Shelter Animal Physical Health

Course Number:
VEM 5381/ VME 6811/  all sections

Course Credits:
3 Credit Hours

Spring / Fall

This course will help you evaluate and modify protocols to enhance the physical health and well-being of sheltered dogs and cats as well as recognize and respond to common threats to physical health.

The Shelter Animal Physical Health course explores important medical concepts related to population management, sanitation, facility design, animal housing, preventive healthcare, and best practices for diagnosing and managing infectious disease outbreaks common to the shelter setting.

Lead Instructors

Dr. Cynda Crawford

Maddie’s® Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine, University of Florida CVM

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

Dr. Julie Levy
DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM

Maddie’s® Professor of Shelter Medicine, University of Florida CVM

Dr. Katherine Polak

Dr. Katherine Polak

Director of Animal Welfare for Soi Dog Foundation Phuket, Thailand
Courtesy Lecturer, Maddie’s® Certificate in Shelter Medicine

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