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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Maddie's 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

Disease Response in Animal Shelters

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

Shelter Consultations

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

Florida Shelter Emergency Response

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


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

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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

Recent News

ALERT: Deadly rabbit disease reported in Florida

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 (RHDV-2) has been reported in Florida for the first time.

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Study: Surprising findings about heartworm in…

A new study found that, despite availability of preventives, 1 in 4 dogs and 1 in 5 cats taken in as strays to Florida shelters have been infected…

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UF shelter medicine interns saving the future for…

As the nation’s animal shelters face a shortage of veterinarians trained in shelter medicine, two interns in the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine…

Dr Brooks and Dr Saver