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Lean on me: the use of therapy animals

By Matthew Limb

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Abstract

Therapy pets are in demand these days – and not just at Christmas. Staff may be in short supply but animals seem to be increasingly popping up in caring roles in hospitals and other settings.

Dogs are the most common therapy pet. Owners or handlers and their dogs are usually approved by a recognised organisation for so-called ‘animal assisted interventions’. Pets as Therapy and Therapet are two prominent visiting programmes in the UK.

Date 2019
Publication Title Vet Rec
Volume 185
Issue 24
Pages 750-752
ISBN/ISSN 0042-4900
DOI 10.1136/vr.l7035
URL https://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/185/24/750
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animals
  3. Hospitals
  4. Nursing homes
  5. open access
  6. United Kingdom
  7. Veterinary medicine
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