UF Veterinary Students Invited to Pursue Shelter Medicine Certificate

certificate student with shelter dogMade possible by Maddie’s Fund®, the Certificate in Shelter Medicine provides an intensive training program for future veterinarians interested in helping millions of homeless animals – one at a time.

The University of Florida has a vibrant community of shelter medicine students, advanced trainees, and educators dedicated to the cause of shelter pets.  Shelter medicine certificate students will enjoy a cross‐section of opportunities in the field of shelter medicine, including:

  • Care of sheltered animals
  • Animal disaster management
  • Cruelty investigation and forensics
  • Shelter animal behavior and welfare
  • High‐quality high‐volume sterilization surgery
  • Research in shelter medicine
Students are encouraged to join the Shelter Medicine Track as soon as they have an interest in the program.

Get Started

Are you a University of Florida veterinary student interested in pursing your Certificate in Shelter Medicine?

1Click here to join the Certificate in
Shelter Medicine Track.  

2Our student services coordinator will follow up with you to complete enrollment requirements, which include signing up for important shelter medicine blogs and joining the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

Step 3 of the ProcessYou will receive an email that you have been added to the E-Learning group for Maddie’s Certificate in Shelter Medicine.

Step 4 of the ProcessYou’ll automatically receive information about signing up for classes, scheduling advisor time, and other activities via the E-Learning site.

Step 5 of the ProcessStay engaged!

At the E-Learning site, you will be able to:

  • Download the latest forms and policies
  • Submit reports and photos
  • Learn about upcoming activities
  • Connect and share with fellow Certificate students

Get Informed

Still deciding, or ready to learn more about the program? Simply view the Certificate in Shelter Medicine Overview.

Please note that the Certificate Program is being streamlined for Class of 2015 and later. Requirements for these classes will vary from those currently posted for Class of 2013 and 2014. Contact us with any questions.

Get Connected

Head over to Facebook and “like” our pages to stay up-to-date with Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program and Shelter Medicine Club (SCASV) news and events.

Want to be even more in touch with the field? Meet a few of our favorite friends!

Get Involved

Get started in our UF Shelter Medicine community before even taking a class!  These events are a great opportunity to connect with fellow students interested in shelter medicine (as well as faculty, interns, and residents), engage with national leaders in the field, learn about new topics, and delve into clinical techniques.

Date Activity
October 8, 6:30 pm Shelter Medicine Rounds, VS-18D (repeats every Monday)
October 10 SCASV Seminar: ASPCA Large-Scale Emergency Responses
October 25 Maddie’s Institute Webinar: Fixing the Feline Housing Crisis
November 3 SCASV Wetlab: Flank Spay Techniques
November 6 SCASV Seminar: New Pet Microchipping System
November 14 SCAAFP Seminar: ASPCA, Forensic Necropsy
November 17 SCAAFP Wetlab: ASPCA, Forensic Necropsy Techniques
December 2 Operation Catnip