Information for All Students visiting Austin
Spring: Temperatures can range from the 50’s through the 80’s. The last few years we’ve had very wet springs, so pack shoes and a jacket that you can wear in the rain. A water bottle and an umbrella may come in handy. Outdoor swimming and recreation is available, so pack a suit if you plan to take advantage of Austin’s legendary swimming springs after your work day.
Summer: Temperatures will range from hot to very, very hot (70’s through 100+). Bring a water bottle, sunblock and a hat if you plan to be outside, and breathable clothing. There’s a ton of outdoor recreation available, so pack a swimsuit. Texans believe in strong air conditioning, so packing layers is also a great idea.
Fall: Expect temperatures from the 70’s through 90’s. If you are not accustomed to Texas heat, we recommend you bring a water bottle to keep hydrated! Outdoor swimming and recreation is still going strong, so pack a suit if you plan to take advantage of Austin’s legendary swimming springs after your work day.
See recommendations from past students.
The Holiday Inn – Austin Town Lake generously provides students a discounted rate. To reserve your room at the discounted rate, students should contact:
Jennifer Marshall, Holiday Inn – Austin Town Lake
Arrangements made directly through the Holiday Inn website will not reflect the discounted rate.
This property is located near downtown, equidistant between Austin Pets Alive! and Austin Animal Center. Hotel services include complimentary parking, Wi-Fi and airport shuttle service. Click here to learn more about the property. Note: This hotel may not be pet friendly. Please confirm with them if you’re planning on/hoping to bring a dog/cat/kittens home for a sleepover during your apprenticeship.
- Austin Pets Alive!’s Tarrytown:
3102 Spring Lane, Suite D, Austin, TX 78703 (just west of downtown).
For those going to the Neonatal Apprenticeship, see the map below for the specific location of the Nursery at Tarrytown.
- Austin Pets Alive!’s Tarrytown:
- Austin Animal Center:
7201 Levander Loop, Bldg A, Austin, TX 78702 (east Austin)
Bldg. A is in the middle of the property, look for the large airplane hanger style front. You will attend class in the “multi-purpose room”, immediately on your left when you enter the building.
We suggest downloading a few food delivery apps before you arrive. Unless you plan to drive to a restaurant or to bring food with you, these apps will most likely be your best bet for meals while on campus. We recommend UberEats, Favor, or GrubHub but there are many other options available as well! Many restaurants will also allow for “to-go” orders, so consider talking with your fellow apprentices about placing a group order.
- Dining Near APA! Main Facility – TLAC
- Dining Near Austin Animal Center – AAC
- Dining Near APA! Tarrytown Facility
You will also receive a list of places nearest to your apprenticeship location in your educational materials.
Stipends are provided to students attending apprenticeships, the amounts vary per program and are listed on the Maddie’s Fund website in your initial application. The stipend is provided to assist your organization with your travel costs, and to off-set your expenses. This may not fully cover the cost of travel, lodging and meals.
- Stipends are mailed out after your Apprenticeship (7-14 days after first day of class)
- Attendance is confirmed on the first day of instruction prior to any stipends being processed
- Stipends are made to and mailed to your home organization
- Per the Department of Labor, any stipends related to Apprenticeships must be used for travel (airfare, taxi, etc), meals, and lodging. Please reach out to your internal accounting department with any questions on the use of these stipends
Please direct any questions regarding your stipends to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our team has worked on a personalized list of some of our favorite things around town! You can click here to see some of our recommendations. This and a list of local lunch options is provided to students in their learning materials on their first day of instruction.