animal advocacy course



AAC​ offers a free introductory animal advocacy online course.

You can get started today!

This online course will walk you through some of the key considerations involved in working to help animals and will help you plan your next steps.

​It will provide you with information on the animal advocacy community and the diverse and exciting career opportunities that are available.

At the end of this course, we expect that you will be bursting with ideas of career paths that would enable you to help animals effectively and would be highly fulfilling.

What’s more, it will provide you with the knowledge that you need to start working out which career path will enable you to maximise your positive impact for animals. You will be supported to use this knowledge in creating a career plan and working out which actions you should take next.


Our study suggests that participating in the course makes you more likely to change your career plans and start working in a relevant job, such as an animal advocacy nonprofit. Here’s what past participants have to say:

“The course opened my eyes up to how you can view animal advocacy as a career and not just volunteering or something you care about. I didn’t realise that a career in animal advocacy could be so well thought out and that this could increase your impact so much!”

Charlie Wilson
2020 participant

“I learned much more than expected about the movement, with regards to the scale of the problem, donations, and campaign effectiveness. But I also got a lot from the career strategy; it helped me to realise that I don’t have to quit my job and work in a sanctuary!”

Babs Imrie
2020 participant

“This course is a great starting point to anyone interested in getting more involved in animal advocacy. You are sure to learn something new, connect with some amazing like-minded people, and find direction and confidence to grow in your animal advocacy journey.”

Candice Blom
2021 participant


The online course will be split over nine weeks (or more, if you choose optional additions), with each online session taking an hour or two to complete. The sessions are:

  • Why farmed animals?

  • What does the farmed animal movement look like today?

  • Which interventions should we focus on?

  • How can you donate effectively?

  • How can you have a career that helps animals effectively?

  • How can you test your personal fit?

  • Can you help animals?

  • How much have you learned? (Test)

  • What are your next steps? Planning your career

After the course, we will also provide some follow-up contact and support to help you implement your plans.

After finishing the course, you will also get a certificate of completion from Animal Advocacy Careers!


By completing this form, you agree to participate fully in the course (9-25 hours, over 9-17 weeks, depending on the options you choose) and to complete the follow-up surveys that are sent to you (5 to 20 minutes total).

We expect that this application form will take 5 to 20 minutes to complete. At the end, we'll provide you with the link to get started on the course itself.

We encourage you to use a permanent, personal email address to complete this form, rather than using a work or student email address, or you might lose access to this course.

If you think that this course sounds too “introductory” for you, you may find the information on our careers advice page more helpful, which includes skills profiles about specific career paths and skillsets.