What is this program?
The online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine is offered through the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The certificate consists of 5 fully online courses, and it can be completed in as little as 1 year.
Why a Graduate Certificate?
The Graduate Certificate is a way to gain credentials and learn about the growing field of Shelter Medicine. It is made up of 5 courses:
- 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
You will learn how to make better critical care decisions, manage infectious diseases, and more. Assist with problems related to animal homelessness and expand your knowledge base as a compassionate practitioner.
Credits from the online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine can be transferred toward UF’s online Master’s Degree in Shelter Medicine—if admitted. In order to transfer credit, you must complete the three-semester graduate certificate and maintain a B average or higher.
Who is this program for?
This graduate certificate is beneficial for:
- Second- through fourth-year veterinary students at other institutions
- Veterinary students
- Veterinary technicians
- Shelter operations staff
Why Shelter Medicine?
Shelter Medicine is a new specialty area recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The current demand is great for well-trained veterinarians to address the health and welfare issues affecting animal shelters. Few opportunities currently exist for students to immerse themselves in graduate-level coursework within this emerging area of expertise.
You can continue your education in Shelter Medicine with the University of Florida. Transfer credits from the Graduate Certificate toward the Master’s Degree in Shelter Medicine, if admitted.
How much does it cost?
The tuition is $525 per credit hour plus fees. The approximate cost of the graduate certificate is $8,074.
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