Summer 2021 Online apprenticeships

Maddie’s Fund online apprenticeships provide an opportunity for organizations looking to improve their practices to benefit from the wisdom shared by well established innovative programs. The apprenticeships require completion of self-paced online materials as well as attendance at four 90-minute weekly Zoom meetings with your instructor and classmates. A final project is required. Only thirty students will be admitted to each apprenticeship and the selection process is competitive.

IMPORTANT: To apply for an online apprenticeship, you must first enroll in the application on Maddie's University, then complete the application and submit it. 

Applications are closed at this time. To be notified of the next application window, sign up for Maddie’s Mailing List. To apply for acceptance into a Maddie's Fund apprenticeship, your organization must be a U.S. based 501c3 or government animal welfare organization. All Maddie’s University courses are pre-approved for CAWA CE. Maddie’s Fund is an approved provider of content which enhances professional competence and aligns with the 5 domains of the CAWA Exam specifications. Every hour of training equals 1 CE towards CAWA Recertification.


Feline Lifesaving

Learn how to create and grow multiple coordinated shelter programs that will result in more cat adoptions and increased feline lifesaving. This advanced level apprenticeship is taught by the visionary Monica Frenden, Maddie’s Director of Feline Lifesaving at American Pets Alive!, who has changed the landscape for sheltered cats through creating programs that focus on live outcomes. In this course, students will learn how to create and manage essential cat programs, lead staff and volunteers to accomplish goals and be as effective as possible with limited resources.

When is this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship runs August 3, 2021 through August 24, 2021. Zoom meetings are held each Tuesday at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern.  

Who should apply? 

This learning opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors, managers and coordinators who are empowered to make changes and launch new initiatives in their organizations.

Application

Applications are closed.


A New Model for Shelter Care: Replacing Kennels with Foster Homes

This apprenticeship will teach you everything you need to know in order to place 50% or more of shelter pets into foster homes. You’ll hear from foster staff at several shelters that are redefining “high volume” foster care. You’ll discuss the biggest challenges with foster-centric sheltering and how you can avoid them. You will learn to utilize the seven guiding principles of foster care to set your organization up for foster success; create a year-round, comprehensive foster recruitment plan that extends the invitation to foster to all members of your community; create a community culture of fostering to make foster the standard of care; create a process for marketing and adopting pets from foster care; and utilize staff and volunteers to assist with management of foster care. This apprenticeship is taught by Kelly Duer, Foster Care Specialist at Maddie’s Fund.

When is this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship runs August 5 through August 26, 2021. Zoom meetings are held each Thursday at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern.  

Who should apply? 

This learning opportunity is for shelter/rescue organization directors and staff who are interested in learning how to be the most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization. Organizations with limited staff and financial resources are encouraged to apply, as the programs taught may actually reduce operating costs. You are also welcome to apply for two staff members to attend, as implementation is more likely the more staff complete the course.

Application

Applications are closed.


Shelter Clinic Management

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 Shelter Clinic Management Online Apprenticeship is for you.

This apprenticeship is taught by Jordana Moerbe, Maddie's Medical Program Advisor at American Pets Alive!. The apprenticeship will teach you how to manage a busy shelter clinic including staffing; communication both within the team and with other teams; increasing your organization’s capacity for medical foster care through effective communication and telemedicine; and triaging contagious diseases.

When is this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship runs August 2, 2021 through August 23, 2021. Zoom meetings are held each Monday at 4 pm Pacific/7 pm Eastern.  

Who should apply? 

This learning opportunity is for clinic leaders who are interested in learning how to be most effective at implementing this type of program in their organization.

Application

Applications are closed.


Field Trip and Sleepover Foster

Is your organization looking to save the lives of more adult dogs? Do you have a brick and mortar shelter? Then this apprenticeship is for you. You’ll learn how to create and run several types of short-term foster programs that will provide your dogs with enrichment, get them seen, give you great marketing material, and expand your foster caregiver base. Programs covered include field trips, overnights and emergency foster care. If you already have a short-term foster program but think you could do better, this apprenticeship will teach you how. This apprenticeship is taught by Linda Batten, [title], Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA.

When is this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship runs August TBD, 2021 through August TBD, 2021. Zoom meetings are held each TBD at TBD pm Pacific/TBD pm Eastern.

Who Should Apply? This apprenticeship opportunity is for directors and staff at organizations with brick and mortar shelters that are interested in learning how to be the most effective at implementing short-term foster programs. Organizations with limited staff and financial resources are encouraged to apply, as these programs are inexpensive to run and increase community engagement.

Application

Applications are closed.


Managing Shelter Health

Are you a shelter director, manager or involved with the healthy flow of animals from intake to adoption? Are you interested in increasing your skills and knowledge as it applies to shelter management and shelter medicine? In this apprenticeship you will learn how to integrate shelter management and shelter medicine best practices in your own organization to improve the quality of care and save more lives. Topics covered include managing admissions, evaluating capacity for care, conducting rounds, providing proper housing, cleaning and disinfecting, recognizing disease, intake procedures, enrichment, and more. This apprenticeship is taught by Dr. Lucy Fuller, Chief Veterinary Officer at Charleston Animal Society.

When is this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship runs August TBD, 2021 through August TBD, 2021. Zoom meetings are held each TBD at TBD pm Pacific/TBD pm Eastern.

Who Should Apply?
Shelter operations staff, shelter directors, shelter medical staff or any shelter employee or board member who may be involved in animal flow planning or animal disposition planning.

Application 

 Applications are closed.