Community Outreach

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Program assistant, Amanda Sheehy, educating the local public on manatee facts using a manatee skull for visual representation.

Community outreach is an important part of our mission in training. Our program visits local schools, camps, and festivals/events, to educate the public on aquatic animal facts, artifact identification, common conservation issues aquatic species are facing, and information about our program opportunities. We have something for all ages and it is our goal to make learning fun!

We have a variety of games and interactive activities. Some events that we participate in include the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Open House, The Right Whale Festival, 4-H Camps, and school career days.

If you are interested in having us attend your event, please contact our Program Email.

Our “Manatee Hospital” demonstration, where you will learn about how to properly rescue a stranded marine animal, as well as what happens after it is taken to a rehabilitation facility for medical assistance.

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Our “What’s in my Tummy? Match Yucky and Yummy” matching game allows children to learn about what aquatic animals eat. For an extra challenge, they can guess what similar-looking harmful pollution these animals may accidentally eat instead.

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The UF Marine Animal Rescue Program stranding truck demonstrating how we lift heavy animals using a hoist system.

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stranding hoist

Our “Marine Life” game is similar to the game of “Life”. Players live the life of a marine animal while learning facts and conservation issues these animals face throughout their lives.

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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