Board of Directors

The Florida Animal Health Foundation is proud to be affiliated with and under the direction of the following individuals.  This group of dedicated people has worked for our mission to reduce animal suffering, improve animal health and increase appreciation of the human-animal bond through education, scientific and service programs.  We encourage all to share our widespread and deep reverence for people, animals, and the environment.

Our Current Board of Directors:

Dr. Guy Hancock ( is the Director of the Veterinary Technology Program and Veterinary Technology Distance Education Program at St. Petersburg Junior College. Dr. Hancock has been a small animal practice associate in Maryland and Florida, a practice owner in Florida, and is an instructor in the Veterinary Technology Program.
Dr. Hancock is the past president of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators; and the Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Society. He is a board member of the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians; represents the AVTE on the Veterinary Technician Testing Committee of AAVSB; and a member of the Association for Veterinary Informatics; along with chairing the Board of the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast; and CO-chairs the college-wide strategic discover process at St. Petersburg Junior College. Dr. Hancock received his DVM from Ohio State University, and a Masters in Education at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Hancock is currently President and a Director of the Florida Animal Health Foundation, and was a founding member.

Dr. Thomas J. Lane ( is a professor and extension veterinarian at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary  Medicine for equine, companion animals and exotic species. Dr. Lane serves  as a practice management consultant and advisor to both large and small animal  veterinary practices. He also coordinates and teaches two courses in the veterinary curriculum. Dr. Lane coordinates a companion animal extension  outreach program which includes a Pet Loss Support Hotline; a prison program for  inmates; an assistance program for the care of animals of Hospice and Aids patients; and a visitation program with animals at local nursing homes and Shands Hospital all of which are Florida Animal Health Foundation  supported programs.  He has served as track veterinarian for  thoroughbred, standard bred and greyhound race tracks.

Among his many awards, Dr. Lane was Florida Veterinarian of the Year and has received two national awards in 1995. Dr. Lane currently serves as Vice  President of the Alachua County Humane Society and Vice Chairman of the Central  Florida Community Action Association. He also serves a President of the World  Animal Care Foundation which supports Human Animal Bond Awards at Veterinary  Colleges throughout North America. Dr. Lane received his DVM from Cornell  University.  In 1997 Dr. Lane received the prestigious Leo Bustad Award.
Dr. Lane currently owns and operates a 190 acre horse farm and enjoys riding  and playing polo and is Treasurer and a Director of the Florida Animal  Health Foundation, and a founding member.

Dr. Linda Register ( is a relief Veterinarian for private practices and representative for American Veterinary Identification Devices (AVID).  She has previously worked in private practice veterinary clinics, an emergency veterinary clinic and performed veterinary technician duties during her DVM studies. Dr. Register received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida where she also participated in numerous Florida Animal Health Foundation programs as a student.  Dr. Register is on the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation.
Dr. Register is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society, the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, the American Heart worm Society, and is a past chairperson of the Animal Welfare Committee.
Dr. Register is currently a Director of the Florida Animal Health Foundation.

Patricia Lane Schmaltz
( is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lord and Co. PLC, an international insurance brokerage firm located in Tampa, Florida, specializing in insuring the environmental and maritime related industries. Mrs. Schmaltz holds several property and casualty, investment and excess and surplus lines licenses with the Florida Department of Insurance. Mrs. Schmaltz has authored numerous articles on Lloyd's of London as well as the effect of the international catastrophes on the American Insurance marketplace and was chosen as the first female President of The Independent Insurance Agents of Greater Tampa. Mrs. Schmaltz is currently the Chairman of the Conservation Committee of the General Federation of Women's Clubs/Temple Terrace Women's Club, a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida 4H Foundation, and is a judge for statewide 4H competitions.  Mrs. Schmaltz spent numerous years as a Veterinary Assistant and is currently the Associate Editor of the monthly publication Large and Small Animal Veterinary Report.
Mrs. Schmaltz is currently the Secretary and a Director of the Florida Animal Health Foundation.

Larry G. Schmaltz ( the President and C.E.O. of A2L Technologies, Inc., an environmental engineering, consulting and remediation business in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Schmaltz is a Florida Registered Professional Engineer, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, and has completed graduate studies towards a MBA at the University of Phoenix. He is an instructor in the field of environmental engineering and hazardous waste management, and formerly was an adjunct faculty member at the Environmental Education & Safety Institute at the University of North Florida. Mr. Schmaltz is listed in Who's Who Environmental Registry, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who Worldwide, Platinum Edition.
Mr. Schmaltz is an active member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Florida Engineering Society, the Florida Environmental Assessors Association, the National Ground Water Association, the Association of Ground Water Engineers and Scientists, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has authored numerous publications in the environmental and remediation field, and was awarded two letters of commendation from the United States Department of Defense for contributions to the B-1B Bomber program at Ellsworth Air Force Base.  Mr. Schmaltz is a judge for statewide 4H competitions.
Mr. Schmaltz is a Director and Immediate Past President of the Florida Animal Health Foundation

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