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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.

EduCation

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

October is Adopt a Dog Month, and the ASPCA’s…

This October will mark the first Adopt a Dog Month of the COVID era.

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Now more than ever, animal welfare workers need…

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the problem of compassion fatigue in the helping professions, including animal welfare.

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COVID-19: How shelters can open safely for staff…

While many shelters and clinics never completely closed during the strictest phases of COVID precautions, they’re all facing the challenge of…

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