Archive - September 2012

September 2012

Frederic J. Hoerr named interim dean

Frederic J. Hoerr, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Professor Emeritus and former director of the Thompson-Bishop-Sparks State Diagnostic Laboratory, has been named interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Hoerr will serve in the position until the search for a permanent dean is completed.

“We are very fortunate to have a person with Dr. Hoerr’s academic and managerial experience in the role of interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine,” said Provost Timothy R. Boosinger. “Dr. Hoerr continues to support the academic mission of the college in many important areas, such as poultry diseases, multispecies medicine, and diagnostic pathology.”

Hoerr first joined Auburn University in 1980 as affiliate faculty when he became a veterinary diagnostic specialist with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, C.S. Roberts Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

In 1987 Hoerr was named director of the State Diagnostic Laboratory and professor of avian pathology in the Department of Pathobiology. Under his leadership, the Auburn diagnostic laboratory was built and received accreditation in 2011 by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

Hoerr retired in February 2012 with 31 years of service to the Department of Agriculture and Industries and Auburn University.

“Dr. Hoerr is internationally engaged and widely respected in his ongoing work in poultry diseases and laboratory diagnostics.  He was responsible for achieving the highest national standards for the State Diagnostic Laboratory, and will provide strong and stable leadership for the college during this important period of transition,” said Boosinger.

In 2010 the American Association of Avian Pathologists selected Hoerr for the Phibro Animal Health Excellence in Poultry Research Award which recognizes research in poultry disease and health over a period of 20 years or more.  Hoerr’s contributions to the understanding of avian diseases, specifically immunosuppressive diseases, spans over 30 years.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the American College of Poultry Veterinarians, Hoerr served as president of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians and the American Association of Avian Pathologists.

Hoerr received his D.V.M. degree from Purdue University in 1976 completing a master’s degree in 1977.  He entered a pathology residency/graduate program working on mycotoxin diseases of poultry earning a Ph.D. from Purdue in 1981.  In 2011, Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine presented Hoerr its distinguished alumnus award.

Floyd named interim director of Animal Health and Performance Program

James G. Floyd, Jr. has been named interim director of the Animal Health and Performance Program (AHPP) effective Sept. 18. Dr. Floyd succeeds Dr. Robert Gillette who is pursuing veterinary sports medicine in a private practice.

AHPP includes the Canine Detection Research Institute and the Richard G. and Dorothy A. Metcalf Veterinary Sports Medicine Program.

A West Point graduate, Dr. Floyd received his D.V.M. from Louisiana State University in 1981.  He completed residency training at the University of Illinois in 1988 where he earned a Master of Science degree.  He became board-certified by the American College of Theriogenologists in 1989. 

From 1988 to 2001, Dr. Floyd served on the faculty of the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at Auburn University. He established the El Toro Award for Excellence in Food Animal Medicine at Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 in memory of his father J.G. Floyd.

In 2001 he joined the faculty at North Carolina State University where he served as head of the Department of Farm Animal Health and Resource Management, and head of the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology. Floyd retired as a professor at North Carolina State in 2011.

His military deployments include Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.  For his service in the U.S. Army, he received the Bronze Star Medal in 2011.  He is the recipient of the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and he was named Alabama Veterinarian of the Year in 1993.

Dr. Donna Angarano retires with 26 years’ service

The college held a retirement reception on Sept. 25 in Overton to honor Dr. Donna Angarano, associate dean for academic affairs, who retired Oct. 1 with 26 years’ service to Auburn University.  “Dr. A” served as associate dean for 15 years interacting with veterinary students from admission to graduation. She joined the college in 1986 as associate professor in dermatology in the Department of Small Animal Surgery and Medicine (now the Department of Clinical Sciences).  A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, Dr. Angarano received her D.V.M. from the University of Missouri and her residency training from Cornell University. She is a past recipient of the Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year.

Dr. Dan Givens, Alumni Professor at Auburn University, was named interim associate dean of academic affairs. His appointment is effective until a search can be completed for a permanent associate dean.

War on Hunger student campaign comes to the CVM

The Committee of 19 is an Auburn University student organization focusing on ending hunger (locally and globally) through awareness, service, and fundraising initiatives. The Committee of 19 has designated Oct. 15-19 as Hunger Week. This annual campus-wide event draws attention to the local and global needs of individuals and families who are suffering from food insecurity.

During Hunger Week, Committee of 19 subcommittees at Auburn colleges and schools will host events centering on particular purposes, strengths, and skills. Because the CVM enthusiastically supports the One Health Initiative, the Committee of 19 CVM subcommittee will host a series of veterinary and human medicine-themed events.

Events include:

  • Feed Lee In Need (Fe.L.I.Ne) Project, Oct. 12, Zoe’s Kitchen, 5-9 p.m. only.  Zoe’s Kitchen will donate 10% of profits from receipts placed in the register fishbowl to the Food Bank of East Alabama.
  • Breakfast Bake for Banks (VETamin B3). Vitamin deficiency is a major consequence to insufficient food intake. Wouldn't it be "niacin" if we could provide more nutrient-complete meals for those in need? The CVM subcommittee will host a breakfast bake sale with all proceeds donated to the Food Bank of East Alabama. Date TBA.
  • “Why do EWE Care about Hunger?” Pictures are worth a 1,000 meals! Share your reasons for fighting against hunger on the Web site Why Care?, an international campaign focused on sparking a global conversation about hunger.
  • “I Volunteer!” (I.V.). What's Hunger Week without volunteering?! CVM faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to sign up at the Food Bank of East Alabama where many volunteer opportunities exist.

The Committee of Nineteen CVM subcommittee will provide information on other Hunger Week events taking place on main campus. For more information, contact India Napier, representative for the CVM. 

Dr. Calvin Johnson commends CVM

The American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education is recognized as the accrediting body for schools and programs that offer the professional D.V.M. degree. The Council evaluates each college of veterinary medicine in terms of the degree with which it meets its own stated objectives and the established criteria for accreditation. To maintain accreditation, veterinary colleges must provide an extensive self-evaluation and arrange for a site visit at intervals of not more than seven years

The AVMA Council on Education completed their site visit to our campus Sept. 16-20. In response, Dr. Calvin Johnson issued this message:

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students of the CVM:

I want to thank you for your many contributions to the College of Veterinary Medicine’s programs, which were evaluated by the AVMA Council on Education site visit team two weeks ago.  A sense of pride among the students, staff, and faculty was evident at every step along the way. On Friday, I received a draft report from the site visit team.  Here are some of the strengths that were noted: 

  • Students are enthusiastic about the program and highly supportive of the faculty and administration.
  • Faculty is collaborative and very supportive of students.
  • The college administration is commended for creating a culture of inclusion and shared governance that is flexible and responsive to faculty and student needs.
  • The provost’s in-depth knowledge and understanding of the veterinary college is a unique strength.
  • Modern, well-equipped classrooms, laboratories, and study rooms in Overton Hall provide an exceptional environment for student learning.
  • The large animal isolation facility is very well-designed and effectively managed.
  • The college is commended for effective use of its teaching herds to supplement clinical resources.
  • Collaborative agreements with local shelters have greatly enhanced first and second year clinical skills laboratories and second and third year surgical laboratories.
  • The college is commended for hiring a dedicated client advocate in the teaching hospital to enhance client satisfaction, promote referrals, and facilitate development efforts.
  • The college is commended for its investment in appropriate staffing for support of educational technology.
  • Collaboration with the Thompson-Bishop-Sparks State Diagnostic Laboratory provides an excellent resource for student learning.
  • The school is commended for providing student exposure to research in the professional program and creating a culture that embraces the importance of research and life-long learning.
  • The eight-week preceptorship at the end of the fourth year and extensive post-preceptorship interview process provide a unique capstone event for graduating seniors and valuable opportunity for curricular assessment.

In the coming weeks and months, we will work together to address some recommendations made by the site visit team.  These are all quite manageable, and I am confident that the AVMA Council on Education will vote during its fall meeting on Oct. 7-9, 2012 to extend our college’s full accreditation.

Thank you once again for your individual and collective efforts to ensure the success and continuous improvement of our great program.


Calvin Johnson

Live United – United Way Campaign Underway

Last year over 43,000 residents of Lee County received services through the United Way.

Shelter and social services were provided to 1,074 in need. Over 96 victims of domestic violence were served. 873,234 lbs. of food were distributed to residents in need. 480 hours of therapy were provided to victims of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. Mentoring and in-school prevention programs were provided for more than 3,000 youth….

Pledge cards have been distributed to university employees. As you complete your pledge card, please remember to include your employee number and to sign the bottom of the card. (As a reminder, anyone who gives $240 or more – an average of $20/month – will receive a discount card to be used throughout the year for discounts and promotions to local businesses).  Drawings for prizes will be held for those who participate, so return your pledge card early.

August Orientation

New employees of the College of Veterinary Medicine attending orientation in August were:

  • Dr. Brad Matz, clinical lecturer, Clinical Sciences
  • Jessica Abney, animal care attendant, Clinical Sciences
  • Sara Beth Bordelon, assistant clinical professor, Clinical Sciences
  • Robert Cole, assistant professor, Clinical Sciences

Celebrating Hey Day!

Dating all the way back to World War II, Auburn University's student body and members of the Student Government Association pushed for a day that would unite the Auburn Family and promote a friendly atmosphere known as Hey Day. On Oct. 3, members of the CVM Family greeted one another with the Auburn spirit in effort to bring all of those part of Auburn closer together.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 5, 26

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

Oct. 6, 27

  • CVM Tailgate Tent
  • 3 hrs. prior to kickoff
  • Campus Green

Oct. 24

  • Healthy Tigers @ the CVM
  • 8:30-11:30 a.m.

          Vet Tech Week

          October 14-20 is National Veterinary Technician Week.

          This year's theme is:

          We're TECH Savvy 
          Technicians Educators Caregivers Healers

          Thank you for all that you contribute to the college and to the veterinary profession!

          Vet Med Tailgate

          Tailgate with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the college at the Vet Med tailgate tent on the Campus Green before each home game. Festivities begin three hours before kickoff and refreshments are provided while they last.

          Canine detection on Auburn’s jumbotron

          Auburn Research is highlighting Vapor Wake detection and the Animal Health and Performance Program in a new video that airs during home football games on the Jordan-Hare jumbotron. The College of Veterinary Medicine developed and trademarked the technology, science and training regime that equip canine teams to improve security in places like train stations, airports, and federal government buildings. 

          CPR training and certification course offered

          • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 4-6 p.m.
          • Thursday, Oct. 18, 4-6 p.m.
          • 2010 J.T. Vaughan 

          In this classroom-based course, hands-on and cognitive skills will be taught to help recognize several life-threatening emergencies. Participants will learn to:

          • Provide CPR to victims of all ages (adult, child, and infant) 
          • Use an automated external defibrillator (AED)
          • Relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner 

          Cost is $25 per person for the four-hour training program. Participants will receive a certification card which is good for two years.

          Enrollment is limited.  Contact Terri Hathcock to participate.

          Healthy Tigers screenings and flu shots

          Personnel with the Harrison School of Pharmacy will conduct a final Healthy Tigers screening at the College of Veterinary Medicine on Oct. 24 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Appointments are necessary. Screenings will still be available in the AU Pharmaceutical Care Center located in the Walker Building in the Harrison School of Pharmacy until Nov. 30.

          On Oct. 24, personnel will also administer the flu vaccine – appointments are not needed to receive the vaccine. (These vaccinations are in addition to Dr. Wright’s annual flu clinic at the CVM.)

          Dec. 19, 2012 is the last day health care provider forms will be accepted for qualifying for the 2013 Healthy Tigers Wellness Initiative Discount.  It is each employee’s responsibility to ensure forms are received and recorded in banner by this date. 

          CVM’s newest faculty members

          Dr. Brandi Brunson (Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology) joined the faculty as a lecturer on April 15. Dr. Brunson teaches histology and neuroscience courses. She received her D.V.M. from Auburn in 2001 and completed a combined anatomic pathology residency/Ph.D. at the College of Veterinary Medicine from 2001 to 2007. She previously worked as a veterinary practitioner in Elgin, S.C.

          Dr. Brad M. Matz (Clinical Sciences) began as a clinical lecturer of small animal surgery on July 15. His primary emphasis is surgical oncology. As a small animal surgery resident, Dr. Matz participated in clinical surgery rotations – orthopedic, soft tissue, and oncologic – for three years. He earned his D.V.M. in 2008 from Mississippi State University.

          Dr. Robert Cole (Clinical Sciences) came on board Aug. 1 as assistant professor of radiology. H received his D.V.M. from Auburn in 1998. After completing a residency in radiology at the University of Tennessee, he served on the faculty at Texas A&M University and he was an imaging director in a specialty practice in Dallas, Texas. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology.

          Dr. Sara Beth Bordelon (Clinical Science) began Sept. 1 as assistant professor of cardiology. Her responsibilities will include the diagnosis and treatment of clinical cardiac cases, cardiac consultations for referring veterinarians, faculty, and hospital staff, and the establishment of a cardiac catheterization laboratory for performing interventional cardiac procedures. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (cardiology).

          Dr. Jill Narak (Clinical Sciences) joined the faculty on Sept. 17 as assistant professor of neurology/neurosurgery. Dr. Narak earned her D.V.M. from Iowa State University in 2005 and completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at Auburn in 2009 obtaining an M.S. in biomedical sciences. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (neurology).

          Promotion and Tenure

          Congratulations to the following faculty:

          • Dr. Fred Caldwell – granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor.
          • Dr. Misty Edmondson – granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor.
          • Dr. Herris Maxwell – promoted to the rank of clinical professor.
          • Dr. Annette Smith – promoted to the rank of professor.
          • Dr. Allison Stewart – promoted to the rank of professor.
          • Dr. Jennifer Taintor – granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor.

          Campus recreation

          An early registration pre-sale membership drive is underway for the Recreation and Wellness Center.  Those who join between Oct. 1 – Dec. 10, 2012 may purchase a membership for $25 monthly with a 2- year commitment.  After Dec. 10, prices will increase.  Fulltime university employees, retirees, and spouses/partners are eligible to purchase memberships.  To register online:

          1. Go to Campus Recreation
          2. Click on “Membership”
          3. Click on “Forms”
          4. Click register for pre-sale membership

          Payroll deduction will not be effective until June 30, 2013, however,  employees are encouraged to pledge their membership now.  Register online by October 11 for a chance to win a free year’s membership.  Five winners will be announced October 12.  

          Congratulations to...

          • Dr. Lenore Bacek (Clinical Sciences) who was named as an assistant clinical professor in emergency and clinical care effective Sept. 1.
          • Jennifer Hogan (Clinical Sciences) and Wade Spooner who were married Sept. 29.
          • Amelia Pendleton (Admin, Office of Research & Graduate Studies) and her husband J.P. on the birth of their daughter, Alexa Isabel (6 lbs., 13 oz.), on Sept. 30.


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