The field of animal-assisted interventions (AAI) and the human–animal bond (HAB) has developed expansively worldwide, producing interesting initiatives, new-founded organizations, and new research areas, all of which focus on interventions with animals or the benefits of pet ownership. New fields of expertise have been explored and involved, more insight has been gained into the effects of AAI and HAB on the well-being of both parties, and more emphasis has been put on education, best practices, quality standards, and accreditation. In this chapter, we discuss the challenges of this explosive growth of the field, report more specifically what is happening in diverse parts of the globe, address new educational and accrediting programs, and discuss evolving insights into animal well-being in AAI.
|Title of host publication||Handbook on animal-assisted therapy|
|Subtitle of host publication||Foundations and guidelines for animal-assisted interventions|
|Editors||Aubrey H. Fine|
|Place of Publication||London, UK|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 31 May 2019|
Enders-Slegers, M-J., Hediger, K., Beetz, A., Jegatheesan, B., & Turner, D. (2019). Animal-assisted interventions with in an international perspective: Trends, research, and practices. In A. H. Fine (Ed.), Handbook on animal-assisted therapy: Foundations and guidelines for animal-assisted interventions (5 ed., pp. 465-477). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-815395-6.00030-4