Increasing the life-saving capacity of animal shelters and communities through education, shelter outreach, and development of new knowledge

Maddie's Internships

The University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program and Dane County Humane Society offer a one year long University of Wisconsin-Dane County Humane Society Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Internship for graduate veterinarians in Madison, WI.

Two internship positions are available annually.  The position is designed to provide veterinary interns with a well-rounded experience including the practice of clinical shelter medicine and surgery as well as a foundation in bigger picture Shelter Medicine concepts. Clinical training is supplemented with participation in the UW Shelter Medicine Program rounds, research projects, presentations, and shelter consultations.

University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program is a proud recipient of funding for our internship program from Maddie's Fund®, helping to achieve a no-kill nation #ThanksToMaddie.


Meet our current interns!

2019/2020 Maddie's Shelter Medicine Interns

Dr. Christina Barrett

Dr. Barrett grew up just outside of Baltimore, MD. She received her BS in Biology from Towson University in 2011. She then worked as a vet tech at the Baltimore Humane Society for 3 years. She attended veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences in CA; where she continued to work towards her passion by participating in local shelter events and leading the foster program. She lives with two rambunctious cats, one very happy senior dog and a newly adopted bearded dragon. In her free time, she enjoys a good book, hiking, paddle boarding and live music. She is very excited to begin her next journey with the Shelter Medicine internship at UW-Madison and the Dane County Humane Society.

Dr. Emily Pellatt

Emily grew up in Edmonton and worked as a paramedic in rural Alberta before realizing that animals were much better patients than people. She attended veterinary school at the University of Calgary and is passionate about shelter medicine and finding innovative ways to improve animal wellness on a population level. In her spare time Emily enjoys working with her very stubborn coonhound Rico on dogsports including nosework, skijoring, and trick training.


2018/2019 Maddie's Shelter Medicine Interns

Dr. Melissa Gall

Melissa was born and raised in West Allis, Wisconsin. She received her BS in Biology from Carroll University in Waukesha and attended UW-Madison for veterinary school. She is very interested in the population and herd health management aspects of shelter medicine. In her free time, Melissa enjoys rock climbing, board games, and aerial dance. She lives with three mischievous cats, an adorable Pomeranian mix, and the sweetest Pitbull in the world.


Dr. Bridget Holck

Dr. Bridget Holck grew up in northwestern Illinois and attended Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, where she graduated with a degree in Biology. She worked for 3 years as a kennel technician and veterinary assistant in a municipal animal control and adoption center before earning her DVM at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include: helping animal shelters provide quality physical and emotional care even with limited resources, and providing low cost veterinary care to communities of financial hardship. When she isn’t pursuing her passion for shelter medicine, Bridget enjoys spending time outside, playing games, or spending time with family, friends and her 2 cats.

2017/2018 Maddie's Shelter Medicine Interns

Dr. Olivia Swailes

Dr. Swailes is a proud Michigander and earned her B.S. in Animal Science at Michigan State University in 2014. She graduated from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine with her DVM in 2017. Dr. Swailes first became interested in shelter medicine after volunteering in local shelters throughout her undergraduate years, and spent many hours volunteering in the medical department of the humane society during veterinary school. Her other interests, aside from shelter medicine, include large animal medicine, infectious disease outbreak investigation, clinical research, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Swailes enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her rescue Labradors, Ruby and Hazel.

Dr. Deb Yannessa

Dr. Yannessa grew up in South Jersey and completed her BS in Biology at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. She received her DVM from NC State in 2017, and has a strong interest in shelter medicine and in animal welfare in general. Outside of veterinary medicine, her interests/hobbies include running and racing distances up to the marathon, as well as cooking, reading, and listening to podcasts. She currently has one pet - a rabbit named Wilfred.