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Incorporating Animal Assisted Services

Animal assisted therapy is gaining in popularity due to its effectiveness with clients. Having an animal at the office increases calm for the staff and clients. Be sure that you have a clear plan for how the animal will be incorporated into your practice. Always provide a quiet, safe and private space for the animal to go while he/she is finished working or needs a break. Important details before bringing an animal onsite include

  • Screening for appropriate temperament 
  • Writing policies about animals at work
  • Professional training for obedience
  • Posting certifications 
  • Having evidence of current vaccines onsite
  • Creating a tolieting routine 
  • Discussing a supervision protocol (animal should be supervised at all times)
  • If additional animals are onsite, plan for them to meet and greet each other safely
  • Outline times when the animal will be removed from a situation for his/her safety or that of the client/staff. 


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