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8100 NW 15th Place
Gainesville, 32606
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(352) 313-3060

Florida Area Office

Veterinary Services

Dr. Francisco Collazo-Mattei

APHIS District 2 Director

Endless white beaches, sunshine, orange juice, and of course, Disney; these are the items most often associated with Florida. As you drive through Florida though, did you happen to notice the 1 million beef cows? Did you know the largest beef cattle ranch in the United States is in Florida? How about dairy cows. Did you see any of the more than 100,000 dairy cows? In fact, Florida ranks eleventh in the nation in total cattle numbers.

Interesting Florida Cattle Facts:


  • Cattle were first introduced to North America in Florida in 1521, by the Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon.
  • One Florida ranch owns the largest brood cow herd in the United States.
  • Florida is home to seven of the United States' twenty-five largest cow-calf operations.
  • Florida ranks 12th in the nation in number of beef cows
  • Nearly one-half of all Florida Agricultural land is involved in cattle production.
  • Florida has 4 million acres of pastureland and one million acres of grazed woodland.
  • Much of "Natural Florida" remains in the working landscape of Florida's cattle industry.
  • Open Range grazing was ended by laws passed in 1949 by Florida's Governor, Fuller Warren who ran on the ticket "I'll get the cows off the Road".

Along with the cattle, Florida’s livestock inventory includes 26 million poultry, 500,000 horses, 100,000 swine, 30,000 goats, 10,000 sheep, and millions of companion animals.

Among the state’s most stable businesses, agricultural industries have a combined annual economic impact of more than $69 billion dollars; generating more then 725,000 jobs and $2.27 billion in tax revenues. These industries also benefit residents and visitors by providing amenities associated with "green space" including biodiversity, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, eco-tourism, and aquifer recharge.

Sales of Florida livestock and livestock products totaled over $1.48 billion in 2004, accounting for nearly 22 percent of cash receipts for Florida farms and ranches. All of this keeps the Florida area office of Veterinary Services busy.

You may not think of the busy ports in Florida, but in fact there are twelve international airports and fourteen seaports in Florida. Miami is also home to the USDA APHIS VS Miami Animal Import Center (MAIC). Each year over two thousand horses primarily from South America and the Caribbean move through MAIC. In addition numerous shipments of exotic birds and other animals transit through MAIC. Florida is also home to a thriving tropical fish industry, and the Port of Tampa is a key center of this activity.


About Us

Service Area: Florida

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Eastern

Hours for Health Certificate Endorsement:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (appointments desired)

International Regulations: /import_export/

Office Email:
Main contact: VSFL@aphis.usda.gov
Accreditations & Exports: VSPSFL@aphis.usda.gov
Imports: VSPSMIA@aphis.usda.gov

Telephone Numbers:

Main Phone:
(352) 313-3060
Fax: (352) 313-3062 (Programs)
Fax: (352) 313-3061 (Exports)

Physical and Mailing Address:


8100 NW 15th Place
Gainesville, FL 32606-9137

Core Orientation Held in Florida
Date: TBD
Location: Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Orlando, FL
Date: TBD
Location: University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine
Equine Auditorium, Gainesville, FL
Date: TBD
Location: Senior Class, University of FL, Gainesville, FL
Contact: Susan Heath
Phone: 352-313-3081


Miami Animal Import Center, Miami International Airport, Miami, FL
For more information: /animal_health/area_offices/states/maic_info.html

Limited-use Ports:

  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Port of Miami, Miami, FL
  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
  • Tampa, FL

FL Animal Agriculture Related Links*:

State Veterinarian: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/ai/ *

FL Department of Agriculture: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/ *

* Links are not official USDA websites, USDA does not have control over content on the external pages.


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