Animal-Assisted Interventions

Lisa N. Richey, Megan M. Hosey, Ph.D.


  • Animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) promote well-being and create a positive healing environment through interaction with an animal, either as an independent activity or integrated into another treatment modality.
  • The use of animals as a tool for promotion of mental health is longstanding, with accounts of animal-assisted inpatient psychiatric models dating back to the 18th century.[1]

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Last updated: February 6, 2020