Menu UF Health Home Menu


Maddie's® Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine Sub-Banner

What courses are offered?

The curriculum developed for Maddie’s® Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine presents the core knowledge and skills required for success as a shelter veterinarian while recognizing the unique needs of adult learners.

Course #

Course Name





VEM 5321/ VME 6810 / VME 6934 Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems 3 2015
VEM 5381 / VME 6811 / VME 6934 Shelter Animal Physical Health 3 2015
VEM 5320 / VME 6812 / VME 6934 Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare 3 2015

What are the goals of the program?

Our program allows you to interact with the content in an asynchronous, online-delivery format, while encouraging you to reflect on your prior experiences in shelter medicine. When you complete the online shelter medicine certificate program, you will be ready to practice shelter medicine.

  1. Understand the critical role played by veterinarians in protecting the health and welfare of sheltered dogs and cats.
  2. Recognize and respond to compromised physical health of sheltered animals.
  3. Recognize and respond to compromised behavioral health of sheltered animals.

Student Experiences

“This course is phenomenal and I can assure you many of us are grateful for it. I am using things I have learned on a daily basis and I feel I can make a difference now. The resources are great and I did not know they existed before.”

“I loved the video of the terrier promoting himself to potential adopters! It made me think of many other creative ways to promote our adoption animals, which I have shared with my fellow online students in the discussion forum.”

Online Course Video Tour

Learn more about how our online courses work with this video tour of Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems.