The year 2020 will always be remembered as one that presented the world, our country and our college with challenges unlike any others we have experienced in the past. The coronavirus pandemic significantly impacted each of our key missions — education, research, extension and patient care — in many ways. Due to the resilience, innovation, and determination of our faculty, staff, house officers and students, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine not only sustained those missions, but also learned more about our capabilities and ways to strengthen them as we look toward the future. A survey of all of our stakeholders was circulated in the fall, and on the basis of that valuable feedback, we have developed a set of strategic priorities to guide our decision-making process in 2021-22.
A key priority is renewal of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine’s accreditation by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Of utmost importance is maintaining the college’s economic sustainability in an unpredictable economic climate. We are committed to sustaining and securing a future anchored in values that include a healthy and safe work environment for everyone, and the development of initiatives to further diversity, equity and inclusion at the college.
As a college, the foundation of who we are is manifested in the key elements of our mission: education, research, extension, and patient care. Our strategic priorities are designed to enhance our core strengths to advance knowledge in animal, human and environmental health, to educate the very best veterinarians and biomedical scientists of the future, and to build on our reputation as a leading academic veterinary hospital in the nation.