Animals Helping in Society
Hosted by the Animal Behavior Society Applied Animal Behavior Committee and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists
This event has been approved for CEUs by CCPDT and IAABC
The goal of the 2016 Public Day is to educate the community and ABS members about dilemmas facing the service animal community and regulatory agencies, and the role of Animal Behavior professionals.
Animals play multiple and diverse roles in the lives of humans. The positive effects of the human-animal bond are well documented by empirical research, and supported by both the pet-owning public and the professional pet service community.
Service animals are a special arena of the human-animal bond, which includes therapeutic animal partners, working dogs, counseling programs, and the legal world of human-animal regulatory agencies, as well as the professional animal behavior community.
A wide range of species are employed in the service role to meet the diverse needs that arise from health impairment conditions. Animal Behavior professionals have a specialized knowledge base for advancing these therapeutic partnerships. This Public Day event aims to enlarge our understandings of these relationships.
Sue McDonnell, PhD, CAAB & Robin Foster, PhD, CAAB. Selection and Retention of Therapy Horses
Rebecca Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN. Humans and Animals: Wellness Benefits for Both Ends of the Lead
Simon Gadbois, PhD. The Science of Sniffer Dogs
James C. Ha, PhD, CAAB. Stress and Well-being in Working Dogs: Principles and Evidence
Kristen Collins, MS, ACAAB, CPDT. Using "Helper Dogs" to Rehabilitate Canine Victims of Animal Cruelty
Panel Discussion. Issues in Service Animal Certification