Who should attend
Professionals who study or work with animals and those who want to enter the field.
About the course
Humans have been interacting with animals for millennia, observing them in homes, farms, zoos and labs. The more we understand about animal behavior, the more effective we can be at caring for them and improving their health and quality of life.
In this three-course certificate program, we’ll study different principles of animal behavior and learn to apply this knowledge to animal care. You’ll examine behavioral differences between animal species and how these reflect their evolution and habitat adaptation. Gain insights on evolutionary theory, learning theory and biology to provide better care for animals — particularly companion animals — and diagnose and treat a variety of behavior issues.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
- Basic principles of evolution and natural selection as they relate to animal behavior
- Application of animal behaviors to human-animal interaction
- The latest scientific research on the training and care of companion animals
- Methods to integrate theory with real-world issues in treating and improving behavior
EARN CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
This program is part of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education (AAVSB RACE). Veterinarians and veterinary technicians can earn nine continuing education units by completing the certificate.
Renee Ha is a research associate professor in the UW Department of Psychology animal behavior program and has been the director of the UW Rota Avian Behavioral Ecology Program in Micronesia since 2005. Her research interests primarily involve wild birds, including their conservation and social be...
James Ha’s academic and practical training is in the social behavior of birds and mammals, with a special focus on highly social species. He has 30 years of experience in animal behavior teaching, research, consulting and expert witness services. Ha is an emeritus research professor in the UW an...
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