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Maddie’s ® Lifesaving Academy

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Maddie’s® Lifesaving Academy is the most effective No Kill training you can get. Experience immersive, hands-on training at Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Animal Center using the proven Austin No Kill Model, which has saved more than 60,000 animals since 2008.

Austin Pets Alive! is dedicated to maintaining comprehensive, innovative programs designed to save the animals most at risk for euthanasia.

Maddie’s® Lifesaving Academy is made possible by Maddie’s Fund®, a national foundation established to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.

Austin Animal Center is a municipal open-intake facility where lost and surrendered animals in need of shelter are accepted regardless of age, health, species or breed.

Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy Apprenticeships

Take advantage of professional learning experiences targeted to your community’s greatest needs— includes travel stipends for attendees.

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Maddie's® Canine Lifesaving Leadership Master Class

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MADDIE'S® CLINIC APPRENTICESHIP FOR VETERINARIANS

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Maddie's® Clinic Apprenticeship for Managers

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Maddie's® Dog Foster Program Apprenticeship

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Maddie's® Feline Lifesaving Master Class

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Maddie's® Lifesaving Leadership Master Class

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Maddie's® Matchmaker Apprenticeship

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Maddie's® Neonatal Kitten Nursery Apprenticeship

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Maddie's® Parvo ICU Apprenticeship

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Maddie's® Volunteer Dog Handling Program Apprenticeship

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Maddie's® Pet Resource Center

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Maddie's® Practical Ringworm Apprenticeship

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Maddie's® Field Services Apprenticeship

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Our Instructors

Our instructors are national No Kill leaders and programmatic experts. They developed or improved the proven solutions Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Animal Center use to create the safest city for pets in the nation.

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Dr. Ellen Jefferson

Executive Director

Maddie's® Lifesaving Leadership Master Class

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Carrie DeFeo

Dog Behavior Co-Manager

Maddie's® Volunteer Dog Handling Program Apprenticeship

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Casandra Mensing

Maddie's Neonatal Program Director

Maddie's® Neonatal Kitten Nursery Apprenticeship

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Dr. Nipuni Ratnayaka

Maddie's Lifesaving Academy Veterinarian

MADDIE'S® CLINIC APPRENTICESHIP FOR VETERINARIANS

Maddie's® Clinic Apprenticeship for Managers

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Jordana Moerbe

Maddie's Medical Program Director

MADDIE'S® CLINIC APPRENTICESHIP FOR VETERINARIANS

Maddie's® Clinic Apprenticeship for Managers

Maddie's® Parvo ICU Apprenticeship

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Monica Frenden

Maddie's Director of Feline Lifesaving

Maddie's® Feline Lifesaving Master Class

Maddie's® Practical Ringworm Apprenticeship

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Lorian Epstein

Maddie's Dog Foster Program Advisor

Maddie's® Dog Foster Program Apprenticeship

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Clare Callison

Maddie's Canine Lifesaving Advisor

Maddie's® Canine Lifesaving Leadership Master Class

Maddie's® Matchmaker Apprenticeship

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Regan Goins

Dog Foster Assistant Manager

Maddie's® Dog Foster Program Apprenticeship

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April Moore

Engagement Manager, Austin-Travis County Animal Services

Maddie's® Pet Resource Center

Maddie's® Field Services Apprenticeship

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Mark Sloat

Program Manager

Maddie's® Field Services Apprenticeship

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Lara Cirkovic

Matchmaker Program Manager

Maddie's® Matchmaker Apprenticeship

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Faith Wright

Shelter Management Advisor