Maddie's® Neonatal Kitten Nursery Apprenticeship

April 13 - 17 and 27 - 31, 2020

Maddie's® Neonatal Kitten Nursery and Foster Apprenticeship at Austin Pets Alive!

Want to create, replicate and implement a program targeted to serve 100% of the Neonatal kitten population with a 90% survival rate?

Then the Maddie's® Neonatal Kitten Nursery Apprenticeship Program at Austin Pets Alive! is for you! Learn the unique and creative approach APA! has taken to save more than 7,000 kittens since opening in 2011.

Attendees to this apprenticeship will learn the ins and outs of APA's creative one-of-a-kind, lifesaving program for neonatal kittens and take home all the skills and information to create this program in your own community.

Who Should Apply?
This apprenticeship opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, staff and volunteers who are interested in learning how to be the most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization. Shelter or private practice veterinarians, foster coordinators and managers or senior administrators are encouraged to apply.

** Previous neonatal feeding experience is required. **
It is preferred that your shelter or rescue has a Neonatal Foster Program already or previously in place.

How Does it Work?
This apprenticeship is five days, plus travel. Students will spend five exhilarating days at Austin Pets Alive! packed with hands-on experience learning all aspects of the APA! Bottle Baby Nursery Program, including feeding, medical and shelter protocols, disease prevention and management, building a program on a tight budget, volunteer management and recruitment, foster care placement and training and all other program operations.

A $1,200 stipend to offset the cost of travel and lodging will be awarded to the organization of each student chosen.

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 November 11 - 22, 2019

Applications to attend a Maddie's Apprenticeship Program will be accepted November 11 - 22, 2019. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on November 22 but please note that our office is only staffed until 4pm Monday through Friday.

Dates and Number of Candidates
Apprenticeship programs will run April 13 - 17 and 27 - 31, 2020. A total of 2 apprentices will be selected for each session. Candidate assignments will be determined on a first come first served basis.

How to Apply
Complete and submit to us the application form through the Maddie's Fund Grants Portal, titled "Maddie's Apprenticeship Program - Student Application". If this is your first time accessing our Grants Portal, you'll need to create an account by following the instructions on the log in page.

Applications are accepted November 11 - 22, 2019.

Apply November 11 - 22, 2019