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Table of Contents
    Troubleshooting West Nile virus
        Page 1
    Message from the Dean
        Page 2
    Program spotlight
        Page 3
    Service update
        Page 4
    College news
        Page 5
    Honors, awards, appointments & announcements
        Page 6
    Honor roll of donors for 2007-2008
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
    Clinical update
        Page 11
    College news
        Page 12
        Page 13
    Clinical update
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
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Troubleshooting West Nile Virus
By Cindy Spence

in horses is
because it's an
indication of
what people
might face
with the virus.
Immunity in
horses provides
the virus
in humans
children and
the elderly.

n 2001, University of
Florida veterinarian
Maureen Long became an
expert on West Nile virus
by accident. That year, in
clinics at UF's College of
Veterinary Medicine, Long
and other Large Animal
Medicine clinicians saw
some of the first Florida
horses breaking with the
mosquito-borne disease.
Prior to its arrival in
Florida, there had been
fewer than 100 cases of the
disease diagnosed in the
United States. That year
over 500 horses would break
with the disease in Florida
and the clinic admitted over
10 percent of these reported
cases. Intrigued, Long and
her colleagues put together a
proposal that was funded by
the Pari-Mutuel Wagering
Trust Fund in Florida to
study the disease outbreak.
The next year, 14,000 cases
of West Nile virus were

Dr. Maureen Long with one of the horses being monitored as part of
a UF research project.

diagnosed in horses
and the demand for
Long's clinical expertise
kept her crisscrossing
the country, making
her a national expert
by the end of the year.
This initial grant led to
several more successfully
funded projects. In just
a few short years, UF
has become a leader in
West Nile virus research
in horses. Long and her
colleague, veterinary
virologist Paul Gibbs,
had the opportunity to
study a new modified
West Nile virus vaccine
in horses with potential
human application.
"Vaccines like the
one we studied were
developed as the second
generation of products
for enhanced and long
duration of protection,"
Long added.
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Florida Veterinarian is pubLlis1hed Lv
the University of Flonda College of
Veterinary Medicine lor alumni andc
friends. Suggestions and .commllents
are welcomeii and ShlOld be entailed to:

Sarah Care., Florida Veterinarian edi tor.
at: careys',. vetmed.uIl.edu.

Check iout the college web site at:
www.vet med.ulll.edul

Glen F. Hoffsis
D.V.M., M.S.
Executive Associate Dean
John Harvey
D.V.M., Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean
for Students and Instruction
Thomas W. Vickroy
Associate Dean for Research
and Graduate Studies
Charles H. Courtney
D.V.M.. Ph.D.
Senior Director of Development
and Alumni Affairs
Zo4 Seale
Director of Development
and Alumni Affairs
Karen Legato
Director of Public Relations
Sarah K. Carey
M.A., A.P.R.
Coordinator of Alumni Affairs
Jo Ann Winn

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Message from the Dean

W ith new students underfoot and Gator
football underway, the fall semester and our
new academic year are off to their traditional start.
Amidst all the activity, we have good news to report at
the college.
Ground breaking for our greatly anticipated new
small animal hospital will take place Nov. 21 and we
are thrilled to finally get construction underway after
so many years of wishful planning by the college.
Plans are nearing completion and the contractor, PPI
Construction, is already beginning site work. When
construction starts, our longtime supporters, including
donors, clients, state legislators, university officials and
others will be able to see the physical evidence of that
dream finally reaching fruition. I know all of these
groups celebrate with us as we prepare to better serve
the animals and pet owners in Florida and throughout
Dean Glen H is the Southeast in our new state-of-the-art facility. There
are still many needs and naming opportunities are still available for gift recognition.
Dr. Jim Thompson, our executive associate dean for the past two years and academic dean
for ten years prior to that, has accepted an offer to serve as dean of the University ofTennessee's
College of Veterinary Medicine. It is a fantastic opportunity for Jim and an accomplishment for
us at the college to have played a significant part in developing his career to this point. While
we are sad to lose Jim and his wife, Joan, the college pharmacist, we wish them both well as
they head off to Tennessee to begin this exciting new phase of their lives. I'd like to extend my
personal best wishes to Jim and Joan.
Dr. John Harvey, longtime chair of our department of physiological sciences, will succeed
Jim as executive associate dean and I look forward to utilizing his vast knowledge and experience
in leading the college. Dr. Paul Davenport, currently associate chairman, will become the new
chairman of our department of physiological sciences.
The college has initiated a new program to address the shortage of veterinarians entering
food supply veterinary medicine. We have reached out to faculty at the UF Department of
Animal Sciences to help identify approximately four graduates of that department who have a
genuine intent to pursue careers in food supply veterinary medicine. These students meet the
same criteria for admission as all other students in their class, including the interview process.
The class admitted just a few weeks ago had five students who met the criteria. Their basic
veterinary education will equal that of their peers, except that these students will be mentored
by food animal faculty members and offered a certificate for completion of elective courses and
experiences that will provide them with additional skills and knowledge in the area of food
supply veterinary medicine.
As always, we greatly appreciate your continuing support. Go Gators!

Glen Hoffsis

UF veterinarians receive grant to expand shelter

medicine program
By Sarah Carey

The University of Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine has received a $1.7
million grant from Maddie's Fund to create
a comprehensive shelter medicine program
that will enhance support for local animal
rescue operations, improve disease control
and adoption rates among shelter animals and
expand professional training to fill the current
shortage of skilled providers in this area.
The three-year grant will establish the
Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at UF and
will build upon UF's existing shelter medicine
program. Through that program, which was
created in 2003, veterinary students gain
clinical experience by providing spay/neuter
surgeries to animals awaiting adoption at the
local animal shelter.
"This is a
time for the
animal welfare
field as growing
demand for
solutions is
paradigms," Dr. Julie Levy
said Julie Levy,
D.V.M., Ph.D., who was a co-investigator on
the grant and who will become the Maddie's
professor of shelter medicine at UE
"There is an international desire to shift
from a reactive animal control model in
which massive numbers of animals are
processed through shelters with an overall
high euthanasia rate to one in which proactive
preventive measures reduce shelter admissions
with individualized programs tailored to
different types of animals to result in higher
save rates," Levy added.

The college's existing shelter medicine
program was founded by Natalie Isaza,
D.V.M., (class of'94) and UF's Merial
clinical assistant professor of shelter medicine.
The program grown in popularity among
veterinary students in recent years.
D.V.M., Ph.D.,
(class of'89),
a UF scientist,
will become
the Maddie's
clinical assistant
of shelter
medicine. A
co-discoverer Dr. Cynda Crawford
of the canine
influenza virus,
Crawford will work closely with Isaza and
Levy to implement additional clinical and
educational programs aimed at educating not
only veterinary students but also technicians
and others associated with shelter efforts.
Existing partnerships with Alachua County
and local animal rescue groups will also be
enhanced through the new grant.
Levy said UF was uniquely
positioned to become a
center of excellence in
shelter medicine in the
southeastern United
States because of its
diverse faculty expertise,
its location in a region
with a large number

of animal shelters and rescue groups, and a
highly supportive administrative structure.
Maddie's Fund has also worked closely with
Drs. Levy, Crawford and Isaza on Maddie's Pet
Rescue Project in Alachua County.
"We are thrilled to expand our relationship
with this incredibly talented team of
veterinarians," said Maddie's Fund President,
Rich Avanzino. "I'm certain their work in
shelter medicine will take this emerging field
to a whole new level."
Alameda, Calif-based Maddie's Fund The
Pet Rescue Foundation, (www.maddiesfund.
org) is a family foundation funded by
Workday and PeopleSoft Founder Dave
Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie's Fund
is helping to create a no-kill nation where all
healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are
guaranteed a loving home.
To achieve this goal, Maddie's Fund is
investing its resources in building community
collaborations where animal welfare
organizations can come together to develop
successful models of lifesaving; in veterinary
colleges to help shelter medicine become part
of the veterinary curriculum; within private
practice veterinarians to encourage greater
participation in the animal welfare cause; and
through the implementation of
national strategies to collect
and report shelter statistics.
n mMaddie's Fund is named
after the family's beloved
miniature schnauzer, who
passed away in 1997.

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Sevc UpBdate

New outpatient imaging service

available at UF

By Sarah Carey

Private and specialty practice veterinarians now have direct access
to the Southeast's most advanced imaging diagnostics at the
University of Florida Veterinary Medical Center, without needing to
refer cases through the center's traditional clinical services.
The new outpatient imaging service, known as GatorVetImaging,
began Julyl4 and allows veterinarians in Florida and throughout
the Southeast the ability to take advantage of the same state-of-the-
art imaging technologies used by UF veterinary faculty, specifically
magnetic resonance imaging and CT.
"GatorVetImaging brings the best medical technology of the VMC
directly to practitioners," said Matthew Winter, D.V.M., a board-
certified veterinary radiologist who heads the VMC's radiology service.
"We envision this as a way to assist the veterinary community in
handling their more challenging and involved cases within the context
of their established client/patient relationships."
While many veterinarians will continue to rely on UF as a
traditional referral center offering complete patient workup, the
new imaging service streamlines the diagnostic process for those
veterinarians who desire only the advanced imaging piece of the
patient care package at UF and wish to maintain direct primary care
responsibility for their patients.
"We truly believe the new outpatient imaging service will
meaningfully advance the veterinary profession," said Jim Thompson,
D.V.M., Ph.D., the UF College of Veterinary Medicine's executive
associate dean. "We're talking about a client-oriented service that is
both efficient and cost-effective. It's a win-win for practitioners and
for us at UF because we are fortunate enough to have this technology
housed at our facility."
The VMC's 1.5 Tesla Toshiba Titan MR unit and the 8-slice
Toshiba Acquilion CT unit at UF are the most powerful imaging
tools currently available for veterinary diagnostics in the southeastern
United States. Both capabilities allow for rapid imaging with
exceptional contrast and spatial resolution.
The MR unit allows highly detailed images to be obtained in
multiple planes of bone and soft tissue in all species. Foot, fetlock,
suspensory joints, carpus, hock and heads are regions capable of being
examined through MR in the horse, while spiral CT may be used for
3-dimensional reconstruction in fracture repair planning. In small
animals, both modalities are routinely applied to neurologic and
orthopedic cases at the VMC, with additional studies performed for
radiation planning and metastasis evaluations.
"MR allows for exquisite distinction between normal and
abnormal tissues," Winter said. "The use of specialized sequences
further increases the ability to distinguish between different types of
pathology, ranging from hemorrhagic infarctions to primary brain
tumors and inflammatory disorders."
Winter added that MR also reveals bone, tendon and ligament
pathology and can show bruising, meniscal damage and ligament tears
that go undetected when using traditional radiography.
"All of our radiologists have strong interests in cross-sectional
imaging, which gives UF a unique ability to serve the advanced
imaging needs of Florida veterinarians." Winter said.

Haacology technician Uonna uraden positions a dog to receive an MHI.

To schedule cases, veterinarians will need to contact the
GatorVetImaging coordinator to arrange an appointment. Pre-
anesthesia and imaging request forms can be faxed from UF to
the scheduling veterinarian, or may be downloaded from the
GatorVetImaging Web site at www.GatorVetImaging.com.
Horse owners will be asked to bring their animals to UF the day
prior to the scheduled procedure, which will take place the following
morning. Small animals will be able to be imaged and discharged on
the same day.
At the time of discharge, the animal's owner will receive a folder
with a CD containing the images, as well as printed photos showing
some of the more significant images from the scan. The owner will
meet again with the point-of-contact clinician, who will provide
instructions to follow up with the attending veterinarian regarding
the next step in patient care.
A VMC radiologist will interpret the images within 48 hours of the
imaging procedure, and will fax or e-mail a PDF of the results to the
veterinarian. A copy of the results, and a CD with all the images, will
be mailed as well.
For more information about GatorVetImaging, go to
www.GatorVetImaging.com. -49

Longtime CVM administrator to become dean at

University of Tennessee

By Sarah Carey

ames P. Thompson, D.V.M., Ph.D., an administrator at the
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, will soon
leave the college he has been a part of for more than 30 years to
become dean at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary
Thompson is executive associate dean and a professor in the college's
department of small animal clinical sciences. After graduating in 1976
from Purdue University, Thompson was admitted to veterinary school
at UF, where he subsequently received his D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees.
He also completed a residency in small animal medicine at UF prior to
joining the faculty in 1986.
Board-certified in the specialties of internal medicine, immunology,
virology, microbiology and oncology, Thompson has received
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. Following 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 associate and later full professor and
associate dean for students and instruction, a post he held between
1996 and 2006.
In that capacity, Thompson supervised the admissions process
and provided academic oversight for all students enrolled in the
professional D.V.M. program. He served as interim dean for a year in
2006 after the departure of former dean Joseph A. DiPietro, D.V.M.,
to the University of Tennessee, where DiPietro now serves as vice
president of UT's Institute of Agriculture. Thompson and DiPietro
will once again be joined together in leadership positions to advance
veterinary medicine and agriculture.
In 2006, the UF veterinary college's present dean, Glen Hoffsis,
D.V.M., selected Thompson to serve as his executive associate dean.
Thompson's duties have included facilities and budget management
and supervising day-to-day operations at the veterinary school and
UF's Veterinary Medical Center.
"I have a long history here, and it will be difficult for me to leave
my many friends, supporters and colleagues at UF as well as our
phenomenal alumni," Thompson said. "However, being selected to
serve as dean at UT is an incredible opportunity. I have been fortunate
to have had the opportunity to work with many talented people at UF
and know the experiences gained here will be extremely valuable as I
make this transition."
In an e-mail to faculty, staff and students, Hoffsis acknowledged
Thompson's many achievements and contributions to the college,
along with those of Thompson's wife, Joan, who serves as the UF
VMC head pharmacist.
"Dean Thompson has provided tremendous help to me and great
leadership to the college for many years," Hoffsis said. "Although we
have suffered a great loss, we should all feel a sense of pride in his
accomplishments. A college doesn't produce a dean every day, and Dr.
Thompson developed his leadership talent and skill right here at UF
We will miss Jim and Joan but wish them the very best as they embark
on this new career journey at Tennessee."
Thompson begins his new job Oct. 1. -49

/ Tarewell presentmaon ana party were nela in ur. Jim I nompson s nonor on
Sept. 23. In photo, Dean Glen Hoffsis is shown with Thompson's wife, Joan,
as together they unveil the portrait that will now hang, along with other
former college deans and interim deans, in the dean's conference room.
Many members of the college's faculty, staff and student body attended
the gathering, along with several longtime associates of Thompson's from
the UF Health Science Center, the main campus and the Florida Veterinary
Medical Association.

Members of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association honored Thompson
with a plaque of appreciation. From left to right in photo are Phil Hinkle,
FVMA's executive director; Dean Glen Hoffsis; Dr. Steve Shores, represent-
ing FVMA; Dr. Jim Thompson; Dr. Ernie Godfrey, representing FVMA; and Dr.
Richard Wilkes, representing FVMA.


HonorsAwardsAppointments & Announcements

Aquatic Animal Health
director honored
Ruth Francis-Floyd,
D.V.M., director
of the University
of Florida Aquatic
Animal Health
Program, has received
the William Medway
Award for Excellence
in Teaching from
the International
Association for
Aquatic Animal Dr. Francis-Floyd
The award was given via videoconferencing
technology from Rome on May 13 in
recognition of her contributions to the
teaching of the aquatic sciences over the past
10 years.
Francis-Floyd is a professor in UF's
College of Veterinary Medicine with a joint
appointment in the Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences' department of fisheries
and aquatic sciences. She is board-certified by
the American College of Zoological Medicine.
A UF veterinary college alumna, she received
the college's Alumni Achievement Award in
2002. She also is a past president of IAAAM.
In her present position, Francis-Floyd
oversees campus wide teaching, research and
extension efforts in the area of aquatic animal

Harvey named executive
associate dean
John Harvey,
D.V.M., Ph.D.,
has been named
executive associate
dean of the i
University of Florida
College of Veterinary
Medicine, effective
Harvey was a
founding member Dr. John Harvey
of the UF veterinary
college's faculty in 1974 and has served as
chairman of the college's department of
physiological sciences since 1995. As executive
associate dean, Harvey will be in charge of
internal college operations.

"Dr. Harvey has a long history with this
college and great institutional knowledge,"
said Glen Hoffsis, D.V.M., the college's dean.
"He will be an excellent right-hand person to
have in this position and I am delighted that
he has agreed to accept the job."
Harvey replaces James Thompson, D.V.M.,
Ph.D., who held the post of executive
associate dean since 2006 and has left the
college to become dean at the University of
Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.
A Kansas native, Harvey earned both his
bachelor's and D.V.M. degrees from Kansas
State and his Ph.D. from the University of
California-Davis. He is board-certified in
clinical pathology by the American College of
Veterinary Pathologists.
Harvey's research interests are comparative
hematology and erythrocyte enzyme
deficiencies. He discovered and named the
Anaplasma platys organism that infects
platelets in dogs and, along with co-workers,
first recognized and reported four inherited
erythrocyte enzyme deficiencies.
Among the honors Harvey has received
are the UF Norden Distinguished Teacher
Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award
from the American Society for Veterinary
Clinical Pathology, the Award for Outstanding
Contributions to Animal Clinical Chemistry,
Division of Animal Clinical Chemistry,
American Association for Clinical Chemistry,
and the Alumni Recognition Award from
Kansas State University College of Veterinary
A former president of the American Society
for Veterinary Clinical Pathology and the
International Society for Animal Clinical
Pathology, Harvey also served a four-year term
on the Morris Animal Foundation's scientific

advisory board. He has published 160
journal articles and book chapters concerning
comparative hematology and has presented
more than 230 scientific and continuing
education talks and seminars.

Scientist honored for
mycoplasma research
Meghan May,
Ph.D., a scientist
in the University of
Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine,
received the Louis
Dienes Prize for
outstanding research
by a postdoctoral
fellow during the
17th International D
Congress of Dr. Meghan May
Congress of
the International Organization for
Mycoplasmology, held July 6-11 in Tianjin,
May's presentation, co-authored by her
academic mentor, Daniel Brown, Ph.D., an
assistant professor in the college's department
of infectious diseases and pathology, dealt
with an infection-producing enzyme
known as sialidase, which is produced by
the bacteria Mycoplasma gallisepticum, the
most economically significant mycoplasmal
pathogen affecting poultry.
"This pathogen causes chronic respiratory
disease, reduced feed efficiency, decreased
growth and decreased egg production," Brown
said. "Meghan's work may lead to a basis for
novel treatment and/or vaccination strategies
focused on the role of sialidase in diseases
associated with this pathogen."

* E-mail address updates needed

In order to meet the University of Florida's Green Initiatives. more of the
college print publications will become electronic publications or Web-
based publications. Communications via e-mail are becoming increas-
ingly important, as well as being the 'green' thing to do. Be sure your
e-mail address is up-to-date so you aren't left out.
Information we need from alumni includes name. class year, and e-mail
address. All others, we need name and e-mail address and some refer-
ence to your affiliation to the college. i.e. you are a donor, a friend, a
client, etc.
You can confirm your e-mail address by sending a note to
cvmalumniaffairs'l'vetmed.ufl.edu or faxing this info to 352-392-8351.


Honor Roll ofDonors for 2007-2008

The 2007-2008 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, 2007 and June 30, 2008.
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.

$1,000,000 or more
Robin Weeks (d)

$100,000 to $999,999
The Batchelor Foundation
Victoria I. Ford
Arnold & Barbara Grevior
Hill's Pet Nutrition
Franklyn & Barbara Meyers
Harriet B. Weeks (d)

$75,000 to $99,999
Florida Veterinary Medicine Faculty Assn.
Merial, Ltd.
Helen Tolmach

$50,000 To $74,999
Frank A. Brunckhorst
Marianne A. Burbach
Michael & Elissa Greenberg

$25,000 To $49,999
A. H. Burnett Foundation
Churchill Downs
The Community Foundation
Tine W Davis Family Fdtn.
Gulfstream Park Racing Assn
Operation Catnip
Alan & Barbara Pareira
White Oak Conservation Cntr
Joe & Sophie Witten Trust

$10,000 To $24,999
AVMA Foundation
Louise C. Averill
Caloosa Veterinary Medical Society
Florida Poultry Federation
Florida Thoroughbred Charities
FVMA Foundation
Gaumard Scientific Co.
Gilman Internatl Conserv.
Jim & Lucinda Greene
Intervet, Inc.
Dale S. Kaplan-Stein '81
Harold Morris Trust
National Group Comm. Construction Svcs.
Novartis Animal Health U.S.
The Oxley Foundation
Pet Food Ltd.
Pfizer, Inc.
Scott & Maureen Pierce
Harry & Lisa Posin
SCAVMA of Florida
Sandra Thomas & David Snyder
The Trico Foundation
VCA Animal Hospitals
Janet K. Yamamoto

$5,000 To $9,999
Abaxis, Inc.
AKC CAR Canine Support & Relief Fund

Assoc. of Shelter Veterinarians
Anthony & Joy Barbet
Bayer Corp.
George & Alice Burch
Ugo Colombo
Dade Co. Veterinary Fdm.
Florida Assn. of Equine Practitioners
Florida Quarter Horse Assn.
Fort Dodge Animal Health
Leonard A. Franz (d)
Habitat for Horses
Infectious Diseases
Irving M. Lerner '82
Dwayne McKenzie
My Pet's Vet
Nestle Purina PetCare
O.L. Moore Foundation
Pasco Florida Kennel Club
Matthew C. Peterson '98
Quail Roost Animal Hosp.
Jon J. Rappaport '82
Sebring Animal Hospital
Billie Smardon
Society for Theriogenology
Stryker Instruments
U.S. Equestrian Federation
Westlab Pharmacy

$1,000 To $4,999
Anonymous (3)
Airport Road Animal Clinic
Ameri. Greyhound Council
Animal Clinic of Windermere
Animal Medical Clinic
Arthro Dynamic Tech.
Banfield, The Pet Hospital
Curtis M. Barnett '82
Holly J. Wendell '82
Carol A. Bartels
The Bay Branch Foundation
Romayne P Berry
Biogal Laboratories-Galed
Regina Blanz
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica
Lisa Boyce
The Brunetti Foundation
Canine Rehab Institute
John B. Christoph '90
Coronado Animal Clinic
John S. Corsale, Jr.
Kiki L. Courtelis
Susan M. Cousins '95
Karen B. Davis '81
Walt Disney World Co.
Dale & Christine Dunn
Thomas Fastiggi, Jr.
Richard & Susan Finkelstein
Charles & Carol Fischman
Florida Farm Bureau
Margaret A. Fuller-Kalb '86

Georgia Veterinary Specialists
Randy & Michelle Gerlick
Greater Orange Park Dog Club
Eleanor M. Green
Gulf Coast Animal Hospital
Robert E Hagadorn '82
Bruce & Tracy Handfinger
E. Kerry Heubeck
James A. Himes
Hoppenstedt Veterinary Hosp
The IAMS Co.
IDEXX Pharmaceuticals
Hilda Ingles
Ralph N. Innace
Innovative Animal Products
John & Martha Carter Fdtn.
Kelly Foods Corp.
Lake Worth Animal Hospital
Murray & Pamela Langfitt
Timothy P Lassett '82
Keith E. Lerner
Michele Mauro-Demino 95
Miami Obedience Club
Scott B. Mills
Francis W Milward
Mitchell Drug, Inc.
Noahs Ark Animal Hospital
Edward J. Noga '82
North Orange Veterinary Hospital
Roberto E. Novo '93
Nutramax Laboratories
Oaks Veterinary Hospital
Oakwood Animal Hospital
Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club
Nanette Parratto-Wagner '85
Lillian L. Parry (d)
Patterson Cos., Inc.
Nancy V Perry
Planco Veterinary Care
PPI Construction Mgmt
William G. Rodkey
John N. Ropes
Saint John's Veterinary Clinic
Salzburg Animal Hospital
Schering-Plough Animal Health Corp.
Vera R. Segall
Shands at UF
Betty H. Shinn
Simmons Educational Fund
Merrill & Rena Stevens
Lynda A. Sullivan
Tampa Greyhound Track
U.E Veterinary Auxiliary
Takashi Uemura
Veterinary Centers of America
Village Veterinary
Link V Welborn '82
West Coast Medical & Educational Fdtn.
Kimberly D. Whitfield
Dawn E Wilson
Betty N. Wohl
Margaret M. Yarborough

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$500 To $999
Dena J. Anderson '93
Animal Clinic
Animal Allergy & Derm Service of CT
Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic
Bayer Animal Health
Bayonet Point Development Corp.
Baywood Animal Hospital
Donald J. Beck '86
Lt. Col. Terry B. Besch '88
Jean S. Bidwell
Brevard Kennel Club
Colin F Burrows
Butler Plaza Animal Hosp.
Central Broward Animal Hospital
Coastal Veterinary Hospital
Kathleen E. Colins
Companion Animal Hospital
Compass Bank
Connecticut River Valley Kennel Club
Coral Springs Animal Hosp.
Cornell University
M. Scott Cornwell '82
Stephanie S. Correa '96
Paul A. Curasi '85
Patricia L. Curtis-Craig '83
Margaret E. Dawson
Laura D. Earle-Imre '89
East Orlando Animal Hosp.
FL Horsemen's Benevolent/Protect. Assn.
M. Elizabeth Fowler
Joan Freed '82
Faustino G. Garcia
Gleneden, Inc.
Government of St. Maarten
Michael & JoAnn Gowen
Ellis & Mary Greiner
Halifax Veterinary Clinic
Henry & Stephanie Hirsch
Glen & Lana Hoffsis
IDEXX Laboratories
Jonesville Animal Hospital
Jupiter-Tequesta Dog Club
Anne P Lannon '88
Phillip W Lanzi '87
Katherine R. Laurenzano
Rob Leonard '86
Kathleen D. Linton
Madeleine Low
Luitpold Pharmaceuticals
Georgia A. Lyons (d)
Marie McCarron
The Hon. Perry & Noel McGriff
Andrew R. Mercak '89
Jonathan & Diane Meyers
Jack Morgenstern
Jonathan E. Murray '84
Kenneth C. Nayfield '80
No More Homeless Pets
Northwood Oaks Veterinary Hospital
Novus International
Oakhurst Animal Hospital
Ocean's Edge Veterinary Clinic
Quail Hollow Animal Hosp.
Frances M. Ramirez '01
Jose R. Davila- Delgado '00
Laura B. Raymond '82
Delphine C. Reich '97
Gloria V. Reiss
Andre & Nyssa Salz
Linda C. Sanchez '03
Santa Fe Animal Hospital
Sarasota Veterinary Center
Michael Schaer
Southside Animal Clinic
Mark S. Sprayberry '95
David & Dorothy Storey
Sunrise Animal Hospital

Sunset Lakes Veterinary Clinic
Tidewater Veterinary Surgery
Twin Cities Veterinary Surgery
UBS Financial Services
Frances R. Vaujin '90
Veterinary Pet Insurance Co.
Vetoquinol USA
John V Yelvington '81
Marjorie Zimmerman

$250 To $499
All Animal Clinic
Amer Physiological Society
Kevin J. Anderson
Susan E. Anderson '83
August H. Battles
Bayshore Animal Hospital
Ann B. Beshore
Beville Animal Hospital
Charles R Billings '86
Maria C. Bitetto '82
William V Bitetto '82
Anna L. Bray
Beth A. Buchanan '84
Nancy L. Burns
Caribbean Dairy Institute
William L. Castleman
Joan Chany
Companion Animal Hospital of Jax
Karen G. Connary '94
Coquina Ridge Animal Clinic
Edwin & Barbara Cordero
Charles H. Courtney
Crevasse's Pet Cremation Services
Charles & Mary Culver
CVM Class of 2010
Joseph A. DiPietro
Karen-Jo Dolamore '85
Mark I. Dorfman '87
Cherry D. Douglas '97
William T Drost '91
Deidre C. DuBissette '85
Richard E. Dunn '81
Tracy S. DuVernoy '88
East Orange Animal Hosp.
Gary W Ellison
Ruth M. Franczek '81
Gardens Animal Hospital
Lewis M. Goodkin
Douglas S. Hagler '82
Island Animal Hospital of Venice
Stephen M. Joiner '84
Chantal G. Jones '86
Patricia G. Kallenbach '93
David P. Kelbert '83
John A. Kirsch '98
Paul G. Koch '84
Pat Kopco & Mike Orloff
William R. Kroll '83
Lake Emma Animal Hosp.
Arthur E. Mallock '86
Christine E. Miskell '98
Mobile Pet Vet
Monument Road Animal Hospital
EraJ. Moorer '81
Robert S. Mullins
John H. Parks
Karen M. Perry '84
Pet Calls Animal Hospital
Louis Piltz
Kristin L. Polci-Moger 92
Michael J. Ponte '81
Andrew Rappaport '84
Joe & Sue Reina
Renee G. Rember '05
Sabal Chase Animal Clinic
Jennifer B. Salpeter '89

Robin L. Sego '99
Colin Sereda & Nicole Hackendahl
Shank Animal Hospital
Patricia J. Shaw
Patrick K. Skipton '82
Spanish River Animal Hospital
George C. Steers '88
Timuquana Animal Hospital
UF CVM Class of 2011
UF Veterinary Business
Claudia Valderrama '95
Robert M. Van Duys '91
Veterinary Center of Sarasota
S 11 *, 1.. ... Veterinary Clinic
James P Waller, Jr. '96
Henry A. Weinberg '85
Weston Road Animal Hosp.
Elizabeth M. Whitley '88
Charles E Widger
Lynne B. Wines
Jo Ann Winn
Lori A. Wise '85
Col. Gayle E. Wooding
Theodore S. Yoho '83
Robert & Linda Yonke

$100 To $249
Robert & Aileen Aherns
Billy & Dorothy Almond
Leah C. Altvater '85
Animal Medical Center
Robert & Joan Anthony
A. Barbara Antz-Hanson '90
Karen A. Baker '97
Linda A. Banks '90
Alison Bawden
Bradley & Joyce Bender
Andy Bennett '00
Michael & Barbara Bergin
M. Lynn Black
Holly Kathryn Blair '92
Harry Armon Blair, Jr. '92
Jonathan S. Block
Howard P Bouchelle III '03
Donna Boudreaux
Richard B. Bressman '00
Mary R. Bressman '00
Briarwood Animal Hospital
Bridgewater Veterinary Hospital
Mark C. Brigham '81
George & Jill Brock
Judith A. Broward
Eric J. Bucki '05
Buck Lake Animal Hospital
Maron B. Calderwood Mays
Calusa Crossings Animal Hospital.
Maria E. Campbell
Luis & Barbara Campos
Care Animal Hospital of Brandon
Lois J. Catanzaro
Gregory & Nicole Celani
Kathleen M. Chiocca
Francesca M. Chiulli '03
Calvin Y. Choi
Citrus Animal Clinic
Robert & Jennifer Clark
Rosemary Clark
Capt. James Coisman '04
Kirsten L. Cooke
Joseph N. Covino '03
Christi L. Coy
Beverly M. Crawford
Kevin T. Cronin 397
Susan G. Cummings
Michael J. Daly
Elizabeth G. Davis '96
Irby D. Davis
Mark S. DeGrove '83

Scott & Shirley Denardo
Doc's Animal Clinic
Erik D. Dohm '95
Terri Dulong
Elite K9 Academy
Roger G. Ellis
Kristina E. Esmiol
Fast Forward Associates
David Feitsma III '99
Tina M. Fernandez
Robert R Fisher '88
Fondren Pet Care Center
Katherine M. Francis '94
Ruth Francis-Floyd '83
Louise E Friedlander
Susan Friedman
Susanna M. Fromm '83
David A. Gallagher '95
Dennis E. Geagan '84
Pal M. Geho
E. Paul J. Gibbs
Guy C. Gibson '90
Gilbertsons, Inc.
William C. Gill
Jeffrey A. Goldberg '85
Grand Bay Commercial Properties
Grand Bay Community Properties
Gulf Gate Animal Hospital
Dennis Guttman
John & Joan Hadraba
Patricia A. Hamilton 99
Harry H. Harkins, Jr.
David S. Harris '85
John S. Haven III
Rachael L. Henley
Jorge A. Hernandez
Hernando Animal Hospital
Heron Lakes Animal Hosp.
Sean M. Hillock '01
Claude & Terry Hobeika
Brian L. Hoh
Laurie R. Householder '86
Stacey A. Huber '02
Jesus & Maria Ibanez
Paul & Cathy Impero
Indian Creek Pet Hospital
James & Dawn Johnson
Lana Kaiser
Debra A. Kamstock '96
Richard Z. Kane '84
Steven & Betty Kaplan
Karen Kenney
Wendy J. Kozak '97
Eva D. Krampotich '02
D. Leigh Lain-Denton '82
Linda Lancaster
Alison Larkins & David Low
Alan & Karen Legato
Ethel D. Lindsey '92
Janis Liro '80
Bruce & Tamar Lubow
Sara K Lyle '85
Michael & Monika Machen
Rita Manarino '87
Lisa M. Markham '92
Mary Ellen Feick '86
Celia S. Martin
Danise Martinez-Walsh '84
Eugene M. Mathis
Elizabeth C. McGrath '89
Keith & Rachel McGriff
Douglas R. Metzler '85
John Middleton
Judith A. Milcarsky '86
Thomas & Beatrice Mitchell
William H. Mitchell
Virginia Moens
Dragan Momcilovic

Allison L. Montague '08
Lauren K. Morris
James W Mulford
Elizabeth D. Murphy '82
Lawrence J. Murphy, Jr. '82
My Animal Hospital
Joel B. Navratik '93
Wendy M. Norman
North County Animal Hosp.
Donald K. Odama
Robert M. Odama '98
Rebecca J. Owens '95
Parkway Animal Hospital
Veronica Patterson
Laura L. Pearson '92
J. F. & Linda Peddle
Dale & Lee Peeples
Ramon A. Perez-Lopez '87
Gail K. Perfect '83
Ronald L. Perry
Pet Care Clinic, Inc.
Piedmont Animal Hospital
Edward & Sharron Poppell
Don & Rose Marie Puyear
Quincy Animal Hospital
Heath Rauschenberger '04
Rawls Veterinary Hospital
James M. Ray '85
Michelle E Reller '04
Margaret Roberts-Levy '05
Damon B. Rodriguez '97
Heather L. Rogers
A. Fleet Ryland III '81
S & L Stucco Service Ass.
Safe Haven Veterinary Hospital
Virginia L. Sayre '85
Frederick R. Schirmer '88
George & Frances Schisler
Mark A. Scribano '89
James & Zoe Seale
Lauren E. Semeniuk
Greg Shewfelt
Elizabeth S. Shields
Robert & Suzanne Shimp
Janet L. Simowitz '96
Marclyn Sims '04
Nancy A. Sorensen '93
Southland Animal Hospital
Jerry C. Spears
Julie S. DeValle '91
Lee B. Stuart '86
Bruce Sullivan '92
Joan R Sullivan
Lucy J. Sullivan
Roberta J. Swakon
Sandra M. Taboada '84
Heidi A. Tapscott '90
Amanda C. Tario
David & Jacqueline Taylor
Team Vetmed
Thomas H. Winters
James P Thompson '81
Joel C. Timyan
Cindy H. Tramel
Keith B. Tribble
Tri-County Animal Hospital
Cathryn E. Turner '88
Amy R. Tyner '99
John & Nelly Van Blois
Maria Vasilyadis
The Visiting Veterinarian
Allison Vitsky '98
Brian & Barbara Vitsky
Sharon L. Weeks
William A. Whitler '85
Christopher W Widenhouse
Tamara Vetro-Widenhouse '04

Nilufer G. Wilkins '83
Richard B. Williams '81
Donald L. Wolfersteig '80
Karen E. Wolfsdorf '92
Thomas J. Wronski
Allen E Wysocki
John & Romy Yotz
Eugene & Cheri Zdziarski
Dana N. Zimmel '95
Karen M. Zimmerman '87

$25 To $99
All Holistic Veterinary Care
American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Animal Medical Clinic at West Town Place
Animal Medical Clinic of Punta Gorda
Jackie Athey
John R Athey
Lisa Atkinson
Michael D. Atkinson
Angela M. Avok
Joyce M. Aycock
Nancy Bader
Dena D. Baker '00
Matthew & Victoria Baldwin
Tammy H. Barrineau
Latayah Benedetti '81
Anaid Benitez
Ronald &Maxine Bingham
David C. Blake '98
Emily A. Borden
Rosemarie Borkowski '91
Martha M. Bosworth '04
Betsy A. Bowerman '81
Andres & Nancy Brandi
Suzanne C. Brannan '91
Lance & Cheryl Briner
Richard M. Brodsky Fdtn
Linda Burch
Vivian P Burke
Carlos R. Campos '02
Louise M. Cauthen
Sara Chacko
Linda D. Chalker '90
Elizabeth A. Cienava '98
Celeste A. Clements '89
Jennifer D. Conner
Paul E. Cook
William & Elizabeth Crowther
Cruise Emporium
Susan D. Crumpton '03
Robert R. DeSena '86
Mindy W Dietterick
Michael & Ann Dillon
Donald & Annette Doerr
Katherine A. Doerr
Lindel & Gloria Doty
Kirk E Drost
Edward & Lisa Dulik
Norbert & Kimberly Dunkel
Christine W Durrett
Dennis J. Egan
Robert & Nancy Evans
Fernandina Beach Animal Clinic
David & Diane Findlan
Linda Fishkind
Karen L. Fooks
Heather Gagliardi
Elizabeth A. Gill '05
Leslie W Gillette '98
Denise D. Ginex '91
Green River Animal Hosp.
Michael & Judy Grumdahl
Gulf Breeze Animal Hosp.
Morgan E. Guoan
Edward L. Haeussner '98
Amy E Hall '03

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Sandra H. Harmon
Deborah L. Harris '95
Theresa M. Harty '89
William & Ann Heckman
Lawrence E. Heider
Eugene & Andrea Hershorin
Lisa M. Hiatt
Carol Highsmith
Elise Hitchcock
Harvey D. Hnatiuk
Amy C. Hobeika
Koji Hosaka
Inn of the Dog
Kerry I. Jackson '92
Stacy A. Jaryno '04
Charles B. Johnson
Eric B. Johnson
Sharon D. Johnson
Ray M. Kaplan '95
M. J. & Kathy Karl
Joe & Carole Kashner
Renee B. Kass
Joyce Kerensky
Samuel J. Knapp
Knowles Snapper Creek Animal Clinic
Lindsay A. Kuester '05
Lake Area Animal Hospital
Lake Jackson Animal Hosp.
Clyde & Betty Leaphart
Irene T. Lee '02
Julie K. Levy
Lisa A. Limpert
Marta P Lista '00
Christine S. Litt '94
Long Island Veterinary Specialists
Gary A. Lukacs '84
Henry & Joan Lumb
Nicolette D. Lunsford '96
Dale Mac Cutcheon
Lisa J. Mallett
Marion Veterinary Hospital

Cathleen E. Mark
Jeanna M. Mastrodicasa
Susan E. McClure
Rachel DiSesa McGriff
Robin L. McIntyre
Dawn P McLane '83
Pamela Miller
Linda Millman & Fred Sandberg
Carrie L. Moore
Dorene Morris
Anne J. Murphy
Irene P Murphy
Vicki M. Nast
Michelle A. Nelson
Thomas & Barbara Noethiger
Jeffrey & Susan Nullman
Sally J. O'Connell
Peter J. O'Halloran '92
Heather Oliboni
Orange County Classroom Teachers Assn.
Luis Ortega
George & Marjorie Pardun
Kathy Parker
Lisa A. Paros
Anne Patronis
Pet Medical Center of Vero Beach
Frederica B. Peterson
Louise Phillips
Betty W Plass
Christina L. Poulin '01
Punta Gorda Animal Hosp.
Bonnie C. Randall
Greta Rayman
RB Bucking Bulls
Donna Repeta-Schuster '93
Dianna E. Reyes
Julia J. Reynolds '85
Tara L. Rittle-Rydick '03
John W Robinson
Lesley A. Robson '91
Rohlk Animal Hospital

Gerald & Barbara Rosenzweig
Allyson C. Roy
Elizabeth M. Roy
Mrs. Darilyn Salinas
Allison R. Sateren '02
Francis & Beverly Savage
Leigh A. Sawyer '85
Aparna Shanadi
Peter C. Sheerin '94
Florence H. Steele
Philip A. Steiner '03
Sheree L. Stern '82
Joyce E. Stewart
Stoney Creek Animal Hosp.
Debra G. Sullivan
Lisa C. Taylor
Stan & Dawn Teagle
Lori E. Teal
Mark & Nancy Thorlton
Veronica Tienza
Timberlane Pet Hospital & Resort
Barbara B. Toomey
Judith W Torchia '86
Wesley & Gail Turner
VCA Snohomish Animal Hospital
Veterinary Allergy & Skin Center
Veterinary Mobile Endoscopy & Diag.
Tamara S. Vetro-Widenhouse '04
Sheryl M. Walters
Angeline E. Warner '80
Stephen & Nancy Watt
Emily B. Weaver '05
Laura E. Weaver
Julia M. White '02
Robert W Wigglesworth
Susan J. Wigglesworth
Mary Will Simpson
Wolfe Equine Veterinary Practice
Bernadette M. Zamora
Jan R. Zwilling


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.

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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
Jack & Linda Eads
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
Morton J. Levine
Fran Marino
Celia S. Martin
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
Helen Samaras
Suzanne J. Schwertley
William & Brenda Selph
Joseph G. Slick
Sherilyn K. Solanick
Mark & Nancy Thorlton
Helen Tolmach
Katrina D. Vanesian
Gerri Voller
Roberta H. Waller
Michael & Diane Ward

(d) = Deceased this Fiscal Year

dlnia Update

Paralyzed dog inspires others living

active life on wheels

By Sarah Carey

A although he can no longer move his two
back legs, a charismatic dachshund
named Lance hasn't missed a beat. Far
from being an armchair participant in life,
Lance, who received treatment at UF's
Veterinary Medical Center earlier this year, is
a wheelchair participant actively bringing
cheer to the sick and disabled, young and old.
After an unsuccessful operation in South
Florida, Lance's owner, Claudia Machado, of
Miami, came to UF to see whether UF could
correct Lance's problems through additional
"Unfortunately, the spinal cord at the
affected segment was only a cavity with
no substance, so surgery was not going to
help," said veterinarian Roger Clemmons, a
neurologist specializing in small animals who
saw Lance in the UF clinic.
"The technology to re-grow spinal cords
in dogs does not exist," Clemmons said.
"Although advances are being made in using
primitive 'stem cells' to help repair the spinal
cord in dogs, these cells have not been used
in dogs successfully for that purpose so we
did not have any options to offer for Lance's
treatment at that time."
However, Machado and her family were
told how to adapt to life with Lance as a
"We had to come to terms with the news
that Lance would never be able to use his back
legs again," said Machado. "Dr. Clemmons
was emphatic that there was no solution,
and his staff, especially Amy Reynolds, gave
me and my husband a lot of support to deal
with this reality. Needless to say, we were
devastated, but we never gave up on our little
guy for a second."
Clemmons and Reynolds, a veterinary
neurology technician, suggested the
wheels and gave Machado tips on how to
properly care for a paralyzed dog. They also
recommended a diet including natural-
vitamin supplements to help boost Lance's
immune system and prevent additional

Lance's owners say ne is Tull oT energy ana loves
to fetch his ball and chase his frisbee at the park.

Machado purchased a special custom-
made "doggie wheelchair," or cart made for
dogs with hind-leg paralysis, to which Lance
quickly adapted.
"Even though we didn't come back to
Miami with the news we hoped for, we were
very optimistic," Machado said. "Words
cannot explain how much comfort Amy
offered, sharing her own stories with us and
reassuring us that Lance being on wheels
would just make us love him even more. And
today, every time I have a question for Dr.
Clemmons because Lance is acting weird, I
e-mail Amy with concerns and I hear back
from her immediately."
While Lance's paralysis is still tough on
Machado and her family emotionally, they
have gotten into a fun routine with him and
take comfort in the happiness he brings other
"Lance is the happiest dog on the
wheelchair," Machado said. "He's full of

energy and loves to fetch his ball at the park,
run after his Frisbee and swim. Everywhere we
take him, people stop and stare at him because
he truly is one special little guy."
Lance is now a certified therapy dog
and Machado takes him twice a month to
visit pediatric patients at Miami Children's
Hospital and elderly individuals in wheel-
chairs at West Gables Hospital.
"He gives them so much hope and joy,"
Machado said. "I don't think there's anything
more fulfilling than walking down the hospital
corridor with this little guy. He is a super
Lance even has that "Hollywood effect" on
people who see him.
"It's like going out with Britney Spears,"
Machado said. "Everyone runs over to see
him, pet him or play with him."
In fact, "Super Lance," starring as himself,
will be the main character in a book Machado
is producing for distribution to hospital
"All of the work for this book is pro bono,"
she said. "I had my friends design the logo,
write the story, design the animated characters
for the book and finally have it printed. It
was a true effort of family and friends coming
together for a good cause." 4-K

Lance is shown in his customized "wheelchair."


continued from page 1

West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne viruses cause encephalitis,
both in horses and people, adding a human component to Long's
research. The virus affects the central nervous system and symptoms
can range from fever to paralysis and death.
"Infection in horses is important because it's an indication of what
people might face with the virus," Long said. "Immunity in horses
provides a proxy for understanding the virus in humans especially
children and the elderly."
Lately, Long's research has continued on a translationall course"
with a goal to transform the services the College of Veterinary
Medicine offers while developing cutting edge research for new
detection methods and treatment options for humans and horses
affected by disease. Long offers both standard serum and molecular
diagnostic testing for several causes of encephalitis in animals
including West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis virus and
Herpesviruses. The latter test capability was developed directly as a
result of the 2006/2007 outbreak of neurological herpesvirus in horses
in Wellington that virtually shut-down the industry.
"The development of new molecular strategies for detection of the

equine encephalitides provides the only Florida based rapid test site
for these diseases. We frequently receive samples from horse venues
throughout the State that require answers within hours; we have built
a program around the latest technology and talent personnel that have
the agility to provide rapid answers. This allows these horse activities
to continue unhindered; in the past, activities have been halted at peril
to the industry, while awaiting results from labs that were out-of-state."
On the research-side, Long and her graduate students are involved
in cutting edge projects utilizing research techniques that span the
globe from geography to molecular biology. For surveillance, one
project collaborates with geographers to use geographical information
systems based on satellite images to track emerging disease.
On the cellular side, gene chip technologies are being applied
to examine the mechanisms of diseases that specifically affect the
equine brain.
"Understanding the complex mechanisms at the cellular level will
assist us in developing medications that will directly treat viruses and
parasites that infect the brain of horses, and of course people and
other animals," Long said. -4K

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Colg News

New programs at UF veterinary college

target food supply veterinarian shortage
By Sarah Carey

To help address a critical
shortage of food supply
veterinarians at the local, state
and national levels, the University
of Florida College of Veterinary
Medicine has initiated two new
programs aimed at tempting more
veterinary students to pursue
careers in the field.
For the first time this year,
the college made four admission
slots available to pre-veterinary
undergraduates with a strong
interest in food animal veterinary
medicine. These students,
identified with the help of faculty
from the UF Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences' animal
sciences department, were required
to have met all prerequisite
requirements for veterinary school.
"Beyond these four individuals,
there were two other animal
sciences majors who were on
the alternate list for admission

Dr. Carlos Risco is shown at the University of Flor-
ida's Dairy Research Unit in Hague looking at the
total mixed ration fed to cows in accordance with
their specific nutritional needs. The ration consists
of silage, hay, commodity feed ingredients, vitamins

and they also wound up being and minerals.
admitted through the standard
admissions process," said Owen Rae, D.V.M., chief of the college's
Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service, or FARMS.

Each year, four more students will be admitted.
The admissions initiative was created through a joint collaboration
involving IFAS; the veterinary college's dean, Glen Hoffsis, D.V.M.;
Eleanor Green, D.V.M., chairwoman of the college's department of
large animal clinical sciences; members of the Florida Cattleman's
Association; and FARMS faculty members.
UF also is launching a 16-credit food animal certificate program
for students who complete requirements aimed at preparing them for
careers in food animal practice or the food systems profession.
"The certificate provides a template for mastering basic skills
associated with food animal veterinary medicine, including food
animal/systems-oriented courses taught within the UF veterinary
college as well as targeted extracurricular experiences," Rae said.
Students will be expected to participate actively in the Food Animal
Club within the college, and to take part in weekend wet labs that
will provide hands-on learning opportunities as well as the chance to
interact more frequently with faculty mentors and other students with
similar interests.
In addition, students will be required to become members of the
American Association of Bovine Practitioners and will be encouraged
to participate in the Society for Theriogenology. Both associations
strongly advocate student development within those respective

SHoffsis said the certificate program will not only
- enhance students' interest in the food animal specialty
early in their veterinary curriculum, but also will position
participants as more attractive job candidates in all areas
Sof food supply veterinary medicine.
"Participants in this program will likely be extremely
sought after for the very best jobs, due to the cross-disci-
plinary exposure they will be getting to all aspects of the
field, including both practice and industry," Hoffsis said.
However, Green added that ideally, recruitment efforts
would start well before veterinary school.
"In local communities, talented young people must
be encouraged by local producers, veterinarians,
school counselors and others to pursue careers in
food supply veterinary medicine," she said. "They
must then be mentored well in their pre-veterinary
curriculum in order to retain their interest and
strengthen their credentials to optimize their chance
for admission to and success during veterinary
Incoming freshman veterinary student Jason DeLaPaz
will complete his master's degree at UF in August.
Mentored by Art Donovan, D.V.M., of the FARMS
group, DeLaPaz studied how to determine the immune
response potential of individual Holstein dairy cows. He

plans to participate in the food animal certificate program
and considers it a useful tool to help get him "up and
running" in a meaningful career after graduation.
"I believe it will serve an important role in increasing students'
awareness and that this may trigger interest in food animal medicine
for the very same reasons I have chosen this career path," DeLaPaz
said. "I was not raised on or near a farm, but was attracted to the greater
purpose involved in food animal production. The food supply is very
important, and food animal practitioners help to ensure that it is safe.
"Such a small portion of the population has ever been on a farm and
are largely oblivious to the research, concerns and practices involved
in food production,"
DeLaPaz added.
"Due to the present as
well as the projected
shortage in food animal
practitioners, I believe
it was the right decision
for the UF veterinary
school to proactively
address this issue."
According to the ..
American Veterinary
Medical Association, of its 77,237 member veterinarians, only 1,703
are in practices that exclusively focus on food animals. Another 4,459
are in practices that predominantly treat food animals. -4a


dlnia Update

Dog recuperating from kidney transplant

surgery thanks to UF, Penn
By Sarah Carey
Thanks to a unique collaboration between the University of
Florida and the University of Pennsylvania, a 14-month-old bull
terrier named Zansi is recuperating well at her home in St. Petersburg
after successful kidney transplant surgery Sept. 4.
The case represented the first time a patient has received
hemodialysis at the UF Veterinary Medical Center and the second
time a dog has received a kidney transplant at the University of
Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Zansi's litter mate, Toni,
provided the donor kidney, said their owner, Jennifer O'Brien. The
dogs were imported from a South African breeder.
"Zansi and Toni are both doing wonderfully," O'Brien said Sept. 14.
"As far as I can tell, everything is going great."
Soon after Zansi arrived from South Africa, O'Brien noticed she
was not eating well and
was drinking large amounts
of water. Eventually she
found an internal medicine
specialist in Clearwater who .
diagnosed kidney disease.
"I began pounding the
pavement, doing a lot of
research on the Internet to i
see what our options were,
O'Brien said. Although
a few other veterinary
hospitals in the United
States can provide canine
kidney transplants, she
determined that Penn Vet
was logistically her best
option for the procedure.
There was one problem,
however after the
rigorous work-up process
Zansi underwent at Penn
Vet, she was not medically Dr. Carsten Bandt, a specialist in emergency rr
stable enough for surgery. vital signs during one of several hemodialysis t
received at UF this past summer.
While equipped to
perform the transplant
operation, Penn Vet's hemodialysis program is on hold. Hemodialysis
is a procedure through which kidney function is mechanically taken
over until the patient is stable enough to receive a donor kidney.
The roles of both veterinary colleges were critical in Zansi's care,
which led to a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the two
"We were lucky enough to come across Dr. (Carsten) Bandt and the
University of Florida," O'Brien said.
Bandt, D.V.M., an assistant professor of critical care and emergency
medicine at UF, has a background is in hemodialysis and nephrology.
Through hemodialysis, symptoms known as uremic syndrome -
witnessed through clinical signs such as loss of appetite, weakness,
seizures and vomiting can be greatly reduced or eliminated.



"There are only a few veterinary centers capable of doing
intermittent hemodialysis," Bandt said. Because of Bandt's expertise,
UF joined that elite group and Zansi became the first patient ever to
receive the procedure at UF veterinary hospital.
Hemodialysis treatments typically last between five and six hours
and most dogs need three treatments per week, Bandt said. Zansi, who
still had some kidney function, was able to get by with two weekly
"She was a rare exception, but she did very well," Bandt said.
Following her treatments, Zansi was deemed stable enough for
surgery after gaining weight and displaying an improved appetite and
attitude. On Aug. 31, Zansi and Toni headed to Pennsylvania for the
transplant operation.
Lillian Aronson,
V.M.D., and Heidi
8 Phillips, V.M.D.,
performed the surgery.
i Phillips said transplants are
45 not recommended for all
Sdogs with kidney disease.
Animals with infections
or recurring infections
or that have cancer are
not good candidates for
Sc kidney transplants, she
said. Aronson initiated
. Penn Vet's feline renal
S transplantation program,
which recently celebrated
its 100th surgery.
"It is a rare procedure
in dogs," Phillips said. "We
can only use dogs that are
related to each other at this
time. In cats we can use
medicine and critical care, monitors Zansi's
treatments the 14-month-old bull terrier unrelated donors, because
they are able to suppress
their immune system with
medication. They respond to the immune suppression medication
better than dogs do."
O'Brien called Penn's veterinary team "very gracious and
"I also feel very strongly about UF, as I come from a family of
Gators," she said. "We have had such a positive experience and I am so
impressed with all of the people in the dog nephrology world. They are
some of the nicest people I have ever come across."
The message O'Brien would most like to convey, however, is for
people with dogs in need of such treatments to know there are options
for them to receive help.
"I would like to see these options more accessible and more available
to the pets that need them," she said. A4-


New Comparative Orthopaedics and

Biomechanics Laboratory dedicated

By Sarah Carey
In the first formal recognition of a
collaboration that has spanned more than
30 years, University of Florida doctors who
treat both humans and animals came together
on campus recently to dedicate the new
Comparative Orthopaedics and Biomechanics
Laboratory in memory of the late Dr. Rob
Parker, a former UF small animal orthopedic
surgeon who was killed in a car accident this
past year.
The UF College of Medicine's department
of orthopaedics and rehabilitation's
biomechanics laboratory, formerly housed
in the UF Health Science Center, has been
renamed to reflect the physician/veterinarian
collaboration and is now located in the UF
College of Veterinary Medicine's academic
More than 60 people from both colleges
gathered there on the evening of Sept. 10 to
hear brief presentations about the benefits of
the intercollegiate collaboration and tour the
new lab.
"We needed to expand our laboratory
space for gene therapy and stem cell research,
so we decided to move our biomechanics
laboratory," said Dr. MaryBeth Horodyski,
an associate professor and director of the
department's research program. "The
department looked at several options,
including renting space in town and building
another facility."




Mieko Dunn, assistant director of research; Dr.
MaryBeth Horodyski, associate professor and
research director with the College of Medicine's
department of orthopaedics and rehabilitation;
and Dr. Peter Gearen, chairman of the Col-
lege of Medicine's department of orthopaedics
and rehabilitation, holding a device known as a
fixator, which is used to stabilize joints as they
heal after surgery.

At some point,
Horodyski and Dr. ,,
Anthony Pozzi, an I: = | :.i
assistant professor .... ,
of surgery at the UF
College of Veterinary t
Medicine, began
and discussion soon
emerged between
faculty members from
both colleges about
space possibilities
within the veterinary
"Once space was
identified, several Dr. John Harvey, executive associate dean; Dr. Dan Lewis, professor of
ieniie, sever surgery in the College of Veterinary Medicine's department of small animal
renovations needed to clinical sciences; Dr. Antonio Pozzi, assistant professor of surgery in the
be made," Horodyski department of small animal clinical sciences; and Dean Glen Hoffsis gather
said. "Once those were in the new laboratory following the dedication ceremony Sept. 10.
complete, we moved
our entire laboratory L | I I
from the medical science building over to the
veterinary academic building."

A major piece of equipment that needed to
be accommodated was a multiaxial mechanical
testing system (also known as an MTS), used
for testing joints in cadaver specimens and
which can be used for both animal and human
Administrators from both colleges all
said that one key advantage of the formal
collaboration will be the ability to submit
stronger grant proposals.
"Many funding organizations clearly like to
see translational research across a university
and this new laboratory will clearly align the
researchers from both colleges to be better
positioned to apply for certain grants,"
Horodyski said.
Parker, whose name is on the plaque
hanging outside of the laboratory, had been
a charter member of the veterinary college
faculty when the college opened its doors in
"For 20 years, the name Rob Parker was
synonymous with small animal orthopedics
in the state of Florida," said Dr. Dan Lewis, a
professor of small animal surgery at UF and
longtime friend and colleague of Parker's. "It
only seemed fitting as we brought this joint
venture together that we dedicate the new lab
in his memory." 49K

Dr. Dan Lewis, professor of surgery in the
College of Veterinary Medicine's department
of small animal surgery, is shown with special
guest Elizabeth Parker Griseck, daughter of the
late Dr.Robert B. Parker. Lewis holds the plaque
that will be displayed in the new laboratory.

College of Medicine Interim Dean Michael Good
and Dr. Tom Wright, a professor of orthopedic
surgery with the College of Medicine's depart-
ment of orthopaedics and rehabilitation, were
among the guests.


Nov 15

Distinguished Awards Nomination deadline.
Now is the time to nominate alumni, faculty
and special CVM friends for the college
Alumni Council-sponsored Distinguished
Awards. Nomination forms are available on
the alumni affairs Web site: www.vetmed.ufl.

Groundbreaking for the new Small Animal
Hospital, formally known as the Veterinary
Education and Research Center, will take
place at the college, 2015 SW 16th Ave.,
Gainesville, 32608, at 10 a.m. Everyone is
invited to attend. For more information,
e-mail Rachel McGriff at mcgriffr@vetmed.

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,
e-mail Jo Ann Winn at winnj@vetmed.ufl.edu
or call (352) 392-2213, ext. 5013.

The Class of 1984 will celebrate its Silver
Society Weekend sponsored by the UF
Alumni Association. Go to: www.ufalumni.
ufl.edu and look for Silver Society. For more
information, e-mail winnj@vetmed.ufl.edu
or call (352) 392-2213, ext. 5013.

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