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In addition to stories we produce, our college and the UF Veterinary Hospitals are frequently featured or mentioned in the external media. When we become aware of interesting news features or video, we will list some of them here.

January 2015:

  • A story about a new non-profit foundation launched by two children to benefit cancer research at the UFCVM appeared in numerous publications online after its original publication on PRWeb.
  • Pathologists at the UFCVM performed the necropsy of a horse that died along with its rider in Davie, Florida. The Sun-Sentinel covered the story.
  • Dr. Rob MacKay, a professor of large animal medicine at the UFCVM, was quoted on the topic of monensin toxicity in horses in an article in The Horse.
  • Dr. Sarah Boston’s story about how she came to write her new book, Lucky Dog, published earlier this year by House of Anansi Press, was featured on Ivanhoe Newswire.
  • Dr. Serena Craft was quoted in an Associated Press story relating to horse deaths in South Florida being linked to monensin toxicity. The story appeared in the Gainesville Sun, the Ocala Star-Banner,, The Detroit News and many other news outlets.
  • Dr. Janet Yamamoto’s appointment as a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors was covered in multiple news outlets, including  Veterinary Practice News.
  • A story about a new tick virus discovered by Dr. Katherine Sayler, a former UFCVM doctoral student, appeared in U.S. News & World Report/Health News, News4Jax , Bovine Veterinarian, Philadelphia Inquirer ( and other outlets and blogs.

November 2014:

  • A story about a unique procedure involving the use of a metal prosthetic used to repair the injured palate of a cat was covered by WCJB-TV/Channel 20 News and GTN News as well as in The Independent Florida Alligator. The procedure was a collaborative endeavor involving Dr. Amy Stone of the college’s Primary Care and Dentistry Service and Dr. Fong Wong of the UF College of Dentistry.
  • Dr. Cate McManus, a former resident with the UF Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, now operations manager for Dallas Animal Services, played a key role in the treatment of a dog named Bentley who was quarantined after his owner, nurse Nina Pham, was treated for and survived Ebola. Bentley and his owner were reunited on Nov. 1 after the completion of Bentley’s quarantine period. Stories mentioning McManus’ role or quoting her appeared in many national news outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, USA Today and many others.
  • Dr. Maureen Long appeared on the Joyce Kaufman Show on Oct. 29 in a segment relating to African Horse Sickness.
  • Dr. Mansour Mohamadzadeh’s  research, focused on enhancing immunity against colon cancer, is featured this month as a “research highlight” on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs website. His work is funded in part through the U.S. Department of Defense’s Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program. Click here to read the research highlight.

October 2014:

September 2014:

  • A photo gallery featuring dog houses built by UF veterinary students to benefit local animal rescue groups appeared in the Gainesville Sun.
  • A story focusing on a UF CVM study led by Dr. Julie Levy focusing on a targeted trap-neuter-return program appeared in the Gainesville Sun, Ocala Star Banner,, dvm360, Medical News Today, Health News Digest, Daily News, MSN Healthy Living, dvm360 and elsewhere.
  • A story relating to an AVMA push to reduce interest rates on student loans appeared in the Independent Florida Alligator.

August 2014:

July 2014:

June 2014:

  • An article featuring a study by Dr. Dennis Brooks on cataract surgery in the horse appeared in the May issue of Modern Equine Vet.
  • Stories about the grand opening of UF’s new Equine Sports Performance Complex appeared in Horsetalk, in American Equestrian Alliance, in All About Horses and in the Gainesville Sun.
  • Dr. Rob MacKay was a source in several stories relating to the possible role of a compounded drug in the deaths of thoroughbred horses, several of which were treated at UF. Stories appeared in Daily Racing Forum,  in TheHorse,  inThe Blood-horse and in several other news reports.
  • A story relating to the UF Forensic Medicine program and recent findings in a case involving cat deaths in the Lakeland area appeared in the Examiner.

May 2014:

  • Another story about Dr. Sarah Boston’s new book, “Lucky Dog,” appeared in the Gainesville Sun.
  • Another story about a recent spike in leptospirosis cases, featuring Dr. Carsten Bandt, appeared in Tampa Bay Newspapers.
  • A story about Dr. Andrew Smith receiving the Resident’s Award from the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians appeared in the Chipley Bugle, on The and in HorseTalk.
  • A story about the UF College of Veterinary Medicine housing the world’s largest mycoplasma collection was featured in the HealthMinded Gainesville Sun blog.
  • Dr. Nanny Wenzlow was featured in an article that ran in the Lakeland Ledger, on (Tampa Tribune) and in other outlets statewide.
  • Dr. Cynda Crawford was quoted in the Leesburg Commercial relating to a recent parvovirus outbreak.
  • A story about a new master’s program in veterinary forensics appeared in VetStreet.

April 2014:

  • A story about Dr. Valery Scharf’s research into a gold-based drug’s impact on osteosarcoma cells appeared in the Sun Sentinel, in Clinical Leader, in the Independent Florida Alligator, BioResearch Online and Medical News Today.
  • A story about Dr. Anthony Barbet and Dr. Basima Al-Khedery’s research involving the development of a test to distinguish human from animal strains of anaplasmosis appeared in Holistic Horse, in MySuncoast and Medical Design Technology, in the Chipley Bugle and in ABC7/MySuncoast news.
  • A story about a recent leptospirosis outbreak seen in cases at the UF Small Animal Hospital and featuring comments from Dr. Carsten Bandt continued to receive news pick up, appearing on the front page of the Orlando Sentinel and in the Sun Sentinel, in the Tampa Bay Business Journal and many other outlets.

March 2014:

  • A story about a new book written by Dr. Sarah Boston, a UF veterinary oncologist, appeared  in World News and on  The book focuses on Boston’s experience as a veterinary oncologist and cancer survivor.
  • A story noting recent projects selected for funding by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, including a proposal from UF equine researchers to study a side effect of a class of drugs used to treat pneumonia in foals, appeared in the Bloodhorse. More detailed information on the projects can be found here.
  • A story about a recent spike in cases of leptospirosis seen in dogs at UF was covered by WCJB, Channel 20 News and News4Jax , WUFT-TV, WUSF, the Florida Times-Union, the American Animal Hospital Association’s NewStat publication, dvm360 , VetAdvantage and other outlets.
  • A story about the release back into the wild of a Florida panther that received surgery to repair a broken leg last year at UF appeared in numerous news outlets, includng My Fox Orlando.

February 2014:

  • A story about UF researchers developing a new blood test for a devastating disease of boas and pythons featuring Dr. Elliott Jacobson and former UFCVM graduate student Rita Chang appeared in Science Daily, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Health Brief, in Veterinary Practice News and in Laboratory Equipment as well as in Digital Journal and in Phys.Org,, e!Science News, Bio-Medicine and Science Codex.
  • A story about the UF’s nationally unique veterinary forensic pathology fellowship program featuring Dr. Nanny Wenzlow appeared in the Gainesville Sun.
  • A story about new Large Animal Technical Rescue standards, crafted by a committee chaired by UFCVM director John Haven appeared in The Horse.
  • A release announcing a new UF/ASPCA graduate program in veterinary forensic sciences appeared in national media outlets, including Yahoo News, Reuters US News, numerous broadcast outlets and business journals in Denver, Dayton, Silicon Valley, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Austin, Charlotte, San Antonio and many other places within the state and elsewhere. The story is here. Another story appeared in the Alligator and can be foundhere.
  • A story noting Dr. Cynda Crawford’s appearance before the Hillsborough County Commission to laud a new feral cat program appeared on
  • Maddie’s Shelter Medicine program was honored by the Hillsborough County Commission for its efforts on behalf of shelter medicine in that community. Drs. Julie Levy and Cynda Crawford of the Maddie’s program received a plaque for their efforts. Video of the presentation is here.