On-Campus Courses

Dr. Natalie IsazaIntroduction to Shelter Medicine

  • Instructor: Dr. N. Isaza
  • Course Number: VEM 5322
  • Credits: 1 Credit Hour

Students will learn the basics of infection control, preventive medicine, and vaccination strategies unique to the shelter environment. In addition they gain insight into animal abuse and neglect issues and the value of educating the public on spay/neuter procedures.s

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Introduction to Veterinary Disaster ResponseDr. Julie Levy

Students will be introduced to the basics of responding to disasters as a veterinary responder, and build a base for further development in responder training. Credentialed students may join the UF VETS disaster response team and deploy to declared disasters.

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Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare

Student will be introduced to the application of veterinary behavior sciences in the environment of animal shelters. This course will teach important aspects of behavior, enrichment, and pet welfare in animal shelters and how behavioral health of dogs and cats in shelters is evaluated, managed, and treated.

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Veterinary Forensic Medicine

Students will be introduced to the the application of veterinary forensic sciences in crimes involving animals, including recognition of abuse, crime scene investigation, and interacting with the legal community.

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Supervised Research

Recognizing and Responding to Animal Hoarding

Students will explore the special challenges faced in recognition and response to animal hoarding using a combination of directed reading, videos, webinars, web-surfing, and attendance at Maddie’s® Veterinary Forensics Conference. Students will collaborate in making a formal presentation at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Supervised Research

Challenges and Controversies Facing Bully Breed Dogs in Animal Shelters

Students will explore the special challenges faced by animal shelters in dealing with unwanted pit bulls and other bully breeds. Topics include breed prejudice, myths, breed characteristics, temperament evaluation, and dog fighting.

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Community Cat Management

Participants will explore the controversial topic of managing unowned free-roaming community cats during a week-long intensive program. This course will use a combination of lectures, discussions, and clinical laboratories.

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