Clinical Research

Clinical research involves the study of spontaneous disease among client-owned animals, or research in laboratory animals that can be directly applied to patients with spontaneous disease. Patients seen by members of the college’s clinical faculty represent a great resource in terms of learning opportunities for veterinary and comparative medical research.

Rocco, a boxer, with Dr. Sheila Carrera-Justiz and Lana Fagman.
Rocco, a boxer, is shown with Dr. Sheila Carrera-Justiz and Lana Fagman, clinical trials coordinator. Boxers are one of several brachyencephalitic breeds that are most commonly affected by glioma tumors.

The UF Veterinary Hospitals and the departments of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Small Animal Clinical Sciences  and Comparative, Diagnostic and Population Medicine provide expertise within state-of-the-art facilities for veterinary patient care that are key to the college’s service and teaching missions. Faculty associated with these departments also collaborate with clinicians in the College of Medicine, as well as within the greater national and international scientific community.

The UF College of Veterinary Medicine is Florida’s only veterinary college. In FY 2023, there were 47,062 animals treated per year at both our Small Animal Hospital and Large Animal Hospital in Gainesville, and an additional 19,568 animals treated at our Pet Emergency Treatment Services clinic and the UF Veterinary Hospital at World Equestrian Center in Ocala. Our small animal hospital caseload is #1 in the country! This large number of cases of spontaneous disease managed by the clinical faculty affiliated with the UF Veterinary Hospitals provides an invaluable resource for clinical research.

Clinical Studies

The UF Veterinary Hospitals are actively involved in several studies of spontaneous disease in animal patients. Our goal is to better understand how the diseases begin, as well as new ways to prevent diseases from occurring and, when possible, to provide more effective treatments. For more information about ongoing clinical trials affecting both large and small animals, please visit the Clinical  Studies section of our website. Feel free to contact us at 352-392-2235 for additional information or to be directed to a clinical trial that may suit your pet’s needs.


As part of both the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the Academic Health Center, Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to advancing animal, human and environmental health through teaching, research, extension and patient care.


Our Hospitals

Need animal care? Visit the UF Small Animal and Large Animal Hospitals. From dogs, cats, birds and exotics to horses, cattle, llamas, pigs and many other large farm or food animals, our experienced veterinarian staff is ready to assist.