University of Florida Veterinary School

University of Florida Veterinary School offers teaching, research and state-of-the-art patient care.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

The University of Florida Veterinary Hospitals were established in 1978 to provide care to patients of all species and serve as a clinical teaching environment. Located on the main campus, the hospitals are comprised of the Small Animal Hospital and the Large Animal Hospital. Over 21,000 animals are treated by veterinarians through the University of Florida veterinary Hospital system. Today, more than 2400 graduates have completed the UF DVM program, the only College of Veterinary Medicine program in the State of Florida. The veterinary curriculum is a 9-semester program consisting of core curriculum and elective experiences. The core provides the body of knowledge and skills common to all veterinarians. The first 4 semesters (Phase I and II) concentrate primarily on basic medical sciences beginning with the normal animal and then on to disease processes and therapy.

After Phase II, students enter the Veterinary Medical Center and embark upon clinical clerkship rotations and advanced classroom education. During Phase III (Clinical Applications – semesters 5-9), students have two semesters to perform additional didactic course work in an area of focused concentration: small animal medicine and surgery, equine medicine and surgery, food animal medicine, or general (mixed) veterinary medicine and surgery.



The University of Florida is located in Gainesville which is located in north central Florida, midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The University of Florida veterinary hospitals are an integral part of the college and serve as a major animal referral center for the Southeast.

The facility includes a $58 million, state-of-the-art new small animal hospital, which opened in November 2010.

University of Florida Veterinary School


Admissions Officer: Lynette Chaparro
Phone: (352) 294-4244

University of Florida Veterinary School

College of Veterinary Medicine
2015 SW 16th Ave; Room V1-100A
Gainesville, FL 32610-0125

Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline

All applications are due October 2 at 1:00 pm EST for Fall 2014.

2. GRE or MCAT
The GRE is required; MCAT is not permissible as a substitute. Results must be reported to the Office of Admissions of the College of Veterinary Medicine by September 1 (extended to Sept 5th). It is preferable to have a combined GRE score of over 1,100.

3. Students
112 students per year are typically accepted in the four year DVM program.

4. Four-year Total Tuition Cost
based on 2013-2014 tuition rates

FL Resident Tuition: $114,520 ($28,630 per year)

Nonresident Tuition:$182,000 ($45,500 per year)

Total for Books & Supplies: $6,026 
Total for Room & Board: $32,300
Total for Transportation: $5,550

5. Accreditation

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. The next site visit scheduled is 2015.

6. School Rank
The University of Florida Veterinary Medicine Program was ranked #12 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

7. School History
Veterinary School Florida University graduated its first class in 1980.

8. Transfer Students
Not Accepted

Admissions Information

Admissions Procedures


1. Objective Academic Assessment

• 25% – Verbal GRE Score
• 25% – Quantitative GRE Score
• 25% – Science Course GPA
• 12.5% – Overall Course GPA
• 12.5% – Last 45 Credits GPA

2. Full Application Review

• 50% – Academic History and Experience
• 25% – Pre-Veterinary Experience and Preparation
• 25% – Overall Professionalism and Readiness to Matriculate

3. Candidate Interview

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations

• Two from a veterinarian are recommended
• One from an academician is suggested

Acceptance Rate
15% (111 accepted out of 748 applicants – Fall 2012)

Out of the typical 112 of the accepted incoming students:

• 88 are Florida residents
• 24 are non-sponsored applicants (including international)


• GRE Score Deadline – Sept 1 (extended to Sept 5th)
• Supplemental Application Deadline – Sept 1 (extended to Sept 5th)
• VMCAS Application Deadline – Oct 2 at 1:00 pm EST
• Interviews – February
• Acceptances Mailed – March


Before You Apply

If you plan on applying to University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, you will need to complete the pre-requisite courses by the spring term prior to application.

A bachelor’s degree is NOT required. There is no required major when applying to University of Florida Veterinary School.

Pre-requisite Course Requirements
Applicants are suggested to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0).

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses

• Biology 1 & 2 and labs (2 semesters)
• Microbiology and lab (1 semester)
• Genetics (1 semester)
• Inorganic Chemistry 1 & 2 and labs (2 semesters)
• Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 and labs (2 semesters)
• Biochemistry (1 semester)
• Physics I and II and labs (2 semesters)
• Animal Science (1 semester)
• Calculus (1 semester)
• Statistics (1 semester)

General Education Requirements

• Humanities: 9 credits
• Social Sciences: 6 credits
• English: 6 credits

Required Experience

There is not a minimum requirement for pre-vet experience for the University of Florida Veterinary School. However, it is recommended that you have at least 500 hours of experience working with veterinarians, preferably in a clinical practice setting. All types of experience are accepted. Experience should reflect a wide range of responsibilities and quality of experiences rather than quantity. It is recommended to be exposed to both large and small animal clinical practices prior to application.

Other Considerations
Also valued as part of your application is your recommendations and evaluations (both personal and regarding animal experience), honors and awards, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.

Statistics for the Admitted Class of 2016

Total Applications………………………..748
Number of California Residents…………..88
Number of Non-Residents…………………23
Mean cumulative GPA…………………..3.57
Mean science GPA………………………3.47
Mean GRE………………………………..1223
Number with advanced degree…………..16
Number with Bachelor’s degree…………107
Male:Female Ratio…………….17/94 (0.18)

Degrees Offered


• Physiological Sciences
• Infectious Diseases and Pathology
• Veterinary Medical Sciences (including Large or Small Animal Clinical Sciences
• Aquatic Animal Health
• Forensic Toxicology

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

• General
• Shelter Medicine
• Food Animal Medicine
• International Veterinary Medicine
• Aquatic Animal Health

Dual Degree Programs

DVM-MPH offered jointly by the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Veterinary Medicine