The UF College of Veterinary Medicine we promote the health and welfare of all animals. We serve our local community and animals throughout the state of Florida and beyond through Veterinary Extension services and a wide range of outreach programs. Through these programs, we provide support to the animal-owning public, the animal industry and the veterinary profession by offering a variety of educational opportunities along with clinical and consultative expertise. Our commitment to public service through Extension is supplemented by nationally respected outreach programs in shelter medicine, aquatic animal health and disaster response.
To ensure that our Extension and Outreach programs continue to reach those groups and individuals who currently rely on them and increase their potential and capacity for additional impact, we will:
- Maintain relationships or re-engage with industry stakeholders in the post-COVID-19 environment: We will rekindle our relationships with industry groups and contact representatives with organizations with which the college has had meaningful relationships in the past as and to reinforce existing relationships. Additionally, we will seek fresh opportunities for relationship-building.
- Maintain and strengthen ties to alumni: We will connect with alumni as we continue to explore opportunities for greater engagement until face to face meetings are possible
- Maintain and strengthen ties to professional and regulatory groups: We will continue to support the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the office of the state veterinarian. We will work with FDACS to develop a disaster response plan for 2021-2022.
- Strengthening relationships with veterinarians to support our practice-based equine and small animal clerkships: To reinforce the importance of these relationships and the value of these clerkships to our professional students, we will, when appropriate, visit practices with which we already collaborate and explore new possibilities for additional collaborations when they emerge.
- Strengthening involvement with external groups to facilitate teaching: We will visit and send students, when appropriate, to venues including the Miami Dade Animal Services shelter, with which we have an existing collaboration, and will explore expansion of teaching possibilities with other Shelters.
- Engagement of animal owners and groups: We will develop new online learning opportunities and conferences for animal owners and producers to help augment the traditional face to face offerings.
- Continued fostering of community engagement in college programs: The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at UF, our Veterinary Community Outreach Program, Operation Catnip, Forensic Pathology, Aquatic Animal Health and diversity pipeline programs are all areas that have made a profound impact on the populations they serve. We will look at each program specifically for ways to continue to promote awareness of these programs and ways the community can participate in what they offer.