Maddie's® Practical Ringworm Apprenticeship

Does ringworm strike terror in the heart of your shelter? Do you want to save cats with ringworm but you're confused by all the options, on a budget, and don't have all the resources you're told you need? Do you need practical, proven methods to fight the fungus using the tools you have now? At Austin Pets Alive!, we believe any organization can save ringworm cats and we say "no culture, no problem!" Whatever your experience level or shelter budget, the Maddie's®Practical Ringworm Apprenticeship at Austin Pets Alive! will prepare you to start saving these cats immediately.


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Monica Frenden

Maddie's Director of Feline Lifesaving

Using cutting-edge research and our experience operating the largest ringworm program in the country, we will teach you everything you need to know about ringworm from diagnosis, treatment, daily care, finding foster placement and adoptive homes for cats with ringworm, budget methods, and protocols. You will leave with the knowledge, practice, and practical skills needed to start saving these cats the moment your plane lands at home. This apprenticeship opportunity features intensive classroom learning with hands-on wet lab experience.

What Will Students Learn?

  • Ringworm 101, including the latest dermatophyte research myths and facts
  • Intake, screening, and diagnosis
  • Treatment and daily care
  • Setting up a ringworm ward
  • Finding foster and adoptive homes for cats with ringworm
  • Utilizing volunteers
  • Saving ringworm cats on any budget

Who Should Attend?

The apprenticeship opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization staff, managers, and directors who want to build or improve the ringworm program in their organization and have the decision-making authority to launch initiatives or create change. Students must be comfortable working physically with cats carrying dermatophyte/ringworm and/or zoonotic conditions. This apprenticeship is designed for organizations wanting to treat ringworm using proven and realistic resources

How Long Is This Class?

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


Details to come

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.”

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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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