Required Extracurricular Activities

Beginning with 1st year, students interested in pursuing the Maddie’s® Certificate in Shelter Medicine are expected to:



Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) are $5 per year.)
ASPCApro “Shelter’s Edge” blog
*UF Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (UFscASV) Maddie’s Institute “Chew on This” blog
Shelter Vet Community Forums
Login to, click on “Member Center” tab, choose Community Forums
*Must remain in good standing with UFscASV (current on dues and actively participating)

Such experiences provide early exposure to the field of Shelter Medicine through wet labs, foster care opportunities, faculty mentoring, discussions of shelter medicine topics, field trips to shelters, and opportunities to meet with other students, residents, interns, and faculty who share an interest in Shelter Medicine. Students are also encouraged to attend UF Shelter Medicine Conferences that are offered twice each year so they can learn from international leaders in Shelter Medicine.