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Animal Shelter Management Certificate: Lifesaving-Centered ~ ONLINE!


New Online Cohort Starts April 17, 2017.


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.

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 being accepted through April 3, 2017 for the Spring/Summer 2017 program that starts on April 17, 2017. If you would like more information, please email info@humanenetwork.org or click here to apply.

New Cohort Starts April 17, 2017.

Download program brochure here!

Five Courses included are:

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: April 17 - May 28, 2017 (6 weeks)
Course Code: UNSM 005 51 (6CEUs) $299

Shelter Operations

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

Date: May 29 - July 9, 2017 (6 weeks)
Course Code: UNSM 010 51 (6 CEUs) $299

Community Program Development

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

Date: July 10 - August 20, 2017 (6 weeks)
Course Code: UNSM 015 51 (6 CEUs) $299

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)
Course Code: UNSM 020 51 (6 CEUs) $299

Marketing and Development

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

Date: February 20 - April 2, 2017, October 2 - November 12, 2017 (6 weeks)
Course Code: UNSM 025 51 (6 CEUs) $299

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

Important! 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.

New Cohort Starts April 17, 2017. Click Here to Register!

Questions? Comments? Download program brochure here!

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