Animal Assisted Interventions
‘Animals are used to help humans in different ways. Studies suggest that the effects of pet ownership can be beneficial to physical, social and psychological wellbeing. Research has found that stroking a pet can be relaxing and can result in a reduction in blood pressure. The presence of pets can also promote social interaction and reduce psychological responses to anxiety’ Hall & Malpus (2000) Pets as therapy: effects on social interaction p. 2220. Use this guide to find information resources about animal assisted interventions including books, journal articles and reports.
NICE guidance is officially England only.
Chandler C K (2017) Animal assisted therapy in counselling. Florence: Taylor and Francis.
Fine A H (2019) Handbook on animal-assisted therapy: foundations and guidelines for animal-assisted interventions. 5th edn. San Diego: Elsevier Science.
Hurt A E (2018) Therapy Animals. New York, NY: Enslow Publishing.
Book subject searches
RCN Public Lecture: From detection dogs to therapy pets: animals in health.
BBC News: Don't be scared to let animals on wards, say nurses (21st June 2017).
PetsAsTherapy Flickr (photos).
Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Vienna (2016) Publications and recommended reading webpage.
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Page last updated - 08/07/2021