Research Programs at University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Our research programs generate new knowledge, both basic and applied, relating to the health of domestic animals and wildlife, insuring a safe food supply, and finding a cure for certain human diseases. Our faculty have important collaborations both with the UF Health Science Center and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) that have enabled us to continually sharpen and strengthen these programs. The American Veterinary Medical Association’s accreditation standards for veterinary colleges states: “Research enhances the educational program of the professional student by fostering a dynamic, stimulating environment based on the promotion, acquisition, evaluation, and dissemination of new knowledge. High quality, substantial research activities within the educational environment help ensure students, faculty, and graduates develop, maintain and improve knowledge, skills, and attitudes that embrace the evolving nature of veterinary medical science and practice.” In addition to faculty, DVM students, graduate students, and clinical residents are all involved in research.
Research and graduate training programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine are supported by modern laboratory facilities, including numerous individual laboratories devoted to basic and clinical research, central research facilities designated for multidisciplinary use, specialized core service laboratory facilities, and modern animal housing facilities. The College has recently expanded its facilities with a new 40,000 square foot equine hospital, three new equine barns, and a new 120,000 square foot Veterinary Academic Building. A new $56 million small animal hospital opened in 2010.
The Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology is responsible for teaching, clinical service and research involving pathology, molecular biology, microbiology and parasitology of animal diseases. Major research programs include tick-borne diseases, arboviruses, the immunodeficiency viruses of animals and humans, and mycoplasmal diseases. Emphasis is on emerging infectious diseases.
The Department of Physiological Sciences is responsible for teaching, clinical service and research involving basic physiology and toxicology. Major research programs include environmental toxicology, the neurosciences, and respiratory and cardiac physiology.
The Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences is primarily responsible for teaching, clinical service, and research involving diseases of pets and zoo animals, but some work is done with livestock, primarily in the field of ophthalmology. Major research programs include cancer, dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, shelter medicine, and diseases of exotic animals and wildlife.
The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences is responsible for teaching, clinical service and research involving diseases of livestock, poultry and fish. Major research programs include Avian Diseases, Aquatic Animal Diseases, Reproduction/ Perinatology/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/Colic Research, Immunology/Inflammation, Performance Medicine/Locomotion/Gait Analysis, and Food Animal Production Medicine.