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Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program

Saving lives through science, leadership, and service.

Services & Training

Dates for the 2019 ASPCA Cornell Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference coming soon! 

For a glimpse at what was offered at the 2018 conference, click here

The conference will be held in the Robert Purcell Community Center at Cornell University's campus in Ithaca, NY.

More than 40 workshops in 4 tracks
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Services & Training

We offer a wide variety of services and training to animal shelters, practicing veterinarians, and veterinary students. For a more detailed description of the services and training we provide, please click on the side bar.

Comprehensive veterinary care of shelter animals requires - in addition to a strong foundation in clinical veterinary practice - a focused expertise combining elements of preventive medicine, epidemiology, infectious disease diagnosis and control, behavioral science, public health, and surgery. Additionally, the shelter medicine specialist must have an expanded understanding of other areas not emphasized under traditional veterinary medical training; these include, but are not limited to, shelter facility design and operation, animal husbandry (nutrition, sanitation, disinfection), companion animal welfare, cruelty investigation, public health, personnel management, psycho-social aspects of sheltering, resource management and risk analysis, and strategies for animal population control.

In 2001 the Association of Shelter Veterinarians formed to further advance the interests of shelter veterinarians both within the profession and in the public eye. Accomplishments to date include advancement towards a specialty board in shelter medicine to be recognized by the AVMA, as well as several groundbreaking documents outlining standards of care and protocols for high-quality medical practices within shelters. It is an exciting time to be a part of shelter medicine.

Here is a list of highlighted services and trainings:

For Shelters:

For Veterinarians:

For Veterinary Students:

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