Course Information: Important Details for Participants



Welcome to Community Cat Management at the University of Florida!  We are pleased to have the opportunity and support of Petsmart Charities to bring exceptional instructors from across the country to offer this course at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine.

Please review this page for important details about the course and your stay.  If you have additional questions, please contact Dionne Banks, Student Services Coordinator, at or 352-294-4891.  We look forward to seeing you on August 10th!

   Find out how to register for the 2015 course by visiting the registration page.


     What should I bring to the course?


Cloth surgical cap so we can tape your name to your forehead for easy identification during surgery

If you require any special gloves or scrubs you should bring this with you

Clean scrubs and closed-toed shoes should be worn in the surgery sessions (Monday afternoon, Tuesday and Tuesday-Friday mornings)

For lectures, participants should follow the University of Florida veterinary student dress code. The dress code can be found on page 65 in the student handbook

(Restrooms are available in the surgery building to change in before coming to class)

Padlock for locker if you will need to store your personal items such as backpacks, laptops, and phones during surgical clinics.

For the cat trapping excursion, you will need comfortable casual clothing such as jeans and t-shirt

Headlamp or flashlight for use during cat trapping

Our class photo will be on Monday immediately after lunch. You should wear the Maddie’s scrub top provides at check-in and your scrub bottoms for the photo

Course materials will be available in hard copy form at TargetCopy‘s Archer Rd location, 3422 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville.

     What will the daily schedules look like?

On Monday,  plan to arrive at the Veterinary Academic Building Auditorium by 8:00 am. Surgery sessions will start promptly at 8:00 am in the Veterinary Academic Building surgery suite Tuesday through Friday.

Course activities will wrap up by 5:30 pm each day. The exception is Tuesday, when participants will join cat trapping teams in the evening and divide up trap-checking duties during the night.

For more detailed information, please see the full agenda here.

What kinds of options are there for meals?

A one hour meal break is scheduled between the morning and afternoon sessions.  Participants may bring their own lunch or purchase items from the small Einstein Bros. café in the nearby Small Animal Hospital.  Refrigerators and microwaves are available in room V1-112 (see College of Veterinary Medicine map).  Snacks and meals may be eaten in the classroom during the presentations as well as during breaks. Click here for detailed information regarding local delivery options and food ordering.

     Where is the course located?

The Community Cat Management course is being held at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in the Veterinary Academic Building.  The physical address is 2015 SW 16th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32610 (Google Map).

Please report to the Veterinary Academic Building (VAB) Auditorium  (see College of Veterinary Medicine Map below) promptly at 8:00am on August 10th.

     What lodging options are available?

We will be arranging a group rate discount ($94 per night) for those who would like to stay at the Residence Inn Gainesville I-75. These rooms are suites and include a full kitchen. In addition, your stay includes free breakfast buffet and complimentary evening social beverage. The hotel is also pet friendly, but will require an additional $75 fee for your pet during your stay.

     How can I get to the hotel or to the course?

Transportation from Gainesville Regional Airport

Rental Cars:

Taxi/Limos Services:

  • Absolute Perfection Limo (352) 538-LIMO
  • A Candies Limo, Inc. (352) 332-4334

(The following taxicab companies operate at the Airport daily)

  • AA Taxi (352) 214-2113
  • Airport Taxi Cab 24 Hr. (352) 575-0355
  • Best Way Cab Company (352) 367-8222
  • Continental Cab (352) 380-0193
  • Gator Taxicab (352) 336-8484
  • Gatorland Taxi (352) 359-7142
  • Independent Taxi Services (352) 316-1396
  • Kennedy Cab Co. (352) 271-4260
  • Murphy’s Taxi (352) 301-2096
  • My Taxi (352) 278-1436
  • Unimet Taxi, Inc. (352) 380-0830
  • Yellow Cab 24 HR (352) 374-8484

Regional Transit System (RTS) Bus Service

  • The Gainesville Regional Airport is served by RTS Route # 25 (Airport to UF) *Check to make sure the bus is running on the day that you will be arriving on the RTS website.

Transportation from Orlando International Airport


Transportation from Tampa International Airport

Transportation from Jacksonville International Airport


CCMC Bus Map


  • University of Florida students and staff with Gator1 cards = free
  • Adults = $1.50
  • Senior Citizen 65+ with valid photo ID = $0.75
  • Veterans and Active Duty Military with valid photo ID = $0.75


Where can I park?

Parking on UF grounds is free in the zones designated with GREEN signs. There are lots around the College of Veterinary Medicine as well as across 16th Avenue on the main campus. Please be extra careful to observe all signs related to parking.  If you park in the wrong location, you will be ticketed.

What can I do for fun while I’m in Gainesville?

Fun things to do around Gainesville

Bus  routes for all around Gainesville


What do I do if there is an emergency?

The University of Florida Police Department (UFPD) is the normal provider of campus security and provides this service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Their phone number is (352) 392-1111.  Guests should contact UFPD in the event of any emergency.  9-1-1 should be contacted for any medical emergency.

What kinds of wildlife do I need to be on the lookout for?

There are various wildlife areas on campus, including bodies of water and wooded areas.  Guests may encounter wildlife such as racoons, opossums, snakes, alligators, and insects.  Please keep a safe distance from wildlife.

What’s the weather like this time of year in Gainesville?

Expect temperatures in the high 80’s and low 90’s with intermittent rain and/or thunderstorms.  It is advisable to bring an umbrella.

College of Veterinary Medicine Map

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