President’s Message

CTPVSS President Satya Achanta

Dear Fellow CTPVSS Colleagues,

I hope that all fellow CTPVSS colleagues and their families are safe and well during these challenging times.

The first year of CTPVSS after the merger of the Comparative and Veterinary Specialty Section (CVSS) and Toxicologic and Exploratory Pathology Specialty Section (TEPSS) was very successful and it could have not happened without the collective efforts of the leadership! I would like to recognize the leadership of Dr. Bhanu Singh, BVSc, MS, DACVP, DABT, FIATP in leading the first year successfully and setting up a high bar for me.

I started as a Postdoctoral Representative of the Comparative Veterinary Specialty Section (CVSS, which merged with TEPSS to form CTPVSS) in 2015 and since then I have been serving in various roles. I am passionate about comparative and translational research. I have been always encouraged about our Specialty Section.

I am very fortunate to have a wonderful team in our CTPVSS executive committee with a mix of seasoned members and some newbies. I will be closely working with Gopinath Palanisamy as Vice President, Katherine Horzmann as VP-Elect, Tom Magee as Secretary/Treasurer, Vinicius Carreira and Sonika Patial as Councilors, Caroline Moore as Postdoctoral Rep and Jaclynn Andres as Graduate Student Rep. On behalf of our Specialty Section, I would like to thank Bo Inscho, Senior Membership Project Coordinator of SOT, for her time and help in keeping us up to the expectations of the Society and CTPVSS membership.

The mission of our Specialty Section is to provide a focused platform for the interaction of SOT members interested in comparative toxicology, veterinary toxicology, and experimental pathology, and the use of in vivo animal models in toxicology. We aim to establish scientific and educational programs that emphasize current advances, pressing issues, and policies of interest to members and relate those developments to regulatory policy and risk assessment practices. CTPVSS will also be a resource for the Society of Toxicology in the area of veterinary and comparative toxicology and toxicologic exploratory pathology and in vivo animal models.

It is a great honor for me to serve as President of CTPVSS (2021-2022) and I look forward to serving you and uplift the mission of CTPVSS. Please reach out to me or any of the executive committee members with suggestions and questions. Last but not least, please consider receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and continue to wear masks following local and national safety guidelines to curb the COVID-19 pandemic and make it history. Otherwise, we may not be able to meet in person at the 2022 SOT Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Satya Achanta, DVM, PhD, DABT

President, CTPVSS (2021–2022)