Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior

Understand Different Elements of Animal Behavior


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Times: Flexible
  • Cost: $2,985 (noncredit)
    $3,393 (credit)

Next start date:

September 2020

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About this Program

Humans have been interacting with animals for millennia, observing them in homes, farms, zoos and labs. The more we understand about animal behavior, the more effective we can be at caring for them and improving  their health and quality of life.

In this three-course certificate program, we’ll study different principles of animal behavior and learn to apply this knowledge to animal care. You’ll examine behavioral differences between animal species and how these reflect their evolution and habitat adaptation. Gain insights on evolutionary theory, learning theory and biology to provide better care for animals — particularly companion animals — and diagnose and treat a variety of behavior issues.

Designed For

Professionals who study or work with animals and those who want to enter the field.

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Video Overview

Instructor Renee Ha explains how a wide variety of professionals who work with animals can benefit from the Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior.

Duration: 01:14

What you'll learn

  • Basic principles of evolution and natural selection as they relate to animal behavior
  • Application of animal behaviors to human-animal interaction
  • The latest scientific research on the training and care of companion animals
  • Methods to integrate theory with real-world practice in treating and improving behavior

Earn Continuing Education Units

This program is part of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education (AAVSB RACE). Veterinarians and veterinary technicians can earn nine continuing education units by completing the certificate.

choose from noncredit and credit options

By completing this certificate program, you can earn credit toward your bachelor's degree. To earn these credits, you must enroll in the credit version of the program. Because policies vary, check with your intended degree program to make sure the credits will apply. If you don’t plan to pursue a degree, choose the noncredit offering. See Noncredit & Credit Options.

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online, Group-Paced

Start and finish your program with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. Courses are 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online, Group-Paced

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