Faculty Giving Lectures/Presentations at AVMA

Seven Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine faculty are providing presentations and continuing education lectures at this year’s American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual convention.

Faculty from all three of the college’s academic departments are invited lecturers/speakers at the 2017 convention, set for July 21-25 in Indianapolis. The AVMA convention offers more than 40 hours of continuing education for practicing veterinarians through educational sessions, hands-on labs, lectures, panel discussions and other educational experiences from some of the nation’s top veterinary experts.

The following College of Veterinary Medicine faculty are providing expert educational programs:

Dan Givens, the associate dean for academic affairs and a professor in the Department of Pathobiology, will be presenting four abstracts: “Diagnosing, differentiating, and managing infections with BVD virus”; “Systematic large-scale programs to control BVD virus”; “Optimal Selection of Vaccination Programs for Viruses Affecting Bovine Reproduction”; and “Assessing Whether a Detected Pathogen was the Real Cause of Disease.”

Dr. Dawn Boothe, a professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology, will be delivering four sessions: “Zonisamide and levetiracetam:  A lesson in contrasts of antiepileptics”; “Medical cannabinoids:  Prayer or prophecy”; “Antimicrobial resistance vs. susceptibility:  Using population data to make patient decisions”; and “Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories:  It’s not just about the pain.”


Dr. Boothe and Dr. Harry Boothe, professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, will provide a session on “Interpreting culture and susceptibility data in dogs and cats.”

Dr. Lenore Bacek, an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, will speak on “Triage of the Trauma Patient”; “Bleeding Disorders in the Emergency Room” and “Emergency Management of Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia.

Dr. Eric Fish, a clinical lecturer in the Department of Pathobiology will be providing a lecture on CBC and blood smear interpretation “The Emergency


Veterinarian’s Guide to Interpreting Small Animal Blood Smears and Complete Blood Counts.” He will also participate in the roundtable event with a presentation called “What I wish I knew about clinical pathology when I was in practice: Tips, tricks, and pitfalls from the ivory tower to the trenches.”

During the AVMA, other veterinary association meetings run concurrently, and Auburn faculty are providing expert papers, lectures, and presentations at the following:

Pathobiology faculty Dr. Vicky van Santen and  Dr. Rüdiger Hauck will be presenting at the American Association of Avian Pathologists, which meets as part of the AVMA. van Santen is providing a research presentation on “Replication dynamics of CEK cell-adapted ArkDPI infectious bronchitis virus vaccine in chickens;” Hauck will be presenting on “Pathogenesis After Infection of Broilers with an Infectious Bronchitis Virus With Increased Enteric Tropism.”

Pathobiology faculty Dr. Byron Blagburn and Dr. Lindsay Starkey will be presenting at the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists. Blagburn will present a talk “Parasite Diagnostics” and Starkey will present a poster on “Heartworm and Mosquitoes”.