Animal-assisted activities are basically the casual “meet and greet” activities that involve pets visiting people or people visiting pets. The same activity can be repeated with many people, unlike a therapy program that is tailored to a particular person or medical condition.
In AAA, specific treatment goals are not planned for each visit and no detailed notes are required.
The formal definition of animal-assisted therapy is:
“AAT is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise, and within the scope of practice of his/her profession.
AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning [cognitive functioning refers to thinking and intellectual skills]. AAT is provided in a variety of settings and may be group or individual in nature. This process is documented and evaluated.” (From Standards of Practice for Animal-Assisted Activities and Therapy)
In AAT, specified goals and objectives are determined for each patient and their progress is evaluated and documented.
Our animals are not certified therapy animals; they do however provide therapeutic value by bringing smiles to faces. A health service professional may incorporate our animals into a goal-oriented intervention. Please contact us for more information.