Florida Vet School Names Award Honorees

A South Florida equine practitioner and the director of the University of Florida's mobile equine diagnostic service have been honored for their career accomplishments by the University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine.

Equine practitioners received two of the four awards given through the 2008 Distinguished Award program, which is sponsored by the college's alumni council and offers recognition to deserving alumni, faculty, and others who have contributed meaningfully to UF and/or to the veterinary profession.

Robert Boswell, DVM, FRCVS, of Wellington, a 1985 graduate of the UF veterinary college and owner of Palm Beach Equine Clinic, received the Alumni Achievement Award. Boswell also serves as director of imaging at the clinic, and is a founding member of the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners, an organization that provides continuing education and gives a voice to equine clinicians from all over the state. He served as president of FAEP from 2004-05.

Boswell specializes in sport horse lameness and diagnostic imaging. His clientele includes Olympic-caliber riders in the fields of dressage and jumping.

The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was given to Michael Porter, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, a clinical assistant professor at the UF veterinary college. Porter received his DVM and PhD degrees from the UF veterinary college in 1998 and 2001, respectively. He also completed a residency in large animal medicine at UF in 2004.

As director of the college's Mobile Equine Diagnostic Service, Porter takes state-of-the-art imaging technology on the road to be more widely available to horse owners and veterinarians.

Other honorees included Cheryl Chrisman, DVM, MS, EdS, Dipl. ACVIM, a professor emeritus of small animal neurology, and Gary Ellison, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, a small animal surgeon.

The awards were presented May 24 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts during college commencement exercises.

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