May 18 - 20, June 1 - 3, June 29 - July 1 and July 27 - 29, 2020

Maddie's® Clinic Apprenticeship: Leading a No Kill Shelter Clinic

Do you want to learn ways to ensure that each animal at your shelter or rescue receives the medical care, kindness, and solicitude that we would give our own pets? On a tight budget? Are you interested in learning how to systemize medical treatment and implement lifesaving protocols? If you want to learn how to balance quality care with caring for a large volume of animals then the Austin Pets Alive! Clinic Apprenticeship is for you!

Who Should Apply?
These opportunities are for clinic leaders who are interested in learning how to be most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization.

How Does it Work?
This apprenticeship is three days, plus travel. This learning experience will focus on use of donations and inventory, re-routing funds, staff maintenance, staff scheduling, working with the vets, creating and implementing protocols, and the importance of customer service in the shelter.

The APA! medical clinic that serves all the animals in APA!'s care, including animals that live at the APA! facilities and those in the APA! foster programs. All of the animals in APA!'s care require routine medical treatment, however, as APA! pulls animals who are at risk of euthanasia, they see a greater rate of serious medical issues than most shelters do. Animals come to APA! in any and every stage of illness, from simple lacerations to severe bodily injury or advanced diseases. APA! has developed a comprehensive medical program that addresses each animal in a way that allows them to conserve resources so that they can help as many animals as possible, while ensuring that every animal receives treatment that meets or exceeds our standards of care.

The APA! medical clinic is a progressive clinic that honors every single animal's will to live, and doesn't let antiquated medical information or out-of-date 'best practices' prevent lifesaving. APA! recognizes that they, as a clinic and shelter, can't solve a third world problem with a first world solution. The APA! clinic functions as if they are in a crisis situation, which they are, with over 300,000 animals being killed in the state of Texas each year.

Stipends vary based on distance from Austin and length of apprenticeship. Applicants who are accepted into an apprenticeship program will receive detailed stipend information in their acceptance email. Please reach out to with any questions.

All of the apprenticeships and master classes offered at Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy are pre-approved for continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement - Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA).

Before you apply, please review our grant requirements. To apply to attend a Maddie's® Apprenticeship Program, your organization must be a U.S. based 501c3 or government animal welfare organization, and you must submit a completed application. The grant requirements about sharing your annual animal statistics and lifesaving percentage on your website, participating in Shelter Animals Count and Million Cat Challenge and being current on your grant reporting are all highly encouraged but not required.

Applications March 2 - 9, 2020 - Application Closed

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