Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare

  • Course Numbers:
    VEM 5320 / VME 6812
  • Course credit:
    3 Credit Hours
  • Term:
    VEM 5320 – Spring only
    VME 6812 – Spring/Fall

Addressing Behavior and Welfare in the Shelter Setting

This course will help you evaluate the quality of a shelter’s behavioral health programs as well as implement changes to promote welfare and placement of sheltered dogs and cats. The course explores important concepts related to shelter animal behavior and welfare; such as behavioral assessments, behavioral modification protocols, diagnosis and management/treatment of common behavioral problems.


Dr. Sara Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVB

Dr. Sara Bennett

Veterinary Behavior Specialist &
Courtesy Lecturer, Maddie’s® Certificate in Shelter Medicine

Dr. Brenda Griffin DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM

Dr. Brenda Griffin

Adjunct Associate Professor of Shelter Medicine, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Amy Marder, VMD, CAAB
Dr. Amy Marder

Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Course Coordinator

Terry Spencer, DVM, MEdDr. Terry Spencer

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