Distance Education Programs

Distance Education MS Degrees

The UF College of Veterinary Medicine offers a MS degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences with concentrations in Shelter Medicine, Veterinary Forensic Sciences, and Forensic Toxicology.

Shelter Medicine

This master of science degree focuses on the advanced knowledge required to successfully practice evidence-based medicine or manage operations in a shelter environment. 

Forensic Toxicology

This program may be of interest to those currently working or seeking employment in the following areas: crime laboratories, medical examiners’ offices, police departments, criminal defense firms, prosecution attorneys’ offices, hospital and clinical chemistry labs, pharmaceutical companies, and high school science programs.

More Information

For more information on the Shelter Medicine and Veterinary Forensic Sciences program, please contact Narasi Ramachandran at forensics@ahc.ufl.edu or 352-294-3897.

For more information on the Forensic Toxicology program, please contact DESS at dess@ahc.ufl.edu.

Application deadlines for Forensic Toxicology:

  • Spring: November 15th
  • Summer: April 4th
  • Fall: July 25th

Application deadlines for Veterinary Forensic Sciences:

  • Spring: November 19th
  • Summer: April 15th
  • Fall: July 22nd

Aquatic Animal Health Program

The UF College of Veterinary Medicine Aquatic Animal Health Program offers distance learning courses, certificates, and events. For more information, please visit the Aquatic Animal Health website.


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.