Shelter Medicine Curriculum

Veterinary students at the University of Florida can choose from a variety of online courses and clinical rotations to explore the field of shelter medicine while earning elective credits, or complete the entire 15-credit Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine. However you connect with the Shelter Medicine Program, we strive to provide the veterinary leaders of tomorrow with the skills they need to make a difference in the lives of animals and communities. 

*Indicates requirement for Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine.

Shelter Medicine Courses

Shelter Medicine Clinical Clerkships


The Shelter Medicine Program coordinates with animal shelters and veterinary clinics from across the country to assist us in providing this practical training during formal student externships. 

Thanks to the generosity of our program partners, we are proud to offer Externship Awards to UF veterinary students who complete for-credit externships for the Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine.