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.
Veterinary students at the University of Florida can choose from a variety of elective courses and clinical rotations, all included in their DVM tuition.
Our 15-credit Certificate program exposes students to a cross‐section of opportunities in the field of shelter medicine.
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
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.
Get the help you need to prevent and succesfully manage disease outbreaks in your shelter.
Every year the University of Florida shelter emergency response team provides disaster assistance to shelters across the state.
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.
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.
Progress made over decades to control overpopulation of dogs and cats through high-volume spay-neuter surgeries is at risk.
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.
Shelter admissions of free-roaming animals and former pets surged across Florida in 2021.