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Changing the culture: UF veterinary graduate leads
corporate diversity program for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

By Sarah Carey
These days, Daphne Mobley, class of '88 and vice president
of corporate diversity for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, doesn't
apply the clinical skills she received in veterinary school -- at
least, not to animals.
But the thought processes and problem
solving approaches she learned in the
veterinary field help her every day in her
high-profile job as she provides strategic
leadership for Wyeth's global diversity
"Veterinarians evaluate animals,
develop a diagnostic plan and then treat
the patient," Mobley said. "The same
skills are necessary when you evaluate
an organization and determine how to
implement a diversity program."
That program includes recruitment,
retention and development of a work
place Mobley defines as diverse in terms -
of not just race/ethnicity but also experi-
ences and backgrounds.
"In order to allow innovation to occur,
people with different views have to
contribute ideas," Mobley said. "The Dr. Daphne Mobley
ideas will be different because everyone
has a different way of evaluating things. The culture has to be
changed so that leaders or the culture have a more inviting
environment so that people feel comfortable discussing their
different views."

After completing veterinary school at the University of
Florida, Mobley completed a postdoctoral program in cardio-
vascular research, a residency in laboratory animal medicine
at Glaxo Smith-Kline and subsequently
joined Wyeth in May 1992.
"My first 'real' job was as a manager of
toxicology, laboratory animal resources
for Wyeth," Mobley said. "At the time
I wanted to remain connected to the
clinical aspect and requested my boss
to allow me to do so. I maintained my
veterinary skills even when I made
my transition reporting to the CEO of
During her tenure in that role, Mobley
was assigned to a veterinary project with
Fort Dodge Animal Health, Wyeth's
animal health division, but in her new
role she does not have the opportunity
... to apply her skills as a veterinarian.
"I am pretty much home only to sleep
and I travel a fair bit so I do not have
any pets," Mobley said. "I did have a
cat a few years ago when I was home
more often."
Mobley has been a part of many veterinary organizations
over the years too many to mention in full, but including
the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American
Association for Laboratory Animal Science, and the American
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Florida Veterinarian is published by the University
of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine for alumni
and friends. Suggestions and comments are
welcome and should be emailed to:
Sarah Carey, Florida Veterinarian editor,
Check out the college website at:
www. vetmed. ufl. edu

Glen F. Hoffsis
D.V.M., M.S.
Executive Associate Dean
& Associate Dean for Students
and Instruction
James P. Thompson
D.V.M., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research
and Graduate Studies
Charles H. Courtney
D.V.M., Ph.D.
Senior Director of Development
and Alumni Affairs
Zoe Seale
Director of Development
and Alumni Affairs
Karen Hickok
Director of Public Relations
Sarah K. Carey
M.A., A.P.R.

Small Animal Hospital
(352) 392-4700, ext. 4700

Large Animal Hospital
(352)392-4700, ext. 4000

College Admissions
(352)392-4700, ext. 5300
Deans Office
(352) 392-4700, ext. 5000

Public Relations
(352) 392-4700, ext. 5206

Development and Alumni Affairs
(352)392-4700, ext. 5200

Greetings, everyone, and thanks to all who have
made my first few months in Gainesville as
exciting as they have proved to be. Let me tell you that
this longtime Ohio State Buckeye can sincerely say,
"It's great to be a Florida Gator!"
While attending the national football championship
game in Glendale, Az. with my wife, Lana, I received a
call from Doug Barrett, senior vice president for health
affairs at the UF Health Science Center, informing me
that I have now "officially completed my orientation
to the Gator Nation." Stick with the winners, I've
always advised others. So far, I seem to be following
my own advice.
Since my arrival in October, Lana and I have
been welcomed warmly by our UF colleagues, the
Dean Glen Hoffsis community of Gainesville and UF CVM alumni. My
days for the most part have consisted of meetings....
and more meetings...with the various constituencies that make up or support the
College of Veterinary Medicine, and to which the college contributes time or talent.
I've learned about the many services that make up our Veterinary Medical Center
and heard from faculty about their dreams for the future. I have also attended devel-
opment leadership sessions and begun to gear up for the upcoming UF Capital
Campaign. I've attended the annual Florida Cattleman's Association, AAEP, AAVMC
and Banfield deans meetings and at all of these events, I've come to understand even
more the reach of the Gator Nation. I can honestly say I'm humbled by the kindness
I've been shown.
Our college is well respected and well positioned to do great things, from the
clinical offerings of our hospitals -- which keep growing -- to the research possibilities
we see every day in our work with emerging pathogens and other key UF initiatives.
Suffice to say, I am beginning to get my sea legs, (if an Ohio native can say that) and
understand the complexity of the many challenges facing us as a college. But I have
no doubt that here at UF, Lana and I are truly are a part of a winning team.

All best wishes for a joyous and prosperous 2007. Go Gators!

Glen Hoffsis


College meets fundraising goal to build new hospital thanks
to $1 million estate gift

By Sarah Carey
A $1 million
of a multimillion-
dollar estate gift
from a South Florida
cattle ranch owner
to the University of
Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine
will help ensure the
construction of the
Veterinary Education
and Clinical Research
Center, which
includes a new small
animal hospital. .
College administra- ; ..
tors said the gift puts
the UF veterinary
college just over its ,
$4 million private |
fundraising goal. The Left to right are Warren Wiltshire Jr. of Wiltshire, Whitley, Rich;
college's financial Dr. Jim Thompson, Dr. Mike McNulty and UF President Bernie
commitment is expected to be matched and supplemented
with additional state dollars to complete the project, which is
estimated to cost approximately $50 million.
"Our hope is that groundbreaking for our new hospital will
take place in 2008 and that the facility will be completed by
2010," said Dr. Jim Thompson, executive associate dean and
associate dean for students and instruction, who was interim
dean at the time the first gift installment was received.
"The college and hospital faculty, staff and students know
how fortunate they are to receive these gifts and to have
the opportunity to continue to expand the health care of
animals," Thompson added.
Warren Wiltshire, a UF alumnus and business partner of the
personal representative of the estate of Robin Weeks, came to
UF Sept. 23 to present the $1 million check to UF President
Bernie Machen and college administrators.
With him was Dr. Mike McNulty, a mixed-animal practitio-
ner and a member of the college's class of '83. McNulty was
Weeks' veterinarian and friend for many years. Along with
another "cowboy" friend, McNulty worked with Weeks' four
herds of Brangus cattle, moving them from one pasture to
another several times each year.
He also served as Weeks' pipeline for information when
she decided to put the UF College of Veterinary Medicine in
her will.
"I'll never forget, a few years before she died, I was leaving
her ranch late on a Saturday afternoon and I told her, 'I'm

ardson, et al. of Fort Myers, representing Robin Weeks' Estate;

going to stop and get a six-pack of beer and a lottery ticket.'
She immediately replied, 'you've already won the lottery."'
McNulty added, "I looked at her quizzically and she
explained, 'with your education, you've already won the
lottery.' She knew education was a sure ticket, if not to wealth
and riches, at least to a better life. I've never forgotten that
afternoon and appreciate it greatly every time I think about
McNulty said his parents were Irish immigrants who
had no education and who stressed the importance of his
education. Some time later, he shared with Weeks his plans
to leave his property to the UF veterinary college upon his
"I think that registered in her mind," he said, adding that
a short time after Weeks became ill with throat cancer, she
asked to meet with him at her home.
"I sat down with her and she said she wanted me to give
her some information about how to make a gift to the veteri-
nary college," McNulty said.
Weeks died in September 2005.
"The majority of her estate assets consist of agricultural real
estate in Glades County," said Weeks' longtime accountant
and personal representative Bob Richardson.
"There definitely are additional funds that will be available
and have been earmarked to the College of Veterinary
Medicine," Richardson said. ot

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UF veterinarian: It's not too late to vaccinate horses
against West Nile virus

By Sarah Carey
Although cooler temperatures have arrived in Florida,
horses in the Sunshine State are still at risk for con-
tracting potentially fatal mosquitoborne diseases, such as
West Nile virus, University of Florida veterinarians and state
officials warn.
"The National Weather Service is projecting a warmer than
normal winter, so horse owners should not become compla-
cent and make sure they vaccinate their horse," said Michael
Short, D.V.M., equine programs manager for the Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division
of Animal Industry.
While state officials report no equine cases yet this year,
a new single-dose vaccine recently tested in horses by a
University of Florida infectious disease specialist may reduce
the overall occurrence of the cyclical virus because the
product can be administered any time of year, with almost
immediate protection. Known as PreveNile, the vaccine
began reaching veterinarians in late September.
"Horse owners who have not vaccinated their animals
already should do so as soon as possible," said Maureen

Dr. Maureen Long e>

Long, D.V.M., an associate professor of equine medicine at
UF's College of Veterinary Medicine and a nationally recog-
nized expert on West Nile virus. "We want horse owners to
vaccinate if they haven't, because since there is no cure for
West Nile Virus, prevention is really the only tool we have for
controlling this ongoing threat."
As of Oct. 31, the disease has been reported in 3,752 people
nationwide and in 939 horses this year. In its most serious
manifestation, West Nile virus causes fatal inflammation
of the brain, and it also occurs in a variety of domestic and
wild birds, including crows. Nationwide, more than 23,000
cases have been reported in horses since its initial appear-
ance in 1999, with more than a third of these animals dying,
including more than 1,000 in Florida.
West Nile virus cycles between birds and mosquitoes and
mosquito bites are the only way a horse can become infected.
Horses and humans infected with the disease cannot infect
other horses and humans, experts say. Compared with most
states, Florida has a yearround mosquito season, but the
insects are most active in the summer and fall.
"Vaccination is a very important component of horses'
health, and the arboviruses, West Nile virus and Eastern
equine encephalitis, are two diseases we strongly urge horse
owners to have their horses vaccinated for," Short said.
"Many horses die every year from these two diseases and
those we report are just confirmed cases. There probably are a
lot more out there that we don't hear about."
PreveNile is marketed by Intervet Inc. and received
approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for com-
mercial use in July. Long and her staff provided immune
protection studies for the product, the first live-virus vaccine
to prevent West Nile virus in horses.
PreveNile provides 12 months of immunity and may be
used even if other products have been administered within
the past year. Other vaccines previously on the market
required two doses before becoming effective.
"The other vaccines are labeled only for protection against
viremia, or the presence of virus in the blood," Long said.
"This is the only market vaccine that is labeled for protection
against disease itself because of the way in which we tested
the product in horses.
Some 19,000 humans have been infected with the virus, and
nearly 800 people have died from it, according to the USDA's
animal and plant health industry surveillance program.
"There is intense interest in developing vaccination strate-
gies for humans," Long said. "A similar product is currently
being tested in humans by Acambis Inc., the human vaccine
company that constructed this product originally. Work in
horses is invaluable for assessment of this type of vaccine for
use in humans."
Horse owners with questions about vaccination protocols
and options should contact their veterinarian.

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Veterinary ophthalmologists enable blind calf to see

By Sarah Carey
It's blue skies, clear eyes for Lulu
these days.
The 4-month-old miniature Jersey
cow, owned by Peter Petres, of
Bradenton, was born with cataracts but
now has the gift of sight, thanks to the
UF Veterinary Medical Center's oph-
thalmology team.
"She came in on Tuesday, Oct. 10,
had surgery the next day and went
home the following Monday so that we
could keep her confined and give her
intravenous medications," said Caryn
Plummer, D.V.M., an assistant professor
of ophthalmology, who served as the
attending veterinarian on the case along
with Maria Kallberg, D.V.M., Ph.D.
"We did cataract extraction by way of
a procedure called phacoemulsification,
which involves making a small incision
in the cornea the same procedure
that we use to remove cataracts in dogs
and that human ophthalmologists
use to remove cataracts in humans,"
Plummer said. "The cow's lens is much
larger, though."
Plummer said Lulu is "doing great"
and had returned to the VMC two
weeks after surgery for a re-check.
"She's healing beautifully," Plummer
said. "Her vision will never be normal,
because we do not have an intraocular
lens available for use in cows, since
there is no commercial market for such
things. Even so, her vision will certainly
be better than before the cataract
Petres and his wife, Tracy, had been
looking for a miniature Jersey cow
because they thought the breed would
be perfect for their five-acre ranchette
near Sarasota.
"Over the years, I kept tabs on
breeders, availability, prices and general
information," he said.
"This past June, I saw that a breeder
had a heifer cow born with congenital
cataracts. It tugged at my heartstrings,
what the outlook might be for this calf,
so before I even spoke to the breeder, I

Pictured with Lulu, a 4-month-old Miniature Jersey cow, on Oct. 11 prior to her release from UF's Veterinary Medical Center are her owners
Tracy Petres and Peter Petres, visiting veterinary student Bil Crumley from Colorado State University, and UF veterinary ophthalmology
resident Sarah Blackwood, D.VM. Lulu had successful surgery at UF's VMC to remove cataracts in both eyes Oct. 10 and continues to
recuperate well at home in Sarasota.

contacted UF's VMC to see what might
be done."
Told that cataract removal was indeed
possible and would give Lulu a better
quality of life, Petres contacted the
breeder and arranged to pick up Lulu.
"With the cataracts, Lulu had a
limited routine on her own, so I made it
a point to walk her as often as possible
with a halter," Petres said. "There was
no problem giving her attention where
she was staying, as she is so cute and
everyone loved her. She was brushed

and handled often and seemed to
Veterinary ophthalmology resident
Sarah Blackwood, D.V.M., called daily
with Lulu's progress and the next week
Petres brought her home.
"The next morning when I brought
Lulu out of the stall into the pasture, it
was her turn to kick and run," Petres
said. "She ran around in circles, stopped
to sniff poles and sniff me, and then
went back to running." 4


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PAWS group helps seriously ill, disabled people
care for pets

and his dog, Rip, visit outside of the UF Veterinary Medical Center in December

By Sarah Carey
M any people who suffer from
debilitating illnesses such as
cancer and AIDS struggle emotionally,
physically and financially to care for
themselves, so properly looking after
their four-legged family members can
quickly become more effort than they
can shoulder alone.
Enter the Pets Are Wonderful Support
group, or PAWS, at the University of
Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
"We generally have 20 to 30 clients,
and each of them can have a limit of
three pets that we'll treat," said Jenna
Ashton, class of '07, who since 2001 has

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played a key role in running PAWS and
currently serves as its vice president of
Richard Martin, a retired Pacific Bell
employee whose income is a monthly
disability check, has been a PAWS client
for five or six years, he said. Martin has
brought Rip, his 13-year-old Rhodesian
ridgeback crossbred dog, to PAWS for
routine physical examinations and for
periodic biopsies of the fatty tumors
Rip is prone to getting on his body.
Martin first heard about PAWS
through the Ryan White program at the
public health department.

"It has really been a blessing for us,"
said Martin, who acquired Rip as a
puppy from his nephew. "I probably
couldn't afford to have a pet if I had
to pay all the costs myself, after rent,
utilities and insurance."
PAWS works with representatives of
community organizations that serve
individuals with special health needs to
identify potential clients. Participants
must certify that they have a terminal or
debilitating illness, and that they meet
low-income criteria.
"The program was patterned after one
in California that was set up specifi-

cally to help AIDS patients at a time
when they were considered pariahs and
often had no one for emotional support,
except their pets," said Jack Gaskin,
D.V.M., who along with Amy Stone,
D.V.M., serves as PAWS' clinical instruc-
tor and adviser. Natalie Isaza, D.V.M., is
the group's surgery supervisor.
He added that PAWS volunteers are
compassionate, community-minded
and dedicated to the true calling for
many veterinarians: the human-animal
"Our clients are needy and very
grateful that these young profession-
als-to-be take time from their busy
schedules to assist them and their pets,"
Gaskin said. "It's very much a mutually
beneficial relationship."
Gaskin credited the program's
founder, UF veterinary college professor
emeritus Tom Lane, D.V.M., with the
program's success. Lane, who also
helped to create the college's 24-hour
pet loss support hotline, retired in 2000.
"So much of the veterinary
community has benefited from Dr.
Lane's largesse and expertise," Gaskin
said. "He is very much a credit to our

To participate in surgery clinics,
students must have completed either
the shelter medicine or surgical
rotations, whereas for general clinics
- to serve as doctors under faculty
supervision students must be juniors
or seniors and have taken either general
medicine or small animal medicine.
Freshman and sophomore students
serve as technicians.
Money is allocated to the group
through the Veterinary Medical College
Council, which receives funding from
the UF-wide Board of College Councils.
Gaskin said PAWS also had benefited
from support from Westside Animal
Hospital and its owner, veterinarian
Wilbur Wood, D.V.M., as well as from
Micanopy Animal Hospital and its
owner, veterinarian Molly Pearson,
"They really helped in the early
phases of the program by volunteer-
ing their clinics, staff and resources,"
Gaskin said. "In addition, Cheryl
Shechta and her associates at Webster
Veterinary Supply have been very
generous in donating supplies over the

In addition to supplies provided
through Webster, pharmaceutical
companies including Pfizer, Novartis
and Bayer have donated medication
to be distributed to pets receiving care
through the program. Hills Pet Food
has donated food for PAWS participants
as well.
PAWS also represents a meaning-
ful learning opportunity for student
"What's really important about PAWS
is that third- and fourth-year students
with clinical experience give guidance
to first- and second-year students
who, in turn, gain firsthand experi-
ence dealing with clients, patients and
routine veterinary care issues before
they enter their formal clinics," Gaskin
said. "The PAWS environment is low-
key and unhurried, so students have
the opportunity to learn their way
around the small animal clinic and
gain some clinical expertise in advance
of their classmates who choose not to
participate." L

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University of Florida veterinary student Tiffany
Holcomb monitors the condition of this 13-year-
old Bengal tiger at the UF Veterinary Medical
Center Oct. 11. The privately owned tiger had
come to UF for a dental recheck following a
root canal performed six months ago earlier.
The tiger's mouth was deemed to be in good
shape, UF veterinarians said.

This baby squirrel, nicknamed Lanai, dropped out of its nest and was brought into UF's Veterinary Medical Center for treatment in
September. Lanai was treated successfully for a broken arm. Holding her is veterinary student Stacy Rebello

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College administrator named executive

associate dean

ames P.
D.V.M., Ph.D.,
has been named
executive associate
dean of the
University of Florida
College of Veterinary
Until his appoint- Dr. James P. Thompson
ment, Thompson was
the college's associate dean of students
and instruction for the past decade. He
served as interim dean of the college
from Feb. 20 to Oct. 1, when Glen
Hoffsis, D.V.M., became the college's
permanent dean. Thompson's new
position is the second-highest-ranking
position at the college.
Thompson received both his D.V.M.
and Ph.D. degrees from UF and
completed a residency in small animal
internal medicine at UF prior to joining
the faculty in 1986.

"Dr. Thompson has wide experience
as associate dean of student affairs and
his recent role as interim dean provided
additional perspectives valuable to the
college," Hoffsis said. "I am confident
in his abilities and feel he will bring
strong skills and vision to our adminis-
trative team."
Board-certified in the specialties
of internal medicine, immunology,
virology, microbiology and oncology,
Thompson has won numerous awards
both for his teaching and for his
research and has served as academic
adviser for dozens of veterinary
students, residents and interns over
the years. After his days as a graduate
student and resident at UF, Thompson
became an assistant professor and
director of the Veterinary Medical
Teaching Hospital's immunology
service before advancing to full
professor and associate dean.
Thompson has been active at

the national level in the Association
of American Veterinary Medical
Colleges and the American College of
Veterinary Microbiology. He also served
as a member of the Morris Animal
Foundation's scientific advisory board.
At the university level, he has contrib-
uted as a member of both the Faculty
Senate and Curriculum committees. He
is a member of the UF Health Science
Center Academic Deans Council and has
served on numerous committees within
the veterinary college.
Thompson has maintained an active
teaching post within the veterinary
curriculum in the area of professional
veterinary ethics.
He will continue to maintain direct
oversight of the Office for Students and
Instruction and the college's D.V.M.
degree admissions program until his
replacement is named, Hoffsis said. IL

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College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
-- and says each was instrumental
for her as she initiated each phase of
her career. "They were also critical
because they assisted with my network
of experts in each area," she said. "I
knew that I wanted to succeed and I
wanted to capitalize on the insight that
seasoned experts in those disciplines
could provide."
In terms of public service, "I really get
a high out of helping others," Mobley
said. "I like to see others succeed, learn
and benefit from whatever insights I
may have for them."
Mobley has fond memories of her
experiences as a veterinary student
at UF About a year ago, while in the

Washington, D.C. area, Mobley ran
into a few former classmates from
whom she says she still receives "great
Christmas cards and letters."
"I really miss them, because it was
such a close, fun group and I had a
ball between the multiple stressful
The last time she was in Gainesville, it
was for her 10-year class reunion.
"When I saw people, it was like old
times and we picked up right where
we left off," she said. "I really miss
everyone. Now that I am out of the vet-
erinary circles, I do not see anyone."
Among Mobley's UF mentors were
Drs. Jim Himes, Llewellyn Payton,
Denny Meyer, -- whom Mobley says

was also a mentor while at she was at
GlaxoSmithKline Kim Bullock, class of
'87, Deidre DuBissette, class of '85 and
Alice Tucker, class of '88.
But it's her parents Mobley points to
as the people who have consistently and
in the most important ways, inspired
her life.
"They exemplified so many positive
things and a great work ethic," Mobley
said. "They were always so very sup-
portive of me and never told me that
I could not achieve something. I had
so many mentors; all of my bosses as
well as my current boss were and are
fabulous. I am so very fortunate in that

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College names new
director of Racing

R ichard A. Sams,
Ph.D., has been
named director of the
University of Florida
College of Veterinary
Medicine Racing
Sams came to UF
from The Ohio State
University College of Dr. Richard A. Sams
Veterinary Medicine,
where he was a professor and the
director of its Analytical Toxicology
Laboratory, a position he held since
1978. Sams received his bachelor of
science degree in pharmacy and a Ph.D.
in pharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics
from OSU.
The laboratory supports the state
Division of Pari-mutuel Wagering's
regulation of Florida's racing industry
by ensuring that racehorses and grey-
hounds that win at the racetrack are not
affected by prohibited drugs. In 2005-06,
the laboratory received and processed
some 85,844 samples, which resulted in
533,958 analyses.
The laboratory is one of only a handful
of laboratories in the United States to
be accredited according to international
standards. K

Student go-t'f tf

honored for best
abstract at meeting

A ndre Shih,
MD.V.M., an
assistant professor
of anesthesiology
in the University of
Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine,
was honored for
having the best
abstract presentation Dr. Andre Shih
at the 9th World Congress of Veterinary
The Congress was held in September
in Brazil. Veterinary anesthesiologists
from all over the world submitted oral
or written presentations for consider-
ation in the abstract competition.
Shih's abstract showed that a drug
called midozolam can alleviate pain
caused by damaged or diseased nerves
in rats.
"Neuropathic pain is very difficult
to treat, with only about 40 percent
of patients with the disease being
treatable medically, and the best-case
scenario being around 50 percent," Shih
said. "We have shown that injection
of midozolam helps alleviate painful
signs, compared to a placebo of saline

Pictured Aug. 26 at the Society for Theriogenology meeting in St. Paul, Minn., are (left to right) University of Florida College of Veterinary
Medicine student Tonya Stephens; former UF theriogenology resident Bruce Christensen, DV.M, who is now a UF graduate student;
student Courtney Riley and student Erin Sellers-Newkirk. The students were among six winners in the society's annual student case

UF veterinarian lauded
for contributions to
bovine industry

San Shearer,
D.V.M., a
University of
Florida professor
who developed an
innovative, bilingual
program to train
dairy workers how
to better detect and
treat hoof problems Dr. Jan Shearer
in cows, has received the American
Association of Bovine Practitioners/
Alpharma Award of Excellence.
Shearer, who also serves as UF's dairy
extension veterinarian, holds appoint-
ments in the College of Veterinary
Medicine's department of large animal
clinical sciences and the Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences' depart-
ment of dairy science. He also chairs the
AABP's committee on animal welfare.
He received the award, consisting of
a commemorative ring and a plaque, in
September in St. Paul, Minn., during the
AAPB's annual meeting. The award is
given annually to those whose profes-
sional activities have had a consistent
influence on the daily actions of veteri-
narians in bovine practice.
In 1996, Shearer initiated the Master
Hoof Care Program, an effort that began
at UF's College of Veterinary Medicine
and has since expanded to educate
hundreds of farm health technicians,
private claw trimmers and veterinar-
ians from all over the world. The course
is offered several times a year in both
English and Spanish.
This summer, Shearer was also rec-
ognized by The Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine when
the institution honored him with its
Distinguished Alumnus Award.
The award recognizes alumni who
have made distinguished contributions
to society in the course of their profes-
sional careers and who have brought
positive recognition to their college. If

presentation competition, designed to promote student interest in the society, to encourage investigative and communication skills
and to allow students greater participation in the group's annual meeting. Riley tied for first place with a student from the University of
Pennsylvania, Sellers-Newkirk won third place and Stephens took fourth-place honors.

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New patient advocate program improves customer
service at VMC

By Sarah Carey
M any hands make light work. That expression captures
the spirit of the small animal hospital's Volunteer
Advocate program, which began in July and has brought
new faces -- as well as helpful hands -- to the client
services area.
The program began to take form after Carol Ash, a retired
eminent scholar from the UF College of Nursing, made
former Dean Joe DiPietro aware of her interest in volunteer-
ing at the UF VMC. A casual conversation led to a lunch
meeting between Ash, DiPietro and small animal hospital
chief of staff Colin Burrows, B.Vet.Med., Ph.D., after which
Ash was invited to help get a formal volunteer program off
the ground. Burrows then asked Jo Ann Hostetler, the small
animal hospital's coordinator of administrative services to
work with Ash to coordinate the program. Hostetler already
had been visualizing such a program and was delighted
when it was formalized.
"I said I didn't know anything about setting up a volunteer
program, but I'm willing to give it a shot," said Ash, who
recently helped list the new program with the Volunteer
Center of Alachua County. "It's a challenge, but I like a
The program so far has involved volunteers from Oak
Hammock community, where Ash lives, and a few others in
the community who work in two- to four-hour slots perform-
ing various tasks -- all aimed at enhancing the overall client
service in the hospital.
Volunteers greet clients and welcome visitors at the door,
direct them to the check-in counter, offer a set of arms to
hold an animal while a client signs in, and in general serve as
liaisons between hospital clients and service technicians and
"They converse with clients in the receiving area to see
if they have concerns about their waiting time, have any
general questions, would like a cup of coffee or directions to
the nearest mall, anything that will help make their visit as
pleasant and comfortable as possible," Hostetler said.
"If anyone voices a concern, the advocate comes out to
talk to a member of the client service team, which has the
appointment schedule and a record of the student who has
picked up the medical record for that case," she said. "We
call the student on their Nextel phone and ask for an update
on the waiting time and relay that information to the client."
In most cases, clients are happy just to feel they have not
been forgotten and someone is paying attention and aware of
their situation, Hostetler added.
Other tasks patient advocates perform include helping the
clients at discharge.
"The clients may have dog food or medication in hand,
holding on to their pet and trying to write a check, all at the
Same time," Hostetler said. "The advocate is there to give

the Small Animal hospital in early January.

them a hand, or just ask how everything went with their
visit." Often clients will be busy cashing out and then they
will think of something they forgot to ask the student or the
doctor. So the advocate might contact the student again."
The hospital's most visible patient advocate to date has
been Ash, who prior to coming to UF in 1992 worked as
the director of nursing education at the Memorial Sloan-
Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
"People are just so grateful for the help," Ash said.
"Particularly if they have never been here before, they're
confused and bewildered. When they say 'thank you so
much,' it makes you feel like it's all worthwhile."
Burrows added that he could see the benefits of the
program, even in a short period of time.
"The volunteers have made themselves invaluable in just a
short while," he said. "They are valued members of our client
service team. We just wish we had more of them."Ob

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Team VetMed raises more than $29,000 for CVM

student scholarships

Pictured above, thanks to photographer William Castleman, are members of the 2006 Team VetMed Horse Farm Hundred cyclists. On Oct. 22, the team participated in the 26th annual Horse Farm Hundred
bike ride through Alachua and Marion counties. The 100-mile pack finished at Morningside Nature Center around 4 p.m. with Dr. Jim Thompson leading the group home. "It was a perfect ride, with no flat tires
and no injuries," said Jo Ann Winn, the college's events coordinator. "The team has raised more than $29,000 for student scholarships and the college. That's something to be proud about."

Supporting the Gator Nation...

With the recent UFvictory over Ohio State in the college championship game fresh in their minds,
several members of the UF CVM Gator Nation gathered after the college's alumni reception, held Jan.
Joan Drost, Cheryl Rowe and Pat Neilson show off some of the wares on Jan. 22 at the UF & Shands 14 during the NAVC Conference in Orlando. In a bit of team-spirited fun, the group walked with the
Gift Stop. Proceeds from the sales of these items notably Gator Championship T-shirts benefit the UF banner down the hallway and posed outside of the room where Ohio State University's College of
College of Veterinary Medicine. Drost, wife of professor emeritus Dr. Maarten Drost; Rowe, wife of Veterinary Medicine had hosted its alumni get-together. From left to right are: Anna Thompson, '08,
scientist Dr. Carlos Romero; and Pat Neilson, wife of former college research dean Dr. John Neilson, Dr. Ellis Greiner, Amy Lauranzon, Kate Berk,'08, Katherine Crook, '08, Sonya Myers, '08, Dr. Karri
are members of the veterinary auxiliary group, which functions as a support group for the college. Barabas, '03, and Jamie McLaughlin, '08.

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Student vcew"
Veterinary student takes
third place for essay
M elissa Bourgeois, a senior student at
the University of Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine, recently received third Melissa Bourgeois
place in the annual J. Fred Smithcors essay contest sponsored
by the American Veterinary Medical History Society.
Held to encourage interest in history from students enrolled
in veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada,
and the Caribbean, the contest is named in honor of J. Fred
Smithcors, D.V.M. Ph.D., author of several books on veteri-
nary history, for his contributions as founder of the AVMHS.
Results of the most recent essay competition were announced
in August.
In addition to pursuing her veterinary degree at UF,
Bourgeois is a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in the college's

Calendar ft't t- ft rt-, i %tfuPknrtz'
February 15 -17:Back-to-College weekend, sponsored by
the UF Alumni Association, will be held on the UF campus. Dr.
Terry Curtis, a veterinary animal behaviorist and member of the
UF CVM's class of '97, will speak on "Storm Phobia in Dogs." The
UF CVM classes of 1990, 1991 and 1992 have been invited to attend.
Saturday's featured guest will be Stephanie Abrams from The
Weather Channel. For more information or to register,
go to:
February 19: College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni
Reception at Western States Veterinary Conference will be held
at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Festivities start
at 7:30 p.m. in room Islander G. For more information, contact
Sunshine Andrei at or
call (352) 392-4700, ext. 5200.
March 9: A Salute to Pets 'N Vets (formerly known as Party in
the Jungle) will be held at Parrot Jungle in Miami as a fund raiser
for the UF CVM. For more information, contact Sunshine Andrei at or call (352) 392-4700, ext. 5200.
April 13 -14: Spring Reunion Weekend and Silver Society,
sponsored by the UF Alumni Association. A gathering of all UF

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department of large animal clinical sciences. Her award-
winning essay was titled, "From 1946 to the Present -- NASA's
Contributions to the Veterinary Medical Sciences."
Her award consists of $250, a copy of the Merck Veterinary
Manual, a one year subscription to the AVMHS newsletter and
publication of all or part of her article in the newsletter.
"Melissa thinks extra-globally," said Paul Gibbs, B.V.Sc.,
Ph.D., a professor of infectious diseases at the UF veterinary
colleges and one of Bourgeois's mentors in the joint D.V.M./
Ph.D. program. "She is fairly convinced she wants to be a
NASA scientist and an astronaut.
"She also has traveled extensively and is excited about the
prospect of doing international work. She worked with the
state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services during
one of her externships to draw up plans for the control of
African Horse Sickness," Gibbs said. "They were impressed
enough that they invited her to present her findings at the state
diagnostic laboratory in Kissimmee."4#

Classes of 1982 for a 25th anniversary reunion and Silver Society
Reception. For more information, contact Jo Ann Winn at winnj@ to register, contact UF Alumni Association at
April 14: The UF College of Veterinary Medicine's annual Open
House, sponsored by the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary
Medical Association, will be held from 10 a .m. to 4 p.m. For more
information, contact Sarah Carey at (352) 392-4700, ext. 5206.
April 21: The UF College of Veterinary Medicine's Spring Alumni
Council Meeting will be held at Emerson Alumni Hall, President's
Room B from 10:00 2:00. Lunch will be provided. For more infor-
mation, contact Sunshine Andrei at or
Genevieve Mendoza Perez at or
call (352) 392-4700, ext. 5200.
July 7: Referring Veterinarian Appreciation Day will be held at
the UF/Gainesville Hilton. For more information, contact Linda Lee at
(352) 392-4700, ext. 5714.
August 4: The annual Dog/Cat Breeders & Owners symposium
will be held in Gainesville. Stay tuned for more information.

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