Organization of animal-assisted therapy: From voluntary activities to work of professionals

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Humankind has always known about the usefulness in integration
of animals for the achievement of such routine goals as hunting, household
and territory protection, transportation, scouting foreign territories and
materials, and overcoming physical limitations. Animals are also highly
valued as agents of socialisation resulting in the integration of various
species in the work of various professions. Social work also increasingly
makes use of professional activities involving animals while working
with clients. Terms such as therapy animals, animal-assisted therapy,
animal-assisted activities, and animal-assisted education are becoming more
relevant in the daily work of social workers, physiotherapists, occupational
therapists, psychotherapists and other professionals. Animals are more
and more often found in hospitals, schools, care facilities, prisons and
other settings. Animal-assisted therapy is a general term including various
activities, causing difficulty to understand and differentiate between the
types of therapy performed with various animal species, which creates the
need to study the experience in ensuring work with therapy animals in
various settings. The results obtained in this study reflect the experiences
working with therapy animals of various professionals including the goal of
integrating therapy animals in professional activity, the goal of the activity
and the steps thereof, target groups and the expected results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference SOCIETY. HEALTH. WELFARE
EditorsL. Vilka, J. Vike
PublisherEDP Sciences
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-7598-9112-2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event7th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare": Contemporary Social Dynamics and Welfare: Urban and Rural Development Perspectives - Riga, Latvia
Duration: 10 Oct 201812 Oct 2018
Conference number: 7

Publication series

NameSHS Web of Conferences
ISSN (Print)2261-2424


Conference7th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare"
Internet address

Field of Science*

  • 5.4 Sociology
  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.2. Articles or chapters in other proceedings other than those included in 3.1., with an ISBN or ISSN code


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