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Cat whispurr-er in demand for skills in

veterinary behavior

By Sarah Carey
V eterinary behaviorist Dr.
Terry Curtis, '97, lectures all
over the country and abroad about
predictable pet behavioral dilemmas:
dog and cat aggression, thunderstorm
phobias, separation anxiety.
But the call she received from the
U.S. Department ofAgriculture,
requesting a consult at the Ernest
Hemingway Home and Museum
- a well-known tourist stop in Key
West and home to as many as 60 "
polydactal cats descending from the
late author's pet cat colony was
nothing she could have anticipated.
Word leaked out that Curtis had
been invited to visit the site and
assess the situation, which involved
a dispute between the USDA and
the site owners as to whether the house was in
compliance with the Animal Welfare Act.

Suddenly the national media was all over the
story. Reporters clamored for interviews with
"the cat whispurr-er." Curtis appeared on ABC's
Nightline news show. She received a brief mention
in People Magazine. She's still getting calls about
what she found at the site and her recommended
solution but the whispurr-er's staying mum.

You can't blame reporters for asking. Many
people don't have a good understanding of
what a veterinary behaviorist does, how they
work and how they differ from others who call
themselves animal behaviorists.
"Don't forget to put the 'veterinary' in front
of it when you talk about me," said Curtis, one
of only 42 board-certified veterinary animal
behaviorists in the country, according to the
American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.
"There are credentials associated with a
veterinary behaviorist; a few more years of
school and many globs of sweat are attached."
The Niagara Falls, N.Y. native, now
a clinical instructor at UF's College of
Veterinary Medicine, has always carved her
own path.
er tabby cat, Molly. She worked as a research technologist
with Exxon Chemical Company and
as an environmental specialist with the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection and with a private consulting firm.
But the work was not fulfilling.
"I definitely was not one who always wanted to be a vet," Curtis
said. "For me, it was about what career was going to work for me as an
adult. I wanted to be in a profession where I had autonomy, flexibility
and variety. I was either going to open my own environmental
consulting firm, or go back to school."
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Message from the Dean

T he formal kickoff of the public phase of the
university's $1.5 billion capital campaign, Florida
Tomorrow, slated for completion in fall 2012, was
Sept. 28.
As part of the University of Florida's overall
fundraising goal, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine
has announced its official goal of $40 million to be
reached within that five-year period.
What is Florida Tomorrow? Here at the college, it's
our pledge to support the community, faculty, students
and animals. It's our commitment to care for animals,
here on campus and throughout the state of Florida
and the Southeast United States. And it's our promise
to future generations to foster tomorrow's next great
At the College of Veterinary Medicine, we believe that
Florida Tomorrow is a place where medical discoveries
Dean Glen Hoffsis solve animal, human and environment problems. The
campaign will be crucial in building the strength needed
to meet the needs of Florida and the nation.
Florida Tomorrow is pioneering research and spirited academic programs. It's a fertile
environment for inquiry, teaching and learning. It's being at the forefront to address the
challenges facing all of us, both today and tomorrow.
We hope all of you will keep the future of our college in mind as we progress through the
years ahead. You understand that the shortfall in state revenues has seriously eroded our college
budget, making us less dependent on the state.
The state portion of our college's budget is about $17 million, while our total budget is about
$57 million. This means that most of the programs and services provided by the college are
funded from sources other than the state of Florida. These other sources include student tuition,
hospital income, research grants, contracts, gifts, and endowments. One of the most critical and
valuable of these sources are the endowments. The most distinguished veterinary colleges in the
country are characterized by sizable endowments that support professors, students, research,
and facilities.
Endowments enable us to provide state of the art clinical services and the infrastructure
needed to sustain a vibrant research enterprise. Our college desperately needs more endowed
chairs and professorships. A position like this is created with a gift which qualifies for a state
match. The combined total is then invested in the UF Foundation and annual income is used
to pay the salary of a distinguished professor. The awesome aspect of this is that it lasts in
perpetuity. When one named professor retires, another one is recruited into the position. This
allows the college to name an existing professor to the position or to recruit a professor to UE
Either way, the college has a mechanism of attracting and retaining distinguished faculty, which
is crucial to ensure the advancement we all desire.
I want to thank all of you for the support you give the college in so many ways and hope you
will participate in the Florida Tomorrow Campaign to the greatest extent possible.

Glen Hoffsis

UF toxicology lab to assess effects of pollutants on sharks

By Meredith Woods

S ending commonly prescribed
medications down the drain may
be taking a bite out of the environment
- at least when it comes to shark habitat,
University of Florida veterinary scientists say.
In fact, the combination of flushing unused
medications and the natural excretion of drug
residue from antidepressants, cholesterol-
regulating drugs and contraceptives into
wastewater systems could be having
repercussions on aquatic animal life in general.
Researchers at UF's College of Veterinary
Medicine's Analytical Toxicology Core
Laboratory, in collaboration with Mote
Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, are studying
the bull shark's exposure to pharmaceutical
drug residue found in the waters of the
Caloosahatchee River near Fort Myers. Bull
sharks leave the ocean to spend time in
brackish rivers and estuaries, and the river
serves as a nursery for their young.
"Because bull sharks have the unique ability
to survive in both saltwater and freshwater
environments, they are in close, frequent
contact with people and, as a result, are
frequently exposed to wastewater pollutants
found in freshwater basins," said Jim
Gelsleichter, senior scientist at Mote Marine
Scientists are trying to determine whether
exposure to prescription residue contaminants
from water treatment plants and other
sources affects the sharks' ability to grow
and reproduce.
"Treatment plants
were designed to
remove pathogens
like viruses and
bacterial agents,
and that they do
very well," said
Nancy Szabo,
Ph.D. Gelsleichter's
co-investigator and
director of UF's Dr. Nancy Szabo
Analytical Toxicology Core Laboratory. But
these facilities simply aren't designed to deal
with pharmaceuticals, she said.
Evidence suggests that low-level
pharmaceutical pollution is widespread. In
1999 and 2000, the U.S. Geological Survey
sampled 139 streams in 30 states for organic
wastewater contaminants, including common
pharmaceuticals. Eighty percent of the streams

Mote senior biologist John Tyminski tags a bull shark while Mote intern Lisa Arneson, left, and Principal Investigator Dr. Jim Gelsleichter,
right, hold the animal. Mote interns Christelle Abadia, rear left, and Kristina Knight, rear right, record data and observe the tagging process.
All interns are supported by Mote's NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program.

studied contained traces of chemical pollution.
The consequences of such contamination
are not yet fully known, although some
research has shown even low levels of these
contaminants affect several fish species.
Federal guidelines for proper disposal of
prescription drugs recommend flushing them
down the toilet only if the accompanying
patient information specifically says it is safe
to do so.
Gelsleichter is testing for the presence and
levels of human drug contaminants in bull
shark blood by tagging bull sharks in the river
basin with passive sampling devices silicone
rubber discs that collect chemical samples in
the water for later examination. When sharks
are caught by local anglers or by the Mote
team on subsequent research expeditions, the
tags are retrieved and sent to UF's Analytical
Toxicology Core Laboratory for analysis.
When the blood and silicone-rubber discs
from the bull sharks arrive at the laboratory,
Szabo's team analyzes the samples to determine
the variety and concentration of chemicals
present in the bull shark's environment.
The UF laboratory specializes in non-
routine analysis. Szabo's team works with
researchers both at UF and elsewhere to
develop appropriate methods for measuring
and analyzing whatever toxins are being

examined. These techniques are tailored
specifically to each client.
For the bull shark study, the UF laboratory
has been able to use distinctive techniques
to gauge chemical levels in bull shark blood.
The laboratory worked with Mote not only to
design the experiment but also to adapt the
analytical methods used to ensure valid results
are produced.
"The type of work we do requires a lot
of effort, and one has to have the expertise
available to know where to even begin,"
Szabo said.
The bull shark study, which is funded
through September 2008 by the Charlotte
Harbor National Estuary Program and a
federal grant to the National Shark Research
Foundation, is the most recent collaboration
between the UF laboratory and Mote. The
two groups have worked together for the past
nine years.
"Our collaborative efforts have provided
new data on the environmental quality
of essential fish habitat for the U.S. shark
populations," Gelsleichter added. "This
information is necessary for NOAA (National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
fisheries to have so they can manage and
conserve these populations from an ecosystem
perspective." 490K

Aquatic Animal Health program thrives, but hopes to survive

By Sarah Carey
The University of Florida's Aquatic Animal Health program was
significantly enhanced in 2000 with an $810,000 state grant
shared with the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience in St.
Augustine. This funding is part of a larger state program that supports
the rescue and rehabilitation of Florida's imperiled manatee population
at Sea World Orlando, Miami Seaquarium, and Lowry Park Zoo.
The funding allowed UF to
establish a unique training program
in marine mammal health that
complemented existing programs in .
fisheries and aquaculture.
"We have been able to provide
support to our colleagues in
various state agencies and to unify
previously disparate programs .
within other departments and
colleges," said Ruth Francis-Floyd,
D.V.M., the program's director.
Eleanor Green, D.V.M., chair
of the UF College of Veterinary
Medicine's department of large
animal clinical sciences and chief of
staff of UF's large animal hospital,
called the program "one of the
most exciting on campus" and said
it adds an important dimension to
her department, which is where the
program has its academic home.
"This program is important
to the State of Florida, its fragile t
ecosystem, and its people," Green
said. "It would be impossible to
measure the positive return on d
the state's investment due to the
expansiveness of its impact, such
s o i s Dr. Mike Walsh, UF's new associate director of t
as on its multitude of freshwater position a rehabilitated stranded dolphin for che
lakes, miles of coastline, unique and Center. Taking the radiographs (not shown in ph
endangered aquatic animal species, College of Veterinary Medicine's Mobile Equine
,to Clearwater to be of service when assistance
agribusiness, tourism, and
much more."
The program covers everything from shellfish and other
invertebrates, typically clams, shrimp and ornamental coral, through
fish, including both aquarium-type fish and aquaculture (fish farming)
operations, added Charles Courtney, D.V.M., Ph.D., associate dean
of research and graduate studies at the veterinary college, in which the
university wide program is centered. "Our zoo medicine faculty and
graduate students are heavily involved in sea turtles and alligators, so
we're also doing the large reptiles, both clinically and in research."
Collaborations with state and federal agencies, as well as private
zoological parks such as the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Sea
World and Disney's Animal Kingdom, have been strengthened
through UF's veterinary and scientific expertise in private collections
and wildlife rehabilitation. The first-ever clinical resident at UF
specializing in aquatic animal medicine finished her program in July.

In August, veterinary college faculty approved a certificate program for
professional DVM students who wish to gain experience in the area of
aquatic animal health.
The program also helps fund research ranging from very basic
science to applied questions, such as how fast a boat has to be
going before it will damage a manatee on impact information
which could provide information
used to set boat speeds, Courtney
said. Continuing education
and consultation is available to
biologists, veterinarians, and
wildlife rehabilitation professionals
throughout the country and

he Aquatic Animal Health Program, helps
st radiographs at Clearwater Marine Science
oto) was Dr. Michael Porter, who directs the
Diagnostic Service. Porter took the MEDS truck
was needed.

But the recurring funds that have
made the AAH program possible
may soon be on the chopping block,
vulnerable to budget cuts at a time
when all state agencies have been
asked to trim their budgets from
4-10 percent due to Florida's
sagging economy.
"While supplemented by many
more grants and contracts we bring
in ourselves, the state grant has
allowed the college to build a stable
and strong marine mammal program
and strengthen longtime programs in
fisheries and aquaculture," Courtney
Said. "The funds we receive are
I leveraged many times over.
In August, Mike Walsh, D.V.M.,
formerly head veterinarian at Sea
World of Florida, joined the UF team
as associate program director. His
21 years in marine animal medicine
have been hallmarked by innovation
and improvement in the care of
manatees, pinnipeds, penguins,
dolphins, whales, sea turtles, sharks

and beached whales and dolphins.
"I joined this program because of its past strengths, its current
level of expertise and the obvious future commitment it will make to
Florida's valuable wild aquatic animal species, the fish industry, the
Oceanaria, FWC and the National Marine Fisheries," Walsh said.
"Theses are unique and productive partnerships and the general public
has no idea of the many accomplishments on their behalf."
Walsh also has contributed to the internationalization of Florida's
aquatic animal medicine program with previous training for and
assistance to programs in Taiwan, Canada, Holland, Argentina, and
South America.
"There may be programs around the world that are stronger than
we are in one particular area, but I'm fairly certain that no one has the
broad strength and completeness that we have," Courtney said. 49a

Aonors, Awards Appointments & Announcements

Alumni affairs coordinator
named at UF veterinary
Jo Ann Winn has
been named alumni
affairs coordinator
at the University of
Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine.
For the past five
years, Winn has
worked as a program
assistant in charge of
coordinating college Jo Ann Winn
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events. Winn will
continue to handle
those duties but now will also coordinate
activities specifically related to alumni. She
also will head up the Pet Memorial Program,
a means through which alumni and friends
can make a donation in memory of a client or
friend's pet when the pet dies, and the alumni
council's Distinguished Awards Program.
She began her official duties in April.
Among her current projects is implementing
a new student ambassador program to
encourage greater student involvement with
alumni, donors and friends of the college.
Winn holds a bachelor's degree in public
relations from UE

Infectious disease
specialist awarded
Anthony Barbet,
Ph.D., an infectious
disease specialist at
the University of
Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine,
has received a UF
Research Foundation
The professorships
are awarded through Dr. Anthony Barbet
the university's
Division of Sponsored
Research to tenured faculty members
campuswide for distinguished research and
scholarship. The honor includes a $5,000
salary increase each year for three years and a
one-time $3,000 award for research support.
Barbet, a professor in the UF veterinary
college's department of infectious diseases and
pathology, specializes in tick-borne rickettsial
diseases, a growing threat to human health.

Such diseases occur worldwide, but are most
common in temperate and subtropical regions.
Barbet and his colleagues at the UF veterinary
college have long studied the animal variations
of many of these diseases, specifically
anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis.
While perhaps best known for their decades
of research into heartwater, a devastating
disease that affects cattle and other livestock,
UF's team also has significantly contributed
to the understanding of other rickettsial
organisms in the same family. Barbet is
currently focusing on understanding why
these diseases are now spreading from
animals to humans and how they persist in
the environment. The research also involves
developing new molecular approaches that
may be applied to pinpoint and control both
human and animal infections.
Barbet has been a member of UF's
veterinary college faculty since 1986.

Graduate student receives
Pablo Pinedo, a
graduate student
in the University
of Florida College
of Veterinary
Medicine, has
received the Richard
Merkal Memorial
Fellowship to attend
the International
Pablo Pinedo
Colloquium on Pablo Pinedo
Paratuberculosis, to be
held Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Tsukuba, Japan.
Pinedo is pursuing his Ph.D. under the
supervision of Owen Rae, D.V.M., a professor
in the department of large animal clinical
sciences. Pinedo's travel and registration
costs will be covered through the fellowship,
which is sponsored by International
Association for Paratuberculosis and is only
awarded to two individuals. While at the
event, Pinedo will give a presentation on his
research, which focuses on genetic resistance
to paratuberculosis, also known as Johne's
Disease, in beef and dairy cattle.
Paratuberculosis is a chronic, debilitating
disease of ruminants characterized by
progressive weight loss and profuse diarrhea.
The disease resembles Crohn's disease in
humans and produces high losses for the
animal industry in the United States.

Student's poster
presentation to be featured
at NIH research festival
The research
findings of University
of Florida veterinary
graduate student
Shasta McClenahan
will be featured in a
poster presentation
slated for the second
annual National
Institutes of Health-
sponsored National
Graduate Student Shasta McClenahan
Research Festival, to
be held Oct. 11-12 in Bethesda, Md.
McClenahan's research involves the isolation
and characterization of caliciviruses from
marine mammals. Calciviruses can cause
blisters on the flippers and in the mouths
of marine mammals, and have caused
spontaneous abortions in pregnant animals.
"These marine caliciviruses are unique in
that they can move from the ocean into the
terrestrial environment, where they infect
many other animal species, livestock and even
humans," McClenahan said.
Her project began as a collaboration with
Alaska Veterinary P irl .... : Services and the
Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which
are investigating the declines in the Steller sea
lion population in Alaska.
The event will be held at the NIH's main
campus. One of the festival's goals is to help
graduate students meet NIH investigators
with whom they may wish to pursue
postdoctoral training.
"Several hundred students from all over
the country applied for this privilege, and
those selected represent the 'creme-de-la-
crime' of our future scientists," said Carlos
Romero, Ph.D., a scientist in the department
of infectious diseases and p arl...J.. :- at
UF's College of Veterinary Medicine and
McClenahan's graduate program supervisor.


Honors, Awards, Appointments & Announcements

Former Sea World vet hired
to help run aquatic health
Mike Walsh,
D.V.M., a former
head veterinarian
at Sea World of
Florida, has joined
the administrative
staff at the University
of Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine,
where he now serves
as associate director of Dr. Mike Walsh
UF's Aquatic Animal
Health program.
He will work directly under program
director Ruth Francis-Floyd, D.V.M., a
longtime fisheries and aquaculture specialist.
Although programs in aquaculture and
fisheries existed for years across different
colleges and departments at UF, an $810,000
state grant funded in 2000 shared
between the college and the Whitney Marine
Laboratory has greatly expanded the
university's teaching, clinical and research
expertise in the area of marine mammal
Walsh's 21 years in that discipline have
been marked by innovation and improvement
in the care of manatees, seals and sea lions,
penguins, dolphins, whales, sea turtles and
sharks as well as beached whales and dolphins.
"I joined this program because of its past
strengths, its current level of expertise and the
obvious future commitment it will make to
Florida's valuable wild aquatic animal species,
the fish industry, the Oceanaria, Florida's
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
and the National Marine Fisheries Service,"
Walsh said. "These are unique and productive
partnerships and the general public has no
idea of the many accomplishments on their
Walsh also has contributed to the
internationalization of Florida's aquatic animal
medicine program by providing training and
other assistance to organizations in Taiwan,
Canada, Holland, Argentina and South
America. New associations with Clearwater
Marine Science Center and Georgia Aquarium
will offer clinical residents even more hands-
on exposure to state-of-the-art marine animal

Interim dean of students
Thomas W. Vickroy, Ph.D., a pharmacology
professor and longtime University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine faculty mem-
ber, has been named interim associate dean for
students and instruc-
tion at the college.
Vickroy's appoint-
ment came after a
national search to fill
the position was ter-
minated in August due
to a universitywide
hiring freeze. '.
A neuropharmacol- Ia
ogy professor in the Dr. Thomas Vickroy
college's department
of physiological sciences, Vickroy teaches
veterinary pharmacology and small and large
animal clinical pharmacology to professional
(D.V.M.) students. He also lectures on cel-
lular neurophysiology, molecular and cellular
neurobiology, mammalian pharmacology and
advanced toxicology, among other topics, to
graduate students in the veterinary college and
with UF's College of Medicine.
Vickroy has won numerous awards for
teaching excellence since he joined the UF
veterinary faculty in 1988, including recog-
nition of his contributions in the forensic
science program with the National Award for
Excellence in College and University Distance
Education in 2006. This program is offered
through the graduate schools of both the vet-
erinary college and UF's College of Pharmacy.
Other professional teaching honors include
the College of Veterinary Medicine Clinical
Sciences Teacher of the Year in 2003-04 and
Class of 1996 Teacher of the Year.
Vickroy's appointment was effective Sept.
1. His predecessor in the position, James P.
Thompson, D.V.M., Ph.D., had served since
1996. Soon after the present dean, Glen
Hoffsis, D.V.M., was hired, Thompson was
promoted to executive associate dean. Since
that time, he has performed duties associated
with both positions.
"I would like to thank Dr. Thompson for
his intense commitment to the college during
this period of transition and I understand the
importance of the associate dean position to
the college and our programs," Hoffsis said.
"I have full confidence in Dr. Vickroy and his
ability to perform the responsibilities associ-
ated with this job."

Faculty member honored
for presentation
Dennis E. Brooks, D.V.M., Ph.D., a profes-
sor of ophthalmology at the University of
Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, has
been honored for his presentations during the
2007 Western Veterinary Conference, held in
February in Las Vegas.
Conference attendees named Brooks a
Continuing Educator of the Year in the cat-
egory of equine medicine and surgery. Vision
problems are the fourth most common health
problem for horses, and dogs are second only
to humans in incidence of glaucoma. Brooks
has not only personally saved sight for many
animals, his research has changed the standard
of care other veterinarians provide for equine
eye problems.
At UF, Brooks and his colleagues have
performed more corneal transplants in horses
than anyone in the world.


Honor Roll ofDonors for 2006-2007

The 2006-2007 University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Honor Roll of Donors is a way of recognizing generous gifts to the college.
The students, faculty and staff are most appreciative of this support. This year's honor roll includes names of all donors of $25 or more between
July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007. Your name should appear in alphabetical order among donors who made gifts of similar amounts. Many alumni
choose to make gifts to the college in the name of their veterinary practice and the practice name is listed. We have included a list of Bequest
Society members from the College of Veterinary Medicine. These members have included the college in their estate planning at a value of
$10,000 or more. In spite of our efforts, omissions and errors sometimes occur and we want to know to know about them. If you have questions
or corrections concerning your listing, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine, PO Box
100125, Gainesville, FL 32610-0125, (352) 392-2213 ext 5200.

$100,000 or more
The Batchelor Foundation
FVMA Foundation
E. Pauline Gallagher
Hill's Pet Nutrition
Folke H. Peterson Trust
Robin Weeks Foundation

$75,000 to $99,999
Florida Thoroughbred Charities

$50,000 to $74,999
Marianne A. Burbach
A. H. Burnett Foundation
Humane Society of the US

$25,000 to $49,999
AKC CAR Canine Support & Relief Fund
American Veterinary Medical Fdtn.
Florida Veterinary Medicine Faculty Assn.
Leonard A. Franz (d)
Gulfstream Park Racing Assn.
Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates PLLC
Harold Morris Trust Fund
Novartis Animal Health U.S.
Lillian L. Parry
John G. Salsbury
Helen Samaras
Tropical Park

$10,000 to $24,999
AAEP Foundation
American College of Veterinary Dermatology
Caloosa Veterinary Medical Society
Tine W Davis Family Fdtn.
Florida Assn. of Equine Practitioners
Florida Veterinary Specialists
Dale Sue Kaplan-Stein '81
Jacalyn N. Kolk
Operation Catnip
The Oxley Foundation
Pfizer Animal Health
Harry & Lisa Posin
Procter & Gamble Distributing Co.
White Oak Conservation Center
Janet K. Yamamoto

$5,000 to $9,999
2 Mule Cattle Co.
AGEN Biomedical
Broward Custom Woodwork
Dade County Veterinary Foundation

Larry & Rita Dee
Fort Dodge Animal Health
Ann Gasponi
Greer, Inc.
Infectious Diseases
Dorothy D. Moore
Nestle Purina PetCare Co.
O.L. Moore Foundation
Palm Beach Veterinary Society
Pasco Florida Kennel Club
Scott & Maureen Pierce
Carol Postley
Powell Family Foundation
Quail Roost Animal Hospital
Jon J. Rappaport '82
Royal Canin USA
Sogeval Laboratories
Dodie Spoto
Rena B. Stevens
Sunbeam Products
U.F Veterinary Auxiliary
Westlab Pharmacy

$1,000 to $4,999
Acreage Horseowners Assn.
Airport Road Animal Clinic
Allograft Tissue Systems
Altman, Incorporated
American Greyhound Council
American Animal Hospital Assn.
Animal Clinic ofWindermere
Banfield, The Pet Hospital
Bayer Corp.
The Brunetti Foundation
Burch & Burch, D. V M.
Camelot Farms
Cannie Rehabilitation Institute
Chapman Family Foundation
Coronado Animal Clinic
Susan M. Cousins '95
Walt Disney World Co.
Edgewood Animal Clinic
Christopher S. Eich '92
Thomas Fastiggi, Jr.
Flamingo Cat Fanciers
Florida Alpaca Breeders Association
Florida Poultry Federation
Florida Veterinary Medical Assn.
Florida Atlantic Securities Corp.
German Shepherd Dog Club of America
Barry A. Goldberg

Eleanor M. Green
Gulf Gate Animal Hospital
Jorge A. Hernandez
James A. Himes
Hollywood Animal Hospital
Bruce A. Hoovis
Hoppenstedt Veterinary Hospital
IDEXX Laboratories
Ralph N. Innace
Intervet, Inc.
Inverness Florida Kennel Club
Robin R. Jenkins '96
John & Martha Carter Foundation
Kelly Foods Corp.
Knowles Animal Clinics
Lake Worth Animal Hospital
Lantana-Atlantis Animal Hospital
Irving M. Lerner '82
Keith E. Lerner
Michele Mauro-Demino 95
Maxwell Animal Clinic
Brian L. McAdams '80
Moody C. McCall '86
Andrew R. Mercak '89
Francis W Milward
Noah's Ark Animal Hospital
North Florida Neurology
North Orange Veterinary Hospital
Oakwood Animal Hospital
Olive Road Animal Hospital
Nanette P Parratto-Wagner '85
Patterson Companies
Pet Food Ltd.
Matthew C. Peterson '98
Art & Stephanie Preston
Professional Lab. & Research Svc.
Allison H. Rogers '90
Ropes Associates
Saint John's Veterinary Clinic
Salzburg Animal Hospital
Santa Fe Animal Hospital
SCAVMA of Florida
Michael Schaer
Schering-Plough Animal Health
Sebring Animal Hospital
William & Brenda Selph
Shands at the University of Florida
Simmons & Associates
South Florida Veterinary Surgical Service
Abigail Stewart
Stoney Creek Animal Hospital
Tampa Greyhound Track
Scott & Elaine Taylor
Tuscawilla Oaks Animal Hospital
United Way of North Central Florida

ggnog Roll of Donors for es.6 2007

Vet-Stem, Inc.
Veterinary Centers of America
Village Veterinary
Virbac Animal Health
Jeffrey R. Wechsler
Link V Welborn '82
Holly J. Wendell '82
West Coast Medical & Educational Fdtn.
Weston Road Animal Hospital
Margaret M. Yarborough

$500 to $999
The Bay Branch Foundation
Bay Vet Consulting
Bayonet Point Development Corp.
Bayshore Animal Hospital
David K. Berg
Jean S. Bidwell
Bloomingdale Animal Hospital
Boehringer Ingelheim
Gary I. Bowen '81
Buck Lake Animal Hospital
Calusa Crossing Animal Hospital
Casa Manolo
William L. Castleman
Cynthia A. Cole '94
Compass Bank
Coral Gables Animal Hospital
Coral Springs Dog Day Run
Edwin A. Cordero
Antonio Correa
Stephanie S. Correa '96
Paul A. Curasi '85
Patricia L. Curtis-Craig '83
Jack & Linda Eads
Laura D. Earle-Imre '89
East Orange Animal Hospital
East Orlando Animal Hospital
Edgewater Animal Hospital
Michael C. Ellis
Peter T. Fernandes
Flad & Associates of Florida
Flagler Animal Hospital
Greater Orange Park Dog Club
R. Joseph Hatin
Henry & Stephanie Hirsch
Humane Society of Greater Miami
John P. Hutchison '98
Chantal G. Jones '86
Jonesville Animal Hospital
Jupiter-Tequesta Dog Club
Alida Livington Kinney
Kenneth & Barbara Korey
Lakeland Veterinary Hospital
Pamela S. Langfitt
Katherine R. Laurenzano
Lincolnwood Training Club
Ethel D. Lindsey '92
Kathleen D. Linton
James D. Lutz
Georgia A. Lyons
Michael K. McDonald
Midway Animal Hospital
Arthur R. Miller III
Mobile Pet Vet
Era J. Moorer '81
Jonathan E. Murray '84
Edward J. Noga '82

Oakhurst Animal Hospital
Oaks Veterinary Hospital
Ocean's Edge Veterinary Clinic
Okaloosa Kennel Club
Judith A. Osborne
Parrot Jungle Island
Pet Heaven Memorial Park
Lesley L. Phillips
Pinellas Animal Hospital & Bird Clinic
Planco Veterinary Care
Ponte Vedra Animal Hospital
Quail Hollow Animal Hospital
Frances M. Ramirez '01
Laura B. Raymond '82
William G. Rodkey
William R. Roy
Sailormen, Inc.
Linda C. Sanchez '03
Robin L. Sego '99
Shank Animal Hospital
David T. Smith
Southern Wine & Spirits of South Florida
Southside Animal Clinic
Spanish River Animal Hospital
Lane Spence Srochi
Audrey C. Steidlitz
David A. Storey
Annette J. Stumf '93
Sunrise Animal Hospital
Suwannee Oaks Animal Clinic
James P. Thompson '81
Nancy L. Trant
Sergio E. Vega
Veterinary Center of Sarasota
Vetoquinol USA
Henry A. Weinberg '85
John V Yelvington '81

$250 to $499
Acme Image Works
Affiliated Veterinary Specialists
Susan E. Anderson '83
AniPath, Inc.
August H. Battles
Jack E. Beal, Jr. '82
Beville Animal Hospital
The Biltmore Hotel
Ann G. Beshore
Richard B. Bressman '00
Timothy P. Brooks '90
Nancy L. Burns
Calvin College
Patricia L. Canakaris
Carol Caridad
Citrus Animal Clinic
Companion Animal Hospital
Companion Animal Hospital of Jax
Coral Springs Animal Hospital
William J. Daniel '84
Joseph A. DiPietro
Sylvia B. Doan
Cherry D. Douglas '97
Deidre C. DuBissette '85
Catherine R. Duncan
Educational Concepts
Gary W Ellison
Estero Animal Hospital
Susan J. Faulk
M. Elizabeth Fowler

Ruth M. Franczek '81
Gardens Animal Hospital
Grand Bay Community Properties
Grove's Gallery
Halifax Veterinary Clinic
Kent Haroz
Brian C. Hurley '94
Island Animal Hospital of Venice
Law Offices of Andrew W Horn
Alan & Karen Legato
Marta P Lista '00
Kristina Lombardo
Lund Animal Hospital
David H. MacMahon '89
Eugene M. Mathis
David Ryan McCaigue
The Hon. Perry C. McGriff, Jr.
Miami Seaquarium
Judith A. Milcarsky '86
Miller & Ansley
Monument Road Animal Hospital
Patricia Mooney
My Pet's Vet
Northwest ZooPath
Northwood Oaks Veterinary Hosp
Marlene S. Orandle '99
Barbara A. Pareira
John H. Parks
Pet Calls Animal Hospital
Pinecrest Health & Fitness
Craig A. Plesco
Quincy Animal Hospital
Sheilah A. Robertson
Mary E. Ross
Daniel E. Rothen '02
Sabal Chase Animal Clinic
D. G. Peter Sarsfield
Jean A. Slaughter
Spacecoast Arabian Horse Club
Christine E. St. Louis '98
Sunset Lakes Veterinary Clinic
John R. Taber '87
Timuquana Animal Hospital
Tomoka Pines Veterinary Hospital
Tri-County Animal Hospital
Frances R. Vaujin '90
Brian Vitsky
Debra T. Wilson '87
Jo Ann Winn
Winningham & Fradley

$100 to $249
All Animal Clinic
Kevin J. Anderson
Animal Clinic
Animal Medical Center
E. D. Armstrong
At Home Mobile Veterinary Clinic
W Booth Atkinson
Ann Bailey
Karen A. Baker '97
David R. Ball '84
Linda A. Banks '90
Erin C. Barney
Ronald A. Bell '91
Bradley S. Bender
Laura T. Betts '00
M. Lynn Black
Regina Blanz

Jonathan S. Block '10
Bosshardt Realty Services
Judith A. Bousquet
Arlene P. Bowden
David S. Bradley '87
Mary R. Bressman '00
Mark C. Brigham '81
Colin F Burrows
Carlos R. Campos '02
Luis N. Campos
Care Animal Hospital of Brandon
Laura T. Carmichael
Nancy A. Carpenter '93
Gregory H. Celani
Donna C. Chacko
John B. Christoph '90
Edward T. Clark, Sr.
Rosemary Clark
Mary K. Cleary '99
Marian I. Close
Bettina L. Conrad
Lisa A. Conti '88
Kirsten L. Cooke
Coquina Ridge Animal Clinic
Gloria J. Couch
Charles H. Courtney
Matthew A. Courtney
Fred S. Cuccinello '84
Gretchen G. Cullen
Patrick J. Cullen
Michael J. Daly
Silver J. Daniels
Lauren P Davidson '99
Hartmut C. Derendorf
Melanie L. Donis '97
Glenn M. Driscoll
Karen's Animal Hospital
Gregg A. Dupont '81
Michelle C. Duval '89
Alan R. Eldred
Fast Forward Associates
Florida Suncoast Boston Terrier Club
Ruth Francis-Floyd '83
Callie Freeman '02
Carolyn H. Frye
FSC Society for Theriogenology
Richard D. Galinaitis
Lorrie E. Gaschen '90
Gilbertsons, Inc.
Keith Glynn
Jeffrey A. Goldberg '85
Shawn P. Gorman '01
Grand Bay Commercial
Grand Bay Homes
Axel G. Gray
Ellis & Mary Greiner
Arnold Grevior
Dennis Guttman
Helen Guy
Joan A. Hadraba
Patricia A. Hamilton '99
David S. Harris '85
Theresa M. Harty '89
John W Harvey
Healix Practice Simplicity
Michael J. Herman '85
Patricia A. C. Houff-Novey '87
Clara Huelsing
Mark W. Hullstrung

Paul H. Jaffe '93
Susan Johnson-Wendt
Oliver R. Jones
Deborah Justice-Obley '96
K-9 Solutions
Karen Keeney
Marilyn Kostolich '81
Anne M. Koterba
Eva Diana Krampotich '02
Lindsay A. Kuester '05
Lake Area Animal Hospital
Lake Eustis Kennel Club
Lake Jackson Animal Hospital
Lakeside Animal Hospital
Lemon Bay Animal Hospital
Rhonda K. Lovett
Carolyn L. MacDonal
Arthur E. Mallock '86
Robert J. March '95
Mary Ellen Markunas Feick '86
Evelyn A. Martin
Mark E. Mazaleski '93
Nancy Meredith
Gregory A. Merritt '10
Tomislav Modric '97
Shirley B. Moretto
James W Mulford
Robert S. Mullins
N. J. R. L. Enterprises
Christopher C. Nast
Kenneth C. Nayfield '80
Wendy M. Norman
North Bay Animal & Bird Hospital
Herb Norton
Sally J. O'Connell
Kuniye K. Odama
Parkway Animal Hospital
Theresa L. Y. Parrott '83
Douglas S. Pearce '88
Ramon A. Perez-Lopez
Gail K. Perfect '83
Ronald L. Perry
Pet Care Clinic
Piedmont Animal Hospital
Anthony A. Pilny '01
Plantation Animal Hospital
Kristin L. Polci-Moger '92
Destiny L. Prezzano '05
Kathy A. Purcell '84
Rawls Veterinary Hospital
James M. Ray '85
Barbara H. Reark
David J. Reese '03
Joe & Sue Reina
Robert L. Rinzler
Roasters 'n Toasters
Linda F Rose
Julia A. Runnfeldt '93
Safe Haven Veterinary Hospital
Linda Wendelken Sample
Bonnie B. Sanchez
Zoe H. Seale
Beverly S. Sensbach
Shores Animal Hospital
Linda L. Sigler
Marclyn S. Sims '04
Mary M. Smart '85
Sandra M. Taboada '84
Heidi A. Tapscott '90

Kirk K. Teschke 95
Joel C. Timyan
Susan Trigourea
Cathryn E. Turner '88
Univ of Texas Health Science Cntr.
Lloyd E. Usery
Donna M. Vermaas-Hekman 95
Veterinary Allergy & Skin Center
Veterinary Clinics of Florida
Allison Vitsky '98
Alvin C. Warnick
Mary Ann Wertenberger '88
Sandy Westerheide
Susan J. Wigglesworth
Nilufer G. Wilkins '83
Richard B. Williams '81
Charles C. Wolfe
Woodfield Vet Clinic
Stephanie Woolwich-Holzman
Dana N. Zimmel '95
Karen M. Zimmerman '87
Dane Zimring

$25 to $99
Sharon K. Aderhold
All Cats Hospital
All Creatures Animal Hospital
Arthur R. Alleman
Shearer A. Anderson
Animal Hospital of Fort Lauderdale
J. Gayle Arrington
Angela M. Avok '10
Joyce M. Aycock
Lana A. Baader
Barbara Balmenti
Susan J. Balz
Panela Banning
Susan Bell
Andy Bennett '00
Margaret A. Bielecky
Paula R. Bollinger
Stephanie I. Boren
Howard P. Bouchelle III '03
Nancy Brandi
Robert L. Brannigan
Cheryl Briner
Broward Cnty. Veterinary Med. Assoc.
Eric J. Bucki '05
Caron Cadle
Alfonso Caminas-Muina
Sheri C. Candeletta '92
Cannon Equine Enterprises
Edward Carney
Marquand A. Cheek
Francesca M. Chiulli '03
Matthew R. Ciciarelli
Diane C. Clapper
Jenny L. Clark
Sarah H. Clarke '01
Frances A. Cook
Daniels & Daniels Veterinary
James A. Dash
Paula M. Davey
Clare L. Deming '01
Dental One
Jerauld L. Dickerson
Shellie DiLauro
Amber N. Douberly

ggnog Roll of Donors for es.6 2007

Lacy M. Douglass '84
Grady W Drake
John F Driscoll
Alexander Drogan
Kathy A. Dunberg
E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.
Phyllis A. Ely
ENDO, Inc.
Kristina E. Esmiol
Carol Esser
Robert R. Fisher '88
Joshua C. Fleming
Anne Flowerfields
David E. Freeman
Kimberly A. Freeman '97
Faustino G. Garcia
Laura T. George
Alfred Gorlick
Harbor Lights Recreation Assn.
Harold's Fine Frames
Deborah L. Harris 95
Cindy A. Hemenway
Barbara E. Henderson
Wendy M. Herkert
Michelle L. Horner
Joann J. Immordino
Jeffrey J. Imonti
Elliott R. Jacobson
Terri Jakab-Barker
Stacy A. Jaryno
Charles B. Johnson
Nancy L. Kalb '91
Harimandir Khalsa
Samuel J. Knapp
Martha Ann Kneiss
Justin Latus
Robert M. Laue
Irene T. Lee '02
Sheldon G. Leibow

Bern & Mary Levine
Eleanor Little
Barbara M. Logan
Melissa A. Long '00
Scott & Kristy Lund '89
Sharon L. Lunsford
Sachina K. Lyons '97
Rita Manarino '87
Sandy B. Martinez
Larraine M. Martlock
Barbara L. Maton '06
Wade Matthews '84
Eva McGee
Robin L. McIntyre
Dawn P. McLane '83
Lynne Merritt
Franklyn & Barbara Meyers
Teresa A. Mullin
Mary Munn
Jacqueline Neilson-Van De Walle '93
Northwood Animal Hospital
Novey Animal Hospital
Cathleen O'Donnell '01
Mario Obstbaum '87
Paragon International
Jeff Peacock
Lynn S. Peck '88
Frederica B. Peterson
Ralph Pipes
Henry L. Postrozny
Marc A. Presnell '86
Heather E. Price '98
Mary L. Ramirez
Heath Rauschenberger '04
Donna Repeta-Schuster '93
Gregory T. Reppas
Julia J. Reynolds '85
Vincent C. Ritacco
Rosemary E. Rocco

Marcia A. Rodgers
Damon B. Rodriguez '97
Michael P Rohlk
Debra S. Roth
Fred Sandberg
Leigh A. Sawyer '85
Starling B. Sawyer
Nancy J. Saxe
Arthur J. Shapiro
Michael S. Shenkin
Richard L. Smock
Sherilyn K. Solanick
Eileen G. Soltys
Eileen R. Spinosa
Sheree L. Stern '82
Amy E. Stone 99 '02
Alice J. Straughan '84
Roberta J. Swakon
Sandra S. Thompson
Paul M. Tochner
Gregory F Todd '88
Sandra E. Tolle
Judith W Torchia '86
Veterinary Medical & Surgical Group
Veterinary Mobile Endoscopy & Diag.
Margaret R. Wallace
Shannon M. Wallace '95
Melissa Wasden
Jean Marie West
Amy Wheeler
Denise Whiteside
Sally A. Wilhelm
Wolfe Equine Veterinary Practice
Laura L. Wolfe '00
Karen E. Wolfsdorf '92
Margaret Wyland
Linda Yonke
Sharon K. Zimring

College ofVeterinary Medicine Bequest Society

Listed below are friends of the college who have provided documentation that they have included the
college as a beneficiary in their estate plans. This is a cumulative list rather than a fiscal year list.

Anonymous (17)
Fredrick Hugh W Ashford
Margaret A. Atwood
Melanie V Barr-Allen
Jean S. Bidwell
Phillip & Sally Bohr
Robert & Pauline Boucher
Leland W. Brannan
Adele Bucci-Machata
Marianne A. Burbach
Michael A. Burke '91
Sarah K. Carey
Victoria L. Clampitt
Edward & Jeanette Cole '94
Jacqlin M. Crotty
Larry G. Dee
Richard C. DeKoker
Joseph E. Dorsey
Florence W Dunbar (d)
Susan E. Ellis
Anne C. Fleming
Josephine P. Fletcher
Mark E. Gendzier '87

Karl & Roxann Hart
Robert B. Hartless II
Amy A. Heimann
Carey A. Heinrich
Arthur & Kathleen Hornsby
Scott & Vicki Hunt
Marilyn N. Keehr
Dorothy R. Klick
James M. Kosmas
Carol Levine (d)
Morton J. Levine
Fran Marino
Michael J. McNamara
Marilyn Middleton
Jerome & Shirley Modell
Susan Mularski-Dismuke
Marge Nieves
Henry L. Normand Trust
Alan & Barbara Pareira
Madeline S. Pearson
Scott & Maureen Pierce
George H. Pollack
Kathleen M. Pollack

Virginia Quelch '87
Barbara A. Ragan
Barbara H. Reark
Joseph & Marilyn Renton
Diane Reser
Susan K. Ridinger '87
William P. Roberts
Rob Roknick
Robert D. Romine, Jr.
Donna B. Sachs
Suzanne J. Schwertley
William & Brenda Selph
Joseph G. Slick
Sherilyn K. Solanick
Mark & Nancy Thorlton
Helen Tolmach
Gerri Voller
Roberta H. Waller
Michael & Diane Ward
Robin Weeks (d)

(d) = Deceased this Fiscal Year

Student combines veterinary medicine and public health

for career in infectious disease research

By Jill Pease
When Tara Anderson, D.V.M., graduated from the UF
College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, she decided to
work at a small animal hospital first to hone her medical skills.
She liked working with patients, too, save the occasional biter and
scratcher. But Anderson realized she wanted to focus her attention
on helping animals and people in another way through infectious
disease research and public health.
She found an opportunity to do just that in the College of
Veterinary Medicine's doctoral program and the College of Public
Health and Health Professions' master's in public health program. As
a doctoral student, Anderson has joined the UF team investigating
the recently discovered canine influenza virus, and as a public health
student, she expanded her knowledge of epidemiological research
Anderson, who graduated with a master's degree in public health in
August and expects to complete her doctorate in 2009, believes that
veterinary medicine and public health are natural partners.
"Public health is a traditional component of the veterinary
profession and is an important focus of its future," Anderson said.
"Although companion animal clinical practice and appreciation of the
human-animal bond are very important, we need to highlight the vital
roles veterinarians also play in public practice."
Emerging infectious diseases such as SARS and H5N1 avian
influenza are just two examples ofzoonotic diseases diseases that
can spread from animals to humans that have recently caused
major public health crises. With expertise in wildlife and domestic
animal health, veterinarians are instrumental in the research,
prevention and control of these and many other public health threats,
Anderson said.
Anderson is currently investigating the canine influenza virus
under the direction of veterinary researchers Paul Gibbs, B.V.Sc.,
Ph.D., and Cynda Crawford, D.V.M., Ph.D. The UF team, along
with collaborators at Cornell University and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, announced the discovery of canine influenza
three years ago when they confirmed that a form of equine influenza
had jumped species to dogs. Cases of the respiratory infection have
now been reported in dogs in 25 states and Washington D.C., with
preliminary data showing a 16 percent infection rate. At this point
there is no evidence that canine influenza is a zoonotic disease.
"Since canine influenza is so new, we look to the literature on
equine, avian, swine and human influenza viruses for clues regarding
potential mechanisms of transmission, viral pathogenesis, diagnosis
and control," Anderson said. "We are in the process of studying the
epidemiology of canine influenza trying to determine if there are
any particular age groups or breeds of dogs that are more susceptible
to the disease, and if there are hot spots for outbreaks, such as
boarding kennels, shelters and dog day care centers. Hopefully as we
learn more about canine influenza, we can contribute to the study of
influenza viruses in other species as well."

., .


Dr. Tara Anderson in the UF CVM laboratory where she regularly processes samples being tested for
the presence of canine influenza virus.

Anderson has also been involved in the development of UF's new
joint D.V.M./M.P.H. degree program. The program was launched this
summer with 10 students currently enrolled.
Anderson is an excellent role model for students pursuing veterinary
and public health training, said Nabih Asal, Ph.D., a professor of
epidemiology and biostatistics in the College of Public Health and
Health Professions.
"Tara is one of the most outstanding graduate students I have
encountered in academia," Asal said. "She has all the qualities
needed for a successful career combining veterinary medicine and
public health: high intellect, knowledge, curiosity, organizational
and communication skills, training in veterinary medicine and
epidemiology, and motivation." 49K


Veterinary student hopes national leadership role will

advance "One Health" goals in profession

By Sarah Carey

U university of Florida
senior veterinary
student Justin Sobota
describes himself as "an
average guy." His manner -
whether greeting colleagues,
kidding around with fellow
students, or checking in
with his professors is
unquestionably humble.
However, Sobota's resume,
accomplishments and vision
as the president of the
national Student American
Veterinary Medical
Association make it clear the
Pennsylvania native's life and
leadership contributions are
anything but ordinary.
"I somewhat take the
cowboy philosophy of
not telling everyone who
I really am," Sobota said.
"I've always been interested
in politics and policy in
veterinary medicine."
In high school, Sobota
was president of student
government; in college, he
presided over Pennsylvania Justin Sobota is shown with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in Washin
State University's academic
assembly, an experience which helped solidify his desire to pursue
veterinary medicine as a career. He also served as president of the
pre-veterinary club at Penn State, where he received his bachelor's
degree in animal bioscience. In addition, Sobota holds master's degrees
in both animal science and animal nutrition and even worked as an
equine nutrition consultant for a few companies prior to returning to
UF as a veterinary student.
"When I came back to school, I didn't feel I was providing society
very much, which is one reason I wanted to become so involved in
SAVMA," Sobota said. "Just going through vet school wasn't fulfilling.
I have become much more goal oriented in many respects, and really
wanted to be a part of the student AVMA and be a delegate and be a
part of organized veterinary medicine."
SAVMA is an 11,000 member organization which encompasses
students from all over the United States, Canada, the Caribbean,
Europe, Ireland and Australia. Sobota became the group's president
in March and will serve for one year. As president-elect, he served on
numerous committees within the group and thought a lot about what
he hoped to accomplish as SAVMA's most visible officer.
"I and other executive committee members wanted to do something
on a global scale," Sobota said. "We teamed up with the Centers for


Disease Control and the
Alliance for Rabies control to
promote World Rabies Day
on Sept. 8.
"This opportunity enabled
us to develop our SAVMA
One Health Challenge
S.. Series, which is intended
to drive home the message
that the many components
of the health profession
veterinary and human
medicine, public health,
veterinary technicians and
nurses are all part of one
goal to improve health for
everyone. All of these groups
need to work together," he
added. "We can't continue
separating our professions to
build one professional health
As it happens, SAVMA's
goal is concurrent with the
American Veterinary Medical
Association's One Health
Initiative, which promotes
S essentially the same message:
that the vision of one health
D.C. this past summer. will enhance the integration
of animal, human and
environmental health for the benefit of all.
"We are two separate organizations (AVMA and SAVMA) but we
are somewhat teaming with the AVMA on this approach," Sobota said,
adding that SAVMA already has reached out to medical students to
enlist their support for the one health, one medicine concept.
While only 28 veterinary schools belong to SAVMA, many more
medical and veterinary technical schools may soon become involved
in the effort to expand public awareness about the importance of
education about zoonotic diseases.
As SAVMA's president, Sobota was named to the AVMA's One
Health Initiative Task Force in July. Sobota, the only veterinary
student on the task force, will join 12 other members who will work
to identify areas where animal and human medicine are already
integrated and where integration is needed. The group also hopes to
identify challenges or potential barriers to integration and to identify
potential ways of overcoming those challenges.
Other goals SAVMA has put forth this year include encouraging
veterinary students to contact their legislative representatives about
legislative initiatives impacting the veterinary profession, and doing
a better job of outreach specifically getting the word out to
fellow students about the availability of SAVMA scholarships and

providing "better public relations" to a variety of audiences about what
veterinarians do.
"Our communications committee this year created a public relations
DVD for pre-vet students as well as veterinary students, and copies
have been delivered to all the schools," Sobota said. "We need to do a
better job of promoting our profession, even amongst ourselves."
This past summer, Sobota worked for four weeks on Capital Hill
in Washington, D.C. as part of the AVMA's governmental relations
division. The program provides a small group of veterinary students
with the opportunity to participate in the legislative process as a way
of promoting veterinary issues.
"I'm really thankful that my advisors and professors are supporting
me by providing some flexibility in my schedule," Sobota said.
"Without that, it would be extremely difficult to do all of these
outside activities."
Large animal clinical sciences chair Eleanor Green, also chief of
staff of UF's Alec P. and Louise H. Courtelis Equine Hospital, called
Sobota "clearly a leader among his student peers." As Sobota's faculty
advisor and mentor, Green said she had interacted with him beyond

the formal classroom setting, discussing future goals and aspirations
and even philosophies of life.
"Justin is precocious in his global view of the profession, with a
mature approach to his own professional aspirations and how they
integrate with the profession on a larger scale," Green said. "His
desire to contribute to the profession and to participate in organized
veterinary medicine is sincere. He brings to the table experience with
research, teaching, the animal industries, and veterinary technicians."
Green added that Sobota had "an uncanny sense" of how to balance
his professional and personal life.
"He has attained a level of comfort with the related choices he
makes," she said. "While he is a role model in the leadership arena,
this balance he seeks and finds is also exemplary."
Sobota encouraged all of his fellow students to participate in
something bigger than themselves, whether a club, their state
veterinary organization, or a specialist group.
"Life is more about how you accomplish something than what
you've accomplished," Sobota said. "It's what you can provide, not the
letters behind your name, that defines who you are." -49


University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine


Distinguished Awards nominations are due November 15, 2007
It's that time again to nominate outstanding alumni, deserving veterinarians and
those who have served the college and their profession in some special way.
We want your help to bring these deserving candidates to our attention for the
Distinguished Awards program. The categories include:

Alumni Achievement Award- must be a UF CVM graduate
Distinguished Service Award must hold a DVM or PhD*
Special Service Award outstanding service to the UF CVM*
Young Alumni Award alumni who graduated 10 years or less
*can be non UFalumni

The nomination form is located on the CVM Alumni Affairs web site www.vetmed. and click on Distinguished Awards program. Mail completed
nomination packets to UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Development
and Alumni Affairs, PO Box 100125, Gainesville, Florida 32610-0125. For more
information, contact or
call 352-392-2213 x5200
College of
Veterinary Medicine

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A positive externship experience with a veterinarian friend from
Niagara Falls led Curtis to conclude that the veterinary profession
could offer appealing additional lifestyle choices and the
opportunity to be her own boss.
"I figured, all I have is time, so I may as well do something I enjoy
doing," she said. "So I applied and got in."
Curtis spent a brief period of time in private practice after veterinary
school, and saw more animal behavior problems than she had ever
"I really enjoyed the in-depth, one-on-one contact with the clients
when there were behavior issues," Curtis said. "So I started looking
at how I could expand on that part of veterinary medicine and began
checking out residencies around the country."
At the time there were six veterinary behavior residencies in
existence UF still does not have such a program but Curtis
wound up pursuing hers at the University of Georgia. Along the way,
she picked up a master's degree in psychology, a tool she says helped
her gain insight into how both people and animals learn.
"I just had a case referred to me where the cat hadn't eaten on its
own for over a year," Curtis said. "The owner had to syringe feed it
twice a day. So I came up with detailed treatment plan looking at the
whole paradigm of learning and appetite. I had to get the cat hungry,
present it with food it liked, in a form and in a place it liked. At first, I
had no idea what I was going to do."
But instincts and training served her well: Curtis recently got a call
saying the cat had finally eaten on its own.
Today Curtis travels all over the state for client appointments,
lectures widely and teaches a required introductory course in behavior
to freshman veterinary students as well as an advanced elective clinical
behavior course to juniors.
Curtis is excited about UF having recently established a student
chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorist and
will be working closely with the group.
"Having Dr. Curtis at our school is a great benefit and resource
to the students," said Beth Schoeppner, an officer in UF's student

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chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Only
a handful of the 28 veterinary colleges in the country host student
AVSAB chapters.
"I believe the class of 2007 was the first class at UF to graduate
having been required to take a basic behavior class during their
education," she said. "Behavior is an integral part of the human animal
bond and behavior problems are the number one reason for animals
being relinquished and then euthanized at animal shelters. Without
a behavior club, there really are few opportunities besides the courses
offered at school to properly learn about animal behavior," Curtis said.
She has no regrets about her chosen career path.
"The biggest thing for me is having owners understand why their
animal is doing what it's doing," she said. "It's the 'aha' moment when
they realize their dog isn't mad at them when they leave and he jumps
out of the window, but that he's actually in complete panic due to
separation anxiety. Or that the dog that bites is fearful, not trying to
be dominant."
When clients "get it" the why behind the pet's behavior -the
ability to save a life dramatically increases, said Curtis, a popular
speaker not only at veterinary meetings but also at public events. Her
goal is to educate as many people as possible about her role and "what
can be done about proverbial dog chasing the car or the cat peeing
outside of the box."
In the overwhelmingly vast majority of cases, there is a solution,
"even if it's taking your cat that's been spraying to the vet for boarding
for a couple of weeks while you catch a breath, clean the carpet,
or whatever."
"People should know there's a safety net and a plan in motion, and
that someone's going to help them through these problems so they can
keep their dog or cat," Curtis said.
In the end, success with her clients and their pets hinges on trust.
"When you go to someone's home and talk to a client for two hours,
they kind of expect an answer," Curtis said. "Sure, I discuss things, but
I have to walk out the door and develop a treatment plan. It takes a lot
of faith on the part of the client for the process to work." -K4

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Alumni Profile

Pioneer of small animal

reproduction dies

By Sarah Carey
The college and the world of theriogenology lost a friend when
Dr. Victor Shille died Sept. 9 at the age of 74. His family lost a
devoted husband and father.
Although Shille had technically retired from the UF College of
Veterinary Medicine in 1993 he had served as a professor of small
animal theriogenology at UF since 1978 he remained involved in
college life and events.
He kept in close touch with Dr. Maarten Drost, a longtime
friend and UF CVM colleague, and others with the Food Animal
Reproduction and Medicine Service. He attended the dedication of
Deriso Hall in 2006 and most recently, a meeting held by Dean Glen
Hoffsis for professors emeriti of the college.
Many consider Shille the grandfather of the study of small
animal reproduction.
Born in Yugoslavia to Russian parents, Shille spent his youth in
Germany and grew up in Southern California, where his parents
immigrated during World War II. He was fluent in Russian,
German and English; could read Serbo-Croatian and could speak
conversational Swedish and Spanish.
Shille received his D.V.M. from the University of California/
Davis and then spent 14 years in a solo small animal practice prior
to pursuing his Ph.D. His doctoral work focused on follicular
development and ovulation in cats. He increased his international
perspective by completing a postdoctoral program at the Swedish
Agricultural College in Uppsala.
When he joined the UF veterinary college as a member of the
founding faculty, he worked under the first dean, the late Dr.
Charles Cornelius.

Shille had a prestigious career in academia, where he was widely
acknowledged for his abilities in and devotion to teaching. He was
UF's Norden Distinguished Professor in 1988 and was Teacher of
the Year in 1991. He received the Bartlett Award from the American
College of Theriogenologists in 1992 and was the recipient of the
college alumni council's first-ever Distinguished Service Award
in 2001.
Shille also served for nearly 25 years as chief editor of
Theriogenology, an international journal of animal reproduction.
Ten of those years were spent post-retirement, with Shille working
quietly with his small staff of copy editors on the second floor of the
Veterinary Academic Building.
Shille suffered from Parkinson's disease, which made his life and
ability to use his considerable clinical skills increasingly difficult in
recent years. In a farewell message printed in Theriogenology, he stated
that he had retired twice from UF the first time from clinical duties
due to "Mr. Parkinson" because "trembling hands neither inspire
confidence in a client nor do they make surgery possible." The second
retirement was in 2003 from the journal because "Parkinsonism
was advancing."
However, Shille never really retired, said his friend, Drost.
"He continued to help authors and graduate students who spoke
languages other than English with their manuscripts," Drost said.
Over the past four years, Shille continued to present workshops
of English for speakers of other languages with his wife, Patt. These
workshops, focused on how to write a scientific paper, were presented
contemporaneously with the annual conference of the International
Embryo Transfer Society which awarded him its Distinguished
Service Award in 2006 and were held in Quebec, Hungary, France,
The Netherlands and China.
"Dr. Shille's philosophy was that language must not be a barrier
to publication," Drost said. "The most difficult problem is not
in grammar, punctuation or syntax, but in cultural differences in
expression of ideas, he believed."
Cards may be sent to Patt Shille, 1807 NW 22nd Drive,
Gainesville FL 32605.
At the family's request, memorial contributions may be sent to the
National Parkinson Foundation or to "The Visual Guide to Feline
Reproduction and the Visual Guide to Canine Reproduction," which
will be dedicated to Shille and which will contain his collection of
teaching slides. Go to:, on the
home page under Support the Project click on University of Florida


Jan 19-23

Feb 21-23

April 12

Jan. 19-23: The North American Veterinary
Conference will be held in Orlando at the
Marriott World Center and the Gaylord
Palms Resort. The college's annual alumni
reception will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at
the Marriott, room to be determined. For
more information, contact Jo Ann Winn at
(352) 392-2213, ext. 5013.

The UF Alumni Association's annual Back to
College Weekend will take place at Emerson
Hall on the UF campus. The College of
Veterinary Medicine's presentation will be
held Feb. 22 during the morning session
and will feature the Veterinary Emergency
Treatment Service (VETS) performing a
simulated animal rescue. The VETS team
will also discuss how to rescue distressed
animals in disaster situations. Contact Jo
Ann Winn at (352) 392-2213, ext. 5013
for more information.

The annual CVM Open House will be
held at the college from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact Sarah Carey at (352) 392-2213,
ext. 5206 for more information.

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P.O. Box 100125
Gainesville, FL 32610-0125


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