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Heartwarming help for owner, heartworm help for service dog at UF
BY SARAH CAREY
D despite being on heartworm preventative medication and receiving mandatory annual
health check-ups to retain service dog certification, an 8-year-old black Labrador
named Kali was recently diagnosed with the disease. For any pet owner, the news
would be a shock, but for Billy Maurer, who is disabled and relies on Kali to alert her to
oncoming seizures, the diagnosis was devastating.
"It was upsLciiii,-. not just to me emotionally, but also physically for Kali," said Maurer, a
former registered nurse from Belleview, Fla. "The situation caused me more stress, which
meant I was at higher risk for seizures. In addition, I'm on a fixed income, and we were having
financial troubles with respect to paying for the treatment."
Treatment for the disease, which involves an extended protocol including several hospital
visits and three injections, typically costs thousands of dollars.
Although the manufacturer of Kali's medication agreed to pay a portion of the expense,
Maurer knew she was otherwise on her own. When she came to the UF Small Animal Hospital,
she brought all the money she had $100 in cash.
"I didn't know what to expect when I arrived at the front desk and the finance person came
in and asked how I wanted to pay," Maurer said. "All I could say was, 'I brought this much
money, and the drug manufacturer agreed to send in a check for $250.' Shortly thereafter, I
found out the bill had been taken care of."
Maurer's balance was paid by an anonymous donor.
Drs. Amy Stone and Julia Wuerz provided a total of three treatments, along with an initial
examination to determine if Kali could handle the regimen.
But Maurer never would have come to UF, had it not been for the encouragement of a
specific UF Veterinary Hospital employee.
"My mother-in-law, Susan Eddins, directs the Florida Epilepsy Foundation's office here in
Gainesville, and she was telling my wife, Beth, and I about the story of Billy and Kali'," said
Patrick Thompson, a senior laboratory technician. "She knew I worked here, and was interested
in whether we had any programs that might be able to help."
Thompson contacted Stone, and then went back to Maurer to outline what would be
involved if she came to Gainesville for Kali's treatment. He convinced Maurer that it would be
in Kali's best interest to bring the dog to UF
On the day of Maurer's arrival at the hospital, Thompson, whom she'd never met, walked
down to greet her.
"This place can be so overwhelming, sometimes it's just nice to see a friendly face," he
Maurer said that from Thompson's arrival at the front desk to greet her "with that great
smile on his face," to the end of Kali's treatment, she felt hopeful and reassured.
"No one promised that everything would be great, but they said, 'we're here if you need
us.' Everyone was smiling and pleasant and that right away was encouraging.
"I truly felt at peace," Maurer added.
As for Kali, she's recuperating well from her ordeal, but subsequent veterinary checks
reveal that her heart and lungs are doing fine.
"She got some new toys out of the whole ordeal, and a new bed to sleep on," Maurer said.
"Kali is a great dog," Stone said. "Her owner seems to benefit greatly from having her."
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Dog's life-saving surgery is bright spot in
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Anesthesia group adds one more certification to staff's credentials
BY SARAH CAREY iiiii
T he University of Florida Veterinary
Hospitals now employ three of only
five nationally certified veterinary
technician anesthetists in the state.
Amanda Shelby, who has worked for UF's
Veterinary Hospitals since June 2006, has
passed her examination to become a veteri-
nary technician specialist in anesthesia. The
examination is offered annually by the
Academy of Veterinary Technician
Shelby learned in Oct. 27th that she had .
passed her examination.
"I feel truly honored to become a certified
veterinary technician specialist in anesthesia
alongside my colleagues," Shelby said. "I
believe it is important to demonstrate the
desire for knowledge and allows the client and
referring veterinarians the assurance that our
patients receive the best care."
Animals require anesthesia for surgery
and invasive procedures.
The veterinary technician specialist in
anesthesia "provides your pet with excep-
tional anesthetic care before, during and after
the procedure," according to the academy's
website, which says that certification in this
area promotes patient safety, consumer
protection, professionalism and excellence in
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In addition, applicants must master several
advanced anesthesia skills and submit a case log of at least 50 cases anesthetized in the year
prior to application.
Four detailed case reports must be submitted, and at least 40 hours of continuing education
relating to anesthesia over a five-year span must be amassed.
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Other technicians at the UF Veterinary Hospitals who are certified by the academy are
Terry Torres, who in 2007 became the first to reach that milestone, and Jenn Sager, who
became certified in 2008.
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Shelter medicine program gets $25,000 boost
from veterinary group and Kislak Family Fund
T he Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association has joined with the Florida-based
Kislak Family Fund to present a $25,000 grant to the University of Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine for a surgical training program that benefits injured and ill shelter
The innovative UF surgical training program, known as Helping Alachua's Animals
Requiring Treatment and Surgery, is one of only two programs in the country that provides a
variety of surgical training opportunities for veterinary students while also providing care for
"The HAARTS program is a perfect example of animal-welfare-friendly surgery training,"
said Dr. Susan Krebsbach, an HSVMA veterinary consultant who presented the grant to the
university on Monday. "It's a win-win situation because the students get enhanced training
opportunities and injured and ill animals receive necessary medical care."
Types of procedures performed include fracture repair, mass removal, cystotomy and tooth
extractions, among other procedures. Animals accepted into the program come from Alachua
County animal rescue groups and the county animal shelter.
"The HAARTS program has provided invaluable experience to veterinary students by
exposing them to surgical techniques they will commonly see in veterinary practice," said Dr.
Natalie Isaza, who oversees the HAARTS program and accepted the grant on Monday. "Just as
importantly, the program has helped save the lives of more than 200 animals in our community
who most likely would have been euthanized due to lack of resources to pay for their care."
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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 her injuries.
When the family arrived at
UF, Bindi was immediately taken
back to the emergency area and
"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
The family visited Bindi every ,
day. At first, it seemed doubtful
that she would survive.
"Bindi sustained a substantial
amount of muscle and vascular cL I r i , l e a, -rJe n,:.I. Is e. ,,,ij, ,,i ir,., ,, ,,-I ,:. :.
damage to her left hind leg, and ..... .. 1- i .i, ra.nJ i uI ,1 i .:, lme- IF i,,,, ai -,, a
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D.V.M., Ph.D., a lecturer in small
animal surgery at UF "We
performed two reconstructive procedures on her left hind leg in order to close the entire
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
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
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."
She added, "Bindi brings a smile to everyone's face."
Palmer said her son, Charlie, had been a strong animal lover and had loved all of the family
dogs. He also had a puppy himself, she said.
"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."
Risselada said in addition to the veterinary surgeons and many students who assisted with
the case, small animal surgery resident Caleb Hudson played an important role as part of the
care team, pitching in whenever she was unavailable to check on Bindi.
"It was a delight to be able to help Bindi and interact with the Palmer family, and to be part
of their healing process," Risselada said. "It's clearly evident how important Bindi is to them."
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Flush with' gratitude
Anthony Nguyen of Orlando is shown in the lobby of the new UF Small Animal Hospital on Nov. 17 with his
11-year-old miniature schnauzer, Princess. Nguyen was awaiting his appointment with the medicine
service, during which Princess would have her bladder flushed to screen for stones. Undetected bladder
stones had claimed the life of Princess's sister last year, Nguyen said, adding that he was very happy with
the care Princess had received in previous visits to UF, when he learned that cysts he believed might have
been cancerous were in fact, benign. (Photo by Sarah Carey)
College's senior development director honored by UF Foundation peers
Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, has become the first recipient of the UF
Foundation's Debbie Klapp Memorial Award.
Legato was selected by a committee consisting of six development officers and two
Criteria for the award lists several characteristics, including unique overall achievement;
serving as a strong collaborator and team member; mentoring peers and others; creatively
approaching job, career and life; and being employed for at least five years as a UF fund raiser.
A lkcicd pharmacist, Klapp, who died of cancer in 2007, served for many years as the
development officer for UF's College of Pharmacy and the Warrington College of Business.
"Debbie was a consummate professional," said Carter Boydstun, senior associate vice
F president for development at the Foundation. "She was a strong advocate for her donors and for
t her unit. She was creative, 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 should be."
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 UF
"The recipient of the Debbie Klapp award most closely mirrors those exceptional profes-
sional and personal characteristics that made her loved and admired by her peers," Boydstun
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 solicita-
tions and campus campaigns, and was promoted into her present position at the college in 2008.
"Karen is a hard worker, and is well liked and respected
by her peers here at UF, as well as in the national
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Vice president for development, Shands HealthCare
"Having known Debbie personally, I am
deeply honored and touched to be the first
person to receive the Debbie Klapp Memorial
Global scholarly excellence at UF CVM Award for doing the work I genuinely love,"
In the nine years Legato has been at UF,
the college has consistently been 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, UF Health Science Center
and vice president for development, 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
"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,"
"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 veterinary college."
to you and yours
from the UF College
Five UF College of Veterinary Medicine graduate students were recognized for their academic excellence at the International Student Awards Ceremony, held Nov. 18 at ro the ri
the Reitz Union. From left to right are: Dr. David J. Sammons, dean, Center for International Studies and Programs; Poonam Jaiswal, physiological sciences graduate \eterin a ry
student (India); Irene Tsai, physiological sciences graduate student (Taiwan); Abel Ekiri, large animal clinical sciences graduate student (Uganda); Dhani Prakosi, who
accepted the award for fellow infectious diseases graduate student Claudio Verdugo (Chile), who could not attend; and Astrid Grosche, large animal clinical sciences ledici ne
graduate student (Germany); and Dr. Charles Courtney, associate dean for research and graduate studies at the UF CVM.
and the LUF