Connie Orcutt, D.V.M., is primary author of the Animal Airwaves scripts. She is a medical writer and editor as well as a practicing veterinarian. In addition to authoring numerous chapters for veterinary textbooks over the past 15 years, Dr. Orcutt has spoken on a wide range of topics at national and international veterinary conferences.
Dr. Orcutt was awarded her veterinary degree from Tufts University in 1991 and served as head of the Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine Service at Angell Animal Medical Center from 1994 until 2011. In addition to her clinical practice and work with Animal Airwaves, she is Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery and Associate Editor of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine.
Garrett Hall, M.A.M.C., the official voice of Animal Airwaves, is the director for creative services with UF Health. In that role he has voiced and produced numerous radio ads, education and orientation videos, and was the host of Shands HealthCare’s podcast series, Shands HealthCast.
Michael Schaer, D.V.M., is a professor emeritus of small animal medicine at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Schaer is board-certified in both internal medicine and emergency medicine and critical care. He joined UF’s veterinary faculty in 1978 and has held many administrative positions, including serving continuously as associate chief of staff for the UF Small Animal Hospital from 1987 to 2009. He also led the small animal medicine service as chief for many years. Although officially retired, Schaer remains active in providing care to small animal patients by volunteering his time with the hospital’s emergency and critical care service. He is the author of three textbooks: Clinical Medicine of the Dog and Cat, (first and second editions) and also Clinical Signs in Small Animal Medicine.
Dr. Schaer received his D.V.M. degree from Illinois in 1970 and performed an internship and subsequent residency in small animal internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center, New York, N.Y. After completion of his residency, Schaer continued at AMC in a staff position until 1977, when he moved to New Jersey to work in private practice until joining the UF faculty in 1978.
Communications and public relations staff who are instrumental in the coordination, production, editing and oversight of Animal Airwaves include Melanie Ross, director of HSC News & Communications; April Frawley-Birdwell, editor, and Sarah Carey, director of public relations for the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. Ben Wilson of WUFT-FM is the station producer.
Special thanks also to the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and UF Veterinary Hospitals faculty for their assistance and support in this project, and to the International Crane Foundation for providing the crane guard calls that can be heard at the end of each Animal Airwaves segment.