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Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell                                                          

Why Shelter Medicine?
More than 4,500 animal shelters in the United States care for over 10 million dogs and cats annually. Infectious diseases are common. Animals entering shelters are stressed, enhancing their vulnerability to disease and many are debilitated, either because of injury or disease. The young are particularly susceptible to acquiring infectious diseases, often resulting in death. Illness in both traditional and adoption-guarantee shelters delays adoption and causes suffering.

Why Donate?
As a new discipline in veterinary medicine, the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program is funded primarily through grants and donations. We need your support to provide direct care to homeless animals during our training of veterinary students and graduate veterinarians in shelter medicine.  Please help us sustain this life-saving program.

2014 ASPCA/Cornell Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference
Our 2014 ASPCA/Cornell Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Conference will take place Friday, July18-Sunday, July 20th.  Due to the popularity of the conference and the growing number of attendees, this two-and-a-half day event will be held in a new location, the Robert Purcell Community Center, located on the North side of the Cornell campus. {Read More & Register}

This year's topics include:
Canine CPR
Legal issues in Animal Welfare
Heartworm disease
Euthanasia in shelters

Attention Researchers---2014 Call for Abstracts!
The National Council on Pet Population and Society of Animal Welfare Administrators Research Symposium will take place on November 9th in Dallas, Texas.  This year's topis is, "Speaking of Behavior: The Impact and Application of Behavioral Science in Animal Shelters."  The deadline for submission is April 30th, midnight eastern standard time with notification of acceptance on or before May 30, 2014.  Abstracts must be submitted to: For more information please view here.



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As one of only a handful of comprehensive shelter medical programs at veterinary colleges in the United States, the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell is elevating the profile of shelter medicine and emphasizing the critical need for medical and behavioral programs in all shelters.



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In September 2005 the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell, with support from Maddie’s Fund, launched a Shelter Medicine Program to educate veterinarians and veterinary students in shelter medicine, to provide medical and behavioral outreach to animal shelters and to advance the new discipline through the discovery of new knowledge.

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With sincere gratitude and thanks to Maddie’s®  Fund, the Rescue Pet Foundation, for establishing  the Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. 

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