Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition Reimbursement from UF and the ASPCA

The University of Florida, through a grant from the ASPCA, is proud to offer tuition reimbursement to three students after successful completion of one course within the University of Florida’s Maples Center for Forensic Medicine online master’s degree and graduate certificate programs in veterinary forensic sciences. The objective of tuition reimbursement is to support the professional development of veterinarians and animal welfare professionals engaged in animal cruelty and forensic investigation, education, or service. This program is offered as funds are made available to the university and may not be available every semester.

Application Process 

Students must submit:

  • A resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals with knowledge of their experience in veterinary forensics
  • A letter of intent (limited to 500 words) describing their previous experience and reasons for pursuing advanced training in veterinary forensics.

Number of Awards

A total of three students will have their tuition reimbursed upon successful completion of one of the courses in the master’s or graduate certificate programs. Tuition reimbursement recipients must complete the class with a passing grade before tuition reimbursement will be made.

Notification of Awards

All applicants will be notified of the selection decision prior to the enrollment deadline for the semester.

Criteria for Selection of Tuition Reimbursement Recipients

Criteria for selection of students who will receive tuition reimbursement are as follows (in order of priority):

  • Shelter veterinarians with forensic casework as a portion of their official job description
  • Shelter veterinarians with forensic casework experience as a portion of their official job duties
  • Private veterinarians with documented forensic casework experience with completed reports being sent to a prosecuting agency
  • Currently enrolled veterinary students
  • Humane law enforcement and animal control officers with forensic casework experience as a portion of their official job description
  • Animal welfare professionals with forensic investigation duties as a portion of their official job description

Submission of Application Materials

Please submit application materials via email to:

J. H. Byrd, Ph.D., D-ABFE.
Associate Director
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Florida
4800 SW 35th Drive
Gainesville, FL 32608


This tuition reimbursement opportunity is made possible by a generous grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).