AlignCare: Improving Access to Veterinary Care

Recorded On: 06/10/2021

Millions of families have limited access to veterinary care, mainly due to insufficient funds. Lack of needed veterinary care negatively impacts the whole family—both human and pet—and may lead to relinquishment to shelters. Learn how AlignCare improves access to veterinary care for families in need by aligning community resources to address families’ financial and emotional needs, enabling veterinary service providers to help underserved pets, and controlling costs to address the impact of low socioeconomic status. Discover how an AlignCare program can work in your community.


This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 

This live session only is approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE. After you attend the live session IN FULL (at least 50 minutes), you will receive a link to submit your RACE-required credentials. The recording is NOT approved for RACE CEs so be sure to attend live!

​Dr. Michael Blackwell

Director, Program for Pet Health Equity, UT College of Social Work

Dr. Michael Blackwell earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee University. He also earned a Master of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University. Dr. Blackwell currently serves as the Director of the Program for Pet Health Equity, University of Tennessee. His mission is to improve access to veterinary care for underserved families. He chairs the Access to Veterinary Care Coalition. He owned and operated private veterinary practices in Oklahoma and Maryland. 

T’ Fisher

Director of Operations, Program for Pet Health Equity, UT College of Social Work

T’ Fisher founded the Companion Animal Initiative of Tennessee program at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and served as the Director for thirteen years. Recently, T’ served as Vice President of Animal Welfare at the Houston SPCA. Currently, T’ serves as the Director of Operations for AlignCare at the University of Tennessee. 

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