Prepare for a Career in Animal Rights

If you’re a college student who’s wondering how to best prepare for a career in animal rights, then you’ve come to the right place. Although there’s no specific major that’s best for an animal rights career, the choices you make at school can vastly improve your effectiveness as an animal rights advocate.

Get Involved
No matter what you study, the best way to become an effective activist is through practice. If you want to pursue a career in animal rights, your major is far less important than having applicable experience that you can take with you to an organization like PETA. Start preparing for your career in animal rights by making activism your number one extracurricular activity. Check out peta2’s guide to college activism for a comprehensive overview, or check out the links below for some simple steps that you can take to get involved:

  • Devote a few hours each week to keeping the animal rights buzz going on your campus by taking on simple actions such as leafleting, chalking, and writing letters to the editor of your campus paper.
  • Learn leadership and organizational skills by starting and maintaining an animal rights group that will leave a lasting impression on your campus.
  • Take on a longer campaign to make lasting change on your campus, such as veganizing your cafeteria or getting a dissection choice policy passed.
  • There are tons of other things that you can do to improve your skills and talents. Are you a writer? Consider writing for your campus paper, and ask if you can create a column on animal rights. Are you an artist or a musician? Express your creativity while bringing light to the suffering of animals. Are you running for student government? Encourage your administration to adopt animal-friendly policies.

Prepare to Be the Best
Although there’s no one major that’s best for a career as an activist, some fields of study can be more helpful than others. Check out how some of the majors listed below can help you become a better activist. But like we said above, even if you’re getting your master’s in advanced basket weaving, you can still prepare yourself for a great career as an activist by building up lots of activism experience.

  • Animal Behavior: Educate the public about how interesting animals are and how all animals can feel pain and suffer.
  • Art: Use your creativity to create works that will educate, inspire, and motivate any audience, whether through theater, dance, painting, or sculpture.
  • Business: The ability to navigate in the corporate world will help you convince companies to make more compassionate choices! Or, use your business savvy to put high-quality cruelty-free products on the market.
  • Education: Exemplify compassion when you teach by incorporating humane education into your curriculum.
  • Graphic Design: Create leaflets, posters, Web sites, and other materials that will convince people to consider a cruelty-free lifestyle.
  • History: Study social movements of the past to learn valuable lessons that we can apply to the animal rights movement.
  • Journalism: Make sure that animal rights has the spotlight it deserves by covering stories that affect the well-being of animals.
  • Marketing: Get the animal rights message to the greatest number of people by using your marketing skills.
  • Nonprofit Management: Help make an animal rights organization even more successful, or start your own.
  • Pre-Law: Become an animal defender by prosecuting animal abusers and working to strengthen laws that protect animals.
  • Pre-Med: Study vegan nutrition and show the world that a healthy vegan diet can prevent disease and improve your quality of life.
  • Pre-Vet: Care for injured animals while educating their guardians on the most compassionate choices that they can make for their furry loved ones.
  • Psychology: The better you understand the minds of your fellow humans, the better you’ll be able to convince them that animals deserve their respect.
  • Public Relations: Help make a local or national animal rights group more media-savvy.
  • Religion/Theology: Combine your personal faith with your compassion by encouraging your religious community to speak up for animals.
  • Wildlife: For lots of hands-on experience, consider working at an animal sanctuary or as a wildlife rehabilitator. You can also help your communities make more informed and compassionate decisions involving animals seen as “pests.”


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