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About: Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program

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Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program is a comprehensive shelter medicine program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine made possible by Maddie’s Fund®.

Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida is dedicated to helping shelters achieve their lifesaving goals, training the shelter medical professionals of today and tomorrow, and developing new knowledge to enhance the well-being of sheltered animals.  The program works directly with shelters to help homeless animals through shelter consultations and outbreak response assistance, provides seminars and conferences in shelter medicine topics, trains veterinary students through courses and externships, trains residents in shelter medicine, and advances knowledge in the field through research in shelter medicine topics.

Maddie’s Fund® ,The Pet Rescue Foundation, ( is a family foundation funded by Workday and PeopleSoft Founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie’s Fund is helping to create a no-kill nation where all healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats are guaranteed a loving home.

To achieve this goal, Maddie’s Fund is investing its resources in building community collaborations where animal welfare organizations come together to develop successful models of lifesaving; in veterinary colleges to help shelter medicine become part of the veterinary curriculum; and in the implementation of a national strategy to promote accountability and transparency in animal shelter operations.

Our Mission

To enhance the health and welfare of homeless animals through education, innovation, and advancement of the life-saving goals of sheltering programs.

Our Vision

A comfortable and enriched life for all companion animals.

Our Core Strategies

  • Shelter assessment and consultation services
  • Training of shelter medical professionals to fill the current shortage of skilled providers
  • Training of veterinary students in the problems of homeless animals, animal sheltering systems, shelter medicine, and opportunities for careers in the field
  • Development of new knowledge to solve existing and emerging threats to successful sheltering programs

View our Program Proposals