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.
|Publication Title||Yamaguchi Journal of Veterinary Medicine|
|Author Address||Veterinary Clinical Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, Yamaguchi University, 1677-1, Yoshida, Yamaguchi-shi 753-8515, Japan.|
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