Outreach Offering Community service through Extension and other programs

The UF College of Veterinary Medicine serves our local community and animals throughout the state of Florida, and the veterinary medical profession nationwide and beyond through shared resources.

Veterinary Extension

Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. At UF, Extension is located in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), and the College of Veterinary Medicine houses Veterinary Extension, providing information relevant to residents of the state of Florida on aquatic animals, equine research, beef and dairy cattle, and poultry.

Pony and foal

Aquatic Animal Health

The Aquatic Animal health program at UF includes the marine mammal health program operated through the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. It is funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Also included is a strong program in fish and aquaculture medicine, which is run through the Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation.

Manatee sonogram

Disaster Response

The UF College of Veterinary Medicine is a lead member of the Florida State Agriculture Response Team, or SART. As a “quick strike” resource, the college has been tasked to assist the state in response to animal and agricultural disasters whenever an emergency has been officially declared. The UF Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service includes disaster response as well as animal technical rescue and training.

UF VETS Ops Class

Operation Catnip

Operation Catnip, founded at UF in 1998, is a nonprofit organization offering free spay/neuter and vaccines for unowned free-roaming community cats from Alachua County, Florida. Our clinics are run entirely by volunteers, including veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other trained volunteers, and are capable of sterilizing over 200 cats in a matter of hours.

Operation Catnip

Shelter Medicine Program

A program for innovative medical, surgical, and behavioral training to prepare practice-ready veterinarians for high-impact and rewarding careers in animal welfare. Our nationally known experts provide shelter consultation services, emergency response for disease outbreaks, and research to solve the most critical threats to successful animal sheltering.

Siamese kitten at an Operation Catnip TNR clinic

Veterinary Community Outreach Program

The Veterinary Community Outreach Program is an elective clinical rotation for junior and senior veterinary students at the college. Working closely with area animal rescue groups, VCOP introduces students to the challenges of veterinary practice in both community and shelter environments and provides experience in spay and neuter techniques of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.

VCOP dog

Pets Are Wonderful Support

Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) is a volunteer organization run by veterinary students at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, aiming to improve the quality of life for people with disabling illnesses by offering free veterinary care to their pets.


Additional Information

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering to help animals in need? We've got you! Visit our volunteer opportunities page for more information about specific ways that you can become involved.

VISGAR Database

The Visual Guides of Animal Reproduction database (formerly called the Drost Project) is a quick reference guide for veterinary students, teachers, and practicing veterinarians.