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Fall 2006 Newsletter

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 H. Leon Thacker, DVM, PhD

Fall is here and time for another ADDL newsletter.  A number of good things are for reporting this time including the excitement that has arisen from the return of Dr. Willie Reed to Purdue as Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine.  Willie completed his PhD in anatomic pathology at Purdue in 1982 and was pathologist in ADDL and head of our Avian Diagnostic Section until 1990 when he was recruited to Michigan State University as Director of the Michigan Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.  It will be good to have Dr. Reed back at Purdue.

The ADDL also has significant contribution to the veterinary pathology training program of Purdue.  Over the years, several of these programs around the country have seen a decline in numbers.  The number of pathology graduate students at Purdue has remained quite stable and the quality of our graduates has remained high.  Three of our anatomic pathology graduate students took the qualifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in September.  All three students passed all sections of the exam.  This is admirable as the overall pass rate of the ACVP exam is 40% or less.  The annual meeting of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians was recently held in Minneapolis, MN.  Two of our pathology students were awarded travel awards to the meeting and another of our students, Dr. Ikki Mitsui, won the graduate student poster presentation award which included a certificate and check for $500.

ADDL faculty and graduate students gave scientific presentations and contributed in other responsibilities to the Minneapolis AAVLD meeting.  Dr. Roman Pogranichniy presented his research findings on a novel disease condition recognized in swine and thought to be caused by a pestivirus agent which is different and distinct from the causative agent of classical swine fever.  In all likelihood, there will be further development of the significance of this agent as cause of economic losses in swine herds.  During the meeting, Dr. Willie Reed's contributions to the success and activities of USDA-APHIS were recognized by receipt of USDA-APHIS administrator's award presented by Dr. Ron DeHaven, head of USDA-APHIS.

I hope this finds each of you enjoying the change of weather brought on by the fall season; it too is a beautiful time of year in Indiana.  Have a good day, ADDL is here to serve you with the cutting edge diagnostics, it is our desire to provide you with the best veterinary diagnostics available.



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