On behalf of our staff, Board of Directors, members and our industry as a whole: thank you for making our work possible. And in keeping with the Beatles theme — “all you need is love!” We get tons of love from our sponsors — I hope we return half the love they give!.
Jim Tedford, CAWA, is President and CEO of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators.
Dear Friends, At the risk of dating myself, I’ve been actively involved in SAWA for a lot of years. I recall quite vividly the first Annual Conference where attendance exceeded 100 people! We thought that was as good as it could get.
It sounds a bit cliché to complain about the speed at which time seems to be zooming by “these days,” but as I get older it really does seem that both the clock and the calendar are on hyper-drive! It seems like only a few months ago that I sat down at my computer to type out my year-end 2016 message. 2017 has been another big year for SAWA, and for the animal welfare industry.
Dear Friends, For most of us, suffering the devastation of two major natural disasters within a few weeks of one another is unprecedented in our lifetime. No sooner had southeastern Texas begun to fully digest the magnitude of the wrath of Hurricane Harvey, islands in the Caribbean and the entire state of Florida were dealt a harsh blow by Hurricane Irma.
We love seeing so many of our members, colleagues and friends at our own conferences, but realize some people may never make it to one of our events. Because of this, we’ve committed to more and more high-quality executive level learning opportunities throughout the country.