Now Accepting Applications for Maddie’s UW/UCD Shelter Medicine Fellowship 2024-2025

Maddie’s UW/UCD Shelter Medicine Fellowship 2024-2025

The Maddie’s UW/UCD Fellowship was created to build a learning community that provides training and support for veterinarians to make a positive lifesaving impact in their organizations and the communities they serve.

The fellowships provide unique opportunities for practitioners to learn via clinical interaction with the University of Wisconsin and UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Programs and with a variety of animal shelters throughout the United States and Canada, as well as other international countries. In addition, fellows may have opportunities to interact with other academic and clinical programs, including other university shelter medicine programs as well as national animal welfare organizations.

Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Fellows will focus on advanced shelter medicine training beginning in August 2024 and running through May 2025. This time is comprised of a week long in-person kick-off event along with weekly 1.5 hour zoom discussions as a group, which currently take place on Thursday afternoons.

Through participation in this program, the Fellow will:

  • Become familiar with resources to improve shelter and community animal health, through a One Health approach, including detailed knowledge of the resources available through our websites,, other organizations with whom we regularly partner (e.g. Maddie’s Fund, HSUS, Pets for Life, ASPCA, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, the American Association of Feline Practitioners and American Animal Hospital Association), and the scientific literature.
  • Become familiar with the ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care.
  • Learn many important elements of shelter consultation, including considerations for housing, population planning, sanitation, physical and behavioral well-being, etc.
  • Interact closely with shelter medicine faculty, residents, fellow alums and students with a goal that relationships will develop that promote life-long learning and collaboration between practitioners and academics.

The Fellows will be able to put their new skills to work with their own organizations, directly benefitting animals and communities. Additionally, the shelter medicine programs and UW veterinary students involved will benefit from the infusion of practical experience brought by the Shelter Medicine Fellows. Many Fellows continue on with the program as alums and mentors while working in or with shelters for years to come, greatly magnifying the benefit of this investment in their training.

Cost: Free! Fellows do not pay registration fees or tuition. Training and any travel costs associated with the fellowship are covered by the fellowship and made possible by a grant from Maddie’s Fund®. No other direct financial support to fellows is provided.

Selection and review committee: A committee will review applications, conduct interviews, and select candidates. The review and selection committee will be comprised of at least one member of the UW and UCD Shelter Medicine Program. Consideration will be given to selecting candidates representing a variety of geographical locations and shelter types.

Fellowship requirements: Fellows will spend their time working in person and remotely with the University of Wisconsin and UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Programs which includes:

  • Attendance at the August 26th-30th Shelter Medicine Intensive in Madison, WI, required (described further below).
  • Prepare and participate (e.g. provision of written recommendations or verbal presentation) on remote or on-site consultations on one or more of the following topics: shelter facility design; animal husbandry; outbreak management; data collection and analysis; or full shelter health evaluations (completed as a part of Intensive)
  • Attend weekly fellowship group meetings virtually (1.5 hours per meeting)
  • A primary goal of the Fellowship is for fellows to make at least one positive change in their shelter or community. Candidates should be willing and empowered to make meaningful change throughout the Fellowship.
  • Possibility of delivering a presentation on what was learned through the fellowship, giving examples of positive changes that were made at your organization and/or within your community as a result of the experience.
  • Possibility of travel one additional time throughout fellowship year for learning purposes.

Attendance is required at a week long in-person fellowship training event ‘Shelter Medicine Intensive’ to work closely with other fellows in the program as well as the UW and UC Davis Shelter Medicine teams and veterinary students. This will be held August 26-August 30 2024 in Madison, WI. Travel on the day before and/or after the event may be required. Participation in this training is a requirement of the fellowship and expenses for this event, including fellows’ travel, will be covered thanks to a grant from Maddie’s Fund.

*We will be required to follow any University of Wisconsin event and travel policies or procedures, including illness policies.*

How to apply:

Applicants must be licensed veterinarians working with a shelter, animal welfare or community medicine organization in some capacity (as employees, contractual or volunteer).

Application must include:

  • Completed google form (see link below)
  • A current CV (attach to google form)
  • A letter of intent (1 page max, attach to google form). Letter of intent describing why you are interested in the fellowship, how you hope it will benefit animals in your community in the near and/or long term future, further details on the answers above you feel may need clarification, and anything else you think we should know as we consider your application.
  • A signed copy of the provided letter of support from organization management. If you are unable to provide a signed copy of support please explain further in your application materials. (attach to google form- link to fillable PDF version OR link to printable version)

Click here to view and complete the Shelter Medicine Fellowship Application.

A completed application must include an attached CV, letter of intent, and letter of organizational support. You will be able to save/edit your application by saving the link that pops up when you submit. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All application materials must be received by end of day Monday June 10th.