TRU Science

Animal Welfare Certificate

Our program is for animal caregivers interested in upgrading skills and for individuals interested in a career in animal welfare. Our program has recently gone through a major update, and now covers all the legislation across Canada, rather than concentrating on a specific province or organization.

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Many animal care givers 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, it is not possible to travel to a post-secondary institution to attend a traditional classroom.

This builds on our highly regarded Veterinary Technology diploma program offered by TRU, and the Bachelor of Science degree that has prepared graduates for successful entry into veterinary school.

Our program is divided into two levels (AWCP 1700 and AWCP 1710). Each level is comprised of a series of modules. If you are interested in taking both levels, please register for AWCP 1700 first and complete that program before registering for AWCP 1710.  Additionally, we offer the animal care modules out of the main levels (0100 & 0200) as a mini course (XWCP 0500) for those outside of animal sheltering, but wishing to understand diseases, handling, and behaviour, like those working for boarding or training facilities.

Completion of AWCP 1700 or AWCP 1710 will result in obtaining a certificate of completion and undergraduate course credits at Thompson Rivers University. These credits may be honored at the University of British Columbia in certain programs - please confirm with UBC what programs will honor the credits prior to registering for this program.