Thanks to a generous donation from Bob Barker, Hudson Valley Community College in New York will offer a certificate program in animal advocacy for the first time in the fall.
The 87-year-old television personality and animal activist gave $100,000 to the school's foundation to create the program.
The cash will fund animal law courses with concentrations in animal cruelty investigation, legal issues for animal control, lobbying and legislating for animal protection, shelter and rescue management and veterinary forensics.
"We're excited to be the only community college in the nation offering this type of academic certificate program in animal advocacy," school President Drew Matonak said in a statement. "It's another example of our faculty seeing a need and finding a way to fill it."
In a letter to the school, Barker wrote, “I fully expect the course to be a resounding success that will be duplicated in community colleges across the land.”
This isn't the first time Barker has turned to education to help create the next generation of animal advocates. In 2006, he donated $1 million to Georgetown University Law Center
for the study of animal rights law. In 2009, another $1 million went to his alma mater, Drury University
, to establish the Dorothy Jo Barker Professorship in Animal Rights. The program, named after his late wife, offers intense course study on animal issues including cruelty and philosophy.