New Online Graduate Certificate

Hand holding cat pawThe University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and Maddie’s Fund® have joined forces to develop a new Online Graduate Certificate Program in Shelter Medicine.

Both veterinarians working in Shelter Medicine and those who treat pets adopted from shelters will learn to better recognize and treat the physical and behavioral issues that endanger animals in shelter environments.

Taught by the same leading professors who teach the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine on-campus program, the online courses explore infectious diseases, animal cruelty, behavioral assessment and treatment, preventative healthcare, and best practices for protecting the health and welfare of sheltered dogs and cats.

The certificate requires the completion of the following three courses delivered entirely online so that you can study at your convenience.

  • Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems (3 Credits)
    Understand and appreciate the critical role played by veterinarians in protecting the health and welfare of sheltered dogs and cats.
    Class starts Aug 22.
  • Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare (3 Credits)
    Evaluate the quality of a shelter’s behavioral health programs and implement changes to promote welfare and placement of sheltered dogs and cats.
    Coming January 2013.
  • Shelter Animal Physical Health (3 Credits)
    Learn to evaluate and modify protocols to enhance the physical health and well-being of sheltered dogs and cats, as well as recognize and respond to common threats to physical health.
    Coming August 2013.

Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition reimbursement is available to four students this fall through a generous grant from the ASPCA, which seeks to support and encourage the professional development of veterinarians and veterinary students interested in Shelter Medicine. Apply by August 10 and you could be eligible for one of these scholarships!

This is your chance to experience the vital and insightful UF Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine program from the convenience of your home or office. Become a leader in this emerging field of veterinary excellence, and discover your role in helping our nation’s homeless animals.

Click here to learn more and enroll.