Maddie’s® Contagious Disease and Trauma Apprenticeship for Veterinarians

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A new spin on our clinic class focuses on two of the biggest problem areas shelters and rescues face today: contagious disease and trauma. Learn to treat every animal at your shelter with the individualized care and kindness we would provide for our own pets, with a focus on pets who have experienced trauma or are sick. We will teach you how to systemize medical treatments, implement lifesaving protocols and balance quality care, even in a large volume shelter or rescue and be able to increase your caseload for traumatic injury and contagious disease. Our medical clinic is focussed on saving the most lives possible, and we achieve this by obtaining resources through community engagement, donations, and fundraising. We believe in providing every animal with urgent, individualized medical care with the goal of a live outcome and will show you how to bring this lifesaving philosophy to your clinic. You will leave with ideas, strategies, and protocols to save more animal lives.

Who Should Apply?

There are two different opportunities for shelter/rescue organizations:

- APA! Clinic Apprenticeship for Clinic Managers

- APA! Clinic Apprenticeship for Veterinarians

Please specify in your application which opportunity you are interested in. These opportunities are for clinic leaders and veterinarians who are interested in learning how to be most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization.

How Does it Work?

Maddie's® Apprenticeship for Vets is two days, plus travel. This learning experience will focus on practical treatments in high-volume, limited resource setting, using protocols effectively to standardize treatments for maximum efficiency, doing in-house soft tissue and emergency surgery, and managing infectious diseases including parvo, distemper, ringworm, FeLV and calici.


The APA! medical clinic serves all the animals in APA!'s care, including animals that live at the APA! facilities and those in the APA! foster programs. All of the animals in APA!'s care require routine medical treatment, however, as APA! pulls animals who are at risk of euthanasia, we see a greater rate of serious medical issues than most shelters do. Animals come to APA! in any and every stage of illness, from simple lacerations to severe bodily injury or advanced diseases. APA! has developed a comprehensive medical program that addresses each animal in a way that allows us to conserve resources so that we can help as many animals as possible, while ensuring that every animal receives treatment that meets or exceeds our standards of care.

The APA! medical clinic is a progressive clinic that honors every single animal's will to live, and doesn't let antiquated medical information or out-of-date 'best practices' prevent lifesaving. APA! recognizes that we, as a clinic and shelter, can't solve a third world problem with a first world solution. The APA! clinic functions as if we are in a crisis situation, which we are, with over 300,000 animals being killed in the state of Texas each year.


March 4 - 5

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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