Introduction to Animal Behavior

100% Online, 6-week Professional Certificate

Introduction to Animal Behavior Professional Certificate

The University of New England Online College of Professional Studies is offering a comprehensive six-week, 100% online Introduction to Animal Behavior certificate course designed to provide an in-depth exploration of animal behavior and welfare. This online course covers a wide range of topics, including the foundational principles of animal behavior, the developmental influences of genetics and environment, and the differentiation between normal and abnormal behaviors. Students will learn to interpret animal body language and communication signals, applying this knowledge to understand and manage various animal behaviors. The curriculum also delves into learning theories, such as classical and operant conditioning, equipping participants with the skills to ethically modify and train animal behavior. Emphasis is placed on promoting animal welfare through environmental enrichment and welfare assessment frameworks. Additionally, the six-week course offers insights into career opportunities within the field, highlighting essential qualifications, ethical considerations, and professional development pathways. Secure your spot and register today.



Introduction to Animal Behavior Deadline

Current Registration Deadline

Register by September 14, 2024

Course begins Sep 15

Tuition: $550


Why Choose the University of New England Online?

Fully Online

Fully Online

Courses are delivered fully online, allowing the flexibility to complete coursework around your schedule.



UNE Online offers some of the most affordable and competitive tuition rates, allowing you to complete your program for less.



Students have consistent support throughout the program, beginning right at the application process.

Professional Advancement

Professional Advancement

With a professional certificate from UNE Online, you’ll find opportunities to sharpen your skill set and advance your career.

From the Animal Behavior Expert and Instructor

“This course will unlock the secrets of animal communication and behavior with our six-week Introduction to Animal Behavior course,” said Christine D. Calder, veterinarian and board-certified veterinary behaviorist. “We will dive into the captivating world of pet body language and beyond, transforming your interactions with animals into deeper, more rewarding experiences."

Christine Calder, DVM

Registration for the Animal Behavior Professional Certificate

To register for our Introduction to Animal Behavior Certificate program, simply click on the registration link below and follow the instructions to make your program payment of $550.
Space is limited in this certificate program, so secure your spot today. 


Outcomes for the Animal Behavior Professional Certificate

This Introduction to Animal Behavior online six-week certificate course provides an in-depth exploration of animal behavior. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and Interpret Animal Behavior and Communication
    • Gain a foundational understanding of animal behavior, including the significance of body language in animal communication, and develop the skills to accurately interpret common signals in pets and other animals.
  • Analyze Development Influences on Behavior
    • Explore the complex interplay of genetics, environmental influences, and domestication on animal behavior, recognizing critical developmental periods and their impact on behavior formation.
  • Differentiate and Manage Normal and Abnormal Behaviors
    • Identify normal versus abnormal behaviors in animals, understanding the causes and effects of stress, anxiety, and other emotional states, and appropriate intervention strategies.
  • Apply Learning Theories in Behavior Modification
    • Learn the principles of classical and operant conditioning to effectively train and modify animal behavior, using ethical and humane behavior modification techniques.
  • Enhance Animal Welfare through Environmental Enrichment
    • Learn to assess and improve animal welfare across various species using key welfare assessment frameworks and environmental enrichment strategies to support their physical and psychological well-being.
  • Explore Career Opportunities and Ethical Considerations in Animal Behavior
    • Investigate the range of career opportunities within the field of animal behavior, understanding the required qualifications, skills, and ethical considerations, while reflecting on personal career aspirations and planning for professional development.


Tuition and Fees

The tuition for our Introduction to Animal Behavior 6-week certificate program is $550. This competitive tuition covers the comprehensive curriculum, expert instruction, and invaluable information provided throughout the duration of the program. 




Our Introduction to Animal Behavior program is designed for:

  • Pet caregivers who are seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in understanding their pet’s behavior.
  • Shelter team members will also find the program valuable in expanding their knowledge of animal behavior to understand the animal they care for better and enrich their lives while in their care.
  • Aspiring veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants who wish to understand and help the clients and patients in their care.
  • Anyone who has a genuine interest in animal behavior and wishes to make a positive impact by offering support and guidance to those who want to learn more about their pet’s behavior.

The Introduction to Animal Behavior Program will be offered 3 times per year, and will run for 6-weeks.

This is an introductory program, no prior knowledge is required.

Course Set Up

This Introduction to Animal Behavior program is delivered 100% online.

Upon the successful completion of the Introduction to Animal Behavior program, you will receive a certificate of completion.

You will be assessed on your comprehension of course material via quizzes and application of new concepts and skills when you complete assignments. You must submit all the assignments as defined in the course and grading rubrics in order to receive a Certificate of Completion. Discussions, facilitator support and feedback will be available to all participants. You will be encouraged to explore professional use of AI tools in the course of this training; all your submissions must be original work and any AI assistance must be fully disclosed.