CVM celebrates Movember to enhance cancer awareness


Moustaches with panache were spotted all over the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and the UF Veterinary Hospitals in the month that has become internationally recognized as “Movember” as a group of faculty, residents, staff and students grew their facial hair in a multitude of creative ways to raise funds towards prostate and testicular cancer research initiatives.

The friendly competition yielded more than $1,400 — a record for the college, said Dr. Alex Alvarez, a small animal surgery intern and coordinator of the college’s effort.

“I’d like to give special thanks to Matthew Parisi for fearlessly leading the student team, and to Dr. Dan Fredholm and Dr. Chas Dickens for raising the most money for their respective teams. In addition, huge congratulations go to the winners of this year’s Mr. and Mrs. Movember, Robson Giglio and Bonnie Gatson.”

One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime and testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males between the age of 15 and 35.

“Early detection and intervention are key,” Alvarez said. “If our efforts help transmit that message and save even one life, they’re all worth it.”

Here are just a few photos (courtesy of Alvarez and Amanda MacCarthy) of our Movember participants, proudly showing off their “mos.”

Dr. Matt Winter,  assistant professor of radiology, was an active faculty participant.


Dr. Ivan Sosa, a cardiology resident, boasts his “mo” inside the cardiac cathetizeration laboratory.

Luis Delgado

Primary care and dentistry technician Luis Delgado shows off his alligator-chomp “mo.”

Dr. Brad Case's "mo" drew many admirers.

An assistant professor of small animal surgery , Dr. Brad Case drew quite a few admirers for his “mo”.

Dr. Jason Struthers, an anatomic pathology resident, strikes a “mo” pose.




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