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 received 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., serves as medical editor for Animal Airwaves. 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 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.
Sarah Carey, M.A., A.P.R., serves as managing editor of Animal Airwaves. Sarah is also the director of public relations at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. In that role she writes for internal and external publications; assists with media inquiries and emergency response.
Marilee Griffin, serves as editor. Marilee is also the assistant director of communications for the UF Health Cancer Center. She joined the UF Health Communications staff in 2012 as a writer and media relations assistant coordinator for the News and Publications division. A Florida native, she holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UF and was previously employed as a nonfiction book editor and freelance journalist.
Communications and public relations staff who are instrumental in the coordination, production, editing and oversight of Animal Airwaves include; Melanie Fridl Ross, M.S.J., E.L.S., Chief Communications Officer, UF Health Communications, Sarah Carey, director of public relations for the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and 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.