Human-Animal Interaction (Animal Assisted Therapy)

Hartpury University
3 years
Bachelor's degree
On campus
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About this program

Awarded by: Hartpury College

This brand new undergraduate degree is ideal for those wanting to examine the science that underpins the animal-human bond. It’s the first of its kind in the UK and provides a great opportunity for you to progress into the rapidly growing industry of animal assisted therapies.

You’ll study the role that animals have in enriching human lives – as pets, in zoos, farms and conservation contexts. You’ll learn from real-life case studies as well as undertaking work placements in industry (see below).

Subjects studied cover the benefits of human-animal interaction in pet and therapeutic settings. This focuses on the role that animals can play in improving people’s social, emotional or cognitive wellbeing, such as the rehabilitation of humans with mental illness.

In your first year you’ll explore human psychology and how it relates to the human-animal bond. You’ll develop strong foundations for further learning in animal biology, animal handling, health and disease, behaviour and welfare.

In your second and final years you’ll specialise in animal assisted therapy. You’ll develop your knowledge and skills in how to utilise the animal-human relationship to promote health and wellbeing in humans. Focus will be on therapy in a range of settings and with a range of age groups, from children to the elderly.

Gaining experience in industry is a core part of the degree, to ensure you’re ready for employment when you graduate. You’ll benefit from opportunities on-campus in our commercial animal therapy centres as well as with our industry partners in Gloucestershire, across the UK and internationally.

You’ll also have the option to undertake a sandwich placement year in industry. Many of our students gain their graduate roles with the organisations they completed their work placements with.

Career options include working in the charity sector, animal related education, zoo and wildlife sector, animal assisted therapy, counselling and bereavement services, and the pet and veterinary sector. You could set up your own business in one of these areas or choose to work for an employer.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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Our history dates back to after World War II when we started as an agricultural college with only 50 students. Today, we have more than 3,500 students, studying a range of further and higher education qualifications including animal, agriculture, equine,...

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