zoological medicine – College of Veterinary Medicine http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:49:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Open House 2016 http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu/open-house-2016/ Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:26:40 +0000 http://vetmed.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/?page_id=9345 Mark your calendar now!


Come one, come all to the UF College of Veterinary Medicine’s Annual Open House!


  • When: Saturday, April 9, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine located at 2015 SW 16th Ave. in Gainesville.
  • Who: The college and our veterinary students work together to put on this wonderful, fun and educational event each year for the community.
  • What: Our Open House is an opportunity to learn more about the veterinary profession and what our Small and Large Animal Hospitals have to offer, engage in learning opportunities, see cool stuff and even adopt an animal from a local shelter. Come learn more about us! What a great way to spend a Saturday! And it’s all free!

We’ll have:40th-Anniversary-logo

  • Tours of the UF Large and Small Animal Hospitals (ongoing)
  • How to Get Into Veterinary School/Pre-Vet Advising Sessions
  • Talks and Educational Demonstrations will highlight various techniques used by UF veterinarians to treat animals for a variety of health problems (ongoing)
  • Lameness Locator Demonstrations
  • Equine Treadmill Demonstrations
  • Dog Agility Demonstrations
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit Demonstrations
  • Florida State Agricultural Response Team (SART) Emergency Response Demonstrations
  • Games and prizes for kids provided by CVM student organizations
  • Food truck rally featuring local eateries (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • T-shirts and merchandise for sale, with proceeds benefiting veterinary student clubs
  • Teddy Bear Clinic for the kids – bring your torn teddy bears for repair by UF veterinary students and the Alachua Veterinary Medical Association (ongoing)
  • Gypsy Gold Vanner Horses (ongoing)
  • Chris P. Bacon, the pig on wheels (ongoing)
  • Special appearance by Gator mascots Albert and Alberta (noon to 1 p.m.)

Open House 2016 Official Program

Updated 3/22/2016

Florida panther recuperating after surgery at UF http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu/2013/06/11/florida-panther-recuperating-after-surgery-at-uf/ Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:37:58 +0000 http://vetmed.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/?p=6114
Panther being taken to surgery

Veterinary team members transport the anesthetized panther to surgery. (Photo by Jesse Jones)

A young Florida panther is recuperating after successful surgery on June 7 at UF’s Small Animal Hospital to repair a fractured right femur. The panther’s injury was likely caused by having been hit by a car in Collier County in May. It had received surgery previously and was recuperating at White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee, Fla. when it reinjured itself.

Dr. Daniel Lewis, a professor of small animal surgery at UF, performed the procedure, which lasted almost three hours.

The animal, thought to be approximately 9 months old,  was brought to UF’s Zoological Medicine Service the morning of June 7. Following completion of the surgical procedure, the female panther was then transported by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission veterinarians back to White Oak, where her rehabilitation continues.

Veterinary anesthesiologists prepare the panther for surgery.

Veterinary anesthesiologists prepare the panther for surgery. (Photo by Jesse Jones)

For more information about the UF Small Animal Hospital, click here.

For more information about the UF Zoological Medicine Service, click here.

For more information about the UF Small Animal Surgery Service, click here.

For more information about the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, click here.


Jim Wellehan http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu/about-the-college/faculty-directory/jim-wellehan/ Sun, 25 Sep 2011 01:15:35 +0000 http://vetmed.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/?page_id=1297 Assistant Professor

Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
PO Box 100126
2015 SW 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32608-0125
(352) 392-2235
FAX: 352-392-7259



  • Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 2010. Dissertation topic: “Discovery, Phylogenetic Analysis, Diagnostic Test Development, and Surveillance of the Astroviruses of Marine Mammals”.
  • Residency, Zoological Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 2002-2005.
  • Internship, Avian/Exotic/Wildlife Medicine and Surgery, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON. 2001-2002.
  • M.S. in Molecular Veterinary Biosciences. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. 2001. Thesis topic: “Mycoplasma infections in passerine birds in Minnesota”.
  • D.V.M. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. 2001. GPA 3.98.
  • B.A. in Biochemistry, Physics minor. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME. 1992.

Honors and Awards

  • 2006, ACZM Manuscript Award
  • 2005, Phi Zeta Best Clinical Research Publication Award
  • 2004, Association of Avian Veterinarians Resident Manuscript Competition Award
  • 2001, Hoyt scholarship for future academician
  • 2000, Schlotthauer scholarship for parasitology
  • 1999, 1st place SCAVMA Symposium academic competition in exotics
  • 1999, Caleb Doerr Award for highest GPA in DVM class
  • 1999, Phi Zeta honor society
  • 1998, Caleb Doerr Award for highest GPA in DVM class

Research Interests

My research interests revolve around comparative infectious disease diagnostics, novel pathogen identification, and host/pathogen evolution and ecology. The recent emergence of infectious agents such as SARS, West Nile Virus, HIV, and Nipah Virus from wildlife reservoirs has had a serious impact on both human health and domestic livestock, underscoring the need to survey the viruses of non-domestic animals. I have developed techniques for rapid initial sequence identification of broad groups of agents, enabling identification of novel agents during initial disease outbreaks in a clinically useful time course. Further surveillance of novel infectious agents in wildlife together with studies of host switching may identify agents of concern before significant outbreaks occur, enabling management strategies for risk mitigation to be proactive rather than reactive.

Recent Publications

Additional publications here

Elliott Jacobson http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu/about-the-college/faculty-directory/elliott-jacobson/ Sat, 24 Sep 2011 19:16:09 +0000 http://vetmed.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/?page_id=1114 Professor

Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
PO Box 100126
2015 SW 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32610-0126
FAX: 352-392-6125


  • BS, Biology, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, 1967
  • MS, Biology, New Mexico State University, 1969
  • PhD, Zoology, University of Missouri, 1975
  • DVM, Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, 1975
  • Diplomate, American College of Zoological Medicine, 1985

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Who’s Who in American College and Universities
  • Phi Zeta
  • Conservation Award, Bureau of Land Management, 1990
  • Research Achievement Award, University of Florida, 1991
  • Daniels Pharmaceuticals Senior Clinical Investigator Award, University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1992
  • Conservation Award, Desert Tortoise Council, 1995, 1996
  • Research Foundation Professorship Award, University of Florida, 1997
  • Golden Tortoise Award, Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee, 2002
  • Fredric L Frye Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, 2004
  • Clinical Investigator Award,University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2006

Research Interests

Zoological medicine; reptile medicine; reptile infectious diseases; antimicrobial pharmacokinetics

Recent Publications

Additional publications here