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Visiting Practitioner Program

The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Florida offers an innovative continuing education program to the practitioner. The Visiting Practitioner Program provides the practitioner the opportunity to participate in the daily clinical operation and teaching programs of the UF Veterinary Hospitals. Participation and observation in clinical rotations including rural animal medicine, theriogenology, internal medicine (neonatal/ICU), surgery, and anesthesiology are available. The practitioner may also attend the regularly scheduled seminars, journal clubs, conferences and faculty and student rounds.

Credit: One unit of continuing education credit is awarded for each contact hour spent in the program

Cost: The registration fee is $400 per week or $100 per day. The participant is responsible for all travel, lodging and meals. Checks should be made payable to the University of Florida.

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Large Animal Medicine

Objective: To provide the general practitioner an opportunity to observe the teaching and practice of large animal medicine.

Participants: All members of the Large Animal Medicine Service with faculty assuming the responsible role and private practitioners who are visiting us to enhance their diagnostic and therapeutic skills. Questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Sarah Reuss, Chief of Large Animal Medicine.

Large Animal Surgery

Practicing veterinarians may visit the Large Animal Surgery Service for one or two week blocks. Both surgery services (Surgery I and Surgery II) receive both soft tissue and orthopedic cases. Outpatient receiving tends to be dominated by lameness problems. The Large Animal Surgery Service caseload varies in the type and number of cases that are received, so observation of specific procedures cannot be guaranteed. We begin receiving/surgery at 9:00 am and work through the day, so bring lunch.

Visiting veterinarians will participate as observers on patient workups and in surgery. They will be invited to participate in daily rounds and case discussions with students, residents, and faculty. Available rounds include hospital rounds, resident seminars, morbidity/mortality rounds, student grand rounds, large animal surgery journal club, and resident/faculty case discussion rounds. Questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to Dr. David Freeman, Chief of Large Animal Surgery

Anesthesia Service

The Anesthesia Service provides anesthetic service to the UF Veterinary Hospitals for all species. This extends from the evaluation of animals before anesthesia until recovery from anesthesia. The members of the Service also provide instruction and clinical experience for the junior and senior veterinary students of the College. The Service also acts as an information resource to colleagues in the UF Veterinary Hospitals and in the State of Florida who require information and advice on anesthesia.

The faculty members of the Service hold rounds with students every morning except Monday at VE-120A from 7:00-8:00am. In these rounds, anesthetic management of cases is emphasized. Seminars are also presented by the faculty members and other invited lecturers every other Monday at VAB Classroom F from 8:00-9:00am. Student rounds in the afternoon are also held at VE-120A if the Anesthesia/Surgery schedule is light. The time for these rounds is unpredictable. In these rounds, management of anesthetic complications, indications, and contraindications of perianesthetic drugs, and blood gas interpretation are discussed.

The practitioner will be able to learn new anesthetic techniques, anesthesia of critical cases, new monitoring tools and local anesthetic techniques. Questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Fernando Garcia , Chief of Anesthesiology.

Theriogenology Service

Reproduction Service Protocol

Faculty members and residents are available to manage reproductive problems in large and small animal species. The service is able to provide in-house and field procedures to accomplish these objectives.

Both herd level reproductive health programs and individual animal problems are addressed in field service and hospital admissions.

  • Reproductive programs on dairy farms
  • Reproductive programs on beef cattle ranches
  • Reproductive programs on horse breeding farms
  • Office hours for small animal infertility referrals
  • Obstetrical problems in all species
  • Individual animal fertility problems, male and female
  • Diagnosis and management of abortion diseases
  • Reproductive surgical problems of male and female animals of all species
  • Cryopreservation of equine semen

Visiting veterinarians will participate as observers on patient workups. They will be invited to participate in daily rounds and case discussions with students, residents and faculty. Available rounds include hospital rounds, resident seminars, morbidity/mortality rounds, student grand rounds, and resident/faculty case discussion rounds. Questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Margo Macpherson, Chief of the Reproduction Service.

Food Animal Reproduction & Medicine Service

Program Description:

The Food Animal Reproduction & Medicine Service (FARMS) conducts instruction, service and research activities with food animals of the State, primarily with beef and dairy cattle but also with small ruminants and swine. Virtually all activity is on-farm. FARMS has responsibility for the health of all agricultural animals used for research and teaching at the University. Herd health and regulatory responsibilities extend to the University beef, dairy, sheep and swine units. In addition, FARMS provides herd health (preventive medicine) and ambulatory programs at a number of private farms and ranches at both local and distant locations. Case numbers are high, representing “hands-on”, programmed health, reproductive, medical and surgical cases as well as investigations of special problems throughout the State of Florida.

The case load is designed to provide a broad-based knowledge of the fundamentals of food animal and production medicine including:

  • Nutrition
  • Reproduction programs
  • Neonate survival
  • Parasite control
  • Infections disease control
  • Toxicosis prevention
  • Mastitis control
  • Foot health
  • Necropsy/Pathology
  • Drug residue prevention
  • Therapeutics
  • Herd health concepts

Case rounds and literature review of cases and topic in food animal medicine are discussed in weekly rounds sessions with all faculty, residents/interns and students.

Service Clinic Availability:
The service provides year round service to clients and continuous clinic rotations at 2-week intervals. However, due to the number of veterinary students being accommodated during the months of June through December, it is advised that visiting practitioners participate during the months of January through May. Questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Owen Rae, Chief of FARMS.