Online Graduate Courses: Certificate in Shelter Medicine

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Online Certificate in Shelter Medicine Program


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Terry Spencer, DVM, MEdIntegrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems

This course will help you understand and appreciate the critical role played by veterinarians in protecting the health and welfare of sheltered dogs and cats. You will learn to use the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters as the guide to best practices in shelter medicine.

The course will also help you recognize common infectious diseases, behavioral problems, and examples of animal cruelty presented to animal shelters and understand the shelter veterinarian’s role in responding to such issues.

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Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDShelter Animal Physical Health

This course will help you evaluate and modify protocols to enhance the physical health and well-being of sheltered dogs and cats as well as recognize and respond to common threats to physical health. The course explores important medical concepts related to population management, sanitation, facility design, animal housing, preventive healthcare, and best practices for diagnosing and managing infectious disease outbreaks common to the shelter setting.

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Dr. Sheila D’Arpino, DVM, DACVBShelter Animal Behavior and Welfare

This course will help you 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 course explores important concepts related to shelter animal behavior and welfare; such as behavioral assessments, behavioral modification protocols, diagnosis of common behavioral problems, and medical treatments of selected behavioral disorders.

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