From the National Greyhound Association (NGA) comes word of the planned June 28 retirement of Dr. Larry Dee, one of the nation’s most prominent veterinarians specializing in greyhounds and other animal athletes. NGA reporter Vera Rasnake reported the story in the June 22 NGA news bulletin as follows:
HOLLYWOOD, FL-June 28 will be a bittersweet day in the industry as renowned veterinarian Dr. Larry Dee retires after 48-years of practice in Hollywood, FL. The highly-celebrated surgeon is well-known in the industry for his knowledge and surgeries on both greyhound and other animal athletes.Last year Dr. Dee shared fond memories and adventures from his younger days spent with Greyhound Hall of Famers Happy Stutz, Carroll Blair and Don Cuddy to name a few. The story featuring Dr. Dee was published in the fall 2016 Greyhound Review.DD’s Nelson was Dr. Dee’s most revered greyhound success. Nelson was noted as the “bionic dog” in stories written about the greyhound that won stakes races and set track records after surgery resulting from a sports injury.Dr. Dee was noted as North America’s top greyhound surgeon in the 80’s and is still considered the best by many in the industry. He is a wealth of knowledge to veterinarians, greyhound owners and trainers outside the FL area, too. Dr. Dee has shared his medical knowledge in the books he has written and in lectures given at symposiums in America and abroad.Greyhound sports medicine is just one of the many offerings at the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital that has emerged from humble beginnings. Dr. Dee’s co-workers described him as integral to the growth and development of the Hollywood practice from a small wellness clinic to a 24-hour Emergency, Specialty & Wellness facility. They describe his impact as a blueprint of his lifelong commitment to the care of their community that is imprinted on the staff. All stated that Dr. Dee will be honored forever in the continued care policies practiced at the animal hospital.Dr. Dee leaves an indelible mark in the Greyhound industry and in his profession. He serves as President of the Ridge Veterinary Medical Society (Polk County), the Broward County Veterinary Medical Association, the FL Veterinary Medical Association, American Hospital Association and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association to name a few of his involvements. Dr. Dee served the American Veterinary Medical Association in its House of Delegates for 14-years. He was also on the board of Veterinary Specialties for 9-years and on the Executive Board for 6-years.Dr. Dee continues to serve on the Board of Directors of “Florida Animal Friends,” which is celebrated with a specialty spay/neuter license plate in FL. He also serves on the American Veterinary Medical Foundation as treasurer and as an outgoing President of the Hollywood Rotary Club.Dr. Dee may be retiring from practice, but he plans to continue serving the community that embraced his practice and helped it grow to the successful clinic it is today. A heartfelt thank you from the industry and the very best of wishes go out to Dr. Dee and his family in his new adventures in retirement.