White-tailed Deer farming is a growing industry in most of North America, including Florida. At present, there are over 400 deer farms and preserves in the state of Florida. The UF IFAS Cervidae Health Research Initiative seeks to promote interdisciplinary science, education, and outreach that increase the health and production of captive cervids in a sustainable manner and promotes the health of native wildlife and the ecosystems in which they live.
UF Deer Veterinary Extension Specialist
Juan M. Campos Krauer, D.V.M, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, department of large animal clinical sciences and the department of wildlife ecology and conservation. He is the lead veterinarian for the UF IFAS Cervidae Health Research Initiative, as a research and extension Veterinarian. With a D.V.M. and Ph.D. in biology, with more than 15 years of experience in ungulate captive breeding, health, management and conservation. At present, his research and extension program focus on several aspects of deer farming. The most important is identifying most common pathogens affecting young and adult captive White-tailed deer in Florida. Development of fast field diagnostics procedures to identify viral diseases to help shorten reaction time to implement treatment and preventive measurements by deer farmers. In addition, he is investigating microbiota of healthy and sick white-tailed deer, to identify combinations of harmful and beneficial bacteria in deer. As well as, identifying parasites in farmed deer throughout Florida and evaluating the effectiveness of deworming protocols, to better understand and improve their use.
An important part of deer extension is not only protecting the health of deer, but to continuing learning and developing better and more efficient ways to breed and manage farmed deer in Florida. We provide individual farm with free of charge services as well as disseminate information to deer farmers in area and regional meetings.
Learn more about the initiative and the services that it can provide you at: http://www.wec.ufl.edu/cheri.