There is an increasingly greater depth of information available regarding aquatic species but unfortunately it is still quite limited when compared to domestic or terrestrial animals. While many aquatic species are maintained in progressive education based collections, there is actually a near void in our knowledge base of wild aquatic animals and their reliance on the complicated environments they inhabit. To advance the conservation of these species it is imperative to investigate disease processes and environmental changes that impact these unique animals and their watery home. Human development and competitive activities threaten the very existence of many animal species relying on finely balanced ecosystems that are easily tipped in the wrong direction. There is a vast range of research that directly and indirectly benefits aquatic animals, from invertebrates to marine mammals, as well as their environments. The aquatic animal health program at the University of Florida contributes to our better understanding and management of aquatic species through basic and applied research.

Publication Spotlight

Recent Publications written or co-authored by Program Students, Trainees, and Personnel:

Research Species


Our primary grant with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aims to "train in the care of Florida marine mammals with an emphasis on manatees". Manatee research is one of our key research interests, where we focus in many areas of manatee health and conservation.


Many of these topics can also be found throughout our graduate student profiles.

Educational Research

Evaluation of Online Learning through Research

A large part of our program initiatives involve education and training of the next generation through online learning. In order to evaluate this new approach to learning, research can provide qualitative data on new tools and technology efficacy.

online learning

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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