The recently started UF Vet Med Small Ruminant Extension Program is an initiative promoted by the department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences as a response to the needs of Florida’s small ruminant stakeholders.
The program focuses on developing and disseminating research and education material relevant to maintaining and improving sheep and goat health, production and welfare and promoting cooperation and collaboration between different segments of industry stake holders. The goal of this extension program is to adapt education and outreach efforts to the dynamic challenges and the diverse production systems in Florida, to promote the sheep and goat industry in the state.
Dr. Catalina Cabrera joined the UF college of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 as a clinician in the Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service and as the Small Ruminant Extension Specialist. She serves as the liaison between the University of Florida’s faculty, the county agents and the sheep and goat stakeholders. Her interests are preventive medicine and reproduction.
Dr. Cabrera has worked with livestock reproduction and medicine for several years in private practice in Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia. She moved to the US in 2008 where she completed a Livestock Reproduction and Herd Health Residency and a master’s degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) at the University of California, Davis. She was an associate veterinarian at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis before moving to Florida.