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Degree Programs

Following are university programs from around the world that offer degrees, certificates, or specializations in subjects relating to human-animal studies. These programs do not include veterinary programs or law school programs. Veterinary programs can be found linked here while law schools can be found linked here. Animal-assisted therapy training programs can be found here. Please send additions or changes to gala.argent@animalsandsociety.org.

Certificate Programs

Bircham International University Program in Animal Assisted Therapy
Program delivered by distance learning higher education up to a maximum of 15 credits. This module may be combined or completed with other online university courses from this faculty. This program provides an overview of the many ways in which animals can be used to assist therapists. Coverage includes how animals can assist specific patient populations (children, the disabled, AIDS patients, etc.), how animals can aid in specific settings (hospitals, prisons, independent practice, etc.), and how professionals can best select appropriate animals (species, breed, and individual temperament) and design an AAT program. Humans have long had a special bond with animals, initially as work animals, then as pets, and now more frequently as therapeutic companions. Animals help the sick recover more quickly and help the aged live longer and more satisfying lives. Specially trained animals are now helping stroke victims, the handicapped, and others to regain or build lost faculties. Courses in the module include human-animal support services, animal assisted therapy, the animal human bond, domestic animals, and animal behavior.

 

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Hudson Valley Community College Certificate Program in Animal Policy

Hudson Valley Community College is offering a certificate program is designed for those who wish to pursue or maintain a career in the field of animal advocacy. The program is also designed for those who simply wish to increase their knowledge regarding the legal protection of animals.Some students may continue on to become advocates, while others want to work in other animal-related fields.Hudson Valley Community College is the only community college in the nation offering a certificate program in Animal Policy. This program is offered through the Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department.

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Idaho State University Certificate In Animal Assisted Interventions In Counseling
The ISU Department of Counseling is pleased to offer a 9-credit Certificate program in Animal Assisted Interventions in Counseling (AAI-C). The courses in this curriculum will be offered in the summer only and are based on the American Counseling Association (ACA) Competencies for providers of Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling. Courses are open to currently enrolled ISU counseling masters and doctoral students, ISU counseling alums, practicing professional counselors from any program, and masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in other counseling or related programs outside of ISU. Students from other helping professions are welcome, but should note that the curriculum focuses on the ACA Code of Ethics.

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Institute for Humane Education
 

The Institute for Humane Education offers several graduate degree and certificate programs in humane education — the only programs of their kind in North America. These distance-learning programs are offered through a partnership with the highly respected and accredited graduate school of Valparaiso University. The programs include a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Humane Education; a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Humane Education; an M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership, with a Concentration in Humane Education; an M.A. in Liberal Studies, with a Concentration in Humane Education; a credit-bearing Graduate Certificate in Humane Education (which can be either stand-alone or added to an existing degree); and a new Ph.D! IHE’s graduate programs provide in-depth training in comprehensive humane education, helping educators of all types gain the skills, knowledge and strategies to teach about the interconnected issues of animal protection, human rights, environmental preservation, and media, culture & consumerism.

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Learning Animals/Institute for Zooanthropology
Learning Animals is a new certificate program through which students can receive study credits through their own universities. Examples of European universities where students have thus far received such credits include Leeuwarden University of Applied Social Sciences, Netherlands; Pisa University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Italy; Teramo University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Welfare, Italy; and Napoli University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Italy. The programs are Master Classes in applied cognitive ethology within an animal-human interaction and animal ethics framework. There are three main education programs: Learning Dog (Applied Canine Zooanthropology); Learning Horse (Applied Equine Zooanthropology); and Learning Human (work for Animal Assisted Interactions professionals). At the end of the program, students receive a certificate of participation for accomplishing the education program in applied zooanthropology. The program includes an online component followed by an in-person, practical setting for further development of skills in the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, the UK, and on request, outside Europe.

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Madonna University Certificate in Animal Cruelty
Madonna University now offers an undergraduate certificate of Completion in Animal Cruelty Investigation, as well as a Masters in humane studies.  Madonna University’s Animal Cruelty certificate program familiarizes students with the ethical treatment of animals while providing them with the basic skills necessary for investigating and reporting the mistreatment of animals.

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Oakland University Animal Assisted Therapy Degree Program
The Oakland University Online Animal Assisted Therapy Certificate Program consists of five 8-week consecutive courses (that run September to June) to help professionals incorporate AAT into their work, make volunteers more credible or assist entrepreneurs in establishing a non-profit. Focusing on the differences between Animal Assisted Activities and Animal Assisted Therapy, students will learn how to set up a program to achieve desired outcomes within the population with which they work.This asynchronous online program allows students the flexibility to complete assignments at their convenience. A final capstone project includes the development of a practical proposal or business plan. The courses include an overview of AAT, psychology and research, working with special populations, working with animals and the capstone project.

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Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling Academy
The Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling (AAC) Academy is a professional training program that promotes the human-animal bond through the study and practice of animal-assisted counseling and play therapy. The mission of the AAC Academy is to provide quality training in animal-assisted counseling that improves the well being of children and families through positive human-animal interactions. The AAC Academy offers a series of intensive workshops for graduate students and professionals to earn introductory and advanced training in animal-assisted counseling and play therapy. The AAC Academy now offers a Certification in Animal-Assisted Counseling.

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Thompson River University Animal Welfare Certificate Program

This is a program of studies for animal care givers who are interested in upgrading their work skills and for individuals interested in a career in Animal Welfare. The Animal Welfare Certificate Program has been jointly developed by Thompson Rivers University (TRU), and the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA).

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Tri County Community College Animal Assisted Interactions Concentration
The Human Services Technology/Animal Assisted Interactions concentration prepares individuals for entry-level positions in service organizations providing animal interactions. The curriculum prepares students to incorporate specially selected animals in goal-directed interactions to improve human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning. Course work includes a history of the field of animal interventions, relevant scientific evidence regarding the benefits of interactions, theoretical models, application of animal interventions and current trends. Students gain skills in measurement methodology and in animal handling and management. Graduates should qualify for employment in mental health, youth services, social services, rehabilitation, correction, elder, and educational agencies. Upon completion of the degree, students may be eligible for certification through national or international organizations. The Human Services Technology/Animal Assisted Interactions Certificate requires the applicant to have a professional degree in Education, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Speech Therapy, Social Work, or other related field with current accreditation or license for the state in which they practice and 2 years of experience in the field.

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University of Colorado Boulder Certificate Program in Animals & Society (2018)

The Animals and Society certificate builds on a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field devoted to the critical examination and evaluation of the relationships between humans and nonhuman animals, whether historical or contemporary, factual, fictional, or symbolic, beneficial or detrimental. The program requirements emphasize scholarship from the social sciences and humanities, but include elective options in the natural sciences. The interdisciplinary approach helps students explore the complexities of animals’ lives, human-animal relationships, ethical and moral concerns about animals, representations of animals and humans, and the significance of animals in human evolution, history, and civilization. This certificate has an especially practical use for students in the social sciences and humanities who would like to pursue careers or interests related to wild or domesticated animals, but do not wish to become biologists, zoologists, or veterinarians. Examples of career options include:

  • Development, management, policy work, research, outreach, marketing, lobbying, or other work in animal protection or environmental organizations;
  • Administrative, fundraising, marketing, or outreach jobs at animal shelters;
  • Humane or environmental education;
  • Jobs with government agencies, such as the United States Department of Agriculture, the Fisheries and Wildlife Service, or others;
  • Animal-assisted therapy (with a master’s degree in social work);
  • Wildlife rehabilitation;
  • Humane law enforcement.

Students might also consider pursuing graduate degrees in Human-Animal Studies, Anthrozoology, or related fields. For more information, or to apply to the certificate in Animals and Society, contact Professor Leslie Irvine at leslie.irvine@colorado.edu Click here to learn more.

University of Denver Animals and Human Health Certificate program
The is a continuing professional development program consisting of three online courses and a two-day capstone session on the University of Denver campus. Topics include animal-assisted interactions, interventions and education, as well as animal welfare and ethics. Courses utilize a variety of learning methods including readings, written assignments, community/experiential activities, videos and discussion forums. Students may complete all coursework at their convenience, within specified due dates. Experiential activities are incorporated into each course and require students to work in the community, away from the computer. The AHH program has enrolled students with a multitude of professional backgrounds from around the globe since 2006.

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University of Denver Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate Program
The Equine-Assisted Mental Health (EAMH) Practitioner Certificate is a post-masters certificate program for mental health professionals wanting to add equine-assisted work as a treatment strategy to their psychotherapy or counseling practice. The program balances theory with hands-on client work and satisfies the need for education, training and supervision necessary for ethical practice. The certificate program is also open to graduate students in mental health-related masters or doctoral programs and is accessible to international participants. Delivered through a hybrid mix of distance learning, on-site workshops and supervised client work, the certificate program can be completed in one academic year alongside your practice or studies, regardless of where you live. The comprehensive program features internationally renowned instructors, guest presenters and one-to-one advising and feedback. A central focus is to understand and provide equine-assisted services that meet the needs of your specific client populations and your professional practice. The program meets the educational requirements for national board certification through the Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP).

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University of Pennsylvania Online Graduate Certificate in Animal Welfare and Behavior

The University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce an exciting new initiative. Beginning this Fall 2019, Penn Vet will be launching our Online Graduate Certificate in Animal Welfare and Behavior.  Our Certificate program is the first online academic program offered by our School, and as a faculty member in the program, I’m especially looking forward to sharing my passion and expertise with a broader audience. Our certificate program is comprised of four graduate level courses, namely: Animal Welfare Science, Fundamentals of Animal Behavior, Applied Animal Welfare and Behavior and Animals and Society.

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University of North Texas Animal Assisted Therapy Program
The Center for Animal Assisted Therapy (CAAT) promotes human and animal welfare through the partnership of people and pets. The mission of the Center for Animal Assisted Therapy (CAAT) at the University of North Texas is to train professionals and volunteers to work with their pets to: 1) facilitate the development of students in Kindergarten through 12th grade with pet-assisted educational programs; and 2) enhance the emotional well-being of persons of all ages through positive human-animal interactions. The CAAT has three primary focus areas: 1) training, 2) research and 3) community services. They provide a certificate for a home-school training program.

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Other Programs

Humane Society Academy School of Professional Development
HSU’s School of Continuing Education has available nearly sixty specialized courses. Many are offered online, as self-paced instructor-led or individual learning courses. SCE also offers onsite instructor-led programs throughout the United States. Course topics range across a wide variety of interest areas, including: human-animal studies, law enforcement and disaster preparedness, animal shelter management and human resource leadership development. Thousands of participants have been trained through its signature continuing education courses.

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Undergraduate Minors

Appalachian State University Animal Studies Minor
The Animal Studies minor (18 semester hours) offers students the opportunity to learn about the lives of nonhuman-animals and to investigate the representation in human cultures of their diversity and complexity.

As our global environmental crisis intensifies and the vulnerability and interrelation of all life systems becomes increasingly apparent, the interdisciplinary field of Animal Studies has emerged, bringing together scholars in the sciences, social sciences and humanities to address past and present relations between human and nonhuman animals. This minor provides an understanding of the concept of the animal by examining how our relationships with nonhuman animals are mediated by culture. Complementing a broad array of majors in the sciences and humanities, the minor explores the social, political and ecological effects our attitudes toward other animals have in and on the world.

This minor helps prepare students for careers and/or graduate education in a number of possible fields including, but not limited to:

  • wildlife rehabilitation
  • park services
  • conservation
  • animal advocacy
  • non-profit work
  • veterinary medicine
  • primate anthropology
  • animal-assisted therapies
  • sustainable farming
  • publishing, advertising, creative writing and/or professional writing
  • cultural studies
  • teaching on any level

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Beacon College Anthrozoology Minor

The anthrozoology minor is an interdisciplinary program open to all Beacon students. The curriculum provides students with a broad view of animal behavior and human interaction with other species. It can be combined with a degree in another field, such as business.  Sample classes include:

  • Principles of Animal Husbandry & Care
  • Principles of Organismal Biology I & II w/Lab
  • Science of Animal Welfare
  • Animal Behavior & Communication
  • Animals in the Public Eye
  • Animal Training & Enrichment
  • Conservation Biology
  • Animal Shelter Management
  • Biology & Behavior of Companion Animals
  • Conservation: People, Wildlife & Wild Places
  • Zoo & Aquarium Science

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Brock University Critical Animal Studies Minor and Concentration
The Department of Sociology’s courses on animals and the law encourage examination of the legal status of animals and how to protect them. Other courses analyze visual representations of animals and ask how these images affect our treatment of animals. By challenging patriarchal and speciesist institutions, Critical Animal Studies calls for a fundamental transformation of our epistemological, moral and political universe.

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Canisius College Anthrozoology Minor
The Anthrozoology minor is designed for students who want to concentrate on mankind’s relationships with other animal species. This minor is open to any student from any major.

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Drury University Forum on Animal Rights and Animal Studies Minor
This new program, funded by Bob Barker, includes courses on animal ethics, animals and the law, animals and society, and animals in literature. Beginning in 2012, Drury now offers a minor in Animal Studies. The Animal Studies minor is designed for those who are interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of diverse ways in which the lives of animals and humans intersect. The interdisciplinary nature of the minor, which consists of six classes (18 hr), allows students to consider historical and contemporary interactions between humans and animals from a range of perspectives.

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Green Mountain College Animal Studies Minor
In addition to biological study of animal behavior and conservation, students in this minor, established in 2012, will have an opportunity to explore issues associated with, among others: livestock agriculture, animal rights law, wildlife management, hunting, traditional animal husbandry, animal experimentation, veterinary care, landscape sustainability, threatened biodiversity and invasive species, companion animals, vegetarianism and veganism, animals in entertainment, animals in recreation, activist ethics, the moral standing of animals, animal pain and suffering, animal cognition, culture in animals, bushmeat, and trade in endangered species. Students at Green Mountain can also major in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Animal Studies.

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Minnesota State University Human-Animal Studies Minor

The Human-Animal Studies minor investigates animals themselves, as well as past and present relationships between human and non-human animals. Drawing from the social sciences and the humanities, it seeks to spark new conversations about ethical and moral concerns surrounding animals, the protection of animals, and representations of animals. The minor will be especially beneficial for students pursuing a broad range of animal-related careers, including but not limited to careers in animal shelters, sanctuaries, veterinary centers, research labs, zoos, farms, and wildlife management.

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New Mexico State University Human-Animal Interactions Minor
Students receiving a Bachelor’s degree outside of the Animal and Range Science department at New Mexico State University may wish to obtain a minor in Human Animal Interaction. Students may want to complete this minor for personal interest, or to increase their marketability to employers in an area in which they may be incorporating companion animals (including horses) into their careers.

Research into Human Animal Interactions (HAI) has increased in the past 10-15 years as human health and wellness disciplines look for progressive approaches to incorporate companion animals into various modalities and treatments in their respective fields. For professions that want to incorporate companion animals, having strong university based knowledge on companion animals will be critical for maintaining appropriate risk management procedures, as well as for ensuring animal well-being in professional settings where humans are in close contact with the animals. Currently, the primary companion animal species involved in HAI are dogs and horses.

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New York University Animal Studies Minor
NYU’s Animal Studies Initiative promotes and supports research and teaching in the emerging area of Animal Studies. It does so by administering an undergraduate minor in Animal Studies, supporting research and teaching, and sponsoring public events and workshops. The Initiative draws on NYU’s strengths in the Faculty of Arts and Science , as well as the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development , and the Tisch School of the Arts. For questions about the Animal Studies minor, email animal.studies@nyu.edu.

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Ohio State University Human and Animal Interactions Minor
The Human and Animal Interactions Minor was created to give students an opportunity to explore the roles animals play in society and the impact of human and animal relationships while providing a forum to share your view with others in an accepting environment where discussion is encouraged and desired. Students will learn about human and animal interactions, how globalization affects animal species, how geography and culture impact the roles animals play in society, the domestication process and much more.

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Saint Joseph’s University Animal Studies Minor
Saint Joseph’s University offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Animal Studies. The Animal Studies minor exposes students to courses focusing on human and animal relations and interactions, animal biology/physiology, animal behavior and cognition, and the role played by non-human animals in the larger world around them. The selection of courses is designed to yield a greater knowledge of and appreciation for animals and our relationship with them.

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Texas Christian University Human-Animal Relationships Minor

The Interdisciplinary minor in Human-Animal Relationships (HARE) provide theoretical and practical expertise in the crucial, diverse, yet often overlooked roles animals play in human society, culture and well-being. Moreover, the minor helps students understand how humans impact the lives of other animals, both wild and domestic.

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University of Redlands Human-Animal Studies Minor
Human-Animal Studies (HAST) is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field devoted to examining and critically evaluating the relationships between humans and nonhuman animals, be these relationships historical or contemporary, factual or fictional, real or symbolic, beneficial or detrimental. In exploring these relationships, we acquire a greater understanding of the ways in which animals figure in our lives and we in theirs. As our understanding of ecology and the fundamental interconnectedness of all living beings continues to grow, the importance of studying human-animal interactions becomes ever more evident. All students with an interest in the interactions between humans and animals are encouraged to consider a Human-Animal Studies minor. This minor will have an especially practical use for students pursuing careers related to wild or domesticated animals, such as animals in laboratory science, zoos, shelters, refuges, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and veterinary medicine.

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University of Windsor Minor in Anthrozoology
The goal in developing academic programming in this is field is to encourage students to think critically about humans’ relationships with animals, and to encourage and facilitate ongoing reexamination and reevaluation of the significance of these interactions.

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University of Wollongong Animal Studies Minor

In order to declare a minor in Animal Studies, students are required to complete 24 credit points from the following courses:

  • Environmental Philosophy: Animals, Nature and Ethics
  • Living with Animals
  • Animals and Ecology in Literature and Film
  • Indigenous Peoples and the Environment
  • Environmental Sociology and Politics
  • New Social Movements
  • Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures
  • Animal Law
  • Human Security, Global Capitalism and the Environment
  • Climate Change Policy, Possible Futures
  • Bioethics
  • Globalisation and Contemporary Art

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Wilson College Minor in Animal Studies
A minor in animal studies will introduce students to the field of animal studies and allow them to focus on three of the five species-specific courses:

Animal Studies: Equines
Animal Studies: Canines
Animal Studies: Felines & Exotics
Animal Studies: Wildlife
Animal Studies: Farm Animals

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Bachelor’s Degrees

Aurora University Human-Animal Studies Major (2018)

The human-animal studies major prepares students with the academic foundation and hands-on skills needed to enter a variety of expanding animal- related fields. Core coursework provides essential knowledge concerning animal science and human-animal interaction as well as the principles of business and psychology. Your studies begin with coursework that examines animal care, the science behind animal-assisted therapy and our role as caretakers to the environment, including relationships with other animals. In your third year, you will choose either the Animal Assisted Therapy Track or the Animal Welfare Track. Both tracks involve additional interdisciplinary courses that engage you by supplementing relevant literature with experiential learning. Our human-animal studies program is designed to prepare students for certification in a variety of fields. You can choose to continue on to graduate school or start a career in animal-assisted therapy, animal control, shelter or rescue management, animal welfare investigation, grant writing and management for nonprofits involving animals or a multitude of other professions. Click here to learn more.

Beacon College Anthrozoology Major (2016)

Our new major explores the extraordinary relationships and interactions that people have with animals, combining scientific study and exploration with theoretical applications in the areas of animal welfare, animal behavior and conservation.  Our unique approach includes classroom instruction and hands-on learning.  Download our brochure or read on for details.

On campus, you’ll work directly with a variety of animals, including:

  • Domesticated animals
  • Small mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs)
  • Large birds (pigeons)
  • Snakes
  • Fish
  • Insects

You can choose from three distinct tracks based on your interests and career goals:

  • Captive Wildlife Care
  • Domestic Animal Care
  • Wildlife Conservation

You can also extend the career value and marketability of your anthrozoology degree by adding a minor in another field, such as education, hospitality or entrepreneurship.

In this major, you will have access to special learning opportunities and internships through our close relationships with area employers and organizations that work with animals. In addition to on-campus experiences, you will participate in hands-on learning at area zoos, rescue shelters, stables, farms and more.

All anthrozoology majors are required to complete an internship. We work with you to identify and secure an internship in the Leesburg area. If you prefer to complete a summer internship, we will work with you to identify an internship close to your home or at a location of interest to you.

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Bircham University Human-Animal Studies Major (unaccredited)

You may enroll at Bircham International University from anywhere in the world and at any time in the year and earn distance degree programs choosing from over 200 majors of study and with complete compatibility with your professional career.

Specialist – Expert Diploma – Human Animal Studies
Bachelor’s Degree – Human Animal Studies
Master’s Degree – Human Animal Studies
Doctor Ph.D. Degree – Human Animal Studies

Human Animal Studies via distance learning

This program examines the complex and multidimensional relationship between humans and animals. Anthrozoology combines approaches from several disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. It analyzes the positive and mutual effects of human-animal relationship and their interactions.

Academic Supervisor : Vasiliki Protopapadaki
More information about this academic supervisor at Bircham University Human Network. More info…

Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 academic credits):
1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 1 ECTS Credit (30 hours of study).

Diversity in Animals
Natural Intelligent Systems
Vertebrates
Animal Behavior
Domestic Animals
Animal Human Bond
Emotional Intelligence
Animal Ethology
Zoology
Ecology & Human Impact
Bird & Mammal Conservation
Cognitive Ethology
Human Ethology
Human Animal Studies

Human Animal Studies Online via distance learning

This module is applicable to Specialist, Expert, Bachelor’s, Master’s & Ph.D. (Doctor) Degree Programs. This academic program is designed at the postgraduate level (Master’s or Doctoral). This module may also be adapted to complete the course requirements of Specialist, Expert Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree. A further option is the enrollment into each of the courses listed within this specialization module. This module may be combined or completed with other modules from this faculty. More info…

Please  note: this program is not accredited.

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Canisius College Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Major
The Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Program combines the rigorous scientific study of Animal Behavior with a values-focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition. It is for students who want to thoroughly understand the facts and theoretical underpinnings of animal behavior, and who also want to use that understanding to promote animal welfare and wildlife conservation. The program will produce graduates who are expert in the science side of animal behavior, and who are also strongly grounded in the ethical and moral considerations in these disciplines. Canisius College is a national leader in this area by being among the first academic institutions to formally tie the study of animals to ethical considerations. The Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation Program is aligned with the Canisius College Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations.

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Carroll College Anthrozoology Major
Carroll College’s Anthrozoology major is designed so that students learn foundational information regarding theory, research, and services applicable to human-animal bonding not only through classroom learning, but also hands-on labs. It is a four year curriculum with a strong liberal arts component.The Anthrozoology major explores the unique relationship between humans and animals. By increasing our knowledge about this bond and by assessing how animals enrich our lives, we can improve the quality of life for both humans and animals. Carroll College’s unique experiential approach provides students with both scientific and academic rigor and the hands-on application of the knowledge gained.

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Duquesne University Humane Leadership Major
This major is designed specifically for individuals working in, or who want to work in, animal care and protection. It provides specific knowledge that will support career goals in animal advocacy and shelter management. Students come from a variety of professions including animal control officers, humane educators, shelter managers, veterinary technicians and animal care volunteers. The humane leadership major combines a foundation in nonprofit management with a grounding in the history, philosophies, and issues related to animals. The program provides targeted, specific knowledge that will support career goals in shelter management, animal control, or animal advocacy.

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Eastern Kentucky University Animal Studies Major (2010)

The Animal Studies program at EKU includes faculty and courses in a variety of disciplines including biology, anthropology, sociology, law, agriculture, and psychology. This unique interdisciplinary approach will help you to fully explore the complexities of animals’ lives, human-animal relationships, ethical and moral concerns about animals, representations of animals and humans, and the significance of animals in human evolution, history, culture, and civilization. Click here to learn more.

Eckerd College Animal Studies Major (2019)

Animal Studies is a truly interdisciplinary major, drawing from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities to trace the history and consequences of human relationships to animals. These relationships are interdependent; while humans have certainly had a tremendous impact upon the lives of non-human animals, non-human animals have also shaped human thought, culture, and economic production—even our very understanding of what humanity is—since our earliest origins.

Thus, the Animal Studies major at Eckerd College helps students become more knowledgeable about animals and their various relationships with humans, introduces them to multiple ways of understanding animals and their relationship to humankind, and provides experiences that allow students to apply and expand this knowledge. As a student majoring in Animal Studies, you will also minor (or double major) in a subject of your choosing. This additional course of study will help you think critically about human relationships with animals across disciplines, as well as to envision a wider range of professional careers.

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Green Mountain College Animal Conservation and Care Major
Animal Conservation and Care is a field that is emerging in response to the impact of humans on wild and domestic animals. The major serves students who want to ensure that we have a positive influence on animal populations and individuals. Students are free to choose their own path focusing on wild populations or domestic animals. The major is offered as either a Bachelor of Science degree (for those interested in applied science occupations like wildlife management or veterinary care) or a Bachelor of Arts degree (for students interested in a range of careers, from domestic animal welfare to wildlife conservation.

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Lees-McRae College Wildlife Rehabilitation Program
Lees-McRae College offers a degree program in Wildlife rehabilitation, with two concentrations in the biology degree under Wildlife Studies. Students attend Lees-McRae College and major in Biology with a concentration in either wildlife biology or wildlife rehabilitation. The wildlife biology program is a naturalist major, while the wildlife rehabilitation program is a unique, hands on, experientially based program where students work with injured and orphaned wildlife, including working with non-releasable wildlife ambassadors in education.

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Unity College Animal Health and Behavior B.S. (2019)

The online B.S. in Animal Health and Behavior from Unity college prepares students for careers at zoos and aquariums, in the veterinary fields, as animal welfare officers, and for a future-focused on the care and well-being of wild and captive animals around the world. This degree provides students with the essential knowledge and professional skills to succeed in settings such as veterinary medicine degree programs, companion and wild animal care facilities, wildlife rehabilitation, and preserves. Unity College has been a leader in educating animal caretakers for over 50 years, and now this important biology-focused degree is available online to anyone, anywhere.

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Wilson College Major in Animal Studies
A Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Studies is an interdisciplinary liberal arts major that prepares graduates for sustainable employment in animal-related fields or for entrance to graduate school. The animal studies courses in the major emphasize critical and creative thinking in the areas of: animal behavior, the animal-human bond, animal-human interactions, animals in service, ethical standards of practice, ethical treatment, environmental impact, training and handling methods, and current events, as these topics relate to canines, equines, farm animals, felines and exotics, and wildlife. Breadth of knowledge is critical in the animal studies major. This breadth is achieved through the student’s choice of an interdisciplinary concentration in one of the following: biology/psychology, English/communications or environmental science. The concentrations are designed to focus and develop additional occupational skills and prepare for graduate-level coursework, while enhancing the core curriculum. Students will demonstrate depth of understanding in the advanced seminar and senior thesis in animal studies.  Through experiential learning, observation, internships or research, students will identify specific areas of interest that will prepare them for employment or graduate school.  The student’s capstone experience will culminate with the submission of a thesis or oral presentation.

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Graduate Degrees

American College of Applied Science Companion Animal Behavior Counseling Degree Program
This clinical graduate degree program for professionals is the first of its kind offered by a U.S. college or university and is designed with the working adult learner in mind. The program employs a scientist/practitioner model following the principles of applied behavior analysis and evidence based practice. It is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the field of companion animal behavior and provides graduates with the necessary knowledge, task, and leadership skill sets to work as applied animal behaviorists servicing over 150 million companion animals and their caregivers in the U.S. alone. The curricula explores companion animal behavior including learned and heritable behavior, species-specific behavior, functional assessment and analysis of behavior problems, measurement of behavior using quantifiable methodologies, development of positive behavioral intervention plans, psychopharmacological intervention, caregiver counseling and ethical practice. NOTE: The program is licensed by not accredited.

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Bircham University Human-Animal Studies Doctoral Program (unaccredited, 2018)

You may enroll at Bircham International University from anywhere in the world and at any time in the year and earn distance degree programs choosing from over 200 majors of study and with complete compatibility with your professional career. Specialist – Expert Diploma – Human Animal Studies Bachelor’s Degree – Human Animal Studies Master’s Degree – Human Animal Studies Doctor Ph.D. Degree – Human Animal Studies

Human Animal Studies via distance learning

This program examines the complex and multidimensional relationship between humans and animals. Anthrozoology combines approaches from several disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. It analyzes the positive and mutual effects of human-animal relationship and their interactions. Academic Supervisor : Vasiliki Protopapadaki More information about this academic supervisor at Bircham University Human Network. More info… Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 academic credits): 1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 1 ECTS Credit (30 hours of study). Diversity in Animals Natural Intelligent Systems Vertebrates Animal Behavior Domestic Animals Animal Human Bond Emotional Intelligence Animal Ethology Zoology Ecology & Human Impact Bird & Mammal Conservation Cognitive Ethology Human Ethology Human Animal Studies

Human Animal Studies Online via distance learning

This module is applicable to Specialist, Expert, Bachelor’s, Master’s & Ph.D. (Doctor) Degree Programs. This academic program is designed at the postgraduate level (Master’s or Doctoral). This module may also be adapted to complete the course requirements of Specialist, Expert Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree. A further option is the enrollment into each of the courses listed within this specialization module. This module may be combined or completed with other modules from this faculty. More info… Click here to learn more.

Please  note: this program is not accredited.

Canisius College Anthrozoology Masters Program (2012)

Canisius College offers an online Master of Science in Anthrozoology. In this two-year, online graduate program, students will have considerable latitude in choosing courses that engage fundamental issues in animal studies, including environmental issues, education, law and policy, ethics, religion, literature, economics, shelters, zoos and, of course, companion animals, wildlife, research animals, and food animals. Click here to learn more.

Colorado State University Graduate Program in Environmental Ethics and Animal Welfare
Colorado State University typically has about twenty graduate students, with over half of them interested in environmental philosophy, animal welfare issues, and international development issues. Holmes Rolston teaches environmental ethics in the fall, typically Tuesday evenings, and usually a graduate seminar in the spring, typically one evening. Philip Cafaro joined the faculty fall 1999 and is now teaching environmental ethics, also offering graduate seminars and advising in the field. There are typically about two relevant graduate seminars each semester in philosophy, by Bernard Rollin, and others, and lots of other things elsewhere in the university. There are also some graduate students working in the more traditional areas of philosophy. If a student has no previous philosophy, there are about five general courses in the main areas of philosophy required as “remedial” work, that is, they do not count toward 30 hours needed for the master’s degree.

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Hartpury College Masters in Research Anthrozoology
The MRes in Anthrozoology offers an opportunity to explore the wide and varied area of human and animal interactions. The programme will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about the role of animals in human society providing an insight into how humans and animals co-exist from a historic and contemporary perspective. You will explore the role of animals in healing, how animals play a key role throughout different human cultures and religions. We will also explore how humans co-exist and impact on animals through conservation, exploitation and as companions, as well as debating the ethical issues surrounding anthroozoology.

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Harvard Law School Animal Law and Policy Program (2014)

The HLS Animal Law & Policy Program is committed to analyzing and improving the treatment of animals by the legal system. The Program engages with academics, students, practitioners, and decision makers to foster discourse, facilitate scholarship, develop strategic solutions, and build innovative bridges between theory and practice in the rapidly evolving area of animal law and policy.

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Hunter College Masters and Certificate in Animal Behavior and Conservation
The concentration in Animal Behavior and Concentration is a unique program designed to provide students with the skills needed for successful careers in animal behavior, conservation and welfare. The coursework applies psychological, ecological and evolutionary principles to the study of animals and their behavior, their communication, and their cognitive, psychological and physiological processes. The certificate program is open to Master’s candidates as well as post-baccalaureate students who, by virtue of prior educational and practical experience in animal behavior and conservation, are qualified for the training offered by the program.

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Institute for Humane Education Graduate Programs
The Institute for Humane Education offers several graduate degree and certificate programs in humane education — the only programs of their kind in North America. These distance-learning programs are offered through a partnership with the highly respected and accredited graduate school of Valparaiso University. The programs include a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Humane Education; a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Humane Education; an M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership, with a Concentration in Humane Education; an M.A. in Liberal Studies, with a Concentration in Humane Education; a credit-bearing Graduate Certificate in Humane Education (which can be either stand-alone or added to an existing degree); and a new Ph.D! IHE’s graduate programs provide in-depth training in comprehensive humane education, helping educators of all types gain the skills, knowledge and strategies to teach about the interconnected issues of animal protection, human rights, environmental preservation, and media, culture & consumerism.

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International University College of Turin Masters in Food, Law and Finance
The M.Res. curriculum triangulates law and finance with a solid understanding of the processes underpinning the provision of food, to unveil the tensions and tradeoffs of the global production regime; The program also cultivates a pronounced sensitivity to the ecological dimension: interrogating the global food regime equipped with the institutional inventiveness afforded by an expanded eco-legal literacy, and with the visions of ecological transition made possible by generative financial architectures; Deconstructive and critical perspectives interact in the curriculum with a pro-active style of professional practice and active citizenship, to enliven the work of policy practitioners and researchers, and the strategies of civil society organization.

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Lewis and Clark Law School LLM Degree (2012)

Lewis and Clark Law School is proud to offer the world’s first and only advanced legal degree in animal law. With a rich, pioneering history in the field of animal law, Lewis & Clark is uniquely positioned to offer an LL.M. degree and provide rigorous academic and professional training. Click here to learn more.

Madonna University Masters in Humane Studies
Madonna University offers a Masters in humane studies. The Masters in Humane Studies provides a serious foundation for students wanting to dedicate their professional lives to helping animals.

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Messerli Research Institute Masters Program in Human-Animal Interactions
The Messerli Institute offers an Interdisciplinary Masters in Human-Animal Interactions (IMHAI). The interdisciplinary Master’s program started in October 2012. It offers a comprehensive, research-oriented training in the various fields of human-animal interactions. By imparting theoretical and methodological expertise in relevant disciplines of natural sciences and humanities and developing critical reflection and argumentation, the program will contribute to improve the complex relationship between humans and animals. The key components of the Master’s Program comprise teaching and practical knowledge application from the following major disciplines:

  • Behavioural and Cognition Biology
  • Comparative Medicine
  • Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare including Legal Framework of Human- Animal interactions
  • Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Ethics

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Michigan State University Animal Studies PhD Program
Animal Studies at MSU is an umbrella program focused on the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between humans and other animals. The program includes a doctoral and master’s graduate specialization, cutting-edge research, a monthly seminar series on the MSU campus, and a registered student organization that connects academic initiatives with the local community. The Graduate Specialization in Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspectives, which is administered by the Department of Sociology, provides graduate students with basic knowledge of relationships between humans and other animals and how they are linked together in a fragile biosphere. The graduate specialization is available as an elective for students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for a master’s or doctoral degree.

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New York University Animal Studies Masters (2018)

NYU Animal Studies, active since 2010 and housed in the Department of Environmental Studies, is a central gathering place for people interested in these issues. Students work with leading scholars in Animal StudiesEnvironmental Studies, and related fields; participate in intensive seminars, workshops, and conferences; and engage in a wide range of theoretical, practical, and creative pursuits upon graduation. The NYU Animal Studies M.A. Program, which builds on this foundation, empowers students to 1) examine the key debates that define the field of Animal Studies, 2) perform original research that contributes to these debates, and 3) understand the connections across animal issues, environmental issues, and social issues. This program is designed for people who 1) plan to work in professions that provide care for animals, 2) seek to advance understanding of animals in the world, 3) seek to improve the wellbeing of animals in the world, or 4) are enrolled at NYU and want to pursue a discounted graduate education through an NYU B.A.-M.A. Program.

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Prescott College Master of Arts, Equine Assisted Learning
As the leading academic program in its field, Prescott’s Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) program offers training in methods of partnering with equines to support human growth and development. This program is a unique opportunity for students pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Education while specializing in the rapidly evolving modality of partnering with equines in educational and personal growth programs. This 45 semester credit graduate program prepares students to design and deliver effective programs that partner with horses to facilitate learning, growth, and change with a wide variety of populations. This program blends a comprehensive theoretical framework with hands-on experience in equine-assisted/facilitated work under the guidance of internationally renowned practitioners. The 15 graduate credit concentration consists of five courses.  Four of these courses each contain a full semester of course work, delivered through an e-learning platform, as well as a four-day residential intensive workshop.  The fifth course is comprised of supervised practicum and internship  work in the field. Prescott also offers a Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Equine Assisted Mental Health.

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Purdue University MS and PhD in Human-Animal Interaction
The Organization for Human-Animal Interaction Research (OHAIRE) is a research group led by Dr. Maggie O’Haire at Purdue University. It includes national and international collaborators, students, and community members working together to conduct rigorous, scientific research on the unique and pervasive effects of interacting with animals. The group studies many areas of Human-Animal Interaction, including companion animals, service animals for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)animal assisted intervention such as for autism, and animal welfare. For information on pursuing a graduate degree at OHAIRE, please visit this page.

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Saybrook University PhD in Humane Education Studies

Our Ph.D. Managing Organizational Systems: Humane Education Specialization is the result of a partnership with the Institute for Humane Education and Valparaiso University. Through the lens of education, this Ph.D. organizational systems program examines the connections between four areas of social justice:

  • Environmental ethics
  • Animal protection
  • Human rights
  • Cultural change-making

Ph.D. Graduates will learn to create transformational change in educational settings by building global relevance and a systems-oriented approach into their work and educational outreach. Focusing on social, economic, political, and structural change, graduates will be prepared to work as administrators, educators, and consultants—find successful careers in schools, universities, and government agencies. As humane educators, they are able to apply principles of creative and critical thinking, civic engagement, and informed decision-making across disciplines, at all levels of education.

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Tufts Master of Science in Animals and Public Policy (1995)

The Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP) advances research, policy analysis, education and service pertaining to the important roles animals play in society, and explores the ethical implications of the human-animal relationship. The Center offers the Masters of Science in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program and is also home to the Ethics and Values curriculum within the DVM program. The work done at the Center revolves around three areas of focus: Animals in the Community, Animals in Research, and Animals in the Environment. Click here to learn more.

Universitat Pompeo Fabra MA in International Studies on Media, Power and Difference
This master program offers students a chance to study and research the media’s role in the construction, representation and recognition of difference and diversity through the lens of the most vulnerable groups. The programme is taught in English and uses various social science approaches to offer a cross-disciplinary and critical view of the power structures underlying communication practices (either journalistic, persuasive or entertainment-oriented) and how they impact, reflect and interact with social processes related to difference and diversity. The programme provides knowledge, skills and abilities on the study of difference from the ethics of mediation and communication for social justice perspectives. It addresses the following areas:

  • Women and gender studies
  • Poverty and war conflicts
  • Intercultural communication
  • Critical animal and media studies

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University Autonoma of Barcelona Masters in Animal Law and Society
The master in Animal Law and Society is a professional specialization program which aims to train experts in animal-related professions. It is based on a comparative law perspective, while bearing in mind the needs of society as a whole. The master is highly interdisciplinary and seeks to provide integrated training in the knowledge of animals in the fields of law, ethology, nutrition and welfare, ethical dimensions, artistic representations and entertainment, organization and social responsibility. The master is heavily focused on practical sessions, since it aims to train professionals in handling the new challenges posed by society and its relation with animals. The program is addressed to those interested in developing a profession related to animals, providing them with the necessary theoretical and practical skills demanded by a society in constant communication and increasingly aware of the role a humane treatment to animals represents for sustainable development and for a peaceful coexistence.

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Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona Graduate Diploma in Anthrozoology
The postgraduate course in Anthrozoology was first offered in 2015.  Our students’ profiles are varied, as we expected from the multidisciplinary nature of anthrozoology. In our view, the postgraduate course is a positive contribution to the availability of training in all aspects relating to companion animals.

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University of British Columbia Graduate Program in Animal Welfare

This program offers a Ph.D. or M.Sc. in Animal Science specializing in Animal Welfare. Students joining our program usually have a background in a relevant area of science such as animal behavior, animal science, veterinary medicine, or, very occasionally, a different background but an interest in completing a science-based graduate degree. Students generally do a thesis in our core research area – animal welfare in relation to the housing and management of animals. Currently the majority of research relates to the welfare of cattle, lab animals, and companion animals. Students interested in welfare topics where we do not have sufficient expertise (for example, the welfare of zoo animals, marine mammals and other free-living wildlife, or improved management of captive primates) may be accepted on the condition that they secure appropriate co-supervision from outside the program.

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University of Canterbury PhD in Human-Animal Studies (2018)

Students undertaking the PhD in Human-Animal Studies (PhD HUAN) at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand will work with supervisors drawn from a pool of over a dozen academic staff working in many different areas, and will be part of the lively and inclusive research culture of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies (www.nzchas.canterbury.ac.nz). Available areas of supervision include but are not limited to: animals in literature, popular culture and the visual arts; critical studies of agriculture, food production, pet-keeping and wildlife management; animals and environments; multispecies ethnographies; meat-eating, vegetarianism and veganism; animals and emergency/disaster management; animals in theory and philosophy; animals in history; postcolonial animal studies; animals and the history of science. Click here to learn more.

University of Denver Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate
This MSW certificate program is the first of its kind in the nation. It explores the therapeutic use of animals in many types of social work practice, a new and exciting aspect of the field. By earning this certificate, you’ll learn how to create, implement and evaluate AASW programs in which an animal becomes a teacher, therapist, facilitator and companion. You’ll learn how to choose the most appropriate animals for particular therapies, and how to care for the animals in accordance with nationally recognized standards. You’ll also understand how to identify, assess and intervene in “link” violence–the frequent connection between animal-abuse and violence toward people.

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University of Edinburgh Masters in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law
International concern for animal welfare continues to grow with increasing demand for measures to protect animals and improve animal quality of life. In a number of surveys, eight out of ten respondents believe that animal welfare is a key priority for a civilized society. Animals are a hugely important part of our world, relied upon for food, used as research models, companions, working animals, for sport and in recreation. Understanding and enhancing animal welfare is necessary for protecting not only animal health – but also human health and environmental protection. The University of Edinburgh has a long-standing reputation for the delivery of gold standard research led teaching and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has extensive staff expertise in animal health and welfare, which has been strengthened further by the development of the JMICAWE and their continued collaboration with the SRUC Animal and Veterinary Sciences Group, now housed within the Easter Bush Research Consortium. Students on the programme come from a variety of backgrounds including: Veterinary science, zoology, biological science, pharmacology and animal/equine science. Students also come from various parts of the world, for example: UK and Ireland, Europe, USA and Canada, South Africa etc.

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University of Exeter Masters and PhD in Anthrozoology
The MA in Anthrozoology is of interest to anyone who would like to investigate the many and varied ways in which humans perceive, engage, compete and co-exist with non-human animals in a range of cultural contexts. It will be especially relevant in terms of CPD for individuals who are involved with the care of non-human animals in a professional capacity (e.g. vets, veterinary nurses/technicians, animal trainers, dog wardens, zoo keepers, conservationists, charity workers etc.), as well as for students who have completed social science undergraduate degrees or who have a science background and would like to expand their research interests into the social sciences. The Anthrozoology MA is available either residentially or by way of blended (distance) learning.

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University of Pisa Masters in Veterinary Clinical Ethology
The University of Pisa and the Research Institute in Semiochemistry and Applied Ethology (IRSEA) are now offering a Master of Science (MSc) in “Veterinary Clinical Ethology” (level II diploma). Two identical courses will be available: one at the University of Pisa which will be held in Italian, and the second at The Research Institute in Semiochemistry and Applied Ethology, in Apt, which will take place in French.  The proposed program covers 18 months, 3 days per month, and delivers a Master of Science (MSc). This diploma, recognized internationally, allows the pursuit of a PhD by successful students.

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Université Rennes 2 Animaux et société (Animals in Society; French)

Do you need training in animal studies?

Do you want to be able to use analytical tools in ethics, sociology, geography, law to deal with public policies on animal welfare?

Would you like to understand what is at stake in debates about the status of nonhuman animals?

This university lifelong training programme leading to qualification offers 77 training hours on:

  • animal studies
  • education and awareness-raising
  • food, agriculture, eating habits
  • animal law
  • the sociology of human-animal relationships

Applications open April, 22 – May, 13: https://candidatures.univ-rennes2.fr

Target audience:

  • Teachers, educators
  • Workers in the private sector, NGO employees
  • Sustainable development managers, animal care and service workers, etc.

Tuition fees €1.170

For more information, contact Emilie Dardenne, Université Rennes 2
emilie.dardenne@univ-rennes2.fr

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University of Sterling Human-Animal Interaction Masters Program
This MSc will introduce students to interdisciplinary approaches and a diverse range of methods used to research our relationships with other species. This course introduces a broad range of topics and considers human-animal interactions across a diverse range of contexts from pet owning to animal assisted interventions, zoos, farms and conservation.

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University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work MSSW Veterinary Social Work Certificate
The University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program (VSW-CP) trains University of Tennessee College of Social Work MSSW students in the four areas of Veterinary Social Work: The link between human and animal violence; Grief and loss; Animal assisted interactions; and Compassion fatigue management. The program offers a comprehensive foundation in veterinary social work topics focusing on the knowledge and skills needed to integrate animals into social work practice in ethically sound ways and in keeping with the values of the social work profession. The vision of VSW-CP is to produce professional social workers knowledgeable in the practice and skills necessary to help people through human animals relationships in a variety of settings and through a variety of micro and macro practice methods.

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University of Winchester Masters in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (ONLINE)

This course, provided entirely online via distance learning, provides a strong grounding in animal welfare science, ethics and law. Students gain the necessary skills to develop a scientifically rigorous assessment of the welfare state of animals in a diverse variety of settings, and master the main ethical theories concerning our relationships with other animals. Students learn about the diversity of settings in which animals live or are used, including farming, transportation and slaughter, laboratories, homes, zoos and various other entertainment locales, and about free-ranging animals in natural environments. The core modules include:

  • Research Preparation and Development
  • Animals and Society
  • Animal Interest, Capacities and Ethical Considerations
  • Animal Behaviour and Psychological States
  • Animal Welfare Issues I
  • Animal Welfare Issues II
  • Dissertation

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Valparaiso University Masters in Humane Education
The graduate programs in Humane Education are the only programs of their kind in the United States. They represent a collaboration between Valparaiso University and the Institute for Humane Education (IHE), a non-profit leader and pioneer in the field of Humane Education. The coursework for these programs is offered in an online format, enabling students from the United States and abroad to complete the program remotely, with the exception of a one-week Humane Education residency held at the Institute for Humane Education’s headquarters in Surry, Maine (required for two of the programs). This hands-on, experiential training week is a very popular part of the program. For more information on IHE and the summer residency, click here.

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Yale Law School Law, Ethics and Animals Program (founded 2019)

The Law, Ethics & Animals Program (LEAP) at Yale Law School is a multidisciplinary think-and-do tank dedicated to: (1) drawing the attention of leading thinkers and doers to the deep questions of conscience and law that human-animal relationships and industrialized animal cruelty raise; and (2) empowering Yale University scholars and students to produce positive legal and political change for animals, people, and the environment upon which they depend. LEAP leads and coordinates a diverse program of activities that serve students and scholars at Yale, and that contribute to defining, expanding, and advancing the field of animal law. LEAP’s programming includes: academic and experiential animal law courses; the Climate, Animals, Food, and Environment Law & Policy Lab (“CAFE Lab”) — the first of its kind in the nation — where students work with experts to develop new legal and political strategies to address the multiple externalized costs of industrial animal agriculture; a student fellows program and active support for student research projects and publications; regular lectures, panels, and speaker events that bring leading thinkers — including lawmakers, scholars, artists, scientists, advocates, and journalists — to Yale’s campus to inspire, enrich, and inform the Program’s work; and the “When We Talk About Animals” podcast series. The Program’s work is highly interdisciplinary and we often partner with schools, departments, and other centers and programs across Yale University and beyond.

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