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As the state’s only veterinary college, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine is focused on the advancement of the health and welfare of animals, humans and the veterinary medical profession by offering a world-class education, innovative research and state-of-the-art clinical services.
In addition to the professional veterinary medical degree (D.V.M.) program, the College of Veterinary Medicine offers five separate graduate degree programs plus special interest certificate programs in Aquatic Animal Health, Veterinary Business Management, Food Animal Veterinary Medicine and Shelter Medicine. Our veterinary medical curriculum is highly innovative and provides students with early exposure and training in technical and clinical skills within a state-of-the art clinical skills lab. As a reflection of our commitment to excellence in teaching, the college’s D.V.M. graduates have consistently ranked above the national average on the North American Veterinary
Licensing Examination for the past several years. Last year, the college received 1,274 applications for 120 openings in the entering class.
As a major leader in the research arena, the college is internationally recognized for its world-class basic science research in mucosal immunology, traumatic neural injury and vaccine development, malarial research and neurogenesis of airway defensive mechanisms. Other key research initiatives include shelter medicine, aquatic animal health, infectious disease and “One Health,” aimed at enhancing animal, human and environmental health.
The UF Veterinary Hospitals serve as a major regional referral center, offering a broad range of medical and surgical services and advanced diagnostics, annually treating more than 38,000 small and large animals. Our Small Animal Hospital caseload, including our satellite emergency clinic in Ocala, is now the third highest in the nation among veterinary medical teaching hospitals. A new UF Equine Acupuncture Center recently opened in Marion County to better serve equine clientele in the area. The UF Pet Emergency Treatment Services clinic in Ocala celebrated its five-year anniversary in 2018. Outreach to animal owners regarding the care of agricultural interests is provided through the Veterinary Extension Service, which is closely associated with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
- The college is an international leader in the area of disaster response, leading and training in different aspects of animal rescue.
- The college became the first veterinary college in the world to use true-to-life synthetic canine cadavers in student surgery labs and was involved in developing the technology with the manufacturer, Syndaver Canine.
- The UF Small Animal Hospital has one of the only dedicated interventional radiology and cardiology facilities in the nation.
- The college is leading a $10 million collaborative research grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the area of vector-borne diseases, addressing issues such as how to stop the spread of Zika in the U.S.