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Zoonotic disease concerns in animal-assisted therapy and animal visitation programs






Canadian Veterinary Journal 34(9): 549-551

Zoonotic disease concerns in animal-assisted therapy and animal visitation programs

In a survey of 150 systematically selected US animal care agencies and 74 Canadian humane societies to determine the prevalence of animal assisted therapy (AAT) programmes (concerns about, and experience with zoonotic diseases; and precautions taken to prevent zoonotic disease transmission) 69 US agencies and 49 Canadian societies reported having AAT programmes. 94% used dogs and/or cats, 28% used rabbits, 15% used hamsters, gerbils, mice, guineapigs and 10% used birds (excluding poultry).


Accession: 002549224

PMID: 17424285



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