photo - CMC Animal Shelter Management students care for dogs at the C.A.R.E. Animal Shelter.

Careers in Animal Shelter Management

An Animal Shelter Management Certificate from Colorado Mountain College can be the start of a rewarding career

There are many different roles that make an animal shelter run successfully. The Animal Shelter Certificate from Colorado Mountain College sets you up to choose the role that bests fits your interest and skills.

A certificate in Animal Shelter Management can prepare you to work as

  • office manager
  • kennel supervisor
  • director of operations
  • trainer
  • volunteer coordinator
  • shelter manager

Larger shelters normally require advanced degrees for their upper-level management positions, but they also offer you opportunities to do many more things that may include screening animals for potential service work (guide dogs and police dogs), program development, coordinating transfers between shelters, adopter support, personnel training and community education.

Additionally, there are a number of directions you could follow outside the traditional animal shelter workplace. You could find work with boarding kennels, stables, veterinary clinics, grooming salons, foster care organizations, animal day care facilities, behavior training facilities, or you might open your own business in one of these areas or become politically involved as an animal welfare advocate.