New MS Degree Off to a Running Start


Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program’s new Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences with a concentration in Shelter Medicine has been very well-received! The program has already enrolled 11 students representing 7 different US states in its very first semester of Spring 2015. All 11 of the new students have previously earned a DVM professional degree, and the program anticipates enrollment of non-veterinarian animal shelter and welfare professionals in the coming semesters. This MS degree is the first of it’s kind, opening the door to Shelter Medicine education for a much wider demographic than ever before.

As a student enrolled in the 30 credit MS degree program, one will earn the Maddie’s® Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine as well as have the option to earn 3 additional certificates:

  • Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Forensic Sciences
  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Public Health

The first Shelter Medicine course offered to the new MS students is Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare, which is designed to help students “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 class, which is also offered as part of the Maddie’s® Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine for UF on-campus DVM students, and the Maddie’s® Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine, is seeing it’s largest enrollment ever: 81 students! The class enrollment is made up of veterinarians, veterinary students at UF and other universities, veterinary technicians, and non-veterinary animal shelter and welfare professionals. Of the working professionals enrolled in the course, 29 are currently working in animal shelters and rescues in 14 different US states, Australia, and Canada.

Learn more about the Maddie’s® Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences with a concentration in Shelter Medicine