As the state’s only veterinary medical college, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine is focused on advancing 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.
With a commitment to preeminence 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. The College of Veterinary Medicine offers six degree programs and special interest certificate programs in Aquatic Animal Health, Veterinary Business Management, Food Animal Veterinary Medicine and Shelter Medicine. Last year, the college received 1,274 D.V.M. program applications for 120 openings. A state-of-the-art clinical skills lab provides a training environment for veterinary medical students to enhance their clinical and technical skills.
As a major leader in the research arena, the college is internationally recognized for its world-class basic science research in areas such as mucosal immunology, traumatic neural injury and vaccine development. Other key research initiatives focus on 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 referral center, offering a broad range of medical and surgical services and advanced diagnostics, annually treating more than 38,000 small and large animals. 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 Veterinary Extension, which is associated with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.