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Silvestre f
   REPRODUCTIVE, OVARIAN AND UTERINE RESPONSES TO A GNRH-AGONIST (DESLORELIN) IMPLANT DURING AND AFTER THE POSTPARTUM SUMMER HEAT-STRESS PERIOD IN DAIRY CATTLE By FLÁVIO TEIXEIRA SILVESTRE A THESIS PRESENTED TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 2003   Copyright 2003  by Flávio Teixeira Silvestre   Dedicated to Juliana, Pai and Mãe, Gustavo, Paula and Daniel   ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would like to express my appreciation to Dr. William W. Thatcher for the opportunity to join this graduate program and financial support. Doctor Thatcher’s enthusiasm, knowledge and hard work have been an example for me and influenced me as a person and professional. I extend my appreciation to Dr. Peter J. Hansen and Dr. Louis F. Archbald, members of my committee, for their valuable suggestions on my experiments during formal and informal discussions. I would like to thank friends and colleagues in our laboratory who have been supportive and always helpful during my entire program: Dr. Metin Pancarci, Dr. Shun Kamimura, Dr. Aydin Guzeloglu, Todd Bilby, Alvaro Arteche, Ricardo Mattos and Oscar Hernandez. Special thank go to Marie Joel Thatcher for her endless help on computer  programming and hormone assays. I would like to acknowledge friends in the Animal Science Department: Jeremy Block, Marcio Libone, Maria Padua, Mirian Lopes. I extend my appreciation to all friends in Gainesville who made Juliana and myself feel closer to home: Eduardo Carlos and family, Steel Vasconcelos and family, Marcelo and Aline Carvalho, Luis Lima and family, Whocely Vitor and family. I extend my appreciation to Shirley who was my family during the period prior to this program. iv
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