Animal Policy (Certificate)
Animal Policy

The Animal Policy certificate 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.

This program provides you with the tools to be effective in whatever your chosen career path. Some students may continue on to become advocates, while others want to work in other animal-related fields.

Those completing the certificate can pursue careers including but not limited to humane law enforcement, animal control, humane education, shelter management, lobbying and policy-making. Working in the framework of public policy, this certificate program can be applied towards an A.A.S. in Public Administration Studies.

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


Program Highlights

  • Hudson Valley Community College is the only community college in the nation offering this type of academic certificate program in Animal Policy
  • The college has a very active Animal Outreach Club that raises awareness and funds related to animal welfare projects.
  • The college has hosted several national speakers, including Dr. Rebecca Huss, an animal law professor from Valparaiso University; Gene Bauer, the co-founder of Farm Sanctuary; and Demosthenes Maratos, who was featured in the film "Cowspiracy."


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

Entry-level positions include: Animal Care Provider, Animal Care Service Worker, Animal Caretaker, Animal Health Technician

For more information regarding this program, contact:

Ann B. Geisendorfer
Department Chair
Amstuz Science Hall, Suite 300
(518) 629-7342

For more information about admission to this program, contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309