Clinical Services: Strategic Priorities


The UF Veterinary Hospitals provide exceptional medical care to large and small animals from Florida and the Southeast. In addition to patient care, our modern facilities are an ideal environment for clinical instruction, providing the training and case exposure our DVM students need to graduate poised for careers in veterinary medicine.

Our priorities are to continue to invest in the most innovative clinical education, and to expand access to our medical services to all animals in our community.

Recruitment and retention of faculty and staff: As we maintain focus on clinical excellence and patient care, the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff will be a key focus. We will be expanding the tools and options we can leverage toward this end. Metrics for evaluating our success will include recruitment percentages, positions posted, reposted and filled. We will evaluate our overall retention rate by area.

Cultivating creativity in clinical teaching: We will continue to implement innovations in clinical teaching, identifying priority areas for changes in clinical education with the capacity for improving both the quality of teaching and the efficiency of clinical practice. We plan to look at clinical evaluations by service and the number of publications generated as metrics for gauging our success. In addition, we plan to increase the efficient use of staff talents in patient care and student learning. To that end, we will pilot staff focus roles in specific services, measuring effectiveness and making adjustments as needed as we plan for expansion in other areas. Staff retention by area, student clinical evaluations and staff/faculty wellness metrics will be used to measure progress.

Maximizing operational efficiencies: We will be examining ways to improve hospital operation efficiencies by reviewing anesthesia scheduling and conducting workflow analyses in certain services. We will measure success by changes in efficiencies as improved patient throughput and decrease wait time for appointments.

Large animal clinical education and caseload: Providing our students with the best and most comprehensive large animal clinical education possible is another goal we will pursue through the exploration of opportunities for large animal practice experience to supplement what our students are exposed to in our hospital. Additionally, we will evaluate opportunities to increase the number of large animal cases coming to our hospital, using caseload metrics to evaluate our success.

Building an infrastructure for collecting large data sets: Recognizing the value of large data sets for use in Artificial Intelligence and College of Veterinary Medicine initiatives, we will build an infrastructure for a system to collect such data. We will utilize large data sets in imaging, laboratory and other key components of our medical records system. We will evaluate the accessibility of this data for as a tool for leveraging AI opportunities at UFCVM.