Generous Support From Nestlé Purina Funds Shelter Medicine Scholarship

Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program and Nestlé Purina PetCare Company provide comprehensive training for future shelter veterinarians.

Supporting Shelter Medicine Education

linking_logoThanks to a generous gift from the Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, future veterinarians are getting the training they need to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals!

Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program has partnered with Nestlé Purina to provide scholarships for talented veterinary students seeking to complete our Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine.

With the support of Nestlé Purina, Sarah Kridler, a student at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, has been able to join our online Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare course this spring. Part of the Maddie’s® Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine, this comprehensive course gives students the tools to implement behavioral health programs in shelters and improve the welfare of sheltered cats and dogs.

Congratulations, Sarah! And please join is in thanking Nestlé Purina PetCare Company for supporting shelter medicine education!

Meet Our Nestlé Purina Scholarship Recipient

Nestle Purina shelter medicine scholarship recipientSarah Kridler

My name is Sarah Kridler and I am in my fourth semester at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. I am very thankful to be awarded this scholarship from Nestle Purina PetCare Company for the Maddie’s® Online Certificate in Shelter Medicine Program. I have been interested in shelter medicine for many years and after working as a medical assistant at my local SPCA, that passion was solidified. Being a shelter veterinarian will allow me to practice medicine on some of the most-deserving animals while pairing that with my strong desire to increase community awareness of animal welfare issues. Whether it’s an orphaned kitten suffering from Panleukopenia and Calicivirus in North Carolina or a stray street dog inflicted with a transmissible venereal tumor, Erhlichia, and acute renal failure in St Kitts, I love knowing that I am making a difference in their lives.

I took the Shelter Animal Physical Health course this past fall and this spring I am enrolled in the Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare course.  This program provides me the only opportunity to focus on animal welfare and animal shelter issues. I am learning from professionals at the forefront of shelter medicine. With this specific knowledge base, I can improve the lives of animals in Ross’ animal shelter organization, PAWS (People for Animal Welfare on St Kitts) and also educate the local community about proper animal care. When I complete this program and graduate from Ross, I will enter the workforce as an informed shelter veterinarian and truly provide the best care for my patients. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity to further my passion of shelter medicine.

About the Online Certificate in Shelter Medicine

Supported by a grant from Maddie’s Fund®, our on-campus shelter medicine certificate program is now available online as the Maddie’s® Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine.

The graduate certificate program includes three comprehensive online courses: Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems, Shelter Animal Physical Health, and Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare. They feature in-depth instruction from leading shelter medicine experts combined with the convenience of online education.

Students in the Maddie’s® Online Graduate Certificate focus on enhancing three important skills…

  • Understand the critical role played by veterinarians in protecting the health and welfare of sheltered dogs and cats.
  • Recognize and respond to compromised physical health of sheltered animals.
  • Recognize and respond to compromised behavioral health of sheltered animals.

Please contact us for more information about the Online Graduate Certificate or any of our educational opportunities.