The Animal Protective Foundation always strives to be a leader in our community in regard to animal welfare – and animal training practices. We are excited to announce two of our employees have recently acquired new certifications that will help APF better provide for the pets in our care.

Director of Operations, Amy Duskiewicz has received received her certification as a CAWA which stands for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator.

This is a professional certificate through the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement which, through an intensive exam process, evaluates knowledge in a variety of areas, ranging from organizational management and fundraising to animal management and advocacy.

“We are so proud of Amy and her continued professional development. She is truly an asset to our team,” according to Deb Balliet, Executive Director.

Behavior and Training Manager, Jessica Bukovinsky has just received her certification as a CPDT-KA which stands for Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed. The exam and certification process is overseen by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers®, and is a highly respected certification within the field. It is not an easy exam, and passing it attests to Jessica’s knowledge and ability to pass it on her first try!