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One Health/One Medicine: Pet Therapy

The Convergence of Animal and Human Health

Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other

Those of us who own pets know they make us happy, but a growing body of scientific research is showing that our pets can also make us healthy, or healthier. This includes lower blood pressure and higher levels of oxytocin, the hormone that makes us happy. Not only does it make us humans feel better, it also benefits our animals. 

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Research Center for Human Animal Interaction (ReCHAI), founded in 2005, operates as a dynamic collaboration between the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing and College of Veterinary Medicine with a mission of education and conducting programs and studies about the benefits of human-animal interaction.

Therapy Dogs at Work


Ann Gafke's Teacher's Pet

Credit Grace Atkins

Ann Gafke's Teacher's Pet provides therapy dog training, and works with several organizations throughout the Mid-Missouri area. Many of their members and their dogs are certified by Therapy Dogs International (TDI). Below are some organizations that they work with:

Libraries: University of Missouri LibrariesDaniel Boone Regional Library, Missouri River Regional Library

Schools:University of Missouri College of EducationMacon County R-1 School District, Boonville R-1 School District, Jefferson City Public Schools

Hospitals: MU Health (Women's and Children's Hospital, University Hospital, Missouri Psychiatric Center), Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' HospitalBoone Hospital CenterRusk Rehabilitation Center

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