Pursue your passion to save the lives of dogs and cats
With our courses offered in partnership with Southern Utah University, you can transform your passion for helping dogs and cats into professional growth.
Whether you’re an experienced animal services professional looking to grow your career or new to the field, the partnership between Best Friends and Southern Utah University offers unique learning opportunities in contemporary animal services tailored to fit your needs — from degree programs to professional certifications and credentials.
Prepare to make a lifesaving impact
Our programs provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to save the lives of cats and dogs in your community.
Learn from the experts
Courses are carefully curated by experts in the field who have worked hands-on in animal services.
Make valuable connections
The course structure encourages you to grow your lifesaving network through collaboration.
Gain the skills you need
Our first-of-its-kind programs give you the specific information you need to save the lives of pets.
Programs and courses in contemporary animal services
The programs range from individual courses in dog or cat lifesaving to a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, so you can find the learning opportunity that’s right for you.
*Course availability may vary.
What past participants have to say about the programs
"Being part of the ELC helped me build skills and a tool set to approach my work with greater confidence."
Executive Leadership Certification Graduate
Executive Director at Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society
“As a leader in animal welfare, I never really had a solid direction until I met the great teams with Best Friends Animal Society and Southern Utah University. Their guidance has shown me structure and passion and dedication, and also has shown me my true potential in helping people and pets in my community.”
Master of Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate
Assistant Director, Pasco County Animal Services
“It has been super helpful to see how other organizations do things. Staff morale has improved at my shelter because of what I learned here.”
Randi Leigh Ashley
Management Leadership Certification Graduate
Adoption Supervisor, Anderson County PAWS