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Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine

What is this program?

The online Maddie’s® Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine is offered through the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Maddie’s Fund®. The certificate consists of 3 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 3 courses:

  • Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems
  • Shelter Animal Physical Health
  • Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare

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 Maddie’s® 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
  • Veterinarians
  • 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 $4,844.

Click here to learn more about tuition.What is Maddie’s Fund®?

Maddie’s Fund® is a foundation dedicated to achieving and sustaining a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing animal welfare. Maddie’s Fund® works toward this goal by providing grants, hands-on animal care, research, and education. The Maddie’s Fund® mission is to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.

The University of Florida received a grant from Maddie’s Fund® to create a comprehensive Shelter Medicine Program that will enhance support for local animal rescue operations; improve disease control and adoption rates among shelter animals; and expand professional training to fill the current shortage of skilled providers in this area. The Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program is focused on enhancing the health and welfare of homeless animals through the education, innovation, and advancement of the lifesaving goals of shelter programs.

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