Driving animal, human and environmental health forward
The UF College of Veterinary Medicine stands apart with nationally recognized care for animal patients, leading-edge science research and a proven training ground to prepare veterinarians of the future.
7th Our ranking among veterinary medical colleges nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report.
1st The only college of veterinary medicine in the state of Florida.
2nd Our UF Small Animal Hospital caseload is the 2nd-largest among academic veterinary hospitals in the U.S.
REFLECTING ON A MILESTONE YEAR
Year in Review: A Message From Dean Dana Zimmel
Although the stories we’ve shared represent only a snapshot of the work we’re doing at to advance the profession of veterinary medicine and the UF College of Veterinary Medicine’s Power of Together strategic plan, we hope they have given you some insight into the passion that drives us — and the spirit that moves us. Here is a recap of some of the programs and developments we’re proudest of.
Stallion with rare form of colic survives after surgery at UF
Morriston resident Valerie Frederick, still haunted by the death of a beloved Friesian colt that succumbed to colic several years ago, was in danger of losing a stallion to the same illness. She put her trust in a distinguished professor of equine surgery at UF who employed a technique he developed at the university, one that has only been used a handful of times due to its difficulty.
UF study: No difference in COVID-19 susceptibility in Black and white ancestry
According to a new University of Florida study comparing two types of ancestral origins of patients from a Florida population infected with COVID-19, your susceptibility to the virus isn’t impacted by whether your ancestors were Black or white.
Dr. Kim: Using AI to change comparative oncology and help animals, humans in real world
Dr. Jon Kim joined the UF College of Veterinary Medicine faculty through the school’s Artificial Intelligence Initiative. In his new role at UF, Kim will focus on developing novel diagnostic and clinical applications in the field of comparative oncology and translational medicine by utilizing AI and machine learning. We sat down with Kim to ask him about his exciting new endeavors at our university.
PIONEERS IN VETERINARY CARE & DISCOVERY
A first: Avian influenza detected in American dolphin found by UF marine animal rescue team
The UF marine animal rescue team found a dead bottlenose dolphin in Dixie County in March. The recovery of the young male was significant as an unexpected infection was identified, the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV), marking the first cetacean found with the virus in the U.S. and only the second known case in the world.
UF identifies drop in spay-neuter surgeries during pandemic that may undermine pet welfare
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is jeopardizing the progress made over decades to control overpopulation of dogs and cats through high-volume spay-neuter surgeries, a team of UF researchers concluded in a new study. The UF College of Veterinary Medicine is responding and doing its part to combat the disturbing trend.
UF successfully treats dog in critical condition with rare case of botulism
Luke, a 12-year-old, liver-colored English springer spaniel, developed a rare case of canine botulism that had him in critical condition. The UF Small Animal Hospital treated Luke in its ICU and got the adventurous dog back to his normal self, creating a lasting bond in the process.
First canine total ankle replacement surgery in Florida performed at UF
A 7-year-old Labrador retriever named Leo was the first canine in the Sunshine State to have a total ankle replacement surgery and one of only a handful around the globe to undergo the procedure.
UF veterinary researchers discover new disease proving fatal to gopher tortoises
Whether the new deadly bacteria is a recently introduced organism or has been present but not recognized is unknown. A team of researchers at UF discover a new species of bacteria.
UF-led study explores differences in COVID-19 severity internationally
Why are some countries less affected by COVID-19 than the U.S.? Rhoel Dinglasan, a professor of infectious diseases with the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, leads a team looking for answers in Africa.
UF VET MED VOICE PODCASTS
Impacts of emerging pathogens and invasive species
Florida has many invasive species, with Burmese pythons being one of the best known. However, while impacts of these reptiles are often framed in terms of threats they pose to the environment or other species due to habitat encroachment, the risks of diseases associated with emerging pathogens they carry are worthy of further study.
New approaches for understanding and treating bladder pain syndrome
Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) affects millions of Americans, and current treatment options are ineffective for many patients. Patients with this syndrome suffer from chronic pain that severely affects quality of life. Dr. Aaron Mickle, an assistant professor of physiological sciences, incorporates multiple techniques at the system and cellular level to answer questions related to mechanisms of bladder sensory function and pain.
Immunology: Making strides in treating cancer in dogs
Osteosarcoma is the most common form of bone cancer in dogs. Building on technology he originally developed to treat melanoma in animals, UF’s Rowan Milner developed a vaccine to treat osteosarcoma in dogs. Rather than being administered to prevent a dog from developing cancer, it is given to a dog to treat cancer once it has developed. He discusses promising results from years of studies and what’s ahead to improve survival for dogs with this aggressive form of cancer.
Animal disaster response: An essential function of a veterinary college
Veterinary colleges are increasingly requested to respond to animal issues related to natural and man-made disasters. Dr. Lawrence Garcia, medical director of the UF Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (VETS) Team, recently led his team on a 10-day deployment to Fort Myers in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. He discusses the many reasons why a well-trained disaster response team is important for veterinary colleges to have.
Anxiety and asthma: Understanding the tie between brain and airway
Asthma attacks account for nearly one-third of all asthma deaths. Anxiety is a common comorbidity in asthma, but despite links between asthma attacks and anxiety, there have been few studies in the asthma field of the amygdala, the brain region that initiates anxiety. UF’s Leah Reznikov, an associate professor of physiological sciences, discusses how her research aims to tackle that considerable gap with the goal of developing new approaches to treat asthma and reduce patient deaths.
Rat lungworm parasite poses threat to human, animal and environmental health
The dangerous rat lungworm parasite is showing up in a growing number of species, including giant African snails and invasive Cuban treefrogs in Florida. Heather Walden, a University of Florida parasitologist and an expert in the rat lungworm parasite, shares what this means to human and animal health, as well as to the environment.
DISCOVERY THROUGH research
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