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Therapeutic activities associating the animal, for a better quality of life in the hospital

By Didier Vernay

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It is common to say or publish that the Animal-AAA Therapeutic Activities in the hospital are pioneers. This statement becomes false. In France, we now have a history, theoretical foundations, concepts, programs and current experiments that deny this position (ref. "The dog: a partner of life - applications and perspectives in health Human "). However, the subject remains pioneering in some aspects because a mature methodology is not yet at the service of these experiments and there is no reference administrative and regulatory framework on which the actors or promoters of these approaches can rely .
Health related Animal Assisted Therapy is still considered a new practice in France. But it is not inaccurate. (Ie "The dog: lifes' partner - application and prospects in human health"). Nevertheless, this field of practice is still on a pioneering path. We must agree on the fact that we are not ready to offer an adequate method of support on going or coming experiences. Besides, we have an official legal nor an administrative frame which could be of some support to people who wish to involve themselves in such practices.


Katie Carroll

Date 2004
Publication Title Bulletin of the French Veterinary Academy
Volume 157
Issue 4
Publisher Veterinary Academy of France, Paris
DOI 10.4267/2042/47739
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Dogs
  4. France
  5. Health
  6. Hospitals
  7. Human-animal bond
  8. Mammals
  9. Military medicine
  10. Quality of life
  11. therapy animals
  12. Veterinary medicine