Our Mission & Philosophy
Our vision is to become more than an educational institution, more than a facilitator of revolutionary research. To become a lyceum that inspires the pursuit of a deeper understanding of the human-dog bond, to benefit society with new applications of that bond but also to seek a profound understanding of humanity’s relationship with dogs, and consequently, with the animal kingdom.
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.
More about Bergin University of Canine Studies
Who We Are
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.
That mission is expressed in a growing range of programs, inspired and informed by the breakthrough work of Dr. Bonnie Bergin. Using leading-edge academic coursework along with daily hands-on experience, you can expand your knowledge and skills for scholarly or career purposes, or enhance the parameters of your existing specialty using the unique perspective and potential provided by human-canine studies.
We invite you to join us as we continue to break new ground in “Helping Dogs Help People,” the only university offering Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate degrees in dog studies, as well as creating the High School Assistance Dog Program for at-risk teens, and researching how to teach dogs to read and how to train pups as young as three weeks. We believe the possibilities of the human canine partnership are limited only by human imagination.
Since our founding in 1991, hundreds of people from 16 countries and 34 states have attended our University programs and we have graduated over a hundred service and social/therapy teams. 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.
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.
Where We Are
Bergin University is located in the famous Sonoma County region of California, in the comfortable city of Penngrove, an easy hour’s drive north of San Francisco. The area is amazingly diverse and beautiful, with redwood forests, ocean beaches and the legendary Napa-Sonoma wine country.
Situated in what could be called “assistance dog row, Guide Dogs and Canine Companions for Independence are easily accessed and tours are arranged as part of the university coursework. The University facility is located within a short driving distance of small shopping centers and restaurants.