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What are the Goals of the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program?

The Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program allows you to interact with the content in an asynchronous, online-delivery format, while encouraging you to reflect on your prior experiences in Shelter Medicine. When you complete our interactive courses, you will be ready to practice shelter medicine.

  1. Understand the critical role played by veterinarians when protecting the health and welfare of sheltered dogs and cats.
  2. Recognize and respond to the compromised physical health of sheltered animals.
  3. Recognize and respond to the compromised behavioral health of sheltered animals.

Core Courses – Required

VME 6810: Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems
VME 6811: Shelter Animal Physical Health
VME 6812: Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare
VME 6575: Veterinary Forensic Medicine

Additional Requirements

ENC 5319: Scholarly Writing for Publication


VME 6XXX: Shelter Population Management by the Metrics
VME 6051: Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence
VME 6052: Animal Crime Scene Processing
VME 6054: Scientific and Legal Principles of Forensics Evidence
ENY 6706: Forensics Entomology
VME 6800: Welfare & Wellness for Pets & People
VME 6934: Animal Shelter Population Management by the Metrics
VME 6934: Teaching Clinical Skills in Animal Shelters

Certificate in Non-profit Leadership

FYC 6421: Non-profit Organizations
FYC 6905: Human Resource Management for Non-profits
FYC 6424: Fundraising for Community Non-profit Organizations
FYC 6425: Risk Management in Non-profit Organizations

Certificate in Public Health with an Emphasis in Veterinary Public Health

PHC 6313: Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health
PHC 6001: Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health
PHC 6519: Zoonotic Disease in Humans and Animals
PHC 6183: Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response
PHC 6002: Epidemiology of Infectious Disease
PHC 6316: Health, Risk, and Crisis Communication in Public Health
PHC 6050: Statistical Methods for Health Science 1

Other Electives

VME 6934: Topics in Veterinary Medical Science: Introduction to Veterinary Disaster Response
VME 6934: Topics in Veterinary Medical Science: Community Cat Management
VME 6571: Forensic Applied Animal Behavior
VME 6615: Veterinary Forensic Toxicology
VME 6056: Animal Law
VME 6572: Forensic Aspects of Agricultural Animal Welfare
VME 6576: Veterinary Forensic Pathology
VME 6905: Problems in Veterinary Medical Sciences
WIS 6576: Human-Wildlife Conflict
WIS 6421: Wildlife Toxicology: The Ecohealth Perspective
WIS 6553: Wildlife Forensic Pathology
WIS 6425: Carrion Ecology & Evolution
WIS 6556: Trade in Wild Resources
VME 6580: Cybercrime in Wildlife Investigations

At a Glance

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