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Master’s Degree

The online master’s degree in shelter medicine provides comprehensive training in how to manage, treat, and prevent infectious diseases that are unique to overpopulated shelters. Currently, there are few opportunities for veterinarians and shelter operation professionals to experience advanced studies in critical shelter care topics. UF makes it possible to acquire the skills needed to become a qualified expert in this emerging field.

Master's Degree Benefits

  • Completely online, interactive courses (non-thesis students only)
  • Flexible for working professionals
  • Earn a degree in as little as two years
  • Build core skills in shelter veterinary medicine, shelter animal physical health, and shelter animal behavior and welfare

Why 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.

Graduate Certificate

The online graduate certificate in shelter medicine prepares working shelter professionals to play a vital role in the emerging veterinary field of shelter medicine. Students will advance their knowledge in areas such as managing infectious diseases, critical care decision making, and other common problems unique to animals in overpopulated shelters.

Graduate Certificate Benefits

  • Completely online, interactive courses
  • Earn a certificate in as little as one year
  • Transfer credits earned with a “B” or higher to the master’s degree later
  • Become qualified to work in a shelter environment by learning life-saving skills and techniques

Make a Big Impact in Shelter Medicine

Proper treatment and care applied to the unique situations found in shelters can greatly increase adoption rates. Veterinary and shelter professionals educated in shelter medicine play a vital role in the critical care decisions that help save more animals lives.

Admissions

Master’s Degree Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements to apply to the program as a master’s degree student are:

  • A bachelor’s degree in any subject from a regionally accredited institution or a DVM or VMD degree
  • 3.1 upper-division GPA
  • Acceptable GRE scores

Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements to apply to the program as a graduate certificate student are:

  • A bachelor’s degree in any subject from a regionally accredited institution or a DVM or VMD degree
  • 2.0 upper-division GPA

For more information about requirements, exceptions, and applying with a non-U.S. degree, visit the admissions page.

Shelter Medicine Tuition Information

UF’s shelter medicine graduate program offers competitive in-state tuition for all students, regardless of location.

Application Fee: $37*

Cost per Credit Hour: $525 to $650 plus fees*

Credits Required for Master’s Degree:30

Credits Required for for Graduate Certificate:15

Total Master’s Degree Tuitionn: $15,750 plus fees

Total Graduate Certificate Tuition: $7,875 plus fees

For more information about the costs of attendance and financial aid, visit the tuition page.

*Up to $650 for master’s degree students only, depending upon elective choice.

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