Spring Registration Opens for Online Graduate Certificate Students

Spring 2014 registration is open for online shelter medicine certificate courses!

The UF Maddie’s® Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine is currently registering VME 6810: Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems and VME 6812: Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare.

The registration deadline for both courses is January 3rd, 2014. Online classes begin January 6th, 2014. 

VME 6810: Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems

  • 3 credits
  • Instructor: Dr. Terry Spencer, DVM, MEd
  • This course will help you understand and appreciate the critical role played by veterinarians in protecting the health and welfare of sheltered dogs and cats. You will learn to use the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters as their guide to best practices in shelter. The course will also help you recognize common infectious diseases, behavioral problems, and examples of animal cruelty presented to animal shelters and understand the shelter veterinarian’s role in responding to such issues.

VME 6812:  Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare

  • 3 credits
  • Lead Instructor: Dr. Sheila D’Arpino, DVM, DACVB
  • This course will help you evaluate the quality of a shelter’s behavioral health programs as well as implement changes to promote welfare and placement of sheltered dogs and cats. The course explores important concepts related to shelter animal behavior and welfare; such as behavioral assessments, behavioral modification protocols, diagnosis and management/treatment of common behavioral problems.

Register Now

New students can visit the Application and Registration page for more information.

Continuing students can download the spring registration instructions here.

Tuition Reimbursement Scholarships are available this spring. If you are interesting in applying for a scholarship, please complete the online application by January 3rd.


If you have any questions, please contact us online or at 352-294-4757.