Things never slow down too much around the college. People continue to visit us, students and faculty perform externships and other trips aimed at helping various communities, and  a group of our offshore students complete their clinical rotations. Below are just a few shots that have been shared with us over the past few months.

Drs. Chris Ike, ('92) and Dr. Tiffany Blocker Ike ('96) with Dean Hoffsis.

Drs. Chris Eich (’92) and Dr. Tiffany Blocker Eich,(’96) are shown with Dean Glen Hoffsis on Aug. 30 during a visit to the college. Dr. Eich, a veterinary surgeon, practices in Irvine, Calif. Dr. Blocker-Eich is a veterinary ophthalmologist and not currently practicing. The couple, who met at the UF CVM, were visiting family in the area and received a tour of the new Small Animal Hospital while in Gainesville. They met with Dean Hoffsis and also were able to visit with several faculty members they had both known while students here.

Karen Legato, senior director for development and alumni affairs visits with Dr. Mia Cary, (’99), mid-Atlantic region manager/pet segment for Boehringer Ingelheim. Cary was seeing clients in the area as Gainesville is now in her region.

Roatan photo

Dr. Cassidy Rist, (’05) is shown with junior veterinary student Bianca Murphy  (’14) in Roatan, Honduras this past summer. Rist and Rooks were participants in a trip sponsored by UF’s Chapter of the Student International Veterinary Organization. SIVO travels to the island of Roatan yearly to perform wellness care (spays/neuters, vaccinations and general healthcare) for animals that are pets or cared for by the islanders.  Students are able to learn surgical skills and grassroots triage medicine, and the islanders are able to receive some consistent veterinary care for their animals.

Offshore ceremony

Pictured are the college’s most recent offshore student graduates. From left to right are Jenna Song, Alissa Trang, Maria Martinez-Diaz, John Fifarek, Justine Alderman, Kathy Otero, Dot McColskey, Dr. Pam Ginn and Dr. Michael Schaer. The ceremony of completion is held twice a year and denotes successful completion of clinical rotations.

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