Learn. Heal. Save.

A program of innovative medical, surgical, and behavioral training to prepare practice-ready veterinarians for high-impact and rewarding careers in animal welfare. Our nationally known experts provide shelter consultation services, emergency response for disease outbreaks, and research to solve the most critical threats to successful animal sheltering.


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.

students with Dr. Patti Dinkman in behavior lab

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 Certificate graduates and Faculty in regalia

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.

Recent News

June 2024 eNews

Global sheltering crisis — Exciting news about a UF Shelter Medicine alum — Neonatal kitten webinar

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May 2024 eNews

Celebrating 2024 Certificate in Shelter Medicine graduates — Avian flu alert for cats

2024 Certificate in Shelter Medicine graduates