Maddie's® Neonatal Kitten Medical Apprenticeship

Want to increase your knowledge of how to medically treat neonatal kittens? Then the Maddie's® Neonatal Kitten Medical Apprenticeship Program at Austin Pets Alive! is for you! Learn the unique, practical, and effective medical protocols that APA! has used to save more than 7,000 kittens since opening its Neonatal Kitten Nursery in 2011.


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Casandra Mensing

Maddie's Neonatal Program Director

What Will Students Learn?

  • How to treat URI
  • How to quarantine, treat and prevent Panleukopenia
  • How to treat feline diarrhea
  • How to treat eye infections

** Previous neonatal feeding experience is required. **

Who Should Attend?

This apprenticeship opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, staff, and volunteers who are interested in learning how to be the most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization. Shelter or private practice veterinarians, foster coordinators and managers or senior administrators are encouraged to apply.

How Long is the Class

This apprenticeship is 2 days, plus travel. Students will spend 2 exhilarating days at Austin Pets Alive! packed with hands-on experience learning all aspects of treating neonatal kittens, including feeding, medical and shelter protocols, and disease prevention and management.


April 21 - 22

May 19 - 20

June 2 - 3

July 14 - 15

August 11 - 12

September 8 - 9

October 6 - 7

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."

Maddie's® Canine Lifesaving Leadership Master Class Student
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