Graduate Studies

Leading-edge graduate education

Our goal is to prepare the research workforce of the future in research intensive or tenure-track positions in academia or research-related occupations in the private sector or government.

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Major areas of concentration in graduate study and are administered by departmental programs within our college’s five departments:

Within these programs, training includes appropriate course work and research in areas such as Comparative Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Animal Nutrition, Comparative Toxicology, Immunology, Pathology, Parasitology, Epidemiology, and Infectious Diseases. A cross-departmental training program exists for Aquatic Animal Health.

The College also offers masters-level and graduate certification training in Shelter MedicineForensic Toxicology and Veterinary Forensic Sciences through distance education. The certification option also may be pursued as an add-on to MS and PhD degrees earned in this and other University of Florida colleges.


The graduate program provides training in basic and applied veterinary medical research for qualified students with a baccalaureate degree or a DVM or equivalent degree. Qualified individuals may pursue graduate training concurrently with the professional DVM degree or residency training in a clinical specialty. Applicants are expected to have a strong background in the biological sciences. Prerequisites for admission in addition to those of the Graduate School include a broad educational base of mathematics, physics, organic and analytical chemistry, genetics, physiology and statistical methods.


Completion of the traditional MS degree program usually takes two years; completion of the PhD degree program usually takes four years. The MS in Forensic Toxicology involves completion of five specified courses totaling 15 graduate credits and takes least 12 months to complete.Completion of the MS Concentration in Veterinary Forensic Sciences usually takes two years of full time coursework.

Enriched Educational Opportunities

Interdisciplinary collaborative programs among the departments in the College and with other UF departments at colleges within the Health Science Center and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences provide the students with an excellent combination of educational programs. Graduate students plan their program with the advice and assistance of a Supervisory Committee made up of three to five graduate faculty.

The Veterinary Graduate Student Association Home Page provides a look at our graduate program as seen through the eyes of our own graduate students.

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.


Boehringer Ingelheim

The Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program offers DVM students an opportunity to gain exposure in biomedical research.


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.