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Animal Welfare Advocate

Professional Development

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Online

If animals are your passion and you’re interested in gaining more information and insight, this program will help you sort out the options, focus on your strengths, and build the knowledge base you’ll need for a successful future in animal welfare organizations. Complete six classes to earn your certificate. Classes are offered in the spring and fall, with three of the six required courses available each semester.

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Please call 314-984-7777 to register for classes by phone, or click the button above to register and pay online.

Class schedules provided below may change.

It happens every so often: classes are rescheduled, moved to a different classroom, etc. Want to see the most up-to-date information? Simply follow the orange button above to view current class details.

Unless otherwise specified in the course description, registration for online classes closes three business days prior to the class start date.

Each class can be taken by itself or as part of the Animal Welfare Advocate Program as initial training/preparation for work in a range of public and private animal welfare agencies and organizations. Curriculum developed by the Humane Society of Missouri, Animal Protective Association of Missouri, and St. Louis County Animal Care & Control. Those who successfully complete the coursework and earn a certificate of completion may receive priority employment by the sponsoring agencies.

Career and Volunteer Opportunities in Animal Welfare Agencies

Animals are wonderful. If you agree, you may have thought about working with them (or for their welfare). If you’ve considered the possibility of a career or volunteer position in the wide world of animal welfare but aren’t sure where you fit into the picture, this class can help you sort through the possibilities. Learn about the personal rewards and benefits of working directly with animals as well as things you can do indirectly (and locally) for their benefit. Course meets requirements of Animal Welfare Assistant Program.
ANIM-741 | 1 session | $26 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F02 Tu 6-8:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 | Online

Animal Welfare and the Humane Movement

There are different facets of animal welfare, and the work of animal welfare agencies in the St. Louis metro area are built on varying viewpoints. Gain insights into the history of the U.S. animal welfare/humane movement and where we are today. We’ll also trouble-shoot community animal welfare needs and possible solutions. Course meets requirements of Animal Welfare Assistant Program.
ANIM-741 | 1 session | $26 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F01 Tu 6-8:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 | Online

Getting to Know Us: St. Louis Animal Welfare Organizations

St. Louis hosts various organizations of all types and sizes involved in animal welfare activities, rescues and shelters, adoptions, pet food pantries, emergency and investigation teams, clinics, advocacy groups and more. Each group presents a unique role, approach and way of operating, but it takes everyone in the community to meet the needs of our local animals. The good news is that a wide range of animal welfare-related activities exist in the St. Louis metro area, offering involvement opportunities for people with a variety of interests and skills (like you!). A panel of representatives from local agencies will present their stories and answer your questions. Course meets requirements of Animal Welfare Assistant Program.
ANIM-741 | 1 session | $26 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
F03 Tu 6-8:30 p.m.
Nov. 17 | Online

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