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Published: June 24 2008

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Eleanor Green

Professor and Chair, Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Chief of Staff, Large Animal Hospital

College of Veterinary Medicine

Eleanor Green, chairwoman of the department of large animal clinical sciences at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is board certified in large animal internal medicine and in equine practice. Her clinical interests have included general internal medicine, gastrointestinal disorders, neurologic disorders, and perinatology. Her research has been primarily in the areas of endotoxemia, laminitis and gastric ulcers.

Since Green has been at UF, she has been a part of significant programmatic expansion in the areas of anesthesia and pain management, specifically the use of the human-patient simulator in veterinary students’ curriculum; the incorporation of acupuncture/alternative medicine into clinical service offerings; greater opportunities for students in the areas of epidemiology and international studies and expansion of aquatic animal health programs, including a new marine mammal program. She also has been a key supporter of the new Mobile Equine Diagnostic Service (MEDS) and of expanding food animal facilities in Deriso Hall, a new building emanating from a gift recognizing Paul Nicoletti’s contributions to cattle health. Green also has helped bring new dimensions to large animal surgery by increasing the emphasis on both orthopedic and gastrointestinal diseases, by expanding the infectious disease focus in medicine, and by helping to rebuild the college’s theriogenology service. She notes that the “reproduction service,” as it is commonly known to horse owners, now includes a small animal component aimed at breeders of dogs and cats.

Another highlight of Green’s tenure at UF has been the creation of an infection control program to prevent infectious disease in the Large Animal Hospital. The program was the first of its kind implemented proactively among veterinary colleges in the United States and has become a model for other equine hospitals struggling for more progressive ways to keep disease at bay.

Green’s administrative duties as the UF veterinary college’s first woman department chair are extensive enough that she doesn’t do research anymore, but she does get nostalgic when she thinks of the interesting areas of medicine she studied earlier in her career, when she focused mostly on gastroenterology and neonatology, specifically equine gastritis ulcer disease in horses.

But while Green’s career emphases have shifted in recent years, her love of horses has been a constant theme in her life — in the show arena as well as the professional one. Resuming a hobby she had since early childhood, Green two years ago began competing and winning in statewide American Quarter Horse Association events. In fact, her scores were good enough to qualify her for the AQHA Bayer Select World Show, held in Amarillo, Texas, in August. She and her horse, Miss Rivm N Blues — whom she affectionately calls “Rivi” — brought home two reserve world championships in the working hunter and hunter hack categories.