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Animal law and policy is a rapidly growing field with expanding career pathways. Animal advocates include attorneys, lobbyists, consultants to non-profits, animal care professionals, authors, professors, politicians, serve in government agencies, and in so many other capacities. Others have successfully incorporated animal law into their private practices, or provide pro bono services. Attorneys advocate for animal interests in civil matters including animal custody disputes, wrongful death, pet trusts, consumer protection, and veterinary malpractice. They protect animals who are victims of crimes in local, state, and federal jurisdictions. Advocates also lobby for more legal protections, and expand regulatory and enforcement efforts through specialized divisions in federal and state departments.

VLGS has long been a leader in the field of animal law and policy, and graduates haven been making a difference in the lives of animals for decades. VLGS alumni have positions in animal advocacy, wildlife conservation, and environmental protection organizations including Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animal Outlook, American Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals, Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of Animals, Humane Society of the United States, Mercy For Animals, PETA Foundation, Sea Shepherd, and more.