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Who Is It For?

Whether you are a veterinarian, veterinary technician, shelter administrator, animal control officer, or public health worker, this program will provide you with comprehensive training that you can use to advance your career and benefit the lives of homeless companion animals. Your online classmates will include:

  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary students
  • Pre-veterinary students
  • Shelter medicine residents and interns
  • Veterinary technicians
  • Shelter administrators
  • Shelter operations staff
  • Animal welfare professionals

Career Potential

The online Shelter Medicine Program at UF will prepare students for careers in animal shelters and animal welfare organizations, such as:

  • Medical directors
  • Executive directors
  • Shelter operations directors

Veterinary Students Outside of the University of Florida

If you’re a second- through fourth-year veterinary student outside of the University of Florida seeking a career in Shelter Medicine, our certificate program offers affordable and convenient advanced training. If you’re an international student, the Shelter Medicine Program provides an opportunity for Shelter Medicine training that would otherwise be unavailable to you.

Veterinarians in Private Practice or in Shelters

No matter where you practice, UF’s Shelter Medicine training will enhance your ability to provide these services, and increase your standing as a caring, compassionate, and professional care provider. You will learn how to recognize and manage infectious diseases common in the shelter environment; recognize and collect forensic evidence in a cruelty investigation; and manage and prevent behavioral and welfare problems in large populations of animals.

At a Glance