2017 AAVP Annual Meeting

The American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP)
62nd Annual Meeting
July 22-25, 2017, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Conference Information

Message from the Program Committee

The American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) will hold the 62nd Annual Meeting on July 22th - 25th in Indianapolis, IN. The meeting promises to deliver a varied, exciting, program that will bring together scientists from academia, industry, government as well as private practitioners. With the growing concerns around parasiticide resistance, vectors and vector-borne diseases, the changing regulatory environment, and the launch of many new products for the control of parasites, there has never been a better time to attend this meeting.

The 2017 Program Chair, Dante Zarlenga, and the Program Committee, Tim Geary, John Gilleard, Ray Kaplan, Doug Carithers, Jesica Jacobs, Jessica Rodriguez, and Al Marchiondo are currently assembling an excellent scientific program. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Veterinary Parasitology; The Climate is Changing”. In the literal sense, the plenary talks will focus on the effects of climate change on our abilities to study parasites of veterinary significance; in the metaphorical sense, the talks in the Presidents Symposium will show that the climate is right for a change in the way we study parasites. Thus, in the plenary session on the Saturday, Drs. Eric Hoberg and Isabella Cattadori will discuss climate change, global warming and how this can alter the landscape of veterinary parasitology. In the President’s Symposium on the Tuesday, Drs. James Lok and Bruce Rosa will discuss the CASPR/CAS 9 gene editing system and the use of genomics, proteomics and data mining, respectively, as state-of-the-art technologies that may get us a step closer to understanding and controlling parasite-driven diseases.

As has been the long practice of the AAVP, the 62nd Annual Meeting will include student presentations and a student competition. Following the system established at the 2015 annual meeting in Boston, we will again integrate all student papers into the topical session that is most appropriate. While this has and continues to present some logistical challenges for the competition and the judging, it reinforces our deep belief that the student’s research should be presented along that of other members. The program will also include presentations by recipients of the AAVP- Boehringer Ingelheim Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award, and the AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Additionally, the society will present The Distinguished Service Award to William C. “Bill” Campbell; the 2015 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine.

As in the past, a series of excellent events are planned for the students.  Special lunchtime meetings are being developed to promote student interactions with established workers in different fields of parasitology and to enhance student:student interactions. On Saturday, prior to the opening session, there will be a student meet and greet; on Sunday, student officers will be elected; and on Monday, a lunch meeting will focus on careers in parasitology. Efforts are in the works for a post-meeting educational and informational gathering of the students; though plans have not yet been finalized.

Sunday morning will begin with an early breakfast for old and new members of the many AAVP committees to review the past year’s progress, entertain new proposals, and prepare committee reports to be presented to the AAVP membership at the business meeting on Monday.  As a reminder, the committee chairs are:  Archives, Tom Nolan; Awards, Lindsey Starkey, Constitution and Bylaws, Adrian Wolstenholme; Education, Antoinette Marsh; Finance, Andy Moorhead; History, Al Marchiondo; Newsletter, Frank Hurtig; Program, Dan Zarlenga; Electronic Media, Meriam Saleh; Publications/Outreach/Research, Andy DeRosa; Nominations, Ann Donoghue; Ad Hoc List Serv Manager, Bert Stromberg.

Socials will be held each evening sponsored by Bayer on Saturday night, Boehringer Ingelheim on Sunday night, and Elanco on Monday night.

Updates to the program, as it continues to develop, can be found at the AAVP web site. Please note that the final program for the conference will be posted on the AAVP web site, and in the Summer Issue of the Newsletter.

The Program Committee now invites abstracts for oral presentations with a submission deadline of May 8th, 2017.  The meeting of the AAVP is a very successful vehicle for the dissemination of the latest data and views on the biology and control of parasites of veterinary importance. It is also an excellent networking opportunity. We hope you will consider presenting a paper or simply joining us in Indianapolis this summer.

Sincerely,

Dante Zarlenga, Program Chair and President-Elect

General Meeting Information

Registration:

It is highly recommended you pre-register for the Indianapolis meeting. Final acceptance of abstracts will be dependent on having received a completed registration by June 6, 2017. You can register online by clicking here, or submitting a paper copy of the registration form to the Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Doug Carithers (doug.carithers@Merial.com) with the registration fee no later than June 6, 2017. On-line payments can be completed by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). Mail-in registrations (form provided at http://www.aavp.org/aavp-membership-options/) can only be paid by check.

2017 registration fees::

Non-Members:

  • Early Bird registration (deadline June 6, 2017): US $350.00 (general)
  • Late registration (post June 6, 2017) or on-site: US $400.00 (general) / US

Members:

  • Early Bird registration (deadline June 6, 2017): US $275.00 (general) / US $75.00 (student)
  • Late registration (post June 6, 2017) or on-site: US $325.00 (general) / US $150.00 (student)

The AAVP meeting registration fee supports the cost of running the meeting.  Hotel reservations are separate and need to be booked directly with the hotel either on line or by phone as outlined below in the “Meeting Location” section.  Only members of the AAVP and fully-registered non-members will be allowed to attend the scientific sessions (guests can only attend sponsored sessions). AAVP annual membership dues are not included in the meeting registration fee, but can be paid separately during the registration process; membership will only be good through the calendar year, 2017. Also, the AAVP conference is separate and unrelated to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) conference held concurrently in Indianapolis, IN. You will receive a confirmation of your pre-registration if received prior to June 6th. A proceedings book with abstracts, meeting badge and other information will be available for you on-site. These items will not be mailed in advance of the meeting even if you pre-register. Students must be AAVP members to apply for an AAVP student travel grant and compete in the AAVP student award competitions. A new AAVP member application form is provided on the AAVP website http://www.aavp.org/aavp-membership-options/.

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline:    May 8th, 2017
  • Early Bird registration deadline: June 6th, 2017

 Meeting Location:

The 2017 hotel venue is: Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre, 31 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Telephone: 317-635-2000

The Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre is located in Downtown Indianapolis central business and entertainment district.  It is about a 13 minute walk from the Convention Center and near the Circle Centre Mall. You'll be able to find plenty of things to do when not listening to papers! Complimentary Wifi access is available in all guest rooms and meeting rooms. Service dogs are welcome (call with questions 317-635-2000). Self-parking is available at the hotel at a cost of $25 per day, $34 daily for valet. Please note that The Sheraton does not have its own airport shuttle. Public shuttle service is available to and from the Indianapolis International Airport courtesy of Go Express Travel 'Go Green Line'. The shuttle, which picks up and drops off in front of the hotel, operates every 30 minutes from 8:00am to 11:00pm daily. A $10.00 charge each way does apply to shuttle service; cash & major credit cards are accepted. For additional information, visit the Go Green Line website (http://www.bloomingtonshuttle.com/indy_express).

Hotel Reservations:

To make your hotel reservation you can:

  • Access the AAVP hotel reservation link at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/res?id=1703178706&key=2781897A. There you will be able to book and hold your reservation with a credit card.
  • Call The Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel, 31 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 at 1-888-627-8186 (US/Canada Toll free number) or +1-317-635-2000 (International number). Inform the reservation agent that you are attending the AAVP 2017 Annual Conference and have a credit card ready to guarantee the reservation.

Conference rooms have been set aside and the hotel has offered a special room rate of $159.00 (Single/Dbl), $169 (Triple), $179 (Quad occupancy) + tax. This includes complimentary regular speed Wifi access within guest rooms. Children under 18 years of age may stay for free in their parents' room. It is important for all meeting attendees to stay at this hotel in order to satisfy our room block commitment. Make your room reservations by June 29th, 2017.  After that date, the unreserved room block will be released, and the special conference reduced rate will expire. Note: should you choose to arrive at the Hotel earlier and/or depart later than the conference dates, you will be subject to non-contract room rates before and/or after the conference. Making these types of reservations cannot be done electronically. You must phone the hotel and make reservations for your entire stay. You will receive the contracted rate during the meeting dates.

Students:

Students looking for room share should contact Jesica Jacobs (jesica.rae.jacobs@emory.edu) or Jessica Rodriguez (jyrodriguez@cvm.tamu.edu), or post on the Student Chapters of The AAVP Facebook page.

Important date:

  • Early Bird hotel special room rate available until June 29th, 2017

Scientific Program:

The 2017 program continues with many of the previous approaches which we believe will enhance an already fun and informative veterinary parasitology meeting. Attendees beware: given there are no less than 150 paid registrants, it is a physical impossibility to accommodate the temperature wishes of each. This has been and continues to be a key complaint in the annual reviews of the meeting. Last year there were nearly as many complaints for “too cold” as there were for “too warm.” To enjoy the event, the smart play is to “layer up” and bring outerwear that can be easily removed.

Immediately following the President's opening remarks on Saturday afternoon, the plenary session will open with a symposium on Climate change. This will culminate with the presentation of “The Distinguished Service Award” to William C. Campbell who will regale us with one of his many thought provoking and pleasurable talks.

Following the plenary session and ensuing coffee break, presentations will be made by this year’s recipient of the AAVP- Boehringer Ingelheim Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award and the winner of the 2017 AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The day’s activities will culminate with a symposium sponsored by Bayer and the Bayer Social.

Sunday morning begins with meetings of the AAVP committees; breakfast will be provided. The scientific sessions will begin mid-morning at the completion of the committee meetings. The day will conclude with a symposium by Boehringer Ingelheim and the Boehringer Ingelheim Social.

Monday morning will begin with scientific presentations followed by the AAVP Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony in the second half of the morning. Thereafter, scientific presentations will continue for the rest of the day. This will be followed by a meeting of the ACVM Parasitology Diplomats. The day’s festivities will come to a close with the Elanco symposium and Elanco Social.

Tuesday morning starts with the President’s Symposium, and will focus on state-of-the-art approaches to studying parasites. The morning will conclude with a session devoted to AAVP-ACVM Parasite Case Discussions.

Throughout the meeting there will be plenty of opportunities for you to share and to learn about results of research from a variety of veterinary parasitology laboratories. And, of course, there are the outstanding social events! A preliminary schedule of events is listed below:

Saturday, July 22

  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: AAVP Executive Board/Committee Chairs Meeting

12:00 PM –   1:30 PM: Student Chapter Report / Student Meet & Greet

12:00 PM –   6:00 PM: On-site Registration

  2:00 PM –   4:30 PM: Welcome and Plenary Session

  5:00 PM –   6:30 PM: AAVP-Boehringer Ingelheim Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award and AAVP-Merck (Outstanding Graduate Student Award)
  6:30 PM –   9:30 PM: Bayer Event - Welcoming Reception

Sunday, July 23

  7:00 AM –   8:30 AM: AAVP Committee Meetings (with breakfast)

  8:30 AM –   6:00 PM: On-site Registration

  8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions

12:00 PM –   1:00 PM: Lunch on your own / AAVP Graduate Student Luncheon & Elections

  1:30 PM –   3:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions

  3:30 PM –   5:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions

  6:30 PM –   9:30 PM: Boehringer Ingelheim Event

Monday, July 24

  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: On-site Registration

  8:30 AM – 10:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: AAVP Business Meeting /Awards Ceremony

12:00 PM –   1:00 PM: Lunch on your own / AAVP Student Lunch: Careers in Parasitology

  1:00 PM –   3:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions

  3:30 PM –   5:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions

  5:15 PM –   6:15 PM: ACVM Diplomat meeting

  6:30 PM –   9:30 PM: Elanco Event

Tuesday July 25

  8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: AAVP President's Symposium

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: AAVP-ACVM Parasite Case Discussions

Please note: the conference program is still in development. The final program will be posted on this website on June 26, 2017.

Presentation Guidelines:

All oral presentations will be given a 15-minute time slot. Plan to deliver your presentation in 12-13 minutes to allow time for questions. Please remember to summarize and repeat questions before responding so that the audience can clearly hear and understand. Audience microphones will not be available this year so repeating the question is imperative. Monitors will not be on the podiums this year.

Student presentations will be grouped together as much as possible to provide a low pressure environment for presenting and to allow the judges of the student competition to attend all presentations with minimal conflicts. A speaker ready room will not be available. Use good judgement in the selection of colors, fonts and image size. If you must preface a slide with “…You probably can’t see this…” or “…This may be hard to see …” then it should not be in your presentation. Expect that room lights will be on at least midway in the meeting room.

As in the past several years, a “green…yellow…red” light system will be placed on each podium to provide speakers with notices of the time remaining for their talk. When the light turns red, the microphone and slides will be turned off. Seems cruel, but it has been a remarkable asset to keeping the sessions on time.

Audiovisual Support:

Electronic presentations on commonly-used portable media (memory stick/USB JumpDrive, CD) must be used. AAVP will provide equipment in each meeting room for projected computer presentations; there is no need to bring a personal laptop. Files must be placed in the appropriate computer desktop folder and in the designated session prior to the start of your session. Sufficient time (30 minutes) is provided between sessions that include successive papers to accomplish this task. Please plan to load and, if time permits, quickly view your presentation during this time. Do not plan to load your talk when you reach the podium to present.

PowerPoint is the only software supported for electronic presentations. Other programs or the use of personal computers are at the discretion of the Program Chair. Slides (2 X 2) and overhead projectors will NOT be available.

Abstract Submission

AAVP has a new abstract submission system for 2017 called CATALYST, so credentials and login information used in 2016 will not be recognized. A new Registration is required and can be performed when ‘Creating a Submission.

Creating a submission:

  1. Click on the link below to create a submission:https://catalyst.omnipress.com/#collection/106/submission
  2. Click on the “Register” tab.
  3. Enter your email address, password and confirm password. Click the “Sign up” button(an email will be sent to you).
  4. Click on the turquoise button in your email labeled, “Confirm Account.
  5. You will receive an email to ‘now log in.’
  6. Once logged in, a turquoise box will pop up at the top of your screen indicating you have created a submission.
  7. Read the Information tab.
  8. Complete all the required fields on all the tabs.
  9. Click “Save,” on the bottom right of your screen after you complete each tab.
  10. Click on the “Publish” button on the bottom right of your screen when you are ready to submit your abstract.
  11. You will immediately receive a confirmation email that your submission was successful. If unsuccessful, click "Support" at the top of the site (or “Site Support” for sign in issues) to submit a ‘support ticket.’

As in previous years, the word limit for abstract text (excluding author names and addresses) is 300. Abstracts may not contain tables. Abstracts should not be hypothetical in nature and should contain reference to real data. The submission portal allows you to submit an abstract and make changes until 11:00 PM on May 8th, so no need to wait until the last second to upload your abstract! You will likely find it easiest to compose your abstract in a Word file then, once finalized, transfer (cut-and-paste) the title and abstract to the appropriate text boxes. Presenters will be notified before the early registration deadline (June 6th) as to whether or not their abstracts have been accepted.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Chair, Dan Zarlenga at dante.zarlenga@ars.usda.gov  or 301-504-8754. Likewise, within the abstract submission web site, contact “Support” (top right of screen) for assistance.

Please remember, final acceptance of your abstract is contingent upon confirmation of receipt of the registration fee by June 6th.

Students:

If you wish to apply for a Young Investigator Travel Grant, the required forms are posted here and are also available when you enter your abstract information. Final submission of your abstract will take place after you have uploaded the required forms on the abstract submission web site. If you have any questions, please contact Jesica Jacobs (jesica.rae.jacobs@emory.edu ) or Jessica Rodriguez (jyrodriguez@cvm.tamu.edu ).

 Important dates:

  • Abstract submission web site opens: March 20th, 2017
  • Abstract submission web site closes: May 8th, 2017
  • Registration deadline for authors:  June 6th, 2017

Awards and Travel Grants

AAVP Achievement Awards

Information on the AAVP achievement awards can be found on the AAVP website and in the Spring 2017 AAVP Newsletter. Awards include the AAVP- Boehringer Ingelheim Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award, the AAVP Distinguished Service Award, the AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and the AAVP-CAPC Graduate Student Award in Zoonotic Disease

AAVP-Bayer Best Student Paper Presentation Awards

The awards are given to two undergraduate/graduate students who compete successfully in the Student Presentation competition. All students who submit applications for the AAVP Young Investigator Travel Grants should indicate on the Annual Meeting web site if they wish to be part of the Best Student Presentation competition. Students who do not apply for a Young Investigator Travel Grant but wish to compete for the Best Student Presentation Awards should do likewise. At the time of abstract submission, all students should submit the Verification of Student Status form available on the Annual Meeting web site. Judges at the meeting will use the checklist available below to help rate the presentations. The Awards Committee will offer two awards to students that present their own research. In 2017, the first and second place awards will be cash prizes sponsored by Bayer Animal Health; likewise, first and second place poster awards will be cash prizes sponsored by Elanco.

AAVP Young Investigator Travel Grants (YITG)

The travel grants are competitive grants awarded to full-time DVM or undergraduate / graduate students enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning and pursuing studies in veterinary parasitology. Deserving individuals who are within 3 years of their degree are also eligible for this award. Students must be an AAVP member in good standing as of the abstract submission deadline. Application for a Travel Grant, verification of student status (if applicable), and submission of an acceptable abstract, are needed for this award. Students applying for the travel grant are also eligible to compete for the Student Presentation Awards. However, the student who receives the AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award will receive reimbursement of travel expenses and therefore will not receive a Young Investigator Travel Grant.

Summary of important dates

  • March 20: Conference web site opens for submission of abstracts
  • May 8: Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • June 6: Deadline for payment of Early Bird Registration fee
  • June 26: Conference program posted on AAVP web site and June Newsletter
  • June 29: Deadline for payment of Early Bird hotel room rate at The Sheraton City Centre
  • July 22-25: Conference in Indianapolis

AAVP Recognized by the AVMA

The article below is reprinted from the JAVMA News:

Veterinary Groups Meet in San Antonio

Compiled by Anita Suresh | Posted Oct. 12, 2016

American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists

AAVP officials: Dr. John Gilleard, Dr. Doug Carithers, Timothy G. Geary, PhD, and Dr. Ray M. Kaplan (not pictured is Dr. Dante S. Zarlenga)

AAVP officials: Dr. John Gilleard, Dr. Doug Carithers, Timothy G. Geary, PhD,
and Dr. Ray M. Kaplan (not pictured is Dr. Dante S. Zarlenga)

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Event: American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists meeting, Aug. 6-9, San Antonio

Awards: AAVP–Merial Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award: Dr. Anne M. Zajac, Blacksburg, Virginia, for outstanding contributions to the advancement of veterinary parasitology. Dr. Zajac received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 1982 and her doctorate in parasitology from The Ohio State University in 1986. She is a professor of parasitology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Zajac’s research focuses on biology and control of gastrointestinal parasites of small ruminants and camelids. A past president of the AAVP, she is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Rachel CurtisRobles, PhD, Texas A&M University, for her work on the ecology and epidemiology of Chagas disease in animal and human hosts throughout the southern United States. AAVP-Companion Animal Parasite Council Graduate Student Award in Zoonotic Disease: Dr. Brian H. Herrin, Oklahoma State University, for his research into understanding the geographic patterns of natural transmission cycles of Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent of Lyme disease, in North America.

Officials: Timothy G. Geary, PhD, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, president; Dr. Dante S. Zarlenga, Beltsville, Maryland, president-elect and program chair; Dr. John Gilleard, Calgary, Alberta, vice-president; Dr. Doug Carithers, Duluth, Georgia, secretary-treasurer; and Dr. Ray M. Kaplan, Athens, Georgia, immediate past president.

Contact: Dr. Doug Carithers, Secretary-Treasurer, American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists, 3239 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, GA 30096; phone, (770)331-6069; email, doug.carithers@merial.com; website.

2016 AAVP Mid-Year Meeting

AAVP Executive Board in Indianapolis, IN for the 2016 AAVP Mid-Year Meeting: (left to right: Andrew Peregrine, Immediate Past-President; Doug Carithers, Secretary-Treasurer; Ray Kaplan, President; Meriam Saleh, 2016 Student Representative; Al Marchiondo, Program Administrator; Tim Geary, President-Elect; Dan Zarlenga, Vice-President; and Jesica Jacobs, 2017 Student Representative.

AAVP Executive Board in Indianapolis, IN for the 2016 AAVP Mid-Year Meeting: (left to right: Andrew Peregrine, Immediate Past-President; Doug Carithers, Secretary-Treasurer; Ray Kaplan, President; Meriam Saleh, 2016 Student Representative; Al Marchiondo, Program Administrator; Tim Geary, President-Elect; Dan Zarlenga, Vice-President; and Jesica Jacobs, 2017 Student Representative.

2016 AAVP Annual Meeting

The 2016 annual meeting of the AAVP will run from August 5th through the 9th at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, TX. Plan now for an educational and collegial event at an exciting and affordable venue.

Click here for meeting program.

Click here to register online.

Click here for a mail-in registration form.

Program Committee

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Tim Geary, 2016 Program Chair

The American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) will hold its 61st Annual Meeting at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, August 6-9, 2016. The AAVP annual meeting continues to be the most important gathering of researchers, students and clinicians for the dissemination of the new information and insightful perspectives on the biology and control of parasites of veterinary importance. The Program Committee is confident that the annual meeting will deliver an exciting and memorable conference, bringing together a diverse and exceptionally collegial group of scientists from academia, industry, government, veterinarians from private practice, and students in graduate and veterinary programs. The 2016 meeting builds upon the remarkably successful history of AAVP conferences and is guaranteed to foster meaningful interactions with colleagues who often don't attend the same meetings. With ever-growing concerns of anthelmintic and insecticide resistance, the re-emergence and spread of new vectors and vector-borne diseases, the changing regulatory environment, and the launch of new products for parasite control, our members and guests can count on getting terrific value for money and enjoying the opportunity to learn while making new friends and meeting old ones again.

The 2016 Program Chair, Tim Geary, and the Program Committee, Ray Kaplan, Doug Carithers, Dan Zarlenga, Al Marchiondo, Meriam Saleh and Jessica Jacobs, are preparing an outstanding scientific program. The theme of this year's meeting is "New Vistas in Veterinary Parasitology". Plenary sessions on Saturday and Tuesday will highlight some of the best and exciting new science that is leading the way toward a deeper understanding of parasite biology and improvements in the control of parasitic and vector-borne disease. We have lined up five excellent speakers for these sessions that will speak on a broad variety of interesting topics.

Following the opening plenary session Saturday, the program will include presentations by the recipients of the AAVP-Merial Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award and the AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Beginning on Sunday morning and continuing through Monday, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in concurrent scientific sessions, in which papers on a wide variety of interesting topics related to important issues in veterinary parasitology will be presented. On Tuesday morning, we will have the second plenary session, followed by a session sponsored by the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology (NCVP).

As has been the long practice of the AAVP, the 61st Annual Meeting will include student presentations and a student competition. Following the process established at the 2015 annual meeting in Boston, we will again integrate all student papers into the topical session that is most appropriate for their talk. While this presents some logistical challenges for the competition, it reinforces our deep belief that our student members are doing work that should be presented along that of other members. Given the time constraints of our meeting format, we may once again include a poster session if the number of submitted and high-quality abstracts exceeds the number of slots available in the concurrent sessions; more information will be provided once these numbers are available. When submitting abstracts (see below for details), individuals will be able to choose whether they prefer an oral or poster presentation. We should be able to accommodate the preferences of most, but if more oral papers are submitted than can be accommodated in the program, some who request oral papers may be assigned to a poster. This will not affect the student paper competition, as we plan to have awards for both oral and poster presentations.

As in recent years, students will benefit from a series of excellent social and professional opportunities designed specifically for their benefit. All students are encouraged to arrive early and attend a special student lunch "meet and greet" on Saturday prior to the opening session, which will provide fun activities to help students get to know each other before the meeting starts, so those student relationships can be strengthened throughout the remainder of the conference. This will be followed by a student lunch on Sunday, at which AAVP colleagues from many different career paths in parasitology will meet with students in a "speed-interaction" format to share their insights and advice. On Monday, a third student lunch meeting will include elections for the new student representative to the Executive Board.

Once again, time will be set aside on Sunday morning for meetings of AAVP committees. The purpose of these meetings is to provide a dedicated time slot for our committees to review the past year's accomplishments, develop new proposals for the coming year, and prepare for committee reports to the AAVP membership at the business meeting on Monday. You do not need to be a 2016 committee member to attend; showing up will allow you to become a new member of a committee that is of particular interest to you. As you know, committee work is essential to the functioning of our society and we encourage everyone to contribute by serving on a committee. We especially encourage students to join committees. As a bonus, breakfast will be provided to all who attend. As a reminder, the committee chairs are: Archives, Tom Nolan; Awards, Tom McTier, Constitution and Bylaws, Tom Kennedy; Education, Tom Nolan; Finance, Andy Moorhead; Historian, Alan Marchiondo; Newsletter, Frank Hurtig; Program, Tim Geary; Publications-Internet, Tariq Qureshi; Outreach/Research, Andy DeRosa; Nominations, Ann Donoghue.

The Westin Riverwalk Hotel has great venues for evening socials. As has been the highly valued practice at AAVP annual meetings, socials will be sponsored by Bayer on Saturday night, Merial on Sunday night, and Elanco on Monday night. We will also host other sponsored events; details will be shared soon.

Updates to the program, as it continues to develop, can be found at this web site. Please note that the final program for the conference will be posted on the AAVP web site, and not in the June Newsletter, by 2-3 weeks prior to the meeting date.

The Program Committee now invites abstracts for oral and poster presentations with a submission start date of March 14 and a deadline of May 13, 2016. The AAVP annual meeting is a great way to share the latest data and views on the biology and control of parasites of veterinary importance. It is also an excellent networking opportunity. We warmly welcome you to come and present your work, or simply to join us in San Antonio this summer.

Sincerely,

Timothy G. Geary
Program Chair and President-Elect

Registration

It is highly recommended you pre-register for the San Antonio meeting. Final acceptance of an abstract will be dependent on registration. You can register on-line via the link below or by submitting a paper copy of the registration form to the Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Doug Carithers (Doug.Carithers@merial.com) with the registration fee. Early Bird registration ends July 5, 2016. After this date, registration costs will increase (see below). On-line payments can be completed by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). A mail-in registration form provided can also be used but can only be paid by check. This form is available via the link below.

Click here to register online.

Click here for a mail-in registration form.

2016 Registration Fees

  • Early Bird Registration (by July 5): US $225.00 (general) / US $75.00 (student)
  • Late registration (post July 5 or on-site): US $300.00 (general) / US $125.00 (student)

The AAVP meeting registration fee supports the cost of running the meeting. Hotel reservations are separate and need to be booked directly with the hotel, as outlined below in the "Meeting Location" section. AAVP annual membership dues are not included in this fee, but can be paid separately during the registration process. You will receive a confirmation of your pre-registration if received by July 5. A proceedings book with abstracts, meeting badge and other information will be available on-site. These items will not be mailed in advance of the meeting even if you pre-register. AAVP membership is not required for meeting registration, but highly encouraged. However, students must be 2016 AAVP members by May 13, 2016 to apply for an AAVP Young Investigator travel grant. A new AAVP member application form is provided via this link http://www.aavp.org/aavp-membership-options/. For those members attending the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) conference held in San Antonio at the same time, please note that AAVP is completely separate and does not have any formal relationship with AVMA.

Important Date:
Early Bird registration deadline: July 5, 2016

Meeting Location: Westin Riverwalk Hotel

The 2016 hotel venue is:
Westin Riverwalk Hotel
420 West Market Street
San Antonio, TX  78205
Phone: 210-224-6500
Fax: 210-444-6000
www.westinriverwalksanantonio.com
 

Click here to reserve a Westin Riverwalk room at the AAVP group rate.

Settle in at San Antonio's luxury landmark, nestled on a romantic bend of the city's famed River Walk. Stroll in the shade of cypress and palm trees, moments from the Alamo, La Villita historic village, and the San Antonio Convention Center. Whether you set out on foot or by water taxi, the hotel's location overlooking the River Walk invites you to explore the myriad restaurants, shops and entertainment venues that line the banks of the San Antonio River as it winds through downtown. Wander a bit further and you'll discover rich sites of culture and the arts. Breathe in some Texas history at The Alamo and the Spanish Governor's Palace, stroll through Market Square and La Villita, San Antonio's historic arts village, or sip a cold microbrew at the Historic Pearl Brewery. The hotel is also within easy reach of both the cutting-edge Blue Star Arts Complex and the San Antonio Convention Center.

Great family attractions, including the San Antonio Zoo and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, are just short trips from the hotel. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in all guest rooms and meeting rooms. Some pets are welcome; please contact the hotel for further information. Self and valet parking is available at the hotel at a cost of $20/$39 per night (plus tax). Please note that The Westin Riverwalk Hotel does not have its own airport shuttle.

Traveling to San Antonio and Directions to the Westin Riverwalk Hotel

Getting There

By Plane: San Antonio International Airport (SAT)

Travel Distance: Approximately 13.68 km / 8.5 miles

Options for getting to and from the hotel include:

SATRANS

  • Fee: 32 USD; Round trip
  • Hours: 7:30am-1:30am
  • Travel Time: 12 minutes
  • Contact:(210) 281-9900; Reservation Required
  • About: SATRANS provides regularly scheduled shuttle service from the airport to downtown hotels. Shuttle tickets are sold at the baggage claim areas in both terminals.

Yellow Taxi

  • Fee: 24 USD
  • Hours: 24 hours
  • Travel Time: 12 minutes
  • Contact:(210) 222-2222

Uber is also available in San Antonio

Public Transportation: San Antonio also has buses for public transportation. VIA buses operate seven days a week from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. More information about VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Texas can be found at their website: http://www.viainfo.net/Ride/Default.aspx.

By automobile:

From East

Take Interstate 10 West into San Antonio. Take I-37 North and exit at Commerce Street. Turn left onto Commerce Street, turn left onto St. Mary's Street, then turn left onto Market Street. The hotel is on the right located at the corner of Market and Navarro.

From San Antonio International Airport/Interstate 35 South

Take U.S. 281 South (Highway 37) into downtown. Take the Commerce Street Exit and turn right onto Commerce Street. Turn left onto St. Mary's Street and then turn left onto Market Street. The hotel is located on the corner of Market and Navarro.

From Interstate 37 North

Take Interstate 37 North and exit at Commerce Street. Turn left onto Commerce Street, then turn left onto St. Mary's Street. Next turn left onto Market Street. The hotel is located on the right at the corner of Market and Navarro.

From Interstate 35 North

Take Interstate 35 North into downtown and exit at Durango. Turn left at the light onto Santa Rosa, then turn right onto Dolorosa which turns into Market Street. The hotel is on the right.

From West

Take I-10 into downtown. Stay on the upper level to I-35 South. Take the Durango Street Exit and follow the curve. Turn left onto Santa Rosa. Turn right onto Dolorosa which turns into Market Street. The hotel is located on the right past St. Mary's Street.

Parking: Valet Parking available for 39 USD per day.

One time (non-overnight) parking available for 22 USD per day. A self-pay garage is also located across the street.

Hotel Reservations: Reduced rate until July 5, 2016

To make your hotel reservation you can:

  1. Click here to reserve a Westin Riverwalk Hotel room at the AAVP's special group rate. There you will be able to book and hold your reservation with a credit card. On-line reservation is the preferred method.
     
  2. Call the Westin Riverwalk Hotel, 420 West Market Street, San Antonio, at 1.866.627-8396 (U.S./Canada). Inform the reservation agent that you are attending the AAVP 2016 Annual Conference and have a credit card ready to guarantee the reservation.

Conference rooms have been set aside and the hotel has offered a special room rate of $189.00 per night plus tax. This includes complimentary Wi-Fi access within guest rooms and complimentary shoe shine service. The room extra person charge, after two (2) people, is $20 per night. It is important for all meeting attendees to stay at this hotel in order to satisfy our room block commitment. Make your room reservations by July 5, 2016. After that date, the room block will be released, and the special conference reduced rate will expire.

For more information about San Antonio see the San Antonio Visitor Bureau web site http://visitsanantonio.com/ and for more information about the Westin Riverwalk Hotel, see http://www.westinriverwalksanantonio.com.

Students

Students seeking more information about student activities or looking for a room share should contact Meriam Saleh (msaleh@vt.edu), Jesica Jacobs (jjacobs2@mix.wvu.edu) or post on the Student Chapters of The AAVP Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/332987480064898/).

Scientific Program

The 2016 program will follow the basic format for recent AAVP meetings, which has proven to be very successful. We will incorporate a poster session only if needed to accommodate a number of submissions that cannot be placed in the confines of our concurrent session format. As in Boston last year, we will integrate all student presentations into the topical session that is most appropriate for that paper. We believe that this format advances the visibility of student research to others in the same sub-specialty, and will facilitate interaction and discussion with more senior scientists.

As usual, the meeting will start on Saturday afternoon with the President's opening remarks, followed by the opening Plenary session, which this year promotes the theme of the conference: "New Vistas in Veterinary Parasitology". Dr. Collette Britton, University of Glasgow, will give a talk on new insights into parasite biology based on small, non-coding RNAs. This talk will be followed by a presentation by Dr. Angela Mousley, Queen's University of Belfast, on new advances in RNA interference in parasites of veterinary importance. This session will conclude with a presentation on new techniques for the large-scale modification of insects.

Following the plenary session, there will be an Awards Program, during which presentations will be made by this year's recipient of the AAVP-Merial Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award and the winner of the 2016 AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Following the conclusion of the day's events, Bayer will sponsor a welcome reception.

Sunday morning begins with meetings of the AAVP committees; breakfast will be provided (but only for those attending the committee meetings – so plan to attend!!!). Concurrent scientific sessions will then begin and will continue for the rest of the day. To conclude the day's events, Merial will sponsor an evening social.

Monday morning we will continue with concurrent scientific sessions, which will be followed by the AAVP Business Meeting and the Awards Ceremony. Thereafter, scientific presentations will continue for the rest of the day and will include the ever-popular session on Novel Cases. This will be followed by a meeting of the ACVM Parasitology Diplomates, and will conclude with an evening social sponsored by Elanco.

Tuesday morning starts with the President's Symposium, which will highlight two exciting developments in diagnostic approaches to veterinary parasites. Dr. Dave Elsemore, IDEXX, will describe a new approach to the diagnosis of canine gastrointestinal nematode parasites the, followed by Dr. Cassan Pulaski, Louisiana State University, who will present a talk on new developments in the molecular diagnosis of heartworms resistant to macrocyclic lactones. The remainder of the morning will conclude with a final set of scientific presentations and a concurrent session devoted to AAVP-NCVP Parasite Case Discussions.

Here is a preliminary and tentative schedule of events:

Saturday, August 6

  • 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: AAVP Executive Board/Committee Chairs Meeting
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Student Chapter Report / Student Meet and Greet
  • 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM: On-site Registration
  • 2:00 PM – 4:15 PM: Welcome and Plenary Session
  • 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM: Presentations by the AAVP-Merial Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist and AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award winners
  • 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM: Bayer Event – Welcoming Reception

Sunday, August 7

  • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM: AAVP Committee Meetings (with breakfast)
  • 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM: On-site Registration
  • 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions
  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch / AAVP Graduate Student Luncheon and Speed-Interactions – Careers in Parasitology
  • 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions
  • 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Poster Session and Wine Social
  • 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM: Merial Event

Monday, August 8

  • 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: On-site Registration
  • 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: AAVP Business Meeting /Awards Ceremony
  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch / AAVP Student Lunch and Elections
  • 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions
  • 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Sessions
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Poster Session and Wine Social
  • 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM: ACVM Diplomate meeting
  • 7:30 PM – 9:30PM: Elanco Event

Tuesday, August 9

  • 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM: AAVP President's Symposium
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: AAVP-NCVP Parasite Case Discussions
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Concurrent Oral Paper Session

Please note: the conference program is still in development. The final program will be posted on this website on July 14, 2016.

Oral Presentation Guidelines

All oral presentations will be given a 15-minute time slot. Plan to deliver your presentation in 12-13 minutes to allow time for questions. Please remember to summarize and repeat questions before responding so that the audience can clearly hear and understand.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Posters should be prepared in portrait orientation with maximum dimensions of 33 inches (84 cm) wide and 44 inches (112 cm) high. Each poster presenter will be provided with half of a 4-foot-high by 6-foot-wide poster board. Materials for attaching posters to the boards will be provided. To locate your assigned poster board on the day of your presentation, look for the board marked with the poster number that will be assigned to you when your abstract is accepted. Each poster will be assigned a day for presentation, and it is expected that an author of the poster will stand next to the poster to answer questions during the evening poster session assigned to that poster.

Audiovisual Support

Electronic presentations on commonly-used portable media (memory stick/USB Jump Drive, CD) must be used. AAVP will provide equipment in each meeting room for projected computer presentations; there is no need to bring a personal laptop. Files must be placed in the appropriate computer desktop folder prior to the start of your session. Sessions include several successive papers, so please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the entire session begins and not just before your presentation.

PowerPoint is the only software supported for electronic presentations. Other programs or the use of personal computers are at the discretion of the Program Chair. Slides (2 X 2) and overhead projectors are NOT available.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts should be submitted via the AAVP web site. The abstract-submission process has been simplified for the 2016 meeting – please follow the guidelines.

When submitting your abstract, you will need to select whether you prefer an oral presentation, a poster presentation or if you have no preference. We should be able to accommodate the preferences of most, but if more oral papers are submitted than can be accommodated in the program, some who request oral papers may be assigned to a poster. As in previous years, the word limit for abstract text (excluding title, author names and affiliations) is 300. Abstracts may not contain tables. The submission portal allows you to submit your abstract and make changes until 11:00 PM on May 13, so there is no need to wait until the last second to upload your abstract! Abstracts should be prepared in Word and then pasted into the text box indicated for abstracts. After pasting your abstract text check for formatting as italics and symbols may not transfer correctly. You can then add formatting as needed in the pasted text. Word files cannot be uploaded. The title, authors, and affiliations will be entered into separate text fields on the abstract submission website.

Please do not work on two abstract submissions at the same time. You must have only one submission window open on your computer at a time (or bad things may happen)!!!

If you have any questions or problems with your abstract submission, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Chair, Tim Geary at timothy.g.geary@mcgill.ca or 1-514-398-7612. Likewise, within the abstract submission web site, contact "Support" (top right of screen) for assistance.

Please remember, final acceptance of your abstract is contingent upon confirmation of receipt of the registration fee.

To start a new submission or modify a previous submission, click the link below. This will take you to the log-in page. To start a new submission, once you log in you need to click on the "call for abstracts" link. This will take you to the conference-landing page (contains all of the information that is included here). Then scroll to the bottom of the document and click on the "Create New" button. If updating or modifying a previous submission then that prior submission will be available to you immediately on the abstract submission page one you are logged in.

***CLICK HERE TO CREATE NEW ABSTRACT SUBMISSION***

Students

If you wish to apply for an AAVP Young Investigator Travel Grant, the required form is posted on this web site (link below) and is also available when you enter your abstract information. If you wish to participate in the student paper competition, you must also identify that the presenting author is a student. Final submission of your abstract will require that you have uploaded the required forms on the abstract submission web site. If you have any questions, please contact Meriam Saleh (msaleh@vt.edu), or Jesica Jacobs (jjacobs2@mix.wvu.edu).

Abstract submission web site opens: March 14, 2016

Abstract submission web site closes: May 13, 2016

Awards and Travel Grants

AAVP Awards

Information on the AAVP achievement awards can be found on the AAVP website and in the February 2016 AAVP Newsletter. Awards include the AAVP-Merial Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award, the AAVP Distinguished Service Award, the AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and the AAVP-CAPC Graduate Student Award in Zoonotic Disease.

AAVP-Bayer Best Student Oral Paper Presentation Awards and AAVP Best Student Poster Awards

The awards are given to two undergraduate/graduate/veterinary students who compete successfully in each of the oral and poster Student Presentation competitions. Students should indicate at the time of abstract submission if they wish to participate in the Best Student Presentation competition, choosing either oral or poster competition. Judges at the meeting will use the checklists (links to forms provided below) to help rate the presentations. The oral paper awards sponsored by Bayer Animal Health will be $500 and $300 for first and second place, respectively. Awards for the poster competition are still in the planning stage and these details will be provided on the conference web site as they become available.

AAVP Young Investigator Travel Grants (YITG)

The travel grants are competitive grants awarded to full-time DVM or undergraduate / graduate students enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning and pursuing studies in veterinary parasitology. Deserving individuals in postdoctoral positions who are within 3 years of graduation are also eligible for this award. A student must be an AAVP member in good standing (i.e., have paid 2016 dues by May 13, 2016) to be eligible for this award. Application for a Travel Grant and commitment of additional or matching funds from a sponsoring AAVP member (see below for form), and submission of an acceptable abstract, are needed for this award. Students applying for the travel grant are also eligible to compete for the Student Presentation Awards. However, the student who receives the AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award will receive reimbursement of travel expenses and therefore will not receive a Young Investigator Travel Grant.

Summary of Important Dates

  • March 14: Conference web site opens for registration and submission of abstracts
  • May 13: Deadline for AAVP Award Nominations
  • May 13: Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • May 13: Deadline for submission of AAVP Young Investigator Travel Grant Applications
  • July 5: Deadline for payment of Early Bird Registration fee
  • July 5: Deadline for reduced conference room rate at The Westin Riverwalk Hotel
  • July 21: Conference program posted on this web site
  • August 6-9: Conference in San Antonio

AAVP 2015-2016 Officers, Committee Chairs and Members

President Ray Kaplan

President
Ray Kaplan

President Elect Tim Geary

President Elect
Tim Geary

Secretary/Treasurer Doug Carithers

Secretary/Treasurer
Doug Carithers

Vice-President Dan Zarlenga

Vice-President
Dan Zarlenga

Immediate Past President Andrew S. Peregrine

Immediate Past President
Andrew S. Peregrine

2015-2016 Committee Chairs and Members:

The chairs and members of the committees for 2015-2016 are provided below. Thanks to those who volunteered their time. If anyone else would like to serve, please contact the chair of the committee.

Elected Committees

Nominations Committee
  • Ann Donohue, Chair ardonoghue@gmail.com (2017)
  • Kevin Kazacos (2016)
  • Tim Geary (2016)
  • Mason Reichard (2017)
  • Michael Dryden (2018)
  • Alexa Rosypal (2018)

Appointed Committees

Archives Committee Awards Committee
  • Tom McTier, Chair tom.mctier@zoetis.com (2016)
  • David Lindsay (2016)
  • Susan E. Little (2016)
  • Dante Zarlenga (2017)
  • Alice Lee (2018)
  • Raj Gaji (2018)
  • Gui Verocai (2018)
  • Lindsey Starkey (2018)
  • Jim Miller (2018)
  • Joe Camp (2018)
  • Darwin Murrell (2018)
  • Roger Prichard (2018)
Constitution and Bylaws Committee
  • Tom Kennedy, Chair tjameskennedy@gmail.com (2016)
  • Adrian Wolstenholme (2017)
  • Alexa Rosypal (2018)
  • Joe Camp (2018)
  • Andy DeRosa (2019)
Education Committee
  • Tom Nolan, Chair parasit@vet.upenn.edu (2017)
  • Andrea Varela-Stokes (2018)
  • Tammi Krecek (2018)
  • Roberto Cortinas (2016)
  • Anne Zajac (2017)
  • Antoinette Marsh (2017)
  • Andy Moorhead (2017)
  • Araceli Lucio-Forster (2018)
  • Javier Garza (2018)
  • Michael Kent (2018)
  • Lora Ballweber (2018)
  • Ashley McGrew (2018)
  • Joyce Login (2018)
  • Heather Walden (2018)
  • Brian Herrin (2018)
Finance Committee
  • Andrew Moorhead, Chair amoorhed@uga.edu (2017)
  • Bob Storey (2016)
  • Ashley McGrew (2018)
  • Pete Hann (2018)
  • Jim Miller (2018)
Historian
  • Alan Marchiondo, Chair amkj46@aol.com (2018)
  • Raf Roncalli (2018)
  • Tom Nolan (2016)
  • Sue Howell (2018)
  • Ashley McGrew (2018)
Newsletter/Editorial Board
  • Frank Hurtig, Chair frank.hurtig@virbacus.com (2018)
  • Tom Kennedy (2017)
  • Michael Dryden (2017)
  • Lindsay Porter (2018)
  • Brian Herrin (2018)
  • Pablo Jimenez (2018)
  • Miguel Suderman (2018)
  • Kate Purple (2018)
Program Committee
  • Tim Geary, Chair timothy.g.geary@mcgill.ca (2018)
  • Ray Kaplan (2017)
  • Andrew Peregrine (2016)
  • Dan Zarlenga (2019)
  • Al Marchiondo (2017)
  • Doug Carithers (2016)
  • Jesica Jacobs (2017)
  • Meriam Saleh (2016)
Publications/Internet Committee
  • Tariq Qureshi, Chair tariq.qureshi@bayer.com (2016)
  • Meriam Saleh (2017)
  • Alice Houk-Miles (2018)
  • Ann Donoghue (2018)
  • Lauren Lewis (2018)
Outreach/Research Committee
  • Andy DeRosa, Chair andrew.derosa@zoetis.com (2018)
  • Sheila Mitchell (2018) Frederic Beugnet (2016) Miguel Suderman (2018) Carly Barone (2018) Chanel Schwartzentruber (2018) Cassan Pulaski (2018)
Past Presidents Ad Hoc List Serv Manager

Student Representatives

Meriam Saleh

Meriam Saleh

Jesica Jacobs

Jesica Jacobs

Dr. William Campbell Wins Nobel Prize!

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Dr. William (Bill) Campbell is one of three scientists sharing this year’s Nobel Prize for medicine. Dr. Campbell (PhD Wisconsin) is sharing half of the award with Japan’s Satoshi Omura, for the discovery of avermectin which affects nematodes, and China’s Youyou Tu received the other half of the award for her discovery of artemisinin, which is highly effective against the malaria parasite.

Dr. Campbell was born in Ireland, graduated from Trinity College (Dublin), before moving to the United States where he completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin. He then went to work with the Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research, where he began his collaboration with Dr. Omura.

Omura was studying a group of soil bacteria called Streptomycetes, and he selected about 50 isolates that showed promise. From this group of isolates, Dr. Campbell discovered that a specific bacterium, Streptomyces avermitilis, produced avermectin, a potent anthelmintic. The avermectin was refined into ivermectin, and this drug revolutionized parasitic control in animals and in control of human filarial parasites.

In addition to being a long-time American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists member, Dr. Campbell, was also recognized with the AAVP-Merial Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award in 1990, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002. Currently, Dr. Campbell is a research fellow emeritus at Drew University.

AAVP Annual Meeting Covered in JAVMA

Event: American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists meeting, July 11-14, Boston, MA.

Dr. Michael Dryden

Dr. Michael
Dryden

Anne Barrett

Anne
Barrett

Alice Lee

Alice
Lee

Awards: AAVP-Merial Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award: Dr. Michael W. Dryden, Manhattan, Kansas, for outstanding contributions to the advancement of veterinary parasitology. Dr. Dryden received his veterinary degree from Kansas State University in 1984 and his doctorate in veterinary parasitology from Purdue University in 1990. He is a professor of veterinary parasitology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dryden’s research focuses on flea and tick biology and control, investigating urban wildlife as vectors of parasitic diseases, and diagnosis and control of gastrointestinal parasites. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiology. AAVP-Merck Outstanding Graduate Student Award: Anne Barrett, Oklahoma State University, for her work on novel spotted fever group Rickettsia species in ticks, dogs, and people. AAVP-Companion Animal Parasite Council Graduate Student Award in Zoonotic Disease: Alice Lee, Cornell University, for her work on larval trapping in mice infected with Toxocara canis and the results of concomitant pre-existing infections with Toxoplasma gondii. Best student oral presentation, sponsored by Bayer Animal Health: First place ($500) Chanel Schwartzeentruber, University of Guelph. Second place ($300) Meliissa Miller, University of Georgia. Honorable mention Jeessica Scare, University of Kentucky; Emily McDermott, University of California-Riverside; Amy Murillo, University of California-Riverside; and Alice Houk, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Best student poster competition, sponsored by Elanco: First place ($500) Elizabeth Shepherd, West Virginia University. Second place ($300) Dr. Yoko Nagamori, Oklahoma State Universsity. Honorable mention Mary Maclean, University of Georrgia; Carly Barone, University of Rhode Island; Lindsay Porter, Texas A&M University; and Victoria Demello, University of Georgia. Young investigator travel grants were awarded to 36 students to enable them to attend the meeting and present their abstracts as part of the scientific program.

AAVP officials: Front row Alan Marchiondo, PhD; Javier Garzza; and Meriam Saleh. Back row Timothy G. Geary, PhD; Dante S. Zarlenga, PhD; Dr. Ray M. Kaplan; Dr. Andrew S. Peregrine; and Dr. Doug Carithers.

AAVP officials: Front row Alan Marchiondo, PhD; Javier Garzza; and Meriam Saleh. Back row Timothy G. Geary, PhD; Dante S. Zarlenga, PhD; Dr. Ray M. Kaplan; Dr. Andrew S. Peregrine; and Dr. Doug Carithers.

Officials: Dr. Ray M. Kaplan, Athens, Georgia, president; Timothy G. Geary, PhD, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, president-elect and program chair; Dante S. Zarlenga, PhD, Beltsville, Maryland, vice president; Dr. Doug Carithers, Duluth, Georgia, secretary-treasurer; Dr. Andrew S. Peregrine, Guelph, Ontario, immediate past president; Alan Marchiondo, PhD, Santa Fe, New Mexico, program administrator; and graduate student representatives Meriam Saleh, Blacksburg, Virginia, and JJavier Garza, Morgantown, West Virginia.

Contact: Dr. Doug Carithers, Secretary-Treasurer, American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists, 3239 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, GA 30096; phone, 770-331-6069; E-mail, doug.carithers@merial.com.

2015 Boston Annual Meeting Photos!

Ray Kaplan, Tom McTier and Dwight Bowman hosting Awards Meeting

Ray Kaplan, Tom McTier and Dwight Bowman hosting Awards Meeting


2015 AAVP Executive Board

2015 AAVP Executive Board


Ray Kaplan presenting award to Andrew Peregrine

Ray Kaplan presenting Presidents Award to Andrew Peregrine


Dwight Bowman presenting Merck Award to Michael Dryden

Doug Carithers presenting Merial Award to Michael Dryden


Tom McTier and Merck representative presenting award to Anne Barrett

Tom McTier and Merck representative presenting award to Anne Barrett


Tom McTier and Joe Hostetler presenting 2015 CAPC Award to Alice Lee

Tom McTier and Joe Hostetler presenting 2015 CAPC Award to Alice Lee


Ray Kaplan presenting Cow Bell to Andrew Peregrine

Andrew Peregrine presenting Cow Bell to Ray Kaplan


2015 Elanco Poster Award Winners

2015 Elanco Poster Award Winners


2015 Bayer Oral Presentation Award Winners

2015 Bayer Oral Presentation Award Winners


2015 Student Travel Grant Award Winners

2015 Student Travel Grant Award Winners

AAVP 2014-2015 Officers, Committee Chairs and Members

President Andrew S. Peregrine

President
Andrew S. Peregrine

President-Elect/Program Chair Ray Kaplan

President-Elect/Program Chair
Ray Kaplan

Secretary/Treasurer Doug Carithers

Secretary/Treasurer
Doug Carithers

Vice President Tim Geary

Vice President
Tim Geary

Immediate Past President Dwight Bowman

Immediate Past President
Dwight Bowman

Elected Committees

Nominations:
Tom Craig, Chair tcraig@cvm.tamu.edu (2015), Ray Kaplan (2015), Kevin Kazacos (2016), Tim Geary (2016), Mason Reichard (2017), Ann Donohue (2017).

Appointed Committees

Archives:
Tom Nolan, Chair parasit@vet.upenn.edu (2015), Raf Roncalli (2015), Miguel Suderman (2016).

Awards Committee:
Tom McTier, Chair tom.mctier@zoetis.com (2016), William Ryan (2015), David Lindsay (2015), Susan E. Little (2016), Dante Zarlenga (2017).

Constitution and Bylaws Committee:
Tom Kennedy, Chair tjameskennedy@gmail.com (2016), Craig Reinemeyer (2015), Adrian Wolstenholme (2017), Alexa Rosypal (2018).

Education Committee:
Tammi Krecek, Chair tkrecek@cvm.tamu.edu (2016), Andrea Varela-Stokes (2015), Tom Nolan (2015), Karen Snowden (2015), Roberto Cortinas (2016), Anne Zajac (2017), Antoinette March (2017), Andy Moorehead (2017).

Finance Committee:
Andrew Moorhead, Chair amoorhed@uga.edu (2017), Jim Miller (2015), Bob Storey (2016).

Historian:
Raf Roncalli, Chair r.roncalli@gmail.com (2015), Alan Marchiondo (2015), Tom Nolan (2016).

Newsletter/Editorial Board:
Jenifer Edmonds, Editor, Chair jedmonds@johnsonresearchllc.com (2015), Barbara Shock (2015), Theresa Hartwell (2015), Scott Bowdridge (2015), Frank Hurtig (2016), Tom Kennedy (2017), Michael Dryden (2017).

Program Committee:
Ray Kaplan, Chair rkaplan@uga.edu (2016), Andrew Peregrine (2015), Tim Geary (2017), Al Marchiondo (2017), Doug Carithers (2017), Javier Garza (2015), Meriam Saleh (2016).

Publications/Internet Committee:
Tariq Qureshi, Chair tariq.qureshi@merck.com (2015), Richard Endris (2014), Kelly Allen (2014), Chris
Adolph (2014), Miguel Suderman (2015).

Outreach/Research Committee:
Lora Ballweber, Chair lora.ballweber@colostate.edu (2015), Ray Kaplan (2015), Sheila Mitchell (2015),
Frederic Beugnet (2016).

Student Representatives

Javier Garza LSU jgarza7@tigers.lsu.edu (2015)

Javier Garza
LSU
jgarza7@tigers.lsu.edu
(2015)

Meriam Saleh Virginia Tech msaleh1@vt.edu (2016)

Meriam Saleh
Virginia Tech
msaleh1@vt.edu
(2016)

2013-2014 Executive Committee

Drs. Dwight Bowman (President), Bob Arther (Secretary/Treasurer), Alan Marchiondo (Immediate Past-President) and Andrew Peregrine (President Elect and 2014 Program Chair). Not pictured, Dr. Ray Kaplan (Vice President).

Drs. Dwight Bowman (President), Bob Arther (Secretary/Treasurer), Alan Marchiondo (Immediate Past-President) and Andrew Peregrine (President Elect and 2014 Program Chair). Not pictured, Dr. Ray Kaplan (Vice President).