Maddie's® Field Services Apprenticeship

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Field services teams, no matter if you are an animal control officer or outreach staff, play a vital role in enhancing lifesaving in their community. Through an engagement-based approach to service delivery, your field staff can learn how to promote the human-animal bond in the community without compromising public safety or negating cruelty concerns.


Sloat NH

Mark Sloat

Program Manager
April Moore Engagement Manager AAC

April Moore

Engagement Manager, Austin Animal Center

What Will Students Learn?

  • How to promote the human-animal bond in the community
  • Promote public safety while negating cruelty concerns
  • The philosophy behind engagement–based animal control programs
  • Review and breakdown the policies and processes needed to implement a successful program in your community, regardless of department size

Who Should Attend?

These apprenticeship opportunities are for shelter/rescue organization directors, veterinarians, staff, and volunteer who are interested in learning how to be the most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization.

How Long Is This Class?

Each apprenticeship is 3 days, plus travel, and hosted in Austin, Texas

This course is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services.


April 20 - 22

May 13 - 15

July 22 - 24

September 9 - 11

November 11 - 13

Open Enrollment


“Being able to take home standard operating procedures from a city that focuses on maintaining No Kill is a game changer in bringing our community forward from the animal control mentality to engaging the entire community in achieving high standards of animal welfare.”

Maddie's® Lifesaving Leadership Master Class Student

“It was fantastic. I enjoyed it [the apprenticeship] so much and took away more valuable information than I ever thought possible… thank you as does all of the Eastern Madera County SPCA. You have made an imprint on my life that I will be forever grateful for.”

Maddie's® Dog Foster Program Apprenticeship Student

"While participating in an apprenticeship at APA! I learned more effective and cost-saving ways to better serve the animals in our care, while also providing established protocols and procedures to staff members. I was able to more easily and clearly create a framework for common symptoms and illness. Other takeaways from the apprenticeship would be HR development, crowdfunding, and drug and illness protocols."

Maddie's® Clinic Apprenticeship for Managers Student

"I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to attend your master class. I was shocked at the amount of information I learned from your class. Your candor and non-judgmental attitude made receiving information when I was admitting I had been wrong so much easier. Again, thank you for the opportunity, and I look forward to staying in contact with you!"

Maddie's® Feline Lifesaving Master Class Student

"Thank you for giving us the tools we need and the continued offer of support. I feel confident that between this course and the feline course I’m attending next month, our shelter is going to be able to save most of that last 10% and that is HUGE. You are amazing. Your staff is amazing. Your volunteers are phenomenal. Thank you."

Maddie's® Canine Lifesaving Leadership Master Class Student
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