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Vet. Sci. 2018, 5(1), 2; doi:10.3390/vetsci5010002

When Veterinarians Support Canine Therapy: Bidirectional Benefits for Clinics and Therapy Programs

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Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7, Canada
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Faculty of Arts & Sciences, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7, Canada
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Received: 28 November 2017 / Revised: 20 December 2017 / Accepted: 3 January 2018 / Published: 4 January 2018
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This paper proposes a mutually beneficial model of collaboration between veterinarians and canine therapy programs. Veterinarians and the clinics for whom they work routinely establish collaborations with multiple and varied stakeholders. This might include a laboratory for processing samples and the corresponding courier company needed to deliver samples to the lab or a partnership with a local dog rescue organization for whom discounted rates are offered. One community partnership that stands to benefit both the clinic and the community agency, is for veterinarians to work in tandem with a local canine-assisted therapy program. The benefits to such an alliance are multifold and address aspects of veterinary medicine including client recruitment, community education, and access to a network of devoted dog enthusiasts. View Full-Text
Keywords: canine therapy; client recruitment; community collaboration canine therapy; client recruitment; community collaboration
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Binfet, J.-T.; Silas, H.J.; Longfellow, S.W.; Widmaier-Waurechen, K. When Veterinarians Support Canine Therapy: Bidirectional Benefits for Clinics and Therapy Programs. Vet. Sci. 2018, 5, 2.

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