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.
Professionals who study or work with animals and those who want to enter the field.
Applicants should have two years of college coursework or post-secondary education or training. An associate degree or higher is preferred. Those with work experience related to the field of study and some prior college-level coursework may be considered for admission.
If English is not your native language, you should have at least intermediate English skills to enroll. To learn more, see
English Language Proficiency Requirements – Credit Programs. International Students
Because this offering is 100% online, no visa is required and international students are welcome to apply. For more information, see
Admission Requirements for International Students. Technology Requirements
Access to a computer with a recent operating system and web browser
High-speed internet connection
Headset and webcam (recommended)
Earning the Certificate
You earn the certificate by adhering to your program's
attendance policy and receiving a satisfactory grade in all required courses. Students must earn a grade of at least 2.0 in each course. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
Instructor Renee Ha explains how a wide variety of professionals who work with animals can benefit from the Certificate in Applied Animal Behavior.
Play 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 issues 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. Earn Credit Toward Your Degree
By completing this certificate program, you can earn credit toward your bachelor's degree. Because policies vary, check with your intended degree program to make sure the credits will apply. Learn more about
credit options. APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
You can apply for full and partial scholarships from the Applied Animal Behavior Scholarship Fund to help pay for this program.
Learn more about the scholarship. OUR ENROLLMENT COACHES ARE HERE TO HELP
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