Kate Nattrass Atema, Program Director, Companion Animals

Kate Nattrass Atema

Program Director, Companion Animals

Kate leads the global Companion Animal Programme at IFAW, overseeing community-based animal welfare projects in South Africa, Indonesia, China, Germany, Mexico, Haiti, China and Native communities in the United States and Canada. She has focused on the development of a framework IFAW refers to as “Adequate Guardianship,” which ensures that communities are able to tailor programmes that address animal welfare concerns based on the needs of the local people and animals as well as their unique circumstances.

The Companion Animals Programme contributes expert advice to groups in Russia, Bosnia, Nepal, Chile and others around the world. Kate is working to expand her programme to assist additional communities in the Americas, Europe and Asia merging advocacy and education with specifically targeted services for dogs and cats.

Kate and her team collaborate with other non-governmental organisations in the International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM), providing up-to-date guidance on management of dog and cat populations. ICAM has teamed up with several academic institutions to test and refine their present guidelines, ensuring that the guidance is regularly updated to ensure the best animal welfare.

Collaboration with IFAW’s Animal Rescue Programme allows Kate’s Companion Animals team to ensure that initial response to companion animal welfare during disasters is followed by ongoing services for animals in the affected areas, combined with outreach to the community as it rebuilds.

• Clinical Instructor, Qualitative Research Methods, Department of Clinical Sciences, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, USA
• Research Associate and Program Officer, Wildlife and Habitat Protection Program, IFAW International
• Editorial Assistant, Humane Wildlife Solutions: The Role of Immunocontraception, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and Humane Society of the United States
• Research Assistant, National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS), USA
• Research Assistant, Social Science Center of Berlin, Germany
• Director, Emergency Medical Services, Smith College
• Member, Center for Animals and Public Policy Advisory Committee, Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
• Member, International Companion Animal Management Coalition

• Bachelor of Arts (BA), Biology and Government, Smith College, USA
• Master of Science (MSc), Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, USA

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Popular Literature
Natrass, K., 2005. Elephants Speak Out for Conservation: On the acoustic research of Katy Payne. AV Magazine Eye on the Gentle Giants: Elephants Under Siege. Fall 2005. p22-3.

Press contact

Kerry Branon
Media Asset Manager, IFAW International Operations Center
Tel: +1-508-744-2068
Email: kbranon@ifaw.org


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