Exposure to a Cross-Section of Opportunities
Certificate programs are unique to the University of Florida (UF), and Maddie’s® Certificate in Shelter Medicine is the fourth certificate offered at UF, joining other intensive programs in International Veterinary Medicine, Food Animal Medicine, and Aquatic Animal Health.
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
A Valuable Credential for Seeking Employment
The 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 must enroll in the certificate program by the end of their junior year, but are encouraged to enroll as soon as they have an interest in the program.