Summer Registration is Open for Shelter Medicine Distance Learning!

Veterinary students and professionals are enhancing their knowledge and understanding of shelter medicine with our online graduate certificate program. 

Summer 2014 registration has opened and students can now enroll in VME 6810: Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems, an online course that’s part of the Maddie’s® Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida.

Summer enrollment is open for the Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine

Made possible by generous support from Maddie’s® Fund, the distance education program at Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program enables students across the globe to receive quality instruction from experts in the expanding field of shelter medicine.

Learn more about the Maddie’s® Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine , including admission requirements and how to apply.

The deadline to submit applications for summer is May 5, 2014, with online classes officially starting on May 12.

Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems

  • Course Number: VEM 5321 / VME 6810 / VME 6934 all sections
  • Course Credits: 3 Graduate Credit Hours
  • Instructor: Dr. Terry Spencer, DVM, MEd
  • Syllabus
  • Course Guide

Through the power of online education, join veterinary students and professionals in exploring the crucial role veterinarians play in promoting the health and welfare of shelter animals.

Taught by Dr. Terry Spencer, Maddie’s Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine and Director of Distance Learning at Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, a range of topics will be covered in this comprehensive online course. The lesson plan has been designed to give students a formidable toolkit of best practices and proven techniques for use in animal shelters.

Online Training in Shelter Medicine

Distance learning through Maddie’s® Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine gives students and veterinary professionals unmatched convenience to pursue graduate-level coursework in this growing specialty.

The online graduate certificate program provides the expert instruction and comprehensive training necessary to address the health and welfare issues unique to animal shelters. Our goal is to fill the existing curricular gap in the field of Shelter Medicine by providing quality online courses for veterinarians and second through fourth-year veterinary students.

The online Maddie’s® Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine is a 9-credit program that will teach you best practices in:

  • Managing infectious diseases
  • Preventing behavioral problems
  • Gathering forensic medical evidence
  • Managing populations
  • Preventing suffering and saving lives

Apply today and learn how you can be a part of the change in shelter medicine.

Student Success

Recipients of the Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine have ranged from veterinary students to established professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge of health and welfare issues facing sheltered dogs and cats.

Students have shared incredible stories of how they’ve put the knowledge gained through the online certificate program to use in their own shelters and practices. Read about one certificate recipient and how she improved the health, welfare, and outcomes of cats in her municipal shelter – “Maddie’s® Online Certificate Alumnus Improves Outcomes for Shelter Cats in Michigan

We’re so proud of our Online Graduate Certificate alumni!

Read more about the diverse group of thirty-one students who were the first to receive the Maddie’s® Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine.