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2019-2020 Professional and Continuing Education Catalog 
2019-2020 Professional and Continuing Education Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Animal Assisted Therapy

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Amy Johnson - Program Director


Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(248) 364-8704

Please click to visit our website for the most up-to-date program information: Animal Assisted Therapy Certificate Website

Program Description

Oakland University’s Animal Assisted Therapy Certificate program addresses several health and social issues, including an increased need for alternative, innovative and holistic practices.

Taught by multidisciplinary professionals, Oakland’s animal assisted therapy program helps fulfill the need for alternative, innovative and holistic health care practices. In addition, animal assisted therapy addresses several social issues, such as:

  • providing educational, therapeutic and health benefits for at-risk children and adolescents, the elderly and other special-needs populations
  • helping patients in nursing homes, counseling centers and hospitals

Oakland University’s academic approach to animal therapy will help you develop an overall understanding of the human animal bond and healing implications with vulnerable populations. You’ll learn:

  • How to incorporate animal assisted therapy in current practices. 
  • How animal assisted research applies to real-life applications
  • What the difference is between animal assisted therapy and pet therapy.
  • How to gain a theoretical framework for animal assisted therapy interventions how to start your own non-profit organization
  • Where to volunteer.

Registration Requirements

Click to complete the online  Admission Application

Registration begins in July/August. Once you hear back from the committee, you can register by clicking here.  Click “browse by subject,” and then select “Animal Assisted Therapy.”

Course Descriptions

The program includes five consecutive 5-week modules in the following areas:







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