This semester, discover important topics in shelter medicine by taking one or more of our featured courses.
Explore concepts related to shelter behavior programs; evaluation of quality of shelter behavior programs; and implementation of changes to promote shelter animal behavior and welfare.
This course will provide an overview of shelter euthanasia from a management/organizational perspective. The intent is to train individuals responsible for oversight of euthanasia in shelters so that this process is managed with foresight and empathy.
Gives students in-depth knowledge of HQHVSN (High Quality High Volume Spay/Neuter) and introduces skills necessary for evaluating, improving, and developing successful HQHVSN programs based on community need.
As individuals in animal welfare, there will come a time in our careers where we will be faced with a disaster response. Disasters come in many forms; hurricanes to tornados, pandemics to hoarding situations. Hurricane Katrina was catastrophic and affected thousands of people and their pets. From this disaster we learned that our disaster plans must consider people AND their pets. This course will provide the student with a better understanding of the all hazards approach, how to apply the cycle of animal disaster response to all forms of disaster and how to plan for and respond to disasters efficiently and effectively.
Please view the Course Tracker document to see the full list of courses, course requirements, and access syllabi.
These courses are required for both the Master of Science and the Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine.
VME 6950: Capstone Project (required in student’s final semester and can be taken for variable credit of 1-3 hours)
A course or prior publication that documents ability to write in the sciences, such as VME 6951 Communicating Research About Shelter Medicine, or OpenEdX Writing in the Sciences (0-1 credit)
Non-thesis students are expected to (1) meet with their online advisor at least once annually to review progress, (2) keep an e-portfolio to document their learning and professional growth, and (3) to develop a “Capstone Project” approved by their advisor before the final semester of their program.
Thesis students are expected to (1) meet online with their committees at least twice annually to review their progress, (2) document teaching efforts, (3) attend online national rounds, and (4) develop and defend their thesis.
III-a – Electives in Shelter Medicine
VME 6XXX: Infectious Disease Management for Animal Shelters (starting Spring 2022)
To see a full list of available Shelter Medicine electives, please review the Course Tracker document.
III-b – Electives counted towards Certificate in Veterinary Forensic Sciences
Electives that count toward a Certificate in Veterinary Forensic Sciences can also count as your elective credits for your Master of Science in Shelter Medicine. To learn more about Veterinary Forensic Sciences courses, please visit the program website.
Courses and schedule are subject to change based on demand and availability.