Special Issue "Animal Assisted Therapy"
A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2016)
Dr. Karen Thodberg
Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Blicher Allé 20, Postboks 50, DK-8830 Tjele, Denmark
The research field is expanding and includes researchers from many disciplines, and in the last decade larger controlled studies have been published. However, many areas remain unexplored and there is a pronounced need for more evidence based knowledge before this non-pharmacological treatment type will be fully acknowledged by the established health care systems. Much more focus should be on obtaining data on the causal pathways of the effects of animal assisted therapy, as this would make it possible to target the treatment to specific target groups, and enable the selection of optimal intervention types and animals. The welfare of therapy animals needs more attention, as they are often exposed to novel environments and meet challenges such as slippery floors and intensive contact to humans not used to handle animals. The ethics regarding the use of animals in this way should also be addressed, e.g. with regard to the age of animals brought along to therapeutic sessions.
Original papers from research areas such as ethology, animal science, veterinary medicine, psychology and psychiatry are invited to contribute to this special issue about animal assisted therapy, especially controlled interdisciplinary studies about (1) quantitative measures of human-animal interactions and acute responses to the animal during interventions, (2) the relationship between acute responses and long-term effects, 3) Care farming/Green Care, and 4) the welfare of therapy animals, including the selection of suitable individuals.
Dr. Karen Thodberg
Dr. Bente Berget
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