Animal Welfare and Behavior, Certificate

This four-course, for-credit Certificate Program in Animal Welfare Science and Animal Behavior is designed for individuals working with animals in research, industry, and the nonprofit sector, as well as for those who are interested in developing careers in animal health and welfare. Taught by nationally and internationally renowned Penn Vet faculty, it prepares students to understand how animal welfare and behavior are understood and assessed. The course follows Penn's semester schedule and includes both asynchronous and weekly synchronous components, allowing students direct contact with multiple faculty members who have unique expertise in large and small animal health, welfare, and behavior.


This certificate requires the completion of four courses.

Required Courses
VCSP 6330Fundamentals of Animal Behavior6
VCSN 6390Animal Welfare Science6
VCSP 6390Animals & Society6
VCSN 6500Applied Animal Welfare and Behavior6

This certificate requires a minimum of 24 CR. 

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.