Animal-Assisted Interventions

Community Partners

UNF Brooks College of Health

Committed to training qualified healthcare professionals in clinical EAAT practices thereby increasing patient access to services. 

Experienced in and motivated to support the development of evidence-based models to support long-term sustainability and future research in EAAT. 

Successful clinical training program for mental health professionals graduating 20+ new AAT Certified providers annually many with EAAT interests and abilities. 

Nemours (ADAPT)

Utilizing an Implementation Science Research approach, we will collaborate with the University of North Florida/Brooks College of Health, a leader in the Southeast in Animal Assisted Therapy.  

Nemours proposes to develop an Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Program. With leadership oversight and approval, and through community partnerships and the use of implementation science, we will focus on providing safe and ethical AAT services in the Jacksonville clinic. 

Northeast Florida Equestrian Society/ H.O.R.S.E. Therapies

Proposed Initiative: Through unitizing the strengths of all collaborative partners and the larger healthcare community in Jacksonville; the project proposes to establish a sustainable EAAT program, HORSE Therapies, Inc., at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.  This program will provide priority treatment access to veterans with PTSD/Trauma, serve as a clinical training site for UNF/Brooks College of Health students and provide a ‘Living Laboratory’ for future research leading to better evidence-based models and sustainable practices to support the overall Therapeutic Horsemanship Industry and improve patient access nationally in the near future.    

Man O’ War Project

Funded research initiative in process of an RCT study with positive early results for veterans with high levels of trauma and PTSD symptoms. 

Early findings of pre- and post- brain imaging show a positive correlation between MOW Project protocol services. 

8-week, group program, clinical training, researcher training, oversight, and supervision to ensure accuracy and validity of services, pre-and post- objective testing, and brain imaging to quantify findings. 

Early experiences reveal study sites need a provider preparation program to ensure providers are uniformly trained and possess necessary clinical knowledge and skills to effectively carry out the program. 

Other Community Service Collaborations

Brooks Rehabilitation, K9’s for Warriors, Pet Partners of Northeast Florida, LSF Health Systems, Jacksonville Humane Society – Five Star Veteran’s Program, UNF PERCH Program Campus Wide Mental Health