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Animal Welfare Advocate

Professional Development

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Meramec

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.

Program Contact

Continuing Education

Phone

314-984-7777

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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. This class can be taken by itself or as part of the Animal Welfare Advocate program for initial training/preparation for work in a range of public and private animal welfare agencies and organizations.
ANIM:741 | 1 session | $26 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 Tu 6-8:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 | MC-SO, 105

The People Ingredient: Working in an Animal Welfare Organization

If you’re thinking about working or volunteering in an animal welfare agency, you’ll need a variety of important “people” skills. You may be matching pets with new families, working with people surrendering their pets, educating adults and kids in the community, or interacting with other agency staff. Gain an overview of the many skills you’ll need to perform a variety of tasks within animal welfare organizations. There are many joys and rewards to working in animal welfare, but some sadness too, so we’ll share with you our ways of coping with the inevitable heart-breaking side of the business. This class can be taken by itself or as part of the Animal Welfare Advocate program for initial training/preparation for work in a range of public and private animal welfare agencies and organizations.
ANIM:741 | 1 session | $26 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P02 Tu 6-8:30 p.m.
March 10 | MC-SO, 105

Animal Care Basics for Animal Welfare Workers

In this class, it’s all about the animals! We’ll cover basic health considerations including prevention measures and spay/neuter issues. Acquiring some knowledge of animal behavior is a vital key to safe handling for yourself and the animals you work with. Learn about caring for and feeding a variety of animals, behavioral screening techniques and enrichment ideas to enhance quality of life for confined animals. Hear from several shelters who explain their basic animal care-taking operations. If you’re interested in working directly with animals, this class is a must! This class can be taken by itself or as part of the Animal Welfare Advocate program for initial training/preparation for work in a range of public and private animal welfare agencies and organizations.
ANIM:741 | 1 session | $26 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P03 Tu 6-8:30 p.m.
April 21 | MC-SO, 105


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