Animal Welfare Business Administration Associate Degree Program

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Animal Welfare Business Administration

Animal Welfare Business Administration offers a unique and fulfilling career path that allows you to channel your love for animals into making a positive impact in your community. This field seamlessly merges comprehensive knowledge of animal care with essential business management and development skills. By pursuing Animal Welfare Business Administration, you will delve into a range of engaging topics, including:

  • Comprehensive understanding of how animals adapt to their environments and thrive.
  • Training in animal administration, personnel supervision, and fostering effective teamwork.
  • Evaluating animal welfare, identifying potential risks, and implementing strategies to mitigate those risks.
  • Developing expertise in public relations and fundraising to support animal welfare initiatives.
  • Gaining a deeper comprehension of vital aspects of animal care, including health and nutrition, animal ethics and laws, and pet behavior traits.
  • Delivering exceptional customer service to pet owners through exemplary shelter management and effective client communication.
  • Enriching the lives of the animals in your care, ultimately improving their overall well-being.

Animal Welfare Management is a 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 Embarking on a career in Animal Welfare Business Administration not only offers a wealth of opportunities but also allows you to pursue your passion while making a tangible difference in the lives of animals.

Course Details

  • Delivery Method: Online
  • Program Length: 7 months
  • Credits: 110

Career Options

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


Our Animal Welfare Business Administration Associate Degree is designed for people who already have 61 credit hours in an animal welfare-related concentration.

What You Will Learn

To excel in the field of Animal Welfare Business Administration, it is crucial to acquire a solid educational foundation and relevant coursework. Our specialized program in Animal Welfare Business Administration offers a comprehensive curriculum that can be completed in as little as 7 months, providing you with a competitive edge. The program covers a range of essential topics, including:

  • Animal Shelter Medicine: Understanding the nature and processes involved in providing medical care within an animal shelter environment, including knowledge of infectious diseases and preventive measures.
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology: Developing a deep understanding of the anatomical and physiological characteristics of animals, enabling you to better comprehend their needs and provide appropriate care.
  • Animal Behavior and Enrichment: Learning effective coping techniques to enhance and manage animal behavior, as well as implementing enrichment strategies to improve their overall well-being.
  • Veterinary Terminology and Procedures: Familiarizing yourself with common veterinary terms and procedures to effectively communicate with veterinary professionals and understand their recommendations.
  • Proper facility management, volunteer management and customer service.

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.


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"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