February 1, 2008

Sharon Fletcher, Director of Marketing & Communications

Maddie's Fund® has awarded $1.1 M over the next three years to support the development of a comprehensive shelter medicine program at Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine. Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program will focus on three areas: research, shelter medicine education, and training future leaders in the field.

The program will provide graduate and residency training in shelter management, applied behavior, and preventive medicine, and offer critical experience to students through externships and clinical rotations in shelters. The grant will fund the development of programs including:

  • A doctoral graduate program in shelter-based population medicine
  • A combined residency and Masters degree program in Animal Behavior
  • A post-DVM fellowship in shelter medicine
  • Shelter externships for veterinary students and veterinary technology students with clinical rotations in shelters
  • Research in shelter medicine and pet homelessness for graduate and veterinary students

"With an emphasis on research and graduate training, Purdue is adding its own unique strength to the field of shelter medicine," said Maddie's Fund Veterinary Director, Laurie Peek, DVM. "Maddie's Fund is proud to support this program which will add a wealth of new knowledge to the field and educate the leaders who will impact shelter medicine for many years to come."
Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program will work with two collaborating shelters in major metropolitan areas: the adoption guarantee PAWS Chicago and the Humane Society of Indianapolis.

"The students and clinicians we educate at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine should understand the importance of pet homelessness," said Annette Litster of the School of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Clinical Sciences department, "and graduate from here with a commitment to make a difference."

Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine, which opened in 1959, is the only veterinary school in Indiana and one of only 28 in the country. In addition to the doctor of veterinary medicine degree, the school offers associate's and bachelor's degrees in veterinary technology, post-graduate internships and residencies for doctors of veterinary medicine seeking specialty training, and graduate degrees in the departments of basic medical sciences, comparative pathobiology and veterinary clinical sciences. Home to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, the school serves as a major referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of all species of companion and food animals, as well as exotic pets and wildlife.

About Maddie's Fund

Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation established in 1994 by Dave and Cheryl Duffield and is the fulfillment of a promise to their inspirational dog, Maddie. She provided them much joy from 1987 – 1997 and continues to inspire them today.

The Foundation has awarded over $275.7 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, pioneering shelter medicine education and establishing foster care as a standard across the U.S.

Maddie's Fund proudly offers the industry a national voice, important funding opportunities for bold ideas, learning resources and access to collaborate and share innovative solutions. The Foundation invests its resources in a commitment to keeping pets and people together, creating a safety net of care for animals in need and operating within a culture of inclusiveness and humility. #ThanksToMaddie.