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May 20

Online Certificate Program – Starts 5/20/24 – Animal Shelter Behavioral Management Certificate Program – Humane Network/UoP (fee applies)

May 20

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The shelter environment is a very stressful place that affects the psychological well-being of the animals. Comprehensive behavior programs are essential to keep the animals behaviorally and emotionally healthy during their stay. This eight-week course will give you the knowledge and skills to develop an effective behavior program aimed at improving the welfare of the animals in your care.

05/20/2024 – 7/14/2024 – Now available for registration. 

Who will benefit from this program?

  • Anyone currently affiliated with an animal shelter or rescue organization who wants to learn more about animal behavior as it relates to the shelter/foster environment.
  • Anyone who wants to improve the emotional wellbeing of the animals in your care.
  • Anyone seeking a behavior specialist position with an animal shelter or rescue organization.

What You Will Learn

  • Gain knowledge on how to read dog and cat animal body language and signaling
  • Learn techniques for safe, humane handling of the animals
  • Understand how the shelter environment effects the emotional wellbeing of the animals and how to use stress reduction techniques to improve welfare
  • Gain knowledge on how to keep the animals physically, mentally, and socially stimulated through shelter-wide enrichment programs
  • Understand the value of effective canine and feline behavior assessments
  • Obtain the knowledge and skills needed to implement training and behavior modification techniques to improve the behavior and emotional state of the shelter animals
  • Obtain skills needed to ensure quality customer service for adoption counseling and follow-up.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 4.8 CEUs

Course Code: UNSM 050

Course Price: $399