Animal shelters have come a long way since the days of "Lady and the Tramp"-type pounds and that's largely due to the advancements being made to help train and educate shelter directors and their staff. Learn how to help your career and benefit the animals you care for with specialized training geared towards the animal welfare professional.
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If you aspire to be president and CEO of an animal welfare organization, don't miss out on these expert tips for attaining your dream job.
If you're looking toward a long career in animal welfare, earning the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) designation can give you a valuable boost up the career ladder.
Animal shelters have come a long way, largely due to the ever-increasing professional experience and qualifications of the folks who run them. If you want to make a lifelong career of sheltering, if you hope to gradually climb the ladder from scooping poop and walking dogs to guiding the direction of an organization, it's not enough to simply love animals'you must develop your skills. Here's how to do it.
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This is a group for managers of volunteers (both paid and volunteer) who work with animal shelters, breed placement groups, and other animal welfare organizations. Join us in exploring issues related to staff-volunteer relations, volunteer recruitment, training, retention, and supervision. This is a great opportunity to share ideas and improve the experience for volunteers as well as discuss the benefits they provide to our organizations.
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) is a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education.
The American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW) is now an AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization.