Animals in Practice: The Scope for Exercise Physiology

Animals in Practice: The Scope for Exercise Physiology

Animals in Practice

“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 online activity 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 online activity 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. 

This is a recording of an ESSA webinar presented on 11 August 2023. 

Presented by Lainie Cameron, AES, AEP

Lainie Cameron is an accredited exercise physiologist and a registered osteopath. Her research is predominantly in clinical decision-making relevant to those fields, including Cochrane systematic reviews on exercise and physical therapy interventions for arthritis and chronic diseases. She also works with therapy animals, particularly dogs and horses, and is an emerging researcher in that field. She is particularly interested in the role of therapy animals in promoting exercise engagement and adherence. 

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Any Accredited Exercise Physiologist.


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