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1 Pet Assisted Therapy Marie Volbrecht, PhD, LP, ABN Email:

2 Why Animals? Psychological Benefits Physical Benefits

3 Pet Therapy v. Pet Assisted Therapy Pet Therapy Pet Assisted Therapy - Changing to Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) or Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI)

4 Which Animals? Dogs are most commonly thought of Many others: horses, cats, rabbits, even rats! Some organizations certify only certain species

5 Choosing Your Animal Species Size Qualities – Grooming requirements – Amount of time / care involved – Amount of training involved What happens if you don’t pass?

6 Training Dogs in particular have guidelines and procedures Start early Socialize often Think ahead

7 Certification Organizations Therapy Dogs Incorporated (TD Inc) Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) Therapy Dogs International (TDI) Love On a Leash (Pet-Provided Therapy) Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs

8 READ Intermountain Therapy Animals First certify as Animal-Assisted Therapy Then additional process for READ

9 Therapy Dogs, Inc. As the name suggests: Dogs only (any breed or mix) At least one year of age Tested as a team and then observed doing 3 visits before certified Includes liability insurance when volunteering – not when “on the clock”

10 Pet Partners Various species included: dogs, cats, alpacas, horses, rabbits, pocket pets, birds, pigs Course and evaluation for person and then team test Smaller pets at least 6 months old; dogs and larger animals at least one year old Also offers liability insurance when volunteering

11 You’re Certified. Now what? Schedule Policies Liability Back up

12 What exactly do I do? Screen the people – protect the animal Have a goal in mind Proprioception, Tactile, and Motor Problem Solving Spatial Processing Memory and Attention Social and Emotional Speech and Language

13 I Can Bill For This? Animal-Assisted Therapy – view as another tool in your professional toolbox CPT codes: Billable = Having a purpose

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