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 3 dogs, 2 cats, and chickens.

Accomplishments

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

Publications

2021
Evaluation of intraoperative leak testing of small intestinal anastomoses performed by hand-sewn and stapled techniques in dogs: 131 cases (2008-2019).
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 258(9):991-998 [DOI] 10.2460/javma.258.9.991. [PMID] 33856865.
2021
Ligation of the ligamentum arteriosum and aberrant left subclavian artery in five dogs in which persistent right aortic arch had been diagnosed.
Veterinary surgery : VS. 50 Suppl 1:O26-O31 [DOI] 10.1111/vsu.13575. [PMID] 33503311.
2020
Gastrointestinal thickness, duration, and leak pressure of six intestinal anastomoses in dogs.
Veterinary surgery : VS. 49(7):1315-1325 [DOI] 10.1111/vsu.13490. [PMID] 32697359.
2020
In vitro holding strength of the laparoscopic Miller’s knot compared with open Miller’s knot, open surgeon’s throw, and laparoscopic surgeon’s throw in a vascular pedicle model.
Veterinary surgery : VS. 49(8):1563-1570 [DOI] 10.1111/vsu.13479. [PMID] 32645239.
2020
Otoscopic evaluation of epithelial remnants in the tympanic cavity after total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy.
Veterinary surgery : VS. 49(7):1406-1411 [DOI] 10.1111/vsu.13492. [PMID] 32716063.
2020
Prevalence and impact of cholecystitis on outcome in dogs with gallbladder mucocele.
Journal of veterinary emergency and critical care (San Antonio, Tex. : 2001). 30(1):97-101 [DOI] 10.1111/vec.12910. [PMID] 31854510.
2020
RENAL NEOPLASIA FROM A SINGLE POPULATION OF PTEROPODID BATS.
Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. 51(3):696-704 [DOI] 10.1638/2019-0220. [PMID] 33480548.
2019
Biomechanical analysis of unidirectional knotless suture loop weld integrity after passage through a cadaveric body wall.
Veterinary surgery : VS. 48(3):431-436 [DOI] 10.1111/vsu.13122. [PMID] 30370567.
2019
Effect of clinical signs, endocrinopathies, timing of surgery, hyperlipidemia, and hyperbilirubinemia on outcome in dogs with gallbladder mucocele
Veterinary Journal. 251
2019
Evaluation of a novel technique involving ultrasound-guided, temporary, percutaneous gastropexy and gastrostomy catheter placement for providing sustained gastric decompression in dogs with gastric dilatation-volvulus.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 255(9):1027-1034 [DOI] 10.2460/javma.255.9.1027. [PMID] 31617809.
2019
Laparoscopic access to the liver and application of laparoscopic microwave ablation in 2 dogs with liver neoplasia.
Veterinary surgery : VS. 48(S1):O91-O98 [DOI] 10.1111/vsu.13153. [PMID] 30666685.
2018
Gallbladder Mucocele: Variables Associated with Outcome and the Utility of Ultrasonography to Identify Gallbladder Rupture in 219 Dogs (2007-2016).
Journal of veterinary internal medicine. 32(1):195-200 [DOI] 10.1111/jvim.14898. [PMID] 29205503.
2018
Procedures Pro‐ Hilar Technique for Splenectomy
. 73-78
2017
Evaluation of surgical outcome, complications, and mortality in dogs undergoing preoperative computed tomography angiography for diagnosis of an extrahepatic portosystemic shunt: 124 cases (2005‐2014)
. 57(1):59-64
2017
Surgeon’s Corner: Tail Fold Caudectomy
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2017
Total laparoscopic gastropexy using 1 simple continuous barbed suture line in 63 dogs.
Veterinary surgery : VS. 46(2):233-241 [DOI] 10.1111/vsu.12601. [PMID] 27990648.
2016
Evaluation of surgical outcome, complications, and mortality in dogs undergoing preoperative computed tomography angiography for diagnosis of an extrahepatic portosystemic shunt: 124 cases (2005-2014).
The Canadian veterinary journal = La revue veterinaire canadienne. 57(1):59-64 [PMID] 26740699.
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2016
Surgeon’s Corner: Friction Knots & the Aberdeen Knot
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2016
Temporary percutaneous T-fastener gastropexy and continuous decompressive gastrostomy in dogs with experimentally induced gastric dilatation.
American journal of veterinary research. 77(7):771-8 [DOI] 10.2460/ajvr.77.7.771. [PMID] 27347832.
2015
Comparison of Laparoscopic and Open Cystopexy in a Cadaveric Canine Model.
Veterinary surgery : VS. 44(S1):44-49 [DOI] 10.1111/vsu.12284. [PMID] 25997938.
2015
Diagnosis and Successful Surgical Removal of An Aural Ceruminous Gland Adenocarcinoma in a Domestic Ferret (Mustela Putorius Furo)
Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine. 24(3):350-355 [DOI] 10.1053/j.jepm.2015.06.010.
2015
Procedures Pro‐ Open & Laparoscopic Pancreatic Biopsy
. 19-24
2015
Procedures Pro‐ Open & Laparoscopic‐Assisted Incisional Gastropexy
. 76-76
2015
Surgeon’s Corner: Cystotomy & Scrotal Urethrostomy
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2015
What Is Your Diagnosis? Diverticulosis.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 247(1):47-8 [DOI] 10.2460/javma.247.1.47. [PMID] 26086226.
2014
Procedures Pro‐ Open & Laparoscopic Liver Biopsy
. 81-87
2013
Development of a quantitative PCR for rapid and sensitive diagnosis of an intranuclear coccidian parasite in Testudines (TINC), and detection in the critically endangered Arakan forest turtle (Heosemys depressa).
Veterinary parasitology. 193(1-3):66-70 [DOI] 10.1016/j.vetpar.2012.11.029. [PMID] 23305971.

Grants

Jul 2021 ACTIVE
Development of regional anesthesia techniques to treat chronic painful conditions of the stifle and elbow in dogs canine cadaveric study
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: AMER KENNEL CLUB CANINE HLTH FOU
May 2021 ACTIVE
Assessing Gastrointestinal Viability in Canine Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) with Real-Time Near-Infrared Fluorescence (NIRF) Quantification
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: AMER COL OF VET SURGEONS
Feb 2021 ACTIVE
Assessing Gastrointestinal Viability in Canine Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) with Real-Time Near-Infrared Fluorescence (NIRF) Quantification
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: GREAT DANE CLUB OF AMERICA
Feb 2021 ACTIVE
Assessing gastrointestinal viability in canine patients with vascular compromise with real-time near-infrared fluorescence (NIRF) quantification
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: DOBERMAN PINSCHER HEALTH FOUNDATION
Oct 2020 ACTIVE
Assessing Gastrointestinal Viability in Canine Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus with Real-Time Near-Infrared Fluorescence (NIRF) Quantification
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: POODLE CLUB OF AMERICA FOUNDATION
Sep 2020 – Feb 2021
VICE Rounds: A Multi-institutional Veterinary Clinical Education Cooperative
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: VETERINARY SOCIETY OF SURGICAL ONCOLOGY
Jan 2020 ACTIVE
Assessing Microvasculature for Intestinal Viability in Obstructed Small Intestines and Effects of Resection & Anastomosis Techniques on Microvasculature Using GlycoCheckTM
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: AMER KENNEL CLUB CANINE HLTH FOU

Education

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

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2018-2021
VEM5432 Adv Small Animal Surg
2020-2021
VEM5200 Pnt Care Clin Skill 1
2018-2021
VEM5745 Core Clk Small An Sur
2018-2021
VEM5433 Sm Anim Surgery Lab
2018-2021
VEM5845 Senior Clk Sm An Surg
2019-2021
VEM5402 Introduction to Surgery
2019
VEM5008 Personal/Prof Develop
2021
VEM5402L Introduction to Surgery Lab
2021
VME6710C Advanced Small Animal Airway and Thoracic Surgery

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 392-2235
Emails:
Business:
walvarez@ufl.edu