Calendar benefit the shelter’s animal welfare fund which aids in the purchase of medical tests, vaccinations, enrichment needs, and preventative treatments for the more than 6,000 animals that visit Lee County Humane Society each year.

Veterinary Public Health – Rabies Prevention

From Dr. Jim Wright:

There have been at least two raccoons positive for rabies in the Auburn/Opelika area in the last couple of weeks. Rabies in Alabama tends to be sporadic with epizootic periods every five to seven years possibly related to population dynamics of our main reservoir the raccoon.

This is a good time to review CVM rabies protocols and to update the rabies immunization status of pets including horses. Remember – think rabies first.

Exercise at Work!

The summer schedule for CVM’s faculty/staff exercise program is now posted.

“If you haven't tried the program yet, come give it a try,” says Dr. Mary Boudreaux. “We are very privileged to have such a program at the AUCVM. There is nothing more important than your health. You owe it to yourself, your family, and your friends to stay and keep healthy, and this program makes being and keeping healthy that much easier to accomplish.”

Summer Exercise Schedule

Save The Date

The Staff Recognition Ceremony & Ice Cream Social will be held on Wednesday, July 21.

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