The University of Florida is located in Gainesville, a college town of approximately 125,000 in north central Florida, midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Changes in season are marked, but winters are mild and permit year-round participation in outdoor activities.
The university accommodates about 50,000+ students with programs in almost all disciplines. The College of Veterinary Medicine is a component of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (which also includes Agriculture and Forest Resources and Conservation). It is also one of 6 colleges affiliated with the Health Science Center (the other 5 are Dentistry, Public Health and Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy).
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 four semesters concentrate primarily on basic medical sciences. In the first four semesters, students are also introduced to physical diagnosis, radiology, and clinical problems. They also spend time preparing for the clinical experience in a clinical techniques simulation laboratory and in the hospital by participating in supervised patient care. The core also includes experience in each of the specialized clinical areas and primary care. Elective areas of concentration permit students to investigate further the aspects of both basic and clinical sciences most relevant to their interests (e.g., small animal, food animal, equine, etc.). Students may also participate in optional Certificate Programs and/or the Joint DVM/MPH Program.
For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.
Florida has no contractual agreements. The college admits 88 Florida residents and 24 Non-Sponsored applicants each academic year. International applicants are included in the Non-Sponsored pool.
SUMMARY OF ADMISSION PROCEDURES
VMCAS application deadline:
, September 15, 2017 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time
UF Professional School Application deadline:
, September 15, 2017. Information on our supplemental requirements can be found at: http://education.vetmed.ufl.edu/admissions/application
Date interviews are held:
Date acceptances mailed:
Deposit (to hold place in class):
considered on an individual basis
The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine (UFCVM) does not have a set minimum academic requirement in order to be admitted. However, Science, Last 45 and Overall GPAs in addition to GRE scores will be used in evaluating the academic ranking of applicants. Candidates are ranked in two independent applicant pools: Sponsored (Florida residents) and Non-Sponsored.
Full Application Review
Applicants selected from the academic ranking will have their entire vet school application reviewed individually by three members of the UFCVM Admissions Committee. Once again, there will be two applicant pools: Sponsored and Non-Sponsored, and the candidates will be scored and ranked on the following criteria:
Academic History and Experience:
Academic load, number of withdrawals, research participation, teaching assistant positions, strength of academic references (if any), and academic flags/concerns.
Pre-Veterinary Experience and Preparation:
Amount of legitimate pre-veterinary experience, amount of legitimate animal experience, strength of veterinary/animal-related references, relationship between references, and veterinary/animal experiences.
Overall Professionalism and Readiness to Matriculate:
Overall professionalism of the application, strength
of written communication skills, extracurricular experiences,
community involvement, international experiences,
awards and recognitions, non-veterinary or
animal related employment experiences.
In early-to-mid February candidates selected from the full application review pool, will be invited to participate in the Interview process. Each applicant will be interviewed by a panel of two members of the Admissions Committee and one upper division Veterinary Student.
Suggested undergraduate GPA:
a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. The class of 2020 had an overall mean science prerequisite GPA of 3.58.
Course completion deadline:
Applicants are expected to complete 80% of the Science and Math prerequisite courses before submitting an application.
Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required?
Is this an International School?
PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
Number of Hours/Credits
Biology (general, genetics, microbiology)
Chemistry (inorganic, organic, biochemistry)
English (2 courses in English composition)
Estimated Tuition Resident:
Estimated Tuition Non-Resident:
The Graduate Record Examination General Test is required. To be considered for Class of 2022 admissions cycle, the last day to sit for the GRE is August 31, 2017. We must have official GRE scores in our office by the September 15 deadline.
Accepts International Students?
on a case-by-case basis
Supplemental Application Deadline: