Patrick M Larkin

Patrick M Larkin


Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Business Phone: (352) 281-0323
Business Email:

About Patrick M Larkin

Dr. Larkin is the Program Director of the online undergraduate Dog and Horse Classes that are offered here at the College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also the Technical Administrator of The Visual Guide of Animal Reproduction database.

The Dog Class (VME-3001) is an online course (3 credits) specifically designed for undergraduate students that are planning careers in Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technical Programs. Students that take the class are introduced to a number of topics, including evolution, domestication, anatomy, biology, role in society, physiology, behavior, and health of the dog.

The Horse Course (VME-4906 or VME-6934) is an online course (3 credits) for upper level undergraduate students, post-baccalaureate students, or graduate students. The class is designed for students planning careers in large animal Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Technical Programs. This course covers many important topics in the domesticated horse field including reproduction, anatomy, the musculoskeletal system, GI physiology, preventative health care, as well as current research. Students enrolled at any College or University can take this course.

The Visual Guide of Animal Reproduction (VisGAR) database contains a collection of curated images in a variety of species that are utilized as an important educational resource by practicing DVMs, researchers, and students around the world.


Featured Scientist
2019 · Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
Online education excellence award
2015 · University of Florida
Invited reviewer
2013 · 3rd edition biology textbook “What is Life: A guide to Biology
Provost’s Award in Recognition of Teaching and Learning Excellence
2010 · Santa Fe College

Research Profile

— Developing molecular diagnostics for the seafood industry that can be used to distinguish high value seafood items (i.e. grouper) from commonly substituted lower value fish like tilapia

— Examining the impacts of anthropogenic chemical at the molecular level in a variety of species including fish (sheepshead minnows, fathead minnows, and largemouth bass) , invertebrates (grass shrimp and blue crabs), and dolphins


2016 The Seafood Industry: Species, Products, Processing, and Safety, Second Edition
2007 Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology D-Genomics & Proteomics
2006 Environmental Bioindicators
2003 Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part B: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
2002 Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part B: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


Post-Doctoral Associate
2000-2003 · University of Florida
Doctor of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Program, Department of Neuroscience, McKnight Brain Institute
2000 · University of Florida
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Biology
1996 · University of Central Florida

Contact Details

(352) 281-0323

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