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Title: Veterinary page. July 2008.
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Fiona Maunsell^

Fiona Maunsell

G graduate research
assistant Fiona
Maunsell was born and
raised in a small rural town
in southeastern Australia.
Always surrounded by
animals of one variety or
another, Maunsell had
wanted to be a veterinarian
for as long as she can
In 1990, Maunsell
received her veterinary
degree from the University
of Melbourne in Australia.
She took a year off to travel
around Africa, where she
met her husband, an
American. For the next
three years, Maunsell
worked in mixed private
See MA UNSELL, p.4

...use of "vacuum assisted
closure" pump thought to be
the first for wound treatment
in an animal


ASiberian tiger cub named Freedom
recuperating at the University of
Florida's Veterinary Medical
Teaching Hospital following unique treat-
ment for wounds inflicted by another tiger.
Freedom is owned by Thunderhawk
Enterprises, a private not-for-profit organiza-
tion in Brevard County that rescues big cats.
Born Sept. 28, she initially was admitted
to UF veterinary hospital on Nov. 5 with
multiple lacerations to her back and ears after
falling into an adjacent den and being
attacked by another tiger.
Despite surgery and treatment with
antibiotics to fight infection, Freedom's
wounds were not healing properly, so UF
veterinarians contacted the bum center team
at Shands at the University of Florida.
Using a technique known as negative
pressure therapy, UF physicians and nurses
have treated Freedom's wounds and helped
veterinarians monitor her progress. The
treatment technique involves the use of a
tight bandage and a pump that suctions fluid
from the wound, causing tissue to granulate
and eventually heal.
While commonly used in human medi-
cine for the treatment of chronic and acute
wounds, this is believed to be the first time
the technique has been used for wound care
in an animal.
"The technique has been available for
See CUB, p.2

Dr. David Mozingo changes Freedom's bandage while Elijah
Rooney, right, assists and Dr. Jason Wheeler, left, a veterinary

Veterinary technician Lenny Laraio offers a morsel of food to
Freedom shortly after her first wound therapy treatments.

Tiercu rcivs niueterpy hl


C aCoalition Event

A"Home for the Holi
days" pet
doptathon co-
sponsored by the college and
numerous other animal welfare
organizations was extremely
successful, said the college's
event coordinator, Dr. Julie
"The VAB was like the mall,
there were so many people
here," Levy said.
Research and clinic techni-
cians started out bathing dogs

at the Alachua County Animal
Shelter prior to the event. Then
on Sunday, staff and students
helped set up the displays,
staff exhibits and clean up at
the end.
"More than 100 dogs, cats,
kittens, puppies, bunnies and
a pot-bellied pig came with 12
different rescue groups," Levy
"This was a great public
service on the part of the
college." U

Veterinary technician Natalie Carse with a cat up for adoption.

CUB, from p.1
four or five years and has become standard in our treatment of
wounds in human medicine," said Dr. David Mozingo, associate
professor in UF's department of surgery and anesthesia and
director of the Shands at UF burn center.
"The vacuum-assisted dressings are extremely effective; the
pump brings fluid up and helps bring vascularization to the area.
It really increases the healing time."
UF veterinarians say Freedom's wounds are healing well and
hope to send her home in a few weeks. *

This cat was one of several who were brought to the UF
veterinary college by various animal rescue organizations to be
adopted during the No More Homeless Pets Coalition

The Veterinary Page is published monthly for
faculty, staff and students of the UF College of
Veterinary Medicine. Story ideas are welcome and
should be submitted to Sarah Carey, editor, at P.O.
Box 100125 or
e-mail her at:

-ainhA CULT

Dr IJohn]miE i H 'arve reeives L KLnsast m S~tarte alumnium rward

D r. John Harvey
professor and chair
of the college's
department of physiological
sciences, has received an
alumni recognition award from
Kansas State University's
College of Veterinary Medicine.
Harvey is one of two
Kansas State alumni to receive
the award, which was be-
stowed Jan. 13 during the
North American Veterinary
Conference in Orlando.
The award is given to
acknowledge time and effort
devoted to the veterinary
profession, and for serving as
exemplary role models for
future alumni of the Kansas
State veterinary college.
A Kansas native, Harvey
earned both his bachelor's and

D.V.M. degrees from Kansas
State. He went on to complete
his Ph.D. from the University
of California-Davis in 1974 and
has been board certified in
clinical pathology by the
American College of Veterinary
Pathologists (Clinical Pathol-
ogy) since 1977.
Harvey's research interests
are comparative hematology
and erythrocyte enzyme
deficiencies. He discovered and
named the Eii, i i,,i platys
organism that infects dog
platelets and, along with co-
workers, first recognized and
reported four different inher-
ited erythrocyte enzyme
Among the honors Harvey
has received at UF are the
Daniels Pharmaceutical Senior

Clinical Investigator Award in
1993 and the Norden Distin-
guished Teacher Award in 1984.
He received the C.L Davis
Foundation Journal Scholar-
ship Award in 1991.
Harvey is a former presi-
dent of the American Society
for Veterinary Clinical Pathol-
ogy and also served a four-year
term on the Morris Animal
Foundation's scientific
advisory board.
He has published more than
120 journal articles and book
chapters concerning compara-
tive hematology, and has
presented more than 170
scientific and continuing
education talks and seminars.
Harvey has been a member
of UF's veterinary faculty since
1974. 0

Al I cIaTIitBS:] Feline mon erence i] Feb.2


Calling all cat lovers:
The University of
Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine's annual
conference for feline fanatics
will be held all day Feb. 2 at
the Reitz Union in Gainesville.
Beginning at 8 a.m.,
registrants will hear a variety
of presentations by UF veteri-
nary experts and other speak-
ers on topics ranging from
feline anemia, heartworm, how
to handle eye problems in your
cat and more. Raw food diets
and how to make life easier for
cats with chronic disease are
also topics on the agenda.
The popular "parade of cat
breeds" will take place during
the lunch break, followed by

additional lectures in the
afternoon. An update on new
testing and management of
feline leukemia and feline
immunodeficiency viruses will
be given then, as well as a
session addressing cat behavior
from kitten socialization
through maturation during
various stages of life.
A spay-neuter practice
owner will present a
veterinarian's perspective
about establishing a low-cost
spay-neuter clinic, and a feline
first-aid clinic will be held.
Tours of the college's Small
Animal Hospital will be
available following the day's
presentations and prior to an
"Entrees in Expertise" dinner,
which is offered for an addi-
tional fee. The dinner allows
participants the opportunity to

interact in a relaxed social
setting with conference
Previously known as the
Cat Owner's and Breeder's
Symposium, the Cat Confer-
ence also offers associated
events, such as screening
clinics for polycystic kidney
disease, hypertrophic cardi-
omyopathy and FeLV/FIV,
which will be held Feb. 1.
Those who wish will have the
opportunity to visit the feral
cat spay/neuter clinic known
as "Operation Catnip" on Feb.
Registration is $69, or $89
for the conference plus the
Entrees in Expertise dinner.
Phone (352) 392-1701 to
register, or sign up on-line I

Dr. John Harvey

Booklet, result of UF
study, provides info
about seizure-
assisting dogs

A brief study conducted at
UF in 1999 has resulted in a
printed booklet that provides
comprehensive information
about seizure-assisting dogs.
The target audience will be
individuals with seizure
disorders, their caregivers and
health care providers, said Deb
Dalziel, research laboratory
manager/clinical research
coordinator in the department
of neuroscience at the UF
McKnight Brain Institute.
The $5 booklet addresses
what can realistically be
expected from the dog,
potential benefits of problems,
how to obtain a dog, and other
important topics.
Dalziel worked with Drs.
Roger Reep, associate professor,
in the CVM's department of
physiological sciences, and Dr.
Basim Uthman, college of
medicine, in the original study.
For more information, contact
or she can be reached at 846-

Maunsell, from p.1 cattle

practice in New South Wales,
After moving to
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in
1994, Maunsell completed an
internship followed by a
residency in Food Animal
Medicine and Surgery at the
University of Illinois. She
continued working there as a
clinical instructor and earned a
master's degree.
In 1998, Maunsell became
board certified in Large Animal
Internal Medicine. After
Maunsell and her husband
moved to Gainesville in 1999,
she entered the Ph.D. program
in the department of
pathobiology. Her advisor is Dr.
Mary Brown.

'\ is the focus of your
Ph.D. research? \7it other
veterinary medicine interests do
you have?

My Ph.D. research focuses
on the epidemiology and
pathogenesis of Mycoplasma
bovis, a type of bacteria that
causes disease in cattle. In
recent years, M. bovis has
become an important cause of
pneumonia, middle-ear
infections and septic arthritis in
dairy calves and a source of
substantial economic loss for
US farmers. It is also an
important cause of mastitis in
In my research, I am trying
to elucidate the molecular
mechanisms by which M. bovis
causes disease. Hopefully some
of my work will advance the
development of preventative
and interventional strategies for
control of disease caused by
this organism.
I am also beginning some
work looking at other strategies
for the control of M. bovis,
including the efficacy of a
vaccine in preventing disease in
young dairy calves. I have also
recently completed some
research on antibiotic resistance
in mastitis pathogens of dairy

As far as my general
veterinary interests go, I am
really interested in all aspects
of ruminant medicine. My
main areas of interest are the
major metabolic and infectious
diseases of dairy cattle,
particularly mastitis. I also
have a strong interest in small
ruminant medicine, and I am
very interested in food safety
issues pertinent to the dairy
industry, particularly the
impact antibiotic use has on
resistance in the dairy environ-
How do you see your role as
a female working in food animal
medicine? Would you consider
yourself a role model to other
female vet students?

Basically, I don't think
gender is the issue in food
animal medicine that many
people seem to think it is. I don't
think female veterinarians have
more or less difficulty in gaining
the respect of their clients. If you
do a good job, you'll see them
again and, if you do a lousy job,
you won't.
There certainly are physical
limitations that smaller people
can face when working with
large animals, but there are
always lots of very inventive
ways to get around them.

'\7bit other interests or hobbies
do you have?

I enjoy canoeing and hiking.

S\7,it is your ultimate goal
after you are done here at UF?

I'd like to stay in an
academic environment where I
can contribute to a better
understanding of diseases of
ruminants from both clinical
and research perspectives. My
ideal position would encom-
pass teaching practical,
individual animal medicine in
a clinical setting combined
with an active research pro-

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University of Florida, pokes a colostescope inside a snapping turtle,
looking for a fish hook buried deep inside. An area fisherman delivered the
turtle to UF's wildlife ward, which is run by the School of Veterinary

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