Ruth Francis-Floyd


Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
PO Box 1001362015 SW 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32608-0136
FAX: 352-392-8289


  • BA, Biology, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 1979
  • DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1983
  • MS, Veterinary Medical Science, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, 1985
  • Diplomate, American College of Zoological Medicine, 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Fish Pathologist, American Fisheries Society, 1989

Research Interests

As director of the Aquatic Animal Health program, I have had to decrease my research activity substantially over the past few years. My personal area of interest is health management of ornamental fish, with my preference being reef fish. With my graduate students, recent work has focused on nutritional management of captive Atlantic surgeonfish. Our newest project involves assessing the effects of water quality, specifically nitrate, on elasmobranch health. I also do limited clinical work with fish and marine mammal species.

Recent Publications

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