Our Spotlight Employee of the Month for April 2017 is Emily Handley. Emily has worked for the Department of Agriculture and Industries for almost 16 years. She is the Virology Laboratory Supervisor at the State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in Auburn. Her primary responsibilities include monitoring all testing that takes place in the virology lab and performing many of the tests, as well. A variety of tests are performed on poultry, equine and cattle. Some of the poultry testing includes avian influenza (AI), infections bronchitis virus (IBV) and laryngotracheitis (LT), all respiratory diseases that can affect meat and egg producing chickens. Recently the Auburn Lab has been working a tremendous number of poultry samples with the increased surveillance for avian influenza in Alabama. Tests conducted on equine include eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV). Both viruses affect the central nervous system and are transmitted to horses by mosquitos. Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV), infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) are some of the tests conducted on samples submitted for cattle. Tests on companion animals, such as dogs and cats, are also performed in the virology lab. Emily’s favorite part of her job is to be able to assist farmers in identifying diseases that affect their animals. She feels it is rewarding to help those in such a noble profession. Emily has two children, a 12-year-old son, Thomas, and a 20-yearold son, Clay
Emily Handley