Animals in Practice: The Scope for Ex Physiology Webinar

Animals in Practice: The Scope for Ex Physiology Webinar

Animals in Practice: What is the Scope for Exercise Physiology?

“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 webinar 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 webinar 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. 

Note: This webinar is introductory, and alone does not provide any formal accreditation in animal-assisted therapy.

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.  


Friday, 11 August 2023
12:00pm - 1:30pm AEST
Please note, the times listed are in Australian Eastern Standard Time. 
Your local time will be: 
 ACT:         12:00pm - 1:30pm
 NSW:   12:00pm - 1:30pm
 NT:   11:30am - 1:00pm
 QLD:   12:00pm - 1:30pm
 SA:   11:30am - 1:00pm
 TAS:   12:00pm - 1:30pm
 VIC:   12:00pm - 1:30pm
 WA:   10:00am - 11:30am 
Please note: This is a live webinar and needs to be watched at the specified time above. If you are unable to watch the webinar live, it will be produced as a podcast and can be purchased within the following month.

Rates per person

 ESSA Member          $30.00
 Non-Member    $50.00
 ESSA Student Member    $15.00
 Student Non-Member    $25.00
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Access to Webinar

You will be emailed a link to access the webinar approximately one hour prior to the scheduled start time.

Target Audience

Any Accredited Exercise Physiologist



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