Society of Animal Welfare Administrators certification tests industry knowledge and expertise
Largo, Fla. (February X, 2016) – SPCA Tampa Bay CEO Martha Boden has attained the highest level of professional designation for animal welfare professionals, the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA™) credential. This designation provides independent, third-party validation of the knowledge and skills necessary for successfully serving as an animal welfare executive.
The CAWA certification program, administered by the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), distinguishes top-level executives and managers working in nonprofit and municipal agencies for their knowledge, experience and expertise in animal welfare. The rigorous exam tests knowledge and skills in administration, human resources management, leadership, communications, advocacy and development, and animal management.
“The CAWA certification program is a demonstration of the highest standards of leadership and management among nonprofit organizations, and we congratulate Martha Boden, CAWA for achieving this distinction,” said Jim Tedford, SAWA president & CEO.
SPCA Tampa Bay CEO since 2011, Boden has led a series of organizational improvements and has developed strong partnerships with other local animal welfare organizations to improve the organization’s service to the community. The partnership led to community-wide reporting on homeless and stray pets, and allows the animal welfare partners to develop initiatives to address issues facing pets and their owners in Pinellas County.
Under her leadership, SPCA Tampa Bay opened a wellness clinic on its Largo campus in 2014, which provides convenient pet wellness care, including physical exams, vaccinations and parasite treatment, to any pet owner. She is also leading SPCA Tampa Bay’s plans to open a full-service veterinary hospital in St. Petersburg, which will bring accessible veterinary care and spay/neuter services to local pet owners. This veterinary hospital reflects two pillars of SPCA Tampa Bay’s mission: promoting humane care and reducing pet overpopulation. The veterinary hospital is expected to open in mid-2016 at 3250 5th Ave. N. in St. Petersburg.
In addition to her work with SPCA Tampa Bay, Boden is actively involved in the animal welfare industry. Boden is an executive member of SAWA, vice chair of Managing and Ending Overpopulation Wisely Now (MEOW Now), and membership chair of the Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations.
The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) is a community of professionals committed to excellence in the management and operation of animal welfare and control organizations. SAWA provides the practical knowledge, resources, and solutions members need to grow as professionals, achieve the goals of their organizations, and, collectively, advance the animal welfare profession.
About SPCA Tampa Bay
SPCA Tampa Bay accepts all pets surrendered by their owners and injured wildlife. The organization cares for more than 7,500 animals that are admitted each year. SPCA Tampa Bay’s mission is to improve the community by promoting humane care, preventing animal cruelty and reducing pet overpopulation. Community services include animal cruelty investigation, accessible wellness care, lost/found pet assistance, animal admission and animal transport. SPCA programs include pet adoption, free pet behavior help, Sniff University training for dogs and cats, children’s summer camps and more. Founded in 1940, SPCA Tampa Bay is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization located on 10 acres in Largo with a planned full-service veterinary hospital expected to open in St. Petersburg in 2016. For more information: www.spcatampabay.org.