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.
The content in this course is applicable to nursing, social worker, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and speech language pathology professionals.
Debi Fischer, BSN, MSW, BA, RN, LCSW, works in a surgical oncology step down unit. She also has experience in neurology and orthopedics. She is also a contributor to an online oncology nursing website and has written articles for online magazines. One of her goals is to use her LCSW license to write about mental health.
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Certificates provided by accrediting body (21 Match)
American Nurses Credentialing Center
California Board of Registered Nursing
District of Columbia Board of Nursing
Florida Board of Nursing
American Occupational Therapy Association
Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
Association of Social Work Boards
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Relias LLC is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Relias LLC maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 General continuing education credits.
New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, Division of Professional Licensing Services, Social Work Unit
Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy
Georgia Board of Nursing
South Carolina Board of Nursing
West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
New Mexico Board of Nursing
Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners
Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy
South Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy
Louisiana State Board Medical Examiners- Occupational Therapy
Mississippi State Department of Health- Occupational Therapy
Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Animal-Assisted Interventions
Pet Therapy Terminology
History of the Field
Not Just for House Pets
Role of AAT in Oncology
Oncology Patients: Evaluating the Current Evidence
AAT and a Pediatric Oncology Population
Section 3: Clinical Vignette
Section 4: Conclusion
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