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.

students with Dr. Patti Dinkman in behavior lab

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

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.

Shelter Consultations

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 Resources

Local animal shelter news, shelter tips, help for lost pets to find their way home, and how to keep pets safe during the holidays.

Recent News

Dr. Cynda Crawford named Fredrica Saltzman…

Our own Dr. Cynda Crawford received one of the highest honors at the University of Florida when she was honored for her work as an educator of future…

From left to right, Dana N. Zimmel, D.V.M., DACVIM; Charles Saltzman; Cynda Crawford, D.V.M., Ph.D.

What I saw after Hurricane Ian as a veterinarian…

“Some cats had stress-induced urinary conditions and fractures. We saw a bunny who refused to eat, a dog who was rescued after nearly drowning in a…

Puppies await veterinary care

Decrease in spay-neuter surgeries during pandemic…

Progress made over decades to control overpopulation of dogs and cats through high-volume spay-neuter surgeries is at risk.

Simone Guerios, D.V.M., Ph.D., a clinical assistant professor of shelter medicine at UF and the study’s lead author performing surgery.