The UW Northern Tier Shelter Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for shelters in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The program offers additional training for shelter staff to increase the quality of care within shelters and life-saving capacity of their communities. Up to two staff in leadership roles per shelter will participate. This program is modeled after the highly successful Maddie’s UW/UCD Shelter Medicine Fellowship which is open to veterinarians.Read More
View shelter related job opportunities through our program and other sheltering organizations we work with.Read More
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program and the University of California-Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program stand in solidarity in the fight against systemic oppression in our country. We share the heartbreak and anger sparked by the murder of George Floyd. We abhor the violence directed against Black, Indigenous, and other people of color that happens every single day, and the other forms of oppression that seep into everyday interactions in universities and animal shelters as they do anywhere else.
We also honor the deep commitment to caring and compassion expressed by so many in the animal welfare and veterinary professions. To be part of the solution to the violence and racism that threaten our society is a natural expression of that caring. At the same time, we recognize that inequality is embedded in our field as it is throughout our society. People of color disproportionately perform the hardest and lowest paid work in many shelters, and marginalized communities bear the brunt of animal management practices that perpetuate systemic inequalities.
As individuals, many of us have protested policies and practices we don’t agree with and advocated for a more just and kind society. The size and passion of the protests that have erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s murder may be a once-in-a-generation moment to affect change collectively.
We have work to do, and we are committed to doing that work.
Read more about our commitments here.Read More
Many shelters are contemplating what changes, if any, are needed to transport programs in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read a joint statement and recommendations by shelter medicine programs, and veterinary and animal welfare professional associations.Read More
University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program, University of California-Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, Dr. Jeanette O’Quin of The Ohio State University, and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians wholeheartedly support and recommend animal control agencies and animal shelters follow the recommendations found in the recently released statement "Animal Control Functions During the COVID-19 Pandemic" from the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) .Read More
Veterinarians in all types of practices are being asked to limit non-emergency surgeries in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the reasons why, our recommendations for what to consider and how shelters should still find positive outcomes despite lack of spay/neuter surgeries.Read More
Animal shelters are being impacted by the current COVID pandemic. There are many questions about pets and coronaviruses including COVID-19, what role animal services should play in the pandemic and what services and medical procedures are essential and how to safely take in pets that have been exposed to humans infected with COVID-19. Read our information sheet on COVID-19 and Animal Services for more information and protocols you can use.Read More
The UW Maddie's Shelter Medicine Elective course discusses concepts key to sheltering, and helps veterinary students, shelter professionals and volunteers and members of the community reflect on current challenges and solutions for saving lives of homeless animals.Read More
University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program is announcing a great opportunity to learn more about our 2020/2021 Shelter Medicine Internship through a live web conference on Thursday November 21th at 6pm CST.Read More
Nine dogs in two Oakland, California animal shelters have tested positive for canine influenza. The Shelter Medicine program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) is working closely with the shelters to manage the cases and implement precautionary measures.Read More