This spring, discover important topics in shelter medicine by taking one or more of our featured courses.
This course is designed to address the unique challenges shelters face internationally, in addition to providing practical recommendations, protocols, and helpful tips for delivering high quality medical care under challenging circumstances.
Spay/neuter remains the most reliable and effective means of preventing unwanted reproduction of cats and dogs. A good spay neuter program reduces shelter euthanasia rates, directly improves length of stay, and increases capacity for care in animal shelters.
This course will provide you with an overview of shelter euthanasia from a management/organizational perspective. VME 6817 trains shelter professionals so that this process is managed with foresight and empathy.
Please view the Course Tracker document to see the full list of courses, course requirements, and access syllabi.
These courses are required for both the Master of Science and the Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine.
A course or prior publication that documents ability to write in the sciences, such as VME 6951 Communicating Research About Shelter Medicine, or OpenEdX Writing in the Sciences (0-1 credit)
Non-thesis students are expected to (1) meet with their online advisor at least once annually to review progress, (2) keep an e-portfolio to document their learning and professional growth, and (3) to develop a “Capstone Project” approved by their advisor before the final semester of their program.
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.
III-a – Electives in Shelter Medicine
To see a full list of available Shelter Medicine electives, please review the Course Tracker document.
III-b – 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.
Courses and schedule are subject to change based on demand and availability.