Becoming a Gator
The University of Florida has a long history of delivering excellence in established on site programs in education, research, and service as well as in international education . It is one of only 17 public land-grant institutions that belong to the Association of American Universities. It is located in Gainesville, a college town of approximately 125,000 in north central Florida midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Changes in season are marked, but winters are mild and permit year-around participation in outdoor activities.
The University accommodates about 50,000+ students with programs in almost all disciplines. UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. The College of Veterinary Medicine is a component of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (which also includes Agriculture and Forest Resources and Conservation). It is also one of the six colleges associated with the Academic Health Center (the other five are Dentistry, Public Health and Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy). Veterinary students have opportunities to participate in a number of interdisciplinary educational and leadership programs.
The veterinary curriculum is a 9-semester program consisting of core curriculum and elective experiences. The core provides the body of knowledge and skills common to all veterinarians. The first 4 semesters concentrate primarily on basic medical sciences. In the first four semesters, students are also introduced to physical diagnosis, radiology, and clinical problems. They also spend time preparing for the clinical experience in a clinical techniques simulation laboratory and in the hospital by participating in supervised patient care. The core also includes experience in each of the specialized clinical areas and primary care. Elective areas of concentration permit students to investigate further the aspects of both basic and clinical sciences most relevant to their interests (e.g. small animal, food animal, equine, etc.). Students may also participate in optional Certificate Programs and/or the Joint DVM/MPH Program.
The UFCVM website is frequently updated to provide information for prospective students, including valuable resources while preparing to apply to veterinary school, recorded presentations, and frequently asked questions.