What employers and students say about the Animal Shelter Management program at CMC

Leslie Rockey“When ASM students come to me for their work experience, I want them to see everything – from the great stuff, like the happy adoptions that reinforce why we do what we do, to all the difficult things, like owners who come in to give up pets they no longer want. They need to see it all. It gives them a big, broad spectrum of shelter work.”

Leslie Rockey, director, Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) and ASM work experience mentor; AAS, Veterinary Technology, Colorado Mountain College.


“Because animals are staying in shelters longer, the shelters now need people who can provide more than simply custodial care; they need people with more management skills and more knowledge. If I see that someone has completed CMC’s animal shelter management certificate, I take that as evidence that he or she is committed to the field. I see it as a big plus.”

Laurie Raymond, co-owner, High Tails Dog and Cat Outfitters, Glenwood Springs.


“The things I learned in the ASM program I carry with me most every day in one way or another.”

-JoAnne Casey, Certificate of Occupational Proficiency, Animal Shelter Management. Volunteer, Animal Rescue of the Rockies, a Breckenridge-based rescue organization providing fostering and medical assistance to homeless animals in Summit County, Colorado. JoAnne was one of the initial members who established “For Pet’s Sake,” a Breckenridge thrift shop whose proceeds benefit Animal Rescue of the Rockies.


“If I didn’t have the work experience at the Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) shelter while I was going to school, I would not be able to do what I’m doing now.”

Heather Mullen, manager, Rifle Animal Shelter; AAS, Veterinary Technology, Colorado Mountain College.