Animal Welfare Management Diploma Program
Improving animals' lives is a noble cause. Our program prepares students to meet the high demand for animal care. According to the American Pet Products Association, pet owners are expected to spend over $75 billion on their pets this year.1
You could learn not only about animal shelter medicine, infectious diseases, anatomy and physiology, behavior, and animal enrichment but also business skills such as customer service, accounting, and digital communications.
Our program teaches skills beneficial for many career paths. You could open or work at a doggie daycare, dog training center, boarding facility, animal shelter or rescue, animal sanctuary, or veterinary office. You could even become a zookeeper or animal control officer.
Our diploma program provides a strong knowledge base that could be expanded on to make you a better job candidate. Our school also offers an Associate Program in Animal Welfare Management.
Enjoy Strong Career Opportunities
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Illinois for animal care workers is expected to increase by nineteen percent between 2016 and 2026.2
2 onetonline.org/link/summary/39-2021.00, retrieved 5/29/2019
Program length – 9 months
If you have a animal safety or welfare concern with the patients being used in our program please contact Olivia Boardman, IACUC Chairperson.
We are fortunate to have Dania teaching on our online program at both Stautzenberger College in Ohio and now at Rockford Career College. When she refers to Stautzenberger, please know that we offer the same instruction now at Rockford Career College. We hope you enjoy the Dania's video below filmed at Stautzenberger College.
Curriculum includes both animal care skills training and business management practices. Student are taught:
- Animal welfare management
- Animal medical terminology
- Animal health and nutrition
- Animal behavior
- Training and enrichment
- Facility management
- Animal ethics and law
- Shelter management
- Client communication
- Colunteer and career management
Graduates of this program could be prepared for entry-level work in veterinary offices, pet stores, animal training facilities, labs, shelters, kennels and grooming facilities. Job titles could include, shelter care assistant, animal care assistant, kennel assistant, animal rescue assistant, and kennel administrator.
Demand for nonfarm animal caretakers is expected to grow by 9-13% though 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Employment Projections 2014-2024,retrieved 6/8/16