Animal Welfare Management

Animal Welfare Management Diploma Program

100% of the program is online

What is Animal Welfare Management?

Animal welfare is defined as the way that animals are coping with the conditions in which they live. Animal Welfare Management courses teach students how to gauge an animal's welfare, identify potential risks to animal welfare, and how to mitigate those risks. Individuals in Animal Welfare positions need to be well-versed in animal health & nutrition, animal behavior, facility management, animal ethics & law, shelter management and client communications.

Improving animals' lives is a noble cause. Our Animal Welfare Management 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

What Career Options Are Available In Animal Welfare Management?

Individuals with the Animal Welfare Management diploma have a wide variety of options when it comes to entry-level employment in the animal care industries. Potential careers include working in boarding facilities or doggie daycares, veterinary offices, animal shelters and rescues, animal sanctuaries or animal training centers. This field is highly rewarding for those who are passionate about the protection and care of animals.

Most Importantly, 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

How Do I Enter Animal Welfare Management?

While there are multiple avenues to entering Animal Welfare Management, one of the best ways to gain employment is through related education and course work. To complete your diploma for Animal Welfare Management, you just need to complete ATB proficiency requirements. Our Animal Welfare Management Program can be completed in as little as 9 months!

In this course, you will learn about animal shelter medicine, infectious diseases, anatomy and physiology, behavior, and animal enrichment. Some of the courses that students can expect to take classes pertaining to veterinary terminology, animal behavior, animal health and nutrition, animal anatomy and physiology, training and enrichment, facilities management, volunteer management, and client communication. These courses are intended to prepare students for the wide range of job opportunities that they may be required to perform throughout the course of their careers in Animal Welfare.

Why Choose Our College?

For 150 years, Rockford Career College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. Over the years, we have kept pace with the needs of businesses to ensure that the skills they need are the skills we teach. At Rockford Career College, our goal is student success. Students gather in Rockford in a friendly, small-class environment that feels like home. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors all of whom have real-world experience in their field. Classes are highly hands-on so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. During the last quarter of your program, you’ll even enter an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work. 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


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100% of the program is online

2, retrieved 3/2/2020

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.



Curriculum includes both animal care skills training and business management practices. Student are taught:
  • Animal welfare management
  • Animal medical terminology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Animal health and nutrition
  • Animal behavior
  • Training and enrichment
  • Facility management
  • Animal ethics and law
  • Shelter management
  • Client communication
  • Volunteer 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.
Most Importantly, 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 2026.1, retrieved 3/2/2020