Important Definitions

Animal Assisted Therapy ( AAT )

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Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is goal-directed intervention in which a therapy animal is an integral part of the clinical treatment process.

AAT is directed by a healthcare or human services professional (i.e. Occupational/Physical/Speech Therapists, Social Workers, etc.). AAT is done in the form of group sessions, one-to-one visits, or co-treatment sessions. AAT visit outcomes are documented by the healthcare or human services professional.

AAT providers may work under the direction of healthcare or human services providers, or directly with therapists in client sessions.

With the greatest sorrow, dear Jim died suddenly July 2017. We miss him beyond words, but know he is with Mandy, Rio, Kitty, Pickles, and everybody else we’ve loved and lost.

Animal Assisted Activities ( AAA )

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Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) are educational, entertaining, and motivating activities delivered by specially trained and certified professionals, para-professionals and/or volunteers and their animals who have met specific criteria and have become registered Delta Society© Pet Partner© teams.

Typical Animal Assisted Activities may be entertaining “shows”, visits to schools, or one-to-one visits with patients and residents in healthcare facilities.

Animal Assisted Activities are not necessarily “goal driven”, but are still very therapeutic in nature.