Boris Externship Award

Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program is proud to offer shelter medicine and spay/neuter externship awards to deserving junior and senior veterinary students at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine who are enrolled in the Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine. This award offers a certificate and payment to deserving students who are committed to enhancing their education in these core topics through hands-on experience at agencies across the United States.

We are grateful to a donor for generously sponsoring this externship award. Thank you!

Award Details

Stipends will be awarded to students taking externships in both shelter medicine and spay/neuter techniques at participating agencies.

How do I apply?

Applications are currently closed, but please check back again for updates on when they will reopen. Thank you.


Boris Shelter Medicine Externship Award

Overview: The intent of this award is to recognize commitment to excellence in shelter medicine practice among junior and senior veterinary students who are enrolled in the Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine. 

Eligibility: UF CVM junior or senior veterinary students enrolled in the Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine.

Frequency: Up to 12 awards per year

Award: $1000 payment

Selection Process: This is a competitive award based on academic excellence and demonstrated dedication to the practice of shelter medicine. Students must submit a complete application consisting of an essay (500 word maximum) describing their previous experience with shelters, their plans to gain hands-on experience in an animal shelter prior to graduation, and their career goals. Students must also submit a current resume and a current transcript. The Shelter Medicine Faculty Awards Committee meets to select the winners.

Boris Spay/Neuter Externship Award

Overview: The intent of this award is to recognize commitment to excellence in high-quality high-volume spay/neuter practice among junior and senior veterinary students who are enrolled in the Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine. 

Eligibility: UF CVM junior or senior veterinary students enrolled in the Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine. 

Frequency: Up to 12 awards per year

Award: $500 payment

Selection Process: This is a competitive award based on academic excellence and demonstrated dedication to humane animal population management by the practice of high-quality high-volume spay/neuter. Students must submit a complete application consisting of an essay (500 word maximum) describing their previous experience with spay/neuter surgery, their plans to gain hands-on experience in a spay/neuter practice prior to graduation, and their career goals. Students must also submit a current resume and a current transcript. The Shelter Medicine Faculty Awards Committee meets to select the winners.


About Boris

A message from a generous contributor about the namesake for the Boris Externship Award:

Boris came to us late in life and left us way too soon. His love for people was our joy and is now our memory. The Boris Extern Award celebrates his love for people by recognizing your dedication to animals most in need. The family of Boris is proud of all the students in the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program and we use it to say thank you to those who have chosen this life-path.