• Rhesa Houston, DVM

Animals in the classroom aid learning

Teachers’ pets: Animals in the classroom could aid learning


New study finds that introducing living creatures in school settings may boost educational outcomes


#WhatsHappeningWednesday?! Assistance Animals Consulting is sharing an article discussing a research review undertaken by the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, part of Mars Petcare, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, US National Institutes of Health.


This article states a new study finds that introducing living creatures in school settings may boost educational outcomes. This study concludes children with and without learning disabilities can benefit from having animals in the classroom with the right safeguards and welfare. The benefits include reduced stress and anxiety, improved social interaction, motivation and learning.


The article also states the authors have proposed a new learning framework for human animal interactions in schools and researchers are invited to test this framework with field studies. Read the article for more details.


Assistance Animals Consulting, we are veterinarians, the medical professionals needed to monitor the welfare of animals involved in educational settings.


As more teachers introduce animals and develop pet therapy animal programs, a strategic partnership with the veterinarians at Assistance Animals Consulting will help ensure the welfare, safety and wellbeing of the students and animals in your school therapy programs. Contact us to learn how we can support you.


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