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September Issue - 2010

Dr. Carson Receives National Award for Theriogenology

The Sociey for Theriogenology honored Dr. Robert Carson, a food animal professor, with the David E. Bartlett Award for his important contributions to the field of theriogenology.  Dr. Carson accepted the award during the 2010 Therio Annual Conference held Sept. 1 in Seattle, Washington.

In the 1970s, Dr. David Bartlett helped create the word “theriogenology,” which denotes the veterinary specialty that deals with animal reproduction, and founded the American College of Theriogenologists.

A 1973 graduate of Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Carson became a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1979.

As a longtime member of the college’s admissions and curriculum committees, Dr. Carson has had a far reaching impact on the veterinary profession.  His classroom instruction in theriogenology and reproductive systems courses has influenced students for over 30 years.

Dr. Carson has served the cattle industry in Alabama and the Southeast in leadership positions  and as a participant in the business of raising and marketing beef cattle. 

His research involves bovine theriogenology, both male and female, with an interest in equine theriogenology. Other interests include production medicine involving cow/calf herds and dairy herds.

Dr. Eva Sartin Receives Distinguished Alum Award

Dr. Eva Sartin is a named a 2010 Distinguished Alumni by the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Dr. Sartin, a 1979 OSU graduate, will be honored Oct. 1 during the veterinary center’s Fall Veterinary Conference in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Dr. Sartin is a Professor of Pathobiology and a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Pathobiologists.  She directs the histopathology laboratory and participates in the diagnostic pathology service.  She also trains residents and teaches in the veterinary curriculum.  Using video-recorded gross pathology rounds, she developed a gross pathology web page which is used for weekly teleconference sessions with pathology classes at St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. 

From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Sartin served as editor-in-chief for Veterinary Pathology  and as an associate editor and a member of the editorial board in years prior.  In recent years, Dr. Sartin's research efforts have predominantly involved collaborative clinicopathologic studies in areas ranging from wound healing and reproductive pathology studies to mammary cancer in dogs and case studies of various conditions.  Her principal areas of research interest include the use of immunohistochemistry as a diagnostic tool in cancer diagnosis.

Three Veterinary Medicine Endowed Professorships Awarded

Dr. Michael Tillson, Dr. Dougie Macintire, and Dr. Ellen Behrend Honored

Fifty Auburn University faculty members were awarded endowed professorships on August 26 as part of a strategic initiative undertaken by Auburn President Jay Gogue to recognize the exceptional merit of existing Auburn faculty.

During a targeted one-year campaign, the goal to fund 81 professorships was exceeded by more than 17 percent, with a total of 95 professorships being funded. [read more]

Welcome New Employees

Attending the September 1 employee orientation session were Michael Sapp, a canine instructor with the Animal Health and Performance Program, David Pugh, a clinical veterinary fellow with the Auburn University Equine Source Plasma Project, and Jennifer Cutchens, a large animal/small animal technician in the Department of Clinical Sciences.

Konnichiwa

Three veterinary students from Iwate University who were here completing externships gave a short presentation at lunch on Sept. 17 regarding Iwate and their veterinary medicine studies. Mariko Tsuji, Kei Takemura, and Daichi Watanaba, who are fifth-year students (vet med is a six-year curriculum in Japan), also taught the audience a few Japanese phrases.

Raptor Center News

Auburn Eagle Named One of 12 Coolest Mascots in College Football 

With help from the AP's college football poll voters, the Associated Press chose the 12 coolest mascots in the country. Although Aubie is actually the mascot and “ War Eagle” the battle cry, the eagle that swoops down onto the field before home games is named as coolest. From the panel: "I've seen many things in college football and, in my opinion, few things (if any) produce more chills than Tiger flying around the field before a big night game at Jordan-Hare Stadium," says Wes Rucker of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Tiger Turns 30!

What is your earliest memory of Tiger? Tiger, a golden eagle and War Eagle VI, has lived at Auburn University since 1986, but was hatched in captivity in 1980. Tiger was the first eagle to fly free in Jordan-Hare Stadium and, in addition to appearing in hundreds of educational presentations, fly at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. To celebrate and honor Tiger’s thirtieth year, nationally known artist Stephen Malkoff has teamed with the Southeastern Raptor Center to create a pencil portrait of her. The original drawing will be unveiled during a halftime tribute at Auburn’s homecoming game on Nov. 6. Only 3,000 lithograph prints are to be produced. Signed and numbered prints are available in framed or unframed formats. Artwork sales benefit the Southeastern Raptor Center and will be used to construct a welcome center at the Raptor Center’s amphitheater. To reserve your print, visit tiger30.com.

Sendoff for Owls

This summer the Southeastern Raptor Center joined the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Department to release barn, barred, and Eastern screech owls at Kiesel Park and Town Creek Park. Most of the owls were healthy fledglings that were mistaken for orphans. The center rehabilitates injured, ill, or orphaned birds of prey and takes in between 200 and 275 birds annually from across the Southeast.

Hill’s Update for Faculty and Staff

Auburn is one of a few universities still allowed to include faculty and staff in the Hill's college feeding program. Participants are required to register (or re-enroll) online. The amount of food an individual can purchase is limited to 450 pounds a year. It is important participants register on HOLOS now so Hill's will know how much food Auburn is able to order.

To register on HOLOS: 

  • Go to www.hills-holos.com .
  • Click 'register with us' in the top right corner.
  • Complete your information.
  • You are now eligible to buy food from the Hill's store.

If you have registered in a previous year: 
Log onto www.hills-holos.com with your user name and password. If you have forgotten your password e-mail wmy0001@auburn.edu to have it reset. You will be prompted to re-enroll by answering 4-5 simple questions. You are now eligible to buy food from the Hill's store.

  • For questions, contact:
  • Whitney Young at wmy0001@auburn.edu
  • Mandy Ackermann at ala0010@auburn.edu

Live United

The Auburn University United Way of Lee County campaign is underway with pledge cards and brochures being distributed to CVM faculty and staff. The community organizations who are served through United Way are listed on the brochure.

Your contribution to sustain these local programs is important. Below are examples of how your contribution can make a difference locally.

  • $8 - Provides funds for an underserved child to receive an oral cleaning, x-ray, fluoride treatment, and exam from a licensed dentist in the Auburn city school’s dental clinic.
  • $15 – Helps the Food Bank of East Alabama acquire 210 pounds of food to feed the hungry.
  • $30 – Allows the Lee County Literacy Coalition to purchase materials and to train a volunteer to help an illiterate adult reach a level four reading ability. From this level, a new reader can build vocabulary and practice reading skills on his own - a task that would have been impossible before. 
    From this level, a new reader can build vocabulary and practice reading skills on his own - a task that would have been impossible before. 
  • $48 - The Rape Counselors of East Alabama can provide a full day of education to over 100 elementary school students about bullying and how to avoid being bullied by the Rape Counselors of East Alabama. 
    END THE SENTENCE after "being bullied."
    $48 - The Rape Counselors of East Alabama can provide a full day of education to over 100 elementary school students about bullying and how to avoid being bullied.
  • $65 - The Domestic Violence Intervention Center can provide a victim with food and shelter for five days.
  • $72 - Special deliveries can help a low-income mother purchase a month’s supply of diapers for her infant.
  • $150 - Allows the American Red Cross to purchase new clothes, shoes, and a coat for one family member who has lost everything in a home fire.

How will YOU choose to help?

Healthy Tigers Screening Deadline is Nov. 30

Auburn University employees who subscribe to the university's health insurance plan are offered a new health care benefit. Employees who take advantage of the 2010 Healthy Tigers Wellness Initiative can earn a $25 per month credit on their health insurance premiums (up to $300 per year) by participating in a health and wellness screening program coordinated by the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center.

Wellness clinics have been conducted at the CVM and appointments are available at the Walker Building at the Harrison School of Pharmacy. In lieu of attending a clinic, an employee who sees his or her doctor regularly and has the required test results may have the doctor submit a health care provider screening form to verify discount eligibility.

If the screening is completed before November 30, 2010, and if the results are within normal limits, the employee will be immediately eligible for the 2011 premium discount which will take effect January 1, 2011.

For more information and to make an appointment online, visit the Healthy Tigers website.

Congratulations to...

Kimberly Bryan of Clinical Sciences who is a recipient of the university’s Spirit of Excellence Award for outstanding performance by a staff member in June. 

The CVM sends its warmest thoughts and best wishes to...

Dr. Dougie Macintire. To read Dr. Mac’s story, visit her site at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/douglassmacintire.

Drs. Jacob Johnson, Soren Rodning (AUB ’02), and Brad Fields (AUB ’05). All are members of the 358th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services) currently serving in Afghanistan. Dr. Aimee Johnson provides their current addresses for letters and cards from the CVM family:

  • Jacob Johnson
  • 358th VET
  • Taskforce MED
  • APO AE 09354
  • Brad Fields
  • 358th VET
  • Taskforce MED
  • FPO AE 09372
  • Soren Rodning
  • 358th VET / C/O 250th FST
  • SHINDAND
  • APO AE 09382

Upcoming Events

Vet Tech Lunch-and-Learn

  • Friday, September 3 
  •  Flea Products
  • Missy Streicher
  • Friday, September 17
  • Dr. Christine Royal, Novartis

Football, Fans, and Feathers

  • Sept. 3, 17, 24
  • Southeastern Raptor Center
  • Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater
  • 4 p.m.
  • $5; children under 3, free

Fledglings No More!
Release of Barn Owls into the Wild
Sept. 2
Town Creek Park
1150 South Gay Street
6:30 p.m.
Southeastern Raptor Center’s
Guardian Barn Owls 
at the movie release of
Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Sept. 24
Carmike Wynnsong 16
2111 East University Drive
beginning at 6 p.m.
Fledglings No More! Release of Barn Owls into the Wild
  • Sept. 2
  • Town Creek Park
  • 1150 South Gay Street
  • 6:30 p.m.

Southeastern Raptor Center’s Guardian Barn Owls at the movie release of Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

  • Sept. 24
  • Carmike Wynnsong
  • 162111 East University Drive
  • beginning at 6 p.m.

Tigers vs. the Warhawks!

It's the War Eagles vs the Warhawks!
Please join Alumni, Faculty and Friends of the College of Veterinary Medicine for a "Tiger Tailgate" before the AU vs Louisiana Monroe game on Saturday, October 2nd . Look for our tent and plan to arrive up to three hours before kick off (8:00 a.m.) and be ready to have breakfast with the Auburn Family.
We are located on the Campus Green across from the Allison Lab Parking Lot. Click on the link  http://ims.auburn.edu/vetmed/Site_Map.pdf for detailed directions, our location is highlighted in Auburn Blue.
Please RSVP to  chambvj@auburn.edu if you plan to join us.
War Eagle,
Dean Tim Boosinger

Please join alumni, faculty and friends of the College of Veterinary Medicine for a "Tiger Tailgate" before the AU vs. Louisiana Monroe game on Saturday, October 2nd. Look for our tent and plan to arrive up to three hours before kick off (8:00 a.m.) and be ready to have breakfast with the Auburn CVM family.

We are located on the Campus Green across from the Allison Lab parking lot. Visit http://ims.auburn.edu/vetmed/Site_Map.pdf for detailed directions. Our location is highlighted in Auburn blue. R.S.V.P. to chambvj@auburn.edu if you plan to join us.

War Eagle,
Dean Tim Boosinger

Upcoming Health Events

Flu Vaccine Clinic for CVM staff and faculty only – no students

  • Monday, October 18
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Overton Upstairs
  • Limited doses. Bring Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance card.

Flu Vaccine Clinic

  • Thursday, October 14
  • Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Goodwin Auditorium Lobby
  • CVM faculty and staff with Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance need to bring their insurance card. There will be no out of pocket charge. Cost of the vaccine for students and those without BC/BS is $25 cash or check payable to AUMC.

Auburn University Mammogram Day

  • Thursday, November 18
  • 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Call Beginning October 15 to Schedule an Appointment – 68 Spots are Allotted
  • This program is available for employees and spouses covered under the university’s Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance program.  For information on reserving a time, see the linked flyer.

CVM Events

American Red Cross Blood Drive

  • Monday, October 4
  • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • Greene Hall Lobby 
  • Photo ID or donor card is required to donate.

A bagel breakfast will be awarded to the class, department, or unit with the greatest participation percentage! Each donor will automatically be entered into a regional drawing for a pair of round trip Delta Air Lines tickets. A coupon for a complimentary 18-hole round of golf at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail will also be available.

Tiger Tailgate before Auburn v. LSU

  • Friday, October 22
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Wear Your Colors! Spirit Awards for Best Dressed

CVM Fall Employee Meeting

  • Wednesday, October 27
  • 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Crash Course in Emergency Medicine

Equine Podiatry Weekend

Football, Fans, and Feathers

  • Oct. 1, 15, 22
  • 4 p.m.
  • Southeastern Raptor Center
  • Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater, 1350 Raptor Road
  • $5; children under 3, free
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Monday, October 4
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Greene Hall Lobby
Photo ID or donor card is required to donate. A bagel breakfast will be awarded to the class, department, or unit with the greatest participation percentage! Each donor will automatically be entered into a regional drawing for a pair of round trip Delta Air Lines tickets. A coupon for a complimentary 18-hole round of golf at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail will also be available.

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