Fishing tourney raises $1,000 for Pet Samaritan fund

Danny Sanetz with redfish

Danny Sanetz with his award-winning redfish.

They came, cast rods, celebrated the day and in the process, participants in the Fins for Fur Cedar Key Fishing Challenge, held Oct. 26, raised $1,000 for a good cause.

There were 45 participants in all, said Rachel DiSesa, clinical services coordinator for the UF Veterinary Hospitals.

She said the group consisted primarily of faculty and staff from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, with  approximately one/fifth of the participants being referring veterinarians and others being sponsors or friends of the college.

Event sponsors included Crevasse’s Pet Cremation Services and Patterson Veterinary.

Awards were given in various categories.

And the winners were:

  • Biggest redfish: Danny Sanetz (CVM Human Resources)
  • Biggest Spanish mackerel: Dr. Carsten Bandt (Emergency Medicine and Critical Care, UF Veterinary Hospitals)
  • Biggest trout: Dylan Menard (Dylan is the son of Dr. David Menard, a referring veterinarian with Milhopper Veterinary Medical Center)
  • Bonus “most spots” redfish: Haley Thomasson (Haley is the daughter of Dr. Alex Thomasson, technical services veterinarian at Merial.)

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Pet Samaritan fund, which is used to help treat special needs animals that also offer teaching opportunities for veterinary students. Patients that are eligible either do not have an owner or are owned by clients who have extenuating financial circumstances. To be considered eligible for funding support, such animals would be deemed to be in need of life-saving procedures.

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