Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Friends,
Happy New Year! You all continue to make us proud. Below are some of our college’s recent accomplishments as well as individual achievements of our faculty, staff and students. When you see or communicate with the individuals listed below, please congratulate them if you haven’t already.
- Dr. Julie Levy, a professor of shelter medicine, received the Meritorious Service Award from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians in early October during the annual meeting of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. The award was established in 2010 to honor a remarkable ASV member for their contributions to the advancement of shelter veterinary medicine through leadership, public service, research, education, advocacy, and/or clinical practice. Dr. Levy also passed the certification examinations in November to become a Diplomate in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners’ newest specialty area, shelter medicine.
- Dr. Natalie Isaza, the Grevior Shelter Medicine Community Outreach Clinical Associate Professor in the department of small animal clinical sciences, received the 2016 American Humane Hero Veterinarian Award, sponsored by the American Humane Association. Voting for this award took place online, and award ceremony aired nationally on the Hallmark Channel on Oct. 28. The AHA and Zoetis sponsor this award to recognize the achievements of both veterinarians and veterinary medical technicians
- Dr. Claus Buergelt, a professor emeritus of anatomic pathology, received the John M. King Award for Sustained Excellence in Veterinary Pathology in honor of his career achievements. The award was presented during the C.L. Davis Foundation’s award reception on Dec. 5, held as part of the annual meeting of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in New Orleans.
- Dr. Dennis Brooks, a professor emeritus of ophthalmology, recently received the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ Distinguished Educator Award for his outstanding contributions to equine ophthalmology. The award was presented during the AAEP’s national meeting on Dec. 6 in Orlando.
- Dr. Rhoel Dinglasan, an associate professor of infectious diseases and pathology hired last year through UF’s preeminence initiative, is primary investigator on a $10M grant from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create the Southeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease’s Gateway Program. The highly collaborative program will involve four Florida universities and is part of nearly $184M in Zika funding the CDC is awarding to universities as well as state and local governments.
- Editors of two leading professional journals in the field of endocrinology selected an article coauthored by Dr. Manjunatha Nanjappa, a postdoctoral associate in the department of physiological sciences, and his mentor, Dr. Paul Cooke as one of 2016’s top endocrine discoveries. The study, which appeared in Endocrinology, provides new insight into the way in which estrogen, a hormone traditionally associated with women, is involved in male reproductive health.
All of you work hard every day to make our college great. I appreciate the role every one of you plays and it’s a privilege to work with such committed, talented and passionate colleagues.
James W. Lloyd
Professor and Dean
UF College of Veterinary Medicine