About the UF Veterinary Hospitals

The mission of the University of Florida Veterinary Hospitals is “To provide world class patient care, exemplary client and referring veterinarian communication, and the best possible education for our students and the profession.”

To that end, our vision is to become the world leader in patient care and veterinary education by incorporating our core values of integrity, teamwork, innovation, trust, compassion, accountability and excellence into every interaction we have with our patients, clients and referring veterinarians.

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The University of Florida Veterinary Hospitals were established in 1978 to provide advanced diagnostics and care to patients of all species, and serve as a clinical teaching environment for the veterinarians of tomorrow.

Located at the main campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, the Veterinary Hospitals are comprised of the Small Animal Hospital and the Large Animal Hospital.   Each year the Small Animal Hospital treats over 16,000 dogs, cats, and other small animal domestic and wildlife species.  In the Large Animal Hospital, approximately 4,000 horses are treated annually. More than 1,000 farm animals, such as beef and dairy cattle, are seen and treated in their home farm environments by veterinarians associated with the Large Animal Hospital’s Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service (FARMS).

On any given day at our teaching hospitals, veterinary students performing their clinical rotations are exposed to a wide range of services including: internal medicine, surgery, primary care and dentistry, cardiology, dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, reproduction, wildlife and zoological medicine, food animal reproduction and medicine, anatomical pathology, surgical pathology, clinical microbiology/parasitology/serology, clinical pathology, emergency and critical care medicine.

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As part of both the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and UF Health, Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to advancing animal, human and environmental health through teaching, research, extension and patient care.



College of Veterinary Medicine

Ranked #7 among veterinary medical colleges nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, we are Florida’s only College of Veterinary Medicine. We advance the science of animal, human and environmental health.


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Animal Airwaves

Animal Airwaves is a daily radio series that features one-minute segments relating to animal health, ranging from insights into animal behavior to veterinary patient care breakthroughs and trends.

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