Purdue's Vet School Launches Shelter Program

Goal to fill need for professionals skilled in treating homeless cats, dogs.

Posted Dec. 31, 2008, 3 a.m. EST

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Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, with the aid of a $1.2 million grant from pet rescue foundation Maddie’s Fund, has launched a new shelter program.

The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, which begins in January, will include a lecture course for sophomores and juniors in the veterinary medicine program, an externship and research opportunities. It will also fund two doctoral and six postdoctoral positions in shelter medicine and two animal behavior residents.

Students in the program will do externships at two collaborating shelters, PAWS in Chicago and the Humane Society of Indianapolis.

Veterinary professionals skilled in addressing the medical needs of homeless pets in animal shelters are in great demand, said Willie Reed, DVM, Ph.D., dean of the school.

“Because of our commitment to provide leadership through bold initiatives in veterinary education and animal health care, it is imperative that we establish this program to provide a holistic approach to solving the challenges associated with these animals,” Reed said. “I am especially pleased that this program includes an emphasis on addressing animal behavior issues, which often are treatable, yet sometimes stand in the way of the successful adoption of homeless pets.”

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Frannie    Tulsa, OK

1/1/2009 8:07:29 PM

wow, this is a good idea.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

1/1/2009 6:33:50 PM

This is a fantastic idea.

Donna    Austin, TX

1/1/2009 5:33:43 PM

Good for them!!

Bobbi    SF, CA

1/1/2009 7:57:17 AM

Sure hope it works out!

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