Shelter Medicine Externships

Goals for Shelter Medicine Externships

Student externships described here are only available to students enrolled at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Non-UF DVM students are welcome to contact the shelters directly to inquire about externship opportunities.

  • Understand the issues of animal homelessness, risk factors for relinquishment, and pet reunification
  • Understand and apply the concepts of population management in shelters
  • Apply concepts of quality of life and environmental enrichment in shelters
  • Understand the principles of infection control, including surveillance, isolation, vaccination, cleaning and disinfection
  • Develop skills in animal handling and examination
  • Participate in shelter preventive health care protocols
  • Perform medical and behavioral assessments
  • Participate in cruelty and abuse evaluations as appropriate

Watch this video to see how much fun you’ll have with a shelter medicine externship!

Maddie’s® Award Program

Thanks to the generosity of Maddie’s Fund and The Coalition to Educate Alternatives to Senseless Euthanasia, a limited number of awards are available to students for select Shelter Medicine externship locations.  Click here to learn more.

 Please note: Maddie’s Externship Awards are available only for select agencies.  Please contact us for more information.

Approved Agencies

Visit the Host an Extern page to access the application for new agencies.



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