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What Are the Goals of the Shelter Medicine Program?

The 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 6815: Animal Shelter Population Management by the Metrics
VME 6811: Shelter Animal Physical Health
VME 6813: Behavioral Health of Shelter Dogs and Cats
VME 6816: The Role of the Animal Shelter in Protecting Community and Public Health

Additional Requirements

VME 6951: Communication in Shelter Medicine
VME 6950: Capstone Project

Electives

*Electives that count toward a Certificate in Animal Shelter Leadership

Other Electives in Shelter Medicine (All enrollments are handled through forensics@ahc.ufl.edu along with all courses in Veterinary Forensic Sciences)

VME 6814: Teaching Clinical Skills in Animal Shelters
VME 6939: Topics in International Shelter Medicine
VME 6818: High Quality High Volume Spay Neuter
VME 6817: Humane Euthanasia in Animal Shelters
VME 6812: Problem-Oriented Approach to Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare
VME 6XXX: Infectious Diseases of Shelter Felines
VME 6XXX: Infectious Diseases of Shelter Canines
VME 6XXX: *Principles of Animal Shelter Leadership
VME 6XXX: *Principles of Animal Shelter Management
VME 6XXX: *Shelter Fundraising and Development
VME 6XXX: *Shelter Marketing and Communications
VME 6XXX: *Coaching Animal Shelters toward Life Saving
VME 6820: Introduction to Veterinary Disaster Response
VME 6800: Welfare and Wellness for Pets and People
VME 6934: Topics in Veterinary Medical Science
VME 6905: Problems in Veterinary Medical Sciences

Certificate in Veterinary Forensics Sciences

**Electives that count toward a Certificate in Veterinary Forensics Sciences

(All enrollments are handled through forensics@ahc.ufl.edu along with all courses in Shelter Medicine)

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: **Forensic Entomology
VME 6575: Veterinary Forensic Medicine
VME 6571: Forensic Applied Behavior
VME 6615: Veterinary Forensic Toxicology
VME 6056: Animal Law
VME 6572: Forensic Aspects of Agricultural Animal Welfare
VME 6576: Veterinary Forensic Pathology

Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

FYC 6421: Nonprofit Organizations
FYC 6905: Human Resource Management for Nonprofits
FYC 6424: Fundraising for Community Nonprofit Organizations
FYC 6425: Risk Management in Nonprofit Organizations

Certificate in Public Health with Emphasis in Veterinary Public Health

**Electives that count toward a Certificate in Public Health with Emphasis in Veterinary Public Health

(NOTE: MUST formally enroll in this certificate to take these courses and all enrollments are done through the College of Public Health)

To earn the Public Health certificate, students must also pass an open-book exam based on the 10 Essential Services of 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 6195: Health Information for Diverse Populations: Theory & Methods (Health Communication)

Thesis-Based Degree Requirements

VME 6971: Research for Master’s Thesis
VME 6910: Supervised Research
PHC 6050: Statistical Methods for Health Science 1
VME 6771: Veterinary Epidemiologic Research

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 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
ENC 5319: Scholarly Writing for Publication
VME 6800: Welfare & Wellness for Pets & People
VME 6934: Animal Shelter Population Management by the Metrics
PHC 6316: Health, Risk, and Crisis Communication in Public Health

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