Pet Therapy - OT789

Pet Therapy

by Debra R. Fischer, RN, BSN, LCSW Master of Social Work (MSW); Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
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This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Animals have been used as a means of therapeutic intervention for years and the healthcare field is rich in anecdotal stories about the human-animal bond. This bond shows potential in improving psychological health and well-being, including quality of life measures, for people across the continuum of healthcare. However, there is a great need for evidence-based information about the use of pet therapy, also known as animal assisted intervention (AAI), in the interdisciplinary healthcare model. Until recently, there has been no high-quality research that clearly supports or refutes the use of AAI. Now, several recent studies have attempted to fill this gap in the literature. This course will develop the learner’s understanding of the history of AAI and correct terminology and use of AAI in healthcare. Two recent experimental studies will be reviewed to assess how AAI may influence outcomes related to patients with cancer and their caregivers. 


The goal of this continuing education course is to discuss pet therapy from a healthcare perspective. After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Define animal assisted therapy (AAT).
  • Examine a brief overview of the history of pet therapy.
  • Describe the potential physiological and psychological impacts of AAT.
  • Summarize current research regarding the use of AAT.
Content Level: Introductory
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation
Domain of OT: Activity Demands
OT Process: Outcomes

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, social workers, and speech-language pathologists.
Occupational therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Relias LLC is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy and Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 11/21/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/21/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/21/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50