DVM Core Content in Shelter Medicine

Shelter Medicine Program
What is shelter medicine?
Students prepare for spay/neuter clinic

Shelter Medicine is a field of veterinary medicine dedicated to the care and needs of underserved animals. At Tufts, the Shelter Medicine Program works with underserved animals such as community cats, shelter animals and animals belonging to pet owners in need, while teaching students practice-ready skills. A host of area partners work with the school to provide opportunities for students to observe and gain experience working in shelters in Massachusetts. Learn more…

DVM Core Content

The Tufts Shelter Medicine Program is committed to raising awareness about the needs of shelter animals and the sheltering community among all veterinarians. Therefore part of our program includes elements of the core DVM curriculum.

Human-Animal Relations

This survey course for first-year veterinary students explores the relationships between animals and human society. In this context, considerations for veterinarians in many areas of practice, including Shelter Medicine, are addressed.

Problem-Based Learning

This course is taken by all first- and second-year veterinary students who work through clinical cases with guidance from a facilitator. Shelter medicine and animal welfare-related content are included in the bank of cases.

Veterinary Medicine and the Law

The content in this law course for second-year veterinary students includes legal responsibilities and obligations to homeless animals, animal cruelty laws and veterinary obligations, and the role of humane law enforcement.

Ethics in Veterinary Medicine

This course for second-year veterinary students, includes many issues relevant to Shelter Medicine, such as the ethical issues of pet ownership, ethical and legal obligations to report animal cruelty and ethical problems encountered when pet owners cannot afford needed medical care.

Euthanasia Seminar

This eight-hour seminar for third-year veterinary students includes content addressing euthanasia in shelter setting. In this lecture students learn how shelter euthanasia can differ from private practice euthanasia, as well as the current best practice protocols for euthanasia within a shelter setting.

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