Dear Prospective Student,
Thank you very much for enquiring about the Animal Assisted Intervention
Here is some information on the aim, content and requirements of the
course. Should you, however, have more specific questions, please do not
hesitate to get in contact with Dr Frederique Hurly at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 083 654 8116.
The content and study material for the original Animal Assisted
Activities course was jointly compiled by the late Prof. Johannes
Odendaal and Mrs. Hanna Odendaal and is based on Prof. Odendaal’s
scientific research on the therapeutic value of the human animal bond.
The name of the course has been changed to the Animal Assisted
Intervention (AAI) course, as the course has been revised to include
more than just animal assisted activities. It now contains aspects for
animal assisted therapy as well as service animals. Dr Frederique Hurly
and practising animal assisted activity helpers will present the course
Students who have successfully completed this course can apply for
accreditation by the South African Board for Companion Animal
What is it about?
The use of animal-assisted activities as a scientific approach is
relatively new although historical evidence suggests that individuals
have used it intuitively over many centuries. The aim of this course is
to equip students with a scientific basis and practical skills to enable
them to use animals as an adjunct in the helping relationship. After the
course students should be able to design a sustainable AAI program, know
how to choose an animal for an AAI program, practice humane education
and think of the ethics and values when using animals in programs (to
list just a few).
Who should enrol?
The ideal student for this course is a person who has a good
understanding and knowledge of animals, especially the species her/she
would like to use in AA activities, as well as compassion for help
needing humans. Health Care professionals can also benefit from this
course, and could use the knowledge from the AAI course to develop an
AAT program. You are welcome to contact Dr Hurly first before enrolling,
to ensure this course is for you!
All prospective students for this course must have a thorough knowledge
of the behaviour of the species of animal they would prefer to use in
future animal assisted interventions (AAI). We therefore recommend that
students either before or simultaneously enrol for the Basic Animal
Behaviour Course of that species.
How the course is presented
Like the other courses that Ethology Academy presents, the AAI course is
essentially presented through distance learning. After enrolment, the
student receives the study material and assignments via registered mail.
Students are invited to a three – day seminar in Benoni, Gauteng from 12
– 14 June 2017. The seminar is rather interactive, and usually some
interesting discussions take place. Students get to meet people who are
involved in animal assisted activities and learn from them. Attendance
is compulsory. Attendance of the seminar is included in the course fee,
but students are responsible for their own accommodation and travel
The study material is divided into four Modules:
The first Module includes:
• A brief historical overview of animal facilitated
• Personality theories
• Human-animal interaction theories
The second Module includes:
• Biological background for human-animal interactions
• Physiology of affiliation behaviour
The third Module: focuses on interpersonal skills and human needs
The fourth Module: reviews animal-facilitated programmes using
different species of animals and provide information to set up your own
During the seminar some the course content in the study notes are
discussed. However, aspects that are not in the notes are also discussed
and include the correlation between animal abuse and human violence, pet
selection, empathy, humane education, ethics, pet loss and bereavement
and guidelines to set up an AAA program.
Students are expected to submit eight assignments – two on each of the
modules. Some of the assignments are fill in with all the answers to be
found in the notes, but for a few assignments the student will be
expected to do a bit of independent reading and research. Submission of
the assignments serves as entrance to the final evaluation. The course
is outcome-based in the sense that students do not sit for a formal
theoretical exam, but will be evaluated on their ability to apply the
knowledge in a ‘real-life’ case study.
In conclusion: Students who have done the course gave very
positive feedback not only on the academic side of the course but also
about experiencing personal growth and self-awareness through the
Academically the content of the course is quite challenging, but keep in
mind that students are not evaluated on factual knowledge, but rather on
their ability to apply the knowledge. A person who has successfully
completed Grade 12 should be able to cope with the course material.
Registration and Course fees
The AAI Course is presented from February to November each year.
Registration for this course takes place from 2 January to 28 February
2017. Students may enrol earlier (in 2016) but the study material will
only be posted as from the 2nd January 2017 and once proof of payment
has been received.
The course fee for 2017 is R 7 950.00. This fee includes the study
material, the assignments, seminar attendance and the final evaluation.
Travel to and accommodation at the seminar is not included in the course
fee. Students who successfully complete the course receive a
certificate. Distinctions are awarded to students who pass with a mark
of 75% or higher.
How to enrol for this course:
Go to the website www.ethology.co.za
• Click on ‘Enrol’
• Read ‘Terms of
• Complete and submit the enrolment form and financial agreement form if
only the registration fee is paid when enrolling.
• Pay the appropriate fee
• Provide Dr Frederique Hurly email@example.com with confirmation of
Please contact us should you need more information or have any
Dr Frederique Hurly
BVSc, MPhil, MANZCVS
Course administrator, Ethology Academy