Now Accepting Applications for Maddie's UW/UCD Combined Shelter Medicine Fellowships 2022-2023

May 5, 2022

Maddie’s UW/UCD Combined Shelter Medicine Fellowships 2022-2023

The Maddie’s UW / UCD fellowship positions were created to help provide shelter veterinarians with additional training to make a positive life-saving impact in their shelters and communities.

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 spend an equivalent of about 20 days over the course of about one year focused on advanced shelter medicine training beginning in August 2022 and running through May 2023.

Through participation in this program, the Fellow will:

  • Become familiar with resources to improve shelter and community animal health, 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.
  • Attend a one week in-person fellowship training camp ‘Shelter Medicine Intensive’ in order to work closely with other fellows in the program as well as the UW and UC Davis Shelter Medicine teams and veterinary students. Intensive week this year is Monday-Friday August 29-September 2, 2022. Participation in this camp is a requirement of the fellowship, and travel expenses to Madison, WI, will be covered thanks to a grant from Maddie’s Fund. More details of the event will be discussed during interviews.
  • Complete a project focusing on an aspect of interest to the fellow with relevance to their home base shelter and creation of materials to share with the field. Fellows may decide to change their project plan after beginning the fellowship (see below for more details on project idea submission).

The Fellows will be able to put their new skills to work with their own shelter, directly benefitting shelter animals and communities. Additionally, the shelter medicine programs and UW veterinary students 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 the equivalent of about 20 days working in person and remotely with the University of Wisconsin and UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Programs including:

  • Attendance at the August 29th-Sept 2nd Shelter Medicine Intensive in Madison, WI, required.
  • Prepare, participate and follow up (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 remote national and internal UW/UC Davis shelter medicine rounds (1 hour weekly or bi-weekly)
  • Attend every other week or weekly fellowship group meetings (1.5 hours per meeting)
  • Complete a project (more details below)
  • Possibility of delivering a presentation on chosen shelter project and what was learned through the fellowship, giving examples of positive changes that were made at your shelter and/or within your community as a result of the experience

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).

Applicants Packets must include:

  • A fully completed 2022-2023 fellowship application (google form)
  • A current CV
  • A letter of intent (1 page max). 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. (1 page max)
  • A project idea (1- 2 paragraphs max) The fellowship is a time to review, reflect, and sometimes question procedures and programs in your community and within your organization. If only one change or improvement were to be made in your organization during your time as a fellow, your project idea would be that one thing. When writing your brief idea, articulate some strengths and challenges in your organization or community and identify the thing you would most like to be involved in changing or implementing within your organization. You will have the resources of the UW and UCD Shelter Medicine Programs available to you throughout the fellowship and you may decide to change your project plan after beginning fellowship and discussing with mentors.
  • A letter of support from shelter management (see application for what to do if management is not in support)
  • 1 letter of reference

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

A completed application must include an attached CV, letter of intent, letter of shelter support, and letters of reference. You will be able to save/edit your application but incomplete applications will not be considered. All application materials must be received by 9am CT on Monday June 6th.