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A survey of public opinion on the actual condition and the requirement for animal assisted relaxation activity: the significance of future Animal Assisted Activity (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

By T. Narita, M. Kiyama, T. Kawakami, HyoungRak Choi, M. Hayasaki

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Abstract

Questionnaires were sent out to 84 veterinary clinics and 792 public homes and services for the aged and/or the handicapped and day care centres for the elderly in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan [date not given], to determine the public opinion on animal-assisted activity and therapy. The responses indicated that many veterinarians, as well as administrators, managers and instructors of the homes and services, have not been well exposed to the concept of animal-assisted activity (AAA) and animal-assisted therapy (AAT). They also indicated that many homes and services wish to include AAA as a part of their daily activities for their dwellers and clients if it is safe and inexpensive. In conclusion, training veterinarians, medical doctors and instructors is necessary to lead such activities, as specialists of AAA and AAT.

Date 2003
Publication Title Yamaguchi Journal of Veterinary Medicine
Volume 30
Pages 75-86
ISBN/ISSN 0388-9335
Language Japanese
Author Address Veterinary Clinical Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, Yamaguchi University, 1677-1, Yoshida, Yamaguchi-shi 753-8515, Japan.
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  1. Age
  2. Animal-assisted activities
  3. Animal-assisted therapies
  4. Asia
  5. Attitudes
  6. Day Care
  7. Developed countries
  8. Japan
  9. Mammals
  10. OECD countries
  11. Older adults
  12. Pets and companion animals
  13. Primates
  14. Public opinion
  15. Social psychology and social anthropology
  16. surveys
  17. therapeutics
  18. therapy
  19. Veterinarians
  20. Veterinary surgery