Online Certificate: in Shelter Medicine
Key Dates Spring 2014
- October 28th, 2013
Application opens (Online applications and non-degree registration requests)
- November 4th, 2013-January 3rd, 2014
Course registration open (ISIS will assign you a start time for registration)
- December 6th, 2013
Application deadline (Online applications and non-degree registration requests)
- January 3rd, 2014
Spring scholarship application deadline
- January 6th, 2014
Class officially begins
- January 10th, 2014
Deadline for Withdrawal with no penalty-If you are still enrolled after this date, you are liable for tuition and fee payment. NO EXCEPTIONS
- January 17th, 2014
Fee Payment Due by 3:30 pm
- January 31st, 2014 5 pm eastern, deadline to apply in ISIS for Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine award at end of spring term, if eligible *** SUBJECT TO CHANGE, watch for update
- April 23rd, 2014
Shelter Medicine Knowledge Now Online
An exciting series of online learning opportunities will provide you with the knowledge to be a knockout shelter veterinarian. Sign up to receive updates for Maddie’s® Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine offered online.
Shelter Medicine: an Emerging Veterinary Specialty
Shelter medicine is on track to become the next Boarded Specialty area of practice in veterinary medicine, and the current demand is great for well-trained veterinarians to address the health and welfare issues unique to animal shelters. Few opportunities currently exist for students to immerse themselves in graduate-level coursework within this emerging area of expertise.
With the support of Maddie’s Fund®, we are pleased to adapt our on-campus shelter medicine certificate program for delivery online in order to reach a broader audience, benefit more homeless animals, and support the expanding graduate and veterinary student interest in this evolving topic.
Location, Location, Location
Because our program is offered online, you can complete the coursework and receive a certificate in shelter medicine from anywhere as long as you have access to the internet. If you are an out-of-state veterinary student or professional, a non-local organization, or an international student, you can all take advantage of our convenient, affordable and intensive shelter medicine option for the cost of in-state tuition.
Who Should Apply
Our goal is to fill the existing curricular gap in the field of Shelter Medicine by providing quality online courses for veterinarians and second through fourth-year veterinary students. You do not need to be enrolled at the University of Florida to take these online courses. Unfortunately, these graduate courses are not currently available to other veterinary professionals (e.g., veterinary technicians, shelter operations staff, and kennel staff).
Veterinary Students Outside 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, our online program provides an opportunity for shelter medicine training otherwise unavailable to you.
Veterinarians Working in Private Practice
If you’re a veterinarian working in private practice, you may be asked by rescue workers, municipal governments, and local animal shelters to assist with problems related to animal homelessness in your community. Our shelter medicine training will enhance your ability to provide these services, and increase your standing as a caring, compassionate, and professional care provider.
If you’re a veterinarian working in an animal shelter, you face critical animal care decisions every day. 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.
What Our Students are Saying About the Program
“My staff is starting to utilize the methods in the lessons not only for our adoption animals but for our patients. This is a win-win situation.”
“As I think about the concept of decreasing length of stay, I realize our shelter workers will need to change their view of how the shelter is supposed to work. By setting concrete short- and long-term goals, I believe the workers will better understand and appreciate how the program is working and how it is benefiting both animals and people.”