Project Information

Pet Therapy Program

Project Description: The UF Health Clinic-based Pet Pilot Program is a proposed initiative within the Neuromedicine Interdisciplinary Clinical and Academic Program (NICAP) which will serve as an extension of the existing inpatient Pet Therapy Volunteer program at UF Health, it aims to: 1. Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression of patients and visitors. 2. Provide support and comfort to patients and visitors. 3. Create a non-stressful and a non-judgmental environment for patients/caregivers. 4. Increase self-confidence and reduce self-consciousness in patients. Pet therapy is a method to help patients recover from and better cope with health problems. It has been scientifically supported that pet therapy has a positive effect such as reducing pain, anxiety, depression, and fatigue in both inpatient and outpatient populations (Marcus, 2012). In addition, it helps to decrease the staff stress levels as a result of interactions with the therapy dog (Engelman, 2013).

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