Event Title

Therapy Pets on Campus: Reducing Stress, Homesickness, and Loneliness

Abstract

You have seen them on campus. Bright eyes, welcoming faces, green vests, and wagging tails! Since 2013, we have been scheduling formal pet therapy interactions on campus in academic building, residence halls, community buildings, and on the Mary Lyon lawn. Our certified pet therapy teams have been invited to specific classrooms and to campus-wide events. Throughout the years, these teams have helped countless students, faculty, and staff relief stress, reduce anxiety, and to make connections with others engaging with the teams. This panel discussion will present the science behind why pet therapy programs have strong impacts on the college-age population, discuss the training and requirements necessary to become a nationally certified therapy team, and share the personal experiences of a faculty member who designed a course around human-animal interactions.

Session Type

Breakout Session

Presentation Type

Event

Location

Hartman Union Building: Hage Room

Start Date

8-14-2019 3:30 PM

End Date

8-14-2019 4:30 PM

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Therapy Pets on Campus: Reducing Stress, Homesickness, and Loneliness

Hartman Union Building: Hage Room

You have seen them on campus. Bright eyes, welcoming faces, green vests, and wagging tails! Since 2013, we have been scheduling formal pet therapy interactions on campus in academic building, residence halls, community buildings, and on the Mary Lyon lawn. Our certified pet therapy teams have been invited to specific classrooms and to campus-wide events. Throughout the years, these teams have helped countless students, faculty, and staff relief stress, reduce anxiety, and to make connections with others engaging with the teams. This panel discussion will present the science behind why pet therapy programs have strong impacts on the college-age population, discuss the training and requirements necessary to become a nationally certified therapy team, and share the personal experiences of a faculty member who designed a course around human-animal interactions.