Animal-assisted interventions

Animal-assisted intervention (AAI) programs are increasing in popularity, but it is unknown to what extent therapy animal organizations that provide AAI and the hospitals and eldercare facilities they work with implement effective animal health and safety policies to ensure safety of both animals and humans | American Journal of Infection Control

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Our study objective was to survey hospitals, eldercare facilities, and therapy animal organizations on their AAI policies and procedures.

Highlights:

  • Eldercare facilities, hospitals, and therapy animal organizations were surveyed.
  • Health and safety policies for animal-assisted interventions (AAI) varied widely.
  • Some AAI policies potentially compromise human and animal safety.
  • In general, hospitals had stricter AAI requirements than eldercare facilities.
  • Programs should institute recent AAI guidelines to ensure human and animal safety.

Full reference: Linder, D.E. et al. (2017) Animal-assisted interventions: A national survey of health and safety policies in hospitals, eldercare facilities, and therapy animal organizations. American Journal of Infection Control. Available online: 30 June 2017

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