Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare: VEM 5320

Addressing Behavior and Welfare in the Shelter Setting

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 and management/treatment of common behavioral problems.

  • Course Number: VEM 5320 (for UFCVM veterinary students)
  • Course Credit: 3 credit hours
  • Term: Spring
  • Syllabus


Dr. Brenda Griffin

Course Director: Dr. Brenda Griffin DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM

Adjunct Associate Professor of Shelter Medicine, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine



Dr. Sara Bennett

Dr. Sara Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVB

Veterinary Behavior Specialist &
Courtesy Lecturer, Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program