GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Southeast Veterinary Neurology was named to the University of Florida’s 2018 Gator100 during a gala presentation on Feb. 2 at the University of Florida in the prestigious Grand Ballroom.
The Gator100 is funded by the UF Alumni Association alongside the university’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center. Gator100’s mission is to showcase the 100 fastest growing businesses with a UF Alumni at the helm. Under the leadership of Dr. Michael Wong, SEVN achieved a rank of #82 on this year’s Gator100. Rankings are based on each company’s calculated annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past three years, as calculated by Ernst & Young.
Dr. Michael Wong Makes the GATOR100 List
One of few board-certified veterinary neurologists in the United States and Canada (there are fewer than 300), Dr. Michael Wong established Southeast Veterinary Neurology in 2010. He is a graduate – magna cum laude – of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, a major animal referral center serving south Florida and the Caribbean. At the same time he was earning his degree, he found time to establish the Association of Veterinary Business Management, which offers a certificate in practice management. The curriculum includes instruction in the business and financial aspects of running a veterinary practice, including employee relations and practice ownership.
Among his other achievements are:
- Completion of internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey.
- Residency in neurology and neurosurgery at North Florida Neurology.
- He was among the first veterinary neurologists to have earned the Advanced Neurosurgical Certification.
For all his academic and professional accolades, Dr. Wong is perhaps best known for his role in operating pro bono on Lola, a four-year-old dachshund that had suffered a slip disk that prevented her from walking. “I was doing the surgery, and it came to me,” Dr Wong said. “I wanted to give them their dog back.”
Gator100 Qualifying Criteria
In order to be eligible to be named to the Gator100, a company must have been established for at least five years as of Oct. 1, 2017. It should also have had audited annual revenues of at least $250,000 in 2014. Furthermore, the individual candidate has to meet one of the following three entreprenurial criteria:
- Owned the greater portion of the company for the three years to October 1, 2017.
- Sat on the company’s top executive committee during the period January 2014 to October 2017.
- Been instrumental in the establishent of the company in addition to being a participating member of the senior management team during the years 2014 and 2017.
Kent Fuchs, President of UF, said, “The university is proud of its alumni and cherishes the chance to acknowledge their achievements to the global community.”
About Southeast Veterinary Neurology
Southeast Veterinary Neurology is southeast Florida’s only dedicated veterinary practice that is dedicated solely to the diagnosis and treatment of complex disorders of the central nervous and neuromuscular systems in cats and dogs. Its 40 staff members, including board-certified veterinary neurologists, certified canine rehabilitation practitioners, and intensive care staff, apply their combined expertise to treat animals in Miami and Boynton Beach with brain tumors, seizures, strokes, movement disorders, and spinal abnormalities. Crucially, SEVN is the only veterinary practice in the region with its own MRI unit.