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Centers & Institutes

The University host a wide array of centers, institutes and programs. Centers, Institutes and Programs focus on knowledge that resides within a discipline or are cross-disciplinary in scope. They provide greater depth in teaching and/or research to a focused area within a discipline or apply a broader vision to problems that cross traditional knowledge boundaries. They may help develop new areas of research, encourage interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research, provide relevant focus for service to external and internal constituencies, and/or promote sharing of resources (e.g., equipment, labs) and collaboration across departmental and college boundaries.

  • An Institute is a formally named umbrella organization providing administrative support for two or more academic units that are working on related subjects. Institutes provide an array of services to a broadly defined population.
  • A Center is a formally named college or university-wide unit that provides services to a specific population.
  • A Program functions much like a Center or Institute except that it has not achieved formal named status. Many Programs aspire to Center or Institute status but need a major endowment to reach that goal.

College of Veterinary Medicine

  • The College of Veterinary Medicine is the host college for the UF Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology. This center serves as the focal point at the University of Florida for activities concerning the effects of chemicals on human and animal health. The Center includes the Analytical Toxicology Core Laboratory, which provides comprehensive analytical support to on-campus and off-campus researchers requiring qualitative and/or quantitative chemical analysis to meet study objectives, and the Aquatic Toxicology Facility, which is a 1,700 sq-foot multi-purpose laboratory designed to hold and maintain aquatic organisms for biological studies.
  • The College’s Marine Mammal Program comprises a major part of a larger campus-wide program in Aquatic Animal Health. This is one the world’s strongest and most comprehensive programs in aquatic animal health, providing research, training, and outreach related to the health of a wide variety of aquatic animals. The Program incorporates topics ranging from animal health problems in aquaculture, aquaria, and oceanaria to environmental problems impacting free ranging aquatic animals.

Other UF Centers, Institutes and Programs

College of Veterinary Medicine faculty also participate in a number of other campus centers, including the:

  • Emerging Pathogens Institute. The Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) will develop outreach, education, and research capabilities to prevent or contain new and re-emerging diseases that threaten tourism, health, and agriculture in the state of Florida.
  • McKnight Brain Institute. The Evelyn F. & William L. McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida is one of the world’s largest research institutions devoted to the challenges resulting from brain and nervous system disorders.
  • Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research. ICBR’s mission is to serve as a world-class research support center that provides scientifically knowledgeable, technically superb scientific services within the ever-changing and wide-ranging scope of the molecular life sciences to University of Florida faculty, staff, graduate students, and other research partners throughout the state and nation.
  • UF Genetics Institute. Cracking the code is the key to ending human scourges such as cancer and improving the lives of people and animals.
  • Shands Cancer Center. The Center’s team of scientists and clinicians work together to enhance the translation of basic laboratory findings to novel curative and preventive therapies for cancers.
  • The Center for Inflammation and Mucosal Immunology.  The Center is a University wide, multidisciplinary effort to promote scientific collaboration among members of the biomedical research community who share an interest in immunology, immune disorders, and inflammatory organ damage.

Biocontainment Facilities

The College operates a BSL-3 suite containing a 300 square foot and a 600 square foot laboratory, each of which is fully equipped for research on infectious agents. Additional BSL-3 laboratories will be available to CVM researchers upon completion of the new Emerging Pathogens Building on campus. A high containment livestock facility is located in nearby Alachua, Florida. This highly sophisticated, large animal facility is designed for studies on the prevention and control of infectious diseases of veterinary significance. With its high level of biosafety (ABSL-2; ABSL-3 upgrades pending), this structure has more than 25,000 square feet of space, including laboratories and large animal pens (8 in high containment, 10 in air conditioned space and 30 in insect-proff ambient air space). A second ABSL-3 facility capable of housing mid sized animals, such as cats or rabbets, is located two blocks from the veterinary campus. BSL-3 housing for traditional laboratory animals is available in the main Health Sciences Center complex one half mile form the veterinary campus.

Research Animal Facilities

The University’s centralized Animal Care Services provides housing and care for most research animals. The College operates its own equine research facility, and additional facilities for research devoted to horses are provided on campus and in Ocala at the Horse Research Center as part of a unified equine program at the University of Florida. Access to cattle for research are available through the dairy and Beef Research Units operated by the UF Department of Animal Sciences and through cooperating privately-owned dairies and ranches.

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