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Graduate Scholarships: Online Shelter Medicine Certificate

ASPCA®, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company & PetPoint Solutions Tuition Reimbursement Scholarships


PetPoint-Solutions-Scholarship-AwardThe University of Florida, through grants from the ASPCA®, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company and PetPoint Solutions, is proud to offer tuition reimbursement to selected students after successful completion of one course within the University of Florida’s Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine.

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has expanded its shelter medicine program to allow veterinarians and veterinary students around the world to earn the Maddie’s® Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine. This three course, 9-credit online program imparts the knowledge and skills veterinarians need to care for large numbers of dogs and cats. It teaches how to manage the infectious diseases not usually seen in well-cared for pets; how to prevent behavioral problems that could keep homeless animals from being adopted; and how to improve the welfare of sheltered animals.

The objective of the scholarship is to support and encourage the professional development of veterinarians and veterinary students interested in shelter medicine.

Criteria for Selection of Scholarship Recipients

Download the selection criteria and grading rubric explanation.

Those selected to receive the scholarship must enroll in one of Online Shelter Medicine classes offered each semester. Scholarship recipients must complete the class with a grade of B or higher before tuition reimbursement will be made. Please note this is for a tuition reimbursement, so all courses tuition and fees must be paid in advance and will be reimbursed to the scholarship recipients upon successful completion of the course.

Criteria for selection of students who will receive tuition reimbursement are as follows:

Strengths of Letters of Recommendation

High scores are given to applicants who: are described as dedicated to the field of Shelter Medicine by someone with standing in the discipline (e.g., Shelter Director, Professor of Shelter Medicine, colleague in Shelter Medicine); and receive enthusiastic descriptions of the individual as a whole.

Commitment to Field of Shelter Medicine

Scores for commitment to the field of Shelter Medicine are based on the applicant’s prior experiences in Shelter Medicine and statements from the letters of intent and recommendation describing his or her future potential for involvement with Shelter Medicine.

Reason for Pursuing Advanced Training

Applicants who indicate a need for additional education in Shelter Medicine due to lack of access to the education and who express need to enhance specific knowledge and skills are given higher scores.

Likelihood to Enhance Professional Development

Scores are based on the applicant’s current experiences and position in his or her career. Applicants with less formal training or experience in shelter medicine receive higher scores.

Potential to Impact Animal Welfare

Applicants are scored on their potential to impact welfare for the greatest number of animals. Applicants who work or intend to work with high intake shelters are given higher scores. Because practicing veterinarians already work with shelter animals, scores are weighted toward graduate veterinarians more than veterinary students as scholarship awardees.

Previous Scholarships Awarded

In order to support as many students in need as possible, preference is given to those applicants who have not received this scholarship in previous terms.

Geographic Diversity

We select applicants that represent a wide geographic range and diversity of community settings.

Application Process

You must submit:

  • Your resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals with knowledge of your experience in shelter medicine.
  • A letter of intent (limited to 500 words) describing your previous experience and reasons for pursuing advanced training in shelter medicine.
  • A statement of financial need (limited to 500 words).

Application Deadline


This scholarship is available to practicing veterinarians and students of veterinary medicine. The scholarship is available only once during enrollment in the Certificate program, and late applications will not be eligible.

Notification of Awards

All applicants will be notified of the selection decision after the start of the semester.

Submission of Application Materials

Please complete the online application and upload all documents through this website.


This scholarship opportunity is made possible by a generous grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA®), Nestlé Purina PetCare Company and PetPoint Solutions.


Additional scholarships are available through many different sources, we have compiled a list with instructions to apply here.