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Why a Master in Animal Law and Society?

The program deals with a sector experiencing an increasing demand for experts. The changes introduced in European legislation, notably Article 13 of the Treaty of Lisbon which recognizes animals as “sentient beings’, have multiplied the need for a specific education in the treatment of animals and for professionals with specific administrative and creative abilities in a competitive and globalized world.

The Masters program is markedly interdisciplinary with a strong practical component and an international perspective.

Using an applied format, the program intends to educate what problems and answers come from law, ethics, etology, culture, nutrition, the management of centers, and corporate social responsibility, and what prospective changes and improvements can be provided relating to animal welfare.

What is learned in the program?

It is a program for professional specialization, whose goal is to educate experts in professions related to animals from a comparative juridical perspective, while taking into account the needs of the global society.

Students receive a solid theoretical and practical education. The program aims to equip students with the professionalism, experience, dedication and excellence needed within a competitive and developing job market.

The result is that those who wish to develop a profession related to animals can obtain the necessary education required by a society which is increasingly interconnected and ever-more conscientious of the role that the humane treatment of animals represents for sustainable development and for peaceful coexistence.

What professional opportunities do students have?

Thanks to an emerging social sensibility, today society requires professionals who are trained in the fundamentals of scientific knowledge relating to animals and who are knowledgeable in the juridical field in which the legal defense and protection of animal interests occurs.

Professional opportunities include: lawyers, juridical operators, administrative staff and technical experts at the local, autonomous community and state levels, technical experts for international organizations, communicators, professors of education, consultants and operators in zoological centers, veterinary businesses and offices, police forces, animal collection centers, animal shelters, and non-profit organizations which work with animals (NGOs).

It is an area which has just begun to open up and one that offers many professional opportunities and ways to help society.

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