This major is a program that prepares health and human service professionals to integrate the use of animals into their treatment practices in order to facilitate change in people with mental and physical disabilities.
Includes instruction in psychology, psychology of disabilities, animal behavior, animal training, the human-animal bond, integration of animals into therapeutic settings, and ethical and cultural issues.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Animal-Assisted Therapy Major (use the College Search feature and enter "animal-assisted" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Animal-Assisted Therapy Major?
Animal-Assisted therapy, activities, and education are integrated into many careers. For example, therapy aides, physical therapists, recreational therapists, psychologists, social workers, special education teachers, and nursing. As an Animal-Assisted Therapist, you are likely self-employed, and work in such environments as rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, elder-care facilities, public/private school systems, and hospitals.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Animal-Assisted Therapy Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
Publications/Magazines in Animal-Assisted Therapy Major