Odyssey: Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy

Do you want to grow your love of animals? Do you want to develop an Animal Assisted Intervention program (AAI) for your school or business? Do you want to learn about the medical benefits of pets? AAI is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAI is to improve a patient's social, emotional, medical, or cognitive functioning. Through this introductory course, you will gain a better understanding of AAI. Some of the topics discussed include the difference between therapy and service dogs; the role of pets as healers in medicine; and the history, research, and future of AAI. You will have an opportunity (not mandatory) to accompany a therapy team on an actual visit through Fido's for Freedom, a local charity that provides and trains therapy and service dogs. This is an introductory class in the field of AAI, and this course cannot certify a student to be a practitioner of AAI upon completion.

914.580.01 Homewood Campus Tuesday, April 4 to May 2, 6:30 to 8 p.m. No class April 11 Cost: $96 (4 sessions)

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80% tuition remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for more information.