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Graduate Programs in Shelter Medicine

More dogs and cats die each year as a result of homelessness than any other cause of death, but shelter medicine can make a difference for these animals. Be a part of this exciting, emerging veterinary medicine field. Promote animal welfare and help save their lives.

Expertise and Experience

The faculty and staff who will be your instructors provide consultation services, disease outbreak interventions, and emergency sheltering assistance for shelters around the world. Their ongoing research has resulted in new and innovative ways to manage existing and emerging threats to sheltered animal health and welfare.


Online Maddie’s® Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine

Advance Your Veterinary Career

As one of the few veterinary schools in the world already offering formal shelter medicine training to enrolled veterinary students, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine is also uniquely qualified to teach advanced shelter medicine courses. In fact, our Maddie’s® Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine may be the only program of its kind on the planet.

Three graduate-level courses form the core requirements of our online graduate certificate in Shelter Medicine. If you’re a non-degree seeking veterinary practitioner or a veterinary student outside of the University of Florida system, earning the Maddie’s® Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine can advance your veterinary career with additional knowledge and skills that you can put to use immediately. Plus, the credits you earn can be applied toward UF’s Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences with a Concentration in Shelter Medicine—if admitted.


Online Master’s Degree in Shelter Medicine

Comprehensive Training in All Areas of Shelter Medicine

Veterinarians and administrators working in or interested in the field of animal sheltering and welfare have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences with a Concentration in Shelter Medicine. Gain knowledge in a variety of subjects related to the emerging field of shelter medicine through this first-of-its-kind online program. The Shelter Medicine Master’s Degree combines four graduate certificate programs, allowing students to earn up to two additional certificates while completing the degree.

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