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We are here to help you! The Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida advises veterinarians, veterinary students, and shelter professionals regarding topics in shelter medicine. If you haven’t found what you are looking for on this site, please submit this form and a member of our team will get back to you.

A note about individual animal health queries: Please understand that the Florida Veterinary Practice Act does not allow the provision of treatment advice for animals we have not seen. We are unable to provide answers to specific medical questions unless you are a veterinarian working in or providing assistance to an animal shelter.

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Standardized Wellness and Infectious Disease Protocols

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Compassion Fatigue Strategies Course

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  • If your shelter needs help dealing with an increase in the severity or number of infections of any type, please begin by reviewing Dr. Cynda Crawford’s Frequently Asked Questions about Infectious Disease Outbreaks document.
  • Then complete and submit the contact form while providing as much information as possible, including the type of disease and the number of animals involved.
  • After completing the form, notify Dr. Crawford at 352-258-9263 or email her at

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Shelter Medicine Program
UF College of Veterinary Medicine
2015 SW 16th Avenue 100126
Gainesville, FL 32610


(352) 273-8660


(352) 392-6125

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