DVM '12, MS '17 | Gainesville, FL
COMPANY: University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. William (Alex) Fox-Alvarez is an honors graduate of the UFCVM class of 2012. During veterinary school, his main interest was in zoo/exotic animal medicine and after graduation completed a 1-year internship in small animal, zoo and exotic medicine and surgery at Valley Animal Hospital in Tucson Arizona. Though he published and presented clinical research at a national zoo conference during his year in Tucson, he also realized his passion for surgery, changed directions, and returned to the UFCVM to complete a 1-year specialty internship in small animal surgery. In addition to excelling at clinical and teaching duties during his demanding surgical internship, Dr. Fox-Alvarez also published 4 peer reviewed research manuscripts that year.
Upon completion of his surgical internship, he matched again at the UFCVM for a 4-year combined Master’s degree and residency program in small animal surgery. Throughout this training, Dr. Fox- Alvarez demonstrated a strong aptitude for scholarly productivity and excelled in clinical teaching and hospital service. During his final year of residency, he was elected the chief resident of the hospital by his peers, selected for the resident of the year award by the graduating class, and awarded the American Association of Veterinary Clinician’s 2018 Outstanding Resident Award. In the same year, Dr. Fox-Alvarez became the first resident to pass the newly introduced Veterinary Assessment of Laparoscopic Skills (VALS) certificate exam and won multiple resident research awards at national and international conferences for his research endeavors. In addition to his love of surgery, Dr. Fox-Alvarez has a passion for teaching and international medicine.
During his residency, he developed a surgical training cooperative with a large non-profit animal rescue in Thailand in which a senior surgical resident from UF visits their hospital annually for 2 weeks to help with complex surgical procedures and train their veterinarians in these techniques. This program simultaneously provides excellent real-world experience for the senior surgical resident while bringing surgical education to an area of the world with minimal access to specialty training. Upon completion of his surgical residency, Dr. Fox-Alvarez successfully passed his surgical board examination and was hired on as a tenure track faculty in small animal soft tissue surgery at the UFCVM.
In just 2 years as faculty, Dr. Fox-Alvarez has already made robust contributions to the clinical, educational, and research missions here at UF. Dr. Fox-Alvarez and his wife, Stacey Fox-Alvarez (UFCVM c/o 2013) live in Gainesville Florida along with their 4 dogs, 2 cats, parrot, and 6 chickens.
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