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MSMP's Outreach Work

Outreach: Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell

2019-2020 Outreach Highlights

We work with animal shelters and humane organizations across the United States and even in Canada. We educate and support the organizations and their staff and volunteers that work to save animal lives.  

*You can find more detailed descriptions of our outreach work by clicking on a selection from the list below.


Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell

2017 Program Highlights

Direct animal care

1820 dogs, cats, birds, and small mammals at SPCA of Tompkins county were directly treated by the MSMP program, including victims of neglect and cruelty as well as stray animals and those surrendered by their owners

1350 surgeries were performed on shelter animals by MSMP staff and students


456 shelter veterinarians, staff and volunteers participated in the 14th annual ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Conference hosted on the Cornell campus

2 shelter medicine interns, Drs. Lisa Rodriguez and Allison Clarke, completed their year-long intensive shelter medicine training in July 2017 and joined the Animal Defense League of Texas and the Arizona Animal Welfare League, respectively

2 shelter medicine interns, Drs. Megan Stapleton and Meagan Wentworth, began their year of training at Cornell in June 2017.

4 shelter veterinarians began their year-long Shelter Medicine Fellowship Training in August 2017

8 shelters participated in monthly, on-campus CNY Shelter Forums facilitated by MSMP veterinarians

74 student members of the Shelter Medicine Club participated in weekend clinics, weekly case rounds, and fundraisers for local shelters

116 veterinary students trained through courses in Companion Animal Welfare, Introduction to Shelter Medicine and Advanced Shelter Medicine

24 veterinary students trained though the program’s 2-week Clinical Rotation in Shelter Medicine


85 shelters served through the MSMP consultation hotline and email service for remote assistance

12 shelters received extensive, on-site targeted consultations from MSMP faculty, staff, and students

33 shelters participated in the subsidized diagnostic testing offerings of the Maddie’s® Shelter Lab at the AHDC to improve their care for sick animals in their shelters

Other Outreach Events

2 MSMP staff participated in the Cornell Stance Against Domestic Violence Community Gathering during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

4 MSMP veterinarians participated in the bi-monthly Southside Healthy Pet Clinics run by students in the Ithaca community for low income pet owners