Recognizing and Responding to Animal Hoarding: Special Projects

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Course Number:

  • VEM 5912 (veterinary students)
  • VME 6934 (graduate students)
  • VME 4906 (undergraduate students)

Semester Credit Hours: 2

Term: Offered Periodically

Course Overview

Haven Acres Rescued CatThis self‐paced independent study course explores the special challenges faced in recognition and response to animal hoarding using a combination of directed reading, videos, webinars, internet-based research, and attendance at Maddie’s® Veterinary Forensics Conference. Students will collaborate in making a formal presentation at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Following an introductory course meeting, most activities are self‐paced and students are encouraged to collaborate with each other. If desired, students can complete required reading and viewing assignments over the fall holiday breaks to avoid conflict with spring semester courses.

Course Objectives

To understand current issues relating to animal hoarding, including:

  • Definition and identification of animal hoarding
  • The psycho‐social aspects of hoarding
  • Hoarding’s sentinel role for elder abuse and neglect, child abuse and neglect, and adult self-neglect
  • Types and motivations of animal hoarding
  • Hoarding by animal rescuers
  • Interdisciplinary responses to animal hoarding
  • Crime scene and forensic investigation of animal hoarding
  • Large‐scale animal hoarding responses
  • The role of law enforcement in hoarding responses
  • The role of veterinarians in hoarding responses
  • Resources available to prevent and respond to animal hoarding

Course Coordinator

Levy_featuredDr. Julie Levy

Maddie’s® Professor of Shelter Medicine
at the University of Florida