This is a transitional time for the animal welfare field as growing demand for animal-friendly solutions is challenging traditional sheltering paradigms. At the same time, a growing national shortage of veterinarians skilled in Shelter Medicine and high-quality high-volume spay/neuter is threatening to slow momentum for life-saving programs.

In response, we’ve developed the Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine, one of the most comprehensive training programs for shelter veterinarians in the world. Certificate students complete a rigorous set of elective courses and immersive hands-on shelter trainings to prepare for day-one shelter practice readiness.

The educational curriculum encompasses the care of sheltered animals, infectious disease control, disaster management, cruelty investigations, shelter animal behavior, animal welfare, leadership, and high‐quality high‐volume spay neuter and other surgeries.

Our Shelter Medicine Certificate alumni represent a uniquely talented pool of compassionate veterinarians who have gone on to become veterinary school faculty, leaders in national animal welfare organizations, shelter directors, shelter veterinarians, and surgeons. They can be found working fulltime in animal welfare, serving as consultants to their local shelter, staffing low-cost, access-to-care clinics or volunteering their time to help the animals that need it the most.