If you are a veterinary student interested in shelter medicine, there is no better, “real world” place to learn than at Austin Pets Alive!. Here, you'll learn how to treat more animals under a tight shelter budget. Your experience will be under the guidance of five full-time shelter veterinarians. This program is heavily concentrated in shelter medicine (minimal to no spay/neuter experience) and may include some soft tissue surgery.
Veterinarians and vet students
If your applications are filled to completion, you may receive a grant for travel and housing during your externship.
Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters By Lila Miller and Kate Hurley. A binder with APA’s medical protocols will be provided at the apprenticeship.
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
"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!"
"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."