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Animal Assisted Therapy


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is expected to grow 52 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities are expected to be excellent, particularly in rural areas.

What they do

Veterinary Technicians may recognize different behavioral patterns in animals and exercise techniques to produce beneficial mental, social and physical issues internally through animal and human coexistence. An animal assisted therapy specialist, oftentimes referred to as (AAT), is the utilization of animals as a therapeutic aspect to ease recovery and rehabilitation of patients with severe or chronic diseases.


How it works

Animal assisted therapy offers many benefits over time-honored therapies. First, AAT allows therapists to hold costs by using one treatment mechanism - an animal - to target a varied assortment of goals. Patients can increase their range of motion, strength, endurance, balance, mobility, sensation, and more. At the same time, the animal aids the animal assisted therapy specialist in addressing recognized and perceptual problems the patient could be experiencing.

What you need

A bachelor's of science degree in psychology, social work, physical therapy, nursing or education. Supplemental qualification and certification in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a big plus. AAT education concentrations can include elderly care, social work, and various specialties. Pursue animal assisted therapy, or evening university studies or even an online degree program to improve your job skills. There are many ways for you to obtain a new rewarding career goal, get started today! If you desire to begin a career as an Animal Assisted Therapy Specialist, you should start with becoming credentialed in a field of your choosing such as nursing, social work, counseling, teaching, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or recreational therapy. Many of these positions may require a masters degree in order to employ therapy. Improving your education in animal assisted therapy may help you achieve your professional work life. Learn how to get started in this rewarding vocation.
 
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