UFCVM: COVID-19 Response

Update: 3/21//2020
UFCVM: COVID-19 Response

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and the UF Veterinary Hospitals remain open and are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We are committed to patient and client safety, as well as to the safety and well-being of our entire college family – our faculty, staff, interns, residents and students. In accordance with federal, state and regional public health recommendations, as well as University of Florida guidelines, we have modified our operations in the following ways.

UF Veterinary Hospitals:

  • Effective immediately, the UF Veterinary Hospitals have suspended all elective appointments. The hospital remains open and will take urgent and emergency cases only for all species for a minimum of two weeks. We will continue to assess the situation and make adjustments to this timeline as needed going forward.
  • Our hospitals in Gainesville and the UF Pet Emergency Treatment Service clinic in Ocala will be staffed to handle urgent/emergent care for patients in need.
  • Those with appointments are in the process of being notified. All inpatients will be cared for as usual until their normal discharge is indicated.
  • We are currently screening clients for illness and travel history. We have also closed our lobby and are therefore providing curbside service to allow social distancing for our clients and minimize exposure to hospital personnel.
  • The UFVH Pharmacy is actively working to take care of your pets and animals. We offer in-state shipping for our hospital patients. Please call the pharmacy (352-294-4614) if you are unable to pick up at this time and would like your medication shipped to you.
  • If you have questions or concerns, please contact us: UF Small Animal Hospital: 352-392-2235; UF Large Animal Hospital: 352-392-2229; UF Pet Emergency Treatment Service (Ocala): 352-512-0886.


  • Effective March 16, all lecture-based courses for our first, second and third-year D.V.M. students began online delivery.
  • Students in clinical rotations and externships were released from clinic duty at 8 a.m. on March 17th.  Clinical students will begin online learning on March 23.
  • Students with laboratory sessions will be notified by course coordinators for changes in their courses.
  • In accordance with State University System mandates in response to recent, unprecedented events, the college will not be holding any face-to-face events at least through May:
  • Open House, previously scheduled for April 18, will not take place. We plan to hold our next Open House on April 24, 2021.
  • The format and timing of Commencement for the UFCVM Class of 2020 will need to be altered substantially.

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All of us at UFCVM will continue to fulfill our mission of teaching, research, service and patient care to the best of our abilities despite the challenges we all now face. We thank all of you — our clients, our alumni, and our many friends and stakeholders — for the trust you have in us, and for your ongoing support, patience and compassion in this challenging time.