Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2009

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Steven W. Nourse

Second Committee Member

Daniel C. Fennerty

Third Committee Member

Steven A. Schmitz


The role of animals in the classroom through Animal Assisted Therapy is examined. The benefits and risks are outlined and discussed. Specific measures to decrease related risks are given. A look at Animal Assisted Therapy from the perspective of the animal itself is also explored. Does the practice exploit animals? The research suggests that it depends upon the type of animal used. A Power Point presentation explaining the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy is provided. The target audience for the presentation is educators interested in implementing an Animal Assisted Therapy program within the school setting. The presentation clearly outlines the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy and gives suggestions and guidelines for successful implementation.