th e NEWS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Katie Horne, '08, Dr. Gail
Kunkle, Tiffany Holcomb,
'08, and Dr. Maureen Long
gather prior to
for the Class of 2008. For
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UF receives $1.7 million grant to And they're off!
expand shelter medicine program 83 students receive D.V.M.. degrees.
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BY SARAH CAREY
T he University of Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine has received a
$1.7 million grant from Maddie's
Fund to create a comprehensive shelter medicine
program that will enhance support for local
animal rescue operations, improve disease
control and adoption rates among shelter
animals and expand professional training to fill
the current shortage of skilled providers in this
The three-year grant will establish the
Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at UF and
will build upon UF's existing shelter medicine
program. Through that program, which was
created in 2003, veterinary students gain clinical Rt P eJ. 1 tv t,
experience by providing spay/neuter surgeries to
animals awaiting adoption at the local animal
"This is a transitional time for the animal welfare field as growing demand for animal-
friendly solutions is challenging traditional sheltering paradigms," said Julie Levy, D.VM.,
Ph.D., who was a co-investigator on the grant and who will become the Maddie's professor of Dca- GIC,, .. ,sell .,,Irs,,r .:i ,:re, r lary crar.J..er ,Aer .,,, or K ,,'
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"There is an international desire to shift from a reactive animal control model in which s e,
massive numbers of animals are processed through shelters with an overall high euthanasia rate
to one in which proactive preventive measures reduce shelter admissions with individualized
programs tailored to different types of animals to result in higher save rates," Levy added.
The college's existing shelter medicine program was founded by Natalie Isaza, D.VM., UF's
Merial clinical assistant professor of shelter medicine, and has grown in popularity among
veterinary students in recent years.
Dr. Cynda Crawford, a UF scientist, will become the Maddie's clinical assistant professor of
shelter medicine. A codiscoverer of the canine influenza virus, Crawford will work closely with
Isaza and Levy to implement additional clinical and educational programs aimed at educating
not only veterinary students but also technicians and others associated with shelter efforts.
Existing partnerships with Alachua County and local animal rescue groups will also be
enhanced through the new grant.
Levy said UF was uniquely positioned to become a center of excellence in shelter medicine
in the southeastern United States because of its diverse faculty expertise, its location in a
region with a large number of animal shelters and rescue groups, and a highly supportive
Maddie's Fund has also worked closely with Drs. Levy, Crawford and Isaza on Maddie's Pet
Rescue Project in Alachua County.
"We are thrilled to expand our relationship with this incredibly talented team of veterinar-
ians," said Maddie's Fund President, Rich Avanzino. "I'm certain their work in shelter medicine
will take this emerging field to a whole new level."
Alameda, Calif.-based Maddie's Fund@, The Pet Rescue Foundation,
(www.maddiesfund.org) is a family foundation funded by Workday and PeopleSoft Founder
Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie's Fund@ is helping to create a no-kill nation where
all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home.
To achieve this goal, Maddie's Fund@ is investing its resources in building community
collaborations where animal welfare organizations can come together to develop successful
models of lifesaving; in veterinary colleges to help shelter medicine become part of the
veterinary curriculum; within private practice veterinarians to encourage greater participation
in the animal welfare cause; and through the implementation of national strategies to collect
and report shelter statistics.
Maddie's Fund@ is named after the family's beloved miniature schnauzer, who passed away
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Students benefit from Merck summer
BY SARAH CAREY
Fifteen UF veterinary students, all rising sophomores, will have the opportunity to gain
research experience in the laboratories of faculty mentors as participants in the 2008
Merck-Merial Summer Research program.
"A total of 15 outstanding proposals were received and we were fortunate to be able to
fund all 15 applicants," said Kevin Anderson, an associate professor in the UF College of
Veterinary Medicine's department of physiological sciences who serves as program director.
"This was achieved by a grant from Merck-Merial combined with funding sources adminis-
tered through Dr. Courtney's office (the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.)
Although two applicants subsequently received individual grants from another source,
they are still considered part of the program, he said.
"Through Dr. Anderson's efforts, our outside funding has
increased from $4,000 last year to $21,250 this year."
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Dr. John Harvey, chairman of the department of physiological sciences, attributed this
year's large number of student participants to Anderson's leadership.
"Through Dr. Anderson's efforts, our outside funding has increased from $4,000 last year
to $21,250 this year," said Harvey. "This money, plus additional funds administered by our
office of research and graduate studies, will pay for approved students to receive a weekly
stipend of $425 while they are pursuing their research projects working in the labs of UF
Anderson said the program has been offered to freshman veterinary students, even
sometimes without funding from Merck-Merial, since 2003.
Students approved for participation in the program and their mentors include Lexi
Abramson (Dr. David Freeman); Santiago Diaz (Dr. Ramiro Isaza); Lara Fine (Dr. Roger Reep);
Nikki Helmers (Dr. Don Samuelson); Amanda-Jo Joswig (Dr. Murray Brown); Tyrell Kahan (Dr.
Ellis Greiner); Sarah Kelley (Dr. Carlos Romero); Carrie Lawson (Dr. Mary Brown); Leo cheow-a ..- .r- I, h.-lli- .. :.-d v C-r.l Bnl .1 J pil-r rr hl al tihe S :' m.A im.Al
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Larkin); Jess Rivera (Dr. Linda Hayward); Shannon Roff (Dr. Maureen Long); Elijah Rooney
(Dr. Mike Walsh); and Meghan Tibbs (Dr. Terry Curtis.)
2008 Alumni Council Distinguished Award Winners named
BY SARAH CAREY
A South Florida equine practitioner, a professor emeritus of small animal
neurology, a small animal surgeon and the director of the University of Florida's
mobile equine diagnostic service will be honored for their career accomplishments
by the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.
Four awards were given through the 2008 Distinguished Award program, which is spon-
sored by the college's alumni council and offers recognition to deserving alumni, faculty and
others who have contributed meaningfully to UF and/or to the veterinary profession.
Dr. Robert Boswell of Wellington, a 1985 graduate of the UF veterinary college and owner
of Palm Beach Equine Clinic, received the Alumni Achievement Award. Boswell also serves as
director of imaging at the clinic, and is a founding member of the Florida Association of
Equine Practitioners, an organization that provides continuing education and gives a voice to
equine clinicians from all over the state. He served as president of FAEP from 2004-05.
Boswell specializes in sport horse lameness and diagnostic imaging. His clientele includes
Olympic-caliber riders in the fields of dressage and jumping.
The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was given to Dr. Michael Porter, a clinical assistant
professor at the UF veterinary college. Porter received his D.VM. and Ph.D. degrees from the UF
veterinary college in 1998 and 2001, respectively. He also completed a residency in large
animal medicine at UF in 2004.
As director of the college's Mobile Equine Diagnostic Service, Porter takes state-of-the-art
imaging technology on the road to be more widely available to horse owners and veterinarians.
Dr. Cheryl Chrisman, a longtime faculty member and a professor of small animal neurology
at UF until her retirement in 2007, has received the college's Distinguished Service Award. She
has received multiple Teacher of the Year awards from UF veterinary students and has a long
list of both clinical and research accomplishments.
A board-certified veterinary neurologist, Chrisman served as the small animal neurology
service chief for many years and has written two textbooks as well as many articles in presti-
gious journals in her field. Chrisman has mentored countless students as well as residents in
small animal neurology during her academic career at UF and also has been active in organized
veterinary medicine. She served as president of the American College of Veterinary Neurolo-
gists and has chaired the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine's board of regents.
She also holds certification in veterinary acupuncture and continues to serve as editor-in-
chief of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
The award for special service to the veterinary profession went to Dr. Gary Ellison, a
professor and chief of small animal surgery at UF A UF faculty member since 1983, Ellison is a
highly respected and internationally recognized authority in soft tissue surgery. Through his
leadership, the UF veterinary surgery team has progressed into the microsurgery and renal
Ellison is also a very popular and successful continuing education speaker, having given
more than 120 presentations to various groups seeking to enhance their awareness of small
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The awards were presented May 24 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts during
college commencement exercises.
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