Animal Welfare Business Administration Associate Degree Program

Animal Welfare Business Administration Associate Degree Program

Upon completion of a diploma program, students are eligible to enroll in an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. Diploma programs are designed to help students begin work in their chosen field. Our AAS programs go beyond by allowing students to develop general education skill sets (in areas such as English, History and Math) and complete an advanced level of course work in their chosen field. As long as they have completed a diploma program or a specific number of credit hours from a related concentration, students may begin an AAS program anytime, even at night while they work. All of our AAS completion programs are 100% online.

What is Animal Welfare Business Administration?

Animal Welfare Business Administration is not only an opportunity-filled career choice, but also a noble profession. This field combines an in depth understanding of the fundamentals of animal care with essential training in business management and development. Animal Welfare Business Administration involves topics such as:
  • Learning in depth how animals cope with the conditions of their environment.
  • Training in animal administration, personnel supervision and team building.
  • Gauging animal welfare, identifying potential risks to animals and mitigating those risks.
  • Developing public relations and fundraising skills.
  • A deeper understanding of 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 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 Business Administration?

Due in part to the recent pandemic, animal adoption has jumped between 15%-34% according to recent national studies.2 The area of need is great and this field represents interlocking industries including animal shelters, veterinary health services and a rapidly growing private sector. Individuals with a strong background in animal management, caretaking and business fundamentals may find advanced opportunities in places 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 Business Administration AAS Program

To begin an Associates of Applied Science in Animal Welfare Business Administration, you must complete an Animal Welfare Administration diploma program or have required hours in an animal welfare concentration. Once these credits are met, our Animal Welfare Business Administration program can be completed in as little as 7 months and offers expanded opportunity in this important field. In the Rockford Career College program, you will learn:
  • The fundamentals of business management as it relates to animal welfare, including team-building, end-to-end customer service, staff management and supervision.
  • Study in depth animal care techniques including animal shelter medicine, infectious disease, animal anatomy and physiology.
  • Advanced coping techniques to improve and control animal behavior and enrich animal lives.
  • Common veterinary terminology and procedure.
  • Proper facility management, public relations, fundraising and volunteer management.

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 – 7 Months

100% of the program is online


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3, retrieved 1/11/2022.