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.
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.
A difficult year – Animal shelter crowding – Compassion fatigue strategies course – Kitten shelter diversion –
Updated 12/8/23 — Veterinarians report an increased number of dogs presenting with acute respiratory infection.
Declining adoption trends – Doggy day outs – Optimal cat petting sessions – Return to owner – Trap-neuter-return – Community cats – Spay/neuter…