Summer 2022 Online Apprenticeships

Maddie’s Fund® online apprenticeships provide an interactive educational opportunity for staff and volunteers who are looking to benefit from the wisdom of established innovative programs. The apprenticeships require completion of self-paced online materials, attendance at (4) 90-minute weekly virtual Zoom classes with your instructor and classmates, and a final project. Class size is limited and the selection process is competitive. 

SUMMER 2022 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

The Summer 2022 application window is set for May 16-20, 2022 and apprenticeships will start the week of June 6, 2022. Links to applications will be available below on May 16, 2022. Please take time to review the sample application in preparation. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Sample Online Apprenticeship Application

Please note: To apply for an online apprenticeship, (1) click the application hyperlink provided in the course descriptions below, (2) click the green ENROLL button on the application webpage, and (3) submit the survey via Survey Monkey.

To be eligible, your organization must be a U.S. based 501c3 or government animal welfare organization. 

All Maddie’s University courses are pre-approved for NACA and CAWA CE (continuing education) credits. Every hour of training equals 1 CE credit towards CAWA Recertification.

If you have any questions please email maddiesuniversity@maddiesfund.org.


48 Hour Assistance: Lost Pet Reunification

Typically, pets don’t wander too far from home, so the chances are that someone is looking for them close to where they were found. In this apprenticeship program you will learn how to create a program that allows lost pet finders to file a report, hold animals, post photos, and reunite pets with their people without leaving their neighborhood. One of the most important first steps in community-focused animal services is launching your 48 hour practice. This apprenticeship will give you a detailed, easy to use guide for implementation, how to’s on customer service-based staff training, knowledge of efficient data collection and program evaluation measurements, and resources needed to successfully communicate internally and externally. Learn how to help your staff and volunteers understand why you’re expanding your services and how they can be a part of it. 

Instructors: Kristen Hassen, Maddie's® Director of American Pets Alive! and Human Animal Support Services

THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 10 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS. 

When is this apprenticeship? Class time: Mondays, 1:00-2:30 PM ET, starting June 6th

Who should apply? Best suited for shelter-based organization directors, managers or coordinators who are empowered to make changes (or suggest changes) and launch new initiatives in their organizations. Representatives of organizations with physical facilities will likely get the most from this offering. We strongly encourage more than one student per organization to join, if possible, and absorb this wealth of knowledge for greater organizational impact.

Applications are now closed.


Human Animal Support Services (HASS): Rehoming, Reunification, Pathways, and Community Support

Transform your organization into a space that is committed to community collaboration, supports the bond of people and animals, and houses most pets in homes, not kennels. This apprenticeship will introduce you to the four “pathway elements” of HASS: Self-Supported Rehoming, Lost Pet Reunification, Intake to Placement, and Pet Support Services. Learn why the community-focused model is so critical, hear from guest speakers who are making meaningful change happen in their organizations and communities, and take with you the high-level messages, tools, and training materials to start putting great ideas into practice.

Instructors: Rory Adams, Training and Education Manager, American/Austin Pets Alive!; and Jamie Case, Maddie's® HASS Project Manager

THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 10 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS. 

When is this apprenticeship? Class time: Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 PM ET, starting June 7th 

Who should apply? Best suited for shelter-based organization directors, managers or coordinators who are empowered to make changes (or suggest changes) and launch new initiatives in their organizations. Representatives of organizations with physical facilities will likely get the most from this offering. We strongly encourage more than one student per organization to join, if possible, and absorb this wealth of knowledge for greater organizational impact.

Applications are now closed.


Feline Lifesaving

Learn how to create and grow multiple coordinated shelter programs that will result in more cat adoptions and increased feline lifesaving. In this advanced level apprenticeship 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. Course content includes: Shelter-Neuter-Return, Intake Management, FIV, FeLV, Ringworm, Behavior Programs, Foster Care, Matchmaking, Working Cat Programs, and more.

Instructor: Monica Frenden, Chief Innovation Officer: Feline Lifesaving at Cincinnati Animal CARE and The Joanie Bernard Foundation

THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 20 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS.

When is this apprenticeship? Class time: Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 PM ET, starting June 7th

Who should apply? For shelter-based organization directors, managers or coordinators who are empowered to make changes and launch new initiatives in their organizations. Representatives of organizations with physical facilities will get the most from this offering.

Applications are now closed.


Ringworm Detection, Treatment and Management

Ringworm is not a fatal disease unless it shows up at a shelter that is unprepared. In this apprenticeship you’ll learn how your shelter can detect and cure ringworm infections and avoid an outbreak through proper management. Come with questions and we will trouble-shoot!

Instructor: Laura Mullen, CAWA, who founded the SPORE (Shelters Preventing Outbreaks of Ringworm through Education) program at the San Francisco SPCA, which has helped 83 shelters in 24 states start or improve their ringworm programs. The ringworm program at the SF SPCA successfully treats about 300 animals each year. 

THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 10 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS.

When is this apprenticeship? Class time: Fridays, 1:30-3:00 PM ET, starting June 10th

Who should apply? All levels of staff and/or volunteers are invited to apply (executives, veterinarians, managers, coordinators or assistants, etc.), and for organizations that are looking for improve existing programs or start one. This opportunity aims to trouble-shoot challenges and share learnings from a variety of org types.

Applications are now closed.


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

Are you interested in caring for the majority of your organization’s pets in foster homes? In this advanced level apprenticeship, students will learn how to create the infrastructure needed to support a greatly expanded foster program, how you can enable staff from every area of your shelter to work together toward this common goal and strategies for engaging your community in fostering. You’ll also learn about creating and growing foster programs for adult dogs. 

Note: Online (Zoom) classes for this apprenticeship are interactive. You will be expected to join breakout rooms to brainstorm ideas, interact with other students and have some fun.

Instructor: Kelly Duer, Foster Care Specialist at Maddie’s Fund

THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 16 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS.

When is this apprenticeship? Class time: Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 PM ET, starting June 9th

Who should apply? For directors, managers or staff who are empowered to make changes and launch new initiatives in their organizations. Priority will be given to organizations that have two or more representatives apply (e.g., manager and staff teams).

Applications are now closed.


Short-Term Foster and Field Trips

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. 

Instructor: Linda Batten, Foster Manager, Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA

THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 15 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS.

When is this apprenticeship? Class time: Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm ET, starting June 9th

Who should apply? For all levels of staff and/or volunteers (executives, veterinarians, managers, coordinators or assistants, etc.). Organizations with physical facilities will get the most from this offering. Those with limited staff and financial resources are encouraged to apply, as these programs are inexpensive to run and increase community engagement.

Applications are now closed.


Shelter Clinic Management

Want to learn how to treat more animals and save more money? This apprenticeship will teach you to systematize medical treatment and implement lifesaving protocols in your shelter's medical clinic, balancing quality care with the capacity to care for a large volume of animals. Learn how to manage a busy shelter clinic through effective communication and telemedicine, proper staffing, and the triage of contagious diseases.

Instructor: Jordana Moerbe, Practice Manager at Rockin' Pets, Rollin' Vets and past Maddie's Medical Program Director at American Pets Alive!

THIS APPRENTICESHIP REQUIRES A TIME COMMITMENT OF 10 HOURS FOR HOMEWORK AND MEETINGS.

When is this apprenticeship? Class time: Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 PM ET, starting June 9th

Who should apply? For shelter executives, veterinarians, clinic managers, coordinators or assistants; or anyone who wants to start or improve their organization's medical services via a shelter clinic.

Applications are now closed.