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Program Details

The University of Florida’s Graduate level Certificate Program in Shelter Medicine Knowledge is offered through a completely online format. This program is available through the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and may be a good option for students who are interested in gaining knowledge and skills necessary to be a knockout shelter veterinarian. Additionally, this program’s entirely distance learning format was designed for working professionals who wouldn’t normally have the freedom to pursue traditional graduate level certificate on-campus due to family, location, or work commitments. This may be ideal for students who are interested in receiving a certificate in shelter medicine both near and far, including veterinary students and professionals and wish to take advantage of a program that is convenient, affordable, and intensive.

Shelter medicine is on track to become the next Boarded Specialty area of practice in Veterinary Medicine, so well trained veterinarians to address the health and welfare issues found only in animal shelters may be in demand. This course of study is very unique, as few opportunities currently exist for students who wish to immerse themselves in graduate-level coursework within this emerging area of expertise. This program consists of three courses, or nine-credits. These courses span topics such as Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems, Shelter Animal Physical Health, and Shelter Animal Behavior & Welfare. The overall goals of this program are to understand the critical role played by veterinarians in protecting the health and welfare of sheltered dogs and cats and to recognize and respond to compromised physical and behavioral health of sheltered animals. Once students have completed this course of study, they should be ready to practice shelter medicine.


To enroll in these three courses you must currently be a 2nd to 4th year veterinary student or already hold a DVM, VMD or equivalent from an international school

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges