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  • 04/10/19 Streamlining and Enhancing Veterinary Care in the Shelter

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/10/2019

    This second session in the Veterinary Care in a Shelter Setting Best Practices series will show the value of having routine processes in place for maintaining physical health and well-being for shelter animals.

    Does your organization have routine processes in place for maintaining physical health and well-being for shelter animals? Veterinary protocols can streamline an animal’s path through the shelter, leading to a healthier population and faster adoptions. This webinar, the second part in a three-part series, will explain how you can apply The Association’s new Veterinary Services Best Practices, creating protocols at your organization that will:

    • Increase collaboration between caregiving teams
    • Improve shelter efficiencies
    • Identify and create veterinary resources within your agency
    • Help triage cases
    • Develop legal guidelines

     You’ll also learn how to develop a record keeping system that captures critical behavioral and medical information. 

    This webinar has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    Lesli Groshong, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Shelter Medicine)

    Chief Shelter Veterinarian, Humane Society of Boulder Valley, CO

    Dr. Lesli Groshong is a 1992 graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, a time when career paths to shelter medicine were not apparent. Her entry into shelter medicine began when she went to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley to purchase dog licenses and was hired part-time.  After 9 months, it was a permanent position and after 25 years she couldn’t imagine not working in shelter medicine.  In addition to serving as the Chief Shelter Veterinarian at HSBV, Dr. Groshong has mentored hundreds of veterinary students from around the US and abroad in spay/neuter techniques and shelter medicine. She was on the ABVP organizing committee to make shelter medicine a boarded veterinary specialty and in 2015, she was named Colorado Veterinarian of the Year. 

    Maggie McShaefer

    Director of Strategic Initiatives, Humane Society of Boulder Valley, CO

    Maggie McSchaefer is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, with over ten years of experience in animal welfare and with a breadth of familiarity and understanding of shelter operations, program management, and animal behavior.  Maggie appreciates the challenge and creative process of bridging the gap between the conversational “what if” and operational “how to.”  Maggie values the collaborative approach to animal sheltering in Colorado and strives to develop and enhance partnerships between individuals and organizations that enrich the lives of both animals and people. 

  • 04/24/19 How to Get Sponsors Sponsoring and Donors Donating

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/24/2019

    Learn how to build and execute customized sponsorship plans that appeal to your funders while not driving your staff crazy. Approved for 1.0 CFRE credits.

    Sponsors and donors alike seek connection, a sense of purpose, and the satisfaction of contributing to positive change. Cultivating sponsorships and donations is what keeps the lights on and the doors open. There's a science to raising dollars, and this webinar will show you how. Our own Tom Tholen, a 25-year+ veteran of raising funding, has developed a toolkit that will help you:

    • Demonstrate the value and corporate benefits of sponsoring your shelter
    • Attract, keep, and grow sponsorships
    • Articulate the benefits of involving, engaging, and delivering to donors
    • Understand how other industries are doing it
    • Build and execute customized plans that appeal to your funders while not driving your staff crazy

    This webinar recording has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit. Approved for 1.0 CFRE credits.

    Tom Tholen, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Development

    The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Tom Tholen is The Association's Senior Vice President of Marketing & Development. He has served as President of Companion Channel, a cloud-based digital screen media service that streamed into partner shelters. Tom is perhaps best known in the animal welfare industry as the former President & Chief Marketing Officer for Callahan Creek, which was the agency of record for Hill’s in the early days of their shelter program. Over the years, he has worked for several agencies, as well as major corporations including Hallmark, Sprint and General Electric. Tom received his BS in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

  • Best Practices Webinar Series: Veterinary Care in a Shelter Setting

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    This three-part webinar series will support understanding and implementation of these veterinary care best practices.

    This three-part webinar series will support understanding and implementation of these veterinary care best practices. The webinar series will provide a comprehensive overview of a shelter medicine program so animal welfare organizations’ leaders and administrators can understand the key components necessary to meet the medical needs of the animals in their care. All three webinars are free of charge to anyone – both Association members and non-members.

     

  • 05/01/19 Outcomes and Continuum of Care in the Animal Shelter

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/01/2019

    This webinar, the third in the series, focuses on how to apply the Veterinary Services Best Practices as you work to increase live outcomes and maintain a financially sound organization.

    All animal shelters, whether municipal or nonprofit, strive for the best outcomes for as many animals as possible.  This webinar, the final part in a three-part series, will focus on how to apply The Association’s new Veterinary Services Best Practices as you work to increase live outcomes and maintain a financially sound organization.  In this webinar, we will explore:

    • • How shelters with varying capacities can maintain a keen focus on outcomes while providing a high standard of veterinary care
    • • Some of the financial implications of this best practice and ways to start quantifying the internal costs of care
    • • Medical decision making based on the animal’s stage 
    • • Placement options that are sensitive to length of stay and financial burden on the shelter while providing a continuum of care  
    • • Strategies to manage post-placement medical concerns
    • • Veterinarians and non-veterinarians partnering to achieving more

    This webinar is especially for organizational Leaders such as veterinarians, shelter operations directors, CFO’s and executive directors who are responsible for balancing the best animal outcomes within their allocated budget.  

    This webinar has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    Kerry Backsen, DVM

    Shelter Veterinarian, Louisiana SPCA

    Dr. Kerry Backsen has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 9 years and has been the anchor of Louisiana SPCA’s shelter clinic since her start there in August 2009.  Backsen started her undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee but transferred to Louisiana State University her junior year after deciding to pursue veterinary school. Backsen’s knowledge of general veterinary medicine is augmented by additional education in veterinary forensics, which she employs to assist the Louisiana SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team during instances of cruelty and neglect.  

    Ana Zorrilla-Harris, CAWA

    CEO, Louisiana SPCA

    Ana Zorrilla, a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, has served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Louisiana SPCA since November 2007.  Prior to becoming CEO, Zorrilla joined the Louisiana SPCA in 2006 as Director of Development. Notably in 2008, Zorrilla led the organization through Hurricane Gustav and the first successful evacuation of companion animals with their pet owners from an American city. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (formerly SAWA). A New Orleans native, Zorrilla graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Secondary Education and went on to receive her Masters in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans.

  • 05/08/19 Big Impact: An Intro to Social Change

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/08/2019

    Learn about social change, how it applies to animal welfare, and what we can learn from other movements that have made change happen.

    This ain’t your grandpop’s local pound! With the field of animal welfare evolving, professionalizing, and ever coming up against the persistently “wicked” problems that extend well-beyond our discipline (think: poverty, homelessness, and economic instability in general), organizations and their leadership are being increasingly called on to innovate and to deepen the impact of their services. Lucky for us, our field is neither the first nor the only to tackle the intersections between the work we set out to do and the broader social context in which our organizations exist. And that means there’s plenty to learn from those who’ve come before.

    In this webinar – meant for shelter executives, senior staff, and those responsible for program development – we’ll cover the basics of social change, how it differs from much of what we’ve always done (social good), how it applies to animal welfare, and what we can learn from other movements that have bridged the gaps and made change happen.

    This webinar has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    B.J. Rogers, CAWA

    Vice President, Training & Organizational Development, Emancipet

    B.J. Rogers is the Vice President of Training & Organizational Development at Emancipet, an Austin, TX-based nonprofit on a mission to make high-quality spay/neuter and veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet owners. B.J. oversees the Emancipet New School, leading public and private seminars, training, and consulting services to animal welfare professionals and organizations across the country. B.J. is a former shelter CEO, a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, Certified Dialogue Education Teacher, and holds a Certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to Emancipet, B.J. served as Vice President, ProLearning at the ASPCA, overseeing the organization’s field-facing communications and online training.

  • 05/15/19 Your Data Counts!

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/15/2019

    Learn how your shelter can benefit from participating in Shelter Animals Count – and how to use data to tell the story of your organization.

    How many animals enter our nation’s shelters? How many animals are moving among American shelters and rescues as transfers? What can we learn from other communities where there are more or fewer animals? These, and so many other questions, can only be answered if shelters and rescues join Shelter Animals Count.

    Learn how your shelter can benefit from participating in Shelter Animals Count – and how to use data to tell the story of your organization. Rise above the day-to-day through data visualization tools that allow for easy identification of trends. Even the most basic data collection is valuable in making decisions, steering operations, raising funds, and more. Your shelter’s data becomes even more powerful when it is part of the National Database.

    In this webinar we’ll explore:

    • the basics of quality data collection in an animal shelter
    • the basic data matrix, a nationally recognized tool for data collection and sharing
    • how to sign up for Shelter Animals Count and begin entering data

    This webinar has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    Sara Kent

    Chief Executive Officer, Shelter Animals Count

    Sara Kent was named Chief Executive Officer of Shelter Animals Count in September 2017. She is the first CEO and paid staff member, leading Shelter Animals Count’s evolution from a collaborative project to an independent organization, with a strong focus on shelter engagement and industry presence.

    Before joining Shelter Animals Count, Sara spent over 17 years with Petfinder.com as one of the adoption site’s first employees. As the Director of Shelter Outreach for Petfinder, Sara and her team managed relationships with 14,000 animal adoption organizations. She led the creation of Petfinder Pro, the professional side of Petfinder, dedicated to providing tools and resources to animal shelters and rescue groups. During her tenure at Petfinder, Sara visited hundreds of shelters nationwide and was a frequent presenter at national and regional animal welfare conferences.

    Sara serves as a board member for the Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey, a statewide collection of professional animal welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of animals. She is the founder of FIVER Cats, an online resource dedicated to community cats and FIV+ cats. 

  • 05/22/19 Decisions, Decisions — All the Tools You Need to Make the Tough Calls

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/22/2019

    Meet an easy-to-use, balanced, three-pronged decision-making model that considers what is in the best interests of the animal, the organization, and the people engaged.

    We must consider many factors when making animal care, treatment and outcome decisions to meet the needs of all our stakeholders.

    In this webinar, we introduce an easy-to-use, balanced, three-pronged decision-making model that considers what is in the best interests of the animal, the organization, and the people engaged.  When we make decisions that meet each of these critical needs areas, the whole community benefits. The presentation is interactive and fast-paced, and uses real-life examples to help participants from agencies of all sizes and philosophies easily relate. Join us if you’d like barrier-busting strategies to conquer nay-sayers. We will expand your critical thinking and boost your leadership skills. Bonus! Attendees will receive the model overview, tips and tricks for incorporating the model, and tools for implementing.

    This session is designed to reach people at all levels of any size organization. 

    This webinar has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

    Rachel D.K. Finney, CAWA

    Chief Executive Officer, Columbus Humane, OH

    Rachel D.K. Finney is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator with 15 years of experience in animal sheltering. Finney has degrees in nonprofit management, psychology, political science and sociology from Indiana University. She began working in animal welfare as the Executive Director of the Union County Humane Society in Marysville, OH and serves as the CEO at Columbus Humane, formerly the Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus, Ohio. Rachel operates under the philosophy that we should "never be afraid to do the right thing."   


  • MindEdge: Six Sigma & Lean Courses

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    Our partner, MindEdge, offers Six Sigma training and certification for the three major levels of Six Sigma.

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    Our partner, MindEdge, offers Six Sigma training and certification for the three major levels of Six Sigma: yellow belt, green belt, and black belt. Our courses break down the complexities of Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma so that you can master the concepts easily, and earn your certification on the first try. 
    Note: these courses are NOT approved for CAWA CEs but some award PDUs.

    *** For full details and to register, see The Association's MindEdge Catalog here. MindEdge courses are available to all of your staff and volunteers, so share this link to all!

    Course Titles: (length and fee vary)

    • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Prep Course and Exam
    • Six Sigma Green Belt Prep Course and Exam
    • Six Sigma Yellow Belt Prep Course and Exam
    • Lean Basics
    • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Exam
    • Recertification Exam - Six Sigma Green Belt
    • Recertification Exam - Six Sigma Yellow Belt
    • Six Sigma Basics
    • Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Exam
    • Six Sigma Black Belt Exam Prep Course
    • Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Exam
    • Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification Exam
  • MindEdge: Communication Courses

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    Our partner, MindEdge, offers communications training and a Certificate in Business Communications.

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    Communicating clearly and concisely in written and oral formats is critical to your professional success. Our partner, MindEdge,offers communications training and a Certificate in Business Communications.

    Note: these courses are NOT approved for CAWA CEs but some award PDUs and HRCIs.

    *** For full details and to register, see The Association's MindEdge Catalog here. MindEdge courses are available to all of your staff and volunteers, so share this link to all!

    Course Titles: (length and fee vary)

    • Communicating Collaboratively
    • Effective Business Writing
    • Effective Emails, Memos, and Letters
    • Effective Presentations
    • Effective Public Speaking
    • Speak With Confidence
  • MindEdge: GED Test Prep

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    Our partner, MindEdge, offers a completely online and self-paced, GED® Test Prep course which provides a comprehensive preparation for the GED® Test.

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    Our partner, MindEdge,offers a completely online and self-paced GED® Test Prep course. GED has four distinct sections—math, science, social studies, and reading through language arts. Each of these sections is represented with a separate course, allowing learners to more closely focus on those areas of the GED curriculum where the most scaffolding is needed. Each of the four courses includes exam-taking tips, a diagnostic test that doubles as a full-length practice exam, practice questions at the end of each module, and a second full-length practice exam at the end of the course. The suite of four courses contain more than 400 practice questions in total, and are designed to align as closely as possible to the questions test-takers will encounter on the official GED® exam.

    Note: these courses are NOT approved for CAWA CEs.

    *** For full details and to register, see The Association's MindEdge Catalog here. MindEdge courses are available to all of your staff and volunteers, so share this link to all!