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.
Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine
Our 15-credit Certificate program exposes students to a cross‐section of opportunities in the field of shelter medicine.
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…
Discover learning opportunities for veterinarians, veterinary students, shelter practitioners and staff.
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.
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 Cat Resources
Learn more about Operation Catnip and the Million Cat Challenge.
Local animal shelter news, shelter tips, help for lost pets to find their way home, and how to keep pets safe during the holidays.
March 2023 eNews
Community Cat Summer Fellowship – Shelter Medicine courses – Scaling up Return-to-Field – Grants for Animal Welfare – Long-Stay Dogs – Connect with…
2023 Summer and Fall Shelter Medicine Courses for…
With seven Shelter Medicine course offerings this summer, UF veterinary students can pick a favorite topic or start on a path toward earning the…
Applications Open: 2023 Operation Catnip…
Vet students: If you have a deep personal passion to change the world for community cats, you might be our next Community Cat Management Summer…