Maddie’s Externship Award

Made Possible Through the Generosity of Maddie’s Fund®

Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program provides awards to a limited number of veterinary students participating in Shelter Medicine externships.  Students in this program will gain a hands-on overview of different aspects of animal sheltering systems and develop shelter-specific veterinary skills through clinical work.

How do I apply?

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


What are some things I should know about completing the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Externship?

  • The externship must be a minimum of two weeks long, conducted at an approved adoption-guarantee (“No-Kill”) animal shelter.

Please refer to our Shelter Medicine Externships page for currently approved adoption guarantee shelters.

  • Other agencies must be approved in advance of the externship.
  • In addition to full-time attendance, students will will be required to write a report describing the daily activities and the overall experience with photo illustrations.

How many credits are awarded?

The externship is worth 2 credits.

What is the award amount?

Awards of $1000 are provided to selected students. Awards must be repaid within one month if an externship is not completed. Some externship agencies also provide stipends and housing support. Such support is in addition to the award from the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program.

When can I enroll in these externships?

This externship program can be completed during the junior and senior years.

When can I apply for an externship award?

Awards are distributed once per year during the Fall semester. Exact deadlines will be announced a few months in advance. Please have your adoption-guarantee externship site and dates confirmed before applying for the award.

For whom is this program designed?

All  University of Florida veterinary students are encouraged to apply! Preference will be given to students enrolled in the Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine if there are insufficient funds to support all of the applications.