Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems

– Course Number:
VEM 5321 (summer only) and VME 6810 all sections

– Course Credits:
3 Credit Hours

– Term:

Learn the Principles of Shelter Medicine

Establish a foundation of knowledge and expertise in shelter medicine with Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems, a 3 credit, semester-long course for veterinarians and veterinary students.

You will learn to use the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters as their guide to best practices in shelter. The course will also help you recognize common infectious diseases, behavioral problems, and examples of animal cruelty presented to animal shelters and understand the shelter veterinarian’s role in responding to such issues.

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In April 2014, Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems won the “Online Education Excellence Award” for graduate courses at the University of Florida. This is the university’s highest honor for online courses, and indicates that this course exceeds the UF Standards and Markers of Excellence, a framework of best practices for online courses.

Lead Instructor and Course Coordinator

Terry Spencer, DVM, MEd


Dr. Terry Spencer

Maddie’s® Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine
Director of Online Learning, Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program

What Our Students are Saying About the Course

As a current veterinary student, information about shelter medicine is only taught as a single elective course and just brushes the surface in this complex field. Through the UF Maddie”s® Certificate in Shelter Medicine Program, I was able to supplement my current curriculum and foster my interest in shelter medicine. The three courses often overlapped with what I was learning at school and provided great depth and references. The flexibility of a clear online schedule with very understanding instructors and supportive classmates provides a positive learning environment even with the challenges of balancing these class with  a full course load. By providing the syllabus, certificate website and working with professors who support shelter medicine I was able to receive elective credit at my university.


To any veterinary students interested in shelter medicine, these courses are truly worth investing your time and resources on! “