Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is an alternative or complementary type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient's social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. Advocates state that animals can be useful for educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. In a variety of settings such as prisons, nursing homes, mental institutions, animals are used to assist people with different disabilities. The most commonly used types of AAT are canine-assisted therapy and equine-assisted therapy. AAT is especially helpful in reducing the symptoms of psychological disorders, but most of the effects only last for a short period.

Wilson's (1984) biophilia hypothesis is based on the premise that our attachment to and interest in animals stems from the strong possibility that human survival was partly dependent on signals from animals in the environment indicating safety or threat. The biophilia hypothesis suggests that now, if we see animals at rest or in a peaceful state, this may signal to us safety, security and feelings of well-being which in turn may trigger a state where personal change and healing are possible. A contrast is sometimes made with Animal assisted activity (AAA). AAA is more casual and unstructured than AAT, involving perhaps more than one patient and with the primary focus on the presence of the animal itself. By contrast, AAT includes a handler which together with the animal has been trained for the role. AAT is more structured with specific objectives for each session. However, in common usage terms like these for animal assisted interventions are often used rather loosely.

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Carroll College
Four or more years; Private not for profit; $33,500 average out-state tuition; $33,500 average in-state tuition
Wilson College
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Tri-County Community College
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Prescott College
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Aurora University
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SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill
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Lake Erie College
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Scholarships for Animal Assisted Therapy Majors

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Haffizulla Family Scholarship

American Medical Women's Association Foundation

$2,000 December 31, 2019 See Details

Haffizulla Family Scholarship

American Medical Women's Association Foundation

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$2,000

deadline

December 31, 2019
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Jill Biden Scholarship

Delaware Community Foundation

$2,000 March 15, 2020 See Details

Jill Biden Scholarship

Delaware Community Foundation

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$2,000

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March 15, 2020
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Dr. Frank Veden Endowed Scholarship

University of Minnesota, Crookston

$1,200 April 01, 2020 See Details

Dr. Frank Veden Endowed Scholarship

University of Minnesota, Crookston

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$1,200

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April 01, 2020
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Dr. Charles Lee, O.D. Memorial Scholarship - Palmdale West Kiwanis Club (Osher)

Antelope Valley College

Up to $1,000 Varies See Details

Dr. Charles Lee, O.D. Memorial Scholarship - Palmdale West Kiwanis Club (Osher)

Antelope Valley College

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Media Mister $1,000 Student Scholarship

Media Mister, Inc.

$1,000 December 31, 2019 See Details

Media Mister $1,000 Student Scholarship

Media Mister, Inc.

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$1,000

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December 31, 2019
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S. Evelyn Lewis Memorial Scholarship

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority National Educational Foundation

Up to $1,000 February 01, 2020 See Details

S. Evelyn Lewis Memorial Scholarship

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority National Educational Foundation

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Up to $1,000

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February 01, 2020
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Dr. Trevor Mabery Scholarship

Weatherford College

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Dr. Trevor Mabery Scholarship

Weatherford College

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Hall County Medical Society Scholarship

Grand Island Community Foundation

Varies February 10, 2020 See Details

Hall County Medical Society Scholarship

Grand Island Community Foundation

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February 10, 2020
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