Maddie's® Neonatal Kitten Nursery Apprenticeship

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Want to create, replicate, and implement a program targeted to serve 100% of the Neonatal kitten population with a 90% survival rate? Then the Maddie's® Neonatal Kitten Nursery Apprenticeship Program at Austin Pets Alive! is for you! Learn the unique and creative approach APA! has taken to save more than 7,000 kittens since opening in 2011.


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Casandra Mensing

Maddie's Neonatal Program Director

What Will Students Learn?

  • How to develop and grow an existing neonatal program
  • Treatment tips and techniques for neonatal kittens
  • Managing common illnesses
  • Managing neonatal foster program
  • Managing neonatal nursery operations
  • Communication templates for fosters

** Previous neonatal feeding experience is required. **

It is also preferred that your shelter or rescue have a neonatal foster program in place prior to attending.

Who Should Attend?

This apprenticeship opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, staff, and volunteers who are interested. Shelter or private practice veterinarians, foster coordinators in managers or senior administrators are encouraged to apply

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


April 13 - 17

April 27 - May 1

May 11 - 15

May 25 - 29

June 8 - 12

June 22 - 26

July 6 - 10

July 20 - 24

August 3 - 7

August 17 - 21

August 31 - September 4

September 14 - 18

September 28 - October 2

October 26 - 30

Open Enrollment


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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."

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