Animal Assisted Therapy
Besides to the musical activities during in NY, after finishing the course
at university, I acquired the qualification of Animal Assisted Therapist.
By using those skills, I have tried to work vigorously on volunteer
activities by visiting nursing homes and hospitals with trained therapy animals
(dogs, cats, rabbits, parrots, etc.)
I unfortunately had to leave my dog with my parents in Japan,
but as my dog was attacked by melano carcinoma, I started to learn about
home remedy for pets, and with strong faith, I also acquired qualification
as an Aroma Therapist specializing in small animals.
After learning that so many dogs, cats, rabbits are killed and
are being destroyed every year, I also started to participate in worldwide
activities to improve this current situation, by making donation to the NY
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and visiting the training
center for therapist animals. I am trying to work hard for the world to be
aware of this problem.
This message board has been created for me, Silva, as one human
being, to ask everyone to know about the social problems I am trying to work
The qualification I acquired, Animal Assisted Therapy, is a therapy
started in the 1960’s in Western countries to cure physically/mentally handicapped
people and people with emotional disturbance, by touching animals under the
guidance of doctors and physiotherapists. It is not only to heal, but cures
people both physically and mentally.
This is being applied for both chronic disease and acute disease.
The way of curing has been studied depending on the patients’
condition, and is also effective on adjusting emotions, raising motivation
and healing pain. The definition of “Therapy” is still unclear in Japan,
and there is not enough data to verify this as a long term treatment, however
the effect has been definitely proved for short term treatment.
This animal therapy for curing people is called AAT, Animal Assisted
[↑ AAT Diploma qualification ]
When performing Animal Assisted Activity, since most of the times we visit
handicapped people and elderly people, it is of course necessary to have
the expert knowledge but is also very important to keep interpersonal manner
and to know about the real meaning of volunteer activities. As for the animals,
there are no national regulations yet and need to be chosen by the host.
The regulation of the qualification itself is also not yet unified worldwide
and is decided by the countries’ organizations.
Of course, not everyone loves animals, the way of curing is decided
on the patients’ condition and the animals are selected according to it.
Recently, in many countries, abandoned animals are protected
and are chosen as therapy animals after being trained.
Many ordinary people are also starting to have their pets trained
as therapy animals, and after being approved by the organization, they are
performing volunteer activities with their pets.
The program I studied in NY is a curriculum people perform activities
according to their countries. In NY, I visited institutions for blind people,
hospitals for patients for long term hospitalization, and AIDS patients.
In the United States, below organizations are making effort to
spread the Animal Assisted Therapy.
FRANCISCO SPCA ：http://www.sfspca.org/programs-services/animal-assisted-therapy
In Japan, JAHA is very eager in the activities of this field.
Japan Animal Hospital Association：http://www.jaha.or.jp/contents/modules/sect5/index.php?id=1
[↑ NY AAA volunteer at a hospital ]
I am still in the progress of studying and do not have enough
experience yet, but am very keen on spreading this to the world and will