ELISTA Education - Education & Training in Animal Assistance & Therapy

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Course Aim:

The aim of the Human Animal Interactions Course is to allow participants the opportunity to explore how animals were and are utilised by humans; how interactions with animals vary depending on social and cultural differences and how society has and does benefit through the use of and interactions with animals. The course includes research into the industries and sectors that utilise animals for various purposes and encourages evaluation of animal well being to work towards a society that utilises animals in a mutually beneficial way. Upon completion of the course participants should be able to understand how animals can be ethically used for human benefits.

Course Delivery:

The Human Animal Interactions Course is currently available as a home study course with two practical training weekends. Home Study material is available from 5th October 2020 and combined practical training weekends takes place on 12th-13th February 2021 and 4th and 5th June 2021.

Course Content:

The Human Animal Interactions Course is made up of six modules:

  • Evaluating the use of Animals in Society Past and Present
  • Animals and their benefits to Humans
  • Interactions with Animals (Animal Handling and Understanding Stress) (Practical)
  • The future and Animal Interactions; an introduction to Animal Assisted Interactions
  • Animals and the Economy
  • Animal Perceptions, Ethics & Legislation (Practical)

Who is this course for?

The Human Animal Interactions course is for anyone wishing to explore the human-animal relationship and its many dynamic elements in more detail. There is an emphasis towards studying Animal Assisted Therapy, but this is an interesting course in its own right too.

ELISTA Education is an equal opportunity provider and provides the Human Animal Interactions Courses without exclusion, although participants should be aware that this course is delivered at an equivalent to ‘Level 6’ on the National Qualifications Framework (www.nfq.ie), and an academic ability equivalent to Irish Leaving Certificate is advised.


The Human Animal Interactions course offered by ELISTA Education has a progression option to the specialised course Animal Assisted Therapy, other employment opportunities within ethical animal research, enterprise and service provision may also become available through participation in the course. This course is equally valuable for pet owners and professionals wishing to learn more.

Programme Delivery & Delivery Locations

"EARLY BIRD" OFFER! Register for a course before 31st May 2020 and pay discount fee of €625 euro (€125 deposit required with registration). Standard price resumes 1st June. Balance payable in two further instalments.

Delivery Method   Course Dates   Course Location
Home Study Course   Commencing week of the 5th October 2021. 4 modules studied at home. Combined Practical training 12th-13th February 2021 and 4th-5th June 2021.   Study @ Home Practical Training @ The ELISTA centre nr. Abbeyleix Co. Laois).

Course Fee

The total course fee for the Human - Animal Interactions Course is €750 (see offer above), this includes ELISTA Education Student pack & full certification. (Please see "What do I get for my Fees?")


Human - Animal Interactions Course Registration Form