To apply to The Academy, you must:

  1. Complete an application form, and 
  2. Pay a $75 non-refundable application fee.  You will be required to pay using your credit or debit card during your application.

The Academy accepts only a minority of applicants so please take care with your application, and read our site thoroughly to see what the course involves. Our Mission and Code of Conduct can be read here.  If you have any questions, please email them to or use the contact form on this site.

Academy Tuition is $6825 if pre-paid. We also offer a payment plan, which consists of an initial payment of $2,500 followed by $500 per month for ten months (totaling $7500). Your credit card will be charged on or around the final day of each month after the initial payment. If you are accepted into the program, your acceptance email will offer you both pre-paid and payment plan options.

Once course materials have shipped, we regret we do not offer tuition refunds.

Scholarships to The Academy for students working in shelters and rescues are awarded once a year. Read more about scholarships.