I have talked with a doctor down in FL who adopted a Rescue Cavalier who had the surgery with Dr. Schubert. Her dog is doing really well now.
I really was very impressed with UF and the staff there. It is a beautiful facility and very efficient. They called to check on Scarlett a few days after her MRI and are always available to answer any questions that I have and they get back to me quickly. From the second you walk in the doors, they have "greeters" (like Wal-Mart! ) who point you in the right direction and tell you where to go. Our "greeter" was an elderly gentleman who is a volunteer there and he came and sat down and chatted with us while Scarlett was having her MRI done. Nice people who really care about your pet. When we went, we had to take Buster our Bulldog and Rosie our other Cavalier with us and every single vet and student who passed us in the lobby stopped to pet them and talk to us. I know none of this is the most important stuff but it did help to put our minds at ease while we waited.
We are in Atlanta-- let us know if you need to take a break halfway through your trip! It's about 5 hours from here to UF.
Good luck to you and Gracie!
Holly, Oliver, Rosalita, and Scarlett