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TeamVetMed raises more than $43,700 to support student scholarships
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Members of TeamVetMed gather outside Lofton High School for a group photo prior to the ride on Oct. 25.
T his year's Horse Farm Hundred ride was even more successful than in years past, with
over $43,700 raised to support the Kevin Anderson TeamVetMed Scholarship fund.
Out of 55 riders registered, the main pack of approximately 40 people finished the entire
100 miles of the ride.
"It was a perfect ride, with no flats and no falls," said the CVM's alumni coordinator, Jo Ann
Winn. "We appreciate everyone who rode or supported the team. Team Vet Med rocks again!"
Anderson, an associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology in the college's department
of physiological sciences, completed the entire 100 miles of the ride despite having struggled
with health issues this past year. He said he was extremely honored" to have the TeamVetMed
scholarship in his name.
"That being said, I really want to emulate the late Dr. Jim Himes (associate dean emeritus of
students and instruction, who died last year) in this type of situation, in that I don't want this to
be all about me, but rather about the students we are trying to support."
Anderson said he believed this was how the college's former dean, Dr. Joe DiPietro, who
rode with TeamVetMed for years and in whose name the scholarship had originally been set
up, intended things to be.
"I just rode my bike," Anderson said. "My wife, Michelle (Dr. Michelle LeBlanc) and (Dr.)
Chris Sanchez were the driving force behind the scenes this year and deserve all the credit for
their fundraising efforts. There may also be others of whom I'm not aware."
Anderson added, "This truly was a memorable experience."
(Photo by William Castleman)
CVM Alumni Homecoming
draws record crowd to Florida Gym
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Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference draws more than 200 to Gainesville,
includes speakers from UF's program as well as nation's most prominent
animal welfare groups
On October 23 and 24, UF hosted Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference at the
Paramount Plaza in Gainesville. The sold-out conference brought more than
200 veterinarians and shelter leaders from 22 states from Florida to California -
and from as far away as Brazil. Four colleges of veterinary medicine were represented,
including three shelter medicine programs, as well as representatives from the nation's most
Prominent animal welfare agencies (the Humane Society of the United States, the American
Humane Association, and Maddie's Fund.)
SSpeakers in the Maddie's Track on day one included leaders of some of the most
Successful lifesaving programs in the country, including the Richmond SPCA, the Nevada
S Humane Society, and others. These leaders shared the secrets to their program successes
and gave participants insights into what it takes to save lives, from building stakeholder
M an support to designing and implementing clever adoption campaigns. Friday's dinner
S session focused on a particularly hot topic canine influenza, the new vaccine, and the
threat the virus poses to shelters and their animals.
The conference's second day was led by UF's own team of highly respected shelter
medicine veterinarians, who provided crucial veterinary information to knowledge-hungry
attendees. Participants learned how veterinary forensics can give a voice to the victims of
crimes against animals, and were inspired to return to their shelters and enact new manage-
ment and treatment practices that can lessen the impact of infectious disease in their
The ASPCA's mobile crime seene investigation unit was on hand during the symposium for participants to shelters.
view and explore.
Next year's conference is already in the works keep an eye on
www.UFShelterMedicine.com for details.
Dr. Julie Levy, Dr. Natalie Isaza and Dr. Cynda Crawford from UF's shelter medicine program were among the
Dr. Melinda Merck, forensic medicine expert, speaks to a packed classroom.
Benson's "Scooby" wins "Top Pet" honors in contest to benefit UF community campaign
Scooby, winner of the "Top Pet" contest, is shown in his pasture.
The official winner of the CVM's "Top
Pet" contest is Scooby, a 6-year-old registered
paint horse gelding owned by Susanne
More than $800 was raised, and proceeds
will go toward animal-related charities
designated by the UF Community Campaign.
Benson, a biological scientist in the
college's equine reproduction service, said
she wanted to thank everyone who
contributed to the campaign on Scooby's
"I couldn't have done it without them,"
Benson has owned Scooby since he was a
yearling and now competes with him in
barrel racing events.
"He didn't get the best start to life and it
took me a long time to gain his trust," she
said. "Scooby has a great personality. He is
always in a good mood and is very willing to
do anything I ask him to do."
Scooby has been a patient in UF's large
animal hospital a few times, she said, adding
that he had contracted Strangles and
developed complications that led to him
spending a week in isolation. Scooby
handled everything in stride, however, and
was a great patient, Benson said.
Biological scientist Susanne Benson with the box of
goodies she received for winning the 'Top Pet"
"Scooby made a complete recovery and
has been a joy to train and ride," she said.
The contest's first runner-up was Meesle
& Cecil, owned by Amy Wysocki. Second
runner-up was Mr. Beanie, owned by Susan
Vaughn. Third runner-up was Boss, owned by
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winning dairy goat for hernia
D airy goats have been a hobby for University of Florida chemist and program -
assistant Kelley Hines since she was 15 years old and began raising them for a 4-H r"
"What started as a club project has now turned into a full-time show and hobby herd," she
Since 2000, she has been breeding purebred Lamancha dairy goats under the "Here Be
Goats" herd name. All of her goats are registered with the American Dairy Goat Association, .-
and her small herd has participated in two national shows as well as being shown throughout
Florida and Georgia.
But Martini, a 2005 Christmas-baby goat, was never just one of the crowd. She had been
bor as the result of an artificial insemination breeding that made use of rare, proven semen,
along with her triplet sister and brother.
"From the minute she was born, I knew she was special," Hines said. "Her mother was my
winningest champion doe, so to have an AI kid out of her like Martini was more than we could
have ever hoped for."
Her beloved goat was also a show-stopper from an early age, earning her first championship
at the age of three months. Hines said.
In late June however, Martini developed a hernia due to complications from a pelvic
fracture and abdominal wall injury that occurred in a fight with another doe. A hernia occurs
when the body wall musculature under the skin tears or doesn't heal together properly
following injury or surgery, allowing organs to drop through the hole, forming a pocket.
By August, Martini's condition had worsened and Hines's veterinarian, Dr. Mara Ricci of
New Tampa Animal Hospital, referred her to UF's Veterinary Medical Center.
"In Martini's case, her rumen was pushing through the hole in her body wall," Hines said.
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In goats, hernia surgery is risky due to the size and weight of the rumen. P,
"In order to successfully repair a hernia the size of Martini's, you can't just stitch up the
opening," Hines said. "A polypropylene mesh that is used in humans has to be involved, and iIUi li '
the price of the mesh alone is $500. "
But Hines's love and respect for Martini was such that there was only one option for her,
and that was to proceed with the surgery.
"She had an abscess on the ventral abdomen that was drained successfully at the VMC and
again at home later," said Dr. Orlaith Cleary, a clinical instructor in large animal surgery at UF Be A 3 In e FOC
who participated in Martini's hernia repair, along with Dr. Ali Morton, assistant professor of .
large animal surgery, and Dr. Jeremiah Easley, a large animal surgery resident.
"Once the abscess healed, she started to develop a body wall hernia that was quite large.
We successfully repaired the hernia with polypropylene mesh and now she has her girlish
In addition, Martini is completely back in show form and in the early stages of pregnancy.
In October, Himes took her to the St. Johns Fair Open Dairy Goat Show, where she was named
champion over 15 other Lamancha does.
"She then exceeded our hopes by also winning Best of Breed over three additional
animals that were already permanent champions," Hines said. "This was the third and final win
Martini needed to make her a permanent champion and she is also our first homebred cham-
pion Lamancha. She is a true inspiration for me and for everyone around her."
UF's Morton said the surgery could not have been successful without the commitment to
care that Hines provided throughout Martini's convalescence.
"Hernia repairs can often have complications, so proper preoperative preparation and
diligent postoperative care are essential," Morton said. "There was no question that Kelley
would follow every recommendation to the 't.' She was an ideal client friendly, inquisitive
and committed to caring for Martini."
Since Martini's surgery was successful, Hines hope to continue to breed her while continu-
ing to use her as a regular show and milking doe.
"While I do raise these animals for show and milk, they are also very much a part of my
family and I love them each as individuals," Hines said. "Martini is one of those once-in-a- .l arin ,ic Si i,,ll ll prior Io neriing li ruitl al lie SI li h airl Fipn Dairy, oal Sln,..,
lifetime goats and I cherish every day I get to spend with her." Phroo courtt
Added Morton, "We are thrilled at the outcome of the surgery and Martini's subsequent
successes, and can't wait to see her kids!"
CVM alums join students, faculty, family and friends at Florida Gym for homecoming on Nov. 7
Members of the class of 2010 were on hand to sell their wares. From left to right are Marcy Sumling, Nicole
Patterson and Charli Jane Walrond. (Photo by Sarah Carey)
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the guests at Florida Gym Nov. 7 for the CVM's homecoming event. (Photo by Sarah Carey)
Dog agility enthusiast hopes to make a difference iiith
support for CV'.A rehabilitation program
A s a longtime owner of competitive agility dogs, native Floridian Victoria Ford saw first-
hand how frequently sports injuries can affect animal athletes.
"After competing in agility for 12 years, I observed all the injured dogs going to South
Carolina for treatment and wondered why the UF veterinary school was not their choice," Ford
said. "I learned that UF had no such facility, and that agility dogs needed special treatment."
A past treasurer of the Pals & Paws agility group in Jacksonville, Ford began talking with
Dr. Janine Tash, owner of Aalatash Veterinary Hospital in Gainesville and a UF CVM alumna
from the class of 1983. Tash and Ford, both agility dog aficionados, expanded their discus-
sions to involve UF administrators.
"I learned that not only did agility dogs have rehabilitation needs, so did other canine
athletes as well as surgical and neurological patients," Ford said.
Soon after, Ford made a $60,000 gift to help purchase an underwater treadmill for the
college's new Small Animal Rehabilitation and Fitness Center. During the new Small Animal
Hospital's fund raising campaign, she made a significant donation toward construction of the
Rehabilitation and Fitness Center. Subsequently, she decided to increase her level of support
through the establishment of the James Edmundson Ingraham Endowed Fund in Veterinary
Medicine. This additional gift was made in memory of her great-grandfather, a businessman,
entrepreneur, railroad executive and mayor of St. Augustine, whom Ford describes as a
iii, \ i g force in the development of the state of Florida from the 1880s through the early
Just one year after a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the treadmill's installation,
Ford is excited to see the new rehabilitation center gaining in caseload and in capability.
"It was most heartwarming to be in the Small Animal Hospital waiting room with my
miniature poodle, and overhear a patient talking about her dog's surgery and recovery," Ford
"The owner was telling someone how wonderful the underwater treadmill and rehabilita-
tion area had been for her dog's recuperation after surgery. She felt her dog had recuperated
more quickly with the assistance of the rehabilitation center."
Ford added that a Jacksonville friend's agility dog had been paralyzed and now is doing
very well, thanks to treatment through the UF rehabilitation and fitness center.
"I believe when you are blessed, you should use that blessing wisely and not selfishly,"
Ford said. "I try to live knowing that I will be accountable to my maker on judgment day for
my actions and non-actions. By seeing the need and stepping up to the plate, I feel I am not
only helping the animals but also the expansion of medical knowledge, specifically the
blending of standard medical treatments with alternative treatments."
Dr. Kristin Kirkby, a board-certified veterinary surgeon who directs the small animal
rehabilitation program, said Ford had a passion for agility as well as a commitment to the
health and fitness of her dogs and other dogs that participate in the sport.
"She recognized the absolute necessity for a rehabilitation center in North Florida that can
diagnose, treat, and help prevent agility-related injuries," Kirkby said. "Without Vicky, a rehab
service at UF would still be a plan for the future rather than the fully equipped rehabilitation
and fitness center we have today."
A stretching experience
Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer, a zoological medicine resident, holds Geoffrey, an 8-month-old giraffe owned by
the Barton G company of Miami, while veterinary technician Sarah Purcell, also with the zoological medicine
service, gives him a bottle on Nov. 5. Geoffrey was recuperating from surgery conducted a day earlier by
lameness specialist Dr. Matt Brokken on his right front fetlock. He went home to his owners on Nov. 9.
(Photo by Sarah Kiewel)
Third-year veterinary student Nikki Helmers and zoological medicine technician Sarah Purcell visit with
Geoffrey prior to his bottle-feeding on Nov. 5.
(Photo by Sarah Kiewel)
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