William A Fox-Alvarez

William A Fox-Alvarez

Assistant Professor, SA Surgery

Department: Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Business Phone: (352) 392-2235
Business Email: walvarez@ufl.edu

About William A Fox-Alvarez

Dr. Alex Fox-Alvarez, of Pembroke Pines, Florida, is an honors graduate of the UFCVM class of 2012. During veterinary school, his main interest was in zoo/exotic animal medicine and after graduation completed a 1-year internship in small animal, zoo and exotic medicine and surgery at Valley Animal Hospital and the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona. There he realized his passion for surgery, changed gears, and returned to the UFCVM to complete a 1-year specialty internship in small animal surgery, then stayed on board for a 4-year combined Master’s degree and residency program in small animal surgery. During his final year of residency, he was elected the chief resident of the hospital by his peers, selected for the resident of the year award by the graduating class, and awarded the American Association of Veterinary Clinician’s 2018 Outstanding Resident Award. In the same year, Dr. Fox-Alvarez became the first resident to pass the newly introduced Veterinary Assessment of Laparoscopic Skills (VALS) certificate exam and won multiple resident research awards at national and international conferences for his research endeavors. In addition to his love of surgery, Dr. Fox-Alvarez has a passion for teaching and international medicine. During his residency here at UF, he developed a surgical training cooperative with a large non-profit animal rescue in Thailand with the combined goals of providing: surgical care to animals in need, real-world surgical training to the senior surgical resident, and 1-on-1 surgical training to local staff veterinarians who have limited access to specialty training.

Upon completion of his surgical residency, Dr. Fox-Alvarez successfully passed his surgical board examination and was hired on as a tenure track faculty in small animal soft tissue surgery at the UFCVM. His areas of research include: minimally invasive surgery, skin and reconstructive surgery, application of novel technologies in veterinary surgery, and integration of multimedia into veterinary education. Dr. Fox Alvarez launched a multi-university education cooperative called VICE Rounds – Veterinary Isolated Clinical Education in response to students being unable to attend clinics in person due to COVID-19 related precautions.

Dr. Fox-Alvarez and his wife, Stacey Fox-Alvarez (UFCVM c/o 2013) live in Gainesville Florida along with their 4 dogs, 2 cats, parrot, and 6 chickens.


Small Animal Resident of the Year Award
2018 · University of Florida
Resident of the Year Award
2018 · American Association of Veterinary Clinicians
First Place – Resident Research Competition
2018 · Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery
Second Place – Campus-wide Graduate Student Research Poster Competition
2017 · University of Florida
First Place – Research Poster Competition
2017 · Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society, University of Florida
Excellence in Clinical Science Research Graduate Student Award
2017 · University of Florida
Second Place, “Best in Show” Research Competition
2016 · Small Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Florida
Second Place
2016 · ACVS Research Poster Competition
First Place
2016 · ACVS Public Outreach Video Competition
Master’s Research Travel Grant Award
2015 · Inman VGSA
Second Place, “Future of our Profession” Research Competition
2012 · AAZV Wildlife Pharmaceuticals
Kaytee Avian Excellence Scholarship
2012 · University of Florida
Lerner Scholarship for Excellence in Wildlife and Zoological Medicine
2011 · University of Florida
J.E. Salsbury Scholarship for Veterinary Leadership and Academic Excellence
2011 · University of Florida
Frances P. Weaver Academic Scholarship
2010 · University of Florida
Florida Bright Future Scholar
2005-2009 · Florida Board of Education

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified Small Animal Surgeon
    American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Veterinary Assessment of Laparoscopic Skills
    American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Research Profile

Soft Tissue Surgery; Surgery of Zoo and Exotic Animals; Minimally Invasive Surgery; Interventional Radiology; Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus Syndrome; Veterinary Surgical Education



Jan 2020 ACTIVE
Assessing Microvasculature for Intestinal Viability in Obstructed Small Intestines and Effects of Resection & Anastomosis Techniques on Microvasculature Using GlycoCheckTM


Surgical Residency
2015-2018 · University of Florida
Surgical Internship
2014 · University of Florida
Internship – Rotating Emergency Small Animal and Zoo Animal
2013 · Valley Animal Hospital/Reid Park Zoo
DVM, cum laude
2012 · University of Florida

Contact Details

(352) 392-2235

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