Education: Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program

The Skills You Need to Save Lives

Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at UF (MSMP) offers training to veterinary students, practicing veterinarians, and shelter practitioners.  Our training and education program is designed to equip you with the skills you need to save lives in animal shelters and communities.

Veterinary Students

Our veterinary students are passionate, altruistic, and in search of career opportunities that are professionally fulfilling.  We are proud to provide training in Shelter Medicine to these inspirational students.

From shelter medicine courses to clinical clerkships and externships, to the Maddie’s® Certificate in Shelter Medicine, we provide the veterinary leaders of tomorrow with the skills they need to make a difference in the lives of animals.  Learn more about our educational programs geared towards veterinary students.

Dr. Cate McManus, a Resident in Shelter Medicine, examines a suspected victim of animal neglect.Veterinarians

Advanced training for veterinarians in Shelter Medicine is a core component of our program. Whether at a weekend conference or during a year-long internship, we are committed to building a corps of highly skilled Shelter Medicine practitioners. And training in Shelter Medicine is especially important for veterinarians whose DVM curriculum did not include this specialized training. Learn more about our training opportunities for veterinarians.


Veterinary students learn to assess feral cats at a local shelter.Shelter Practitioners and Staff

Veterinarians and veterinarian students are not the only practitioners who can benefit from Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program. Veterinarians, technicians, and shelter managers are invited to participate in our programs to advance their knowledge, and take advantage of the shelter services that we offer.

Learn more about our programs and resources for shelter practitioners and staff.