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Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program

Saving lives through science, leadership, and service.

For Veterinarians


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 or phone.  
Consultation hotline:1-607-882-0179 

Outbreak Response Assistance

Outbreaks require fast expert response and diagnostic support. We offer both through our Consultation hotline 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  In addition, you may also call our Consultation hotline at 1-607-882-0179 and speak to our veterinary staff for assistance. Our regular Consultation hotline hours are 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.  We do have staff on-call outside of those hours who will get back to you as soon as possible.
Consultation hotline: 1-607-882-0179

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

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!

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