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Britney Tennant Receives Prestigious Animal Welfare Administrator Certification | New







Britney Tennant, CEO of Cheyenne Animal Shelter




Britney Tennant, the new CEO of Cheyenne Animal Shelter, recently obtained her Certified Animal Welfare Administrator certification through the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, an independent agency whose mission is to help train strong leaders and promote standards of practice in the animal welfare profession. Tennant is now not only one of hundreds to hold this prestigious designation, but also the first to receive such certification in Wyoming.

The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement administers the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) program, which recognizes senior executives and managers working in municipal and non-profit animal welfare agencies. In addition to meeting strict animal welfare leadership and management eligibility criteria, Tennant had to pass a rigorous exam to earn its CAWA designation.

The CAWA exam covers best practices in animal welfare with questions covering leadership, human resources, finance, fundraising, marketing, administration, and animal care. Obtaining her CAWA status validates Tennant’s work in animal welfare and illustrates her competence in contributing to larger conversations about animal welfare as it relates to her community and across the country.

“We are delighted to welcome someone of Britney’s caliber in the field of animal welfare and animal welfare management,” said Samantha Vernon, DVM and Chairman of the Board of Cheyenne Animal Shelter . “We are also very proud of his successful CAWA certification and we feel very fortunate to benefit from his dedication and leadership.

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Jim Tedford, CEO of the Association, said: “Certified Animal Welfare Administrators have demonstrated that they have specialized qualifications and a commitment to high standards and ethical practices in our industry. We respect their dedication to their own professional development and their pursuit of leadership excellence.

Tennant is originally from Cheyenne and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in animal and veterinary science and a master’s degree in nonprofit management. She has worked and volunteered in the animal welfare field for over 20 years, most recently as the Founder and Executive Director of Black Dog Animal Rescue, Wyoming’s largest private pet welfare organization.

She is a champion of the “Socially Conscious Sheltering Movement”, a contributor to the Humane Society of the United States “Animal Sheltering” magazine as well as the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement blog for animal welfare professionals. Britney has been featured as a speaker and keynote speaker for the animal welfare industry and is a well-known contributor and coalition builder. She is the former President of Leadership Cheyenne, a 2019 graduate of Leadership Wyoming, and the current President of the Wyoming Nonprofit Network and the Northern Colorado Regional Animal Welfare Coalition. She was recently appointed by Governor Mark Gordon to the Wyoming State Board of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional passions include public policy and advocacy work, and she has helped pass numerous state laws that help advance companion animal welfare across the state.

Tennant officially begins his new role on October 18.


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