Only 28 vet medicine schools exist across the United States and the University of Florida is the only one in Florida. As a result of the limited number of spots available, vet medicine schools are extremely competitive and difficult to get admitted into. To assist students in applying to the University of Florida or any other vet school, several Florida universities also provide excellent pre-vet programs.
University of Florida
The University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine is the only vet medicine school in the state of Florida. The school had its first graduating class receive their DVM degrees in 1980. The program focuses strongly on research and provides education on state-of-the-art patient care. UF College of Veterinary Medicine also provides M.S. or Ph.D. degrees to students who are interested in clinical research. The school is very selective in its candidates and admits only 88 students out of around 900 applicants each year.
University of Florida
2015 SW 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32610
Barry University (Pre-Vet)
Barry University is a private university that allows students to major in biology with a pre-vet emphasis through elective courses. The program fulfills all requirements needed to go on to veterinary school and offers specialized classes in animal behavior, anatomy, embryology and parasitology among others that make graduates competitive veterinary school applicants.
College of Arts and Sciences/Pre-Vet
11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695
Florida Southern College (Pre-Vet)
The pre-vet program at Florida Southern College encourages well-rounded studies. Students in this program are able to major in any department or division as long as they complete the required courses needed for acceptance into vet medicine schools. Such courses include organic chemistry, biology and physics.
Florida Southern College
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698
Florida State University (Pre-Vet)
Florida State University, like Florida Southern College, allows students to choose any major provided they complete the required pre-vet courses. Animal science courses are not offered at the school but they encourage students to take them as electives at other nearby schools. Additionally, they have a Pre-veterinary Club that allows students pursuing similar goals to interact and share information.
Florida State University
600 W. College Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32306
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