Life Time Membership
Dr. Pat Blanchard
In recognition of outstanding contributions to
Veterinary Diagnostic Medicine and the AAVLD
Dr. Blanchard received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of
Connecticut, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University, and Doctorate
degree in comparative pathology from the University of California-Davis. She is a Diplomate of the
American College of Veterinary Pathologists. She has worked for the California Animal Health and
Food Safety Laboratory System since 1987, serving as Adjunct Assistant Professor, Assistant and
Associate Professor of Clinical Diagnostic Pathology. She is currently Professor of Clinical Diagnostic
Pathology and Branch Chief of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory atTulare.
Dr. Blanchard has worked tirelessly for the AAVLD and is regarded as the hardest-working member.
Judging from the number of nominations received on her behalf, she is definitely the people’s
choice for this award. Dr. Blanchard served as President of AAVLD in 2002 and has cochair
in the Laboratory Emergency Management subcommittee and co-chair in the USAHA/AAVLD
Committee on Emergency Management (CAEM). She is also a member of the Laboratory Director’s
Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Publications Committee, Bylaws and Resolutions Committee
and Foundation Committee. Her sustained devotion and commitment to the AAVLD’s goals
and mission through the years are unmatched. She has been Editor of the Association’s newsletter
for seven years and served on the Newsletter editorial board for seven years before becoming editor.
Her meticulous devotion to detail and many friendly reminders to committee chairs and officers to
provide her with material in a timely fashion result in an outstanding product for Association members.
Our newsletter is simply the best and most informative of any professional organization.
Dr. Blanchard’s role in planning our annual scientific conferences since 2001 has been critical to
their success. Each year, her attention to detail, copious notes on what makes our annual meeting
run smoothly, and total understanding of what is necessary to meet the needs of committee chairs,
scientific session moderators, and others have provided the foundation for an outstanding conference.
At the national level, Dr. Blanchard has represented the Association in numerous critical leadership
roles. She has been very instrumental in elevating the stature of AAVLD and has worked hard to
strengthen our partnerships with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United State
Animal Health Association (USAHA), Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), and the
new Department of Homeland Security. Through her liaison efforts with the Association of Public
Health Laboratories, she has been outspoken in her belief that AAVLD laboratories should and must
play an expanded role in protecting human health through the early detection of zoonotic diseases.
She played an essential role in developing the initial concept for the National Animal Health Laboratory
Network (NAHLN) and co-authored the NAHLN Concept Paper. She has worked with CDC’s
Laboratory Response Network to establish criteria for veterinary diagnostic laboratory involvement
and has represented the AAVLD in emergency planning at the federal level through the National
Animal Health Emergency Management Steering Committee (currently the joint USAHA/AAVLD
CAEM), USDA, and Homeland Security—most recently in the development of the Animal Health
Emergency Support Targeted Capabilities.
In all of her many activities, Dr. Blanchard has always represented AAVLD with a high level of
energy, commitment, and professionalism. For all of her outstanding contributions, hard work, and
devotion to the AAVLD and the discipline of diagnostic laboratory medicine, it is a great pleasure
for the AAVLD to present to her the 20012 Life Time Member Award.