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Animal Shelter Management Certificate: Lifesaving-Centered ~ ONLINE!


Course Overview

**New Cohort Starting January 8, 2018**

Society's relationship to pets continues to evolve. The majority of people consider their pets to be beloved family members and expect their local animal shelter to work diligently to save the lives of the dogs and cats that enter the facility. This program will provide the knowledge you need to assume a management or leadership role at an open-admission animal shelter. You'll learn how to maximize a shelter's lifesaving potential through program management, community engagement, and shelter operations while at the same time preparing yourself for an exciting career.

Course Outlines

1. Leadership Training

  • Strategic Planning for Impact
  • Analyzing Operations and Decision Making
  • Managing People & Processes to Achieve Results
  • Organizational Responsibilities, Structure, and Board of Directors

Date: January 8 - February 18, 2018 (6 weeks)
Course Code: UNSM 005 51 (6CEUs)

2. Shelter Operations

  • Adoptions
  • Animal Care Fundamentals
  • Enrichment
  • Animal Behavior
  • Customer Service

Date: February 19 - April 1, 2018  (6 weeks) 
Course Code: UNSM 010 51 (6 CEUs)

3. Community Program Development

  • Community Relations
  • Volunteers
  • Foster Care
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Help Desk
  • Events

Date: April 2 - May 13, 2018 (6 weeks)
Course Code: UNSM 015 51 (6 CEUs)

4. Animal Health and Clinic Operations

  • Understanding Shelter Medicine
  • Basic Animals Health Considerations and Care
  • Euthanasia Decisions
  • Clinic Operations

Date: August 21 - October 1, 2017 (6 weeks)
          May 14 - June 24, 2018
Course Code: UNSM 020 51 (6 CEUs)

5. Marketing and Development

  • Development Fundamentals
  • Fundraising Strategies
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Adoption Promotion
  • Social Media and Websites
  • Media Relations

Date: October 2 - November 12, 2017 (6 weeks)
          June 25 - August 5, 2018
Course Code: UNSM 025 51 (6 CEUs)  

Who will benefit from this program?

  • Professionals seeking a career change to something more personally fulfilling

  • New shelter directors

  • Shelter directors or managers wishing to dramatically improve their live-release rate

  • People working in the animal welfare field who wish to advance into management roles

  • Board members of animal shelters

  • Activists who wish to see a change in their local community shelter

  • Those wanting to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

UOP Shelter Management Scholarship Announcement:

Maddie’s Fund is now offering scholarships to attend the UOP Animal Shelter Management Certificate Program! 

Maddie’s Leadership Program is offering full scholarships to the University of the Pacific Online Animal Shelter Management Certificate Program (more info), a program developed and managed by Humane Network. This program provides knowledge you will need to advance your career in animal sheltering or assume a shelter management role with a focus on maximizing the shelter’s lifesaving potential through leadership, program management, community engagement, and shelter/clinic operations. The program includes five, six-week courses and awards CEUs both through the Center for Professional and Continuing Education at the University of the Pacific and the Society of Animal Shelter Administrators CAWA program. 

Applications are now CLOSED for the Spring/Summer 2017 program that started on April 17, 2017. If you would like more information, please email or click here to apply.

Course Fee: 

Individual courses (6 CEUs)$299 
Certificate/all courses (30 CEUs): $1,395, if you register for ALL courses up front ($100 discount)

Additional Information:

This certificate program is not eligible for financial aid. Payment can be done all up front for a discounted tuition of $1,395 or can be paid as classes are taken for $299/course.

Download program brochure here! 


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