Mission of the Shelter Medicine Program

The mission of the Shelter Medicine Program is to improve the quality of life for homeless, displaced, abused or neglected animals through the education of veterinary students, veterinarians and veterinary para-professionals in the principles, core competencies and best practices of shelter medicine.

The program accomplishes this by:

  • Working to develop a community that is more capable of meeting the needs of at-risk animal populations: shelter animals, animals displaced by natural and manmade disasters, and animals belonging to underserved populations such as low-income pet owners.
  • Creating a pool of educators and students who are well versed in animal welfare issues.
  • Working to instill in our veterinary students a sense of urgency and obligation, driven by compassion, to give back to their communities by serving as expert community resources on animal policy issues for vulnerable populations.
  • Conducting humane research in the field of shelter medicine with the goal of advancing the welfare of all companion animals.