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Solving the Veterinary Shortage: 3 Ideas for Long-Term Impact

Take a look at the numbers—the veterinary shortage is real. There are presently about 7,000 openings for veterinarians across the country, with the number of openings for veterinary technicians even...
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Member Spotlight: Get To Know Jack Cooper, CAWA

As the Director and Chief Animal Control Officer at Tennessee’s Maury County Animal Services, Jack Cooper knows that a staff that jogs together, saves lives together. Read on as this four-time...
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5 Cool Things About Arizona Humane’s Animal Experience Program

Arizona Humane Society takes in about 16K animals every year—and their most vulnerable dogs and cats tend to have a longer stay at the shelter. With a strong focus on...
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Try This 1 Thing & Make Your Virtual Meetings Instantly Better

We’ve all been hearing how happy folks are to get back to work onsite and meet with colleagues face-to-face, IRL. But it’s not looking like Zoom is going away anytime...
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Dex Hunter-Torrike

5 Practical Ideas for How to Change the World

June 30, 2021, The Association
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Communications strategist and thought leader Dex Hunter-Torricke shares inspo, action steps and lessons learned along the way The following tips and sage advice were shared during Dex’s keynote speech at...
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#AAWASpring: Day 3 Highlights

Attendees were pumped and in high gear as we wrapped up three days of networking, sharing and learning. Over the next month, we’ll dive into individual sessions, but here’s a...
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Member Spotlight: Get To Know Dr. Cate McManus, CAWA

Catch this convo that covers everything from taking the CAWA exam and chatty, feathered dinosaurs to the advanced surgical feats that shelter veterinarians are undertaking these days. Name: Cate McManus, VMD,...
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#AAWASpring: Day 2 Highlights

What happens when 620+ animal welfare pros (and their furred & feathered conference buddies) log on for another day of learning and networking? Welcome to Day 2 of The Spring...
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#AAWASpring: Day 1 Highlights

They say the third time’s the charm and…WOW. There was definitely electricity in the (Zoom) air as 600-plus animal welfare professionals kicked off The Spring Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement...
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3 Aha! Moments with Dr. Michael Blackwell

The animal welfare field is lucky to have forward thinkers like Dr. Michael J. Blackwell, whose most recent honors include Maddie’s Fund’s 2020 Avanzino Leadership Award. And we’re super-honored that Dr....
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Cool Collab: ECU’s Shelter Dog Walking Program

Since 2016, the Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University has partnered with Pitt County Animal Services on a shelter dog walking class. The popular service-learning course aims to empower students...
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Member Spotlight: Get To Know Beth Brookhouser

Pull up a chair and get comfy! We’re talking jelly beans, DEI strategies and inspo for potential CAWAs.  Name: Beth Brookhouser, CAWAMember of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement since: 2010Organization: The SPCA for...
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