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Glen F. Hoffsis
Executive Associate Dean
Associate Dean for Students
Associate Dean for Research
and Graduate Studies
Charles H. Courtney
Senior Director of Development
and Alumni Affairs
Assistant Director of
Development and Alumni Affairs
Director of Public Relations
Sarah K. Carey
Coordinator of Alumni Affairs
Jo Ann Winn
mall Animal HOSpital
Large Ainimal Hospital
College AJminilstration and Dean's
Development and Alumni Afairs
Message from the Dean
Off with a Bang
T his new year has scared \\ich a bang here at the college.
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of our new LTF Small Animal Hospital in No\ember and
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UF President Bernie Machen, Chris
Machen, Dr. Dale Kaplan-Stein, '81,
and Robert Kaplan-Stein stand in front
of the exam room donated by the
ur. Jullo loanez, au,
left, and his wife, Maria,
named an exam room.
Several members of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association are shown inside
the medicine treatment room that FVMA contributed to.
The college strategic plan also contains a component for management of DVM
student enrollment. We have increased the number of seats for Florida residents
from 80 to 88 per class. We also increased enrollment of non-resident students
from eight to 12. This provided more opportunities for students to obtain a DVM
from UE Going forward, we plan to gradually increase the number of non-
resident students as facilities can be built or adapted to meet these needs and more
faculty can be hired to deliver an enhanced education to all of our students.
We have already begun the process of increasing faculty numbers. I am excited
to announce that, following a national search, we have hired Dr. Paul Cooke
to serve as our new chairman of the department of physiological sciences. Dr.
Cooke is presently a professor and serves as the Billie A. Field Endowed Chair in
Reproductive Biology in the department of veterinary biosciences, University of
Illinois. Dr. Cooke will begin his new job at UF in February. I want to thank Dr.
Paul Davenport, a professor of respiratory physiology, for his service as interim
chair of physiological sciences since Dr. John Harvey vacated the chair position to
become our executive associate dean in 2008.
The hiring of a new physiological sciences chairman is just the start of what
will be a progressive expansion of the faculty in both the basic sciences and in the
clinical sciences. Several national searches are currently underway and recruitment
efforts will continue for the foreseeable future. The next step will be to develop a
strategic plan for research. Our college has gradually slipped in its research funding
over the last several years as budgets have been cut and research-intensive faculty
have been lost. We will create the strategies to restore and exceed our previous
research productivity levels to where we should be, and to what is expected at a
top-tier veterinary college.
There are many challenges facing veterinary colleges, and indeed, the profession.
These include concerns for student debt, starting salaries and practice income,
supplying rural areas and other underserved careers, recruiting outstanding faculty,
funding our programs in an environment of shrinking state budgets and many
I think your college is on a good course and is poised to make major progress
in the near future. Many people are working extremely hard, every day, in our
UF Veterinary Hospitals, in our laboratories, and in our administrative offices,
to make this happen. It truly does take a concerted effort to effect real change,
and also the continuing support from all of you our friends, alumni, donors,
referring veterinarians, among others to transform this vision to reality.
Thanks again to everyone for bringing us to this point. We are excited about the
future and wish all of you a Happy New Year!
Dr. Rowan Milner, Hill's Professor of Oncology,
with Heidi and Rob Ferdinand in front of an
exam room contributed by the Ferdinands.
Dr. Amy Stone, clinical assistant professor and chief
of the primary care and dentistry service, with donors
Franklyn and Barbara Meyers. The Meyerses named
the primary care and dentistry area.
Tom Wagner and Dr. Nanette Parratto-Wagner at an
exam room named in memory of her parents and
Dr. Catherine McClellend, veterinary affairs manager
for Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc., and Dr. Christine Jenkins,
director of academic affairs for Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.,
stand outside the kiosk that Hill's contributed to.
FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 3
Room naming opportunity gave alumna one more
way to give thanks
Thomas Wagner and Nanette Parratto-Wagner are shown at home with
their three dogs. Tom has Scooter in his right hand, Sammy in his left
hand, and Nanette has Magoo on her lap.
F or Nanette Parratto-Wagner, D.V.M.,
Ph.D., '85, gratitude is a way of life
made real by philanthropic giving to UF,
which paved the way for her own success,
and to encourage others who will follow the
veterinary career path.
"UF gave me a chance to prove that I was capable of achieving
my childhood dream," she said. "God gave me the talent to
accomplish this, but I owed the college much more than the tuition
I paid for my education."
A 1985 graduate of the UF CVM, Parratto-Wagner
initially planned to repay her debt of gratitude to the
college by giving annually, for as long as she could, an
amount at least equal to the tuition she would have
had to pay, had she attended veterinary school at the
University of Pennsylvania. That was the only other
veterinary school Wagner considered applying to,
because she grew up in that state.
"I finally had an epiphany and realized that I could -:_-
move to 'the promised land' Florida," Parratto-
Wagner said. "UF accepted me into graduate school and
supported my desire to blend a Ph.D. with a D.V.M."
As the years passed, she promised herself that if the now decE
opportunity arose to give back in a more meaningful desire for
way, she would do so. Wa O'De
"So annual giving to the college and the Pet Memorial program
expanded into the room naming opportunity," Parratto said.
When the new UF Small Animal Hospital opened this past fall,
Parratto-Wagner named an exam room in memory of her parents,
Antoinette N. Parratto and Leonard R. Parratto Jr., and "O'Dee, the
Parratto-Wagner's parents, who were never pet lovers or pet
owners, allowed her to pick her first dog, from a neighbor's litter.
She chose the runt, and her father named the puppy "Oh, God" in
"My parents adored O'Dee, possibly more than they indulged
me," Parratto-Wagner said. "They would have approved...no, they
would have insisted, that we make this sacrifice. My husband, being
the genius that he is, said 'yes'."
Parratto-Wagner feels the new Small Animal Hospital provides
an immediate benefit to veterinarians and their clients in Florida,
southeastern Georgia and the Caribbean.
"The new hospital contains some one-of-a-kind clinical services
that will draw referrals from across the nation and world," she said.
"The featured services listed on the Website just touch on the most
obvious key elements that make this facility unique."
Local residents of Alachua County and surrounding areas will
benefit from the expertise available 24-7 through the new state-of-
the-art emergency service, which integrates into full patient care
services, Parratto-Wagner added.
"The linear accelerator is equivalent to or better than most human
hospitals, allowing patients to receive radiation therapy for many
more conditions than just cancer, i.e., pain control and arterio-
venous malformations, among others," she said. "This is the only
veterinary facility in the state, and possibly east of the Mississippi,
that can provide such a level of care and teach the next generations
One feature Parratto-Wagner, who works as a relief veterinarian
for Pershing Oaks Animal Hospital in Orlando, is specifically
nette and Leonard Parratto,
eased, indulged their daughter's
r a pet.
was Dr. Nanette Parratto-
4 FLORIDA VETERINARIAN
DOO PRFIE Ro and Hidi Fedinn
impressed by is the completely digitized electronic record keeping
system, which she said is more advanced than in most human
"Most people will not get care this carefully monitored," she
said. "This system is so advanced that it is designed to augment the
teaching experience in real time, allowing students to actually see
what is happening in the patient during surgeries, something that
none of my cohorts were able to do with any regularity. Students
will have more exposure to more procedures with much clearer
understanding than has heretofore been possible."
Parratto-Wagner said she would always be grateful to the UF
CVM for offering the education that opened doors to an amazing
and varied career.
"I've never been bored or broke," she said. "I've always been
entertained by my work and couldn't have asked for a better
outcome. Giving back was the least I could do."
By Sarah Carey
Longtime hospital clients honor level of care,
their dogs with exam room gift
H eidi and Rob Ferdinand, residents of
Winter Park, Fla., have been clients
of the UF Small Animal Hospital for more
than 10 years. During that time, they lost
Buster, a Labrador retriever, at the age of 13
to lymphoma after seeing him snap back
from life-threatening medical problems, not
once, but three times.
They've seen their remaining 10-year-old dog, Allie short for
Alligator be transformed from a rescue dog with eyes swollen
shut and severe skin allergies to a smooth-coated, magnificent
golden retriever with bright eyes and a normal life.
When UF's new small animal hospital opened in
November 2010, the Ferdinands felt compelled to
acknowledge, with a significant financial gift, the
quality of care they have consistently received for
"We just have had a really positive experience with
the college, so we decided to donate for an exami-
nation room," Heidi Ferdinand said. "We did this,
one, because of the level of care we have received,
and two, in memory of our dogs that have had care
given to them at UF."
Of the two dogs, Buster received care for the
longest period of time.
"He had the most longevity, but we almost lost
him from health issues at least three times," Heidi
Ferdinand said. "Each time, UF veterinarians were
able to save him."
She said Buster had experienced a ruptured
spleen, a bacterial overgrowth infection and finally,
lymphoma. He recovered from the first two things
and was treated for lymphoma. However, eventually
Buster's cancer spread to his brain. Rob and He
"Unfortunately, we could not prolong his life," Heidi Ferdinand said.
The Ferdinands rescued Allie when she was approximately 6 years old.
"When we first brought her to UF's dermatology service, they told
us they thought she would not be salvageable because her case was
one of the worst they'd ever seen," Heidi Ferdinand said. "It's been a
great experience to see how her condition has turned around. Now
Allie's coat is perfect, and she actually looks like a dog."
The Ferdinands drive more than two hours for every trip they
make to UF, and are glad to do it.
"The quality of care, the staff here it's amazing," Heidi
Ferdinand said. "People know us by our first names. We compare
it to the Mayo Clinic of human health care. We could go to other
specialty practices, but we just feel the level of experience, the care
and compassion at UF is not like anyplace else we've experienced.
That's why we feel UF is kind of a home away from home."
By Sarah Carey
idi Ferdinand with their dogs, Buster, now deceased, and Allie.
FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 5
rs gathered inside the
Sive.ly decorated arrium of the
university of Florida College of Veterinary
Medicine's new Small Animal Hospital on
Oct. 22 for a dedication and ribbon-cutting,
which also recognized donors for their
help in bringing the $58 million project to
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nary college, UF serves an enormous population. "Over time, we'll
need more veterinarians, and the old hospital facility was a choke
point for our growth. We now have the ability to better serve both
students and clinical faculty, and most importantly, the animals we
He called the new hospital "the finest in the world" and thanked
the many internal college and UF staff members, current and
former administrators, architects, contractors, Florida's state vet-
erinarian, the college's alumni council and the Florida Veterinary
Medical Association, as well as state legislators for their support.
UF President Bernie Machen, who makes a rule of not visiting UF
buildings while under construction, stood inside the 100,000 square-
foot hospital for the first time. He called it "an incredible moment."
The new facility, he said, "takes your breath away."
"Sixty percent of American households
have pets," Machen said. "People think
of their pets as families, and these
facilities really are the nation's best."
He added that the UF veterinary
college was one of the special
attributes of the university.
From left to right: Dr. Dana Zimmel,
chief of staff, UF Veterinary Hospitals;
Danny Ponce, UF trustee; Dr. Jack Payne,
senior vice president, UF IFAS; Dr. Glen
Hoffsis, CVM dean; Caty Love, UF veterinary
student; Dr. David Guzick, senior vice
president, UF HSC; Rep. Larry Cretul; Dr.
Bernie Machen, UF president; and Dr. Colin
Burrows, chairman, department of small
animal clinical sciences.
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brought her herc 1u Dr. Dan Lewis, whu, by the way, is the best
veterinary orthopedic surgeon in the world. It turns out Montana
had torn her left rear ACL (anterior cruciate ligament.) I had no
idea dogs even had an ACL. Seven years later, she's still doing
In his introduction of David Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice
president of health affairs and president of the UF&Shands
Health System, Hoffsis noted the uniqueness UF enjoyed by
virtue of being a part of such a major health center, and said
the veterinary college faculty, and ultimately, hospital patients,
benefited from the collaborations this synergy makes possible.
6 FLORIDA VETERINARIAN
spearhead that idea on campus than right here, uuzick said.
"Dr. Michael Schaer said to me earlier this evening, 'This is a
shooting star.' Grab hold of it, and, congratulations."
The new UF Small Animal Hospital triples the previous working
space and contains a fully integrated cancer referral and treatment
service, including a linear accelerator with cone-beam CT (image
guidance) unique to Florida and most of the country.
The hospital also has one of the nation's only veterinary interven-
tional radiology and cardiology facilities.
The building has 22 new examination rooms, 12 surgical suites,
including dedicated and custom rooms for laparoscopy and arthros-
copy, more treatment areas, including facilities for emergency
medicine, intensive care, progressive care and isolation, and an
expanded endoscopy room with laser lithotripsy. The hospital offers
24/7 emergency and critical care services as well as primary care
and dentistry facilities.
By Sarah Carey
In top left photo, Dr. Rowan Milner, Hills Professor of Oncology,
gives an overview of the uses of the new linear accelerator.
Victoria Ford of Jacksonville is shown at right. Below inset photos
show an angled view of the new hospital and a view of the dog
7 r i walk area from a window inside the new building. Guests gather
for the grand opening ceremony on Oct. 22, top right, and the
new catheterization laboratory is shown in below right photo.
Photos by Ray Carson and Russ Bryant
FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 7
Veterinary oncologists break new ground with
S... ......' .. ... N .. 0 I- .1Dh-.*JIJ" lhen Sgt. Troy Fergueson of the Pasco
VV County Sheriffs Office and his wife,
Laura, held a memorial service in Hudson,
Fla., for their beloved dog, a yellow Labrador
named Sophie, more than 100 people paid
their respects. Among them were law-
enforcement officers, friends, and University
of Florida veterinary surgical oncologist
Nick Bacon and veterinary technician Amy
Beaver, who works with the oncology group
at chle LF Small Animal Hospital.
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of her early visits to UF's oncology service for treatment. length of survival in a urethral cancer patient," he said.
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gery associated with the university's McKnight Brain Institute, UF
veterinary oncologists treated Sophie with stereotactic radiosurgery,
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in March, and at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons
meeting in Seattle in October.
Bacon said the addition of a linear accelerator to UF's Small
Animal Hospital, which opened in November, means that stereo-
tactic radiosurgery can now be performed in a veterinary setting
instead of the McKnight Brain Institute, although collaborations
with faculty and staff there will continue.
"Having the linear accelerator located on-site in our hospital
makes everything quicker and simpler," Bacon said. "There will be
no restrictions on when we can do these procedures, so we can treat
our patients even more expeditiously and also take advantage of
other UF veterinary faculty expertise more easily when we need to."
The urethra is found in people and animals and is essentially a
tube exiting the bladder through which urine can leave the body.
"Any tumor, even an early one, can cause complete obstruction,"
Bacon said. "Once there is an obstruction, most animals are put
down within days. Even with other types of therapies, most are put
down within weeks. Chemotherapy has some effect, but it seems
high-dose radiation can also help. Sophie received a combination of
radiation and chemotherapy."
"Sophie's life was extended
as a direct result of the care
she received at UF."
In some cases, using another technologically advanced method
known as interventional imaging, UF veterinarians are able to
temporarily alleviate the obstruction with a urethral stent. The
oncology program purchased stents with private funding in 2007,
and veterinarians learned how to use them, in order to get the
urethral and prostate cancer treatment program off the ground,
"Now we can see a dog with urinary obstruction on day one,
diagnose the problem and stent the urethra under one procedure,"
he said. "Without our interventional program, you might not be
able to go in and 'm l
irradiate the tumor
afterwards, so it's
very important to
have all of these
capabilities on site."
In cases of urethral .d _.
cancer, dogs can al .
be acting entirely ,g
they are unable to
urinate, Bacon said. Sophie touched many lives as an active
member of the K-9 team she was
"So owners have associated with.
a dog that one day
looks normal, then the next day they are being told they have
to put the dog down," he said. "It affects dogs with almost no
warning, and any dog can be affected, These dogs are typically
euthanized after days to weeks. Four of the nine urethral cancer
dogs we treated lived longer than six months, and two lived longer
than one year. With the advanced imaging, advanced radiation and
advanced surgery we offer, we are really furthering the boundaries
of what is treatable in canine cancer."
Oncology veterinary technician Beaver said the memorial held
for Sophie was a reminder of why she loves her job. A poster
she had given the Ferguesons two years ago, which documented
Sophie's care and treatment at UF in scrapbook form, was on
display at the event.
"It was an affirmation that I'm in the right profession," Beaver said.
For more information about the UF Small Animal Hospital or to
make an appointment, see www. vethospitals. ufl. edu or call
By Sarah Carey
FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 9
UF veterinarians save "sponge" dog, warn pet owners to
monitor animals' chewing behavior
Dr. AshleyAllen and Dr. Rob Armanzano are shown with Regal in the UF Small
Animal Hospital during a recent check-up.
WTJh en Faye Johnson unexpectedly lost her 16-year-old shih tzu, Royal, to a heart
VVattack in February 2009, she grieved deeply. The dog was one of her last ties
to her husband, who had passed away eight years earlier. So she sought out Royal's
breeder, and by December, she had Regal: a bright-eyed, silky smooth puppy from
Royal's bloodline that sleeps in the bed with her at night.
10 FLORIDA VETERINARIAN
But one night Regal was having trouble
breathing and woke Johnson up. It became
clear he was fighting for his life.
When Regal arrived at the UF Small
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sponge-like material, but when veterinarians
asked Johnson about their findings, she was
"I asked Mrs. Johnson to just look around
the house while Regal was with us, just to
make sure he didn't have anything hidden
anywhere," Allen said.
Johnson did, and her findings surprised
everyone: Regal had been eating the stuffing
inside of his dog bed.
"He was putting his head under the cover
of the bed and eating the
sponge," Johnson said.
"There is a huge hole in the Withou
sponge. He must have been
eating it for weeks." equ
She added that the
bedding Regal had eaten was Ho!
not visible unless the cover
was completely removed.
removed the sponge material
from Regal's stomach, he remained in the
hospital's Intensive Care Unit over the
Subsequent rechecks have gone well, and
Johnson and UF veterinarians say he is
doing very well.
"He is back to being a happy, playful
puppy," Allen said. "Mrs. Johnson has
disposed of his previous bed and monitors
him closely at home."
Allen added that Regal's case illustrates
that with prompt medical attention,
patients with critical needs can have a good
"Treating these patients successfully
* often requires a team effort between the
multiple clinicians, including the emergency
doctor, the radiologist, the internist and the
anesthesiologist," she said. "I think Regal's
rory also serves as a reminder for owners to
provide puppies with toys and bedding that
rley cannot easily chew up."
It's always good to monitor closely any pet
playing with a stuffed toy, and to dispose of
the toy if the pet starts tearing it up.
"Crate training puppies is also a good
idea, so that they don't get into things while
unsupervised," Allen said. "Puppies are
much like toddlers who are just learning to
walk. They like to be naughty and get into
anything within their reach."
In Regal's case, Johnson didn't even know
he had been chewing on the bedding, Allen
t the doctors and the excellent
ipment at the UF Small Animal
spital, Regal would have died,"
"She is a wonderful owner who loves
Regal with all her heart," Allen said. "Now
that she knows he has a habit of eating
things, I think she will be making some
environmental changes at home to try to
prevent this from happening again."
As for Johnson, she is thankful she was
able to get her puppy the help he needed to
save his life.
"Without the doctors and the excellent
equipment at the UF Small Animal
Hospital, Regal would have died," Johnson
said. "I barely got him there in time. Every
person I have come in contact with at
the UF Small Animal Hospital has been
extremely pleasant and the quality of care
cannot be surpassed."
For more information about the UF
Veterinary Hospitals, visit www.vethospitals.
By Sarah Carey
FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 11
Small animal expertise boosts treatment of baby horse
at UF Large Animal Hospital
WT hen a quarter horse colt born with
a severely deformed right hind
limb arrived at the University of Florida's
Large Animal Hospital last May, equine
veterinarians recognized that traditional
methods used for straightening abnormal
legs in foals would not work. But several
months, procedures and one small animal
surgeon later, the foal is living the good
life at home in Palmetto, Fla., running and
training on four good legs.
"Traditionally, when you perform an acute correction, you break
the leg and then plate it, all at once," said Ali Morton, D.V.M.,
assistant professor of large animal surgery at UF "In this case, the
amount of correction needed would have probably compromised
the blood supply and the lower part of the limb likely would have
died. There also is a significant risk of infection, which is why
these types of procedures often fail in horses, even in the best
Morton then consulted one of her colleagues who treats small
animals at the UF Veterinary Hospitals Dan Lewis, D.V.M., a
professor of small animal orthopedic surgery and an internationally
respected expert on the correction of limb deformities. For more
than a decade, Lewis has used a technique in which the deformed
bone is cut surgically, and an device called a circular external
skeletal fixator secures and gradually straightens the bone a
process called distraction osteogenesis. The gap that forms between
the bone segments fills in quickly with new bone.
"Dr. Lewis has contributed significantly to the literature on
distraction osteogenesis, so we called him, and he looked at
the foal's leg," Morton said. "Our biggest concern was its size, since
at 5 weeks old, this foal weighed 220 pounds and was much bigger
than your average dog."
Traditionally in horses, the fixator is pinned to the bone
segments. But it quickly became evident that pins were not the
"Within 24 hours, the foal bent some of the pins," Morton said.
"Within 48 hours, he broke one pin. By then, we were at the point
of either trying something different, or euthanasia."
UF's veterinary team was literally down to the wire an "olive"
As a last resort, Lewis contacted John Madden from Smith and
Nephew, a company that manufactures circular fixators for human
patients. The foal's fixator was made from components used in dogs
and cats. Madden provided olive wires, which contain a bead, or
"olive," secured along the wire's length. These wires, when applied
under tension, provided the stability to resist the incredible forces
imposed by the 220-pound foal.
Lewis was familiar with the product because he had used this
human system to successfully stabilize a fracture in a tiger.
"We didn't know what would happen, but we were willing to
try," Morton said. She spoke to Anne Prince, owner of the foal, and
explained the options.
The Princes own a quarter horse farm in Palmetto, and are
longtime clients of the UF Veterinary Hospitals.
"Mrs. Prince said, 'Let's try it,"' Morton said. "She said we
shouldn't give up unless things got to the point that the foal was
suffering. So we took out the broken pins and put in four olive
wires, and over the course of the following three weeks, it seemed
to be working."
Five weeks later, additional surgery was performed, during which
additional wires were placed for reinforcement. Serial radiographs
and measurements confirmed that the deformity had been
corrected and the fracture gap just needed to fill in with new bone.
In time the leg had healed to the point that veterinarians began
to stage removals of rings and wires. A CT scan was
performed on the foal's leg, and he remained at the UF Large
Animal Hospital until his discharge.
"To my knowledge, this is the first time sequential correction,
which employs a circular fixator and distraction osteogenesis, has
been used to correct a limb deformity in a horse," Lewis said.
Morton credited Lewis and the foal's owners, the Princes, along
with the foal himself for the case's ultimately successful outcome.
"The only reason this worked was first, Dr. Lewis, but also the
Princes, who treat all of their animals very well and allowed us to
do everything we did," Morton said. "The foal was also an excellent
patient the entire time."
By Sarah Carey
On the day of the foal's discharge, Dr. Ali Morton and the UF
Large Animal Hospital patient care team presented the foal's
owners, Chester and Anne Prince, with a framed photo of their
foal, signed by all members of the care team, along with vital
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Gainesville resident says family dog's survival
a holiday 'miracle'
A although the holidays were tough
this year for the Palmer family of
Gainesville, they are grateful for what they
call their "little survival miracle" a toy
rat terrier, Bindi, whose presence gives them
much to be thankful for.
"At the beginning of October, I lost my 22-year-old son in
a horrible event that will take me a long time to get over," said
Elizabeth Palmer, a network administrator at the University of
"About three weeks after his passing, another family member and
I forgot to check on Bindi's location when I left for work. It turns
out that she had been left with our larger dogs instead of with her
half-sister, Sarah. When my 14- and 16-year-old daughters came
home from school, they found Bindi in a bloody mess and barely
Palmer took the dog to her local veterinarian, who advised her to
take Bindi to the UF Small Animal Hospital due to the severity of
When the family arrived at UF, Bindi was immediately taken
back to the emergency area and assessed.
"The doctors came out and described what they had done and all
the care and surgeries that would be needed in hopes of keeping her
alive," Palmer said. "They estimated the cost, which was a burden
on our family, but we immediately agreed. We were willing to
spend whatever we could to keep her alive."
The family visited Bindi
every day. At first, it seemed
doubtful that she would
"Bindi sustained a
substantial amount of
muscle and vascular
damage to her left hind leg,
and also to her neck and
right hind leg," said Marije
Risselada, D.V.M., Ph.D.,
a clinical assistant professor
of small animal surgery at
UE "We performed two
on her left hind leg in order
to close the entire wound."
Elizabeth Palmer with her dog,
Bindi, during the day of Bindi's
UF veterinary surgeon Marije Risselada is shown with Bindi
during a recheck at UF's Small Animal Hospital in November.
For the first six days, UF veterinary surgeons treated Bindi with
a specialized wound care system, called vacuum assisted closure,
which is a treatment method frequently used by UF veterinary
Slowly, Bindi's condition improved.
"It seemed like every other day she had another surgery, but in
just a couple of weeks, she was ready to go home, with only one
wound still left to close," Palmer said. "She is our little survival
After she was discharged from UF Bindi accompanied Palmer to
work every day. Palmer wanted to keep a close eye on her pet, and
it was convenient to drive across campus with Bindi for additional
treatments of the remaining open wound.
"Once that wound healed, I continued to take Bindi to work
with me," Palmer said. "She began to love the car rides and the
trips down the hall when I would visit my coworkers to help them
with their software issues."
"Charlie's death has forever changed my life," Palmer said. "It
would have been unbearable to have lost Bindi, too. We very much
needed this happy ending right now."
By Sarah Carey
FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 17
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UF veterinarians help cat survive
'bobcat fever' parasite
A 5-year-old domestic shorthair cat
named Franky is at home in Micanopy
with his owners after successful treatment
at the University of Florida Small Animal
Hospital for an infection with a deadly
blood parasite most people have never
heard of- cytauxzoon. It's the first time
UF veterinarians say they remember seeing,
much less successfully treating, such a case.
UF veterinarians used a new treatment protocol they hope will
help them save more animals diagnosed with cytauxzoon, pro-
nounced Sie-Tow-Zoh-aN), also known as bobcat fever, in the
"This parasite is not that rare, but almost all animals afflicted
with it die quickly, so we usually don't see them here," said Gareth
Buckley, VetM.B., a clinical assistant professor and emergency and
critical care specialist at UE Owned by John Prosser and Ann
Murray of Micanopy, Franky first began showing signs of illness in
"We were walking around our yard one morning and noticed
Franky was behaving a little strangely," Murray said. "He drinking
out of the pool, crouched down. We thought we needed to get him
to the vet, that maybe he had a bladder infection."
Prosser and Murray took the animal to their veterinarian, Dr.
Molly Pearson, who kept him overnight for observation. The
following morning, Pearson called the couple and recommended
they take the cat to UF, as his condition had deteriorated.
"We brought him over and saw Dr. Ashley Allen from the
emergency service," Murray said.
"She helped us figure out how we needed to proceed."
Basic bloodwork was performed and Allen, an intern in small
animal medicine and surgery, noticed the presence of parasites in
red blood cells. Further diagnostics by UF veterinary pathologists
confirmed that the parasite was cytauxzoon.
"Dr. Allen actually drove to the pharmacy in the middle of the
night, since the new treatment protocol we used called for antipro-
tozoal drugs we do not keep in stock," Buckley said.
Franky remained very sick for several days. Veterinarians used
diuretics to rid the cat of fluid in his lungs -and administered
oxygen for two
tinal bleeding that
resulted in two
sions during his
weeklong hospital -
kst o. John Prosser and his wife, Ann Murray, with Franky
stay. following the cat's successful treatment at UF for
"He also had infection with the cytauxzoon parasite.
a low white cell
due to infection," Buckley said, adding that treatment with the
antiprotozoal drugs, antibiotics and nutrition administered through
a feeding tube continued until Franky's condition slowly improved.
Franky's owners had looked up cytauxzoon infection online and
realized their cat's illness could be fatal.
Yet, they never lost hope.
"He was struggling hard, but we felt optimistic that Franky was
fighting and staying alive," Murray said. "It was touch and go for
a few days, and Dr. Allen was wonderfully conscientious about
keeping us informed and helping us understand the process,
Murray said. "We knew that she and the other veterinarians were
truly pulling for Franky's recovery and that meant so much to us."
Although she and Prosser have two other cats, Ann said Franky
was the most "people friendly" of the three, and had never been
"That's partly why we wanted to give him this chance," she said.
"We always hoped for the best and tried to do whatever we could
Soon after Franky went home, he began to improve dramatically,
although it took a few days for his appetite to return to normal.
"Rechecks indicate that Franky is a happy, health cat with no
long-term side effects," Buckley said.
"The important thing is that although infection with this parasite
happens when it happens, we want veterinarians as well as members
of the public to know that we have now shown that we can success-
fully treat these cases."
The protocol UF veterinarians used to treat Franky was reported
at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicines annual
meeting, during a presentation Allen attended.
"Luckily, Dr. Allen was in that talk," Buckley said.
By Sarah Carey
FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 19
Large animal faculty member
drives multiple agendas
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again. Put another way, if she's not, she
will be soon.
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FLCORIDA, ETERINARIAN 23
Honors, Awards, Appont'ments& Announcements
Gibbs named associate dean
Paul Gibbs, B.V.Sc., Ph.D., a
veterinarian and virologist in the
University of Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine's department of
infectious diseases and p arl .1... ,, has
been named associate dean for students
and instruction at the college.
Gibbs has served as a member of UF's
veterinary faculty since 1979, when he
became a founding member. He has
been a full professor in the college since P A
1981 and also holds joints appointment Dr. Paul Gibbs
with the College of Medicine's department of molecular genetics
and microbiology as well as with the College of Public Health and
Health Professions' department of environmental and global health.
He was instrumental in the establishment of a joint Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine/Masters of Public Health degree program
offered by the colleges of veterinary medicine and PHHP in 2007.
Between five and 10 freshmen enroll in this program every year.
Gibbs is previous past chairman of the college's curriculum
committee and works with state and other governmental agencies
to aid in the identification of foreign animal diseases, a subject for
which he has developed an online continuing education course for
Gibbs also has developed a course in International Animal
Health aimed at veterinarians practicing in the developing world.
In addition, he has helped Florida middle and high school students
learn more about emerging diseases by partnering with science
teachers throughout the state to provide them with training tools
on emerging diseases.
From 1994-1999, Gibbs directed UF's International Center,
serving as the university's chief international officer. As a virologist,
his career focus continues on the international control and
eradication of emerging viral diseases having epidemic potential.
Gibbs said it was a "great privilege" to accept his new position at
such an exciting and pivotal time.
"In the 31 years since I was appointed as one of the founding
faculty of the college, I have seen the college mature and the
university grow in stature and size," Gibbs said. "Now, with the
new state-of-the-art UF Small Animal Hospital opening soon
and an increased student enrollment to 100 students per year, the
college is entering a new phase of its history."
He said the changing world we live in and particularly the past
10 years have been particularly challenging.
"The events of 9/11, the spate of emerging diseases, increasing
concern over the environment, the exponential increase in
computerized information and the recent economic crisis have
changed the role of the veterinary profession here in the United
States and indeed worldwide," Gibbs said. "Veterinarians are now
involved in protecting and promoting animal and human health in
so many more ways than just a decade ago."
He added that the sophistication of modern surgery and
medicine continues to grow, along with the number of veterinary
graduates who choose to specialize further after receiving their
"While many of our graduates continue to enter practice in the
U.S., a surprisingly large number are serving in the military, the
pharmaceutical industry, state and federal government and other
less traditional roles," he said. "Our graduates span the globe. The
nation expects much of our veterinary students, but they have
much to offer."
Gibbs added, "I hope that in some small way, I can help them be
better prepared to meet the myriad challenges of the 21st century
and to become 'citizens of the world."'
Brooks presents Milne Lecture at
Dennis Brooks, D.V.M., Ph.D.,
a professor of ophthalmology at
the University of Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine, presented the
prestigious Frank J. Milne State-of-the-
Art Lecture at the annual meeting of
the American Association of Equine
Practitioners in Baltimore in December
Brooks' lecture, titled "Catastrophic
Ocular Surface Failure in the Horse," Dr Dennis Brooks
addressed the latest approaches to
handling severe corneal conditions in horses, which he says most
practitioners will encounter during their careers.
An internationally recognized expert in canine and equine
glaucoma, Brooks also specializes in infectious keratitis and corneal
transplantation of horses. He has performed close to 300 successful
corneal transplants in horses, more than anyone in the world.
He received his board certification from the American College
of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1984 and has served as a full
professor at UF's veterinary college since 1998.
Among the numerous awards Brooks has received for his
teaching and research are the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence
and the British Equine Veterinary Association's Sir Frederick
Smith Memorial Lecture and Medal. He was named the Western
Veterinary Conference Continuing Educator of the Year in the
equine category in 2007. In addition, Brooks served as president of
the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists from 1997
to 1998. He authored the book "Equine Ophthalmology," which
was published in 2002 and 2007.
Two former UF faculty members have also presented the Milne
lecture, including Joe Mayhew, B.V.Sc., in 1999, and Alfred
Merritt, D.V.M., in 2003.
The Milne lecture was created in 1997 to bring a meaningful
learning experience to AAEP members and to recognize an
individual with a distinguished career in research and discovery
who has presented and published their findings in a specific area of
24 FLORIDA VETERINARIAN
CVM fundraiser honored by peers
Karen Legato, senior director of development and alumni affairs
for the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, has
become the first recipient of the University of Florida Foundation's
Debbie Klapp Memorial Award.
Legato was selected by a committee consisting of five Foundation
administrators. Criteria for the award include unique overall
achievement, strong collaboration, mentorship, and creativity in
approaching job, career and life. Recipients must be employed for
at least five years as a UF fundraiser.
Licensed pharmacist, -
Klapp, who died of a
cancer in 2007, served *
for many years as the j .
for UF's College of
Pharmacy and the 1
Warrington College of
Carter Boydstun, senior
associate vice president
for development at the
Foundation. "She was
a strong advocate for
her donors and for her
unit. She was creative, Karen Legato and her horse, Gator
aggressive and delightful
and an extremely well-rounded person."
In addition to her professional role, Klapp was an accomplished
golfer and painter who "was a great team player," Boydstun said.
"Debbie embodied everything that a successful development officer
At the time of Klapp's untimely death at the age of 56, she had
not only gained the largest gift in the history of the College of
Pharmacy, but also the largest gift in the history of the Warrington
College of Business and UE
"The recipient of the Debbie Klapp award most closely mirrors
those exceptional professional and personal characteristics that
made her loved and admired by her peers," Boydstun added.
Legato, a member of the UF veterinary college's development
staff since 1999, has 27 years of professional fundraising experience.
She has worked with donor events, corporate solicitations and
campus campaigns, and was promoted into her present position at
the college in 2008.
"Having known Debbie personally, I am deeply honored
and touched to be the first person to receive the Debbie Klapp
Memorial Award for doing the work I genuinely love," Legato said.
Since Legato has been at UF, the college has consistently ranked
in the top 10 of the 28 fundraising units across campus, both in
terms of money raised and percentage of goal achieved.
Mary Ann Kiely, associate vice president for development for the
UF Health Science Center and vice president for development of
Shands HealthCare, said Legato had done a great job of building a
well-rounded development program for the veterinary college, and
in doing so, had set the bar high for other development programs.
"Karen is a hard worker, and is well-liked and respected by her
peers here at UF as well as in the national veterinary organizations,"
Kiely said. "Karen did an excellent job raising the profile of the new
Small Animal Hospital among her constituency with her passion
for animals and her respect and admiration for the faculty at UF
Professor emeritus of infectious
diseases honored by epidemiology
Paul Nicoletti, D.V.M., a professor
emeritus of infectious diseases at
the University of Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine, was presented
with the 2010 Karl E Meyer-James H.
Steele Gold Head Cane Award during
the American Veterinary Medical
Association's annual meeting in Atlanta
The award is the highest honor given to
a veterinarian by the American Veterinary
Epid, mi..1.._ Society. The group selects Dr. Paul Nicoletti
the awardee on the basis of achievements
in animal health that have significantly advanced human health
through the practice of veterinary epidemiology and public health.
A 1956 graduate of the University of Missouri's College of
Veterinary Medicine, Nicoletti retired from the UF veterinary
faculty in 2003. During his 25 years of service at UF, he taught
courses in infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health and food
Nicoletti's career began at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
in Missouri, with later duties in Wisconsin, New York, Mississippi
and Florida. He served as an epizootiologist in Tehran, Iran, from
1968 to 1972 with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the
United Nations prior to beginning his academic career at UF in
An internationally recognized expert in brucellosis, Nicoletti has
amassed many awards in his career, including Distinguished Service
awards from both the University of Missouri and UE As a tribute
to Nicoletti's professional contributions and service to the cattle
industry, a private $1.3 million contribution was recently made to
the UF College of Veterinary Medicine in his name.
FLORIDA VETERINARIAN 25
Honors, Awards, Appont'ments& Announcements
UF veterinary administrator honored
for contributions to animal clinical
John W. Harvey, D.V.M., Ph.D., ,,,
executive associate dean and a professor .
of hematology at the University of
Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, i
has received the 2010 Heiner Sommer
Prize from the International Society
for Animal Clinical Pathology. The
award is given in recognition of lifetime
contributions to the field of animal
As this year's winner, Harvey presented Dr. John Harvey
the keynote Heiner Sommer Lecture
during the society's 14th biannual Congress, held at Oregon State
A board-certified veterinary clinical pathologist, Harvey has
been a member of UF's veterinary college faculty since 1974.
His scholastic accomplishments include the publication of 113
refereed papers many describing syndromes not previously
recognized in both veterinary and human medicine, three
books, 46 book chapters, 56 proceedings papers, 65 abstracts and
31 research grants. He is an accomplished lecturer both nationally
and internationally, having participated in more than 250 major
seminar engagements throughout the world.
Harvey is a past president and treasurer of the society, and has
held numerous leadership roles in other organizations, including
the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, of which
he is a past president and board member. He has served on the
examination committee of the American College of Veterinary
Pathologists and has been a member of several other national and
state veterinary associations.
Earlier this year, Harvey received the 2010 Mark L. Morris Sr.
Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifetime contributions to the
field of comparative hematology. Among Harvey's other awards are
the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, the American Association
of Feline Practitioners Research Award, the Alumni Recognition
Award from Kansas State University and the American Society for
Veterinary Clinical P url.. .._', Lifetime Achievement Award.
UF veterinary researcher to chair
international scientific group
Daniel Brown, Ph.D., a scientist at
the University of Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine, has been voted
chairman-elect of the International
Organization for Mycoplasmology, a
nonprofit scientific group dedicated to
the study of a type of bacteria that infect
a wide variety of animals and plants. His
term will be from 2012 to 2014.
An associate professor in the college's
department of infectious diseases and
p arl.. .l..,, Brown also chaired the Dr. Dan Brown
scientific program committee for the 18th International Congress of
the IOM, which was held in Chianciano Terme, Italy, in July 2010.
Brown's work focuses on genetic and taxonomic analyses of
pathogenic mycoplasmas and the diseases they may cause in
animals and humans.
His research has been supported by the National Institutes of
Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Morris Animal
Foundation, the UF University Scholars Program and the Merck-
Merial Veterinary Scholars Program.
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P.O. Box 100125
Gainesville, FL 32610-0125
UF's annual Spring Weekend, featuring the
traditional Orange and Blue Game. The
Class of 1986 will hold its 25th anniversary
reunion and there will be a Silver Society
reception that evening at Emerson Alumni
Open House is back! Following a two-year
hiatus due to construction, the public is in-
vited to attend the UF CVM and SCAVMA
Open House. Tours of the UF Veterinary
Hospitals will be provided. The free event
will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Florida Veterinary Medical Association
will hold its annual conference in Orlando,
with a UF CVM alumni reception planned
for April 30. Contact Jo Ann Winn at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The traditional sophomore professional
coating ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at
the UF Phillip's Center for the Performing
Commencement exercises for the UF CVM
Class of 2011 will be held at the Phillips
Center for the Performing Arts at 2 p.m.
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