Animal Welfare Administration

Diploma Program - 100% Online

Animal Welfare Administration

Are you passionate about animals? If so, consider pursuing a rewarding career in Animal Welfare Administration. This field plays a vital role in ensuring the welfare of pets everywhere, particularly when owners or previous owners are unable to provide the necessary care. As an Animal Welfare Administrator, you will be involved in:

  • Studying how animals adapt to their environments and understanding their needs.
  • Assessing animal welfare, identifying potential risks, and taking steps to mitigate them.
  • Developing a comprehensive understanding of animal care, including health, nutrition, animal ethics, laws, and behavioral characteristics.
  • Providing exceptional customer service to pet owners through effective shelter management and client communication.
  • Making a positive impact on the lives of the animals under your care.

Embark on a fulfilling career where you can make a difference in the lives of animals while ensuring their well-being. Animal Welfare Administration is a robust and rapidly growing industry. According to the American Pet Products Association, pet owners are expected to spend over $143 billion on their pets this year.1

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Animal Caretakers is projected to grow 30% in Illinois from 2021 to 2031.2

Course Details

  • Delivery Method: Online
  • Program Length: 9 months
  • Credits: 61

Career Options

  • Animal Shelters
  • Veterinary Offices
  • Doggie Daycare & Boarding Providers
  • Animal Training Centers
  • Self-Employed Home Animal Care

A.A.S. Degree

After you complete the Animal Welfare Administration Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Animal Welfare Business Administration Associate Degree completion program. That's only 16 months total to get an Associate Degree.


What You Will Learn

In order to excel in the field of Animal Welfare Administration, it is important to acquire relevant education and coursework. Our comprehensive Animal Welfare Administration program can be completed in just 9 months, providing you with the necessary skills to stand out. During the program, you will learn:

  • Animal Shelter Medicine: Understand the nature and processes involved in providing medical care in animal shelters. Gain knowledge about infectious diseases, animal anatomy, and physiology.
  • Animal Behavior and Enrichment: Discover coping techniques to improve and manage animal behavior, as well as techniques for enriching their lives.
  • Veterinary Terminology and Procedures: Familiarize yourself with common veterinary terms and procedures to effectively communicate with veterinary professionals and understand their work.
  • Facility and Volunteer Management: Learn the essentials of properly managing animal welfare facilities, including volunteer coordination, and develop exceptional customer service skills to cater to the needs of pet owners.

The Rockford Career College Advantage

Rockford Career College is a distinguished institution that prioritizes career-focused education, equipping students with practical skills and real-world experience in their desired fields. What sets Rockford Career College apart is its unwavering commitment to preparing students for success in the workforce.

  • Programs: Choose from a diverse range of programs in animal sciences, healthcare, business, cannabis, and skilled trades. Our programs are meticulously crafted to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in their chosen careers.
  • Small Class Sizes: Benefit from personalized attention and support from our instructors, thanks to our small class sizes. This approach ensures a deeper understanding of the subject matter and the ability to apply it to real-world scenarios.
  • Multiple Schedule Options: We understand the demands of your life. That's why we offer on-campus, hybrid, and fully online diploma and degree programs that provide the flexibility you need to accommodate your lifestyle.
  • Experienced Faculty: Learn from industry professionals who bring extensive experience and expertise to the classroom. Our faculty members provide invaluable real-world insights and connections to enhance your learning journey.
  • Hands-on Training: Gain practical skills through hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs and clinical settings. Apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations, enhancing your confidence and readiness for your future career.


  • On-Campus & Online Options
  • 20+ Career-Focused Programs
  • Hands-On & Real World Training
  • Inclusive Small Class Sizes
  • Caring Instructors
  • Student-Centered Experience
  • Tutoring & Personalized Support
  • Financial Aid for Those Who Qualify
  • Externship Opportunities
  • Career Placement Assistance & dedicated career services team
  • RCC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

"I’m the first in my family to get a college degree – and I couldn’t be happier that I did it at RCC! Anything is possible – especially if you have a support system like I did behind me."

Karyssa Mosher Schwickerath

2022 Graduate, Veterinary Technician