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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.

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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.

January 2014:

  • Dr. Julie Levy was quoted and photographed for a New  York Timesarticle titled “New Strides in Spaying and Neutering.” She was also quoted in another article titled “Ignorance about Cats’ Sex Lives Fuels Unplanned Pregnancies” that appeared in the Oregon Herald, on Yahoo News (Canada and South Africa) and in LiveScience.
  • UF veterinarians remove a 9-pound tumor from a mastiff mix named Bubbles’ face: The UF veterinary oncology team was honored on  “Animal Voices,” a website that provides “a salute to human heroes for animals” and points to a link to the “Bubbles” story on  The story also appeared on WUSF’s  Health News Florida website.
  • A story about UF awarding the world’s first-ever Shelter Medicine Online Certificate appeared in KGO-TV, ABC-7, BioPortfolio, The Medical News,, PR Newswire, Denton Record-Chronical and other news outlets.

December 2013:

  •  UF researchers: Tail vaccinations in cats could save lives: This story  featuring the work of Dr. Julie Levy and UF veterinary student and Merial Scholar Cleon Hendricks appeared in numerous national news outlets, including Phys.Org, Science News, Health Medical and Science Updates, SmartBrief, Zimbio,,, Myfoxatlanta,, Quincy Herald Whig, WFSB, MyFoxNY, The State Journal, WHLT, WNCT, KVVU,, WJRT, Tucson News Now, New Jersey Herald, WXVT, WATE, CW15 – OMAHA, KCEN, My Fox Nepa.The story also was the #1 most-clicked story in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Health SmartBrief, the AVMA’s daily e-newsletter, and appeared in AVMA News,  AAHA’s, Health News Digest, the Cat ChannelVeterinary Practice News, and dvm360.
  • Canine Anxiety: Dr. Terry Curtis,  a veterinary behaviorist in the department of small animal clinical sciences, was featured in an article that appeared in Clinician’s Brief.
  • Allergies: Dr. Dunbar Gram, an associate professor of small animal dermatology, was featured in the Hartford Courant, Zimbio and the French Tribune in the nationally syndicated column by Steve Dale of the Tribune Content Agency in response to a question relating to skin allergies, and in Dale’s column in the Chicago Tribune.
  • Manatee Awareness: Dr. Roger Reep, a professor of physiological sciences, wrote an essay in honor of Manatee Awareness Month titled “Boating with Manatees” for Sailors for the Sea, a non-profit conservation group focused on the sailing and boating community. The essay is here.
  • The UF Small Animal Hospital’s veterinary technical program was listed on the Vet Tech Colleges blog as being one of “25 Cool Vet Tech Internships.”

November 2013:

  • New business externship program at UF CVM: This story highlights a new externship focusing on practice management and now being offered to University of Florida veterinary students. The story appeared locally in the Gainesville Business Report, in DVM360, the American Animal Hospital Association’s publication, NEWStat, as well as on various other veterinary-oriented Twitter sites and blogs.
  • Fear of deer disease leads state to ban imports: Dr. Paul Gibbs, UF CVM professor emeritus of infectious diseases) is quoted in this story in the Ocala Star Banner.
  • Jerky treats linked to pet deaths: Dr. Richard Hill was featured in this story on WCJB (TV 20 News) and in the Alligator.
  • A UF Aquatic Animal Health resident, Dr. Stephen Cassle, was featured in this article from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment for his surgical removal of two fish hooks from endangered green sea turtles.
  • Dr. Mike Walsh, co-director of the UF Aquatic Animal Health Program, was featured in numerous state and national news accounts after assisting in the euthanasia of a stranded sperm whale near Madiera Beach on Oct. 31. Among the national outlets covering the story were NBC News and CNN as well as state and local news organizations such as the Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9, the Tampa Tribune, among others.

October 2013:

  • UF researchers report cats may be the key to human HIV vaccine: This story featuring the recent work of Dr. Janet Yamamoto was released nationally to the Associated Press and was covered in media outlets and blogs, including  the Philadelphia Inquirer, the University Herald, the Gainesville Sun,  WebMD, Phys.Org, Health Canal,, Medical Xpress, Health Medical and Science Updates, Health News Digest, BioPortfolio, Fox News, WTSP and locally on WCJB-TV News, GTN News, the Gainesville Sun, Alligator among others. Many veterinary and pet oriented publications also picked up the story, including DVM360, CatsTodayWorld,  and many others.
  • A dog that saved a family from a fire in their home was treated for burns at UF Small Animal Hospital. The story appeared in numerous national outlets, including USA Today and the Huffington Post before being covered locally by the Gainesville Sun. 
  • A story about the UF Large Animal Hospital farrier, Jody Schaible, was in the Gainesville Sun: UF farrier tapped to mentor students
  • A story about a UF Large Animal Hospital veterinary technician, Cheryl Gallowitz, winning a contest for her salsa recipe appeared in the Gainesville Sun: Local woman’s winning salsa unveiled and in the Alligator.
  • An alumnus of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Carlos Campos, was named “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. This story appeared on My Fox Tampa Bay news and numerous other news outlets.

September 2013:

  • John Haven,  director of medical/health administration at the college, was a guest participant in a recent radio discussion on Horses in the Morning radio show, based in Ocala. The subject was large animal technical rescue. The show can be found here.

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January 2013:

  • Labradoodle treated for tetanus at small animal hospital at the University of Florida