Human-Animal Interaction

Human-Animal Interaction
Jean Prast, Ellen Herlache, Andrea Frederick, Meghan Baruth, and Lucy Mercier

The proposed evolving case study will address the Human-Animal Interaction component of the One Health Educational Framework. The case study will involve an interprofessional team consisting of nursing, occupational therapy, social work, health sciences, and veterinary medicine professionals. The interprofessional team will address the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs involving both residential and visiting animals at a skilled nursing facility.

The case study will require participants to address the following core components:
  • Completion of a SWOT analysis to identify potential benefits and barriers to successful implementation of the program
  • Development of a budget and plan for financial sustainability of the program
  • Development of outcome measures for evaluating program success
  • Identification of roles and responsibilities of all team members
  • Development of policies and procedures to ensure the safety of the animals, clients, and facility
  • Development of procedures for determining if and how individual residents would participate in the program once it has been implemented
  • Development of procedures for the prevention of zoonotic diseases
  • Protocols for ensuring animal suitability, health, and well-being
  • Risk management plan for the programs
  • Procedures for the evaluation and management of volunteers and staff associated with the animal-assisted activities and therapy program
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