The spirit of cooperation between industry and academia was celebrated June 6 during the groundbreaking for Deriso Hall, a new building that will house production medicine faculty at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service, part of the college's Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, will for the first time have its operations based under one roof. FARMS faculty work closely with extension veterinarians.
Named for the late Bob F. and Evelyn B. Deriso, the building was made possible by a bequest from the Tampa couple of more than half their $2 million estate. They gave the gift in honor of Dr. Paul Nicoletti for his contributions to the control of brucellosis, a disease that was a major threat to livestock in the Derisos' day. He is now professor emeritus of infectious diseases at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Derisos' $1.2 million gift was later matched by the Florida Legislature. At the ceremony, Dr. Nicoletti said, "We pledge that the new building will be used in activities to train students, conduct research, and promote health, primarily among food-producing animals, one of our basic veterinary roots."