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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Matching Animal Assisted Therapy Colleges

Carroll College

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $33,500 average out-state tuition; $33,500 average in-state tuition

Wilson College

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $23,745 average out-state tuition; $23,745 average in-state tuition

Tri-County Community College

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $8,448 average out-state tuition; $2,304 average in-state tuition

Prescott College

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $28,896 average out-state tuition; $28,896 average in-state tuition

Aurora University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $23,260 average out-state tuition; $23,260 average in-state tuition

SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill

Four or more years; Public; $16,320 average out-state tuition; $6,670 average in-state tuition

Lake Erie College

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $29,426 average out-state tuition; $29,426 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Animal Assisted Therapy Majors

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Robert and Lucy White Hudgins Memorial Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

$5,002 January 31, 2021 See Details
 

Robert and Lucy White Hudgins Memorial Scholarship

Volunteer State Community College

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$5,002

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January 31, 2021
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Medical School Scholarship

Lamber & Goodnow Injury Law Team

$1,000 December 01, 2020 See Details
 

Medical School Scholarship

Lamber & Goodnow Injury Law Team

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$1,000

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December 01, 2020
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George and Emma Raboin Scholarship

M & M Community Foundation

$500 March 31, 2021 See Details
 

George and Emma Raboin Scholarship

M & M Community Foundation

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$500

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March 31, 2021
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MCAT Prep Hub Scholarship

Graduate Programs Foundation

$500 September 30, 2021 See Details
 

MCAT Prep Hub Scholarship

Graduate Programs Foundation

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$500

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September 30, 2021
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Dr. Trevor Mabery Scholarship

Weatherford College

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Dr. Trevor Mabery Scholarship

Weatherford College

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Links, Inc. Scholarship

Howard Community College

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Links, Inc. Scholarship

Howard Community College

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January 31, 2021
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Northeast Nebraska Public Power District Scholarship

Northeast Community College

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Northeast Nebraska Public Power District Scholarship

Northeast Community College

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March 01, 2021
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Donald E. Sly, M.D. and Madeline H. Sly Medical Scholarship

Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Varies March 01, 2021 See Details
 

Donald E. Sly, M.D. and Madeline H. Sly Medical Scholarship

Hampton Roads Community Foundation

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March 01, 2021
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150th Anniversary Scholarship

Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, Inc.

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150th Anniversary Scholarship

Alpha Delta Pi Foundation, Inc.

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March 01, 2021
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