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Master’s Degree Course Schedule

Core Courses - Required

Course # Course Credits Semester
VME 6810 Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems
(Recommended taken first as introduction to the field of shelter medicine)
3 Spring/Summer/Fall
VME 6815 Animal Shelter Population Management by the Metrics 3 Spring/Fall
VME 6811 Shelter Animal Physical Health 3 Spring/Fall
VME 6813 Behavioral Health of Shelter Dogs and Cats 3 Spring/Fall
VME 6816 The Role of the Animal Shelter in Protecting Community and Public Health 3 Fall

Additional Requirements

A course or prior publication that documents ability to write in the sciences, such as VME 6951 Communication in Shelter Medicine, or OpenEdX Writing in the Sciences (0-1 credit)

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.

Course # Course Credits Semester
VME 6951 Communication in Shelter Medicine 1 Spring/Summer/Fall
VME 6950 Capstone Project 1-3 Spring/Summer/Fall


III-a. Other Electives in Shelter Medicine Credits Semester
VME 6814 Teaching Clinical Skills in Animal Shelters 3 Summer/Fall
VME 6939 Topics in International Shelter Medicine 3 Fall
VME 6818 High Quality High Volume Spay Neuter 3 Spring
VME 6817 Humane Euthanasia in Animal Shelters 3 Spring/Fall
VME 6812 Problem-Oriented Approach to Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare
(Prerequisite of VME 6813 Behavioral Health for Shelter Dogs and Cats; Recommended for Medical Staff Only)
3 Spring
VME 6XXX Infectious Diseases of Shelter Felines 3 TBD
VME 6XXX Infectious Diseases of Shelter Canines 3 TBD
VME 6XXX * Principles of Animal Shelter Leadership 3 TBD
VME 6XXX * Principles of Animal Shelter Management 3 TBD
VME 6XXX * Shelter Fundraising and Development 3 TBD
VME 6XXX * Shelter Marketing and Communications 3 TBD
VME 6XXX * Coaching Animal Shelters toward Life Saving 3 TBD
VME 6820 Introduction to Veterinary Disaster Response 1 Summer
VME 6800 Welfare and Wellness for Pets and People 1 Summer
VME 6934 Topics in Veterinary Medical Science 1 Intermittently
VME 6905 Problems in Veterinary Medical Sciences 1-3 Intermittently
III-b. Certificate in Veterinary Forensics Sciences Credits Semester
VME 6051 **Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence 3 Spring
VME 6052 **Animal Crime Scene Processing 3 Summer
VME 6054 **Scientific and Legal Principles of Forensics Evidence 3 Spring
ENY 6706 **Forensic Entomology 3 Fall
VME 6575 Veterinary Forensic Medicine (Recommended for Medical Staff Only) 3 Fall
VME 6571 Forensic Applied Behavior 3 Fall
VME 6615 Veterinary Forensic Toxicology 3 Summer
VME 6056 Animal Law 3 Spring
VME 6572 Forensic Aspects of Agricultural Animal Welfare 3 Spring
VME 6576 Veterinary Forensic Pathology (Open to Veterinarians Only) 3 Summer
III-c. Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Credits Semester
FYC 6421 Nonprofit Organizations 3 Fall
FYC 6905 Human Resource Management for Nonprofits 3 Summer
FYC 6424 Fundraising for Community Nonprofit Organizations 3 Spring
FYC 6425 Risk Management in Nonprofit Organizations 3 Fall
III-d. Certificate in Public Health with Emphasis in Veterinary Public Health Credits Semester
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 Spring (every year)/Summer (odd years only)
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health 3 Spring/Summer
PHC 6519 Zoonotic Disease in Humans and Animals 3 Spring/Summer
PHC 6183** Disaster Preparedeness and Emergency Response 3 Summer/Fall
PHC 6002** Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (prerequisites PHC 6001, PHC 6050) 3 Summer
PHC 6195 Health Information for Diverse Populations: Theory & Methods (Health Communication) 3 Fall (Starting 2018)
IV. Thesis-Based Degree Requirements Credits Semester
VME 6971 Research for Master’s Thesis (2-3 credits required last semester) 6 (max) Spring/Summer/Fall
VME 6910 Supervised Research 1-5 Intermittently
PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for Health Science 1 3 Spring
VME 6771 Veterinary Epidemiologic Research 3 Summer

Notes: Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the program in order to graduate.


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