FROM THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
By this time, you are probably aware that the search
for a department chair for the Department of Veterinary
Pathobiology continues. Therefore, Dr. Thacker is continuing
in his role as Interim Chair of this department, as I
continue in the role of Interim Director of the ADDL.
This last year has been a very busy and productive one
for all of the faculty and staff of the ADDL. Our annual
report of the two laboratories (ADDL-WL and ADDL-SIPAC)
indicates a healthy growth of a 19% increase in accessions
with significant increased testing requests of mammalian
necropsies at ADDL-SIPAC as well as histopathology and
toxicology at the West Lafayette
laboratory. The total diagnostic examinations at the two
laboratories decreased 4.5% during the year to 531,311.
This decrease was due primarily to decreased test requests
for brucellosis, since Indiana
has attained brucellosis-free status. The faculty and
staff remain committed to fulfilling their mission of
providing the best animal diagnostic services available
as well as preparing for the future by continuously providing
more modern testing technologies. This issue contains
an update of those new tests which the ADDL is providing
(see New Fee Schedule and Dr. Wu's articles on
APPserology and swine enteric pathogens).
By the time this newsletter reaches you, the leaves will
be changing colors, and perhaps beginning to fall, the
days will be a little shorter, the nights a little longer
and cooler, and the crops will be in the process of being
harvested. We hope that you enjoy this upcoming Fall Season
as well as this newsletter. As always, remember we are
here to provide diagnostic service to you, so if we can
be of assistance, please don't hesitate to give us a call.