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Human-Animal Studies: Courses in Israel

Israel Overview

This is a list of colleges and universities in Israel that provide courses in Human-Animal studies.  This includes the name of the college, the name of the course, who is teaching the course, and brief description of the animal science course that the instructor will be covering.


Hebrew University

Eco-criticism:  Animals and Nature in Literature

Tzachi Zamir

The human-animal divide is one of the pillars upon which subjectivity has evolved throughout human history. Ecocriticism is a recent literary-critical tradition, centrally concerned with episodes of instability which haunt this divide. Ecocritics also traces the implications of this instability for reflective human beings regarding their own sense of human distinctiveness. In the seminar, we shall explore the interface between ethics and aesthetics that underlie literary representations of animals and animal-related practices. We will discuss, comparatively, potent literary descriptions of particular animals (tigers, horses, insects, dogs, apes). We shall also mine literary works for their implicit or explicit assumptions regarding nature.


Oranim College

Program Directors: Sarit Lev Ben-Dov and Inbar Barel

Animal Assisted Psychotherapy Certificate Program

The program is meant to train professionals (with at least a B.A.) for Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy in various special needs populations (e.g. those in mental health settings, group homes for at-risk children and youth, hostels, schools, senior homes, etc.). This program is intended for college graduates (preference given to graduates with an academic background in areas related to therapy and/education), and those with a personality appropriate for conducting therapy. Academic training (totaling 1500 academic hours) includes theory courses  and clinical workshops in three central disciplines: 1) Psychology and Psychotherapy; 2) Animal Studies; 3) the Human-Animal Connection and Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy. The program includes practical training, which constitutes a meaningful component in the training program.  Each year, the student must participate in a field placement one day a week in one of various clinical settings, and must complete 400 hours, of which at least 270 must be direct therapy hours.  The type of field training will be decided together with each student, who will be supervised both in individual and group settings by experienced professionals in the field. Email Nancy Parish for more information.


Other colleges in Israel with Animal-Assisted Therapy programs are:


Levinsky College


David Yellin College

The David Yellin College animal-assisted therapy training program is the oldest in Israel, and the only one certifying its graduates as both Senior Special Education Teachers and Animal-Assisted Therapeutic Educators. Goal: Acquiring skills and treatment methods to elicit meaningful change in the child’s world through interaction with animals in their native habitat. Study Subjects include: Education, psychology, zoology, veterinary medicine and ethics. Studies consist of practical work and extensive individual and group clinical instruction by psychologists and field experts. Minimum admissions requirement: bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher education institution.

Magid Institute


Seminar Hakibbutzim

The School for Advanced Studies of Kibbutzim College of Education offers a wide range of certificate programs for the personal development of educators and administrators in therapy training and art, coaching, group facilitation and more.  “Animal Assisted Therapy” uses the help of animals to create an emotional connection between the patient and the animal and through this allow the therapist to reach into the patient’s world and help with the various struggles and hardships the patient is dealing with. The technique is used on both children and adults with physical disadvantages, emotional struggles, and behavioral issues. Since the animals aren’t able to speak, they act as a great sponge, allowing the patients to “take out” their problems and through this deal with oppressed emotions. The therapy sessions can take place in several places, in the animal’s territory, in the therapist’s room, in a horse riding arena, in a pool and so forth.