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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.

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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.

COVID-19

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

A look back at the career of shelter medicine…

After a long career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Sarah Kirk is embarking on retirement.

Study: UF shelter medicine visiting scholar and…

South Korea may become the latest community cat success story.

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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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