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Poultry veterinarian's hands-on education
helps in real world
By Sarah Carey
W hen Eric Heskett tossed his cap tassels from left to
right during the UF College of Veterinary Medicine's
2003 commencement ceremony, he became the first student
to receive D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees simultaneously. It's a
distinction Heskett holds near and dear to his heart.
"I do not recommend this joint program to everyone,
but for me it was the right fit," says Heskett, a poultry
veterinarian and technical consultant for Elanco Animal
Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company. "There was no
summer or Christmas break that I wasn't taking a class or
doing research." Heskett added that the joint DVM/Ph.D.
program takes discipline d a focus on an ultimate goal.
"Without a highly supportive major professor and an
understanding graduate committee, this program would not
be possible, as studies for either vet school or the graduate
program could easily fall behind," he said. Heskett's major
professor Gary Butcher, D.V.M., Ph.D., faculty coordinator
for UF's poultry veterinary extension program, continues to
provide Heskett with advice and support.
"He is not just a professor to me, but also a lifelong friend
and mentor," said Heskett. "When I have a case knocking
me in the teeth or life has me down, it is him I call to chew
things over with. Every time, he is there."
Butcher's graduate program was extremely hands-on,
Heskett said, preparing him well for the real-world challenges
of poultry medicine. Charles Courtney, D.V.M., Ph.D.,
Dr. Eric Heskett and a veterinarian employed with a large
commercial turkey integrator discuss overall bird health and
preventative health programs in large tom turkeys.
the college's associate dean for research and graduate studies,
said that while other graduates have received D.V.M. and
Ph.D. degrees sequentially, Heskett remains the only student
to have finished both programs in the same semester. On top
of that, his receipt of both degrees during the professional
D.V.M. commencement exercises was the only time a graduate
degree was also awarded in the same ceremony. Advanced
graduate degrees are generally awarded at a separate ceremony
on campus. "The funny thing was, the UF computer system
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not be possible.
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Message from the Dean
R research is one of the basic missions of the CVM.
It differentiates a university such as UF from
many other educational institutions, and as a member
college of UF we are expected to contribute to the total
portfolio of new knowledge discoveries.
As a serious research enterprise, our discoveries must
pass the test of truth, which means the research must be
conducted under the precepts of the scientific method.
In this day ofinfomercials and hype, the general public
does not have a clear grasp of what this means or how
discovery is accomplished.
Performed correctly, research is expensive and
therefore must be funded. In the UF CVM, more
than half of the research is conducted with funds
competitively awarded by the National Institutes of
Health. Since there is no animal division within NIH
Dean Glen Hoffsis (only human), all research applications must have a
connection to human health. Our strategy, therefore,
is to gain knowledge that helps both man and animals. While this may seem mercenary, it is a
fact of life that our faculty cannot conduct research simply because it is important for animal
health or because they are interested in it. Considerable amounts of funding are required to
conduct quality studies that establish new truths. At the UF CVM, our research budget is about
$12 million per year. Since we have almost no funds appropriated for this purpose, nearly all
of these funds are generated by faculty applying to NIH, as well as other granting agencies and
foundations. This is an amazing accomplishment, and one that is little known and appreciated
outside the UF community.
What's most important is the productivity of a research program. At the UF CVM, we can list
many noteworthy accomplishments. Our faculty have discovered new viruses, new mechanisms
of tick borne diseases, explained the epidemiology of many diseases, explained important
mechanisms ofneurologic and respiratory diseases, and made discoveries in toxicology that
have helped improve both animal and human health. In the clinical sciences, our faculty have
pioneered foal intensive care; developed new knowledge in small and large animal medicine and
in the specialties of oncology, cardiology, neurology and ophthalmology as well as zoo medicine
and aquatics; have developed new surgical procedures; and are responsible for a whole host of
Research is heady stuff: Making a true discovery is exhilarating. But it's not easy. To perform
high quality research takes lots of training and preparation. It also takes lots of time and so
requires patience. Research is the primary reason many faculty are attracted to UF, and those
who contribute to the body of knowledge make a tremendous contribution to the university, to
our college and to the veterinary profession.
Appeal of pathology is focus, variety
By Sarah Carey
W hen 21 polo ponies died suddenly
April 19 at a tournament in
Wellington, Fla., the UF College of Veterinary
Medicine's anatomic pathology service, led
by Lisa Farina, D.V.M., was catapulted into
Six horses were
taken to the
in the middle
of the night for
It was a night
Farina, a member
of the UF CVM's
class of'99, will
"We have never
like that before .
Farina said. i
"The entire :,ili
case was full of
unanticipated Dr. Lisa Farina, '99, at her mic
Farina and her
team of board-certified veterinary pathologists
and residents conducted necropsies on all 15
animals and analyzed blood and tissue samples
from those and other animals subsequently as
faculty raced to determine a cause of death.
The verification of an overdose of selenium as
the culprit finally came from David Barber,
Ph.D., a CVM toxicologist, while Richard
Sams, Ph.D., and others at the CVM Racing
Lab helped rule out illicit substances as
"It was important that we had people we
could go to for that interdisciplinary work,"
Less than a week after the horses died, an
Ocala pharmacy came forward to admit that
selenium had been administered to the horses
in an incorrect dose.
Farina became attracted to pathology as a
specialty after she completed her professional
D.V.M. program in 1999 and felt that clinical
medicine was not a good fit for her.
"I started out in
vet school wanting
to be a zoo vet, but
I didn't really want
to do hoofstock,"
o Farina said. She
internship in small
and surgery after
but worked closely
who performed a
good bit of work
with exotic animal
"I just felt
like a general
to be good at
so many things
a jack of all
said. "I wanted
....... to do something
and academic, and nothing is more so than
Farina returned to UF to perform a
residency in anatomical pathology, then went
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fellowship at the
services for the
the Lincoln Park
Zoo and Shedd
E We have never done
anything like that before
involving that many
S animals. The entire
case was full of
It was important
that we had
people we could
go to for that
Lisa Farina $ $
board-certification prior to returning to UF
as a faculty member in 2005, then became
necropsy service chief in 2008.
"What I really love about my job is that I
get to see something new all the time," Farina
said. "There aren't too many specialties that
cross over all the species." -K*
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the college print publications will become electronic publications or
Web-based publications. Communications via e-mail are becoming
increasingly important. as well as being the "green' thing to do. Be sure
your e-mail address is up-to-date so you aren't left out.
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You can confirm your e-mail address by sending a note to
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FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 3
Ocala doctors support UF rehabilitation efforts
in gratitude for pet's care
By Sarah Carey
Scott Kerns, M.D., a radiologist, and
his wife, Suzie Kerns, M.D., a pediatri-
cian, are "people" doctors whose commitment
to their animals has taken them all over the
country and across the state. Throughout their
journey, however, one UF veterinarian has
consistently provided care or counsel relating
to treatment of their beloved dog, Zozo.
The couple began a
relationship in 2007 with ..
Kristin Kirkby, D.V.M., who
was then a surgery resident
in the College of Veterinary
Medicine. Zozo, a mixed
breed adopted from Haiti,
came to UF in 2007 to receive
medical treatment for a head
injury sustained in a freak
accident that took place just a
week before she departed for
Florida to be with her new
During her first days in the
VMC's intensive care unit, she
was treated for gastrointestinal
hemorrhage after nearly
bleeding to death.
"I didn't actually treat Zozo
when she first came in for Dr. Kristin Ki
head trauma," said Kirkby,
who now directs the new
Small Animal Rehabilitation and Fitness
Center. "I saw her and knew how small and
frail and hurt she was. But I met the Kernses
when I was at a rehabilitation course in South
Florida and they came in with Zozo as the
'class example.' She had come to be treated by
our class instructor, Dr. Laurie McCauley."
McCauley is an Illinois-based veterinarian
certified in canine rehabilitation therapy,
acupuncture and chiropractic.
The couple mentioned that Zozo was not
spayed and that whenever she would go into
heat, she would take giant steps backward in
her recovery process.
"I introduced myself to them and said that
I could facility her being spayed at UF so that
she could have a boarded anesthesiologist,"
Kirkby said. "When they came up for the
procedure, I started telling them about my
wish to start a rehabilitation service here. They
said that they have had to travel state and
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country looking for this service and how great
it would be to have something so nearby."
The Kernses soon had donated money and
equipment resources that Kirkby said
were essential in the rehabilitation program's
"Without them, we would not be where
we are now," Kirkby said. The Small Animal
rkby is shown in the UF Veterinary Medical
Rehabilitation and Fitness
Center at UF has now been in
operation for about a year and a
half, and is gearing up to accept
new patients from outside the
The Kernses have been tireless
in their efforts to obtain the best
possible care for the dog they
say has "richly blessed" them.
Zozo's dramatic medical odyssey
has spanned two years and has
included both human doctors
and veterinarians from several
states working in the fields of
physical therapy, chiropractic
"Zozo certainly is well-
travelled," said Suzie Kerns, who
has visited specialists in Illinois
and Oregon as well as in Florida.
Prior to meeting Kirkby, the family took their
pet to a therapist who specializes in cranial-
sacral work in Illinois, who was recommended
by Kerns's sister, Sharon Forster Blouin,
D.V.M., a feline practitioner in Corvallis,
Ore., and a 1992 graduate of UF CVM.
Later, Kirkby would travel to Illinois to
learn more about the therapist's techniques
in order to better treat Zozo closer to home.
She and the Kernses also visited with a human
chiropractic doctor to take advantage of his
expertise in functional neurology.
"We aren't sure which treatment modality
or therapist or supplement has made the most
difference, but we do know Zozo has defied
all odds and expectations," Suzie Kerns said,
adding that Huisheng Xie, D.V.M., Ph.D., a
UF veterinary acupuncturist, had also played a
key role in caring for both of their pets during
their hospitalizations at the VMC.
Now Zozo's biggest remaining problem is
the tendency to tuck her chin between her
front legs and literally somersault when she's
agitated or confronted by powerful smells.
"To the casual observer, she has a high
stepping, prancing gait and a slight head tilt,"
Kerns said. "To us, she is a miracle and the
absolute joy of our lives. She has taught us
never to give up hope." -4K
Dr. Kristin Kirkby and veterinary technician Wendy Davies are
shown with Kirkby's dog, Bailey, last year during during the
ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Small Animal Rehabilitation
and Fitness Center. (See sidebar story, next page.)
Small animal rehabilitation and fitness center
accepting new patients
Pets that suffer from physical ailments
related to orthopedic and neurologic
disease, arthritis or obesity, may benefit from
a variety of treatment tools now available
at the University of Florida's Small Animal
Rehabilitation and Fitness Center.
The rehabilitation service launched officially
last year with an underwater treadmill, but
was only available to in-house patients of
the UF VMC. Since then the program has
expanded to include low level laser therapy,
a land treadmill, neuromuscular electrical
stimulation, pulsed electromagnetic field
therapy, extracorporeal shockwave therapy and
stem cell therapy.
"We will begin accepting new patients this
month, but until completion of our new
small animal hospital, the rehabilitation and
fitness center will have a limited number of
appointments," said program director Kristin
Kirkby, D.V.M., a board certified small animal
surgeon who is pursuing her Ph.D. in the area
of veterinary rehabilitation. "Initially, four to
six new patients will be seen on Mondays of
every week, excluding holidays," said Kirkby,
who also is certified in canine rehabilitation.
"The remainder of the week will be
dedicated to treating these patients, in
addition to post-operative cases and hospital
inpatients," she added.
Kirkby's team includes Wendy Davies, a
certified canine rehabilitation assistant and
veterinary technician who has worked at the
VMC for more than 10 years. Davies will
assist with new patient appointments on
Monday and be responsible for performing
therapy sessions the remainder of the week.
Amy Reynolds, a neurology service technician
trained in canine rehabilitation, will also be
involved in therapy for neurology patients.
"The first and most important part of
rehabilitation is establishment of a complete
diagnosis," Kirkby said. "Often animals with
an obvious or not so obvious injury in one
limb will develop compensatory changes in
the rest of the body. A thorough orthopedic
and neurologic examination will be performed
and all musculoskeletal abnormalities
documented and addressed."
Kirkby added that examinations will be
performed regularly to assess the effects of
therapy and changes in the body.
"Based on the results of the examination
and patient history, an individualized
treatment plan will be developed for each
patient," she said. "A home exercise plan will
be a key component, and exercises will be
demonstrated to owners during the initial
For more information about the Small
Animal Rehabilitation and Fitness Center, go
services/rehab/. To make an appointment,
contact the small animal hospital front desk at
(352) 392-2235. 4-
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could not register the fact that this person was, in fact, receiving two
degrees at the same time," Courtney said, adding that he and his staff had
a good laugh over the bureaucratic snafu, even though his assistant, Sally
O'Connell, "was pretty frustrated" at the time.
All was resolved, and Heskett has been with Elanco since graduation,
working first as a private consultant investigating outbreaks of
Cochlosoma anatis in commercial turkey flocks in North Carolina. Soon
he moved to the company's world headquarters in Greenfield, Ind., for a
full time position as a regulatory consultant, working with the Food and
Drug Administration on projects for potential FDA product approval.
Then Heskett took a job with the poultry business unit, where he worked
in marketing with the commercial side of the organization.
"That role allowed me a great opportunity to work with multiple
disciplines across the organization," he said.
In 2007, Heskett accepted his current position and moved his
family to North Carolina to be closer to the states that make up his
territory. Besides North Carolina, his territory includes Indiana, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Virginia and parts of South Carolina.
"Some weeks I may be on several airplanes in several states and other
weeks I will be within driving distance of my house," Heskett said. "I have
traveled internationally and hope to do more of that in the future."
Six-plus years after graduation, his days consist of troubleshooting
poultry production issues for breeders, hatcheries and processing plants.
He also provides routine health surveys to monitor overall bird health,
working most frequently with turkeys but also with meat chickens, or
broilers. The remainder of the time he works with chickens producing
table eggs leghorns, as they are referred to in the poultry business.
In addition, Heskett conducts field research on Elanco's registered
products and provides technical support to sales personnel. The present
economic downturn has meant Heskett is increasingly called upon to
provide assistance in the areas of health monitoring, disease investigations
and grower seminars.
"Our customers have been greatly impacted by the economic
downturn, with large job cutbacks occurring, as well as mergers and in
some cases, bankruptcy," he said. "That being said, people will always have
to eat and poultry is an easily produced, healthy protein source." Heskett
relishes the diversity of his responsibilities.
"The rewards I receive from my occupation are having the opportunity
to help customers and their growers put food on the table of Americans
and people from other countries," he said. "I also enjoy the travel and
being outside 85 percent of the time."
His UF education uniquely equips him to meet the day-to-day
challenges he faces in his job, Heskett believes.
"I did not get into veterinary school on my first attempt, or even on my
second attempt," said Heskett. "But I had my eye set on a goal and would
not relent until I had reached it."
He graduated from veterinary school cum laude.
"From explaining ascites in chickens or disease pathogenesis or the
mechanism of action of various products, I continue to reach back to
my basic training," Heskett said. "I would have to say my veterinary
education alone would not have totally prepared me for what I see today,
nor would my graduate training alone fully equip me for my present role.
The uniqueness and complexity of the poultry industry makes the Ph.D. a
great compliment to a D.V.M."-4
FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 5
UF veterinarians treat life-threatening vascular
infection in horses
By Sarah Carey
T wo horses at risk for life-threatening
bleeding caused by an uncommon
infection of the internal carotid artery were
successfully treated recently by University
of Florida veterinarians who used cutting-
edge technology to resolve the problem
faster and less invasively than traditional
surgery would allow.
"The problem both of these horses had
involved a disease called guttural pouch
mycosis, or a fungal infection in the
guttural pouch," said Herb Maisenbacher,
V.M.D., an assistant clinical professor Dr. David Freeman
of cardiology at UF's Veterinary Medical
Center. "The infection can eat its way
through the tissues in the back of the
throat, potentially rupturing the arteries."
Typical symptoms include bleeding from I i
the nose, Maisenbacher said.
UF veterinarians treated the first horse I .
in October 2008, and the second in May.
"One horse's red blood cell count was
actually dropping because of the bleeding,"
he said. "The other had just one nose h
bleed. The owners knew they needed Dr. Herbert Maisenbacher
to do something before it became life
Lynne Kimball-Davis of Wellington recalled the late October
morning during which she went to feed her horse, a Dutch
Warmblood named Upper Class, and discovered him in his stall
bleeding profusely from the nose.
"It looked like he had been massacred," she said.
Kimball-Davis rushed her horse to Palm Beach Equine Clinic,
where veterinarians determined a referral to UF was necessary.
"He was stabilized for two days and then Sunday morning, we got
him up to Dr. (David) Freeman," Kimball-Davis said.
She added that Upper Class returned home after about a week at
UF, and has made steady progress since then.
"I'm getting ready to show him in the fall again," she said.
"Everyone has told me he's perfectly fine now and not to give his
problem a second thought."
Freeman, an equine surgeon, collaborated with Maisenbacher's
cardiology team to treat both cases. In each case, a device known as
a vascular plug was inserted to occlude the at-risk artery. Before that,
surgeons access the carotid artery through a small incision in the neck
and use a contrast agent to find the damaged vessels before blocking
"The affected area is difficult to approach surgically, but it's been
done before," Maisenbacher said. "Another approach has been to place
multiple metallic coils inside the vessel to block the flow of blood.
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Lynn Kimball Davis rides her horse, Upper Class.
What made our approach unique is that we were able to make the
procedure go more smoothly by using newer devices to achieve the same
Freeman, who has used all the various techniques to treat vascular
occlusion in horses with hemorrhage from guttural pouch mycosis,
favors the new approach.
"The minimally invasive introduction ofnitinol plugs seems the best
to me," he said. "It's also a nice example of teamwork between the small
and large animal hospitals that allows us to make use of leading edge
technologies that benefit many species."
Maisenbacher said the vascular plugs are made for use in human
medicine, and are believed to have only been used at Purdue University's
veterinary school to treat gutteral pouch mycosis in horses. Because of
the success UF has had in treating dogs with the devices, Maisenbacher
felt a similar result might be achieved in horses.
"Once the animals wake up from anesthesia, they are almost back to
their normal selves," he said. "The other advantage is that the devices
offer the ability to access vessels that by traditional methods are very
difficult to get to. Plus, there really is no other medical treatment for this
The procedure takes between two and three hours, he added.
Anyone seeking more information about UF's Veterinary Medical
Center and treatments currently available for pets and horses should call
(352) 392-2213 or visit www.vetmed.ufl.edu. 4-K
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THE COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Honor Roll ofDonors for 2008-2009
The 2008-2009 University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Honor Roll of Donors is a way of recognizing generous gifts to the college. The stu-
dents, faculty and staff are most appreciative of this support. This year's honor roll includes names of all donors of $25 or more between July 1, 2008 and
June 30, 2009. Your name should appear in alphabetical order among donors who made gifts of similar amounts. Many alumni choose to make gifts to
the college in the name of their veterinary practice and the practice name is listed. We have included a list of Bequest Society members from the College
of Veterinary Medicine. These members have included the college in their estate planning at a value of $10,000 or more. In spite of our efforts, omissions
and errors sometimes occur and we want to know to know about them. If you have questions or corrections concerning your listing, please contact the
Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine, PO Box 100125, Gainesville, FL 32610-0125, (352) 294-4256.
$100,000 to $999,999
The Robin Weeks Foundation, Inc.
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.
$75,000 to $99,999
Victoria I. Ford
Gilman International Conservation
$50,000 to $74,999
Marianne A. Burbach
Bayer Health Care, Animal Health
$25,000 to $49,999
The Batchelor Foundation, Inc.
Churchill Downs, Inc.
Tine W Davis Family Fdtn.
German Shepherd Dog Club of America
Gulfstream Park Racing Assn., Inc.
The Humane Society of the US
Harold Morris Trust Fund
Operation Catnip of Gainesville, Inc.
$10,000 to $24,999
American Veterinary Medical Foundation
Louise C. Averill
A. H. Burnett Foundation
Caloosa Veterinary Medical Society, Inc.
Coastwise Consulting, Inc.
The Community Foundation, Inc.
Walt Disney World Co.
FVMA Foundation, Inc.
J. I. Kislak Family Fund, Inc.
Dale S. Kaplan-Stein '81
Scott R. & Susan E Kerns
Jacalyn N. Kolk
Nestle Purina PetCare Co.
Novartis Animal Health U.S., Inc.
The Oxley Foundation
Harry & Lisa Posin
Janet K. Yamamoto
$5,000 to $9,999
Banfield, The Pet Hospital
Anthony E Barbet
John S. & April D. Bohatch
The Shepard Broad Foundation, Inc.
Circa Healthcare LLC
Dade County Veterinary Foundation, Inc.
Florida Assn. of Equine Practitioners
Florida Poultry Federation, Inc.
Irving M. Lerner '82
0. L. Moore Foundation
Palm Beach Veterinary Society
Pasco Florida Kennel Club, Inc.
Pet Food Ltd., Inc.
SCAVMA of Florida
Sebring Animal Hospital
Jerry P Shank
Stein Mart, Inc.
Sandra A. Thomas
$1,000 to $4,999
William M. Addison & Cecile B. Horowitz
Airport Road Animal Clinic
Allograft Tissue Systems, Inc.
Alpha Psi Fraternity
Animal Clinic of Windermere
Animal Medical Clinic at West Town Place
Jorge & Florence Arguelles
Augustine Biomedical & Design
The Bay Branch Foundation
Richard A. Beldegreen '85
Mrs. Jean S. Bidwell
Bil-Jac Foods, Inc.
The Brunetti Foundation
Susan M. Cousins '95
Mark I. Dorfman '87
East Orlando Animal Hospital, Inc.
Thomas Fastiggi, Jr.
Florida Discount Drugs, Inc.
Fort Dodge Animal Health
W G. Gardner
Michael D. Gowen
The Greater New Orleans Foundation
Greater Orange Park Dog Club, Inc.
Hariot H. & B. E. Greene, Jr.
Gulf Gate Animal Hospital, Inc.
Halifax Veterinary Clinic
Hoppenstedt Veterinary Hospital
Humane Society of Broward County, Inc.
Innovative Animal Products, Inc.
John & Martha Carter Foundation
Johnson & Johnson
Jacqulyn E Keilman
Sam W Klein Charitable Foundation
Lake Worth Animal Hospital, Inc.
Pamela S. & Murry L. Langfitt
Keith E. Lerner
Carol A. Magarine (d)
Max Kagan Family Foundation
Lawrence J. '82 & Elizabeth D. Murphy '82
Newtown Animal Clinic LLC
Noah's Ark Animal Hospital, Inc.
North Orange Veterinary Hospital
Nutramax Laboratories, Inc.
Oakwood Animal Hospital LLC
Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club, Inc.
Nanette P Parratto-Wagner '85 & Thomas H. Wagner
Patterson Cos., Inc.
Matthew C. Peterson '98
Pfizer Animal Health, Inc.
Planco Veterinary Care
Principal Financial Group Fdm., Inc.
Quail Hollow Animal Hospital
Quail Roost Animal Hospital, Inc.
Patricia & Donald Reese, Jr.
John N. Ropes
Ru Mar, Inc.
Saint Johns Veterinary Clinic
Salzburg Animal Hospital, Inc.
Santa Fe Animal Hospital, Inc.
Schering-Plough Animal Health Corp.
Segrest Farms, Inc.
Shands at the University of Florida
Simmons Educational Fund
Claudia T. Smith
Rachel M. Solomon
St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank
Merrill R. & Rena B. Stevens
U.E Veterinary Auxiliary
VCA Briarcliff Animal Hospitals
Western Veterinary Conference
Westlab Pharmacy, Inc.
Kimberly D. Whitfield
Clinton C. Wynn
$500 to $999
Cherissa M. Abdul-Hamid
American Greyhound Council, Inc.
Bayonet Point Animal Clinic
Bayshore Animal Hospital
Donald J. Beck'86
Bloomingdale Animal Hospital, PA.
Karl B. Brock '81
Allison L. Brown
Butler Plaza Animal Hospital
Calusa Crossings Animal Hospital, Inc.
Carlsen Animal Hospital, Inc.
Coastal Veterinary Hospital
Kathleen E. Collins
Companion Animal Hospital
Companion Animal Hospital of Jax
Ronald W Cooper '89
Edwin A. Cordero
Stephanie S. Correa '96
Charles H. Courtney
Donna L. Curasi
Patricia L. Curtis-Craig '83
Karen B. Davis'81
Desoto Veterinary Services
Joseph A. & Deborah S. DiPietro
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..no. gig. *f Donors 66r 2008-2009
Karen-Jo Dolamore '85
Deidre C. DuBissette '85
Laura D. Earle-Imre '89
Fondren Pet Care Center
Gardens Animal Hospital
Arnold L. Goldman '86
Eleanor M. Green
Gulf Coast Animal Hospital
Kent & Molly Haroz
Henry D. & Stephanie J. Hirsch
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
Island Animal Hospital of Venice, PA.
Stephen M. Joiner '84
John J. & Dorothy A. Kalinas
Paul M. Kaplan '82
Labrador Retriever Rescue of FL., Inc.
Timothy P Lassett '82
Katherine R. Laurenzano
Kathleen D. Linton
Michele Mauro-Demino '95
Michael J. Millett
Beth C. & George E. Morris
Jonathan E. Murray '84
National Greyhound Assn.
Northwood Animal Hospital, Inc.
Northwood Oaks Veterinary Hospital
Novey Animal Hospital, Inc.
Oakhurst Animal Hospital
Oaks Veterinary Hospital, Inc.
James M. O'Brien '83
Olive Road Animal Hospital
Marlene S. Orandle '99
Pet Calls Animal Hospital, Inc.
Lesley L. Phillips
Plum Beach Foundation
Stacy R Randall '90
Laura B. Raymond '82
William G. Rodkey
Andre P Salz
Sarasota Veterinary Center
Robert O. Schick '85
Kevin M. Sherman '94
Patrick K Skipton '82
Robert J. Sniffen
Southside Animal Clinic
David A. Storey
Sunrise Animal Hospital, Inc.
Daniel R. & Paula J. Van Alstine
Vetcor Professional Practices LLC
Veterinary Center of Sarasota, Inc.
Veterinary Pet Insurance Co.
Village Square Veterinary Clinic
Jonathan R Wald '84
Link V Welborn '82
Col. Gayle E. Wooding
$250 to $499
Alabama Veterinary Med. Association
Kevin J. Anderson
Animal Medical Clinic
Arabian Horse Assoc. of Florida
Jack E. Beal, Jr. '82
William A. Bean '00
Michael J. Beckham
Laura T. Betts '00
Blackdog Veterinary Services, Ltd.
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Suzanne C. Brannan '91
Beth A. Buchanan '84
Nancy L. Burns
8 FLORIDA VETERINARIAN
Cardinal Health Foundation
Care Animal Hospital of Brandon, Inc.
Chesapeake Vet. Surgical Special. LLC
Dawn M. Cleaver '89
Francis X. & Ruth A. Daly
Regina M. Dorian
East Orange Animal Hospital
Gary W Ellison
Joseph A. Fernandes
Ruth M. Franczek '81
Janette Friel '83
Hobson F Fulmer '82
Alexander E. Gallagher '01
Guy C. Gibson '90
Jeffrey S. Godwin '80
R. James Harvey
Glen E Hoffsis
Gerald J. Johnson '82
Chantal G. Jones '86
Lura B. Jones '97
Jonesville Animal Hospital
Karl Storz Veterinary Endoscopy
Paul G. Koch '84
Wendy J. Kozak '97
Lake Emma Animal Hospital
Karen R Legato
Georgia A. Lyons (d)
Moody C. McCall '86
Mary R. McElhaney '92
The Hon. Perry C. McGriff, Jr.
Milton J. '83 & Mrs. Shawn McKelvie
Sandra T Merchant '84 & Joseph Taboada
Mobile Pet Vet
Monument Road Animal Hospital, PA.
Era J. Moorer '81
My Animal Hospital, Inc.
Gary L. Neuman '85
Edward J. Noga '82
Elizabeth P Noyes '83
Orchard Road Veterinary Surgery, Inc.
Andrew Rappaport '84
Rawls Veterinary Hospital
Susan K. Ridinger '87
Emily Rothstein '88
Sabal Chase Animal Clinic
Jennifer B. Salpeter '89
Linda C. Sanchez '03
Marcia Schwassmann '89
Zoe H. Seale
Robin L. Sego '99
Southland Animal Hospital & Board
SPCA of Tampa Bay, FL, Inc.
George C. Steers '88
Stoney Creek Animal Hospital
Sunset Lakes Veterinary Clinic, PA.
TCAH Pet Health Care Center, Inc.
Timberlane Pet Hospital & Resort
Timuquana Animal Hospital
Claudia Valderrama '95
Henry A. Weinberg '85
Charles E Widger
Jo Ann Winn
Jennifer A. Woolf '95
Work Logic Products
$100 to $249
Above & Beyond Mobile Vet. Acupuncture
Alexandra J. Abramson
The Acorn LLC
Amanda B. Alexander
All Animal Clinic
Susan E. Anderson '83
Animal Medical Center
Bernice & Joseph Araujo
Linda A. Banks '90
Linda M. & Stewart M. Barlow
Alison L. Bawden
Baywood Animal Hospital
Antonea O. Beckerman
Bradley S. Bender
Susan M. Benson
Barbara H. Bergin
Debra L. Bernier
Beville Animal Hospital
Margaret A. & Tom Bielecky
Howard P Bouchelle III '03
Paul & Patty Bowen
Sharon L. Bowers
Braden River Animal Hospital
David S. Bradley '87
Mark C. Brigham '81
Jennifer B. Brooks
Buck Lake Animal Hospital
Maron B. Calderwood Mays
Kristin M. Carter
Santiago A. Casanova, Jr.
William L. Castleman
Vincent '03 & Lisa A. Centonze '03
K S. Chahal
Linda D. Chalker '90
Carolyn P Chiechi
Kathleen M. Chiocca
Robert D. & Jennifer L. Clark
Jeffrey D. Clarke '01
Bettina L. Conrad
Lisa A. Conti '88
Marian J. Cooper
Bette W Cornelius
Joseph N. Covino '03
Cynda Crawford '89
Crossroads Animal Hospital at Kendall
Charles M. & Mary Culver
Mrs. Lorinne A. Cyr
Rajeeb L. Das
Jeffrey L. Davidson '81
Glenn R Davis '87
Irby D. Davis
Mary A. Dempsey
Melanie L. Donis '97
Patrick A. Donovan
Gregg A. Dupont '81
Tracy J. Durand
Michelle C. Duval '89
Harvey C. & Linda J. Eads
Holly B. & Richard P Falzone, Jr.
Peter T. & Jane M. Fernandes
Robert R. Fisher '88
Ruth Francis-Floyd '83
Joan Freed '82
Diana & David Gaffin
Richard D. Galinaitis
Dennis E. Geagan '84
Stacey B. '84 & Charles B. Gerhart '83
Shawn P Gorman '01
seeor eoll of Donorse *or SS086609
George M. & Gayle G. Gowen
Michael & Peggy L. Graves
Morgan E. Guoan
Joan A. Hadraba
Edward L. Haeussner '98
Patrick H. Hafner
Jim G. Hahl
Patricia A. Hamilton '99
Larence J. Helm '89
Yolanda O. Hennekens '92
Nancy L. Herman
Hernando Animal Hospital
Hilltop Animal Hospital
Thomas W Householder
Ronald R & Nancy M. Johnson
Ronald D. Jones
Debra A. Kamstock '96
Richard Z. Kane '84
Renee B. Kass
Mrs. Cary M. & John E Keller
Katrina K. Kersey
Kayla N. Kielar
Kristin A. Kirkby '06
Lynne A. Kloss
Denise G. Kraemer '91
Eva D. Krampotich '02
Daniel P. Krull '09
Alison L. Larkins
Margaret M. Levy '05
Jason C. Ling
Janis Liro '80
Andrea S. Long
Kristen A. Lyon
Christine A. Machen
Patricia D. Mack
Glenn S. & Ellen S. Macnaught
Lisa M. Markham '92
Mary Beth Marks
Mary Ellen Markunas Feick '86
Lori S. & Michael A. Martone
Eugene M. & Mable M. Mathis
Wade '84 & Marie S. Matthews
Elizabeth C. McGrath '89
David A. & Jodie L. McGregor
Alfred M. Merritt II
Judith A. Milcarsky '86
Tomislav '97 & Sanja M. Modric '97
Theresa E. Montgomery '98
David L. Moses '86
James W Mulford
Thomas D. & Erin Arcesi Mutty
Kenneth C. Nayfield '80
Timothy L. Newhall
Northside Animal Hospital
Alexandra N. Orlova
Palmetto Animal Health Center
Pals and Paws, Inc.
Derek B. Parkin '09
John H. Parks
Parkway Animal Hospital
Douglas S. Pearce '88
Laura L. Pearson '92
Christina P Pellicane '86
Gail K. Perfect '83
Performance Solutions International LLC
Ronald L. Perry
Pet Heaven Memorial Park, Inc.
Pinellas Animal Hospital & Bird Clinic, Inc.
Ponte Vedra Animal Hospital, Inc.
Michael J. Ponte '81
J. Edward & Sharron K. Poppell
Punta Gorda Animal Hospital
Quality Surgical Repairs, Inc.
Quincy Animal Hospital, Inc.
Joe L. & Sue N. Reina
Relief Veterinary Services
Julia J. Reynolds '85
Wendy J. Rib '89
David M. & Cynthia E Richardson
Daren M. Roa '94
Doug & Ali Ross
Richard Rubinstein '92
A. Fleet Ryland III '81
Carla W Salido
Allison Rorterts Sateren '02
Shank Animal Hospital, Inc.
Robert G. Shimp
Linda L. Sigler
Marclyn Sims '04
Mary M. Smart '85
Kenneth B. Snyder '85
Christopher R Staggers
Starke Veterinary Clinic
Amy E. Stone '02
Lee B. Stuart '86
Suburban Animal Hospital
Roberta J. Swakon
Tavares Animal Hospital, PA.
Karen L. Taylor '88
Joel C. Timyan
Tomoka Pines Veterinary Hospital
John J. Toth
Steven C. Toy
Trail Animal Clinic, Inc.
Jan E. Treise
Turner Endangered Species Fund, Inc.
Cathryn E. Turner '88
Louis J. Urban
Holly V.H. Vance '98
Sergio E. Vega
Tim & Kellie Verrelli
Allison Vitsky '98
Brian H. & Barbara E Vitsky
Vulcan Materials Co.
James C. Waggoner, Jr.
James P Waller, Jr. '96
Michael T. Walsh
Joanne Weithenauer '92
Weston Road Animal Hospital
Debra T. Wilson '87
Winter Animal Hospital
Karen E. Wolfsdorf '92
Allen E Wysocki
Linda & Robert Yonke
Dana N. Zimmel '95
$25 to $99
Michael T. Alber
David R. Allred
Janet M. Almond
American International Group, Inc.
Gregory M. Anderson
Tara C. Anderson '03
Animal Care at Twin Lakes Center
Animal Emergency Clinic So., Inc.
Animal Hospital of Pittsford, PC.
Animal Wellness Center of Plant City
Mrs. Suely P. & Philip J. Argianas
Dena D. Baker '00
Amy J. Balko '92
Bardorf & Bardorf, PC.
Tammy H. Barrineau
Judith A. Battig
Bay Vet Consulting, Inc.
Laurelle G. Bell
Ronald A. Bell '91
Latayah Benedetti '81
Sandra L. Black '91
Dennis E & Susan B. Blumenthal
Mark & Beverly Booth
Katherine E. Brennan
Judith A. Broward
Eric J. Bucki '05
Nancy A. Buonpane '86
Dixie J. Burner
John M. Byrne
Brenda J. Cantrell
Catherine C. Capitula
Peter D. Cash
Wayne & Cynthia L. Chalu
Patricia E. Chung
Dorothy V Coatney
Laurie K. Cook '88
Kevin T. Cronin '97
Susan G. Cummings
Shirley & Clark Davis
Robert R. DeSena '86
Timothy W Dickerson '08
Nicole M. Dielo '05
Doc's Animal Clinic
Marquerite R Doolittle
Kathy K. Dunberg
Jonathan R. Earle
Educational Concepts LLC
Christin L. Eley '97
Lisa L. Farina '99
Richard G. & Susan R. Feeley
David '99 & Rhonda C. Feitsma
Steven M. & Susan L. Fezette
Mrs. Doria & Francis Forgue
Susanna M. Fromm '83
Sheilagh O. Garrity '07
Kenneth E. Garthee, Jr. & Maureen Garthee
Robert E & Judith A. Gessler
Leslie W Gillette '98
Judith A. Glowicz '89
Lisa C. Goldburg '02
Julia A. Golden '06
Cynthia A. Grey
Ellen M. Grygotis '94
Jim & Marie Hand
Kimberly S. Hankamer-Sauer '90
FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 9
ggnog Roll of Donors for 2008-2669
Harry H. Harkins, Jr.
Joseph A. Heimbuch
Barbara E. Henderson
Erika R. Henderson
Sandra L. Hiemenz
Linda P Horky
Edward J. Howes
Michael D. Ivey
Jennifer M. & Blake P Jackson
Kerry I. Jackson '92
Jaffe Animal Clinic
Werner W Jenkins '07
Maria A. '86 & James S. Jernigan
Calvin M. & Mary R. Johnson
Juan M. Jordan-Saiz
Kelly L. Kahlau
Keystone Heights Animal Hospital
Kindred Spirits Healing Arts
Richard E Kinzer
John J. Krupka
Charlotte M. Kuczenska
S. Allen Kushner
Lake Area Animal Hospital, PA.
Eunice D. Lambert
Lebanon Town Militia
Lenora S. Lewis
Mary M. Lisi & Stephen J. Reid, Jr.
Marta P Lista '00
Lund Animal Hospital
John G. & Mary M. Manning
Corin I. Matthews
Mark E. Mazaleski '93
Christine E McCann
Carolyn McKune & Michael Dark
Rebecca C. McLain
Iris C. McPherson
Nancy A. Mellor
Jonathan K. Meyers
Middletown Public Schools
Mrs. Terry Miller
Julie M. Moyer
Mrs. Tracy A. Murphy
Eileen Naaman '81
Karen E. Nelms
Susan S. & Farouk Niazy
Sheree L. Nicholl
Ocean's Edge Veterinary Clinic
Peter J. O'Halloran '92
M. Jack & Sandra J. Ohanian
Orange County Professional Firefighters
Francesco C. Origgi '01
Sarika S. Patel '08
Peace River Veterinary Clinic
Ramon A. Perez-Lopez '87
Nancy M. Peters
Frederica B. Peterson
Scott & Maureen E Pierce
Marc A. Presnell '86
Michael C. Pucci
Melinda K. Quinn '06
Eduardo J. Rawlins
Gregory T Reppas '08
Wendy D. Resnick
Damon B. Rodriguez '97
Melody A. Roset
Mary E. Ross
Debra S. Roth
Caroline A. Rubin
David L. Sausville '85
Beverly & Francis E. Savage
Leigh A. Sawyer '85 & Gerald V Quinnan, Jr.
Sea Park Elementary School
G. T. & Karen A. Sheely
Barbara J. Sheppard
Charles M. & Kay W Shinn
Lucille D. & Jules Silver
Rachel A. & Xeve S. Silver
Skyway Animal Hospital, Inc.
David T Smith
Eileen R. Spinosa
Sabina Blanco Squires '08
Gregory R. Stacey '05 & Jennifer A. Ferrin '05
Sheree L. Stern '82
Kristen S. Sullivan '00
Mrs. Lanni Sullivan
T.L.C. Animal Hospital, Inc.
Renee C. Thompson
Mark & Nancy A. Thorlton
Donna M. Vermaas-Hekman '95
Veterinary Mobile Endoscopy & Diag.
Kelly J. Wade '91
Lucille M. Walsh
Virginia M. Walsh
Sarah E. Weldon '86
Mary A. Wertenberger '88
Elizabeth A. White
Abbie B. Whitehead '90
Molly M. Whitman
Janet A. Williams
Tera W Winters '96
William M. Wise '84
Patricia A. Wlasuk
Wolfe Equine Veterinary Practice
Anne C. Wright
Susan M. Zohar
Jan R. Zwilling
THE COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE BEQUEST SOCIETY
Listed below are friends of the college who have provided documentation that they have included the college as a beneficiary in their estate plans.
This is a cumulative list rather than a fiscal year list.
Jeanne E. Arkin
Fredrick Hugh W Ashford
Margaret A. Atwood
Melanie V Barr-Allen
Jean S. Bidwell
Phillip & Sally Bohr
Robert & Pauline Boucher
Leland W Brannan
Marianne A. Burbach
Michael A. Burke'91
Sarah K. Carey
Victoria L. Clampitt
Edward & Jeanette Cole '94
Jacqlin M. Crotty
Larry G. Dee
Richard C. DeKoker
Joseph E. Dorsey
Jack & Linda Eads
Susan E. Ellis
Anne C. Fleming
Josephine P Fletcher
(d) = Deceased this Fiscal Year
Mark E. Gendzier '87
Karl & Roxann Hart
Robert B. Hartless II
Amy A. Heimann
Carey A. Heinrich
Arthur & Kathleen Hornsby
Scott & Vicki Hunt
Marilyn N. Keehr
Dorothy R. Klick
James M. Kosmas
Morton J. Levine
Celia S. Martin
Michael J. McNamara
Jerome & Shirley Modell
Henry L. Normand Trust
Alan & Barbara Pareira
Madeline S. Pearson
Scott & Maureen Pierce
George H. Pollack
Kathleen M. Pollack
Virginia Quelch '87
Barbara A. Ragan
Barbara H. Reark
Joseph & Marilyn Renton
Susan K. Ridinger '87
William P. Roberts
Robert D. Romine, Jr.
Donna B. Sachs
Suzanne J. Schwertley
William & Brenda Selph
Joseph G. Slick
Sherilyn K. Solanick
Mark & Nancy Thorlton
Katrina D. Vanesian
Roberta H. Waller
Michael & Diane Ward
10 FLORIDA VETERINARIAN
Honors, Awards, Appointments
Study of isolated snakes could help shed
some light on venom composition
By Sarah Carey
W while studying a way to more safely
and effectively collect snake venom,
University of Florida researchers have noticed
the venom delivered by an isolated popula-
tion of Florida cottonmouth snakes may be
changing in response to their diet.
Scientists used a portable nerve stimulator
to extract venom from anesthetized
cottonmouths, producing more consistent
extraction results and greater amounts of
venom, according to findings published in
August in the journal Toxicon.
The study of venoms is important for many
reasons, scientists say.
"The human and animal health benefits
include understanding the components of
venom that cause injury and developing better
antivenin," said Darryl Heard, B.V.M.S.,
Ph.D., an associate professor in the UF
College of Veterinary Medicine's department
of small animal clinical sciences. "In addition,
the venom components have the potential
to be used for diagnostic tests and the
development of new medical compounds."
But in addition to showing the extraction
method is safer, more effective and less
stressful to both snake and handler than the
traditional "milking" technique, Heard and
Ryan McCleary, a Ph.D. candidate in biology
in UF's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
discovered the venom from these particular
snakes differs from that of mainland snakes,
likely because of their unique diet of dead fish
dropped by seabirds.
Heard and McCleary collaborated to
develop a safe, reliable and humane technique
for collecting venom from cottonmouths as
part of a larger study on a specific population
of snakes that reside on Seahorse Key, an
isolated island near Cedar Key on the Florida's
The venom collection study included data
from 49 snakes on Seahorse Key.
"Snakes on this island are noted for their
large size," said Heard, a zoological medicine
veterinarian with additional expertise in
anesthesia. He added that Harvey Lillywhite,
Ph.D., a professor of biology at UF and
McCleary's predoctoral adviser, has confirmed
that cottonmouths on Seahorse Key eat
primarily dead fish dropped by birds in a large
Lillywhite also directs UF's Seahorse Key
Marine Laboratory, located in the Cedar Keys
National Wildlife Refuge. McCleary hopes
to build on earlier studies about the snakes'
ecology and to explore whether evolutionary
changes may have affected the composition of
the snakes' venom.
"My interest is in the evolutionary aspect,"
McCleary said. "If these snakes already have
an abundant source of dead prey, why do they
Preliminary findings show some differences
in venom components, he added.
Traditionally, venom has
been collected from venomous
snakes by manually restraining
the animal behind the head
and having it bite a rubber
membrane connected to a
"This requires the capture of
an awake snake, which increases
the risk of human envenomation
and is also stressful to the snake,"
Heard said, adding that manual
collection of venom also does
not guarantee that all of the .
venom is collected. Dr. Darryl H
The nerve stimulator is used in Veterinariar
human anesthesia to measure the venom extr
effect of muscle relaxants. candidate ii
"It delivers a series of electric technique f
stimuli, of very low voltage and an essential
amperage, and causes no pain or bite victims
tissue injury," Heard said. "The
electrodes are placed behind the
eye, across the area of the venom
gland. The nerve stimulator
sends a current across the gland,
causing reflex contraction and
expulsion of the venom."
The technique allows
collection from snakes that
might not otherwise give
up their venom, which is an
essential in the process of
creating antivenins for victims of
snake bite, Heard said.
"The stimulator is battery- painless el
powered and relatively Ryan McCl
inexpensivee" he said. beral Agins.
inexpensive," he said. "In begins.
addition, the anesthetic we used, known as
propofol, can easily be transported."
Propofol, which has been prominent in
news headlines recently as being linked
to the death of singer Michael Jackson, is
a short acting anesthetic administered by
intravenous injection. The drug is commonly
used to anesthetize animals in veterinary
clinical practice, but it is not believed to have
previously been used to anesthetize snakes for
venom collection. 4-
eard, an associate professor in the UF College of
SMedicine's department of small animal clinical
nesthetizes a cottonmouth snake in preparation for
action on Sept. 9. Heard and Ryan McCleary, a Ph.D.
n biology in UF's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
orated to develop a safe, reliable and humane
or collecting venom from cottonmouths -
I part of the process of making antidotes for snake-
placed behind the eyes of the cottonmouth deliver
ectrical current that facilitates the expulsion of venom.
eary, a Ph.D. candidate in biology in UF's College of
and Sciences, keeps the snake still as the process
FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 11
Aonors, Awards, Appointments
National parasitology group honors
Ellis Greiner, Ph.D., a professor in the
University of Florida College of Veterinary
Medicine's department of infectious diseases
and pathology, has received the American
Association of Veterinary Parasitologists'
Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist
The award consists of a plaque and $1,500
and was presented during the AAVP's
annual meeting this month in Calgary,
The award honors the outstanding
contributions of an AAVP member to the
Dr. Ellis Greiner advancement of veterinary p i i r. 1.. :-,.
Recipients are nominated by association
members and the winner is selected by their awards committee.
Greiner has served on UF's veterinary faculty for more than 30 years.
His research has involved reptiles, birds, livestock and domestic pets,
but most has been centered on sea turtles and marine mammals. Earlier
in his career at UF he worked extensively with bluetongue, a viral
disease affecting sheep and cattle, and with a devastating neurological
disease that affects horses, known as equine protozoal myeloencephali-
tis, or EPM, caused by a parasite known as Sarcocystis neurona.
Greiner chaired the UF Committee on Committees and the veteri-
nary college's Academic Advancement Committee. He recently served
on the UF student Conduct code Committee and is now on the same
committee for the Health Science Center. He is in his third year on the
UF Senate Steering Committee.
Students receive awards for research
Two University of Florida veterinary students were among 11
veterinary students nationwide who were honored in Morris Animal
Foundation's annual research competition for projects that improve the
lives of companion animals and wildlife.
Courtney Varney, a
senior student, received
second place in the equine
division and was awarded
$2,500. Santiago Diaz, a
junior student, received
third place in the wildlife
category and $1,500.
students whose projects
were funded through the
Student Scholars program
participated in the com-
petition. Members of the
foundation's scientific UF Veterinary students Santiago Diaz and
advisory boards judged the Courtney Varney received Morris Animal
Foundation awards for their research.
examined the cardiovascular effects of N-butylscopolammonium
bromide (Buscopan), a drug used to treat colic in horses. She
performed her project during her summer vacation in the veteri-
nary college's Island Whirl Equine Colic Research Laboratory under
guidance and supervision from Alison Morton, D.V.M., an assistant
professor of equine surgery.
Diaz's project examined the use of elephant-specific monoclonal
antibodies and recombinant antigens of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
to improve an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, or ELISA test,
to identify elephants infected with this disease-causing microorgan-
ism. His project was performed under the supervision of Ramiro Isaza,
D.V.M., an assistant professor and zoological medicine service chief at
the University of Florida.
"The future of veterinary medicine depends on these outstanding
students and their fellow classmates," said Patricia N. Olson, D.V.M.,
Ph.D., the foundation's president and CEO. "By giving students the
opportunity to work on MAF-funded projects while they are in veteri-
nary school, we hope to encourage them to consider a career in animal
Surgery team shines at VOS meeting
Several UF small animal surgeons were honored for their presenta-
tions during the annual meeting of the Veterinary Orthopedics Society,
held Feb. 28-March 7 in Steamboat Springs, Co.
"The meeting was dominated by the UF small animal surgery section,
our comparative oncology group and the collaborative orthopedics and
biomechanics laboratory," said Dan Lewis, D.V.M., a professor of small
Alastair Coomer, who completed his small animal surgery residency
this past July, received a Mark S. Bloomberg Award, which provided
funding for seven residents to attend the VOS meeting and present
their research. Coomer subsequently received the award for the
Best Research Presentation in the Bloomberg session for his paper
on "Anti-Tumor Effects of Radiation Therapy, Carboplatin and
Therapies in a Mouse
Model of Xenografted
According to Lewis,
................... Coomer's work may
pi i i. significantly improve the
survival of dogs affected
D.V.M., now a second-
year small animal surgery
resident, received the
award for the week's
best podium presenta-
tion. Her topic was "The
Contact Mechanics of
Meniscal Repairs and
Partial Meniscectomy as
Treatment for Simulated
Bucket Handle Tears in
the Stifle of Dogs."
Former UF surgery resident Alastair Coomer, Thieman's presenta-
right, and surgery resident Kelley Thieman
take a break on the slopes with others on tion was "beautifully
the UF surgery team between presentations illustrated," Lewis said,
at the annual meeting of the Veterinary adding that the work
Orthopedic Society in Steamboat Springs,
Colo. provided a rationale for
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preserving meniscal function which should help mitigate the develop-
ment of arthritis in dogs with cranial cruciate ligament ruptures and
Antonio Pozzi, D.V.M., an assistant professor of small animal surgery
at UF, won the award for Best Clinical Poster Presentation in the
His presentation was titled, "Minimally invasive percutaneous tarsal
and carpal arthrodesis."
Pozzi's poster examined an innovative means of performing arthro-
deses, or fusion of the joints. His techniques appear to decrease post-
operative morbidity and make possible faster fusion of the joints.
Distinguished awards nominations
due November 15
The college's Distinguished Awards program, sponsored by the UF CVM
Alumni Council, is now in its ninth year. The program offers an opportu-
nity to recognize individuals whose commitment to the veterinary profes-
sion, the college and/or their communities are unique and significant.
The four categories in which awards are given include Alumni
Achievement, Distinguished Service, Special Service and Outstanding
Young Alumni. The nominations period is open through Nov. 15. Please
contact Jo Ann Winn at email@example.com for more information or
find nomination forms and process posted at www.vetmed.ufl.edu/college/
Recent Himes Scholarship recipients
reflect on late mentor
By Sarah Carey
A gentleman and a scholar. A friend. A mentor.
All of those descriptions are commonly used
to describe the late Dr. James A. "Jim" Himes, associate
dean emeritus for students and instruction at the college.
As the one-year anniversary of Himes's death approaches,
the two students who received the Himes Scholarship in
2009 reflected upon the man who inspired them, as well
as so many UF College of Veterinary Medicine alumni in
Dr. An Nguyen and Dr. Greg Long, who received the
scholarship as senior veterinary students, now are both
practicing small animal medicine in the St. Augustine
and Newberry, Fla., areas respectively.
"The night of the senior award ceremony, when
my name was called as a recipient of his memorial
scholarship, I felt at that time that no other award given
out that night really mattered, that no other honor was
more honorable and that's nothing else I would rather
have been recognized for," Long said. "Of course, I'm not
trying to diminish other recognition that evening, with Dean Glen
all recipients of all awards being truly deserving. It's just reception
that the level of pride I felt having been named for the Himes Sc
Himes Scholarship in particular made me feel very good
"And that's by far the most important thing that Dr. Himes did for
everyone who met him. He made them feel better about themselves.
There are few God-given personal qualities more important than that
in this world."
Nguyen added that Himes had encouraged him when Nguyen was
contemplating applying to veterinary school.
"Once I was in, he understood the difficulty of the curriculum,"
Nguyen said. "He regularly checked on my progress. Now that I've
graduated, he serves as a role model for a lifelong dedication to the
veterinary profession. I was fortunate to be able to speak with him just
days prior to his passing. Even then, he asked me how school was and
SHoffsis, Dr. Jim Himes and Dr. Link Welborn in 2008 during the UF alumni
at the North American Veterinary Conference, where it was announced that the
holarship had reached the $100,000 threshold for endowment.
how I was doing. That's the kind of person he was."
Last year, the Himes Scholarship Fund reached the $100,000
threshold necessary to qualify for state matching dollars. At press time,
the fund's value was $108,000.
Himes Scholarship recipients are chosen by the college's scholarship
and awards committee and are selected because they are deemed to
display the sincere, caring and unselfish attitude associated with Himes,
in addition to having financial need.
For more information about how to donate to the Himes Scholarship
Fund, contact Karen Legato at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (352)
FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 13
Around the -MC
UF veterinarians use acupuncture to treat
a variety of animals
By Sarah Carey
Sitting on a yellow mat, surrounded by
people petting him, Buddah allows
several inch-long needles to pierce his skin on
the top of his head and side of his face.
It's been a year and a half since the big,
dark gray pit bull was attacked and bit on the
head by another dog, leaving him with nerve
damage, muscle atrophy and paralysis.
Since May 2008, Buddah has visited UF's
Small Animal Hospital every month for his
acupuncture treatments. In the first month,
his facial paralysis subsided. Over the nine
months of treatment, Buddah has regrown
much of the muscular tissue he lost.
A timid and friendly dog by nature, Buddah
has gotten used to his appointments. He
doesn't seem to notice the very thin needles
being hooked up to a machine that sends
electric signals, a measure used to augment
the normal acupuncture practice of needles
stimulating points on the body. Buddah's head
starts to droop.
"Points on the head cause more sedation.
He gets really sleepy fast," said Carolina
Medina, D.V.M., one of two faculty
members in the Acupuncture Program at
the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Acupuncture rose in popularity for
humans in the 1990s, though the idea of
needles in the body for healing purposes
still hasn't reached full understanding or
acceptance in the Western world. Using the
practice on animals may seem a little out
of the ordinary, but the ancient Chinese
healing technique first recorded more than
2,000 years ago was also performed on
Though the traditional practice is based
on the release of energy through points
in the body, Medina explained the inner
workings of acupuncture from a more
scientific view. For example, if you got a
cut, your body sends signals to the brain,
which sends painkillers to the wound.
"What acupuncture does is basically
speeding up that process and making your
brain release more substances than you
could on your own," Medina said. "It's
kind of like your body's healing itself but
faster than you could and stronger than you
The UF program, founded about
10 years ago, is headed by Huisheng
Xie, Ph.D., a third-generation veterinary
acupuncturist, often revered as the best in the
U.S. The clinic sees about 20 to 30 animals
each week, Medina said. Though mostly dogs,
cats and horses receive the treatments, Xie and
Medina care for a variety of species.
Because of Xie's reputation, people and their
animals will often travel to receive services at
the UF clinic. One man drove from Michigan
with his old dog. Another brought an elephant
from the Northeast.
Lynn Sickinger makes the nearly six-hour
round trip drive from Ponte Vedra Beach,
Fla., once every two months with her beloved
border collie, Chutney, to see Xie.
When 10-year-old Chutney's high liver
enzyme levels started to get out of control,
rising into the 2,000s, far above the normal
level of 118, she tried everything to help.
Sickinger had experienced the benefits
of acupuncture herself, so she decided to
bring Chutney to a nearby Jacksonville
With the assistance of visiting professor Dr. Jose
Zilberschtein, veterinary acupuncturist Dr. Carolina
Medina performs acupuncture on Buddah, who
receives monthly treatments. The treatments have
helped the gray pit bull recover much of the muscular
tissue he lost when another dog attacked him last year.
acupuncturist. The blood workup from her
regular veterinarian showed the treatment had
After some research on the Internet, a
Colorado man told her she had "the best of
the best in Gainesville." She immediately took
Chutney to Xie, and the dog's liver enzyme
levels dropped for the first time in almost 10
Sickinger said her neighbor's 11-year-old
beagle has the same problem and has tried
only a Western medicine approach. Though
not all cases are the same, she said the
differences between the two dogs are "day and
Acupuncture, herbs and other
recommendations from Xie have given
Chutney a happier quality of life. She runs like
a puppy (a common benefit of acupuncture
for dogs), her coat has improved and her liver
enzyme levels are safely declining.
Jennifer Burroughs, a third-year veterinary
student who took acupuncture as a two-
week summer elective, said she became
interested in acupuncture at a local barn
where she rode horses. She saw Xie's
acupuncture treatments cure a lame
Without the opportunity at UF, she
doubts acupuncture would have crossed
her mind. The practice isn't really
discussed in classes, but the elective fills
up quickly. Hoping to become an equine
veterinarian, Burroughs said she plans to
take acupuncture courses to include the
method in her own practice.
"This is our only chance to learn this,"
she said. "And it helps so many people
Buddah, the sleepy pit bull, has made
progress in regrowing muscles, a difficult
process that sometimes doesn't yield a
result. After his 20-minute session, he
arose with a wagging tail, kissed the
people who had surrounded him and
headed for the door.
Medina takes all her tools and fits
them into a case no bigger than a child's
Buddah will be back again next month.
"He's still receiving treatments so
hopefully one day his head will look
normal," Medina said. "But right now it
is much better than it was last year." -4
14 FLORIDA VETERINARIAN
UF VMC's diagnostic imaging service gets boost
with new, state-of-the-art MR unit
By Sarah Carey
Anew MR system now in place at the
University of Florida Veterinary Medical
Center will enable veterinarians to obtain
diagnostic images of previously inaccessible
and larger parts of the body, such as the upper
legs of horses, veterinarians say.
The new 1.5 Tesla Titan MR, made by
Toshiba, has never previously been used by
any academic veterinary medical center in the
U.S. and will provide private practitioners and
pet owners with a highly sophisticated, state-
of-the-art tool for pinpointing and treating
disease in their animals.
"There are many advantages to the Titan,
notably its 71-centimeter patient aperture
- known as the open bore -- which will be
a benefit in examining large animals," said
Clifford "Kip" Berry, a professor of radiology
at UF and chief of the VMC's radiology
Berry said the new equipment is "faster,
bigger and better" than what has previously
been available, and provides UF with one
more powerful tool in its toolbox to provide
veterinarians and their clients with first-class,
state-of-the-art imaging services.
"There is more space available inside the
machine to accommodate patients, which
should allow for better imaging of the
mid to upper extremity of horses," Berry
said. "The Titan also is quieter than
existing MR equipment, making it less $4
likely that acoustic noise will awaken
patients during diagnostic examinations."
Animals should not have to be
repositioned during an MR study, since
the coils through which the examination
is delivered are built into the Titan's
gantry, where the animal is situated.
Veterinary technologists also have the
flexibility to load large animal patients
into the equipment from the back end.
The new MR will provide veterinarians
with a more detailed anatomic picture
through high-resolution imaging, and
will enable them to image arterial and
venous blood flow with the injection of
an intravenous contrast medium, UF
The VMC's new MR unit and the 8-slice
multidetector row Toshiba Acquilion CT
unit now available at UF are among the
allow for rapid
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to be obtained
planes of bone ...
and soft tissue A front view of the new Tosh
in all species.
suspensory ligaments, carpus, hock and heads
are regions capable of being examined through
MR in the horse, while spiral CT may be used
for 3-dimensional reconstruction in complex
fracture repair planning of the extremity or
stifle in large animals.
In small animals, both
modalities are routinely
There is more space applied to neurologic and
available inside orthopedic cases at the
the machine to VMC, with additional
ccommodatepatients, studies performed for
which should allow radiation planning and
for better imaging metastasis evaluations.
than what has "MR allows for
previously been exquisite distinction
available, between normal and
Clifford "Kip"Berry abnormal tissues,"
'9 Berry said. "The use of
further increases the ability to distinguish
between different types of pathology ranging
from hemorrhagic infarctions to primary brain
tumors and inflammatory disorders."
Dr. Matthew Winter, assistant professor of
diagnostic imaging at UF's VMC, added that
MR also reveals bone, tendon and ligament
pathology and can show bone bruising,
meniscal damage and ligament tears
iba Titan MR unit, which was recently installed in the
that go undetected when using traditional
"All of our radiologists have strong interests
in cross-sectional imaging, which gives UF a
unique ability to serve the advanced imaging
needs of Florida veterinarians." Winter said.
In addition to MR and CT, UF's VMC
offers nuclear medicine, or scintigraphy,
to both small and large animal patients.
Teleradiology, or film reading via satellite, is a
fee-based service UF's veterinary radiologists
also offer to private veterinary practitioners
who want to make use of UF's expertise
Prospective small animal referral clients
should call (352) 392-2235, ext. 4875. For
small animal outpatient services, call (32)
273-8585 or go to www.gatorvetimaging.
com. For information about large animal
imaging, call the large animal hospital at (352)
392-2229. In-house patients at the UF VMC
will have automatic access to all diagnostic
imaging equipment when requested as part of
a comprehensive diagnostic work-up. 49a
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on a different date than traditional UF
Homecoming this year. A pre-game meal
will be served at Florida Gym four hours
before game kickoff. The Web site has all the
information needed for alumni to purchase
pre-game tickets and football tickets (limited
to two per alumnus.) Registration runs
through Oct. 30. For more information, go
Nominations remain open until this date
for the 2010 CVM's Distinguished Awards
program. The four categories for awards
include Alumni Achievement, Distinguished
Service, Special Service and Outstanding
Young Alumni. Find both the nomination
form and more information about the
process posted at www.vetmed.ufl.edu/
The annual North American Veterinary
Conference will be held in Orlando. To
register or more info, go to www.tnavc.org.
The college will host an alumni reception
from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17,
2010 at the World Center Marriott Hotel.
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