Alex Fox-Alvarez, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Dr. Fox-Alvarez is both a Boarded Surgeon and an owner/partner of the Veterinary Surgicenter. As a General and Minimally Invasive Veterinary Surgeon, he is an active member of our community as a Surgical Education Coordinator. He believes in mutually-beneficial community partnerships where businesses and people take care of one another, and he has spearheaded a 'composting' effort within our Surgicenter to help support a healthier environment. In his spare time, he and his wife, Stacey, enjoys traveling and SCUBA. His hobbies and interests range from music and drums, to collegiate wrestling, to fish and plant-keeping.
POST-GRADUATE VETERINARY TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Small Animal Surgery Internship
Faculty surgeon at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Educational responsibilities included lecturing in each surgical training course in the curriculum and overseeing the Fundamentals of Veterinary Surgery Laboratory course where students are trained in basic surgical techniques and perform their first live patient anesthesia and spay. Maintained robust research activity during my tenure with over 20 publications in peer-reviewed veterinary journals on topics including: Laparoscopic and Thoracoscopic Surgery, Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome, Laryngeal Paralysis, Gastric Dilatation Volvulus Syndrome, Surgery of Zoo and Exotic Animals, and Surgical Education. Contributed three textbook chapters to Small Animal Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy 2ed.
Received advanced training in soft tissue surgery, surgical oncology, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, with an emphasis on minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, arthroscopy and interventional radiology. Training was performed under 9 different boarded surgeons with a high scheduled and emergency caseload of small animal and exotic patients. Extensive teaching experience throughout the residency including course lecturing, surgical wet lab assistance, anatomy teaching assistance, surgical club lecturing and wet-lab coordination, international surgical teaching assistance, and the development of surgical training videos and students and residents. I served as chief resident of the UFCVM in my final year.
Small Animal Surgery Residency
Assistant Professor (Soft Tissue & Minimally Invasive Surgery)
University of Florida, Gainesville FL
Responsibilities consisted of assisting and directing the admission, care, and monitoring of scheduled and emergency surgical patients, including communication with owners and referring veterinarians. Providing active hands-on and didactic clinical instruction to junior and senior veterinary students and participating in rounds, cadaver laboratories, and seminar presentations. Operating room experience consisted of both primary and support roles. An emphasis on independent research fostered the submission of both case-based and original research papers to veterinary journals.
Boarded Surgeon, Veterinary Surgicenter, Gainesville, FL
Valley Animal Hospital & Reid Park Zoo, Tucson AZ
Small and Zoo Animal Internship
Rotation through emergency and general practice services at a high caseload facility. Primary medical and surgical responsibility for most cases with support from nine staff veterinarians. Weekly spay and neuter clinic responsibility for the local cat shelter. Interns afforded opportunity to perform more advanced surgical techniques to provide care for clients with financial hardship. Zoo medicine rounds and procedures at the Reid Park Zoo 1-2 times per week, and as an on-call emergency basis. Reid Park Zoo has a variety of mega vertebrates as well as smaller zoo animals.
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