This certificate program is designed for those who wish to pursue or maintain a career in the field of animal advocacy. The program is also designed for those who simply wish to increase their knowledge regarding the legal protection of animals.

Some students may continue on to become advocates, while others want to work in other animal-related fields.

Hudson Valley Community College is the only community college in the nation offering a certificate program in Animal Policy.

This program is offered through the Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

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The certificate is an ideal professional development opportunity for those working in a career related to animal policy.

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Certificate program coursework can be applied towards the Public Administration Studies A.A.S. program.

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Graduates can enter the fields of humane law enforcement, animal control, shelter management, lobbying and policy making. Additional education may be required to pursue positions in these fields.

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Ricky P. Thibodeau
Amstuz Hall, Suite 300

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.