Congratulations on Faculty Promotions

Three CVM faculty -- Dr. Aime Johnson, Dr. Kellye Joiner and Dr. Anne Wooldridge -- were recently promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure, and a reception was held in their honor at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

Dr. Johnson co-directs the Equine Reproduction Center. She was board certified by the American College of Theriogenologists in 2007. A graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, she was recently recognized for the significant role she played as a research collaborator, reproduction specialist, consultant and educator with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in the birth of a female Przewalski’s horse—the first to be born via artificial insemination.

Dr. Joiner teaches veterinary professional curriculum and serves as a collaborative research pathologist for several investigators. Her interests in diagnostic pathology include avian, zoologic and wildlife diseases. She received her DVM and PhD degrees from Auburn. Her doctoral research was recognized by the American Association of Avian Pathologist through the Reed Rumsey Student Award for the Advancement of Avian Medicine.

Dr. Wooldridge has taught equine medicine at Auburn since 2007. She received her DVM from Texas A&M University and completed specialty training in large animal internal medicine and a Master’s degree at Louisiana State University. She obtained specialty board certification in 2001. She earned a PhD at Duke University’s Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology. 

Japanese Exchange Students @theCVM

Three students from Iwate University in Japan have been at the CVM for externships. Haruka Ito completed Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery rotation, Yuki Okatsu completed Large Animal Ambulatory Field Service and Anna Takayana completed Small Animal Oncology. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Dan Givens gave special thanks to Dr. Kendon Kuo in Small Animal and Dr. Sayuri Hayakura in Clinical Pathology for assisting in the coordination of students while at the CVM.

Oncology News

CVM oncology residents Amy Back and Wesley Campbell recently passed boards with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Back passed the certifying oncology exam and Campbell passed her general qualifying exam. The two, along with Rebecca George and Noelle Bergman will be presenting posters at the next Veterinary Cancer Society meeting in October.’

Equine News

Congratulations to the following Equine faculty and students for the following:

  • Dr. Jenna Bayne, Food Animal Internal Medicine resident, and Dr. Fernanda Cesar, Equine Internal Medicine resident, recently passed the ACVIM General Exam.
  • Dr. Fernanda Cesar was recently awarded the ACVIM Resident Research Award at the 2013 ACVIM Forum in Seattle, WA. He was also awarded the Auburn University Outstanding International Graduate Student Award.
  • Dr. Elaine Norton passed her ACVIM Certifying Examination.
  • Dr. Jennifer Taintor was awarded the CVM Student Government Association Teacher of the Year award. 

Theriogenology News

The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine student chapter of the Society for Theriogenology was awarded the first ever Student Chapter of the Year award at the 2013 national conference in Louisville. Auburn CVM students also won first place in the student Quiz Bowl, three students placed in the top six of student Case Presenters; the chapter took home second place in the T-shirt design competition.

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Welcome New Employees

New employees hired recently include Maninder Sandey, Jennifer Ray Panizzi and Traci Lyn Carroll.

Some of the new employees from August include, left to right, Erika Vinson, Stephany Arrington, Rafael Obrador de Aguilar and Eva Piedrafita Abaraca.

  • Freda D. Chancy, Clinical Sciences
  • Rosemary Susan Cuming, Clinical Sciences
  • Erick J. Fish, Pathobiology
  • Meredith Gray, Clinical Sciences
  • Frederic J. Hoerr, Pathobiology
  • Renee Huston, Clinical Sciences
  • Phillip Anthony Moore, Clinical Sciences
  • Lori Norris, Clinical Sciences
  • Elisabeth A. Patton, Clinical Sciences
  • Donna Renee Raiford, Pathobiology
  • Abdul Mohin Sajib, Scott-Richey Research Center
  • Albert C. Sharpe, Clinical Sciences
  • Christopher Smola, Administration
  • Joseph Wagner, Clinical Sciences 

September 2013

Save the Date

  • Oct. 15 – CVM Blood Drive, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Oct. 25 CVM Tailgate Lunch, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Join colleagues and students for this annual event featuring BBQ, music, activities and a food drive. The event is coordinated by the Staff Advisory Committee.

Tailgate Home Games with the CVM

All CVM faculty, staff and students are invited to join the CVM for a Tiger Tailgate each home football game. The fun begins three hours before kickoff on the Campus Green (across from Parker Hall).  Look for the CVM tent and be ready for  fun and fellowship and with the Auburn Family – it’s a great time to connect with alumni and friends of the CVM.  Food and refreshments are available until they are gone!

Car Shopping? CVM Discount Available at Hyundai of Auburn

CVM faculty, staff and students in the market for a new vehicle may want to consider Hyundai of Auburn. Sales coordinator Earl Faust, the proud father of current CVM student Emily Faust Tucker, has obtained “supplier level pricing” on new Hyundai vehicles through Oct. 31. For more information, contact Faust at 334/740-2771, email him at, or visit him at Hyundai of Auburn, 645 Opelika Road, Auburn.

Committees Announced

College committee assignments for the 2014 academic year were recently announced.  The list can be found on the CVM website under Directory listings.

CVM eHandbook

The Office of Academic Affairs is updating the CVM Handbook for revisions and to be in electronic form. Dr. Givens and the committee welcome comments and suggestions. The document can be found at:  G: >> academic >> public >> eHandbook draft 130903. Deadline for revisions is Sept. 24.


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