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pulsing with new blood
A love affair with
her students, with teaching,
and with the prospect of being
a pioneer associated with the
University of Florida College
of Veterinary Medicinefs new
Dr. Amara Estrada is a member of
the college's Class of'98 and has
been on UF's faculty for just over
Photo courtesy of Dr Estrada
cardiology service, keeps Dr.
Amara Estrada smiling.
Even in her last month of
pregnancy with her second
child, Estrada was in the clinic,
smiling, but itis an inner glow
as well as an outer one that
radiates as she performs due
diligence on the phone with
clients or referring veterinar-
ians, listening intently, as she
always does, to their problems
or complaints and offering, as
usual, her professional
This 33-year-old board-
certified veterinary cardiolo-
gist, a member of the colleges
Class of f98, is committed to
making a difference.
Life is always busy for
Estrada, who performed the
first manual extraction of
heartworms in a cat at UFfs
Small Animal Hospital last
year. In her first year on the
faculty, Estrada has collabo-
rated with her colleague, Dr.
Darcy Adin, in a variety of
unique and challenging
iThe service has grown
See ESTRADA, p.3
4 Rescued Akita's
UF veterinarians use Ilizarov
fixator to straighten and stretch
dog's remaining front leg.
Dr. Julie Levy is all about cats.
From research to outreach,
she's making a difference.
See who's being recognized
among college faculty for their
UF veterinary alumnus Dr.
Clifford Berry has always been
intrigued by diagnostics.
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Executive Associate Dean
Ronald R. Gronwall
Associate Dean for Research
and Graduate Studies
Charles H. Courlney
Associate Dean for Students
Senior Director ol Development
& Alumni Allairs
Development & Alumni Allairs
Sarah K. Carey
Small Animal Hospilal
(3521392-4700. Ext. 4700
Large Animal Hospilal
13521 392-4700. Exl. 4000
(352 392-4700. ex1. 5300
1352) 392-1700. Ext. 5000
(3521 392-4700. Ext. 5206
Development & Alumni Allairs
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Dean Joe DiPietro
G rowing pains: We have
them in our Small Animal
Hospital and itis a good
problem to have in many
With patient visits
continuing to grow, the
practical necessity of
expansion is becoming ever
Patient wait times are
becoming a function of
physical plant limitations, and
continued growth in our
patient load will only mean
more stress on the clinical
teaching faculty, students, and
Fortunately, the organized
veterinary community as well
as many of our committed
alumni and donors heard the
drum roll some time ago and
have offered monetary support
as well as their meetings and
facilities as venues for getting
the word out.i
Wefve accomplished a lot,
having raised $2.9 million in
private gifts toward our total
$4 million goal. But we can
always do more, and please let
us know if you have time,
treasure or ideas to contribute
to our Small Animal Hospital
building expansion campaign.
Drs. Cynda Crawford and
Paul Gibbs continue their
investigations into respiratory
disease outbreaks in racing
greyhounds. Their work stems
from their findings last year
that the likely cause of similar
outbreaks in a small number of
racing greyhounds in
Jacksonville was equine
This work is significant
and involves many
collaborating organizations as
well as the greyhound
In other action, we are
rocking into spring with the
colleges new Mobile Equine
Diagnostic Service up and
running. Two months after
MEDS began operation,
Michael Porter has put more
than 8000 miles on the MEDS
truck and performed
diagnostic services on more
than 80 horses referred from
veterinarians from as far south
as Cocoa Beach and as far
north as Georgia.
AiParty in the Junglei
fundraiser for the Small
Animal Hospital, held at
Parrot Jungle Island in Miami
in February will be followed
soon after by Aprilfs full
month of activities. See the
calendar on p. 12 for details.
Itis hard to believe that
already were looking toward
next falls Horse Farm 100 bike
Be well and stay in touch.
Following months of surgery to treat
wounds to her back rear legs, Lady, a
German Shepherd dog rescued by UF
veterinarians in the aftermath of
Hurricane Charley, was finally able to go
home to Wauchula, Fla., with her
Small animal surgeons at UF
committed to caring for Lady even
before her owner, Bridgit MacVay, came
forward to claim her.
Without UF's help, Lady, who had been
hit by a car and was found unable to
walk, would likely have been euthanized.
Lady is pictured in this photo the day
of her discharge with MacVay, at right,
her daughter, at left, and Dr. Jennifer
Maners, center, the second-year
anatomical pathology resident who led
the animal relief team in South Florida
and whose efforts led to Lady's being
brought to Gainesville.
ESTRADA, from p. 1
extremely busy with
interventional cardiac cases
ranging from pacemaker
implantation, coil embolization
of PDA and balloon valvulo-
plasties for pulmonic stenosis,i
Adin, also a board certified
veterinary cardiology special-
ist, joined UFfs faculty in 2001.
Estrada came on board in 2003.
Although both performed
cardiology procedures, the
cardiology service was
officially launched in January
iAmara and I have similar
approaches to cases and really
enjoy working together Adin
said. iShe is such a cheerful
person and I have thoroughly
enjoyed working with her. UF,
the students and the clients are
fortunate to have her here on
Adin added that she and
Estrada bring different
strengths to the service
because of their different
training and backgrounds.
makes it clear that she aspires
not just to professional
excellence, but also to a level of
intellectual stimulation she
fantasized about, even as a
ii think being in veterinary
cardiology kind of fulfills my
need to be on the cutting
edge,ff Estrada said. iAs long
ago as I can remember, I
wanted to be a veterinarian,
but I did experience some
conflict as to whether I should
apply to medical school or
veterinary school, and even
applied to several medical
schools as an undergraduate.i
As testimony to her
determination, perhaps, and to
her capability for introspection,
Estrada took some time to
make up her mind.
II wound up declining my
interview dates for medical
schools and decided I needed
to take a year and work in a
!I~~~~B thn ben invtrnaycriooykn
small animal veterinary
practice as a technician in
order to decide what I really
wanted to do,i she said. ii
loved it, and subsequently
applied to veterinary school
Fast forward: Estrada
completed vet school at UF,
performed an internship at the
University of Tennessee and a
residency in veterinary
cardiology at Cornell
Universityfs College of
Veterinary Medicine before
landing her faculty position at
iDuring vet school,
cardiology was just something
I really enjoyed,i Estrada said.
iWhile at Tennessee, I met and
worked with a boarded
cardiologist and realized that I
would rather just focus on
cardiology. I donft think I
fully understood it was
possible to do cardiology as a
separate discipline until I went
There was no official
cardiology service or board-
certified cardiologist on the
faculty at UF when Estrada
was a student; the internal
medicine service handled all of
the cardiology cases. That
said, one of Estradafs key
mentors at UF was Dr. Patti
Snyder, a small animal
internist with an interest in
iDr. Snyder, who is no
longer here at UF, was my
mentor,i Estrada said. iShefs
an internist, and did most of
the cardiology before the
official service formed. She
was another big influence on
me, and on my desire to
As a specialist, Estrada
notes that she has constant
interaction with the pediatric
cardiologists at UF & Shands
iMany of the procedures
we perform on our veterinary
patients are identical to
procedures performed on
children and adults with heart
disease. It has been a lot of fun
collaborating and comparing
cases with our friends across
the street at Shands,i she said.
iRecently, for a difficult case,
one of the pediatric cardiolo-
gists came over to perform the
procedure with us. It was a
joint effort for this patient and
a lot of fun for both sides.i
A new resident, Dr. Herb
Maisenbacher, joined the
cardiology group in July and
Estrada is excited about his
contributions to the team. She
also says a new clinical study
will soon begin in collabora-
tion with Medtronic, a
company that produces
pacemakers, and will focus on
new pacing techniques for
people and veterinary patients.
!In February, we will be
offering free pacemaker
implantation for patients with
third-degree AV block as part
of this clinical trial,i she said.
Dr. Sydney Moise, a
professor of medicine at
Cornell, said she knew during
Estradafs residency that she
was destined for academia.
II recognized that Amara
had exactly what it took to
balance the academic role in a
clinical department Moise
said. iHer clinical skills are
outstanding and her patient
care is compassionate.i
Moise also praised
Estradafs ability to lask the
right questions and her
understanding of how to
approach clinical research.
iHer drive is unequalled so
that she accomplishes more
than most,i Moise said.
For more information
about the cardiology service,
contact the Small Animal
Hospital at (352) 392-4700, ext.
$1.1 million still needed for Small Animal Hospital Expansion
Progress continues on the UF Small Animal Hospital campaign foi building expansion
Hospital caseloads hit record numbers in 20-14 administrators report
Cue to Ihe continued giowlh in patient visits patient wail times aie qui.cklv becoming a
function of physical plant limitations said medical health administialion director John Haven
The SAH will see over 2 i',, movie visits in the ci.uiient fiscal yeai than lust thiee veais ago
The colleges goal is to iaise $4 million in p ivate gifts to quallifv or dollai-ior-dollar stale
matching iunds The total estimated cost oi the new hospital is $34 million As oi Feb 1 20i15
the Small Animal Hospital expansion project had received $2 9 million including total gilts and
This leaves a gap oi approximately $1 1 million still needing to be raised
For moie information about how to suppoil the campaign contact Zoe Haynes at 13521
392-47. "" ext 52-11-
UF veterinary surgeons
save Akita rescue
dog's remaining limb
BY SARAH CAREY
L i1e and limb go hand n hand ftor a
lear-old Akita allputee whose
remaining front leg i\ as saved b.
L F Iveterinarians w ho performed a bone-
lengthelllng procedure the ive filletuned
over tile ears.
SThe moment that I sa\\ her, I thought she
had great possibilities to be a therapy. dog.i
said Ten Harve l. \who adopted the dog she
Named Cass.1id.1 as in Hopdlolng i 0from
the Akita Rescue Societv of Florida, in \which
he is a longtime volunteer.
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BY CINDY SPENCE
university of Florida researcher Julie Levy has her
i.. on the big picture, a future in which there are
n.. homeless cats because the cat overpopulation
problem has been solved.
On her way to that future, Levy focuses on today, sterilizing
and vaccinating feral cats at monthly clinics at UFfs College of
Veterinary Medicine. Operation Catnip sterilizes and provides
veterinary care each year for about 2,000 cats, which are trapped,
neutered and returned to their environment. The low-cost
operation A Levy and other veterinarians, veterinary technicians
and students donate their time and the college provides the
facilities n is an attempt to make a dent in a problem of almost
Since 1994, Operation Catnip has sterilized more than 20,000
cats, yet estimates put the number of homeless cats nationwide at
about 70 million.
iThere is a huge cat overpopulation problem Levy said. iA
large number of strays are fed by people but receive no veterinary
care. These people are trying to make a situation better that they
had nothing to do with creating.
iWe can help by providing free veterinary care for the cats.
Were the machine that makes it all work,i Levy said. iOur
clinics are full every month.i
Operation Catnip is modeled on a trap-neuter-return, or TNR,
program Levy started while in graduate school at North Carolina
State University. Similar clinics are scattered across the country
and she concedes that surgical sterilization alone wonit end the
But her outreach program has fueled her research. Levy
evaluates contraceptive vaccines for use in feral cats. A successful
vaccine would work by triggering antibodies that suppress
fertililty. One such vaccine that had been used on wildlife did not
work in feral cats, and Levy says much work still needs to be
done. Questions that need to be answered with contraceptive
vaccines include how soon they work and how long they provide
If a high percentage of feral cats in a colony can be sterilized A
either surgically or with a vaccination A that will bring down the
birth rate and eventually the population.
iWith feral cats, you may only get to see them once in their
life,i Levy said. iSo what were looking for is herd immunity.
And it will be important to have a product that works on both
males and females.
iItis a population that is breeding continuously so somehow
we need to increase our capacity to sterilize,i Levy said.
Levy said few things spark a controversy in a community the
way feral cats do. On one side are cat-lovers seeking a humane
way to bring the population under control. On the other side are
wildlife advocates who say that feral cats harm native animals
like birds by hunting. In between is a lot of misinformation.
For example, one communityfs debate on feral cats centered
on the notion that feral cats spread rabies. Not so, says Levy. Wild
animals are the reservoir for rabies, and cats and dogs are
incidentally infected during encounters with wildlife.
Levy also does research on feline infectious diseases and says
feral cats serve as a
sentinel animal and
a window on what
pet cats might face.
So far, for example,
surveys of cats
exposed to West
Nile virus, a
disease, show that
cats are commonly v
exposed to the virus
but seem to survive
the infection. Levyfs
contrary to a
tion, feral cats are
not more likely than .
pet cats allowed
outdoors to be Dr. Julie Levy,is internationally known for her efforts to
infected with feline reduce overpopulation of unwanted pets. Operation
leukemia, feline Catnip, which she started at North Carolina State and
immunodeficiency then at UF, has sterilized more than 20,000 cats since
virus and other
common feline diseases.
iFeral cats are a very poorly understood population in terms
of infectious diseases, systemic infections, and diseases that are a
threat to other species or humans,i Levy said.
The alternative to trap-neuter-return programs is euthanasia,
a policy that does not work, Levy says. Even if a community
wanted to remove all its feral cats, who would do it and who
would pay for it, Levy asks. And studies show that as cats are
removed from an environment, other cats take their place.
Levyfs work on overpopulation of unwanted pets is so well-
known that she was asked to join a team that went to the
Galapagos for a wide-scale cat and dog sterilization program in
2004. In the past, the Galapagos had used euthanasia for animal
control. In 2004, the islanders and the Park Service agreed to try
neutering the animals.
IIn a lot of ways it was the perfect place to do this, with no
animals coming in from somewhere else to fill the void,i Levy
After 15 years of working on the feral cat issue, Levy said she
is beginning to notice more communities talking about the issue.
iItis a hugely controversial topic, but people are finally
starting to do something about it,i Levy said. iVeterinary schools
are an important connection for training veterinary students how
to work safely with feral cats and how to contribute to pet
HIt is societyfs problem; Operation Catnip is one solution,i
Levy said. iTrap-neuter-return is an example of the really
wonderful altruistic instincts of human beings.
iItis the human-animal bond,i Levy said. iWe protect that.i
Professor emeritus of wildlife diseases honored for distinguished service
Dr. Don Forrester, right, with Torsten
Morner, center, and John Fischer during
D r. Donald Forrester, a
professor emeritus in the
University of Florida College of
department of pathobiology,
has received the Wildlife
Disease Associationfs Emeritus
The award was presented at
the groups most recent annual
meeting, held Sept. 2 in San
Founded in 1951, the WDA
is an international, nonprofit
organization with more than
1,300 members from 45
countries. WDA members are
actively engaged in research,
teaching, and service activities
related to wildlife. The group
acquires, disseminates, and
applies knowledge of the
health and diseases of wild
animals in relation to their
biology, conservation, and
interactions with human and
The WDA has two major
awards, the Distinguished
Service Award, which is the
highest award the
organization gives, and the
iDon received the DSA in
1986 and most recently the
Emeritus Award,i said Ed
Addison, the groups executive
manager, adding that the
award was established in 1969
and grants an honorary
category of membership in the
iThe story of why he was
chosen is a long one of an
exceptional scientist who has
contributed enormously in all
aspects of his area of science
and to many societies,
including the WDA,i Addison
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veterinary community recognized through AAHA award
Dr. Colin Burrows,
chair of the University
of Florida College of
department of small animal
clinical sciences and chief of
staff of UFfs Small Animal
Hospital, has received the
2005 Royal Canin Award from
the American Animal
Royal Canin, formerly
known as Waltham, gives the
award to recognize
outstanding contributions by
a veterinarian that have
resulted in improved well-
being of companion animals in
the international veterinary
The award will be
presented during the
associations annual meeting in
Baltimore in March.
Burrows was nominated for
the award by Richard
Goldman, D.V.M., owner of
Milhopper Veterinary Medical
Center in Gainesville.
1As the award is for a
outstanding activities or
contributions have resulted in
the improvement of the well-
being of companion animals in
the international veterinary
community, I instinctively
thought of Dr. Burrows and
his involvement in the World
Veterinary Association and his
contributions to the field of
iTherefore, I nominated
him for what seems to be a
College epidemiologist is 2004 International Educator of the Year
D r. Jorge Hernandez, an
associate professor of
epidemiology at the University
of Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine, has
received the 2004 International
Educator of the Year Award
from the UF International
Hernandez was one of 20
UF faculty members honored
as outstanding international
educators in a program UFIC
began this year.
Hernandez has served as
director of the colleges Office
of International Programs
since 2003. Under his
leadership, the college
established one of the only
international offices of its kind
for a veterinary college.
iFrom 2002 to 2004, at
least 115 veterinary students
have been systematically
exposed, both on campus and
abroad, to global health issues
during their education at the
UF College of Veterinary
Medicine,i Hernandez said.
iThat is 24 percent of
the student population at the
veterinary college over the last
three years, compared to 3
percent during the preceding
Hernandez currently is on
sabbatical leave at the Swiss
Federal Veterinary Office in
Bern, Switzerland working on
projects related to disease
surveillance, disease freedom
and risk analysis of diseases of
economic importance to
Veterinary pathologist receives teaching award during fall meeting
of American College of Veterinary Pathologists
D r. Claus D. Buergelt, a
professor of pathology
at the University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medi-
cine, recently received the
2004 Charles Louis Davis
Foundations Harold W.
Casey Teaching Award.
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teachers of veterinary pathol-
ogy and was presented during
the November annual meeting
of the American College of
Veterinary Pathology in
iThis is a recognition by
those in your field, as well as
your colleagues and former
students who feel that your
contributions to veterinary
pathology have been many
and invaluable,i wrote
Annette P. Gendron-
Fitzpatrick, foundation awards
chairman, in a letter notifying
Buergelt of selection.
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Dr. Jorge Hernandez
Dr. Claus Buergelt
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The man behind the image
BY SARAH CAREY
after a distinguished and growing career in academia,
veterinary radiologist Dr. Clifford iKipi Berry, a
ember of the colleges Class of e84, made the decision
to move back to Florida and into private practice.
It was a choice he says hefll never regret.
Central Florida Veterinary Radiology, which Berry owns,
operates under the roof of Affiliated Veterinary Specialists (AVS),
of Maitland (just north of Orlando). In business there now for five
years, Berry says his company provides all imaging studies for
II owe a lot to Dr. Jacek deHaan (AVS owner), who allowed
me to come in and provide the radiology services Berry said.
iHe has allowed me to flourish in an ideal private practice
Berry said there were challenges in making a transition from
academia into private practice.
iThere are certain aspects of radiology that I miss, research
and the training of radiology residents he said.
By the end of Berryfs second year at AVS, a radiology
residency program had been started and one resident has
successfully been trained and passed board examinations.
Another resident is currently in training.
iThe area of diagnostic imaging has always intrigued me,i
Berry said. lit is a critical piece of the information puzzle that is
put together as a team approach to case management, and much
more so in private practice.
Berry said he finds the interaction with other specialists at
AVS to be both rewarding and enjoyable.
The service provides all of the support for computed radiogra-
phy, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic reso-
nance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, fluoroscopy, picture
archival and communication system (PACS) and now a new three
dimensional treatment planning system and a linear accelerator
with photon and electron capabilities.
iltis important that I can do what I was trained to do and the
other specialists can do what they were trained to do,i Berry
said. iThis philosophy stems from the basic philosophy of clear
service orientation based on specialty and was something that Dr.
deHaan and I agreed on at the beginning.i
After graduation from vet school in 1984, Berry worked part
time in a small animal practice in Largo, Fla. for three years.
iThe remainder of my time was split between teaching at the
St. Petersburg Veterinary Technician Program and doing a
cardiology residency under Dr. Cristophe Lombard at the
University of Florida.i
During this period of time in 1986, Berry became more and
more intrigued by diagnostic imaging and says Drs. Dave Hager
and Norm Ackerman of UF influenced his career path.
ii was accepted into the radiology residency program at the
University of California, Davis, and spent three years there, from
1987 to 1990,i Berry recalled. ii then took an assistant professor
See Berry, p.10
Dr. Kip Berry and Dr. Michael Schaer, associate chief of staff of UF's Small Animal
Hospital, share a light moment outside AVS's radiology suite during a November visit
by several UF administrators to AVS facilities in Winter Park.
Dr. Jacek de Haan, left, and Dr. Kip Berry, center, talk with Dr. Michael Schaer about
the linear accelerator, which was installed in July 2004, becoming only the third linear
accelerator in Florida for veterinary use. Schaer joined Dean Joe Dipietro and others
for a recent tour of AVS's facilities in Winter Park.
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position at the University of Florida, and then moved to North
Carolina State University in 1991.1
Berry spent a total of seven years at N.C. State and was
tenured and promoted during his fifth year there. He spent one
year at the University of Missourifs College of Veterinary
Medicine as radiology service chief and then moved back to
North Carolina in 1998 and spent the final year in academia at the
College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University
II started working with Dr. deHaan at the end of the year,i
He said he viewed his graduation from veterinary school;
completion of his radiology residency with board certification;
tenure and promotion with over 50 articles and publications;
training radiology residents; and a outstanding faculty award for
teaching received from the Class of 2000 while at NCSU as among
his most significant professional accomplishments.
iPersonally, I would say my wife, Brigitt 6 wefve been
married for 25 years and got married just prior to me starting
veterinary school 6 my two children, Jennifer and Hudson, and
God are the most significant things in my life,i Berry said.
He said the area of his professional specialty that intrigues
him the most is cross-sectional imaging. In that category are
ultrasound, CT, MRI, and positron emission tomography (PET)
and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)
iThe reason is that one has to have a handle on the anatomy,
pathophysiology and disease processes to see how different
diseases impact the animals using these imaging modalities,i
Berry said. iThey have obvious advantages over standard
radiography, yet diagnostic X-ray films are complimentary to
most cross-sectional imaging studies.i
AVSis deHaan called Berry lone of the best radiologists in the
iHe is an excellent clinician who cares about our patients,i
deHaan said. iThe radiology service provides outstanding
support to our internal medicine, neurology, surgery and
physical therapy departments. Because of his strong research
interest and experience, Kip is also a great mentor to our interns
AVS technicians Tricia Davenport, right, and Bechy Nicholas demonstrate the use of
the organization's underwater treadmill as a means of providing physical therapy to
dogs with various orthopedic or muscle ailments.
So you thought the SEC was just about sports...
Make the University of Florida CVM champs of the SEC' .11 ,, 111 I h1. 11..
Be a first-string player and support your alma mater. ..II. ...1 Veterinary Medicinel
Sat the University of Florida needs your support. With $25,000 in cash awards from Hill's I
on the line, get on our roster of alumni donors. The competition is based on the
percentage of alums giving back to their alma mater.
With your minimum donation of $25, you can place the Gators above the rest,
chomping out the competition!
IFor more information, please contact: Karen Hickok, Director of Development at
352-392-4700 X5200 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. I
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Team Vet Med raises $28,360
through Horse Farm 100 bike ride
This years Team Vet Med rode in the annual Horse Farm
Hundred event on October 24 with more riders than ever before
and hopes to generate more money for student scholarships than
has ever been previously raised.
iThis brings the total assets in the endowed fund for Horse
Farm Hundred scholarships to $91,480,? said Kristi Esmiol of the
colleges development office.
The money raised tops the $26,927.10 that was received
during last years Horse Farm Hundred.
Sponsors for this years event included Hills, which donated
$5,000; FVMA, $150; IAMS, $300; Dr. Kat Laurenzano, $400;
Nestlef Purina, $1,000; Novartis, $500; Pfizer, $300; Schering-
Plough, $500; Vetoquinol, $400; Guidice-Teller Podiatry, $500;
Shands Healthcare, $3,000; Compass Bank, $500; Dr. Frances
Vaujin, $300; Webster Vet Supply, $500; Bayer Corporation, $500;
For more information about the Horse Farm 100 and Team
Vet Med, as well as how to register for the 2005 event, contact Jo
Ann Winn at (352) 392-4700, ext. 5206.
Mclntosh County, Ga., sheriff's deputies Robert Francisco and Ty Poppell greet
Pepper during his discharge from UF's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital on Dec.
29 while veterinary student Katie Allison looks on.
Pepper, from p. 1
The officers refused to take no for an answer.
In an impassioned email, Deputy Robert Francisco wrote to
Colin Burrows, chief of staff of UFfs Small Animal Hospital, to
plead for help. Francisco also wrote several other veterinary
colleges located in the Southeast, but only Burrows responded n
by asking veterinary neurologist Dr. Roger Clemmons to get
involved and schedule an appointment for Pepper as soon as
iWe did not want them not to come because of money,i
Burrows said. iWe felt we would be able to work out the finances
A few days later, on Dec. 22, K-9 supervisor Ty Poppell
brought Pepper to UF.
Peppers condition had progressed well during that past
week, but he was still unable to walk. Diagnostic tests soon
confirmed that Pepper had suffered a severe dislocation of his
spinal column. Surgery took place the following day, and n
miraculously n Pepper, still weak in his back legs but now
walking, was able to return home the following week.
If the successful surgery were not enough reason to make
spirits bright, an area woman read the story of Pepperfs plight in
the Gainesville Sun and offered to cover all the dogs medical
iAnything for a police officers dog,i she said.
Francisco wrote in a Jan. 12 e-mail to Clemmons that Pepper
was doing just fine.i
iHe got his staples out on Friday the 7th,i Francisco said.
iHe is regaining his strength, but he is still a little wobbly.i
Clemmons told the deputy that now that Pepperfs staples are
out, he can gradually start doing more in order to keep getting
iHe should continue to get better for months, we just want to
make sure that he does continue to improve,i Clemmons said.
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The annual CVM Golf Classic
in memory of Melanie Meador
Penn will be held at the Haile
Plantation Golf & Country Club.
Contact Jo Ann Winn, (352)
392-4700, ext. 5013.
The UF Marine Mammal
Medicine Conference will be
held at the Gainesville Hilton.
For more information, visit:
UF's "Spring 2005 Weekend" is
a collegewide celebration of all
alumni. The college will hold
tours for CVM alumni who
attend. Contact Jo Ann Winn at
(352) 392-4700, ext. 5013.
The college's annual Open
House, sponsored by
SCAVMA, will be held from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Sarah
Carey at (352) 392-4700, ext.
Join the Horse Farm 100 ride.
sponsored by the Gainesville
Cycling Club. Proceeds will go
to support veterinary student
scholarships. For more
information about how to
College of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 100125
Gainesville, FL 32610-0125
Address Service Requested
support riders or ride yourself,
contact Jo Ann Winn at (352)
392-4700, ext. 5013.
Homecoming weekend at UF
kicks off with Gator Growl the
evening of Oct. 7 and the
college's annual brunch on
Oct. 8 in the courtyard prior to
the football game (Gators vs.
Mississippi State.) Times TBA.
Contact Jo Ann Winn at ext.