Academic Options

The University of Missouri offers a traditional on site HAI courses.

PSYCH 2830: Human-Companion Animal Interaction (fall semester)

During the fall semester Dr. Carlisle teaches an undergraduate Human Animal Interaction (HAI) course. The course is hybrid with some lectures in-seat and some lectures synchronous online. The content of the course includes an exploration of historical and theoretical bases of human-companion animal interaction and clinical applications of HAI. The course attracts about 50 students, and they come from over 20 academic disciplines. As part of this course, students are required to complete 20 hours of service learning, and students may choose the setting for this service time from among many local non-profit animal related organizations including Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, Columbia Second Chance, Central Missouri Humane Society and more.

BIO MED 4250/7250/VET TCH 4250: Human Animal Bond in Veterinary Practice (spring semester)

This course is cross-listed and includes content on the historical and theoretical basis for the human-animal bond. The course offers a specific focus on the implications of the human-animal bond for communication with clients in a veterinary medical practice. The course is taught in an online asynchronous format to aid busy professionals in their ability to access learning.