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Mandy’s Mission to Mend Hearts fund was established in honor of Mandy, a wonderful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who lost her battle with Mitral Valve Disease. Clicking the donate button below will take you directly to the University of Florida’s website where Mandy’s Mission non-profit foundation has been directly established. Your contribution will aid the open heart mitral valve repair program which will bring Dr Masami Uechi and his team to UF. Your contribution is tax deductible. All donations will help provide the necessary funding to support the program and the training of Florida’s cardiac surgeons who will learn how to successfully perform the mitral valve repair surgery.


This page will be updated soon with the latest travel information and required procedures provided by UF to guide you safely towards your surgery.

University of Florida Small Animal Hospital College of Veterinarian Medicine
2089 SW 16th Ave.
Gainesville, Florida 32608 Map & Directions
Main Line: (352) 392-2235 #3
FAX : (352) 846-2445 Emergencies 24 hours a day 7 days a week

Hours Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Discharges only 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays and Holidays
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News from the University of Florida Program:

Per Dr Simon Swift,

Friends I would like to thank everyone here for their vocal support of the University of Florida’s plans to bring Dr. Uechi and his team to the USA to perform this life saving open heart surgery, while also teaching our US veterinary surgeons how to perform the mitral valve repair (MVR) surgery, successfully.

Unfortunately, due to administrative issues, we are going to have to postpone the date of the first surgery to the beginning of August 2019. As you may know, we have a foundation fund for this program. I would like to make it clear that gifts made to the foundation fund Mandy’s Mission to Mend Hearts through the University of Florida Foundation (UFF) as a 501(c) (3) organization, are eligible for a charitable contribution income tax deduction and that the Foundation’s gift fee is 5% of the gift, so 95% of that will go to the open heart surgery program.

The University is funding a significant amount of this program but we need your above mentioned vocal support to be matched by financial support to ensure the program’s complete and utter success! We still have some large capital items to purchase. I am asking you to donate to this fund to help us finally bring MVR surgery to the USA in order to save dogs that would die from heart failure without this exact, crucial surgical intervention. The fund can be directly accessed via the donation page directly on our University’s website, Link below.

https://www.uff.ufl.edu/…/022269-mandys-mission-to-mend-he…/

We currently have over one hundred clients whose dogs are on our UF mitral valve repair surgery waiting list. Our first patient will be chosen in the next few months for a first surgery date to be set in early August. To see if your dog is a good candidate, we need an echo report from your cardiologist and chest radiographs as listed on our website below,

https://smallanimal.vethospital.ufl.edu/…/mitral-valve-rep…/

Please have your cardiologist send your dog’s current cardiac information to the following email address below, where our team will review your records and contact you regarding the results of our assessments.

cvm-openheart@ufl.edu

Sincerely,

Simon Swift, MA, VetMB, CertSAC, DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology), MRCVS University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine