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Thank you for your interest in The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (The Association). The Association develops strong leaders, promotes standards of practice, and cultivates collaboration to advance the animal welfare profession with a unified voice.

More on Membership:

Non-member Options:

Membership Levels and Fees

Click on the appropriate membership category below to access the online application. All fields are required unless noted otherwise. Applications are subject to review. Watch for your welcome email with member login information within 5-7 business days prior to submitting your application.

Animal Welfare Professional ($250/year) - Any individual working in an animal welfare or animal care and control operation or an organization that enforces animal regulations; any individual interested in the field of animal welfare or animal care and control.

Industry Partner ($350/year) - Individuals employed with vendors to the trade.

Student ($15/year) - Any individual who is currently enrolled full or part time at an accredited degree-granting college or university. The student shall not be employed full time by an animal welfare organization; and shall not be joining to promote a business. Note: Student members receive one FREE conference registration per conference. That's a $250 value!

Learning Non-Members ($0) - A new, free membership type open to anyone which only allows access to The Association's online learning opportunities in The Learning Center

Are you retiring? Members of The Association who have officially retired from animal welfare, care and control management may request to be transitioned to our free Retired Membership category. If you meet the below qualifications, please email for more information. 

Requirements for Retired Membership:

  • You are officially retired from animal welfare, care and control

  • You are in good standing

  • You are a minimum age of 55

  • You have been a member of The Association for at least 10 years

  • The combination of years as a member of The Association and years in animal welfare is a minimum of 30

We look forward to your involvement and participation in The Association. 

Questions? Please feel free to email


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