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Application Information

How to Apply

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To Start:

  • Prepare your CV and a Statement of Purpose
  • Arrange to have three official letters of recommendation that can be sent to UF
  • Arrange to have your official test scores and transcripts sent to the UF Office of Admissions

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University of Florida (UF) application:


  • Apply to the UF Graduate School for admission
    • Pay the application fee (UF will not process an application until this fee is paid.)

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College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) application:

  • Indicate your interest in a M.S. or Ph.D. program within the CVM by submitting the following items to Ms. Sally O’Connell in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (full contact information is below.)
    • A copy of your application to the UF Graduate School
    • A list of people who will write letters of recommendation on your behalf
    • Your reason for pursuing graduate studies in Veterinary Medical Sciences
    • The particular CVM graduate program in which you are interested
    • The term (semester) in which you plan to start your training
    • Your specific area (s) of interest, (e.g. aquatic animal health, immunology, parasitology, shelter medicine, etc.)
    • Names of potential faculty mentors for your research
    • An overview of your credentials


Sally O’Connell
FAX: 352-392-5681
PO Box 100125
Gainesville, FL  32610-0125

Ms. O’Connell provides day to day management of the CVM’s graduate program, including admissions, course registration, tuition payments, and processing college-level graduate assistantships and fellowships.

When to Apply

We accept applications year round and review them within a month after the CVM receives the complete application packet from the UF Graduate School.

We encourage you to apply at least one to two months before the registration deadline for the semester in which you would like to begin the program.  (Please allow longer for international students).

You can check the completion status of your UF application on the UF Admissions website

Application Deadlines

Semester Application Deadline
Spring semester November 1st
Summer C semester March 1st
Fall semester July 1st

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Please submit applications 30-days prior to posted deadlines to insure time to properly process your application.

Financial Aid

Students are encouraged to seek external sources of financial aid. Several nationally competitive fellowship opportunities are available to qualified individuals. In addition, graduate students are eligible for a limited number of assistantships, fellowships, and other awards provided directly by the College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Florida. Several teaching assistantships and research assistantships are available from the College of Veterinary Medicine, and many faculty offer additional grant-funded research assistantships. These assistantships include an initial salary of $25,000 to $35,000 per year, depending on years of relevant experience, for those students holding the DVM or equivalent degree.

For other students, assistantships include an initial salary of $22,000 to $28,000 per year, depending on years of relevant experience. Supplemental fellowships over and above these amounts are available to students having exceptional credentials. Health insurance and tuition waivers are available for students on assistantships or fellowships. All students are required to pay nonacademic fees.

For new students who may need a cash advance when arriving on campus, there is a graduate student revolving loan fund at the College.

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