Animal Welfare Administration

Animal Welfare Administration Diploma Program

100% of the program is online - At Rockford Career College, learning online doesn’t mean learning alone.  Read how we support our students.

What is Animal Welfare Administration?

Love animals? Well, Animal Welfare Administration may offer the perfect career choice. Animal Welfare Administration is essential for the well-being of pets everywhere and caring for animals when owners or former owners cannot. Animal Welfare Administration involves:
  • Learning how animals cope with the conditions of their environment.
  • Gauging animal welfare, identifying potential risks to animals and mitigating those risks.
  • Fully understanding the essentials of animal care such as health & nutrition, animal ethics & law and pet behavior characteristics.
  • Providing customer service to pet owners through outstanding shelter management and client communications
  • Improving the lives of the animals under your care.

Animal Welfare Administration is a robust and rapidly growing industry. According to the American Pet Products Association, pet owners are expected to spend over $99 billion on their pets this year.1

What Career Options are Available in Animal Welfare Administration?

Those seeking companionship through pet adoption is on the rise. Due in part to the recent pandemic, animal adoption has jumped between 15%-34% according to recent national studies.2 This fact about the increase in pet ownership has a trickle-down effect on numerous organizations involved with animal care. Individuals with an understanding of Animal Welfare Administration may find opportunity in locations such as:
  • Animal Shelters
  • Veterinary Offices
  • Doggie Daycare & Boarding Providers
  • Animal Training Centers
  • Self-Employed Home Animal Care
  • And much more

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Animal Caretakers is projected to grow 12% in Illinois from 2018 to 2028.3

What You Will Learn in an Animal Welfare Administration Program

While there are multiple avenues to enter Animal Welfare Administration, one of the best ways to get a leg up in the field is through related education and course work. Our Animal Welfare Administration program can be completed in as little as 9 months. You will learn:
  • The nature and process of animal shelter medicine, infectious disease, animal anatomy and physiology.
  • Coping techniques to improve and control animal behavior and animal enrichment.
  • Common veterinary terminology and procedure.
  • Proper facility management, volunteer management and customer service.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 155 years, Rockford Career College has made a lasting impact on the students and community we serve by:
  • Making student success our #1 priority.
  • Designing courses that develop critical skill sets and expanding our student’s knowledge base for a life-time career.
  • Ensuring that the skills businesses need are the skills we teach.
  • Offering affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools.
  • Offering on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that provide more flexibility to fit your life-style.
  • Having the best career services team that has done the networking for you with numerous local employers and are here to help.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program Length – 9 Months

100% of the program is online


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If you have a animal safety or welfare concern with the patients being used in our program please contact Rebecca Cardenas, 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.