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WSU’s Human-Animal Interaction:

What We Know and What the Future Holds

Who Benefits

The course is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about this field, including those in the helping professions, as well as those working in animal welfare or animal care. However, anyone who wants to know more about the bond between humans and animals may take this course. This is a non-credit course, but participants can earn one continuing education unit (10 clock hours).

Instructors

Because the field of human-animal interaction is truly interdisciplinary, we believe it is important to provide a broad perspective that goes beyond therapeutic interventions, such as animal health and welfare, as well as the bond between humans and animals. This course is taught by faculty from several institutions, including Washington State University, and from various disciplines, including education, veterinary medicine, animal science, pharmacy and counseling.

Module Topics

  • Introduction and Welcome
    • Instructor: Phyllis Erdman (WSU) Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Counseling, College of Education
  • History of the human-animal bond
    • Instructor: A.G. Rud (WSU), Distinguished Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
  • Research in the field of human-animal interaction
    • Instructor: Sylvie Cloutier, Ph.D., Associate Director of Assessment, Canadian Council on Animal Care in Science Ottawa, ON
  • Clinical applications of equine-assisted therapy
    • Instructor: Tracy L Skaer (WSU), Professor of Pharmacotherapy, College of Pharmacy
  • Animal nutrition and behavior
    • Instructors: John McNamara (WSU), John P McNamara, Emeritus Professor of Animal Sciences, Department of Animal Sciences and Leticia Fanucchi, DVM, Ph.D., Clinical Instructor, Behavioral Services, Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • School-based interventions with animals
    • Instructors: Heather Welsh (WSU), Ph.D. candidate, Special Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Kirby Wycoff (Worcester State University), Assistant Professor, Department of Education
  • Ethical considerations
    • Instructor: Kirby Wycoff (Worcester State University), Assistant Professor, Department of Education
  • Grief and loss/compassion fatigue
    • Instructors: Phyllis Erdman, (WSU) Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Counseling, College of Education and Chris Chapman, Counseling Psychologist, Weber State University Counseling Center, Utah

Delivery Method

This is a self-paced online course delivered by WSU Global Campus. Participants are encouraged to start with the first module and take them in order. Modules include PowerPoint lectures, videos, and readings, and each module take 1-1.5 hours to complete.

Fees

Registration is $200, and $125 for students at a college or university. This fee includes all course materials. Pay by check, Visa or MasterCard

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This course is taught by faculty from several institutions, including Washington State University, and from various disciplines, including education, veterinary medicine, animal science, pharmacy and counseling.