Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 150450
Printable PDF Format Download Adobe Reader  Clerk's Official Copy   

File Number: 150450 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-336-15. Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: AGREEMENT WITH UF OF VETERINARY MEDICINE Introduced: 2/25/2015
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 4/21/2015
Agenda Date: 4/21/2015 Agenda Item Number: 11A9
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO ANALYZE THE FEASIBILITY AND ADVISABILITY OF ENTERING INTO AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE TO CREATE A PARTNERSHIP THAT WOULD BENEFIT THE COUNTY’S SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAM AND PROVIDE A REPORT
Indexes: AGREEMENT
  VETERINARIAN SERVICES
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 4/21/2015 11A9 Adopted P

Metropolitan Services Committee 3/11/2015 2A Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Gerald Sanchez read the title of the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. It was moved by Commissioner Diaz that the foregoing proposed resolution be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners with a favorable recommendation. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Souto, followed by discussion. Commissioner Zapata expressed his support for the foregoing proposed resolution. However, he recalled his experience in Tallahassee, when he partnered with the University of Florida (UF), noting this facility had a tendency to monopolize funding. Commissioner Zapata suggested that it may be more advisable for the County to secure local partners. Commissioner Diaz noted he concurred with Commissioner Zapata. He stated that the County already had local veterinarians as partners; however, it was suggested that it could also partner with the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. Commissioner Diaz pointed out that there was only one College of Veterinary Medicine in the State of Florida; and this created a monopoly. Commissioner Souto said he agreed that a College of Veterinary Medicine was needed in Miami-Dade. He stated that he had raised this issue with the President of Florida International University, who informed him that he did not have the necessary funding to create such a college. Commissioner Souto pointed out that the Institute for Food and Agricultural Studies (IFAS) was located in Homestead and had an agriculture and research program. He noted it would, therefore, perhaps be in a position to create a veterinary medicine program. He asked Commissioner Diaz whether it would be possible to find an institution other than the University of Florida to house such a program, and said that he would like to contribute to this initiative Commissioner Diaz reiterated that the UF College of Veterinary Medicine was the only institution in Florida with such a program. He said that he would be happy to consider any other schools that would be in a position to house such a program. Mr. Alex Munoz, Director, Animal Services Department, noted the County currently worked with Miami-Dade College and the University of Miami, which offered pre-veterinary programs. However, he stated, the University of Florida was very interested in partnering with the County on its spay and neuter program. Commissioner Souto noted he knew the veterinary in charge of the pre-veterinary program at Miami-Dade College. He cautioned against relying solely on the University of Florida, and urged the County to look for other alternatives. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution, as presented.

County Attorney 2/25/2015 Referred Metropolitan Services Committee 3/11/2015

County Attorney 2/25/2015 Assigned Sabrina Levin 2/26/2015

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO ANALYZE THE FEASIBILITY AND ADVISABILITY OF ENTERING INTO AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE TO CREATE A PARTNERSHIP THAT WOULD BENEFIT THE COUNTY’S SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAM AND PROVIDE A REPORT

BODY
WHEREAS, the County’s Department of Animal Services performs spay and neuter surgeries at a reduced cost to the animals of Miami-Dade County residents as a service to the community; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Animal Services incurs the cost of performing spay and neuter surgeries on homeless and abandoned animals as a service to the community; and
WHEREAS, the Department of Animal Services performs 20,500 spay and neuter surgeries on animals each year; and
WHEREAS, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is an excellent educational institution in the State of Florida with the purpose of training students in the field of veterinary medicine; and
WHEREAS, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has various resources in the field of veterinary medicine, including students undergoing training in the performance of spay and neuter services, which could be of potential benefit to the spay and neuter program operated by the Department of Animal Services; and
WHEREAS, a partnership between the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Animal Services on behalf of the County could potentially benefit the County’s current spay and neuter program by defraying costs and increasing efficiency; and
WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the residents of Miami-Dade County that the County’s Department of Animal Services be able to perform spay and neuter surgeries at the lowest cost and as efficiently as possible; and
WHEREAS, the County Commission believes that it would be in the best interest of the residents of Miami-Dade County for the County to consider the feasibility and advisability of entering into an Interlocal Agreement with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, to the extent that such an agreement would benefit the County’s current spay and neuter program,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee is directed to analyze the feasibility and advisability of entering into an Interlocal Agreement with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, for the purpose of benefiting the County’s spay and neuter program. The Mayor or Mayor’s designee shall provide a report on the feasibility and advisability of entering into such an agreement with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine within 120 days of the effective date of this resolution and shall place the completed report on an agenda of the Board, pursuant to Ordinance No. 14-65.



Home  |   Agendas  |   Minutes  |   Legislative Search  |   Lobbyist Registration  |   Legislative Reports
2017 BCC Meeting Calendar  |   Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances   |   ADA Notice  |  

Home  |  Using Our Site  |  About Phone Directory  |  Privacy  |  Disclaimer

E-mail your comments, questions and suggestions to Webmaster  

Web Site © 2017 Miami-Dade County.
All rights reserved.