The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, the state’s only veterinary college, offers comprehensive service to the public through a fourfold mission – teaching, research, extension, and patient care. Following graduation of its first class in 1980, the college has built on the university’s reputation for excellence.
We are the only College of Veterinary Medicine in the State of Florida. Established in 1976, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, one of 28 vet schools in the United States, is dedicated to advancing animal, human and environmental health through its teaching, research, extension, and patient care activities. The CVM has linkages to two University of Florida administrative units, with funding and reporting structures to the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the Academic Health Center, formerly known as the Health Science Center.
The UF College of Veterinary Medicine is a national leader in the education of veterinarians. Our current DVM enrollment includes more than 452 students, and we have more than 164 students enrolled in our master’s and doctoral programs. Our UF Veterinary Hospitals are a major animal referral center for the Southeast, treating more than 38,351 animals annually and another 6,070 treated at the UF Pet Emergency Treatment clinic in Ocala. Our $58 million, state-of-the-art new small animal hospital, which opened in November 2010, and the Alec P. and Louise H. Courtelis Equine Hospital opened in 1994. Both hospitals boast a wide range of board-certified veterinary specialists who provide compassionate care and expertise in their fields.
We also have several unique college programs including the Center for Environmental & Human Toxicology; the Charlie Bild VIP program; comparative clinical immunology; equine neonatal and perinatal studies; the Island Whirl Equine Colic Research Laboratory; Aquatic Animal Health program; Operation Catnip; the Pet Memorial program; the ticks and tickborne diseases program, and zoological medicine training.