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Schools of Social Work with Animal Curricula or Contacts





University of Denver – GSSW – Phil Tedeschi, Director, Institute for Human-Animal Connection

Courses include: Animals in Therapeutic Settings; Animal-Assisted Social Work Practice; Orientation to Animal-Assisted Interventions (online)



University of South Florida (Tampa) – Stacy Kratz, Adjunct Faculty, SSW

(also Adjunct at USC – California)



University of Georgia – Patricia M. Reeves, PhD, MSW, Professor

Teaches course: The Human-Animal Bond and Professional Practice



University of Indiana at South Bend – John R. Gallagher, Asst. Prof. of Social Work

(no specific curricula, but reportedly interested in The Link)



University of Iowa SSW – Traci Rudolf-Hanrahan, graduate student, conducting community needs assessment for partnerships with animal care & control



Simmons College  (Boston) – Jennifer Putney, Assoc. Prof., SSW



Michigan State University – Megan Spedoske, LMSW. Veterinary Social Work Coordinator and Clinical Instructor 517-432-5967)

University of Michigan – Kristine Siefert, Ph.D., MPH, Edith S. Gomberg Collegiate Professor Emerita, School of Social Work, and Laura Sanders

Courses include Social Work and the Human-Animal Bond



Georgian Court University (Lakewood) – Dr. Cheryl Resnick-Cortes, Dept. of Social Work

SW 220 – The Human-Animal Bond elective (incl. bond, link, grief/pet loss, AAT)

Monmouth University – Christine Costello, LCSW, LCADC, Instructor, SSW



University of Toledo – Janet Hoy, Ph.D., LISW-S, Assoc. Prof., College of Social Justice & Human Service

(serves on Board of Toledo Area Humane Society; places shelter animals as emotional support   animals at mental health centers, developed supervised MSW field placements at humane society



West Chester University — Page Buck, MSS, Ph.D., LSW, Program Director, Department Chair, & Associate Professor, MSW Faculty

University of Pennsylvania School of Public Policy and Practice — Phil Arkow

Courses include: Foundations of Animal-Assisted Interventions and Social Work



University of Tennessee – Elizabeth Strand  (also see below)



University of Texas/Pan-American – Catherine Faver, Professor

Courses include: Spirituality and Social Work; Human Behavior and the Social Environment5

University of North Texas – Cynthia Chandler, Professor

Courses include Animal Assisted Therapy




Dalhousie University, Halifax – Cassandra Hanrahan, Asst. Prof.



York University, Toronto – Atsuko Matsuoka, Assoc. Prof., SSW


Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ont. – Faculty of Social Work

Dr. Shoshana Pollack – professor, coordinator of Inside-Out women’s prison program

Practices and conducts research on equine-assisted psychotherapy



University of Regina-Saskatoon campus

Darlene Chalmers, Bed., BSW, MSW, PhD., RSW,  Asst. Prof., Faculty of Social Work

Partnership with Western College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Social Work program

University of Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Centre

Erin Wasson, MSW, BSW, RSW



Shikoku Island

Matsuyama University

Aki Sato, PhD, MSW, Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities Sociology Dept., Social Work course



Veterinary Social Work

Elizabeth Strand (see above) in the University of Tennessee College of Social Work coordinates a cross-disciplinary program with the UT College of Veterinary Medicine to address employment opportunities for social workers in veterinary hospitals, veterinary colleges, grief counseling, pet loss, helping clients work through economic issues surrounding their pets, compassion fatigue, suicide awareness, etc. A biennial conference brings together all the leaders in this emerging specialty. A Veterinary Social Work Certificate is offered.


SWAHAB – Social Workers Advancing the Human-Animal Bond

Dr. Susan Cohen, DSW, ACSW ( organized this group in 2004 to recognize that the interactions of people and other animals affect the lives of both, often in profoundly important ways. In 2007 SWAHAB became a special interest group of the N.Y. City chapter of NASW. SWAHAB has a listserve.

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