Thompson Rivers University

Faculty of Science

Animal Health Technology

Animal Welfare Certificate Program

Download the Animal Welfare Certificate Course Outline

This is a program of studies for animal care givers who are interested in upgrading their work skills and for individuals interested in a career in Animal Welfare. The Animal Welfare Certificate Program has been jointly developed by Thompson Rivers University (TRU), and the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA).

There are many animal care givers who would like to upgrade their working knowledge in this interesting field. They may be employed or are seeking employment in the animal welfare industry, or are involved in retail sectors of the industry, such as pet stores or related pet businesses. However, because of distance, work schedules, financial constraints or time commitments to family or community, it is often not possible for them to travel to a post-secondary institution to attend a training program. Or, there are students who just starting their undergraduate studies who would like to investigate opportunities for a career in Animal Welfare.

TRU and the BC SPCA have developed a program which is based on bringing the learning package to your home or work environment, and which encourages you to use new educational technology. Building on the highly regarded Animal Health Technology Diploma program offered by TRU, and the Bachelor of Science Degree that has prepared graduates for successful entry into Veterinary School, this new Certificate program has behind it the quality and reputation of both TRU and the BC SPCA.

The program is divided into two levels (AWCP 1700 & AWCP 1710). Each level is comprised of a series of modules.  Depending on your level of experience you can complete both levels in sequence, or start immediately on the second level. It may also be possible for you to complete only selected modules from one level, depending on your individual requirements.

Completion of AWCP 1700 or AWCP 1710 will result in the student obtaining a certificate of completion and undergraduate course credits at Thompson Rivers University. These credits will be honoured at the University of British Columbia in certain programs. It is possible for you to complete only selected modules depending on your individual requirements.

The AWCP is not affiliated with TRU Open Learning and all inquiries are to be addressed to:
Carol Costache, Program Assistant or Mila Rodrigues, Admissions