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Animal Therapy Career

Career in Animal Physical Therapy?

I'm currently in a college for Exercise Physiology. As soon as I graduate I want to go into Physical Therapy most likely a PhD or Masters program (PhD is pretty what I'll end up because Masters is less competitive.)

I've been thinking... is there any colleges for animal physical therapy? Or you need to have a Physical Therapy degree (for humans)? What is the process?

I need as much info about it since it's a new field. I'm interested in it.

What is the scope of Animal Assisted Therapy? Are there any degrees for the same?

I have not heard of any degrees, and I'm not sure what program they would fal under.  If I were thinking about getting into this, I would first read all the books about people who train dogs and animals (dozens on Amazon now).Then I would start contacting the authors through their websites to see about internships and other opportunities.  It wouldn't hurt to do everything in your power to become a qualified animal trainer first / concurrently.

Careers involving animals?

What are some careers that involve animals and that require a college education? I used to want to be a veterinarian but my mom keeps telling me that I probably wouldn't get accepted to veterinary school (although I am not so pessimistic...) so what are some other animal careers that would require college. I would be interested in answers that might have something to do with like zoo keeping or wildlife conservation or something like that but I would like a wide range of answers. If you can include some websites with info.

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What is the scope for animal assisted therapy in India?

Hi,human beings have shared a unique bonds with various animals. However, it is only recently that healthcare professionals have begun to realize what animal caregivers and everyday pet owners have known for years: that pets can have a therapeutic and calming effect on the human psyche.From petting a puppy to, going for a swim with a dolphin, engaging in play activities with a dog to riding a horse, all these different activities involving animals can aid us in achieving psychological well-being.FootnoteAnimal Assisted Therapy

Is animal assisted therapy effective?

Absolutely. I’ll place the link to a study of AAT for the elderly below.My grandfather, who’s wife passed away years and now lives alone in a small village, brought in a small terrier. He had previously spent time at home, and was had a negative disposition with regard to owning a dog.After the first few days of having his new terrier, he began to increase his physical activity and emotional output. So, while his terrier was not intended to be used for AAT, it seems to have relieved and improved certain aspects of an eighty-year old man’s life.The Benefit of Pets and Animal-Assisted Therapy to the Health of Older IndividualsImage Source: Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal assisted therapist??? easy ten points?

Guinea pigs aren't typical therapy animals, so I can't imagine a high demand for something that most kids can get at a local preschool.

1. I don't think this is incredibly realistic, at least not with this business model
2. YOU would set up your hours, but most would assume a therapist of this nature would have flexible hours with some evening or weekend availability. This will accommodate work and school schedules.
3. Yes, you will have difficulty getting patients. It would be up to you to work with local clinical therapists to get referrals and to market yourself so patients can find out about you.
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5. You would need to find out what kind of licensing you need in your state to call yourself a therapist and then take the classes that let you get this type of license. Then, for the animal part, I would expect you to have some sort of Biology degree, animal behaviour degree, or other animal related degree. On top of that, I would expect you to have massive experience with the animals you choose - including training accreditation.
6. Horses and dogs are usually the big therapy animals. Llamas can actually be great therapy animals, as can sheep and goats. For horses and dogs, get involved with local animal rescues to pick animals that will be great with adults and children alike. Telling an emotional (but not tragic or upsetting) story on how the animal ended up with you is a fantastic way to get a child or mentally challenged adult engaged and interested. Ex-race horses, older draft horses, and older gentle horses are GREAT for this type of thing - these are horses that would otherwise be killed at slaughter. Some have injuries that limit their ability to carry over 50-100lbs, which is perfect for lots of kids in animal therapy. Middle aged and senior dogs given up due to a move or the owner dying are also great finds. All these animals will come with issues, and this is why experience and training certificates will be necessary. I'm not going to let *my* child anywhere near a horse or dog that hasn't been properly trained.
If rodents/small furries are your thing, it simply won't be a big draw, but could be a less threatening option. Rescue a rabbit or two, a ferret or two, and some other pretty mellow fuzzies.
http://www.petfinder.com isn't just dogs and cats - it's horses, goats, sugar gliders, chinchillas, ferrets, and just about every animal under the sun.