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Animal Assisted Interventions Certificate

Course 102: Human and Animal Welfare in Animal Assisted Interventions

This course provides an in-depth look at the issues affecting human health and animal welfare in Animal Assisted Intervention practices by exploring both emotional and physical risks and responsibilities. Specifically, the course delves into animal welfare for the emotional, relational and psychological perspectives, addresses caring for animals beyond the basic 5 freedoms, and considers the physical risks for harm, such as disease transmission and injury by accident and/or aggression when including animals in public healthcare and/or educational settings. Delivered in an interactive distance learning format, this course is open to English speaking students nationally and internationally.

  • Participate in experiential activities to differentiate between creative modalities and their appropriate use with various populations, species and symptoms in AAI
  • Develop a plan for animal care across a typical developmental lifespan (by species) of a real or composite therapy animal working in your chosen AAI specialty or practice
  • Identify and discuss the risks to humans and animals from zoonotic disease transmission
  • Demonstrate prevention and early intervention measures to limit the risks of disease transmission from AAIs
  • Articulate animal welfare issues in AAI and address the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary to ensure animal welfare provided for in carrying out AAIs.



  • Distance learning

Required Textbook

  • Fine, A. (Ed.), (2019). Handbook on animal assisted therapy: Foundations and guidelines for animal-assisted interventions, 5th ed. San Diego, CA: Academic Press/Elsevier. ISBN 978-0128153956.
    You can purchase this textbook on Amazon.
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