Driving animal, human and environmental health forward

The UF College of Veterinary Medicine stands apart with nationally recognized care for animal patients, leading-edge science research and a proven training ground to prepare veterinarians of the future.

7th Our ranking among veterinary medical colleges nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report.

1st The only college of veterinary medicine in the state of Florida.

2nd Our UF Small Animal Hospital caseload is the 2nd-largest among academic veterinary hospitals in the U.S.


Year in Review: A Message From Dean Dana Zimmel

Although the stories we’ve shared represent only a snapshot of the work we’re doing at to advance the profession of veterinary medicine and the UF College of Veterinary Medicine’s Power of Together strategic plan, we hope they have given you some insight into the passion that drives us — and the spirit that moves us. Here is a recap of some of the programs and developments we’re proudest of.

Dr. Dana Zimmel


Stallion with rare form of colic survives after surgery at UF

Morriston resident Valerie Frederick, still haunted by the death of a beloved Friesian colt that succumbed to colic several years ago, was in danger of losing a stallion to the same illness. She put her trust in a distinguished professor of equine surgery at UF who employed a technique he developed at the university, one that has only been used a handful of times due to its difficulty.

Stallion colic

Dr. Kim: Using AI to change comparative oncology and help animals, humans in real world

Dr. Jon Kim joined the UF College of Veterinary Medicine faculty through the school’s Artificial Intelligence Initiative. In his new role at UF, Kim will focus on developing novel diagnostic and clinical applications in the field of comparative oncology and translational medicine by utilizing AI and machine learning. We sat down with Kim to ask him about his exciting new endeavors at our university.

Dr. Jon Kim with UF supercomputer



Impacts of emerging pathogens and invasive species

Florida has many invasive species, with Burmese pythons being one of the best known. However, while impacts of these reptiles are often framed in terms of threats they pose to the environment or other species due to habitat encroachment, the risks of diseases associated with emerging pathogens they carry are worthy of further study.

Burmese python

New approaches for understanding and treating bladder pain syndrome

Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) affects millions of Americans, and current treatment options are ineffective for many patients. Patients with this syndrome suffer from chronic pain that severely affects quality of life. Dr. Aaron Mickle, an assistant professor of physiological sciences, incorporates multiple techniques at the system and cellular level to answer questions related to mechanisms of bladder sensory function and pain.

Aaron Mickle

Immunology: Making strides in treating cancer in dogs

Osteosarcoma is the most common form of bone cancer in dogs. Building on technology he originally developed to treat melanoma in animals, UF’s Rowan Milner developed a vaccine to treat osteosarcoma in dogs. Rather than being administered to prevent a dog from developing cancer, it is given to a dog to treat cancer once it has developed. He discusses promising results from years of studies and what’s ahead to improve survival for dogs with this aggressive form of cancer.

Rowan Milner

Animal disaster response: An essential function of a veterinary college

Veterinary colleges are increasingly requested to respond to animal issues related to natural and man-made disasters. Dr. Lawrence Garcia, medical director of the UF Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (VETS) Team, recently led his team on a 10-day deployment to Fort Myers in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. He discusses the many reasons why a well-trained disaster response team is important for veterinary colleges to have.

animal disaster response

Anxiety and asthma: Understanding the tie between brain and airway

Asthma attacks account for nearly one-third of all asthma deaths. Anxiety is a common comorbidity in asthma, but despite links between asthma attacks and anxiety, there have been few studies in the asthma field of the amygdala, the brain region that initiates anxiety. UF’s Leah Reznikov, an associate professor of physiological sciences, discusses how her research aims to tackle that considerable gap with the goal of developing new approaches to treat asthma and reduce patient deaths.



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Veterinary Page

A bimonthly newsletter for faculty, staff and students of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.



Florida Veterinarian

A magazine for alumni, faculty and friends of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.