In the news

  • Information from a blog created by UF’s shelter medicine program with updates on the mysterious respiratory virus affecting dogs was picked up by CNN. Dr. Cynda Crawford from the program also provided interviews with NBC News and Fox35 News/Orlando and was referenced in an update that aired on North Carolina’s
  • A story about a dog from Alaska treated at UF for bladder cancer was covered in a video by Fox35 News/Orlando and subsequently picked up by Yahoo News, the Daily Telegraph (Australia) and elsewhere.
  • A story announcing strategic funding for key initiatives, including a new data warehouse/veterinary learning health care system at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, was covered in the Gainesville Sun, Veterinary Practice News, Mainstreet Daily News  and the Canine Chronicle.
  • The story of an explosives detection K9 who has recovered from alligator attack thanks to treatment at UF’s Small Animal Hospital was covered by Fox35 News/Orlando.
  • An article quoting Dr. Amy Stone on the topic of why dog paws can smell like corn chips appeared in Newsweek.
  • A story highlighting the discovery by Dr. Aria Eshraghi and his team of a new antibiotic that can be used to protect against disease caused by the deadly bacteria known as Francisella was covered in the Mainstreet Daily News. 
  • A story about Operation Catnip’s efforts to control the community cat population and a recent clinic during which 150 cats were sterilized appeared on




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November-December 2023

Dr. Zimmel

A message from our dean

A message from the college’s dean, Dr. Dana Zimmel.

Dr. Margo Macpherson and Hannah Quail.

UF veterinary student receives inaugural scholarship supporting focus on equine medicine

Hannah Quail is interested in pursuing a large animal specialty career in internal medicine or surgery.

Zoetis Award Winners 2023

Faculty honored with Zoetis Distinguished Teacher and Excellence in Research Awards

Drs. Fiona Maunsell and David Pascual were UF’s recipients of the 2023 Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award and the Award for Veterinary Research Excellence from Zoetis.

Celebrating Distinction chair

Newest endowed professors honored at Celebrating Distinction ceremony

Dr. Adesola Odunayo was honored as the recipient of the Michael Schaer Professorship in Small Animal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, and Dr. Simone Guerios was recognized as the recipient of the Grevior Shelter Medicine and Community Outreach Professorship.

UF group with Richard Gonzmart and his assistant at Richard's Run for Life event on Nov. 3.

Event sponsored by the Gonzmart Family Foundation supports canine cancer research at UF

A walk-run event sponsored by the Gonzmart Family Foundation drew a donation of $100,000 from Richard Gonzmart and many other contributions that will provide revenue to osteosarcoma immunotherapy research at UFCVM.

From left: Isabelle M. Llabona, Dr. Aria Eshraghi and Ashley Clarke are shown in Eshraghi's lab. Llabona and Clarke, both University of Florida students, participated in a research project that resulted in a paper in Microbiology Spectrum. Photo credit: Sarah Carey

UF researchers repurpose a pesticide as an antibiotic to kill deadly bacteria

The discovery provides a new direction for targeting harmful bacteria without harming “good” bacteria that are beneficial to human health.

Cows behind gate.

CVM faculty to play key role in new $2M federal grant to explore One Health approaches to mitigate brucellosis

The brucellosis research project leader is Dr. Jorge Hernandez, a professor in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine’s department of large animal clinical sciences.

Image of caring hands on dog

Innovative veterinary learning health care system at UF will use AI to improve clinical care and treatments

Computerized records from a robust caseload of animals treated at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine could soon become a digital goldmine.

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