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On-Campus Certificate

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 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

certificate student with shelter dogA 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 are encouraged to join the Certificate in Shelter Medicine Track as soon as they have an interest in the program. Students interested in earning the Certificate in Shelter Medicine while they earn their DVM degree should join the shelter medicine track and meet with an advisor from the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program to develop a plan for completing all requirements prior to graduation.