Spring 2022 Courses


I. Core Courses

These courses are required for both the Master of Science and the Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine.

VME 6810: Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems – All students must take this course in their first semester as an introduction to the field of Shelter Medicine and course technology.

VME 6811: Shelter Animal Physical Health 

VME 6813: Behavioral Health for Shelter Dogs and Cats

VME 6815: Population Management by the Metrics 

VME 6816: The Role of the Animal Shelter in Protecting Community and Public Health

VME 6950: Capstone Project (required for Master of Science students during the final semester and can be taken for variable credit of 1-3 hours)

II. Electives

IIa. Electives in Shelter Medicine

VME 6819: Principles of Leadership in Animal Shelters

VME 6818: High Quality High Volume Spay Neuter

VME 6820: Introduction to Veterinary Disaster Response

VME 6934: Life-Enhancing Strategies of Animal Welfare Organizations

VME 6934: Infectious Disease Management for Animal Shelters

VME 6951: Communicating Research about Shelter Medicine

VME 6910: Supervised Research

Please view the Course Tracker document to see the full list of courses for all semesters, course requirements, and access syllabi.


IIb. 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.

IIc. In-Person Elective Labs

The Forensic Medicine program offers in-person laboratory courses that are a 5-day intensive interactive experience that take place each semester in Gainesville, FL. These laboratory courses are 3 credits and may count towards your total electives for the Online Shelter Medicine Master’s of Science degree. More information is found on the Forensic Medicine website.