Animal Welfare Management

Animal Welfare Management Diploma Program

Improving animals' lives is a noble cause. Our 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

You could learn not only about animal shelter medicine, infectious diseases, anatomy and physiology, behavior, and animal enrichment but also business skills such as customer service, accounting, and digital communications.

Our program teaches skills beneficial for many career paths.  You could open or work at a doggie daycare, dog training center, boarding facility, animal shelter or rescue, animal sanctuary, or veterinary office. You could even become a zookeeper or animal control officer.

Our diploma program provides a strong knowledge base that could be expanded on to make you a better job candidate. Our school also offers an Associate Program in Animal Welfare Management.

Enjoy Strong Career Opportunities
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Ohio for animal care workers is expected to increase by eighteen percent between 2016 and 2026.
The Stautzenberger Advantage

We take a  streamlined approach to education, with curricula focusing on developing a particular skillset and knowledge base for a career rather than receiving a general education.   We focus on training you in jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community. We offer affordable  programs that typically take less time to complete, have smaller class sizes, and the majority of the training is hands-on, which is an ideal environment for many types of learners. We offer on-campus, hybrid and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you more opportunities to well-paying jobs with room for growth and managerial potential. We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Prior to graduation, we could help you find that perfect job.   Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilitie

2, retrieved 5/1/2019

Program length – 10 months



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
  • Colunteer 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.

Demand for nonfarm animal caretakers is expected to grow by 9-13% though 2024.1

1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Employment Projections 2014-2024,retrieved 6/8/16