PS2 – Animal Therapy – the Key to Recovery and Support
Animal assisted therapy is a therapeutic intervention that incorporates animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits and horses.
Animals can provide a sense of calm and comfort, diverting attention from a potentially stressful situation or treatment.
Animal therapy is very relevant in the management of depression, traumatic brain injury oncology and rehabilitation.
Animal Therapy is split into 3 categories: Therapy, Support and educational
Delegates will learn the difference between pets, service and therapy animals and how the animals are used in each scenario.
Delegates will be able to apply the SOP by identifying an appropriate patient that will benefit from Animal therapy and including this as a management tool in the discharge plans and home based care programs.
South Africa has embraced Animal therapy and video footage with photographs will be used to demonstrate the power of these interventions.