Letter From the President: The Association Is Your Association

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

My uniform during the pandemic has been a T-shirt emblazoned with these words: I miss hugs and live music. And I certainly miss connecting with all of you. 

If you are feeling a little isolated and out of sorts, we have just what the doctor ordered: registration is open for the VIRTUAL Spring Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement. The Conference, to be held June 8-10, has all the things you’ve come to expect from The Association’s events: peer-to-peer networking opportunities, connections with our wonderful exhibitors, outstanding professional development sessions, and HAPPY happy hours.

The Spring Conference will deliver the learning opportunities we all need, interpersonal connections we crave, and offer a special focus on INCLUSION – inclusion of diverse ideas toward organizational growth, inclusion of all staff and volunteers in cultural shifts, and inclusion of diverse partners within the communities we serve. 

Join us for these four learning tracks:

  • Field Services (NACA approved)
  • Finance & Strategy (CFRE approved)
  • Fundraising (CFRE approved)
  • Shelter Medicine (pending RACE approval)
  • Plus, general sessions about important DEI updates in our industry and a discussion on what we can do about the veterinary shortage

The Association is your Association. Your voice matters to us. Join us in June for three days of learning, sharing, and conversation. Stay safe. Stay healthy.


Jim Tedford, CAWA, is President and CEO of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

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