Maddie’s® On-Campus Professional Certificate

Exposure to a Cross-Section of Opportunities

Certificate programs are unique to the University of Florida (UF), and Maddie’s® Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine is one of five certificates offered at UF, joining other intensive programs in Food Animal MedicineAquatic Animal Health, Veterinary Business Management, and the One Health initiative.

Our shelter medicine program exposes students to a cross‐section of opportunities in the field of shelter medicine including:

  • Care of sheltered animals
  • Animal disaster management
  • Cruelty investigation and forensics
  • Shelter animal behavior and welfare
  • High‐quality high‐volume sterilization surgery
  • Research in shelter medicine

Free Shelter Medicine Training for All UFCVM Students

certificate student with shelter dogA variety of opportunities are available for all students at UFCVM, including gaining an overview of opportunities in this emerging field, learning practical hands-on skills for managing healthy populations, developing tools for improving animal welfare and behavior, polishing spay/neuter abilities, or meeting veterinarians and thought leaders who are actively working in the field. Students are encouraged to sign up early to receive information about Shelter Medicine, even if they just want to explore the topic and are not planning to enroll in the full Certificate program. After signing up, students will receive announcements about Shelter Medicine scholarships, externship travel funds, and training opportunities.

A Valuable Credential for Seeking Employment

The Professional Certificate provides students who have completed an intensive training program in this field a valuable credential for seeking employment in animal sheltering or the pursuit of residency training. Certificate course offerings span all four years of the curriculum and are offered at least once each year.

Students planning to develop advanced expertise in Shelter Medicine can complete the courses, clerkships, and externships required to earn the Certificate in Shelter Medicine in tandem with their DVM. The Certificate is an internationally recognized credential documenting exceptional achievement in Shelter Medicine.