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About Shelter Medicine Online

Enhance Your Skills in Shelter Medicine

2015-03-02_uf-sheltermed_about-researchThe Shelter Medicine Program is pleased to offer an online Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences with a Concentration in Shelter Medicine and the Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine.

Learn best practices and broaden your career opportunities in this rapidly growing field where there is a high demand for well-trained practitioners to address the health and welfare issues unique to animal shelters.

Benefits of the Shelter Medicine Online Program

Shelter medicine is a new specialty area recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The current demand is great for well-trained veterinarians to address the health and welfare issues affecting animal shelters. Few opportunities currently exist for students to immerse themselves in graduate-level coursework within this emerging area of expertise.

Students will learn how to:

  • Prevent and manage infectious diseases common to animal shelters.
  • Conduct a veterinary forensic investigation.
  • Prevent and modify behavior and welfare issues common to animal shelters.
  • Assess shelter practices against ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.
  • Review the scientific literature to determine whether shelter practices are evidence based.
  • Protect public health and safety due to dangerous animals and zoonotic diseases.
  • Review the adequacy of a business plan created for a non-profit organization.
  • Communicate effectively with shelter stakeholders about best practices for shelter operations.

Who Is It For?

Your online classmates will include:

  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary students
  • Pre-veterinary students
  • Shelter medicine residents and interns
  • Veterinary technicians
  • Shelter administrators
  • Shelter operations staff
  • Animal welfare professionals

At a Glance