Please go to student.ufl.edu > Enrollment Verifications (on the left menu) > Request official Verification. This will generate a PDF for current and future registration.
Financial aid may be available for students who qualify. If you are a veteran seeking financial aid, visit UF’s Office of Veterans Affairs web site. Some shelters are willing to raise funds from private donors to sponsor advanced training for shelter veterinarians. Click here to view more about employer reimbursement. You might also be eligible for private education loans. We recommend that you do an Internet search for “private education loans” to find out who will fund part-time graduate students. You can also contact the University of Florida’s Office for Student Financial Affairs for more information.
No, your transcripts and diploma will not have any indication that you are an online student.
No, however, this program does accept Wards of the State Tuition Waivers. For more information about UF EEP, and State Agency Employee waivers, please click here.
If you are a veteran seeking financial aid, visit UF’s Office of Veterans Affairs web site. Some shelters are willing to raise funds from private donors to sponsor advanced training for shelter veterinarians.
Absolutely! For more information about commencement, please visit this website.
Students are accepted year-round, so you can apply for the semester that is most convenient for you.
No, but many of our students are veterinarians. The program is also open to anyone working in or interested in animal welfare and sheltering who meets the minimum admission requirements.
After you complete the application and course registration process, you can access online courses by logging into UF’s e-Learning website at any time. Go to http://elearning.ufl.edu/ and select “Log in to e-learning” to enter your Gatorlink username and password.
You will not be able to access your course until the start date listed in the course registration materials. Some course content will not be immediately available to you. Instructors may open and close access to lessons according to the schedule posted in the course syllabus.
Courses will be delivered via a blended/hybrid mechanism (both synchronously and asynchronously). Content will be delivered within modules that are conceptually grouped. Some modules, due to the complexity of the content, will be longer than other modules.
Assignments will be given during each module and are due by the completion of the module on a designated date. The course will be completed within a semester time frame. Modules will include a combination of readings, recordings, webinars, group discussions, and student research projects. Experts in shelter medicine will be available as resources to students by use of asynchronous and/or live chats.
Students average 2 – 3 years to complete the master’s degree, but have up to seven years to complete coursework. Coursework taken as a nondegree or certificate student is also part of the seven-year time-frame. If the degree is not completed within seven years the coursework taken prior will expire.
Students average 1 year to complete the certificate program but have up to seven years to complete.
Access to and on-going use of a computer is required for all students. The University of Florida expects each student entering a distance education program to acquire computer hardware and software appropriate to his or her degree program. Competency in the basic use of a computer is required. Course work will require use of a computer and a broadband connection to the internet, academic advising and registration can be done by computer, official university correspondence is often sent via e-mail and other services are provided that require access through the Internet.
Suggested Hardware Recommendation:
- Intel Core i3 2.2Ghz
- 4GB of RAM or more
- 256 Gigabyte Hard Drive or higher
- DVD-R/RW Drive
- USB ports (at least 2)
- WiFi wireless networking on laptops
- Sound card, and speakers or headphones
- 1024 by 768 or higher resolution monitor
- 100mbit or 1Gbit Ethernet Adapter for Broadband
- A broadband connection to the Internet and related equipment (Generally supplied by the service provider). Cable or DSL highly recommended.
- Office suite (provided by the university)
- Antivirus (Microsoft Security Essentials recommended)
- Updated Java and Flash
- Firefox browser
- A media player
- Adobe Connect
- Live Chat sessions are held using the Adobe Connect tool, accessed from the course page in Canvas. Please use a headset during all Adobe Connect chats.
Watch a video tutorial.
- Voice Thread
- A cloud-based discussion tool used to record and share project presentations.
Click here for a student user guide.
- Windows 7 (Home basic and starter versions of Windows 7 not recommended)
- Windows 8/8.1
- Windows 10
- Mac OSX
A combined microphone (typically 3.55 mm plugs or USB) and speaker headset is recommended for personal use and in online settings. Quality, reliable headsets can be purchased at Best Buy or similar retailer for approximately $20-$30.
NOTE: We advise against using separate microphones and built-in computer speakers as the sound from computer speakers can be picked up from the microphone and cause feedback and distortions affecting other participants.
Once you are a student, all official communication will be sent to your UFL email account. Your GatorLink username makes up the first part of the UFL email address (the part before @ufl.edu). Your UF email can be set up 2 weeks after you have been admitted to the program.
- To access your UFL Office 365 mail please visit https://outlook.com/ufl.edu and sign in with your GatorLink username and password
- You may need to update your UF email: https://ufhealth-education-dce-programs.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/files/2015/07/UFBusinessEmailAddressVerification.pdf
- If you need additional information in regard to this service, visit https://wiki.helpdesk.ufl.edu/FAQs/EmailLists OR call 352-392-4357 (HELP)
The courses will be delivered using the University of Florida (UF) centrally supported learning management system, Canvas.
- You will need a GatorLink ID to access this e-learning site
- You will need access to high-speed internet
- You will need a desktop or laptop computer (tablets and mobile devices are not fully compatible with these courses). In addition, you will need a headset with a microphone to participate in online discussions.
- Internet Explorer is not compatible with our courses; please use Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari.
To download Firefox, visit: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
To download Google Chrome, visit: https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/
- You will need Microsoft Word and Excel, which you will be able to download for free as a UF student. Also, as a UF student, you will have access to software training from Lynda.com
Courses for the graduate certificate and master’s degree do not require any travel to Florida. The shelter medicine program is fully online. For some courses, you will need to attend Adobe Connect webinar sessions where you can speak with an instructor or view a classmate’s presentation. Adobe Connect sessions are always recorded so you can listen at your convenience if a live session is scheduled at a time that is inconvenient for you.
Students should be familiar with a shelter near them. You do not need to be actively working or volunteering a shelter, but you still should establish a relationship and be able to obtain data from them. This helps provide context for the coursework and allows students to get active in their community, build their networks, and gain experience with shelters (this is especially beneficial for students preparing for veterinary school). To learn more about how local shelters fit with the online coursework, please visit the Local Shelter Requirement page.
Students report spending between 6 to 9 hours a week on course activities. Each course has different requirements and due dates indicated in the course syllabus. You may want to note these key due dates on your calendar at the beginning of the semester and plan accordingly.
On the left-hand menu of the e-Learning login page (http://elearning.ufl.edu/) there are links to tutorials to get you familiar with the Canvas course management system which houses all the content for our online courses. If you need technical assistance during the course, please contact the UF Computing Help Desk. You will need your Gator Link ID. You can access the UF Help Desk when you log into the e-learning website. You can reach them seven days a week (hours vary and they are closed on holidays),
Enrolled non-degree seeking students have full access to UF library services just like degree-seeking UF students. This includes the digital catalog of books, scientific journals, and other library services designed specifically for online learners. You can access UF’s Online Library when you log into the e-learning website with your Gator Link ID.
There are no specific prerequisite courses, but you must meet admissions requirements. Please click here to view admissions requirements.
Each university has their own policies regarding credit transfer or dual enrollment. Therefore, it is your responsibility to check with your home institution to complete any paperwork that may be required to transfer the credits and ensure that they can be applied toward your degree. (Note: UF requires students to complete paperwork BEFORE they register at another university and this may be the same for your home institution.) The University of Florida is a public university in the State of Florida and credits should be accepted by other universities in the United States. If you need a letter, signature, or form completed, please contact the course coordinator.
After completion of the course, you can have an official transcript with your grade sent to your home institution. Official, sealed transcripts can be ordered and mailed to you or your home institution for a small fee (approximately $6.00) using the Student Self Service system. Non-official transcripts can be printed through Student Self Service for free.
Veterinarians licensed in the state of Florida should be able to count these graduate course credits toward veterinary continuing education contact hours. Contact the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for details. A 3-credit hour course should be the equivalent of 45 contact hours for veterinary continuing education in Florida. For license renewals in other states, contact your licensing board for guidance.
If you are a student with a disability and would like to request disability-related accommodations, please contact the instructor and the Disability Resource Center as soon as possible. The Disability Resource Center is located in 001 Building 0020 (Reid Hall). Their phone number is 352-392-8565, (711 TTY/FRS). For more information, see the Disability Resource Center website at https://drc.dso.ufl.edu/. The Disability Resource Center will begin the process to assist you.
All program and course communication is done through your UF webmail account, powered by Office 365. It is important you regularly check your UF email for necessary information relating to your student status, financial information, program and course updates, and more.
- Access your UF email at https://outlook.com/ufl.eduand sign in with your GatorLink username and password
- New student? Your GatorCloud email address is created automatically two weeks to one month after being admitted to the program.
- More information can be found at the Computing Help Desk, reviewing the tutorials and instructions, or calling 352-392-HELP (4357).
As an online student, you will be granted the same services and entitlements as resident students, including:
- Student complaints and concerns
- Student counseling and advising
- Student organizations
- Technology assistance
The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Florida.
The University of Florida’s accreditation is reaffirmed by SACSCOC every 10 years. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.1
All program and courses are approved by the University of Florida Graduate School and must meet the same academic standards and rigor as any other class, irrespective of whether it is taught online or on campus.
The university’s reaffirmation process includes reports demonstrating compliance with SACSCOC principles and standards and a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). In addition to the reports, the reaffirmation process includes extensive evaluation of compliance by an off-site peer review, an on-site peer review and the final review by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees.
The University of Florida is an approved provider of content which enhances professional competence and aligns with the 5 domains of the CAWA Exam specifications.