Shelter Medicine Practice

Diplomates are expected to be skilled in the art and science of medicine and surgery as well as other areas such as preventative and wellness care, behavior, and public health.

Certification is challenging but rewarding. Veterinarians must have at least 6 years of full-time, high-quality practice experience with shelter medicine and be able to document a commitment to high-level continuing education. They also must be able to communicate professionally and scientifically by following instructions and preparing written case reports. To pass the comprehensive examination, candidates often spend an average of 1 hour per day studying, reading textbook and journal articles, and taking courses and practice tests. There are online study groups to help with credentials and examination preparation. A Regent is also available to answer questions and provide assistance and feedback.

The Shelter Medicine Practice category is an AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty™.

There are several residency programs available. For more information, click here.