Bergin University of Canine Studies

Bergin University of Canine Studies, home of the Assistance Dog Institute, has a singular mission: to advance the human-canine partnership through research and education.

Master's Programmes

Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Business & Management (1)



After leaving CCI In 1991, Dr. Bergin founded the Assistance Dog Institute, which was formally designated a university in early 2004. Today, Bergin University of Canine Studies is young and growing.


Mission Statement - Our up-to-date, in-depth academic and applied coursework provides students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the diverse schools of human-canine partnerships for vocational purposes; or through the unique viewpoint provided by dogs as a model of humankind, to enhance knowledge for the students’ own career-oriented specialties.


Our groundbreaking research in teaching dogs to read, early pup training, and High Schooled -Assistance Dogs demonstrates new ways to optimize human’s interactions with dogs. These findings are shared worldwide.

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Bergin University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award Associate's Degrees, Bachelor's Degrees and Master's Degrees. ​Bergin University is approved to grant degrees by the California Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Education.

Cotati, California, United States

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