Maddie's Insights: Examining Relationship Between BIPOC Communities & Their Companion Animals

When:  Oct 12, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Animal Welfare Professionals

Maddie's Insights: Practical tips based on current research to help pets and people

Examining the Relationship between BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, And People of
Color) Communities and Their Companion Animals

Catherine Kisavi-Atatah Ph.D. will share the findings of her publication, Examining the Relationship between BIPOC Communities and Their Companion Animals. This study explored the relationship between BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities with their companion animals, using Attachment Theory as a lens of analysis. Findings suggest that public and private policy decision-makers should develop and implement holistic, across-the-board, companion animal policies that are user-friendly to all.

Learning Objectives:
- Understand the complexities of the multifaceted aspects of the relationship between Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and their companion animals, including historical, cultural and socio-economic factors
- Identify the unique challenges and barriers that BIPOC communities encounter in accessing veterinary care, resources and support for their companion animals, and evaluate the implications for both the animals and communities
- Understand the significance of cultural competency and diversity in veterinary medicine and animal welfare; analyze how these factors influence the provision of care and support to BIPOC individuals and their communities
- Evaluate policy recommendations and practical insights presented in the paper to better support BIPOC communities in their relationship with companion animals, and consider the broader implications for public policies, animal welfare organizations, and community initiatives. 

About the speaker

Dr. Catherine Kisavi-Atatah has worked in the medical field for the past 20 years. She has a Ph.D. in health services and specializes in health policy. She is focused on educational studies on how to educate underserved minorities, nationally and globally, about some previous and current emerging and re-emerging tropical diseases generally. The secondary focus of her research is on globalization. This research comprehensively deals with the identifications of tropically neglected diseases such as insect-borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever, and re-emerging previously eliminated diseases such as waterborne diseases like dysentery and polio, to mention a few, in underserved countries in Africa and globally.

This one-hour webinar will be recorded and has been pre-approved for 1.0 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and by the National Animal Care & Control Association. It has also been submitted for approval for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) approval.

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10-12-2023 11:20 AM


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When:  Oct 12, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Animal Welfare Professionals


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