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Poultry nutrition expert's life much more than chicken feed

B orn in Pakistan, U.S. citizen, works for a German that a combination
company and lives in India. That's what Salim Bootwalla, ground would gi
D.V.M., Ph.D., '95, who held master's and doctorate degrees in
poultry nutrition and physiology before he even entered veteri-
nary school at the University of Florida, says when people ask Bootwalla,
where he's from. in hotels thar
"My friends still tease me that I have been a professional as technical sei
student," Bootwalla says. "But it has paid
off, not only in terms of monetary "One major thing I learned
remunerations and positions in my in veterinary school is that
company, but also in the tremendous
satisfaction I receive from working with our all animals deserve respect,
customers and colleagues in my company. regardless of the purpose
It all fits together for which they are kept."
-- poultry nutrition,
management, -Salim Bootwalla. D.V.M.. Ph.D.

welfare and friendship."
A key mentor in Bootwalla's decision
to attend veterinary school was Gary
Butcher, D.V.M., Ph.D., the
college's poultry extension
veterinarian, whom
Bootwalla met during his
post-doctoral program in
poultry nutrition in 1998.
"He insisted that I
consider pursuing my
career in veterinary
medicine and
encouraged me to apply
to vet school, thinking

Sof a poultry nutrition and a veterinary back-
ive me a unique advantage for advancing my
career in poultry science," Bootwalla says.
That projection has definitely come to pass.
who says he spends more time on planes and
n at home in Mumbai (Bombay), India, works
rvices manager for Degussa, a German-based
specialty chemical company that happens
to be the largest producer of amino acids
used in animal nutrition for poultry, swine
and dairy cows. His present working
territory includes India,Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Nepal,
Sri Lankaand Indonesia.
"I was offered
a job by _

my graduation from the
UF veterinary school,"
Bootwalla said. "The
company was looking for
a technical services person
to cover the Middle East.
This position was based ini
the United Arab Emirates
and I was responsible for all
the countries from Egypt t,
Bangladesh from 1995-2001 "
His present position on thI,_
Indian subcontinent was th,.- d i r.-c t
result of the fast-growing pOu ltri\

Deriso Hall
Groundbreaking ceremo-
nies for the 10,000 square-
foot building to be known
as Deriso Hall took place
June 6, with approximately
60 people in attendance.
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UF Scientist
Finds Link
Researcher Janet
Yamamoto finds an
unexpected link between
the viruses that cause
feline and human AIDS.
the viue ha as

Stories of a newly emerging
pathogen co-discovered
by UF scientist Dr. Cynda
Crawford have appeared
in the media across the

UF Professor
Julie Levy, D.V.M., Ph.D.,
has been named the 2005
Outstanding Woman
Veterinarian of the Year
by the The Association for
Women Veterinarians.

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Florida Veterinarian is published by the University
of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine for alumni
and friends. Suggestions and comments are
welcome and should be sent to:
Sarah Carey
Editor, Florida Veterinarian
UF College of Veterinary Medicine
PO. Box 100125
Gainesville, FL 32610-0125
Check out the college website at:
www. vetmed.ufl.edu

Joseph A. DiPietro
D.V.M., M.S.
Executive Associate Dean
Ronald R. Gronwall
D.V.M., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research
and Graduate Studies
Charles H. Courtney
D.V.M., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for
Students and Instruction
James A. Thompson
D.V.M., Ph.D.
Senior Director of Development
and Alumni Affairs
Zo6 Haynes
Director of Development
and Alumni Affairs
Karen Hickok
Director of Public Relations
Sarah K. Carey
M.A., A.P.R.

Small Animal Hospital
(352) 392-4700, ext. 4700
Large Animal Hospital
(352) 392-4700, ext. 4000
College Admissions
(352)392-4700, ext. 5300

F all is in the air here at the University of Florida, "the
SFoundation for the Gator Nation."
Heard that slogan before? Well, you'll be hearing it more
and more because it's part of a new UF public relations
and marketing campaign that kicked off this fall. Here at
the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, we're an active
part of the Gator Nation and we celebrate this sense of
unity and team spirit in a variety of ways.
Last weekend, we held Homecoming activities here at
the college, drawing some 250 people back to Gainesville
for our annual alumni barbecue and pre-game activities.
Even though it doesn't exactly feel like fall, weather-wise,
Homecoming is always a major event here at the college
and this year was no exception.
Dean Joe DiPietro On Oct. 2, Team VetMed once more demonstrated our
college's unique ability to work together for a meaningful
cause. More than $34,000 was raised for student scholarships, thanks to the 70 or so
riders who cycled for pledges during the annual Horse Farm Hundred bike ride.
The comeraderie experienced by our team members, who consist of veterinary
students, faculty, alumni and other friends of the college, during the training phase
as well as the actual ride, is truly remarkable. I'm proud to be a part of Team VetMed.
I'm even more proud to note the team's growth in terms of number of riders
participating and in terms of the commitment reflected by the dollars raised for such
a good cause.
The college is doing its part to assist the animal and human victims of Hurricane
Katrina, and we hope to do more. The Board of Directors of the American Association
of Veterinary Medical Colleges has established a Disaster Fund to provide grants to
member institutions for unbudgeted, non-reimbursed expenses incurred in disaster
relief activities.
Initially the AAVMC will provide $20,000 regardless of how much is raised by
matching contributions provided by students, faculty, staff and alumni of the 32
North American colleges of veterinary medicine and 16 affiliated departments of
veterinary science and comparative medicine. In addition, the AAVMC will match
donations made to the fund by colleges and other association constituents up to a
total of $50,000, thereby creating the potential for a $100,000 fund.
As the current president of AAVMC, I'm gratified to report that our college has
raised $3,730, clearly surpassing our goal of $2,500 for the Disaster Fund.
It's just one more demonstration that at the UF CVM, we're a family that cares.
Best wishes for a great fall.

Dean Joe DiPietro

Deans Office
(352)392-4700, ext. 5000
Public Relations
(352)392-4700, ext. 5206

Development and Alumni Affairs
(352) 392-4700, ext. 5200

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College breaks ground for Deriso Hall

by Sarah Carey
W hen Deriso Hall is completed in
late 2006, faculty and staff of the
college's Food Animal Reproduction and
Medicine Service will finally have all of
their base operations under one roof.
"As long as we've existed, we've never
had everything together," said Dr. Owen
Rae, FARMS service chief and a longtime
CVM faculty member. "What this
building will do is give us a home base
that will provide us with everything we
need to function: a reception area, office
space, a large seminar room with video
projection capabilities, a large teaching
area and two full-sized laboratories."
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the
10,000 square-foot building to be known
as Deriso Hall took place June 6, with
approximately 60 people in attendance,
including representatives from the
university's facilities planning division,
Perry Construction, and many former
and current faculty and staff members
from the department of large animal
clinical sciences.
Presentations began in the large animal
hospital auditorium, with brief remarks
by college Dean Joseph DiPietro, LACS
chair Eleanor Green, professor emeritus
Dr. Paul Nicoletti, attorney Robert Clark,
Vice President of the Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences Dr. Jimmy
Cheek and UF President Bernie Machen.
Deriso Hall is the direct result of a
public-private partnership that began
with an estate gift to the college from Bob

and Evelyn Deriso, a Tampa couple who
had interests in cattle at one time in their
lives. The Derisos asked their attorney,
Dan Brown, a friend of UF's Nicoletti,
how they could contribute in a mean-
ingful way to help the cattle industry
and Brown told them about Nicoletti's
contributions in the area of brucellosis, a
deadly disease that affects livestock and
that was a major concern to cattle owners
in the Derisos' day.
The rest, as they say, is history.

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during the Deriso groundbreaking ceremony on June 6.

The Deriso's $1.3 million gift was made
in honor of Nicoletti's professional
contributions toward brucellosis control,
and was subsequently matched and sup-
plemented with additional state dollars.
UF President Machen took note of the
collaborative aspects of the Deriso gift in
his remarks.
"The only way we'll continue to grow
and prosper is through partnerships
between the public and private sector,"
he said. H

In front row, Dr. Owen Rae, Dr. Wy Gripe, Delores Foreman, Dr. Paul Nicoletti, Dr. Zuleika Cotto, Dr. Traci Krueger, Dr. Maarten Drost, and Dr.
Lou Archbald. In rear: Dr. Max Irsik, Dr. Carlos Risco, Dr. Art Donovan, Dr. Mauricio Benzaquen, Dr. Ken Braun,
Dr. Jan Shearer and Dr. Eleanor Green.

University of Florida
Veterinary Medical
Teaching Hospital
is now VMC
The University of Florida
Veterinary Medical Teaching
Hospital has changed its name to
the University of Florida Veterinary
Medical Center to more accurately
reflect its advanced care and out-
patient services. The new name
is effective immediately and was
developed with input from clients,
clinicians and faculty.
The VMC is part of the UF College
of Veterinary Medicine and is located
on the university's Gainesville
campus. The college's mission
includes providing superior patient
care, educating veterinary students
in clinical and practice skills, and
advancing new knowledge to enhance
animal, human and environmental
"Although the Center continues
to implement the college mission,
we felt our old name failed to
adequately reflect the extent of the
hospital services we provide," said
the college's dean, Joseph A. DiPietro,
D.V.M. "Our new name better
represents the comprehensive and
sophisticated array of diagnostic
capabilities and innovative services
we offer our animal patients,
including cardiology, animal
behavior, dentistry, acupuncture and
integrative care."
DiPietro added that the new name
better communicates UF's high
number of board-certified veterinary
specialists most of whom have
training on a par equivalent to
medical oncologists, cardiologists,
surgeons and others.
The VMC consists of a small animal
hospital that cares for companion
animals including dogs, cats and
exotic pets, and a large animal
hospital that cares primarily for
horses. Nearly 17,000 animals from all
over Florida and beyond were seen
and treated at UF last year.
For more information, call
(352) 392-4700, ext. 5000, or visit the
college's Web site at:

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UF scientist finds unexpected link

between cat and human AIDS viruses

A University of Florida researcher
has discovered an unexpected
link between the viruses that cause
feline and human AIDS: Cats
vaccinated with an experimental
strain of the human AIDS virus
appear to be at least as well-protected
against the feline version of the
disease as those immunized with the
vaccine currently used by
The surprise finding may mean
cats with feline immunodeficiency
virus, also known as FIV or feline
AIDS, could eventually be treated
even more effectively using some
form of the experimental human
vaccine. Researcher Janet Yamamoto,
a professor at UF's College of
Veterinary Medicine, also theorizes
that these emerging relationships
between the two viruses could one
day lead to a vaccine for human

Results from Yamamoto's research
were published in the Sept. 8 online
issue of AIDS.
FIV is a natural infection of
domestic cats that results in an
immunodeficiency syndrome
resembling HIV infection in humans.
Since its discovery in 1987, FIV
infection of cats has been used in
vaccine studies as a small-animal
model of human AIDS.
"We were the first to demonstrate
that you can make an effective
vaccine against a virus in the AIDS
family of viruses," said Yamamoto, a
co-discoverer of FIV.
Yamamoto holds the patent on
the only approved vaccine available
through veterinarians to protect
cats against FIV. Her most recent
studies have attempted to improve
the efficacy of that vaccine by using
strains of FIV found in cats in which
the disease had not progressed for
some reason over a period of several
To determine the extent to which
the human and feline AIDS viruses
react to each other, and any
implications that might exist for
vaccine efficacy, Yamamoto began
experimenting with long-term,
nonprogressive strains of FIV that led
to the current commercial vaccine.
Now she is working on an HIV
vaccine consisting of HIV virus from
long-term, nonprogressing
"We purposely made vaccines
with strains that weren't virile,"
Yamamoto said. "We found that
whenever we tried using less virulent
strains of virus, we were able to make
a better vaccine."
Yamamoto's team was also

surprised to discover that a core
protein found in HIV also effectively
protects cats against FIV.
"So what does this mean to human
AIDS research? The viruses HIV and
FIV are from the same viral family,"
Yamamoto said. "For that reason,
the amino acids that make up the
proteins in both viruses share some
common regions. There appear to be
regions of HIV, or variations of the
core protein we used in our studies,
that may provide protection in
vaccine form against HIV."
Some compounds made from
separate virus strains have been
successfully used in vaccines against
viruses from the same subfamily,
such as smallpox in humans, which
is made from cowpox virus, and
human measles vaccines for canine
distemper in puppies.
"Therefore, protective vaccines
based on cross-reactive regions of
AIDS viruses can provide broad
immunity, and may be useful against
viruses that are currently evolving in
a new host, such as HIV infection of
humans," Yamamoto said.
Alan L. Landay, a professor of
immunology and microbiology and
associate department chair at Rush
University Medical Center in Chicago
called Yamamoto's findings "very
"This raises a potential whole
new area for research in the field
of vaccines that with the current
approaches haven't yielded any
success to date," said Landay, whose
research team is working to develop
novel immune strategies to treat HIV
infection. "We need to explore all the
potential options available to us for
developing an HIV vaccine." i

j Dr. Janet Yamamoto

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College co-sponsors zoonotic disease conference

seeking to strengthen
collaborations in a world
where terrorism has become a part of
everyday reality and agri-terrorism
is one more fear, UF's College of
Veterinary Medicine recently joined
state agricultural and health officials
in sponsoring a summit focusing on
emerging zoonotic diseases.
These types of diseases continue
to pose a threat to both human and
animal health, with up to 75 percent

Dr. Ray Mobley, extension veterinarian from Florida A &
M University visits with Dean Joseph DiPietro from the UF
veterinary college and Dean Robert Frank from the college of
Public Health & Health Professions.

of newly emerging diseases being
zoonotic -- transmissable from
animals to humans -- in origin.
Growing awareness of the potential
for bioterrorism has heightened the
importance of understanding and
monitoring such diseases and their
causes, many speakers said.
Held at the Gainesville Hilton, the
day-long event drew attendees from
the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention as well as physicians, vet-
erinarians, agricultural officials and
other scientists from all over the state
and nation.
Among the many speakers who
gave presentations was Dr. Paul
Gibbs, professor of infectious
diseases at the UF veterinary college.
Gibbs gave an overview of the
driving forces of naturally occurring
diseases and epidemics,
"It has been said that the earth-
quake, that led to the Asian Tsunami

Pictured left to right after lunch at the meeting are Dr. Carina Blackmore, acting state
public health veterinarian; Dr. Thomas Holt, state veterinarian and director of the
Division of Animal Industry; Dr. Lonnie King, keynote luncheon speaker and dean of
the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University; and Dr. Paul Gibbs,
professor of infectious disease and viral disease expert.

in 2004, literally rocked the earth's
rotation for a millesecond," Gibbs
said. "In the 21st century, emerging
zoonotic diseases have the potential
to devastate the global human
population, effect of which could be
to 'rock' the earth for a century or
more." Af

Canine Influenza Co-discoverer In the News

Stories about canine influenza, a
newly emerging pathogen co-dis-
covered by UF scientist Dr. Cynda
Crawford, have appeared in national
newspapers and media outlets
throughout the country and abroad.
The New York Times,
the Drudge Report, and
most major radio and
television networks
have covered the story.
Coverage has
appeared in National
Geographic, U.S. News
& World Report, Web
M.D., the Washington
Post and elsewhere.
CNN, CBS Evening
News, Good Morning
America, CBS Early
Show, NPR and others Dr. Cynda Crawfo
also featured news

segments about canine influenza.
Crawford, together with colleagues
from the Centers for Disease Control
in Atlanta and Cornell University's
virology laboratory, reported in 2004
that several racing greyhounds had

rd with racing greyhounds

contracted equine influenza virus,
representing the first time the virus
had jumped species from horses into
Crawford became aware in April
of reports the same virus had made
its way into the pet dog
population. She has since
been amassing samples
from sick dogs, working
collaboratively with CDC
and Cornell in an effort
to garner more research
about canine influenza.
Dr. Paul Gibbs. Dr.
William Castleman
and Dr. Richard Hill
from UF also assisted
in Crawford's research.
Their work appeared in
the Sept. 26 online issue
of Science Magazine. IL

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also featured news

Bootwalla, from pg. 6

Salim Bootwalla surveys a poultry farm in India as part of his
job description with the German-based Degussa

industry in that area. The poultry
industry around the world is worth
more than $250 billion.
"In addition to the countries I
routinely visit, I go to other countries
to attend scientific or company
meetings, or go on vacation, etc."
Bootwalla says, adding that he's
routinely in Germany, Singapore,
Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand
and has probably visited 60 countries
"I enjoy different cultures -- their
food, traditions and artwork," he
says. "I look at the world as a very
colorful place. One really starts
believing in God when we see our
world with such diversity."
Among the memorable events
Bootwalla reports experiencing while
traveling are bomb blasts in Lebanon,
Pakistan and Sri Lanka, nearly
missing the tsunami in Thailand,
having a brief meeting with Mother
Teresa in Calcutta, and having chance
meetings with supermodel Naomi
Campbell and actor Jodie Foster.
"Last but not least, I've been inter-
rogated many times by immigration
officials at various international
airports for my dubious distinction of
being a Saddam look-alike," he says.
Working for a highly sophisti-
cated, multi-billion dollar industry
is both challenging and exciting to
"Feed for poultry represents 70
percent of the cost of production,
therefore producing top quality
food economically is extremely
important," he says. "Nutrition also
plays a vital role in the growth,
well-being and immuno-competency
of poultry."
Bootwalla's job is to make sure that
poultry are raised in the

environments that provide adequate
biosecurity and humane conditions.
"One major thing I learned in
veterinary school is that all animals
deserve respect, regardless of the
purpose for which they are kept," he
The world needs its chickens, as
certain statistics clearly point out.
The total world production of broiler
chicken, for example, equals roughly
65 million metric tons of chicken
meat. About 5.5 billion laying hens in
the world produce about 56 million
metric tons of eggs. In fact, of all
feed produced for food animals
(614 million metric tons), about 277
million metric tons are produced for
poultry feed.
Bootwalla said he has many good
memories of the Class of '95, for
which he was class historian.
"I've kept records of all the good
and sad memories in the form of
pictures," Bootwalla said. "One of
our classmates, Melanie Penn, passed
away during our school years during
a car accident. Her absence is still
felt very strongly among all of our
class friends and faculty members
in the vet school. She was not only
a close friend to all of us; she also
caused awareness among us on the
issues of the environment and animal
In addition to Butcher, Bootwalla
recalls several UF faculty members
as mentors, including James Himes,
D.V.M., Paul Nicoletti, D.V.M., and
Michael Schaer, D.V.M.
"Time flies," Bootwalla says, "I
believe we should enjoy life to the
fullest. There are infinite things in
the world to see and appreciate. We
should often put a brake on our busy
work schedules and enjoy the world
around us. It is really true that 'life is
too short.'"' O


Evaluations received by par-
ticipants in the 2005 Referring
Veterinarian Appreciation Day
portray an extremely positive
reception to the full day of free
continuing education, food and
tours of UF's Veterinary Medical
Center on July 9.
Exactly half of the 218
veterinarian participants
completed and turned in their
evaluations, and of those who
completed the forms, 99 percent
said they'd attend the program
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Dr. Terry Curtis, '97, and Dr. Melissa Mueller, '00 visit
during Referring Veterinarian Appreciation day July 30 at
the UF Hilton Hotel.

From left to right: Drs. Andy Howe, Susan Tanhauser,
Tracie Daniels, Missy Maler, and Amy Stone, all from the
Class of '99.

Alumni vtwA

The UF CVM's Class of 1985 celebrated its 20 year
reunion June 17-20 during a cruise on the Royal Caribbean
ship Sovereign of the Seas. Pictured from left to right in
the back row are Dr. Susan Baker, Dr. Rick Beldegreen,
Dr. Pat Gauvin, Dr. Bill Whitler, Dr. Geoff Gardner, Dr. Rob
Boswell, Dr. Paul Curasi and Dr. Steve Brinsko. From
left to right in the front row are Dr. Lori Wise, Dr. Diane
Salim Bootwalla enioving a sunset during his travels to one of DeLany Dr. Lewis, Dr. Julie Jones Reynolds, Dr. Mary

the 60 countries that he has visited. Smart-Denison and Dr. Nanette Parrato-Wagner.

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Honors avl Gatrelt

Dean named to food systems institute

Joseph A. DiPietro, D.V.M., dean
of the University of Florida College
of Veterinary Medicine, is one of a
select group of scholars who have
been selected to participate in the
2005 Food Systems Leadership
The institute emphasizes
advancing and strengthening the
food system by developing strong
and effective leaders prepared
Dean Joe DiPietro to bring cultural change to food
system organizations, with a
special focus on the country's land grant universities.
"Our nation's food systems are critical to the highest
standard of living we enjoy in this country," said Ken
Swartzel, the institute's director. "Shaping the food
systems of the future to be productive, sustainable and
equitable will require strong leaders able to implement
the vision, strategies and partnerships to meet these goals.
We are welcoming an excellent group of experienced

leaders into the FSLI program who will fill these critical
leadership roles."
The institute is a partnership between the National
Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges,
which secured a $1.1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation to develop and implement the program.
The University of North Carolina will host the program
in collaboration with the Ohio State University and the
University of Vermont.
DiPietro is president of the American Association of
Veterinary Medical Colleges and also is a member of the
National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education
and Economics advisory board. He recently was named
to the board of directors of the National Commission on
Veterinary Economics issues.
The NCVEI's mission is to improve the economic base
of the veterinary profession, ensuring that the delivery of
veterinary care and service meets the needs of society. The
commission develops and implements strategies to ensure
the future relevance, direction, responsiveness, capacity,
and economic health of the veterinary profession. '

Levy named Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year

The Association for Women Veterinarians
has named Julie Levy, D.V.M., Ph.D.,
an associate professor of small animal
medicine at the University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine, its 2005
Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the
A board-certified internist, Levy is perllap-
best known as an advocate for homele--
cats, both through her community
volunteer work and her research into 1 .
more effective ways to control stray cat .
populations and protect feral cats .
from disease. Active in student clubs
and activities, Levy also has been
honored for her teaching skills. In
2004, she received the Carl J.
Norden Distinguished Teaching
Award from UF.
"Dr. Levy brings a number of
unique talents to the
department, to the college and
to the community, including
expertise in feline medicine, a strong
work ethic and a commitment to

community service that has made Alachua County a
national leader in feral cat population control," said
c, IIg.'. Dean Joseph A. DiPietro, noting also that Levy has
garn_.lr.e.d a strong national reputation and a burgeoning
international reputation for both her clinical
and research expertise.
Levy is a cofounder of Operation Catnip,
.Ian 'g.iani.i/ation that brings together
\t-.trin1 rlan i-. technicians, students and
S11i1mmu11nit\ volunteers in an effort to
trap nM.Auter and return feral cats to
their home environment. Levy
also is heavily involved
with community efforts
to abolish euthanasia at
animal shelters.
"Her efforts in these two
projects alone attest to her
strong sense of humanity
and social responsibility
.for animal welfare," said
Michael Schaer, D.V.M.,
associate chief of staff
of UF's Small Animal
Hospital. I

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SA group of 16 high-school minority students considering
careers in animal science or veterinary medicine visited UF
June 27 as part of a three-week internship program known as
Ag Discovery. The program, a partnership between Florida
A & M University and the Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services, is geared toward providing hands-on experience to students
between 14-16 years of age and provided field trips, lab study and workshops. While
at UF, the group received an overview of the college and veterinary trends by Dr.
Jim Thompson, associate dean for students and instruction, a tour of the Veterinary
Medical Center, and a surgery lab during which they learned how to gown and glove,
and the importance of working with sterile instruments. The students also were able
to conduct mock surgeries under the supervision of college faculty and staff. #K

Calendar t,/\w r -&%cril/

Dec. 3-7

Jan. 7-11

March 10

April 1

April 15

April 22

Ag Discovery coordinator Dr. Ray Mobley of FAMU; Cherise Charles
of Trinidad, Ag Discovery counselor and junior pre-vet student at
FAMU, and a fourth-year veterinary student (name unavailable) from
St. Georges School of Veterinary Medicine, also from Trinidad, who
is completing her internship.

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The 51 t annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners will be held in
Seattle. A reception for alumni of the UF CVM will be held Dec. 5 at the Sheraton Hotel. Contact
Jo Ann Winn at winnj@mail.vetmed.ufl.edu or call (352) 392-4700, ext. 5013.
The North American Veterinary Conference will be held in Orlando at the Gaylord Palms Resort
with the Marriott World Center serving as co-hosting hotel. The college will hold its annual alumni
reception on Jan. 8, time and place TBA. For more information, see www.tnavc.org
Party in the Jungle for the Love of Animals, a fun-filled evening benefit for the UF CVM, will be
held at Parrot Jungle Island in Miami beginning at 7 p.m. The jungle fun includes cocktails, exotic
offerings to please your palate, an auction, interaction with animals, fancy desserts, dancing, and
entertainment by Marty Becker, D.V.M., co-author of "Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul".
Contact Kristi Esmiol at esmiolk@mail.vetmed.ufl.edu or at 352-392-4700, ext. 5200.
The CVM Golf Classic will take place with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Haile Plantation Golf and
Country Club in Gainesville. All proceeds benefit the college and D.V.M. student scholarship funds.
The annual college Open House sponsored by the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary
Medical Association, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Sarah
Carey at careys@mail.vetmed.ufl.edu or call (352) 392-4700, ext. 5206.
UF's Spring Weekend, which includes the traditional Orange & Blue game, will be held and
members of the college's Class of'81 will be honored for their 25-year graduation anniversary.
Contact Jo Ann Winn at winnj@mail.vetmed.ufl.edu or call (352) 392-4700, ext. 5013.



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