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3rd GRF One Health Summit 2015

Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration for global public and animal health

4 - 6 October 2015 in Davos, Switzerland

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Session
TUE1.2: Implementing Animal Based Therapies in the Health Care Setting: A Team Approach
Time:
Tuesday, 06/Oct/2015:
8:30am - 10:00am

Chair: Bess Janine PIERCE, Center for Animal Human Relationships, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Location: Pischa

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Implementing Animal Based Therapies in the Health Care Setting: A Team Approach

Chair(s): Bess Janine PIERCE (Center for Animal Human Relationships, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine)

The positive effects of the human animal bond enable the broad application of animal assisted interventions (AAI) to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes in human patients. Examples include social visitations through animal assisted activities (AAA), physical assistance by service dogs for those with disabilities, physical rehabilitation and behavioral/mental health interventions through animal assisted therapy (AAT). While initial reports of the therapeutic benefits of human-animal interactions were primarily anecdotal, a growing number of studies are contributing to a body of knowledge supporting the physical and emotional benefits for humans interacting with animals in a variety of settings. All medical professionals play a central role in public health. By educating patients and their families on the significance of the Human-Animal bond (impact on health, preserving the bond, enhancing its positive impact) and implementing whole-family wellness practices, providers can positively impact health, quality of life and healthcare costs.

The number of clients and patients seeking these services has grown exponentially in the last decade, and healthcare practitioners are increasingly asked for resources, letters of justification for housing exceptions, and opinions on animal assisted interventions. Considerable confusion exists about the legalities of public access of therapeutic vs. service animals, and some individuals choose to misrepresent service animals, thereby potentially endangering the public and the rights of those truly disabled individuals requiring the protection of the law. Furthermore, practitioners are often unfamiliar with the theory, application and evaluation of animal assisted interventions, and subsequently unintentionally neglect an opportunity to enrich the lives of their patients. Despite the primary role of the animal in AAI, veterinary and animal care professionals may also be unfamiliar with the health needs of both the animals involved in interventions and the human participants.

This session will provide an overview for healthcare practitioners of the key areas of animal based therapies and will stress an evidence-based approach to the application of animal assisted interventions. Topics covered will include an introduction to AAI, evidence-based applications of AAI, and risk management for potential disease and hazards of AAI. The overall goal is for the participants to acquire an introductory knowledge of definitions, available resources, potential hazards and appropriate applications of animal assisted interventions. Successful AAI requires participation of professionals across the spectrum of animal and human health. The presenters represent this broad range of expertise from the fields of veterinary medicine, nursing, public health and infectious disease.

Description of session: Panel Discussion

1. Introduction to animal assisted therapies with focus on canine interactions (define the differences between between AAA, AAI, therapy vs. service dogs, ADA guidelines, canine capabilities, other animal applications, training and certification entities, etc) PIERCE, NG

2. Evidence-Based Therapeutic Applications for Animal Assisted Interventions (AAA/AAI for nursing home visits, school visits, counseling applications, service dog capabilities) DAVIS

3. Risk Management for Disease Transmission (zoonoses, reverse zoonoses, immunocompromised individuals) GRAY, BERTKE

 

Presentations of the Symposium

 

Implementing Animal Based Therapies in the Health Care Setting: A Team Approach

Trent A DAVIS1, Jessica H GRAY2, Zenithson NG3, Andrea BERTKE4
1Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Cook Counseling Center, 2Virginia Commonwealth University, Massey Cancer Center, 3University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, 4VA MD College of Veterinary Medicine

Description of session: Panel Discussion

1. Introduction to animal assisted therapies with focus on canine interactions (define the differences between between AAA, AAI, therapy vs. service dogs, ADA guidelines, canine capabilities, other animal applications, training and certification entities, etc) PIERCE, NG

2. Evidence-Based Therapeutic Applications for Animal Assisted Interventions (AAA/AAI for nursing home visits, school visits, counseling applications, service dog capabilities) DAVIS

3. Risk Management for Disease Transmission (zoonoses, reverse zoonoses, immunocompromised individuals) GRAY, BERTKE



 
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