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Alumnus heads up new equine

lameness/imaging service
By Sarah Carey


Anew clinical service at the University of Florida
Veterinary Medical Center offers horse owners
full-time expertise in the area of equine lameness
and imaging.
"We provide referral
MRI procedures to
veterinarians and their
clients," said Dr. Matt
Brokken, a board-
certified surgeon who
graduated from the UF
veterinary college in
2003 and subsequently
completed a residency in
equine surgery and sports
medicine at Washington
State University.
He returned to UF Dr. Matt Brokken with images
in early 2008 to head Veterinary Medical Center's n
up the equine lameness
and imaging service at the Alec P. and Louise H.
Courtelis Equine Hospital.
"My goal is to be a constant presence and to serve
the referral community better by being available as
a resource whenever these kinds of cases come in,"
Brokken said.


The new service will provide information about the use and
advantages of equine MRI as well as providing evaluations of images
from other magnetic resonance imaging units upon request.
"Horses that come to our facility now have access to imaging
technology comparable to what is
available for human patients," said
Dr. Eleanor Green, chairwoman of
UF's department of large animal
clinical sciences and chief of staff of
the large animal hospital.
"Our own patients will benefit
significantly from our enhanced
diagnostic capabilities, but in
addition, veterinarians throughout
Florida and beyond can refer their
patients and clients to us to have
images taken and interpreted to
a horse's foot obtained from the UF complement their own diagnostic
MRI unit. procedures."
Brokken has extensive experience
with the use of equine MRI, as well as with the diagnosis and
treatment of equine orthopedic injuries.
MRI produces highly detailed images, which are obtained in
multiple planes of bone and soft tissue, and can examine any portion
of the horse's body which will fit into the aperture designed for
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c ef determine that the thing can and
Shall be done, and then we shall
find the way."
This is one of my favorite inspirational
quotes from Abraham Lincoln, and seems
especially appropriate to describe how the
college arrived at the exciting stage we are
now experiencing as we finalize design
plans for our new Small Animal Hospital.
Since this past fall, we have been
meeting regularly with our architects to
finetune details for each floor of our $58
Dean Glen Hoffsis stands with senior class president Mary Gardner million, 90,000 square-foot facility. Several
and Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald of Animal Planet's "E-Vet Interns" prior to town hall meetings have been presented
commencement exercises for the Class of 2008. to faculty, staff and students since then,
and plans are about 60 percent complete. From floor and ceiling diagrams to wall drawings with
detail including electric outlets, switches, computer ports and scheduling boards, the fine points
are coming together.
A sustainable, green building design will be used along with a learning-centered approach
that includes having rounds rooms associated with every hospital service. These rooms will
concentrate the entire student rotation learning experience in one location.
The design team envisions creating an open, three-story atrium with lots of light,
which will serve as the reception and
waiting room area. We are planning a
groundbreaking ceremony in the fall of
2008.

Zeidler group are doing their part to bring
us to the next stage construction. But
getting to this point has been a long and
determined haul involving our clinical
faculty, key staff and administrators as well
as of course the many donors and friends
An architect's rendering showing the front view of UF's
responsible for helping to make this new new small animal hospital.
new small animal hospital.
facility a reality.
We all need something to look
forward to, particularly in these difficult state budgetary and overall economic times. The new
hospital is a bright spot, and I'm heartened and impressed by the enthusiasm with which this
project is being embraced, not just because of the hospital's many innovations and high-tech
equipment, but because it symbolizes progress for the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.
Although we have the funds to move forward with our construction plans, there continue
to be funding needs for programs within the hospital as well as naming opportunities for rooms
and dedicated spaces. Please contact us if you are inspired to make a contribution to assist us in
these efforts.
We've "found the way" and we continue to aspire to greatness as well as new levels of clinical
and research excellence. We are confidently envisioning the future and how we can improve in
what we offer to companion animals throughout the state of Florida and beyond.




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Beachgoers who stay high and dry may stay healthier
By Sarah Carey


Attention snowbirds and spring breakers:
Beachgoers who stay high and dry
may have healthier fun in the sun than
those frolicking on wet sand or in the water,
according to a University of Florida veterinary
researcher.
"Our objective was to understand whether
beach sand could pose a health risk to
beachgoers," said Tonya D. Bonilla, a doctoral
student in the UF College of Veterinary
Medicine's department of infectious diseases
and pathology who studied three South
Florida beaches over a two-year period to see
whether human health risks appear to increase
based on the level of sand exposure.
"What we found was that there was no
increased health risk due to exposure to sand
on the upper beach," Bonilla said. "However,
the longer the period of time people spent in
the water and in the wet sand, the higher the
probability that they would experience some
gastrointestinal illness."
Bonilla's research was conducted at Fort
Lauderdale Beach, Hollywood Beach and
Hobie Beach. There were 882 respondents who
participated in the pilot epidemiological study
and 609 who participated in the control group.
Beachgoers were made aware of the study
and, if willing to participate, were given a
survey form to complete four days after their
beach visit. The questionnaire focused on type
and duration of beach activity and inquired
whether participants became ill during the
four days after the beach visit. The control
group consisted of people randomly chosen
from the general population who had not
visited a beach in at least nine days.
Jay M. Fleisher, Ph.D., an associate
professor in the College of Osteopathic
Medicine at Nova Southeastern University,
analyzed the epidemiological data collected in
the study.
"Our findings suggest that there is an
increased risk of acquiring gastroenteritis the
longer a bather either sits in the wet sand
or stays in the water," Fleisher said. "The
probability that an individual will become sick
increases over expected non-exposure rates
from six out of 1,000 people for a 10-minute
exposure to approximately 12 out of 100
people for a two-hour stay in the wet sand.
"For exposure to water, these rates increase
from seven out of 1,000 people affected over


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expected non-exposure rates for a 10-minute
stay to approximately seven out of 100 people
exposed for a 70-minute stay," Fleisher added.
"Both show a clear dose-response relationship
in risk with increasing time of exposure. These
estimates of increased risk might seem small,
but when one considers how many people use
this beach in the course of a year, we can end
up with a substantial public health problem."
While fecal indicator levels in the near-
shore waters of South Florida's recreational
beaches are routinely monitored, sand samples
from the surf zone the wet sand and
the upper beach are not. Beach sand may
become contaminated by gull droppings and
other sources of fecal-derived organisms that
then diffuse into wet sand and water, said
Bonilla, whose research was published in the
Marine Pollution Bulletin. Her work, part of
her master's thesis work at Nova Southeastern
University, was funded by a grant from the
Environmental Protection Agency. She has
continued her water-quality work at UE
where she is pursuing her doctoral degree.
Her former mentor, Andrew Rogerson,
Ph.D., a professor of biology who is now
at Marshall University in West Virginia, is
a study co-author. Their findings suggest
water is an important factor for pathogen
transmission.
"At this point, we don't know whether
the increased health risk is due to pathogen
exposure," Bonilla said. "To really understand


this, a more comprehensive and targeted
epidemiological approach is needed."
Helena Solo-Gabriele, Ph.D., a professor of
environmental engineering at the University
of Miami and a collaborator in the National
Science Foundation's Oceans and Human
Health Center, is working on understanding
how fecal indicator levels correlate with
pathogen levels in her own research. Her
work primarily focuses on environmental
measurements, specifically of microbial
indicators in water.
In addition to evaluating the potential
human health effects of microbes from
beach sands, Bonilla's paper provides new
information concerning the reservoirs and
sources of fecal indicator bacteria, Solo-
Gabriele said.
"This study emphasizes that beach sands
serve as the most significant reservoir of
fecal indicator bacteria, and shows that the
situation is not isolated to one specific beach,
but can be widespread across regions," she
said. "Bonilla and her collaborators provide
a mechanistic explanation for the potential
spread of fecal indicator bacteria through
gull droppings and subsequent distribution
through natural diffusion in the environment,
as well as by people walking on the beach.
The suggestion of an association between fecal
indicator levels in sand and illness rates among
humans is very significant and points to the
need to conduct more comprehensive studies
of beach sand."
FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 3










Imported "giant clams" found to have foreign disease
By Sarah Carey


Vividly colorful giant clams, officially known as tridacnids,
decorate many an upscale aquarium. But now experts say they
boast an exterior beauty that masks an ugly truth: their potential for
carrying foreign diseases.
In findings that may impact the reef clam industry as well as
international trade, a University of Florida veterinary pathologist
recently discovered Perkinsus olseni, an internationally reportable
foreign pathogen, in aquacultured clams imported from Vietnam.
While not believed to be a threat to human health or other reef
aquarium species, the pathogen's presence concerns scientists as well
as aquaculture industry representatives and points out the largely
unregulated environment in which the importation of aquacultured
reef clams from Asia takes place.
"I had 30 clams in my lab as part of a student research project,"
said Barbara Sheppard, D.V.M., Ph.D., a clinical associate professor
of p r..l.. .',- at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. "Then they
started looking sickly, and within four months, all of them were dead."
As a pathologist, Sheppard was intrigued. She began investigating
the cause of death: freezing tissues, putting them into formalin and
conducting histopathology and DNA tests in her laboratory. Her
findings, which appear online in Diseases of Aquatic Organisms,
showed the presence of Perkinsus olseni along with a new species of
Perkinsus that has yet to be characterized.
"This is an important finding," said Ralph Elston, Ph.D., president
ofAquaTechnics, a Carlsbad, Wash.-based company that provides
veterinary, laboratory and environmental assessment services to the
shellfish industry. "It indicates the potential risk of the spread of
animal disease when health monitoring is not in place to control
such risks."
Elston added that further research is needed to evaluate the
distribution of previously unknown species of Perkinsus in Florida.
Giant clams are the largest bivalves in the world. Their range
stretches across the Indo-Pacific region from the eastern coast of
Africa in the west to the South Pacific in the east, according to
the United Nations Environment Program's World Conservation


This ornamental reef clam, officially
known as a tridacnid, is similar to ones
imported from Vietnam and distrib-
uted widely to aquarium enthusiasts
throughout the United States. Now
new research shows the clams can
harbor Perkinsus olseni, an internation-
ally reportable foreign pathogen.


Monitoring Center. These clams represent
an increasingly large proportion of the
live invertebrates imported to become
aquarium specimens. As a result of
overexploitation, all species of giant
clams are included in the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species
of Wild Fauna and Flora, an international
agreement between governments that
aims to ensure that international trade in
specimens of wild animals and plants does
not threaten their survival.
Based on CITES data from
1993-2001, Vietnam has dominated the
export of live giant clams since 1998.
The United States and Europe are the
main importers, and captive bred, or


University ot Florida veterinary pathologist Barbara Sheppard inspects a group ot ornamental reet
clams in her laboratory March 21. Sheppard recently discovered a reportable foreign disease in a
similar colony of clams that were part of a student research project.


aquacultured, clams represent only about a third of the nearly 1
million tridacnids traded worldwide.
Sheppard is now collaborating with the Virginia Institute of Marine
Sciences, the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Anita Wright,
Ph.D., a Perkinsus researcher and associate professor at UF, to further
characterize the new exotic species of Perkinsus Sheppard discovered in
her clam colony.
"This is not a zoonotic disease, transmissible to people," Sheppard
said. "No one is going to get sick from this, as far as we know. The
problem here is economic and international trade. We know that
Perkinsus is a pathogen of aquatic shellfish, and the reason it is so
important is that it makes animals very vulnerable to dying when the
weather gets hot or when they get stressed in some other way."
She added that a major pathogen known as Perkinsus marinus is
already associated with the depletion of major oyster stocks on the
Atlantic coast.
"It's indigenous; you can't avoid it, and we know that particular
pathogen is already economically devastating to our shellfish
industries," Sheppard said. "They don't want this Pacific version of
Perkinsus (olseni) to be transported here."
Although the infected clams were found in Florida, tridacnids are
exported all over the country and distributed throughout the hobby
industry. Sheppard's findings suggest that almost certainly clams
infected with Perkinsus olseni and the new Perkinsus species have
made their way into consumer aquariums throughout the United
States, she said.
"This is a great example of why you should never release an
aquarium animal anywhere, under any circumstances," said Ruth
Francis-Floyd, D.V.M., director of UF's Aquatic Animal Health
program.


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dlnia Update


Brazilian Olympic dressage horse

treated successfully at UF
By Sarah Carey


After surviving an odyssey of difficult
surgeries and complicated medical
problems, a Brazilian Olympic dressage horse
named Livello has lived to train another day
and is recuperating back in his home country,
thanks to University of Florida veterinarians.
UF equine surgeon David Freeman, who
played a key role in Livello's amazing story and
eventual turnaround, discharged the horse on
April 11 to one of his Brazilian veterinarians,
who flew home with him.
"This horse is all quality," Freeman said.
"Everyone who dealt with him here did a
wonderful job, and this is a horse that came
all the way from Brazil because we had the
technology to treat him."
Freeman said Livello's case illustrated the
importance of powerful imaging equipment,
particularly UF's MRI unit, in guiding
effective medical treatment.
"Radiology, specifically Drs. Matt Winter
and Shannon Holmes, did a wonderful job
with interpreting the images," Freeman said,
adding that clinicians and technicians from
the radiology, surgery, ophthalmology and
anesthesia services were all extremely helpful.
"Livello actually came here because the
owners were aware we had CT and thought
that could be used to help him, but it turned
out that the MRI was a better imaging tool for
his problem," Freeman said.
Brazilian veterinarian Fernanda Bicudo
Cesar said the horse's owner, Dr. Jorge de la
Rocha, and his family were "very thankful for
everyone involved."
Cesar spent two weeks at UF with Livello
when his primary veterinarian, Patricia Brossi,
had to return home after spending two
months in Gainesville.
"The owners haven't seen him for three
months, but now they can sleep well and
finally feel that things are going to be OK,"
Cesar said.
Brossi said called Livello "a fighter."
"Livello is the horse we dreamed of back in
our childhood, when we first realized we loved
horses, those huge creatures, their smell, the
noise from their hooves, the feeling of being
on top of them," Brossi said.
Livello's story began in Brazil last October
with a bad tooth. A tooth extraction


procedure damaged
the horse's tear duct
and intraorbital nerve,
veterinarians said.
"Tears were coming
down his face, and he had
nerve damage that was
causing him to rub his face
and sneeze," Freeman said,
adding that a subsequent
procedure involving a
veterinary surgeon from
Tennessee and a world-
renowned equine dentist
who were flown to Brazil
to help, did not resolve the
problem.
"The surgeries went
well, but never cleared up
the infection Livello had
developed in his sinuses,"
Freeman said.
Because of his infection,
Livello subsequently


Dr. David Freeman stands with Livello on April 11 prior to the horse's release from
UF's Alec P. and Louise H. Courtelis Equine Hospital after successful treatment to
treat complications from an extracted tooth.


developed facial swelling
and a malodorous nasal discharge.
Desperate to help him, his owners and their
veterinarians, who had heard of Freeman and
UF's imaging capability through veterinary
meetings in Brazil, decided the horse needed
to be seen and treated at UF In February, de la
Rocha, who also has ridden Livello as part of
the Brazilian Olympic dressage team, flew the
horse and Brossi to Florida's Alec P. and Louise
H. Courtelis Equine Hospital.
"We had some idea based on Livello's
history and clinical signs that there was
probably some necrotic bone that needed to
be removed," Freeman said. "But we didn't
know the exact location or extent of it, and
that is where both the CT and our new MRI
unit came in."
An initial surgery resulted in the removal
of a lot of dead bone and tissue, but
Livello's sinus drainage continued as did the
malodorous nasal discharge.
"So we did another MRI on him about
three weeks later and then another surgery
after that," Freeman said. "The MRI images
helped us find the sites where we needed to
go, and the site was not an easy area to gain
access to. We were somewhat reserved by then


in terms of our level of satisfaction because we
knew there might still be more bone left."
By the time Livello left, he had undergone
three surgeries at UF, with the last one being
the most difficult. Within two weeks of his last
procedure, however, Livello began showing
signs of improvement.
"His attitude definitely improved," Freeman
said. When Livello's nasal discharge vanished,
Freeman and his colleagues knew they had
turned a corner.
"This was a tough case," he said. "Every
now and then we get cases that test us and
test our general ability to handle very serious
veterinary challenges and this was one of
them."
Freeman added that he gave a lot of
credit to Livello's owner, de la Rocha, for his
unwavering commitment to the horse.
"He was not going to be deterred by the cost
of treatment but he was realistic and committed
and most of all, he did not want this horse to
suffer," Freeman said. "He wanted the very
best for him, and he did all the right things.
That didn't replace any of our caregiving for the
horse, but it made it a lot easier."


FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 5





HonorsAwardsAppoint'ments& Announcements


Bovine veterinarian aims
to enhance awareness of
animal welfare
Jan Shearer,
D.V.M., the ,,
University of Florida
College of Veterinary
Medicine's dairy


extension veterinarian,
was recently featured
in a cover story in
Bovine Veterinarian
magazine.


Ur. Jan Shearer


The story, titled
"The Kindest Act," appeared in the January
issue of the publication and focused on the
issue of euthanasia and personal beliefs.
The article stressed that the act of
performing euthanasia, while uncomfortable
to many people, is a critical part of veterinary
medicine.
"The hardest part of euthanasia is getting
over the emotional aspect and coming to grips
with doing it," Shearer said. "This is about
these cows we find on farms that often are
down or dying and the dairyman doesn't have
the emotional strength to put them down
because it's his animal. We as vets need to step
up to the plate and do it for them."


Surgery resident honored
for presentation
University of
Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine
small animal surgery
resident Stanley Kim,
B.V.Sc., received
top honors for the
most outstanding
resident presentation
at this year's annual
Veterinary Orthopedic Dr. Stanley Kim
Society meeting, held
recently in Big Sky, Montana.
Kim's presentation dealt with the effect of
tibial plateau leveling osteotomy and tibial
tuberosity advancement -- two surgical
techniques used to correct tears of the cruciate
ligament in dogs -- on femoratibial contact
mechanics.
Kim attended and presented his work as a
recipient of one of the Veterinary Orthopedic
Society's Mark Bloomberg Awards, which
provide financial support for deserving
residents to attend the meeting and present
their research. The awards are based on a
review of their scientific abstracts.


UF aquatic animal vet
honored by federal wildlife
group
Michael
Walsh, D.V.M.,
a University of
Florida College
of Veterinary
Medicine
veterinarian
has received the
U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Services Dr. Michael Walsh
Regional Director's
Conservation Award for his years of
service in the area of manatee rescue and
rehabilitation.
Walsh is associate director of UF's Aquatic
Animal Health Program. He served as head
veterinarian for Sea World of Florida for
many years prior to being hired by UF in
2007.
"This award acknowledges Mike's
commitment and many years of
participation in the Manatee, Rescue,
Rehabilitation and Release program, as well
as his significant contribution to manatee
medicine and conservation," said Nicole
Adimey, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service.


Dr. Robert Parker,

small animal surgeon


Former UF small
animal surgeon and
longtime faculty
member Robert B.
Parker died April
7 in Coolbaugh
Township, Pa., in a
S, car accident.
F 1 9 Parker was a
charter member of
the faculty in the
Department of Surgical Sciences when UF's
College of Veterinary Medicine opened its
doors in 1977. A Diplomate in the American
College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Parker
became an Associate Professor and served as
Chief of the Small Animal Surgery Service from
1982-1991. From 1991-1992, Parker spent a


year on sabbatical in Australia where he served
as a visiting scholar at Sydney University.
"For two decades, Rob Parker was
synonymous with small animal orthopedics
at UF, where he taught hundreds of aspiring
veterinary students and more than two dozen
small animal surgery residents the art and
science of small animal orthopedics," said
Dan Lewis, DVM, professor of small animal
surgery at UF and orthopedic specialist.
"Rob had special interests in fracture repair,
arthrodeses and bone grafting. He was also
one of the early pioneers in performing total
hip replacements in dogs."
Parker left UF and moved to New York City
in 1997 where he spent 10 years as Chairman
of the Surgery Department at the Animal
Medical Center. In January, Parker embarked


on a new phase of his career when he accepted
the position of Chief of Surgery at the Animal
Emergency Clinic of Wyoming Valley in
Pittston, Pa. He had lived in Buck Hill Falls,
Pa., for nearly a decade and had been an active
member of the community and an avid golfer.
Parker is survived by his mother, Emily
Parker of Menifee, Calif.; his wife, Ramona
(Fletcher) Parker of Buck Hill Falls, Pa.; his
daughter, Elizabeth (Parker) Griseck and her
husband Chris of Alachua.
Donations honoring Parker's legacy
can be made to the University of Florida's
Small Animal Surgery Resident Scholarly
Fund. Checks should be written to the UF
Foundation in care of Dr. Dan Lewis, Small
Animal Clinical Sciences, P.O. Box 100126,
Gainesville, FL 32610-0126.


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In Memria






Development Nws-


Reception to benefit "Olive's Way"


oncology program

A benefit hosted March 11 in Boca Raton
by grateful clients of the University of
Florida Veterinary Medical Center's oncology
service raised $320,000 to support cancer
research and care for both small and large
animals affected by the disease.
Lisa and Harry Posin, whose 4-year-old
Maltese, Olive, was successfully treated at
UF in 2007 for kidney cancer, organized
the event. Recently the Posins, who live in
Boca Raton, created a program known as
"Olive's Way" dedicated to raising funds for
UF's veterinary cancer programs. All "Olive's
Way" contributions go directly to the college,
earmarked to the oncology service.
"Funds we raise will be used both to support
the UF oncology service's ongoing efforts
and to expand the research that this world-
class team performs," Harry Posin said. "We
fully believe that due to the severity of Olive's
illness and the complex nature of the surgery,


raises $320,000

had it not been for the skilled oncology team
at UF, we would likely have lost Olive on the
operating table."
Olive underwent a complicated
surgical procedure that involved
the removal of one kidney and a
portion of her adrenal gland. She
subsequently has undergone eight
chemotherapy treatments and has
regained her strength and normal
body functions.
"The level of postoperative
support to Olive, and to us, was
beyond compare to any that
we have seen, whether animal
or human," Posin added. "The Harry Posil
sincerity to which the entire
oncology team cares for the patient is
remarkable as well as their ongoing support
and consultation with our local oncologist."
Anyone wishing to contribute to the


"Olive's Way" Fund established in the UF
College of Veterinary Medicine for cancer
research, may do so by contacting the college's


development office at (352) 392-2213,
ext. 5200 or by e-mailing Zoe Seale, senior
director of development and alumni affairs, at
sealez@vetmed.ufl.edu.


Lameness, continued from page 1


people. In adult horses, this
includes the foot, fetlock,
suspensory ligament,
carpus, hock and head. In
foals, the entire body can be
imaged.
The MRI imaging
technique can help
determine the specific
causes of lameness, which
is critical to determining
appropriate treatment
recommendations.
Brokken offers more than
just clinical expertise; he
also has conducted research
into a new surgical therapy
for proximal suspensory
ligament injuries and has Dr. Matt Brokken examines a horse's foot outside of
the Alec P. and Louise H. Courtelis Equine Hospital.
used MRI to monitor
healing of the ligament after
treatment.
He works closely with UF veterinary radiologists and said he is
excited about the imaging technology UF has to offer, which in
addition to MRI, includes CT, nuclear scintigraphy, digital radiography
and ultrasonography.


"I believe our expertise with the MRI is second to none, and while we
already have the only high-field strength magnet in Florida, an upgrade
is already on the way and is expected to arrive within the year." Brokken
said. "That will increase our capability even more."
The upgraded magnet will speed up examination time and will provide
higher-resolution images, Brokken said. The MRI upgrade is expected to
be implemented by next March and a new CT table for horses is coming
soon as well.
"This advanced diagnostic imaging technology is enhanced by
the expertise that surrounds it," Brokken said. "Our comprehensive
approach is supported by a team of veterinary specialists, including
board-certified surgeons, internists, radiologists, anesthesiologists and
many others. Here at UF, we have everything that anyone would want
to diagnose and treat a horse, and we can do it all in one place."
That aspect of academic veterinary medicine is a large part of what
attracted Brokken to the job.
"Being at this university allows me to practice at the highest level,
and I'm very excited for the opportunity to return to my alma mater,"
Brokken said.
Receiving days for the equine lameness and imaging service are
Tuesday and Thursdays and surgeries and MRI examinations are
generally performed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Horse
owners, trainers, referring veterinarians and others seeking more
information or who wish to make an appointment with the equine
lameness and imaging service should call 352-392-2229.


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July 19-22
The annual meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association
will be held in New Orleans. For more information,
go to www.AVMA.org.


September 25-27
The annual Florida Association of Equine Practitioners conference will
be held in Puerto Rico. For more information, go to www.FAEP.net.


October 3-5
The annual meeting of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association will
be held in Orlando. For more information, go to www.FVMA.com.


October 19
The Team VetMed and Horse Farm Hundred bicycle ride will be held
in Gainesville. For more information, contact Jo Ann Winn at
winnj@vetmed.ufl.edu.


October 25
UF Homecoming weekend. For more information about college
activities, contact Jo Ann Winn at winnj@vetmed.ufl.edu.


UF UNIVERSITY of
UFFLORIDA
College of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 100125
Gainesville, FL 32610-0125


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