Workshop for Elder Care Facilities: Managing Risk in Animal-Assisted Interventions

**Due to the impending and ill-timed snow storm, we have postponed the

Managing Risk in Animal-Assisted Interventions Workshop.

We will reschedule the exact date (to be held in April or early May) in the next week.**

Workshop for Elder Care Facilities: Managing Risk in Animal-Assisted Interventions

Friday, March 10, 2017  (postponed due to snowstorm)

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Register online: 


This workshop will educate facilities providing care for older adults on providing enhanced, safe, and effective animal-assisted intervention programs. Course instructors will present practical, proven methods of assuring the safety of both residents and visitors. Facility directors, managers, executive staff, activity directors, and direct care nursing staff in elder care facilities will benefit from this workshop.


Tentative Schedule:

8:00am-8:30am: Registration

8:30am-9:15am: Welcome and Introductions, Dr. Linder and Dr. Freeman, Definitions of Types Animal Assistance, Dr. Mueller

9:20am-10:05am: Health Strategies for Risk Management, Dr. Freeman

10:05am-10:20am: Break

10:20am-11:05am: Behavioral Strategies for Risk Management, Ms. Gibbs

11:10am-11:55am: Communication Strategies for Risk Management, Dr. Linder

11:55am-12:55pm: LUNCH, Panel Discussion

1:00pm: Optional Activities Including:

-Tour of Veterinary Campus

-Individualized Facility Education Sessions (additional fee required)



Dr. Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN: Veterinarian, Professor, Institute Director
Dr. Deborah Linder, DACVN: Veterinarian, Institute Associate Director
Dr. Megan Mueller, PhD: Developmental Psychologist, Institute Associate Director
Ms. Debra Gibbs: Tufts Paws for People Animal-Assisted Programs Coordinator

Contact: with questions or for assistance with registration.


Grateful acknowledgement is given to HASBRO, producer of the Joy for All companion pet series for their support of this program.

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