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Why take Shelter Medicine courses?

Animal welfare professionals in any position experience many unique challenges when working in shelter or rescue environments. That’s why The University of Florida’s online Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program is the perfect opportunity for all animal welfare professionals to gain critical knowledge in this growing field.

The demand for well-trained professionals in all areas of shelter operations is vital to the care of animals in need. Career changers without a background in shelter medicine can ease into the program as a non-degree seeking student. Non-profit leadership courses can be particularly helpful for students interested in making a difference in the lives of animals but may not have an extensive science background.

What does it mean to be a non-degree seeking student?

UF’s online shelter medicine program offers the opportunity to enroll in one course (up to 3 credits) as a non-degree seeking student. This gives professionals the chance to sharpen skills and focus on areas of interest specific to their line of work, without the demand of a full degree curriculum. All courses are open and available for non-degree enrollment. Credits earned are fully transferable towards the graduate certificate or master’s degree in shelter medicine for students who wish to further their education.

What will you learn?

Non-degree seeking students can choose from the entire catalog of Shelter Medicine courses. These courses offer a wide range of topics for animal welfare professionals to hone in on skills or areas of interest specific to their role. Topics range from:

  • Shelter health, behavior, and welfare
  • Animal cruelty, forensics and crime scene processing
  • Non-profit leadership, management, and fundraising
  • Veterinary public health, disease control, and disaster response

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.

How much is tuition?

Tuition is $525 per credit hour, plus fees for all Shelter Medicine courses. For more details on tuition, click here.

Are continuing education (CE) credits available for veterinarians?

Yes! Each course counts for 45 contact hours of continuing education for veterinarians in the state of Florida. Each state has its own guidelines, so it’s important to check your state’s requirements. The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida can provide any required documentation to submit the courses you take for CE credits in your state.

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