The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is the state of Florida’s only veterinary medical college and has been impacting animal, human and environmental health worldwide for more than 40 years in the areas of teaching, patient care, community service and research. As part of a leading land-grant university, the college’s joint identity as a part of UF’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and the UF Health Science Center (UF Health) has created unique opportunities for collaboration and academic advancement in clinical patient care and in the biomedical sciences. The college and the UF Veterinary Hospitals are at the forefront of health care for large, small and exotic animals as well as endangered species and niche areas such as shelter medicine and aquatic animal health. Key areas of focus in the biomedical sciences include immunology, neuroscience, and infectious diseases. The college is also a leader in educational innovations such as the use of synthetic canine models in teaching laboratories and in the cross-disciplinary initiative of One Health, campuswide and among veterinary medical colleges nationwide.
Community pharmacists are the health professionals most accessible to the public. They supply medicines in accordance with a prescription or, when legally permitted, sell them without a prescription. In addition to ensuring an accurate supply of appropriate products, their professional activities also cover counselling of patients at the time of dispensing of prescription and non-prescription drugs, drug information to health professionals, patients and the general public, and participation in health-promotion programmes. They maintain links with other health professionals in primary health care.