Graduate Programs in Veterinary Medical Sciences
- Financial Aid
- How to Apply
The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) offers a graduate program that provides extensive training in veterinary medical sciences to qualified students. 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
- Concentration in Shelter Medicine (online)
- Concentration in Veterinary Forensic Sciences (online, self-funded)
- Concentration in Forensic Toxicology (online, self-funded)
- Traditional Research-based, mentored (self-funded)
- Concentration in Toxicology (self-funded, thesis)
- Combined with a Clinical Residency program (requires acceptance to a residency-training program usually through the Matching Program)
Graduate Certificates (non-degree programs)
- Certificate in Shelter Medicine, 9 credits (online)
- Certificate in Veterinary Forensic Sciences, 15 credits (online)
- Certificate in Forensic Toxicology, 15 credits (online)
- Aquatic Animal Health (online and on-campus courses only—no certificate)back to top
Minimum Admission Criteria for Degree-Seeking Students
Acceptance into the graduate degree programs is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
Minimum requirements for acceptance to the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Graduate Studies Program include (individual departments might have higher criteria):
- GPA: 3.0 or above, with particular attention paid to the grades in upper division science and math courses (usually taken in the last 60 hours)
- GRE Scores: 60th percentile or higher on both the Verbal and Quantitative reasoning portions of the exam.
- International Applicants: Satisfactory Scores on one English Language Exams:
Most admissions will be for students pursuing the non-thesis, self-funded options. Admissions for thesis option are limited due to availability of faculty mentors and lack of graduate assistantship/fellowship opportunities.
The major determinants for admission include:
- Identifying a faculty member who agrees to mentor a new graduate student for a thesis with your interests and credentials, and
- Identifying a source of continual financial support for tuition, living, and research expenses for the duration of the training.
Identify Funding for Training
The majority of CVM graduate students are self-funded with personal funds and/or external sources of student financial aid and scholarships. Visit the UF Student Financial Affairs Office for more information about financial aid for graduate studies.
Identify a Faculty Mentor and Supervisors for Degree Programs
The College of Veterinary Medicine includes four departments from which to identify potential thesis mentors and supervisory committee members for non-thesis programs. You must identify a faculty mentor PRIOR to admission for a thesis option. You must identify a supervisory committee of 3 to 5 graduate faculty by the end of the first semester of study for all degree options, including non-thesis.
Review the websites for each department, including biographical information and research interests of faculty members:
- Large Animal Clinical Sciences (Dr. Iske Larkin, Graduate Coordinator)
- Small Animal Clinical Sciences (Dr. Daniel Lewis, Graduate Coordinator)
- Physiological Sciences (Dr. Richard Johnson, Graduate Coordinator)
- Infectious Diseases and Pathology (Dr. Maureen Long, Graduate Coordinator)
The College also 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 interdisciplinary research and training mentors.
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How to Apply
Step 1: Signal your intent by submitting an online application to the CVM Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Attach to this application a Word document that:
- details your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in veterinary medical sciences,
- your areas of interest,
- an overview of your credentials,
- the particular graduate program you are interested in ,
- a list of potential faculty mentors/committee supervisors, and
- the term you desire to start and finish your training
Step 2: Apply to the UF Graduate School for admissions.
- Arrange to have your official test scores and transcripts sent to the UF Office of Admissions
- Prepare your CV and Statement of Purpose
- Gather 3 official Letters of Recommendation
- Pay the application fee
Step 3: Notify the CVM Office of Research and Graduate Studies when you have completed the application for admissions.
PO Box 100125
Gainesville, FL 32610-0125
Ms. O’Connell provides day to day management of the CVM’s graduate program, including admissions, course registration, tuition payments, and processing college-level graduate assistantships and fellowships.
When to Apply
We accept applications year round and review them within a month after the CVM receives the complete application packet from the UF Graduate School.
We encourage you to apply at least 1 to 2 months before the registration deadline for the semester in which you would like to begin the program. (Please allow longer for international students).
You can check the completion status of your UF application on the UF Admissions website
|Spring semester||November 1st|
|Summer C semester||March 1st|
|Fall semester||July 1st|
INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Please submit applications 30-days prior to posted deadlines to insure time to properly process your application.
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