Study Animal Therapy for Veterans

  • Minister Blaney Announces Partnerships to Study Animal Therapy for Veterans

    Studies have shown that using animal therapy can improve the overall mental health and well being of Veterans.  Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie announced partnerships with St. John Ambulance Canada and Can Praxis that will further research on using dogs and horses to help improve mental health and the quality of life for Canadian Veterans.

    “I am heartened to see that Veterans Affairs Canada is listening to Veterans with mental health illness,” said Wayne Johnston, Founder, Wounded Warriors Canada. “It is a huge step to study the benefits of therapy dogs and of equine therapy‚Äîtwo programs that Wounded Warriors Canada is proud to help fund and will continue to support in the years ahead.”

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    VAC- Min. Blaney Announces Partnerships to Study Animal Therapy

    *Photo: Veterans, representatives from St. John Ambulance, MP Royal Galipeau and therapy dogs Lucy and Tulip show their enthusiasm for the Minister of Veterans Affairs’ funding announcement studying how dogs and horses can improve the overall mental health and well-being of V√©t√©rans (CNW Group/Veterans Affairs Canada) http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130508_C4818_PHOTO_EN_26544.jpg