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th e NEWS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Newly engaged CVM graduate
SBen Nevitt, '09, and his fiance,
Cassie Becker, at the senior
awards banquet May 22. For
more photos, see p. 4-5.
New CVM graduates celebrate completion of program, look to bright futures
BY SARAH CAREY
E ighty-four members of the UF CVM's class of 2009 tipped their cap tassels to the
left May 23 as they recalled their shared history as classmates and celebrated their
futures as veterinarians.
Although the commencement speaker selected by the class to address them -- Dr. Kevin
Anderson -- wasn't able to appear due to last-minute illness, his remarks were read in full by
Dr. Dan Martin, chairman of the college Alumni Council.
Among the gems from that speech were Anderson's reflections on what their "old anatomy
professor" could possibly offer the class in the way of advice or recommendations. For starters,
Noi\ ci cut an artery with a short name," such as aorta, renal, carotid, or hepatic, he began.
Anderson also told the class not to miss out on the many opportunities they would now
have to mentor impressionable middle school, high school and college undergraduates who
would soon be knocking at their door begging for experience.
"Don't ignore this chance to help them along the way," he said, adding that he would not
be where he is today without the guidance and mentorship of two individuals who gave him
"a love of anatomy and teaching... and opened up the fascinating world of neuroscience
Anderson offered this maxim to the new graduates: "Eat Your Dessert First."
"I used to think this meant that you should eat your dessert first so that if you die during Maggie Machen,'09, is shown with her father, UF President Bernie Machen and family friend Dr. D
the main course, well, at least you had your dessert," he said. "I now think of it in a slightly Stein, who also received the college's 2009 Alumni Achievment award. (Photo by Sa
different way. A lot of people don't have fun in their lives because they are constantly feeling
the need to get every last item on their 'to do' list done before turning to something they truly
"Sometimes it seems like the list is endless and there is always just one more thing to
complete," he added. "I think that some of this is driven by our culture; even in childhood, we
were taught to wait until we finished our meal before we move to the yummy part: dessert.
"So what I am suggesting to you is to eat your dessert first, or in the middle, but not always
last," Anderson said. "In other words, make some time for something fun to do in the day. Take
a walk, do a crossword, maybe ride your bike."
Finally, Anderson's speech alluded to YouTube videos of "The Last Lecture" by Dr. Randy
Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University professor who was dying of pancreatic cancer and had
only months to live.
"It was a very powerful and moving lecture and I only want to cherry-pick a few of his
messages that I want to pass on to you in no particular order," Anderson said.
The first message was to take responsibility for mistakes. "A good apology should have
three parts: I'm sorry, I made a mistake and how do I make it right," he said.
The second was to have a sense of fun and wonder; in other words, "eat your dessert first."
Finally, show gratitude and thank those who helped you get where you are today,
"If you live your life right, your dreams and good karma will come to you," Anderson said.
College dean Glen Hoffsis also addressed the new graduates, wishing them luck and
telling them the world has never needed veterinary medicine more than it does right now. Kristen Ramella, '09; Dawn Keenan, '09; and Dr. Natalie Isaza. (Photo by Sara
"The opportunities are unlimited with a multitude of career choices, and an improving
economic base for the profession," he said. "You also have relative freedom to pursue your
passion with fewer constraints in the form of managed care and regulation than any other
He added, "A great scholar once commented, 'You cannot do anything FOR anyone; all
you can do is give them an opportunity to do something for themselves.' We provided
opportunities and a nudge now and then and you accumulated knowledge. You deserve to
feel a strong sense of satisfaction and pride."
He urged the class, "Go ahead and swagger around for a few days; you have earned it."
Hoffsis said he hoped the class would stay connected with the college and participate in
"There are a lot of great times in store for you and all you have to do is avoid life's mine
fields," he said. "Try to maintain a work/life balance and don't forget to have some fun along
Alumni Council chairman Martin presented the 2009 Distinguished Awards, which went
to Dr. Julio Ibanez ,'80, and Dr. Dale Kaplan-Stein,'81,forAlumni Achievement; Dr. Jerome
Modell for Special Service and Dr. Louis Archbald for Distinguished Service. Dr. Tonya
Clauss, '03, received the Young Alumni Award but was unable to be present at the ceremony.
FLr I Chetica Maus,'09, helps adjust classmate Laura Baldwin's robe prior to the commencement cerer
FL OR IDA (Photo by Sa
AquakidsTV visits UF for filmshoot
Dr. Amy Stone is
Teacher of the Year
Dr. Amy Stone
Shown above are members of the AquakidsTV crew near the underwater treadmill with Dr. Kristin Kirkby, director of
the small animal rehabilitation program (center, with her dog, Bailey) and veterinary technician Wendy Davies
(fourth from right) following a videoshoot on May 20.
The crew visited Florida May 18-21 to film several episodes of upcoming shows, all of which will feature UF College of
Veterinary Medicine faculty. In addition to the underwater treadmill segment, which will be part of an episode on
rehabilitation therapy, filming venues included Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in
Ruskin and Santa Fe Teaching Zoo. The air date of the filmed segments is not yet known.
Students helping the homeless through SCAVMA fundraisers
T he Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Association has raised nearly $1,500 this year in two separate fundraisers
to benefit St. Francis House. Most recently, SCAVMA sponsored a social at Sharab's Lounge, garnering $775.
Attending were faculty, staff and students from the colleges of dentistry and medicine, as well as from the UF CVM.
Shown from left to right in the photo are Anna Edwards; Drew Scarborough, class of 2010, who also is the Fort Dodge
student representative and FVMA's student representative; Charli Jane Walrond, class of 2010; Lillian Danzy; Vanessa Will-
iams,; Lee Smith; and Samantha Holden. Edwards, Danzy, Williams, Smith and Holden are all staff members at St. Francis
Amy Stone, D.VM., Ph.D., a clinical
assistant professor in the department of small
animal clinical sciences, has been named the
University of Florida College of Veterinary
Medicine's 2009 College Council Teacher of
The council annually selects an out-
standing teacher to receive the designation,
based on criteria including knowledge of
subject matter, clarity of presentation,
concern for students' mastery of subject,
fairness, enthusiasm for teaching and overall
interest in student welfare. The winner
receives $2,000 and a plaque.
"I really enjoy
watching the light
come on when
-Dr Amy Stone
Stone received her veterinary and
doctoral degrees from UF in 1999 and 2002,
respectively. She also conducted post-
doctoral training in vaccine and mucosal
immunology at UF She presently serves as
chief of the outpatient medicine and dentistry
service at UF's Veterinary Medical Center.
Proir to joining UF's small animal faculty
in 2006, Stone worked as a relief veterinarian
for several practices in the Alachua County
area, as well as for the UF veterinary college.
She received the Florida Veterinary Medical
Association's Gold Star Award for Service in
2004 and in 2008, and has served as
secretary-treasurer of the Alachua County
Veterinary Medical Association since 2000.
She recently received the prestigious
2009 Pfizer Distinguished Teacher of the Year
"I feel that it is my job to try to give
students the tools to make good veterinary
decisions and the confidence to follow those
decisions through," Stone said. "I really
enjoy watching the light come on when
students understand new concepts. It is very
rewarding to hear of their accomplishments
and feel proud of what they have done."
Veterinary anesthesiologist wins Davis
Productivity Award for creative
approaches to VMC cost savings
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D r. James Bailey, an assistant professor of veterinary anesthesiology at the UF CVM,
has received the Prudential-Davis Productivity Award for his cost-savings ideas
relating to the VMC's anesthesiology service.
Since 1989, this program has publicly recognized and rewarded state employees and
work units whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity and promotes
innovation to improve state services and save state and taxpayer money.
The 2009 competition attracted 568 nominations for government innovations and
productivity improvements worth $342 million in cost savings and increased revenue. The
University of Florida had two team winners and two individual winners, of which Bailey
K evin Anderson, associate professor
of anatomy and neurobiology in
the college's department of physiological
sciences, and his colleagues have
investigated biomarkers circulating in
the blood that will allow detection of
brain damage after traumatic head injury.
The detection of neuron-specific
proteins in blood may also allow
clinicians to determine the degree of
traumatic brain injury in experimental
and clinical conditions. Anderson and his
colleagues studied a novel blood
biomarker of nerve fiber injury, the
heavily phosphorylated axonal form of
the high molecular weight neurofilament
subunit NF-H (pNF-H).
In this research report, the researchers
tested for the presence and amount of this
protein released from damaged and
degenerating neurons following
experimental traumatic brain injury
Dr. Kevin Anderson
(TBI). They used an enzyme-linked
immunosorbent assay (ELISA) capable of
detecting extremely small amounts of
pNF-H in the blood of rats after the experiment. Their assay detected the presence of
pNF-H as early as six hours post-injury and the levels peaked at 24-48 hours post-
injury followed by a slow decrease to baseline over several days.
They also found a direct relationship between TBI severity and levels of blood
This study provides important new findings that the measurement of blood
levels of pNF-H is a convenient blood method for detecting the presence and
severity of TBI.
AndersonK.J., Scheff S.W, MillerK.M., Roberts K.N., GilmerL.K.,Yang C., Shaw G.J.
2008: The phosphorylated axonal form of the neurofilament subunit NF-H (pNF-H) as
a blood biomarker of traumatic brain injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 25(9):1079-85.
VETS team members train ASPCA group in fine points of disaster rescue during three-day technical rescue course
UF VETS team assistant instructor David John, left in blue shirt, supervises while members of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' disaster response
team prepare to be lowered down a sinkhole in this mock rescue exercise held June 7 as part of a three-day technical rescue course offered by UF.
Secured by rescue lines and belays, members of
the ASPCA disaster response team are manually
lowered down a sink hole in High Springs by their
teammates, who were using a mechanical
advantage system. This exercise was one of
several performed by the group, which also learned
knot-tying techniques and other logistical skills.
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More photos of the Class of 2009 from commencement and the senior awards banquet, shot by Dr. William Castleman,
are posted at: http://www.wlcastleman.com/ufvetmed/cvmgrad_09/index.htm
Tiffany Newsome, '09; Nicole Kennedy, '09; and Jennifer Miller, '09. (Photo by Sarah Carey)
Distinguished Award winners for 2009: In front, Dr. Dale Kaplan-Stein,Alumni Achievement; in rear, left to
right, Dr. Jerome Modell; Special Service; Dr. Julio Ibanez, Alumni Achievement; and Dr. Louis Archbald,
Distinguished Service. Not pictured is Dr. Tonya Clauss, who received the Young Alumni Award.
(Photo by Sarah Carey)
Dr. Colin Burrows and Dr. John Harvey prepare to don their regalia. (Photo by Sarah Carey)
Penny Iliff, '09, and Jennifer Bier, '09, are shown after getting into their gowns. (Photo by Sarah Carey)
James Ward, '09, Andrew Simpson, '09, Erin Brearley, '09, Holly Gans, '09, and Taylor Ohman, '09, pose for
the camera a few minutes before lining up to march. Photo by Sarah Carey)
UF UNIVERSITY of
Stephanie Liff, '09, Erica Rosen, '09, Gretchen Sutton, '09, and Candice Managanaro,'09 are more than
ready to get the graduation show on the road. (Photo by Sarah Carey)
Congratulations to the class of 2009!
Steve Tutela, '09, and Jessica Stine, '09, are shown shortly after their arrival at the Gainesville
Hilton. (Photo by Sarah Carey)
Valedictorian Jen Owen,'09, and her husband, Shawn Gray, at their table before dinner.
(Photo by Sarah Carey)
Tina Batlivala, '09, and her family pose for a photo prior to entering the dining room.
(Photo by Sarah Carey)
Senior class president Meriam Molstad, '09, and her friend, Jennifer Trombley, at their table during the
senior award banquet. (Photo by
Gina Ushi, '09, and her fiance, Maurice Phillips, at their table.
(Photo by Sarah Carey)
Dr. Kevin Anderson and James Steeil, '09, greet each other shortly after arriving at the hotel.
(Photo by Sarah Carey)