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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 Fund ( is a family foundation founded in 1994 by Workday co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, they have awarded more than $153 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and comforted them during stressful business times when Dave was launching a startup software company. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl from 1987 – 1997 and continues to inspire them today.

Our Mission

To provide veterinary students and practitioners with the specialized knowledge and skills to enhance the medical and behavioral health of sheltered animals, to increase shelter lifesaving, and to promote public health.  This mission is delivered through the following core strategies:

  • Training of veterinary students and practitioners in the problems of homeless animals, the animal sheltering system, and medical and behavioral care of individual animals and the shelter population as a whole
  • Advanced training of residents, interns, and fellows to become experts and future leaders in the shelter medicine specialty field
  • Outreach field services to assist shelters with implementation of industry best practices regarding animal health and welfare and provision of disease outbreak diagnosis, response, and prevention strategies
  • Research to develop and disseminate new knowledge to solve existing and emerging threats to successful sheltering programs

Our Vision

Our vision is an army of practice-ready shelter veterinarians who have the knowledge, experience, and wisdom to join a shelter and make an immediate positive impact for shelter animals and the communities they live in.

Made Possible by Maddie

Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program was established thanks to the generous support of Maddie’s Fund® whose mission is to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. Maddie’s Fund invites fellow funders and individuals to generously support this important and innovative program. #ThanksToMaddie

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