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Executives at Work

Animal Careers Without Touching Animals (much of the time)

There are many careers that benefit animals that don't involve handling them (at least much of the time). A partial list follows. The emphasis is on pet-related careers (but we include some other animal-related jobs as well). Contact me if you have careers to add. See if any of these jobs appeal to you.

Jobs Can Be



At a desk or moving around

Working from home

Examples of Settings that Can Have an Animal-related Mission

Colleges and universities (example, research labs)

Foundations (that have an animal-related mission such as the PetSmart Foundation)



Animal Shelters


Professional associations (example, the American Veterinary Medical Association)

Advertising firms

Law firms (specialized) and courtrooms (example, Animal Legal Defense Fund)

Animal hospitals

Insurance companies


Online sales (example, Chewy)


Examples of Jobs*

For example, specialized social workers can help people overcome the death of their pets. More examples: sales of animal-related products; handling finances for veterinary hospitals; writing grants to raise money so shelters can save  animals; and being deans of students at veterinary schools (vet degree not usually required). You can make a difference and help animals without ever touching one.


Animal activist (example, working for PETA)

Baker/Cook, animal food and treats

Collector and seller of animal-related items (such as Breyer toy horses and Steiff stuffed animals)

Courtroom Animal Advocate (generally a volunteer position)

Customer service

Doula, End of Life (EOL) for those losing companion animals (here's a link to the University of Vermont's certificate program)

Entrepreneur, your own business

Database management, IT, App developer

Fear Free Trainer (teach people techniques that decrease anxiety of animals in shelters and veterinary offices)

Finance for a shelter, animal hospital or private company that is animal affiliated

Fundraiser/Grant writer for a shelter

Human resources

Insurance sales/Adjuster (pet insurance)

Journalist, issues about animals

Lawyer, pet

Lobbyist (for animal causes)


Nonprofit administrator--overseeing volunteers, service animal organizations, and more

Policy/Budget analyst--legislation affecting animals

Pooper scooper, clean up people's yards

Program Manager

PR (Public relations), including social media

Researcher, university or other environment

Sales, Pet company, for example for a company that makes treats or pet toys

Shelter manager

Social worker

Special events manager to call attention to animal causes, eg, need for adoption

Teacher, animal husbandry or other
Writer (also see Journalist), fiction and nonfiction

*The included links describe careers in general but may not be specific to pet specialization

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