Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program

Saving lives through science, leadership, and service.

For Veterinarians

Consultations

Onsite: Our team offers full or targeted on-site shelter consultations.  To request an in-shelter consultation, please go to our website and fill out our “Request for Consultation Services” form. 
Remote: Need help with a particular issue quickly? We also offer support for specific shelter-related questions via email at sheltermedicine@cornell.edu. Include a description of why you are contacting us along with your contact information (name, organization, email, phone, etc.). A member of our veterinary staff will respond to you within 24 hours. 

Outbreak Response Assistance

Outbreaks require fast expert response and diagnostic support. We offer both through our Consultation email and our Maddie’s® Shelter Lab services. If you are experiencing what seems to be a disease outbreak in your shelter, please first email us at sheltermedicine@cornell.edu.  Include a description of why you are contacting us along with your contact information (name, organization, email, phone, etc.). A member of our veterinary staff will respond to you within 24 hours. 

Opportunities for further study

Internship in Shelter Medicine (for recent DVM graduates)

This one year internship provides graduate veterinarians with specialized training in all areas of shelter medicine, including surgical techniques, shelter management techniques, population health, animal behavior, and epidemiology. 

Cornell Shelter Medicine Fellowship 

With support from Maddie's Fund, our program offers a one year Fellowship to a small cohort of working shelter veterinarians interested in mentored shelter medicine-training. For more information, visit our website or email Sarah Nickerson at SN298@cornell.edu

ASPCA Cornell Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference 

This annual weekend conference provides highly relevant information to support shelter professionals in their life-saving work and foster collaboration within the field. Presentations by nationally known speakers provide shelter-related continuing education for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, management, and shelter staff and volunteers. 

Cornell Maddie's Shelter Medicine Mini-Conferences

These half-day workshop on shelter medicine topcis are designed to complement our annual summer ASPCA Cornell Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference. Lead by MSMP faculty, these smaller meetings are meant to act as networking and information sharing sessions for our regional shelters. More information coming soon to the "News & Events" section of our website!