Articles by Jim Tedford

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


Letter From the President: Navigating 2023’s Big Hairy Problems

I hope 2023 has started out well for each of you, and that you’re on track to make it a great year for your community, the animals, your organization, and yourself. Having been in this profession for over 38 years and on the earth for more than 61 years, I’m not naïve enough to believe the turning of the calendar page (yep, we used to do that manually with paper calendars featuring photos of cute kittens or exotic landscapes) will…


Letter From the President: See You in New Orleans

Dear Colleagues, If you are an animal welfare professional with a strong desire for continuous improvement in your leadership skills, New Orleans is the place to be this November. Join hundreds of your colleagues in The Big Easy where you’ll be treated to an incredible roster of presenters who will exercise your mind and help you grow as an executive leading your team toward achieving your critical, lifesaving mission.


Letter From the President on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Dear Colleagues, As we in the United States find ourselves amidst a racial reckoning, I will tell you that my vision for animal welfare has never been clearer:  The animal welfare mission needs to be fueled by opportunity for and access to all.  Our shared calling must equally represent the well-being of all the people who comprise animal welfare – our employees, peers, volunteers, adopters, donors, partners, sponsors, clients and all citizens of our communities.


Letter From the President: 150 CAWAs Can’t Be Wrong

Dear Colleagues, Good news! After an extensive retooling of the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) program, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement is relaunching the CAWA exam this March! The exam will be in a secure online, proctored format available anywhere 24/7. Our CAWAs love that their exclusive credential expanded their skills AND is furthering their career every day.

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