Shelter Medicine Internship

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
2015 Linden Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
United States
608-263-8399 (V)
608-263-2200 (F)

2 Positions
0 Positions Open

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Authorized Administrative Official: Stephanie Koester
Contact Email Address:

Inclusive Dates of Program: 6/10/2019 to 6/14/2020

Employment Information

Salary: $29,800

Benefits: 5 days of sick leave annually, non-accumulative. For health insurance and other benefits, see

Vacation: 10 days of vacation, non-accumulative, 5 professional days.

Is a contract required? No

Is a non-compete clause required? No

Is a State license required? Yes   If yes, what is the licensure fee? Refer to

Is a DEA license required? No

Is USDA accreditation required? Yes


The following information represents the average of cases in direct support of this program

Total No. Annual Cases Average Daily No. Cases Presented to Hospital Average No. Cases Treated Daily as Outpatients Average No. of Inpatients Each Day Average No. Daily Surgeries Performed Average No. of Emergency Cases Seen Daily
7000 35 0 50 15 1

Number of Faculty/Clinicians in Direct Support of Program: 6
Number of Residents in Direct Support of Program: 3

Diplomates in Direct Support of Internship

Full Time Part Time/Consultant Full Time Part Time/Consultant

Registered/Licensed/Certified Veterinary Technicians

In Direct Support of Program Assigned to the Emergency Service per shift Assigned to the Intensive Care Unit per shift
3 0 1

Outcomes Assessment

Average number of interns who started this program per year for the past 5 years:  2

Average number of interns who completed this program per year for the past 5 years:  2

Number of interns from this program who applied for a residency in the past 5 years:  1

Number of interns from this program who accepted a residency in the past 5 years:  1

Prerequisites other than being a Graduate of a College of Veterinary Medicine


Requirements for Application

  1. Standard VIRMP Application Packet
    • VIRMP Application
    • Veterinary School Official Transcript from University Registrar
    • Personal Statement
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • 3 - 4 Standardized Letters of Reference
  2. Additional Requirements from the Program
    Applicants must graduate from their veterinary school prior to the program's start date and be able to start 06/10/2019.
    Letters of reference should be evaluators that can assess clinical skills and/or shelter experience.
    Letters of interest should include a clear description of the candidate's career objectives in the first paragraph.

Additional information for graduates of universities outside of the United States and Canada

Due to prevailing wage issues and the lengthy processing time required to process H-1B and E-3 visas, UW-Madison is not in a position to accept applications from non-immigrants who will need one of these visa types. Applicant must be citizen of the United States, have permanent residency status as of December 2015, or have a valid work permit.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to determine if there are immigration, visa, or state licensing requirements that would preclude participation in a residency program at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Please check with the United States Embassy in the location nearest your home for details. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

Visa Sponsorship

If you will require visa sponsoring or are unsure about your work status, please review the Information for Foreign Applicants page and contact this program prior to applying. Please be aware that some programs listed in the VIRMP accept applications ONLY from citizens of the United States (or Canada if a Canadian program) or from applicants who possess permanent residency status at the time of application.

Clinical Experience and Responsibilities

  1.  Yes  No
    Does the intern have primary case care responsibility for first-opinion and emergency/critical care cases?
  2.  Yes  No
    Is the intern the primary surgeon on a broad range of elective and entry-level procedures?
  3.  Yes  No
    Does the intern have primary case care responsibility for complex cases with supervision by a boarded specialist?
  4.  Yes  No
    Are patient rounds held daily with a boarded specialist in attendance?
  5. 90(weekends and evenings no direct supervision)%
    What is the percentage of time the intern will be directly supervised?

Didactic Training

  1.  Yes  No
    Are teaching rounds held weekly?
  2.  Yes  No
    Does the intern deliver a professional presentation or seminar to senior clinicians and peers?
  3.  Yes  No
    Does the intern have an opportunity to attend a professional meeting?
  4.  Yes  No
    Is financial support provided to attend a professional meeting?
  5.  Yes  No
    Is the intern required to complete/submit a publication?


  1.  Yes  No
    Does the intern have access to current medical textbooks?
  2.  Yes  No
    Is a computer with internet access provided?
  3.  Yes  No
    Does the intern have access to search engines for scientific literature and online journals?
  4.  Yes  No
    Does the primary hospital have an intensive care unit?


  1. Do interns have access to the following equipment/technology, either on-site or outsourced?
    •  Arthroscopy
    •  Basic clinical laboratory equipment
    •  Blood Gas Analysis
    •  Blood Pressure Monitoring
    •  Bone Plating Equipment
    •  CT Scan
    •  Diagnostic Laboratory
    •  Digital Radiography
    •  Echocardiography
    •  Electrocardiography
    •  Endoscopy
    •  Laparoscopy
    •  MRI
    •  Nuclear Medicine
    •  Physical Therapy Equipment
    •  Ultrasound


These percentages may not be cumulative

  1. 90%
    Percentage of program intern is assigned to daytime primary emergency
  2. 50 phone call only%
    Percentage of program intern is assigned to overnight primary emergency
  3. 90%
    Percentage of program intern is assigned to first opinion (primary care) clinics
  4. 10%
    Percentage of program intern is provided elective time
  5. 10-20%
    Percentage of program intern is required to work at a secondary (satellite) clinic


  1.  Yes  No
    Is a formal orientation program required?
  2.  Yes  No
    Does the intern have a mentor who is a veterinarian in the practice?
  3.  Yes  No
    Are written performance evaluations provided?
  4.  Yes  No
    Is an internship orientation manual provided?

Additional Information about Program

The objectives of the 12-month Maddie's Internship Training Program are to provide the Intern with knowledge and experience in all aspects of shelter medicine and surgery through partnership between University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dane Country Humane Society, in Madison, WI, with funding for our internship program from Maddie's Fund. Time will be equally shared between UW and DCHS responsibilities although the bulk of the clinical time will be spent at Dane County Humane Society.

At Dane County Humane Society (DCHS), Interns will provide medical support and have primary case responsibility as part of a team of 2 staff doctors, 1 UW clinical instructor, technicians and assistants, and rotating veterinary students. This responsibility will encompass being the first to respond to urgent medical needs in the shelter, providing medical support to the large shelter foster network, and sharing overnight on-call by phone duties. The interns will manage intensive care cases under direct supervision, instruct and supervise veterinary students on rotation, and receive advanced instruction in high-quality high-volume spay/neuter as well as other advanced surgical procedures including enucleations, amputation, FHOs, etc. The goal of all surgical training will be to create trainees who can operate independently, comfortably, and efficiently on many different species and trouble shoot complicated procedures. Interns will also have primary care responsibilities on Pets for Life community service trips. Species cared for include felines, canines, rabbits, and pocket pets/exotics. Occasional livestock, equine, and wildlife exposure is possible, if interested. The goal of the clinical portion of the internship is to improve Intern’s communication skills, their technical and diagnostic capabilities, animal handling, surgical skills, and to build their knowledge base in shelter medicine and surgery.

As part of the UW-Madison Shelter Medicine program, interns will receive instruction and supervision on shelter consulting, disease outbreak management, diagnostic testing, and shelter medicine research. They will receive one week of training at the ASPCA Spay/Neuter alliance as well as participate in weekly shelter medicine journal clubs, trainee meetings, and national shelter medicine rounds. Through the UW Madison Shelter Medicine program, interns will have access to and work with 1 faculty member, 2 outreach veterinarians, 2-3 shelter medicine residents and nationwide shelter fellowship members. Interns will attend a 1-week intensive shelter medicine fellowship as well as a semester long didactic shelter medicine course. They will be expected to present on the national level both through national shelter medicine rounds and at the annual HSUS Animal Care Expo.
The Interns are supervised by both UW-Madison and DCHS personnel. Performance evaluations will be conducted by these supervisors every three to four months. Evaluation of performance will address degree of medical and surgical knowledge, especially as it pertains to shelter medicine, problem solving abilities, communication and technical skills, and adequacy of participation in clinical and program activities. Input on evaluations is invited from other veterinarians and staff members with whom the Interns have interacted.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

A. UW Responsibilities
1. Assist with research projects as directed.
a. Conduct data collection
b. Complete data analysis
2. Assist with development of shelter medicine educational materials.
3. Prepare presentations.
a. National rounds
b. Online seminars
c. Others as assigned
4. Assist with consultations including interactions with shelters throughout the United States.
5. Conduct on-site sample collection from shelter disease outbreaks.
6. Coordinate with Director on outreach activities of the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Wisconsin.
7. Attendance at rounds, seminars, meetings and courses as appropriate.
8. Regular participation in journal club and case discussions.
9. Other duties as assigned by the Director.

B. DCHS Responsibilities
1. Work collaboratively with and under the supervision and direction of the Shelter Veterinarians.
2. Diagnose and treat medical conditions in all DCHS animals. Follow progress of all patients placed on treatment, keeping records of all treatments and final outcomes.
3. Under supervision of the Shelter Veterinarians, the intern will direct, conduct, and evaluate treatment plans, disease control measures, and hands-on medical treatment and progress of animals housed at the shelter including but not limited to:
a. vaccination protocols
b. nutrition and feeding protocols
c. parasite control measures
d. housing and sanitation
e. treatment protocols for routine infectious diseases
f. preventative medicine procedures
g. emergency evaluation, treatment, and procedures
h. pre-adoption exams in accordance with regulations
4. With guidance from the Shelter Veterinarians, create, implement, and measure compliance with procedures and protocols to ensure continued health.
5. Under direction from the Shelter Veterinarians, develop, conduct, and monitor medical program protocols and procedures.
6. Assist in maintaining a cost-contained sterilization program, including performance of ovariohysterectomies and castrations on domestic animals. Supervise all aspects of the procedures including anesthesia and post-operative care of the patient.
7. Organize and coordinate all aspects of high-quality, high-volume feline “Spay Days,” including volunteer recruitment and training, scheduling, surgical case management, and documentation.
8. Perform non-sterilization surgical procedures when deemed appropriate for the adoptability of a DCHS animal.
9. Communicate the need for scheduling of outside veterinary resources for procedures not available at DCHS. This would include after-hours emergency care and some orthopedic surgery. The Shelter Veterinarians will decide what treatments or procedures are needed.
10. Assist with internal and public relations consultation and education services as they pertain to veterinary medical issues.
11. Advise and assist with the Foster Program including assessment of foster candidates, development of training materials for foster parents, and providing prompt medical services for animals in foster care.
12. Assist with field recoveries of animals when on-site medical expertise is requested.
13. Provide emergency medical care for domestic and non-domestic animals.
14. Provide after-hours telephone consultation pertaining to issues of veterinary medical importance as deemed appropriate by Shelter Veterinarians.
15. Assist in the instruction of Veterinary Medicine students on rotations and Animal Medical Services Pre-Veterinary Interns.
16. Provide support for the volunteer veterinary program.
17. Advise and assist with Maddie’s Felines in Treatment (FIT) - dermatophyte treatment operations.
18. Adhere to all safety and medical protocols.
19. Maintain patient records by accurately recording treatments, procedures, and test results in the computerized shelter database.
20. Other duties as assigned by DCHS Shelter Veterinarians.

Applications or questions regarding the program can be sent to:
Stephanie Koester, CVT, Program Manager
2015 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

For more information on the UW-Madison Shelter Medicine Program, refer to:

For more information on the Dane County Humane Society, refer to: