Animals in Practice: The Scope for Ex Physiology Webinar

Friday, 11 August 2023 12:00pm - 1:30pm AEST

“I’d love to be able to take my dog to work” 

If you have ever considered “taking your dog to work”, or even advised your clients to “get a dog” in hope that they might provide motivation for regular physical activity, then this is the webinar for you. Dogs are the species most frequently engaged in clinical work, but other animals, including horses, donkeys, goats, birds and chickens, rodents, and even cats may be engaged as therapy animals.

Human-animal bond is a key requirement for the engagement of animals in therapeutic ways with humans. What is human-animal bond, and how do we cultivate it? 

This webinar will cover the training, roles, therapeutic scope, and legal frameworks around engaging with animals in exercise physiology practice in Australia. We will dive into the benefits, costs, and risks of animal-assisted therapy. We will look at rationale and models for, and case study examples of, therapeutic engagement of animals in exercise physiology practice. We will provide clinicians who wish to extend their practice by including a therapy animal with a foundation to prepare for this work, and offer some practical tips for making this work enjoyable and rewarding for animals and humans alike. 

Note: This webinar is introductory, and alone does not provide any formal accreditation in animal-assisted therapy.

Presented by Lainie Cameron, AES, AEP