PhD Program

The PhD program in Veterinary Medical Sciences produces new graduates who join the research workforce in academia, government or the private sector in the United States or Abroad. Our PhD students are from the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.

The PhD program requires a minimum of 90 credits in coursework and research. The College of Veterinary Medicine collaborates with other colleges in both the Health Science Center and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences to provide students with excellent opportunities for trans-disciplinary research and mentoring.

The UF College of Veterinary Medicine offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences through the college’s five departments:

For More Information

For more information about CVM MS or PhD graduate programs, please contact Sara Rubinstein at the CVM Office of Research and Graduate Studies. For further guidance and assistance, you can reach out to our CVM Director of Graduate Education or Department Graduate Coordinators.

Jorge A Hernandez
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Jorge A Hernandez DVM, MPVM, PhD

CVM Director Of Graduate Education; Professor
Phone: (352) 294-4305
Sara Rubinstein

Sara Rubinstein

Academic Program Specialist (Graduate Programs: MS/PhD)
Phone: (352) 294-4241

Department Graduate Coordinators

Iske V Larkin
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Iske V Larkin PhD

Senior Lecturer And Education Coordinator
Phone: (352) 294-4095
John A Bowden
Department: Department of Physiological Sciences

John A Bowden

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 294-4001
Domenico Santoro
Department: Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Domenico Santoro

Service Chief, Associate Professor, Dermatology
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Mary B Brown
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology

Mary B Brown

Phone: (352) 294-4029
Heather D S Walden
Department: Department of Comparative, Diagnostic & Population Medicine

Heather D S Walden

Associate Professor – Parasitology
Phone: (352) 294-4125


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.