Bret A Moore

Bret A Moore, DVM, PhD

AST PROF

Department: Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Business Email: bret.moore@ufl.edu

Research Profile

My research occupies a unique niche that combines vision, visual ecology, and clinical ophthalmology. I ask questions that explore unknown or unexplained morphological and physiological adaptations in vision, and seek to understand the role of multiple visual parameters simultaneously in order to better understand a given species ‘visual space’. For example, how may acute vision, color vision, and other specializations in the retina may impact an animal’s interaction with their environment, conspecifics, and in the detection of predators. Clinically, my research interests are focused on understanding disease processes as well as diagnostic and surgical methodology in exotic animal species. By taking this multifaceted approach to vision and studying these topics and their interactions together, questions can be answered that not only bridge the gap across disciplines, but also become translatable to other disciplines such as conservation biology and the development of new biotechnologies.

Areas of Interest
  • Comparative Vision and Optics
  • Exotic Animal Ophthalmology
  • Microsurgical Techniques
  • Visual Ecology

Publications

2020
A novel surgical technique for enucleation in rabbits to reduce the risk of intra- and post-operative orbital hemorrhage.
Veterinary ophthalmology. 23(2):409-413 [DOI] 10.1111/vop.12737. [PMID] 31944539.
2020
Whole genome sequencing for mutation discovery in a single case of lysosomal storage disease (MPS type 1) in the dog.
Scientific reports. 10(1) [DOI] 10.1038/s41598-020-63451-4. [PMID] 32300136.
2020
The ophthalmic health and refractive state of working dogs in South Brazil.
Open veterinary journal. 10(1):22-30 [DOI] 10.4314/ovj.v10i1.5. [PMID] 32426253.
2020
Adaptations for amphibious vision in sea otters (Enhydra lutris): structural and functional observations.
Journal of comparative physiology. A, Neuroethology, sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology. 206(5):767-782 [DOI] 10.1007/s00359-020-01436-4. [PMID] 32666146.
2020
Antimicrobial activity of topical dyes used in clinical veterinary ophthalmology.
Veterinary ophthalmology. 23(3):497-505 [DOI] 10.1111/vop.12746. [PMID] 32026609.
2020
Reference values for selected ophthalmic diagnostic tests in two species of microchiroptera bats (Artibeus lituratus and Anoura caudifer).
Veterinary ophthalmology. 23(1):61-66 [DOI] 10.1111/vop.12690. [PMID] 31309723.
2019
A novel cellular structure in the retina of insectivorous birds.
Scientific reports. 9(1) [DOI] 10.1038/s41598-019-51774-w. [PMID] 31645645.
2019
A novel herpesvirus associated with chronic superficial keratitis and proliferative conjunctivitis in a great horned owl (Bubo virginianus).
Veterinary ophthalmology. 22(1):67-75 [DOI] 10.1111/vop.12570. [PMID] 29656541.
2019
Acremonium and trichosporon fungal keratoconjunctivitis in a Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius).
Veterinary ophthalmology. 22(6):928-932 [DOI] 10.1111/vop.12700. [PMID] 31339654.
2019
Erratum: Author Correction: Identification of genes required for eye development by high-throughput screening of mouse knockouts.
Communications biology. 2 [DOI] 10.1038/s42003-019-0349-y. [PMID] 30854487.
2019
Genome-wide screening of mouse knockouts reveals novel genes required for normal integumentary and oculocutaneous structure and function.
Scientific reports. 9(1) [DOI] 10.1038/s41598-019-47286-2. [PMID] 31371754.
2019
Once in a blue moon: Lipid keratopathy and intrastromal hemorrhage in a Mission golden-eyed tree frog (Trachycephalus resinifictrix).
Veterinary ophthalmology. 22(6):933-936 [DOI] 10.1111/vop.12722. [PMID] 31733050.
2019
PRESUMED PHOTORECEPTOR DYSPLASIAS IN PEREGRINE FALCONS ( FALCO PEREGRINUS) AND PEREGRINE FALCON HYBRIDS.
Journal of wildlife diseases. 55(2):325-334 [DOI] 10.7589/2018-02-055. [PMID] 30277829.
2019
The use of sulfur hexafluoride microbubbles for contrast-enhanced ocular ultrasonography of the pecten oculi in birds.
Veterinary ophthalmology. 22(4):423-429 [DOI] 10.1111/vop.12608. [PMID] 30109756.
2019
Clinical findings and normative ocular data for free-living Anna’s (Calypte anna) and Black-chinned (Archilochus alexandri) Hummingbirds.
Veterinary ophthalmology. 22(1):13-23 [DOI] 10.1111/vop.12560. [PMID] 29461005.
2018
Identification of genetic elements in metabolism by high-throughput mouse phenotyping
Nature Communications. 9(1) [DOI] 10.1038/s41467-017-01995-2.
2018
A Population Study of Common Ocular Abnormalities in C57BL/6N rd8 Mice.
Investigative ophthalmology & visual science. 59(6):2252-2261 [DOI] 10.1167/iovs.17-23513. [PMID] 29847629.
2018
Identification of genes required for eye development by high-throughput screening of mouse knockouts.
Communications biology. 1 [DOI] 10.1038/s42003-018-0226-0. [PMID] 30588515.
2018
Lipoidal corneal degeneration in aged falcons.
Veterinary ophthalmology. 21(4):332-338 [DOI] 10.1111/vop.12508. [PMID] 29350449.
2018
The Orientation of Visual Space from the Perspective of Hummingbirds.
Frontiers in neuroscience. 12 [DOI] 10.3389/fnins.2018.00016. [PMID] 29440985.
2017
Antimicrobial susceptibility and minimal inhibitory concentration of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from septic ocular surface disease in different animal species
Open Veterinary Journal. 6:215-222 [DOI] 10.4314/ovj.v6i3.9.
2017
Blind free-living kiwi offer a unique window into the ecology and evolution of vertebrate vision.
BMC biology. 15(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s12915-017-0424-0. [PMID] 28915882.
2017
Does retinal configuration make the head and eyes of foveate birds move?
Scientific reports. 7 [DOI] 10.1038/srep38406. [PMID] 28079062.
2017
Doppler ultrasonography of the pectinis oculi artery in Harpy Eagles (Harpia harpyja)
Open Veterinary Journal. 20:496-504 [DOI] 10.4314/ovj.v7i1.11.
2017
The consequences of avian ocular trauma: histopathological evidence and implications of acute and chronic disease.
Veterinary ophthalmology. 20(6):496-504 [DOI] 10.1111/vop.12453. [PMID] 28070965.
2017
THE EYE OF THE AZARA’S AGOUTI ( DASYPROCTA AZARAE): MORPHOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS AND SELECTED OPHTHALMIC DIAGNOSTIC TESTS.
Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. 48(4):1108-1119 [DOI] 10.1638/1042-7260-48.4.1108. [PMID] 29297794.
2016
FOVEA: a new program to standardize the measurement of foveal pit morphology.
PeerJ. 4 [DOI] 10.7717/peerj.1785. [PMID] 27076997.
2016
The eye of the Barbary sheep or aoudad (Ammotragus lervia): reference values for selected ophthalmic diagnostic tests, morphologic and biometric observations.
Open veterinary journal. 6(2):102-13 [DOI] 10.4314/ovj.v6i2.6. [PMID] 27419103.
2015
Vision in two cyprinid fish: implications for collective behavior.
PeerJ. 3 [DOI] 10.7717/peerj.1113. [PMID] 26290783.
2015
Vision in avian emberizid foragers: maximizing both binocular vision and fronto-lateral visual acuity.
The Journal of experimental biology. 218(Pt 9):1347-58 [DOI] 10.1242/jeb.108613. [PMID] 25750415.
2014
Mosaic and concerted evolution in the visual system of birds.
PloS one. 9(3) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0090102. [PMID] 24621573.
2014
Do American goldfinches see their world like passive prey foragers? A study on visual fields, retinal topography, and sensitivity of photoreceptors.
Brain, behavior and evolution. 83(3):181-98 [DOI] 10.1159/000357750. [PMID] 24663005.
2013
Interspecific differences in the visual system and scanning behavior of three forest passerines that form heterospecific flocks.
Journal of comparative physiology. A, Neuroethology, sensory, neural, and behavioral physiology. 199(4):263-77 [DOI] 10.1007/s00359-012-0790-6. [PMID] 23400841.
2013
Looking above the prairie: localized and upward acute vision in a native grassland bird.
Scientific reports. 3 [DOI] 10.1038/srep03231. [PMID] 24292817.
2012
A novel method for comparative analysis of retinal specialization traits from topographic maps.
Journal of vision. 12(12) [DOI] 10.1167/12.12.13. [PMID] 23169995.
2012
Oblique color vision in an open-habitat bird: spectral sensitivity, photoreceptor distribution and behavioral implications.
The Journal of experimental biology. 215(Pt 19):3442-52 [DOI] 10.1242/jeb.073957. [PMID] 22956248.
2012
The retinal wholemount technique: a window to understanding the brain and behaviour.
Brain, behavior and evolution. 79(1):26-44 [DOI] 10.1159/000332802. [PMID] 22142853.

Education

Comparative Ophthalmology Residency
2016-2020 · University of California Davis
Rotating Internship
2015-2016 · Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego
D.V.M.
2011-2015 · Purdue University
Ph.D. (Visual Ecology)
2010-2015 · Purdue University
B.S. (Neurophysiology)
2006-2010 · Purdue University

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2020-2021
VEM5877 Senior Clk Opthalmol
2021
VEM5241 Vet Ophthalmology

Contact Details

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Business:
bret.moore@ufl.edu

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