About: Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program
Comprehensive Shelter Medicine Training
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® ,The Pet Rescue Foundation, (www.maddiesfund.org) 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.
To enhance the health and welfare of homeless animals through education, innovation, and advancement of the life-saving goals of sheltering programs.
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