About Graduate Programs

Vet Med Graduate Programs

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) offers a graduate program that provides extensive training in veterinary medical sciences to qualified students. 

Lab employee

Various options exist for students who already possess a professional degree in veterinary medicine or an undergraduate degree with preparatory coursework in the biological sciences, mathematics, chemistry, and physics.

Non-degree seeking students can enroll directly in a distance learning program  leading to a Certificate.  Most certificates require one year for completion.  Up to 15 credit hours taken toward these UF certificate programs can later be applied to a CVM master’s or PhD program.

Degree-seeking students must:  obtain the personal financial resources needed to complete the degree (self-funding to cover tuition, student fees, living expenses, and costs for research projects); identify a CVM faculty mentor who will agree to supervise a new thesis student; and apply for admission to the UF Graduate School. Most master’s degree programs require 2 years and most PhD training programs will require 4 years for completion.  The enrollment process takes several months (even longer for international students) and begins by submitting a letter of interest to the CVM Graduate Studies Office.


(PhD) Doctor of Philosophy (thesis) minimum 90 credits

Traditional Research-based, mentored, (usually self-funded—a very limited number of research assistantships, fellowships, and other awards are available for students with exceptional credentials)

(MS) Master of Science (thesis, non-thesis, and online options), minimum 30 credits

Graduate Certificates (non-degree programs)

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.