Animal Assisted Interventions 

Ontario Long Term Care Association's magazine Long Term Care Today Spring/Summer 2018 Edition  

Animal Assisted Interventions are gaining a stronger presence with society and is being utilized by diverse and multidisciplinary professions, to help ameliorate diverse human needs in a variety  of health care settings. According to Hanrahan (2013) provincial study, there is increasing inter-professional health collaborative research that reports substantial evidence of physiological, psychological, emotional, and spiritual human health benefits from AAI across diverse disciplines.

Professional Disciplines Utilizing AAI

  • Social work
  • Clinical psychology
  • Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Nursing
  • Psychotherapy

AAI Utilized in Diverse Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Critical care units
  • Prisons
  • Nursing homes
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Psychiatric institutions
  • Hospice facilities
  • Treatment centres
  • Youth detention centers
  • Schools
  • Day Programs

Animal Assisted Interventions supports individuals across the lifespan with diverse needs encompassing physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, behavioural and social challenges:

  • Aging
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Visual, hearing and mobility impairments
  • Acquired brain injuries
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Addictions
  • Incarceration
  • Trauma
  • Palliative care
  • Dementia
  • Full spectrum of mental health concerns and symptoms

(Hanrahan, C., (2013). Social work and human animal bonds and benefits

in health research: A provincial study. Critical Social Work, 14(1). )


“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend.  I feel a soul.”
Anthony Douglas Williams

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Nourishing Hearts

Julie Casey MSW, RSW

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