CARE Caucus:
Black History Month Series

During the month of February, CARE hosted weekly talks with a panel of all African American Professionals discussing issues they face inside and outside of Animal Welfare. Of the more than 104,000 veterinarians in the nation, nearly 90% are white, less than 2% are Hispanic and almost none are Black, according to 2019 BLS figures

We partnered with the BlackDVM Network and other organizations to raise money for scholarships that will be set aside for African American Veterinary Students. In honor of a dear friend, respected colleague, and valued mentor, we will be naming the scholarship the Dr. Jodie G. Blackwell Scholarship Fund, after Dr. Michael J. Blackwell’s father. Dr. Jodie G. Blackwell graduated in the 2nd class of the college of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University in 1950. Afterward, he opened a thriving private practice in SE Oklahoma. Dr. Jodie G. Blackwell also worked diligently towards civil rights and was appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma to the Civil Rights Commission. Following these efforts, Dr. Jodie G. Blackwell sent his son, Michael, or as most of us know him Dr. Blackwell, as one of four students to integrate Gray High School in Idabel,

Oklahoma. Dr. Jodie G. Blackwell continued his private practice for 18 years and eventually joined the faculty at Tuskegee University, where he spent the last 25 years of his professional life. We recognize the legacy of this family and the importance of access and awareness. Dr. Blackwell is currently the only 2nd generation Tuskegee Veterinarian graduate. We intend that he will not be the last.

Thanks to Maddie’s Fund® for their $50,000 contribution, and to Tito’s for Dog People for their $25,000 contribution. CARE thanks everyone for joining these conversations, led by our CEO James Evans. The topics crossed all industries and offer valuable lived insights on not only the problems but most importantly solutions that black and brown have discovered. Like our events, these video are free to access. We ask in lieu of a fee, if you can, donate to CARE with the note “CAREvetFund”.

Navigating Business While Black in a Time of Turbulence

Uva Coles, Inclusiva with James Evans, CARE CEO: Navigating Business While Black in a Time of Turbulence

*About Maddie’s Fund

Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation established in 1994 by Dave and Cheryl Duffield and is the fulfillment of a promise to their inspirational dog, Maddie. She provided them much joy from 1987 – 1997 and continues to inspire them today.

The Foundation has awarded nearly $250 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, pioneering shelter medicine education and establishing foster care as a standard across the U.S.

Maddie’s Fund proudly offers the industry a national voice, important funding opportunities for bold ideas, learning resources and access to collaborate and share lifesaving ideas. The Foundation invests its resources in a commitment to keeping pets and people together, creating a safety net of care for animals in need and operating within a culture of inclusiveness and humility.



*About Tito’s for Dog People

The vision of our Vodka for Dog People program is to better the lives of pets and their families far and wide.

An important part of the story here at Tito’s Handmade Vodka is the innate connection we have with our canine counterparts. Since the beginning, as we have worked with Tito to bring his dream to life for 20 years, we have been committed to rescuing and protecting the animals that have come into our lives, often serendipitously — many of whom now thrive alongside us at our distillery and our office.



Pathways to Veterinary School

Dr. Hodges and Dr. Ferguson, Critter Fixers, Dr. Michael Blackwell  DVM, MPH, FNAP, Director of Program for Pet Health Equity at the Center for Behavioral Health Research at UT

The Power of Animals: A look into Mental Health and the Animal Bond

Noah Haislah, @NoahandMilo and Personal Trainer, Candace Croney, PhD, Professor, Animal Behavior and Well-being|Director, Center for Animal Welfare Science with James Evans, CARE CEO