UF veterinary students complete two-week course in shelter animal behavior

2011 Shelter Behavior Class
Senior veterinary students at UF with Dr. Brenda Griffin (center, back row), after a lab exploring equipment, tools, and toys for shelter animal enrichment and welfare.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida is the only vet school in the country that offers a course in shelter animal behavior and welfare.  The course is coordinated by Dr. Julie Levy of Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program.

This year’s course was taught over two weeks by Dr. Brenda Griffin and Dr. Shelia D’Arpino and included hands-on behavior evaluations, behavior training, and enrichment activities with dogs and cats at local shelters. Check out Dr. D’Arpino’s blog where she reflects on her experience teaching the course here at the UF.