UF Veterinary Hospital Food Animal Reproduction & Medicine Service (FARMS)

Devoted to the science of food animal health maintenance to improve quality and production of the animals providing dairy meat and products, Food Animal Reproduction & Medicine faculty deliver health care and services to this vital sector of the food supply system.

A full range of field services, including:

  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Nutritional and reproductive management
  • Animal performance deficiency investigations
  • Clinical/ Health evaluation of beef and dairy cattle herds.
  • Trouble-shooting, consultation on-farm with referring veterinarian
  • World-renowned clinically oriented research
  • Breeding soundness examinations in bulls
  • Infertility (fertility) evaluations and obstetrics in cows
  • Expertise in epidemiology

FARMS Faculty

D. Owen Rae, DVM, MPVM
Professor, Service Chief
Dr. Rae’s clinical interests and expertise include beef cattle (cow-calf) herd health and reproductive management. Research focus has been cow-calf nutrition and reproductive performance, including body condition effects on reproduction and calf performance, reproductive tract scoring of heifers and heifer development, Ureaplasma infection in heifers, Tritrichomonas infection in bulls and Johnes prevalence and diagnostics in beef cattle.

G. Arthur Donovan, DVM, MS

Dr. Donovan began his employment with the University of Florida in 1982 following a two year residency in preventive medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Donovan was awarded Diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1986. Dr. Donovan’s research interests include dairy herd health management and epidemiology.

Klibs Galvão, DVM, MPVM, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dr. Galvao’s program focus on reproductive physiology and management, dairy production medicine and transition cow immunology and uterine diseases.

Jorge Hernandez, DVM, MPVM, PhD
Epidemiology Section

Dr. Hernandez has professional experience in Bolivia, Cuba, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ireland, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Thailand, Switzerland and the United States . His main areas of research interest include clinical epidemiology of diseases in food animals, equine athletes and wildlife.

Fiona Maunsell, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Maunsell obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1990. She completed a residency in Food Animal Medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois in 1998, and a PhD on bovine mycoplasma infections at the University of Florida in 2007. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Clinical and research interests include general bovine medicine, infectious diseases of calves and mycoplasma infections of cattle and small ruminants.

Carlos A. Risco, DVM, DACT
Professor/ Department Chair
Dr. Risco’s research focus has been postpartum disorders of dairy cattle, reproductive management programs in dairy herds and gossypol toxicity in ruminants. Dr. Risco is a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists.

Extension Faculty

Beef Cattle
Max Irsik, DVM, MAB

Dairy Cattle
Ricardo Chebel, DVM, MPVM

Gary Butcher, DVM, PhD

FARMS Residents and Interns

Judd Simms, DVM

Myriam Jiminez, DVM

Gabriel Gomes, DVM

Contact Information:

Main Phone Line: 352-294-4387

Fax: 352-392-7551