DVM '11 | Gainesville, FL
TITLE: Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency and Critical Care
COMPANY: UF College of Veterinary Medicine
INDUSTRY: Veterinary Medicine
Born and raised in Colombia, Leonel is an internationally recognized expert in small animal kidney function and hemodialysis (blood dialysis).
He currently serves as clinical assistant professor at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. His clinical interests include managing acute kidney injury in ICUs and using hemodialysis and extracorporeal blood purification techniques in critically ill animals. He also directs the only veterinary hemodialysis unit in Florida. His research interests include diagnosing and managing hospital-acquired acute kidney injury. Leonel lectures throughout Latin America and Europe about veterinary critical-care nephrology and treating animals with dialysis. With his collaboration, the first-ever veterinary hemodialysis unit was created in Chile last year.
Leonel also has a passion for teaching and is currently developing the first veterinary emergency and critical-care certificate for veterinary students in the country.
A first-generation college student, Leonel holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences (2006) from Florida International University and a doctorate in veterinary medicine (2011) from UF. Following a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Hollywood Animal Hospital, he did a residency in emergency and critical care at UF and received his diplomat status in 2016.
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