Learn. Heal. Save.

Providing veterinary students and practitioners with the specialized knowledge and skills to enhance the medical and behavioral health of sheltered animals, increasing shelter lifesaving and promoting public health.


Shelter Medicine Curriculum

Veterinary students at the University of Florida can choose from a variety of elective courses and clinical rotations, all included in their DVM tuition.

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Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine

Our 15-credit Certificate program exposes students to a cross‐section of opportunities in the field of shelter medicine.

Class of 2018

Shelter Medicine Internship

A fully immersive program focusing on shelter best practices, community programs, disease diagnosis and outbreak management, disaster response for animals and so much more…

Dr. Meaghan Mielo, 2018-2019 Intern

Continuing Education

Discover learning opportunities for veterinarians, veterinary students, shelter practitioners and staff.

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Programs & Services

Maddie’s Million Pet Challenge

Dedicated to helping communities build programs to keep families and their pets together, improve outcomes for all shelter pets, and assure that pets who already have families will receive the care they need.

Shelter Consultations

Faculty, advanced trainees, and staff are here to help shelters optimize life-saving programs.

Disease Response in Animal Shelters

Get the help you need to prevent and succesfully manage disease outbreaks in your shelter.

Florida Shelter Emergency Response

Every year the University of Florida shelter emergency response team provides disaster assistance to shelters across the state.

Community Resources

Local animal shelter news, shelter tips, help for lost pets to find their way home, and how to keep pets safe during the holidays.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Discover resources that we’ve found particularly thought-provoking in exploring race in animal welfare.


Get information about PPE and sanitation alternatives for animal shelters, plus resources and webinars.

Recent News

Decrease in spay-neuter surgeries during pandemic…

Progress made over decades to control overpopulation of dogs and cats through high-volume spay-neuter surgeries is at risk.

Simone Guerios, D.V.M., Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor of shelter medicine at UF and the study’s lead author performing surgery.

People Want to Help Lost Pets Get Back Home…

Our experts share key insights from the new world of lost pet reunification and some statistics about lost and found pets that may surprise you.

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Florida Animal Shelters Struggle to Maintain…

Shelter admissions of free-roaming animals and former pets surged across Florida in 2021.

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