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University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Maddie's® Laboratory for Diagnosis and Prevention of Shelter Diseases

Project Start Date: January 1, 2011
Total Funding: $300,000

The new Maddie's® Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine focuses on conducting studies of common infectious diseases seen in shelters - such as Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Parvovirus, Feline Panleukopenia Virus, Canine Respiratory Disease Complex and Feline Respiratory Disease Complex. The lab is working to develop more accurate diagnostic sampling protocols and control strategies to manage outbreaks of these infectious diseases in shelters to avoid depopulation. They are partnering with shelter medicine programs at the University of Florida, Cornell University and University of California, Davis. In addition, they are working with shelter veterinarians across the country to collect information and sampling. The Maddie's® Lab interprets test results of disease problem areas and provides information to the shelters on ways to address and prevent similar issues in the future. All shelters participating are required to report their statistics using the Asilomar Accords format.

The lab is run by Dr. Ron Shultz, Chairman of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schultz is one of the world's leading researchers in the fields of veterinary vaccinology and infectious disease. His work has already saved the lives of tens of thousands of dogs and cats and his work at the Maddie's® Lab will enable him to save even more.


Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program

Project Start Date: June 1, 2011
Total Funding: $50,000

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine received a grant that will fund three different programs.

Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Elective Course
Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Elective, will again be offered with the continued goal of bringing awareness and knowledge about the field of shelter medicine to their veterinary students. First, second, and third year students will attend lectures from a variety of experts in the field of shelter medicine on such topics as evaluating risk factors in shelters and communities and vaccinations in shelters. To inform as many veterinary students as possible about shelter medicine, lectures will be open to the entire school (based on space). The course will focus on both active and preventive practices and will examine outstanding shelter programs. The material will aim to support no-kill shelters by teaching students how to improve the health and welfare of shelter animals, increase adoption rates, and reduce the number of animals that come into shelters.

Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Externships
The grant will also fund fourth year students at the University's School of Veterinary Medicine to work with full-time veterinarians at an adoption guarantee shelter. The externship will provide students with the opportunity to gain insight into the world of shelter medicine and understand shelter practices through hands-on experiences.

Maddie's® Summer Scholars Program in Shelter Medicine
The School of Veterinary Medicine has implemented their first ever Maddie's® Summer Scholars Program in Shelter Medicine. With the guidance of a faculty mentor, four or five competitively selected first, second or third year veterinary medical students will participate in a research study that aims to improve the health and welfare of shelter animals, while supporting adoption guarantee shelter practices. Upon completing their research, students will present their results and submit a journal-style paper to Dr. R.D. Schultz, Director of the Summer Scholars Program. Additionally, the Maddie's® Scholars will attend 10 seminars about research and will present their final results on Research Day in April 2012.

Maddie's Fund has previously given the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine $86,000 to fund Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Course, Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Externships, and other shelter medicine endeavors.