University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1976, is one of six colleges at the UF Academic Health Center. It is also part of the University’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The college is committed to excellence in teaching, research and patient care. From 2000 to 2014, the college’s D.V.M. graduates have consistently ranked above the national average on the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination. Many of its DVM graduates continue their education through internships at accredited veterinary institutions or private practices, and many go on to pursue residencies as well. Last year the college received 813 applications for 112 openings in the freshman class. Special interest certificate programs in Aquatic Animal Health, Veterinary Business Management, Food Animal Veterinary Medicine and Shelter Medicine are available to students and the college also offers a dual DVM/MPH program.
Faculty at the college, who are housed in four academic departments, pursue both clinical and basic science research interests. Both clinical and research collaborations exist between the college and other Academic Health Center colleges through the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute and the UF Center for Environmental and Toxicology, as well as with governmental agencies. A strong extension outreach program enables the college to work closely with a variety of agricultural industry groups.
The UF College of Veterinary Medicine is a major leader in infectious disease and immunology research. This program investigates emerging and exotic infectious diseases of livestock, pets and wildlife. According to the college, the Aquatic Animal Health program is the most broadly based of any veterinary college worldwide and conducts extensive research on the health, management and conservation of a wide range of free-living, captive and farmed aquatic animals, from shellfish to marine mammals. The college is internationally recognized for its world-class basic science research, which is conducted in collaboration with UF’s McKnight Brain Institute, Genetics Institute and the UF Shands Cancer Center.
Specific areas of expertise include comparative animal neuroscience, from manatees to humans, and neural injury, from peripheral nerve damage to traumatic injury of the brain and spine. The Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology is a leader in aquatic toxicology, according to the college, with major strengths in nanotoxicology. Most funding support is provided through competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation. For the first time, the college has exceeded $10.1 million in research expenditures for FY 2014.
The UF Veterinary Hospitals are a major veterinary referral center, treating more than 29,138 animals annually. Another 4,139 animals were treated in 2014 in Ocala at UFs Pet Emergency Treatment Services, and 30,366 additional animals were seen during field visits. This past year, the college opened a new Equine Sports Performance Complex, which affords greater diagnostic capability for equine lameness cases.
A $58 million Small Animal Hospital opened in November 2010 and is unique among veterinary colleges nationwide. It includes a linear accelerator, a cardiology catheterization laboratory and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including MRI and CT. The hospital also offers hyperbaric and dialysis services. Patients seen in our small and large animal hospitals are referred by veterinarians throughout the state. Routine wellness and outpatient medicine clinics are also available.