Animal Assisted Therapy Use Application by Condition

Animal Assisted Therapy Use Application by Condition

1st Edition - November 30, 2022

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  • Editor: Eric Altschuler
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323988155
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323972130

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Animal Assisted Therapy Use Application by Condition provides the most updated and comprehensive data knowledge on animal-assisted therapy. The book synthesizes historical information, theory, clinical practice, and data from recent clinical studies on animal-assisted therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other diseases. Written by international experts drawn from the fields of medicine, clinical psychology and therapy, speech therapy, clinical research, and animal training and welfare, this book employs a hypothesis driven, data rich approach to inform readers on current research and serve as a reference for clinical practice and use of animal-assisted therapy. This is an important resource for clinicians, researchers, animal trainers and handlers and students who want to understand and utilize animal-assisted therapy in theory and practice.

Key Features

  • Includes essential information on animal-assisted therapy for clinicians, researchers, students, and animal training and handling organizations
  • Examines PTSD in history, literature and arts, along with theories of the mechanism of clinical action of animal-assisted therapy
  • Features contributions by war combat veterans who use animal-assisted therapy for the treatment of PTSD


Researchers and practitioners in animal-assisted therapy, animal science, animal-to-human relationships, and trauma therapy clinicians; Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in AAT and animal science studies

Table of Contents

  • SECTION 1 Introduction
    1. Introduction and Synopsis of Chapters Chapter
    2. History of AAT and Theories of Mechanism of Action of AAT for PTSD Chapter

    SECTION 2 Basic and Clinical Basis for AAT
    3. Reduction of State-Anxiety by Petting Animals in a Controlled Laboratory Experiment
    4. Incorporating Animal Assisted Therapy into Treatment for PTSD Chapter

    SECTION 3 Applications of AAT
    5. PTSD in History, Literature and Art Chapter
    6. The Use of Service Dogs for Military Veterans with PTSD Chapter
    7. Equine Assisted Therapy for Veterans with PTSD Chapter
    8. Avian Assisted Therapy for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Chapter
    9. AAT for PTSD in Sexual Trauma Survivors Chapter
    10. AAT in Pediatric Patients Chapter
    11. AAT for Patients Hospitalized with Heart Failure Chapter
    12. AAT in Geriatric Patients

    SECTION 4 Animal Trainers' and Patient Perspectives
    13. Canine Assisted Therapy for PTSD in War Veterans: Perspective of an Animal Training Organization Chapter
    14. Animal Welfare Chapter
    15. Canine Assisted Therapy for PTSD: A War Veteran’s Perspective Chapter
    16. Conclusion and Future Studies and Applications of AAT

Product details

  • No. of pages: 246
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: November 30, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323988155
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323972130

About the Editor

Eric Altschuler

Eric Altschuler, MD, PhD is Associate Chief and Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Metropolitan Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York Medical College. Dr. Altschuler is also an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Altschuler is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine and Electrodiagnostic medicine. In addition to clinical work in general PM&R and electro-diagnostics, Dr. Altschuler is a widely published and recognized expert in clinically applied and basic cognitive neuroscience. Dr. Altschuler was the first to report the use of mirror therapy for hemiparesis following stroke and for a combination amputation/orthopedic injury. Dr. Altschuler was the first to publish the use of animal assisted therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) now in wide use for patients across the world.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Metropolitan Hospital; Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York Medical College, NY, USA

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