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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.

February 2016:

  • A story about a study reporting that animals assessed at shelters are often mislabeled as ‘pit bull’ types was covered by Discovery News, The Gainesville Sun, WJXT-News/Jacksonville, Veterinary Practice News and many other news outlets.
  • The recent passing of UF veterinary medical college professor emeritus Dr. Paul Nicoletti was covered in numerous news outlets, including the Gainesville Sun, Bovine Veterinarian and Southeast AgNet as well as in the Independent Florida Alligator and Veterinary Practice News. His obituary in the Sun appears here.
  • An update on Calvin, the unofficial canine mascot of the UF women’s soccer team and his recuperation from treatment at UF’s Small Animal Hospital appeared on WCJB-TV20 news.
  • Dr. Roy Curtiss’ election to the National Academy of Inventors appeared in Veterinary Practice News.
    December 2015-January 2016:

December 2015-January 2016:

  • A story about two soccer sisters who drew on support from members of the Gator Nation to raise funds to save their dog, who was treated at UF’s Small Animal Hospital, appeared in broadcasts by WCJB-TV 20 news, and in WUFT-Channel 5 News, as well as in the Gainesville Sun and in The Alligator.
  • Dr. Margo Macpherson’s recent election to the office of vice president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners appeared in The Horse and in the Business Report of North Central Florida.
  • Coverage of Dr. Roy Curtiss’ appointment to the National Academy of Inventors was covered by the Independent Florida Alligator and on the University of Florida website.

November 2015:

  • A story by the University of California/Berkeley news office, based on a study published Oct. 27 in Environmental Health Perspectives and featuring the work of former UC/Berkeley faculty member, Dr. Chris Vulpe, appeared on that university’s news site, then was picked up by UPI and subsequently was picked up by various news publications, including SpecialChem, Oncology News Australia,, Sierra Sun Times and many other sites.
  • Dr. Margo Macpherson’s recent selection to serve as vice president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners was covered in the Alligator.

October 2015:

September 2015:

  • A story about the new UF Veterinary Access Scholarship initiative featuring Dean James Lloyd appeared in Veterinary Practice News. Other stories about this program appeared in Veterinary Economics and dvm360.
  • Dr. Carsten Bandt, an assistant professor of emergency medicine and critical care in the department of small animal clinical sciences, was quoted in a story about leptospirosis that appeared in Veterinary Practice News.
  • A story about the completion of the college’s new Clinical Skills Laboratory and ribbon cutting event appeared on the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ website.
  • A story about the UF Small Animal Hospital receiving accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association appeared in Veterinary Practice News.
  • Temple Grandin’s upcoming visit to the University of Florida, co-sponsored by the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences was covered by IFAS’ news office.
  • Dr. Rob MacKay was quoted in a Gainesville Sun/Ocala Star Banner article about creeping indigo and its toxicity to horses.
  • Dr. Sarah Boston was quoted in Orlando Magazine’s 2015 Pet Guide in an article about a pet cancer study and in another article about pet cancer.

July-August 2015:

  • Dr. Justin Shmalberg and Dr. Brad Case were mentioned in an article in the Gainesville Sun and Ocala Star Banner about a dog being treated at the UF Small Animal Hospital for pythiosis.
  • UF’s treatment of a dog with pythiosis was also covered in Florida Today newspaper.
  • A story about UF’s involvement in the Million Cat Challenge, featuring the work of Dr. Julie Levy and others, was in the Gainesville Sun.
  • Dr. Richard Hill was quoted in an article on The Cat Channel relating to the feeding of cat treats.
  • The new UF Veterinary Access Scholarship initiative (formerly referred to as the Dean’s Scholarship Initiative) was covered in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Dr. Kris Cooke’s designation as a Top 20 finalist in the America’s Favorite Veterinarian contest was covered in the Gainesville Sun and also on WCJB-Channel 20 News.
  • Dr. Sarah Boston’s book Lucky Dog was featured in a story in Dogslife. Boston also was featured recently on Fox News.
  • Research conducted by Dr. Carlos Risco relating to management of heat-related problems in dairy calves was cited in Progressive Dairyman Magazine.

June 2015:

  • Pet Cancer Awareness Month was highlighted in an interview with Dr. Sarah Boston on WCJB-Channel 20. Boston also spoke on cancer survival at a 50-year celebration of the University of Saskatchewan and was featured in stories in The Gazette,,, Leader Post and Edmonton Journal.
  • Dr. Rosanna Marsella was quoted in Equisearch and Stable Management in a story relating to equine pastern dermatitis.
  • Coverage of the college’s 2015 Distinguished Award winners appeared in the Chipley Bugle.
  • A story about pediatric sleep apnea featuring the work of Dr. Paul Davenport appeared in Charlotte County Florida Weekly.
  • Dr. Klibs Galvao and Dr. Ricardo Chebel were referenced in a story in North Texas E-News about a multi-institutional study on the effects of dairy cow genetics on fertility.
  • A story about the UF PETS emergency clinic in Ocala receiving Level 3 certification by the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society was featured in the Ocala Star Banner and in Veterinary Practice News.

May 2015:

April 2015:

  • A story about the college’s new veterinary student scholarship initiative appeared in  Southeast AgNet and in EquiSearch.
  • A story about the trap-neuter-return program being shared nationally via a new grant appeared in the Sacramento Bee and in Vetstreet.
  • Dr. Richard Hill, an associate professor of small animal medicine at UF and a board-certified veterinary nutritionist, was quoted in Popular Science March 20 relating to a recent recall of Beneful dog food.
  • A story about stem-cell research in dogs in which Dr. Anna Dunlap, a UF small animal orthopedic fellow was quoted, appeared in the Orlando Sentinel, the Washington Post, the Miami Herald, and in other outlets.
  • Dr. Cynda Crawford was quoted in the Chicago Tribune and in VetStreet about canine influenza virus.
  • The college’s annual Open House was covered in the Gainesville Sun both before and after the event.
  • Dr. Margo Macpherson was quoted in The Horse in an article about pregnancy failure in horses.

March 2015:

February 2015:

  • A story about a cat that benefited from a unique human/veterinary dental collaboration between Dr. Fong Wong of the UF College of Dentistry and Dr. Amy Stone of the UFCVM was covered by DVM360. The story originally was released from UF in November.
  • Little AnnaRose Van Sciver, a UF Health transplant recipient, visited the UF Small Animal Hospital with her mother, Cean Van Sciver, and a team from UF’s Dance Marathon group on Jan. 23. AnnaRose’s journey was captured on video by Dance Marathon for the group’s “Milestones” campaign and will be completed soon. A photo album capturing AnnaRose’s visit appears on the college’s Facebook page here and was also covered on the UF Health webpage.
  • A story about a new tick virus discovery reported on by Dr. Katherine Sayler continues to appear in news outlets. Additional outlets carrying the story included the Gainesville Sun and the Ocala Star Banner, AVMAVets and the U.S. Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health, as well as U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (, in NBC-40.Net (New Jersey) and many other outlets.


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.