UF Vet Med Voice

UF Vet Med Voice

Experts from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine share insights into our launchpad of advances in animal, human and environmental health.

Episodes

January 23, 2023
Florida has many invasive species, with Burmese pythons being one of the best known. However, while impacts of these reptiles are often framed in terms of threats they pose to the environment or other species due to habitat encroachment, the risks of diseases associated with emerging pathogens they carry are worthy of further study.

Rob Ossiboff, D.V.M., Ph.D., shares his study and the implications of the introduction of novel path...
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Osteosarcoma is the most common form of bone cancer in dogs. Highly metastatic, if located in a dog’s leg, it requires amputation and chemotherapy, which is only moderately effective. Building on technology he originally developed to treat melanoma in animals, Dr. Rowan Milner developed a vaccine to treat osteosarcoma in dogs. Rather than being administered to prevent a dog from developing cancer, it is given to a dog to treat canc...
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Veterinary colleges are increasingly requested to respond to animal issues related natural and man-made disasters. Dr. Lawrence Garcia, Medical Director of the UF Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (VETS) Team, recently led his team on a 10-day deployment to Fort Myers in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. He discusses why a well-trained disaster response team is important for veterinary colleges to have, not only from the standpo...
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Asthma attacks account for nearly one-third of all asthma deaths. Anxiety is a common comorbidity in asthma that is associated with poorer asthma control and decreased quality of life. Despite links between asthma attacks and anxiety, there have been few studies in the asthma field of the amygdala, the brain region that initiates anxiety. Dr. Leah Reznikov, an associate professor of physiological sciences, discusses how her researc...
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Degenerative mitral valve disease is the most common heart disease affecting dogs, and the prevalence of the disease increases with increasing age, so that nearly all older and small breed dogs are affected to some degree. Darcy Adin D.V.M. Clinical Professor of Cardiology, department of large animal clinical sciences, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses how ongoing research at UF aims to enhance treatme...
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The dangerous rat lungworm parasite is showing up in a growing number of species, including giant African snails and invasive Cuban treefrogs in Florida. Dr. Heather Walden, a parasitologist, shares what this means to human and animal health, as well as to the environment.
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Avian Influenza, or bird flu, has been in the news this past year due to outbreak due to a highly pathogenic strain that has caused illness and death in a variety of species around the nation. Drs. Alexander and her colleague, Dr. Jim Wellehan, see and treat a variety of birds through the zoological medicine service at the UF Small Animal Hospital, and will provide updates and share information relevant to owners of pet birds as we...
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Notable gaps exist when it comes to knowledge and diagnosis of several diseases affecting companion animals, especially canines. Rhoel Dinglasan Ph.D, a vector-borne disease expert, discusses a selection of these diseases, and how current research aims to close those gaps.
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There are about 1 million diabetic dogs and cats in the US alone. Diabetes is a chronic disease that requires intense, life long, monitoring and treatment. Many owners cannot afford the emotional, financial and time commitment. As a result, many dogs and cats with diabetes are euthanized even though the disease is treatable. Chen Gilor DVM, PhD discusses how UF veterinary researchers have led a dramatic paradigm shift in how dogs a...
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Researchers at UF are investigating the potential of a novel biomarker as a tool for identifying animals at high risk of developing end-stage renal failure and hope their findings will lead to improved therapies for chronic kidney disease. Autumn Harris DVM discusses hope for better management of chronic kidney disease in dogs.
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Elizabeth Maxwell, DVM discusses the limitations and side effects associated with current canine oral analgesic medications and how this shows the need to investigate novel pharmacologic options for the management of canine pain.
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Arming veterinary students with the tools to successfully navigate the practice ownership and management has become more important than ever in today’s environment

The benefits of practice ownership are many, but include providing a tool to help students in managing loan debt. University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine faculty provide a unique curriculum. Success in practice, which means mastery of finances, staff manageme...
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As COVID-19 edges from pandemic to endemic status, there is a growing need for antiviral therapies. A multidisciplinary team of University of Florida researchers recently published a paper in Genome Medicine that has identified dozens of therapeutic targets that could feed the drug development pipeline. Chris Vulpe M.D., Ph.D discusses the development of antiviral therapies for COVID-19.

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3D printing is a new technology that surgeons in veterinary and human medicine are using in conjunction with computed tomography (CT scans) for operational planning.

Dan Lewis DVM and Adam Biedrzycki discuss how the use of 3D printing for surgical planning, to develop surgical procedures and as a teaching tool in veterinary medicine, is enhancing patient outcomes in large and small animals.
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A deadly bacteria made the news recently when it was found in an aromatherapy room spray and linked to a deadly outbreak of melioidosis. A CDC probe recently found this dangerous bacteria known as Burkholderia pseudomallei in an aromatherapy room spray, which was subsequently recalled. The bacteria, which causes the fatal condition known as melioidosis, is endemic in certain subtropical climates but is typically only found in peopl...
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Nancy Denslow Ph.D. shares her studies of fish and other aquatic species that reveal a need to further study contaminants in water bodies and their impact on the environment and human health.
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Today's dairy industry has undergone profound changes in recent decades, with these changes often affecting the health and welfare of dairy cows. Ricardo Chebel D.V.M.discusses how thought leaders at  The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine are making use of artificial intelligence and other technology to help dairy farmers better meet these challenges and ensure the safety and welfare of their herds.
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Dr. Rosanna Marsella shares a new treatment for horses with heaves.
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Dr. Michael T Walsh explains why manatees are a crucial part of the ecosystem, what makes their life difficult and what science can do to help.
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