Course Overview

Gain an understanding and appreciation of the critical role played by veterinarians in protecting the health and welfare of sheltered dogs and cats, and establish a foundation of knowledge and expertise in shelter medicine with Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems, a 3 credit, semester-long course.

Course Objectives

You will learn to use the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters as their guide to best practices in shelter. The course will also help you recognize common infectious diseases, behavioral problems, and examples of animal cruelty presented to animal shelters and understand the shelter veterinarian’s role in responding to such issues.

Exemplary Award

Enrollment Information

  • Course Lead Instructor: Dr. Laurie Wright DVM, M.S. & Dr. Louiza Chan, DVM, MBA
  • Course Number: VME 6810 all sections
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Term: Spring/Summer/Fall
  • SyllabusSyllabus
  • Requirements: Students must have access to or knowledge of a shelter that they can profile for this course.