The Department of Comparative, Diagnostic, and Population Medicine is a large, interdisciplinary department that encompasses many different research areas. We foster collaboration, innovation, integration, and diversity in instruction, research, and service for the advancement of human and animal health.

Anatomic Pathology

Anatomic Pathology is a medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis of disease based on the examination of organs and tissues.



Anesthesia is used during a variety of veterinary procedures to ensure that the patient doesn’t feel pain, remains still, and is unaware of what is happening around them.


Aquatic Animal Health

Aquatic Animal Health includes care of marine mammals, sea turtles, fish, and aquatic invertebrates. This can include clinical research involving free-ranging aquatic species.


Aquatic, Amphibian, & Reptile Pathology

This service area studies diseases of fish, amphibians, and reptiles, caused by viruses and bacteria, to reveal infection mechanisms and develop control measures for the diseases.


Clinical Pathology

Clinical Pathology studies the diagnosis of disease based on analysis of bodily fluids or tissue aspirates, using the tools of chemistry, microbiology, hematology, and molecular pathology.


Forensic Pathology

Forensic Pathology is committed to providing services for companion animals, livestock, and wildlife. Forensic autopsies (necropsy) are performed to answer questions about the death of an animal.

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Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine provides therapeutic treatment plans to enhance health and healing in veterinary patients by supplementing other medical or surgical treatments.

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Parasitology studies parasites and parasitic diseases, including the distribution, biochemistry, physiology, molecular biology, ecology, evolution, and clinical aspects of parasites.

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Virology, Microbiology, & Immunology

Virologists study viruses in research and therapy. Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, including unicellular (single cell), multicellular (cell colony), or acellular (lacking cells).


Zoological Medicine

Zoological Medicine offers veterinary diagnostic and treatment care for all exotic and non-domestic animals, including Florida indigenous wildlife and non-native exotic pets.


Graduate Research

Our Veterinary Medicine Graduate Research program allows students to study and practice in a wide variety of potential fields.

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Discovering the advancements and breakthroughs that make a real difference

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For more information regarding research, please visit the UF College of Veterinary Medicine’s Research Page.