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A night photo of the college's Veterinary Academic Building. (Photo by David Johnston)

A night photo of the college’s Veterinary Academic Building.The building houses the college’s administrative offices, its Education Center, classrooms and research laboratory space. (Photo by David Johnston)

The UF College of Veterinary Medicine is Florida’s only veterinary college.

Our mission, as set forth in our Strategic Plan, is the advancement of the health and welfare of animals, humans and the veterinary medical profession through world-class education, innovative research, and state-of-the-art clinical services.

Following graduation of its first class in 1980, the college has built on the university’s reputation for excellence. Today we claim more than 2400 graduates of our professional (DVM) degree program. Visit our Office for Students and Instruction for more information about the DVM program at the University of Florida. Our veterinary alumni are active throughout Florida, the United States and overseas in areas ranging from in-depth scientific research to traditional small and large animal practice, zoological and aquatic medicine, public health, epidemiology and the military. For more information about alumni events and activities, visit the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs web page.

We pride ourselves in our commitment to advancing scientific medical knowledge. More than 250 individuals have completed either master of science (MS) or doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees in Veterinary Medical Sciences through our graduate studies program. These individuals are working in academia, in the biomedical sciences, in government and in industry to advance animal, human and environmental health. More Information about graduate studies can be found here.

In support of our mission, the college commits to:

Educate veterinary students to meet the needs of Florida and beyond.

  • Provide clinical educational experiences with all major species for students, interns, and residents and service referring veterinarians and animal owners through the UF Veterinary Hospitals and outreach programs
  • Develop new knowledge through basic science research, clinical research, and educational programs.
  • Disseminate knowledge to veterinarians and other constituencies needing the services of the College.
  • Prepare the next generation of educators and researchers through its graduate, internship, and residency programs.
  • Work synergistically with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the UF Academic Health Center to advance biomedical and agricultural knowledge important to veterinary medicine.

The College of Veterinary Medicine is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. The date of our next site visit is 2015.