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10th Annual International Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus (EEHV) Workshop

Co-hosted by the Houston Zoo and the International Elephant Foundation
Monday – Wednesday, February 16 – 18, 2015



Crowne Plaza River Oaks
2712 Southwest Freeway Houston TX 77098
Reservations: 1-877-270-1393
Special conference room rate, just $85 plus tax/night

Workshop Registration Cost:
Early Bird $75 now – Feb 2, 2015
Regular $110 – Feb 3 – 16

Includes: Conference attendance, snacks, breakfast and lunch
Wifi available in meeting room


Registration Questions? Contact Lauren Howard at

Please make hotel reservations early – the cut off for the workshop group rate discount is February 2, 2015. After this date the cost of the rooms nearly doubles! To get the workshop group rate, You can book by phone or by clicking on the hotel name above to register online. If you call the hotel (713-523-8448), ask the reservations department to book rooms under the “Houston Zoo Elephant Managers Meeting.”

NOTE: This meeting will build upon previous meetings and will not go over basic details of EEHV. For basic information on EEHV, please visit the main EEHV website:

Tenative Schedule

Monday Night 2/16

Ice Breaker at Conference hotel (Crowne Plaza River Oaks)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday 2/17

7:15 – 8:00 Breakfast (provided)
8:00 – 8:20 Introductions, Welcome, Goals for workshop
8:20 – 8:40 EEHV Advisory group Update (L Howard)
8:40 to 10:00 Session I: Immunology and EEHV
10-10:30 first break
10:30 – 12:00 Session II: EEHV Monitoring and Sample Collection
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 – 3:00 Session III: EEHV Around the World
3:00 – 3:30 second break
3:30 – 5:30 Session IV: EEHV Defined (or is it?)
Dinner on own

Wednesday 2/18

7:15 – 8:00 Breakfast (provided)
8:00 – 8:20 Introduction to new and improved EEHV Website (E Latimer)
8:20 – 10:00 Session V: EEHV Treatments
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 Session VI: Medical Experiences with clinical EEHV
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 – 2:00 Transport to Houston Zoo Elephant Barn
2:00 – 3:00 EEHV Drill/Exercise at elephant barn
3:15 – 4:30 Houston Zoo Brown Education Center Auditorium: wrap up, discussion
5:30 – 6:30 Dinner at Zoo (provided)
6:30 p.m. transportation back to hotel (provided)

Notes from Previous Events

Report from 7th Annual EEHV Workshop, Houston, January 2011

Summary from 8th Annual EEHV Workshop, Rotterdam, October 2011

Report and Summary from EEHV Workshop, Houston Zoo, January 2013

EEHV 2013 Workshop Proceedings, Houston Zoo, January 2013

2013 EEHV Conference, Houston Zoo

Preliminary Topic and Speaker List

Detecting EEHV-specific T cell responses in Asian elephants
Angela Fuery, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Virology

A longitudinal study showing no link between pregnancy and EEHV-1 shedding in Asian elephants
Laura Bennett, Nottingham University, UK

New blood collection technique in young Asian elephants
Javier Lopez, DVM, Veterinary Manager, Chester Zoo

Characterization and significance of EEHV-1 and EEHV-4 viremia in Asian elephants at the Houston Zoo
Paul Ling, PhD Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Virology

EEHV Monitoring at the Albuquerque Zoo
Carol Bradford, DVM, Veterinarian, Albuquerque Biopark

Recommendations for Monitoring and Testing of EEHV
Erin Latimer, NEHL

Detection of Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesviruses, Elephant Gammaherpesviruses and African Elephant Polyomavirus In Wild and Captive African Elephant Trunk Nodules and Saliva
Virginia Pearson, Fox Chase Cancer Center, PA, USA

EEHV in captive elephants Thailand
Supahen Sripiboon, DVM, MSc, PhD Candidate, Murdoch University

Elephant health and EEHV monitoring in Sri Lanka
Dennis Schmitt, DVM, PhD, DACT, Ringling Center for Elephant Conservation

EEHV Protocol and Experiences at Twycross Zoo
Sarah Chapman, Head of Veterinary Services, Twycross Zoo, UK

Update on EEHV research in The Netherlands and a review of recent EEHV cases in Europe (non-UK)
Willem Schaftenaar, Veterinary Consultant, Rotterdam Zoo, Netherlands

Epidemiological and Pathogenic Characteristics of EEHV Infection in Asian Elephants
Katharina Seilern-Moy, DVM and Akbar Dastjerdi, DVM, MSc, PhD, Department of Virology, Animal & Plant Health Agency, UK

What is the evidence that EEHV causes hemorrhagic disease?
Gary Hayward, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

EEHV Case Definition and what it means for us
Lauren Howard, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, Houston Zoo I

In vitro investigation into antiviral efficacy and EEHV
Mathias Ackermann, PhD, Institute of Virology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Ganciclovir pharmacokinetics in Asian elephants
Luis Padilla, Head of Veterinary Services, St. Louis Zoo

Stem cell technology and its application to EEHV
Michael Coleman, PhD, CEO Ingeneron

Endotheliotropic herpesvirus treatments in orphaned wild baby Asian elephants (Elephas maximus)
Khajohnpat Boonprasert, DVM, Head of Elephant Hospital, The Elephant Conservation Center, Thailand

Clinical EEHV1 in a juvenile Asian elephant: qPCR guided therapy
Fieke Molenaar, DVM, Whipsnade Zoo

Medical monitoring and treatment of clinical EEHV viremia in juvenile Asian elephants at the Houston Zoo
Maryanne Tocidlowski, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, Associate Veterinarian, Houston Zoo

EEHV Treatment Drill/Exercise at Houston Zoo Elephant Barn
Joe Flanagan DVM, Maryanne Tocidlowski DVM, Dipl. ACZM, Maud Marin DVM, Dipl. ACZM, Lauren Howard DVM, Dipl. ACZM, and Daryl Hoffman, Curator Large Mammals, Houston Zoo
Ellen Wiedner, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM Tacoma Park Zoo and Aquarium