Instructional depth, dynamic research

In the Department of Physiological Sciences, we teach veterinary medical students in a variety of disciplines, including anatomy, cell biology, pharmacology, physiology, and toxicology, and offer a robust research program for graduate students.

What we offer


We offer graduate research training and didactic courses to D.V.M. students in the early years of their curriculum.

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Our research strengths include neuroscience/neurophysiology and toxicology/pharmacology.

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We are home to UF’s Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology, a hub for interrelated interests focusing on ecological and human health.

Analytical Toxicology

Departmental news

Toward Safer Touchscreens

An unexpected ability of cells to bend metal determines the safety of silver nanowires — highly conductive nanomaterials a thousand times thinner than a human hair that are being used in next-generation touchscreens, a transnational team of scientists that includes UF researchers has found.

Drs. Devrah Arndt and Chris Vulpe look at nanowires in aqueous media.

CRISPR Technology

Research with CRISPR technology at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine has opened the door to studying any organism imaginable, allowing scientists to explore how toxicants affect humans, animals and the environment. Dr. Chris Vulpe of our department is a leader in this effort.


Investigating impact of prenatal nicotine exposure on gut microbiome

Drs. Hayward, Zubcevic and Tevosian have been awarded a new three-year grant from the Florida Department of Health to investigate the long-term impact of prenatal nicotine exposure on the gut microbiome.

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Inhale, Exhale

Dr. Paul Davenport, a professor in our department, was interviewed for this article in Explore Magazine, UF’s Office of Research publication, about his research into respiratory disease and how it might shed light on the coronavirus.

Inhale, Exhale

Researchers screen select drugs for possible use against COVID-19

A new study by UF researchers aims to identify a drug or drugs that can potentially be used to prevent and/or treat infection with COVID-19 by interfering with a known behavior of the virus. Featuring Dr. Leah Reznikov, an assistant professor in our department.

COVID Drug Study

Additional news resources

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Florida Veterinarian Magazine

A magazine published twice a year and consisting of college news and updates for alumni and friends of the college.

Spring 2020 issue cover

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The Veterinary Page Newsletter

A newsletter published online every other month for faculty, staff and students of the UF College of Veterinary 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.



Animal Hospitals

Need animal care? Visit the UF Small Animal and Large Animal Hospitals. From dogs, cats, birds and exotics to horses, cattle, llamas, pigs and many other large farm or food animals, our experienced veterinarian staff is ready to assist.

Animal Airwaves

Syndicated Podcast

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.

Animal Airwaves