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Mandatory Department Application

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in applying to the University of Florida’s Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences with a Concentration in Shelter Medicine.

Contact us if you are interested in taking courses as a non-degree student prior to acceptance.






Do you have a degree from a non US institution?*

  • Yes
  • No

Complete the UF Graduate application form.

When submitting the application, please note:

  • Follow all instructions carefully and complete all sections.
  • The $30 application fee can be paid with the submission of the online application.
  • Select the correct College and Major and type of concentration under the “Degree Programs” portion of the application by using the following information:
  • Program of study Veterinary Med Science – Distance Learning Shelter Medicine
    Program Specialization (optional) type in Shelter Medicine
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. Use the application’s Recommendations section to request letters of recommendation via email OR upload your letters of recommendation in the Education and Activities section under Upload Other. If you are unable to submit your letters of recommendation using either of these methods, contact us for further instructions.
  • A CV and a Statement of Purpose are required. Upload these documents to the application.

Official Transcripts

  • Transcripts can be sent via post or electronically. Request official, original transcripts from every school that you reported on the UF Graduate Application in Step 2.

    Send transcripts via post to the following address:

    University of Florida
    Office of Admissions
    201 Criser Hall – PO Box 114000
    Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

    Send electronic transcripts directly FROM the institution TO the UF Office of Admissions at gradpro@admissions.ufl.edu.

    The institution must use one of the following verified companies to submit transcripts or the transcripts cannot be considered valid and official:

    Parchment, Faster, National Student Clearinghouse, Transcripts Plus, Credential Solutions, or E-script/Scrip-Safe.

    If one of these companies cannot be used transcripts must be sent via post.

Former UF students who haven’t attended any school after UF do not need to request transcripts. Email dess@ahc.ufl.edu if this applies to you.


Test Scores

The GRE Requirement: For All (Domestic and International) Applicants

  • We require only the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE to be taken and reported. Please see score requirements below.
  • Once you’ve taken the GRE, the scores can take up to six weeks to arrive and be processed within the Office of Admissions. Please take this into account when you schedule your GRE. We recommend taking the exam no later than the early application deadline for the term you are applying to.
  • If you have earned a graduate or professional degree from an accredited university in the U.S., you are exempt from this requirement and do not need to submit GRE scores.
  • If you are earning a graduate level degree but will not have it completed by the application deadline for the term you applied for, you are not exempt from the GRE.

Having the GRE sent to the University of Florida

All applicants must have ETS (Educational Testing Service) send their official GRE test scores directly to the UF Office of Admissions at code 5812.

  • Only official, sealed scores, direct from ETS (Education Testing Service), are acceptable. Self-reported scores, unsealed copies of score reports or photocopies of score reports cannot be accepted as official final documents.
  • Once you’ve taken the exam and/or had your scores sent, please allow up to six weeks for them to arrive and process within the Office of Admissions.
  • GRE scores remain active for five years. If the applicant has not taken the GRE within this five year time limit, he or she must retake it
  • Students who have earned a graduate or professional degree from an accredited university in the U.S. are exempt.

How the GRE affects your application

The overall GRE score is taken into account along with other factors such as undergraduate GPA, grades from other graduate courses, and experience.

Applicants must score in the top 40% (60% concordance) in order meet the minimum admissions requirements for this program. Concordance scores change from year to be and can be found here.

*To compare the two exam score ranges on the old versus new scale, please see The GRE Guide to the Use of Scores.

The English Language Skill Requirements for Admission: International Applicants Only

Having the TOEFL or English Language Test sent to the University of Florida

All applicants must have ETS (Educational Testing Service) send their official TOEFL test scores directly to the UF Office of Admissions at code 5812.

Only official, sealed scores, direct from ETS (Education Testing Service), are acceptable. Self-reported scores, unsealed copies of score reports or photocopies of score reports cannot be accepted as official final documents.

Minimum Scores Required

To be considered for the master’s degree, the applicant must score the following on the TOEFL:

TOEFL Exam Type Required Score
Paper-based 550
Computer-based 213
Internet 80

Note: If you are not in the Gainesville area, you can disregard the email you will receive about immunization requirements. You will be exempt from having to provide proof of immunization.

Master’s Degree Application Completion Notification

Please fill out the form below to confirm you have completed all of the steps in the application process for UF’s Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences with a Concentration in Shelter Medicine.