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Friday, October 14 • 11:30am - 11:50am
7a) Adventures with the Northern Michigan University Wildpups

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Faculty at Northern Michigan University created and implemented an Animal-Assisted Intervention (AAI) program in the 2021-2022 academic year. Five teams named the Wildpups held events on campus allowing students, faculty, and staff to interact with registered therapy dogs. Limited research on AAI programs on college campuses have shown to decrease stress and anxiety in individuals, aid in student recruitment and retention, and increase student participation. Research was conducted measuring self-reported anxiety, stress, and vital signs in pre and post-sessions. We will discuss the advantages of an embedded AAI program, program implementation strategies, and research findings.
1. Differentiate a therapy animal from service animals and emotional support animals.
2. Assess the benefits of an embedded campus AAI program.
3. Evaluate the research outcomes of an embedded AAI program at NMU. 

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Anne Stein

Associate Professor School of Nursing, Northern Michigan University
NMU Wildpup team: Anne & Ramsey

Katie Taylor

Instructor, Northern Michigan University

Michelle Andriacchi

Northern Michigan University

Casey Hopper

Northern Michigan University

Friday October 14, 2022 11:30am - 11:50am EDT
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