Faculty share expertise, near and far

Several faculty from the UF College of Veterinary Medicine recently made presentations relating to their areas of expertise at national or international meetings. Others will be presenting their work in the near future. Here’s a wrap-up of a few talks we happened to hear about.

Small Animal Clinical Sciences:

ECVIM (and more): Dr. Amara Estrada, associate professor and chief of the cardiology service, and Dr. Rowan Milner, associate professor of oncology and chairman of the department of small animal clinical sciences, each spoke at the Congress of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Seville, Spain, Sept. 8-10. Both presented two lectures.

Estrada spoke about her work in the area of artificial cardiac pacing therapy. Following her presentation at ECVIM, Estrada traveled to Caceres, Spain, where she had been invited to give a two-day short course for veterinary faculty, staff and students at the University of Extremadura.

“There were also cardiologists invited from other universities all over Spain who attended,” Estrada said. “I had an amazing time and made some very good friends and colleagues over the three days I was there. They have invited me back for a yearly conference to help teach their veterinary students.”

Milner presented information at ECVIM from recent research in the area of oncology.

SEVC: Dr. Gary Ellison, professor of small animal surgery, will be presenting the State-of-the-Art Lecture at the Southern European Veterinary Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 28-Oct. 3.

OCALA EQUINE:  Dr. Dennis Brooks, professor of ophthalmology, will speak at the 49th Annual Ocala Equine Conference, coming up Oct. 21-24. He will discuss practical eye examinations and treating the ocular emergency in the horse. He also will present an ophthalmology web lab.

Large Animal Clinical Sciences:

BEVA: Dr. David Freeman, professor and chairman of the department of large animal clinical sciences, gave two presentations on Sept. 10 at the 50th British Equine Veterinary Association Congress in Liverpool, U.K.

“My first talk, and the one that was probably the greatest honor, was an invited tribute to the contribution of Barrie Edwards to the treatment of colic in the horse,” Freeman said. “Professor Edwards was a highly respected surgeon in the University of Liverpool, U.K., and has been regarded as the doyen of colic surgery, with a huge international reputation. My talk was to recognize his contributions to colic surgery in the horse from an international perspective.”

Freeman said he was humbled to be asked to address such a large international group on Edwards’ work. Freeman’s second talk involved the latest concepts in the management and treatment of equine colic, a presentation which touched on advances in treatment and current data about longterm survival after colic surgery.

FAEP: Drs. Chris Sanchez and Margo Macpherson will speak at the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners meeting at Amelia Island from Sept. 29-Oct. 2, and Dr. Ali Morton will participate in presenting a wet lab in advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Sanchez’s topics will include pain models and pain management.

Macpherson will discuss assisted reproductive options for the performance mare, treating mares that have placentitis and common problems in the postpartum mare.

OCALA EQUINE: At the 49th Annual Ocala Equine Conference, coming up Oct. 21-24,
Dr. Chris Sanchez will conduct a web lab on abdominal ultrasound.


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