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Team Vet Med (October)

Over $10,000 raised for Michelle LeBlanc 


Sunday, October 20, 2013

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Team VetMed 2013


Team VetMed took on the Horse Farm Hundred bicycle ride on Sunday, Oct 20.   Approximately 30 riders joined together to raise money for the Michelle LeBlanc Memorial Scholarship for the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.

“The team raised over $10,000 for Michelle’s scholarship,” said faculty advisor Dr. Chris Sanchez.  “This amount pushed the scholarship fund over the endowment mark.  Vet students will benefit from this scholarship in years to come.”

Dr. Michelle LeBlanc was a UFCVM faculty member and original Team VetMed rider.  She passed away in April 2013.  A scholarship was established in her name for students interested in equine theriogenology or stud farm medicine.

Megan Petroff, VM3 and Team VetMed president, rode her second Horse Farm Hundred ride. This time, she had company – her father.  “Dad was challenged to ride the Horse Farm in May when I was awarded the Charlie and Debby Courtney Team VetMed scholarship at my coating ceremony. He started riding and training, and even raised money for the team! I’m so proud of my dad.”

Megan, Jessica and Lauren

Megan, Jessica and Lauren

Pictured here:  Junior vet students, Megan Petroff, Jessica Larson and Lauren Streifel, get ready for the start of their 55 mile ride.Photo by Maureen Petroff

Team VetMed started in 1998 as a way to raise money for DVM scholarships.  Since that time, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, have ridden 1500 miles in 15 years.  Over the years, three previous scholarships have been endowed and awarded to students (Joseph A. DiPietro HFH, Kevin Anderson TVM, and Charlie & Debby Courtney TVM).

Charlie Courtney, retired associate dean for research and graduate studies, led training rides for Team VetMed.  This year, Courtney offered his assistance to coach and train first-time 100-mile riders.

“We maintained a consistent pace of 15 mph the entire ride,” said Courtney.” There were 13 riders who finished the 100 miles in my group.”  An additional 13 riders completed the Rush 55 miler ride.

Dr. Dragan Momcilovic, a former UF CVM resident, rode with Team VetMed and shared a tribute to Michelle in his blog:

Vet school alumni were invited to sponsor the annual team custom designed jersey and have their business logos on the back.  “Any day is a PURRFECT day to ride” reads The Cat Hospital of Ft. Myers’ logo. Dr. Matt Gatof, ’95, joined the team for his first 100 miler.  Dr. Terri Parrot, ’83, dedicated her logo to LeBlanc: “Ride to Remember Michelle LeBlanc, DVM” by St. Charles Veterinary Hospital.  Dr. Parrot brought her hospital team to participate in the ride.  North Florida Equine, Oaks and Northwood Veterinary Hospitals, St. Francis House Pet Care and Tampa Bay Specialists logos were also included on the jersey.

Corporate sponsors logos covered the jersey back including UF Health, Merck Animal Health, Nestle’ Purina and Novartis and Taylor’s Pharmacy.  The top money raisers are:

Larry Gainsburg $1,050
Matt Gatof $500
Roger Petroff – $330
Alex Gallagher $325
Chris Sanchez $325

Dr. Larry Gainsburg, a member of the CVM Charter Class of 1980, trained in Maryland and drove down to Gainesville to participate in the ride.  Not only did he give his time to train and travel, he also approached fellow veterinarian associates and businesses to sponsor him in the ride.  Gainsburg raised $1,050.

KA - ML heartPhoto by Jo Ann Winn A special commemorative logo graced the jersey sleeve: “Kevin Anderson + Michelle LeBlanc” encased in a bicycle chain heart. Anderson and LeBlanc were married, were CVM faculty members and Team VetMed bike riders. They both hold special places in the CVM family.


For more information, contact Jo Ann Winn at



Our 2013 Sponsors


UF Health


 Ride to Remember

Michelle Leblanc, DVM

St. Charles Veterinary Hospital

Sentinel Logo 

 Oaks VHnewest logo


 Any day is a purrfect day to ride

cat hospital

 Taylor’s Pharmacy
 Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists


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For more information please contact a member of our development team at (352) 294-4256.