Emeritus professor named lifetime member of association

Dr. Elliott Jacobson

Dr. Elliott Jacobson

Dr. Elliott Jacobson, a professor emeritus of zoological medicine at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, recently was named a lifetime member of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians.

This designation is awarded to those “who have made an exceptional contribution to reptilian and amphibian medicine, surgery, husbandry and/or conservation, and who have substantially promoted the goals for which the association was formed.”

In a letter notifying him of the award, Dr. Wilbur Amand, ARAV’s executive director, said he hoped Jacobson would continue his devotion to the veterinary medical profession and the field of reptile and amphibian medicine.

“Your efforts have assisted thousands of veterinarians and others in providing care for this unique group of animals,” he said.

An early member of the college’s faculty, Jacobson retired from the college in 2012. He has remained actively involved in many national groups, and has testified before Congress about the science behind legislation affecting certain snake species.

His research interests over the years have included zoological medicine, reptile medicine, reptile infectious diseases and antimicrobial pharmacokinetics.

AmongĀ  the many honors Jacobson has received are the Emil Dolensek Award from the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians in 2011; the Clinical Investigator Award from the UF veterinary college in 2006; the Fredric L. Frye Lifetime Achievement Award from ARAV in 2004; the Golden Tortoise Award from the Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee in 2002; the UF Research Foundation Professorship award in 1997 and the Conservation Award from the Desert Tortoise Council, which he received in both 1995 and 1996.

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