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 at 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 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 director of communications for the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, a job she has held since 1990. Sarah holds a master’s degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from Florida State University. She is accredited in public relations by the Florida Public Relations Association and is a longtime member and past board member of the Gainesville Chapter of the FPRA. She has received three FPRA Image Awards and two grand image awards as well as several UF awards for her PR efforts on behalf of the college, and received the Association of American Veterinary Medical College’s Excellence in Communications Award in 2017.
Gregory Hamilton serves as script editor. Before joining UF Health staff as assistant director of news and publications in 2016, Greg served five years as the city editor for the Gainesville Sun. He has 40 years of writing and editing experience including 27 years with the St. Petersburg Times, now Tampa Bay Times, where he was an editor, bureau chief, columnist and editorial writer. He started his career in the Northeast, including stints as a reporter and editor at Newsday, The Trenton Times and other newspapers in the region. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University and has won numerous regional and state journalism awards over the course of his career.
Dana Hill is a producer/director at WUFT-FM, the local host of All Things Considered, Encore, and Animal Airwaves Live. He is an alumnus of the University of Florida, where he earned degrees in English literature and American history. He is an avid collector of classical music and opera recordings, with a library exceeding 12,000 compact discs. Mr. Hill likes cats, Fender guitars, allegorical sculpture, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novels with female protagonists, movies about comeuppance, and Coca-Cola dispensed from fountains like they have at restaurants. He has unjustifiably strong opinions about architecture, daylight saving time, and the aesthetics of athletic uniforms.
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 communications for the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Gregory Hamilton, assistant director of news and publications, UF Health Communications, and Kimberley Smith, administrative assistant, UF Health Communications.
Special thanks also to the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and UF Veterinary Hospitals, specifically Dr. Dana Zimmel, associate dean for clinical services and chief medical officer for the UFVH, as well as college faculty and staff 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.