Research & Articles

Courses 2017

Dr Magdie Van Heerden, Human-Animal Interaction Practitioner & Social Services Professional (BA (SW); MA (SW); DPhil University of Pretoria) runs a series of courses throughout the year.

Please see the full list of workshops from March to October here.

Courses 2016

Dr Magdie Van Heerden, Human-Animal Interaction Practitioner & Social Services Professional (BA (SW); MA (SW); DPhil University of Pretoria) runs a series of courses throughout the year.

Please see full list of workshops here.

Stellenbosch University Research

Monique Simon's Master's thesis: Participation and control experienced during animal-assisted activities by children hospitalised with cancer (December 2014)

Dr Marieanna Le Roux's Doctoral thesis: Die effek van 'n troeteldier-ondersteunde leesprogram op die leesvaardighede van graad 3-kinders in 'n Wes-Kaapse Laerskool (Maart 2013) 

Jani Coetzee's Master's thesis: Exploring the influence of Pet Assisted Activities on aggressive behaviour amongst Grade R learners  (December 2012) 

(for copies of the full research documents if the links are broken, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

 

PAT's first scientific publication in the Psychogeriatric Journal

 

Articles aimed at PAT Volunteers

Stress and your Dog, presentation at PAT 2014 AGM, by Taryn Blyth (Animal Behaviour Practitioner, BA (UNISA), DipCABT (OCN UK), Advanced Diploma in Dog Behaviour (Ethology Consultancy), Advanced Certificate in Early Canine Development (UP), CAPBT SA Practitioner Member, COAPE SA Lecturer)

 

Articles about PAT

Dr Marieanna le Roux and Dr Magdie van Heerden interviewed for an article in Vrouekeur:
"Honde wat Help" 14 October 2016, by Jackie Pienaar-Brink Vrouekeur (1 & 2)

 

Related articles

Who's a clever boy then - Aug 2008 - New Scientist
Why good welfare isn't good enough - Minding Animals and increasing our compassionate footprint - 2008 - Marc Bekoff
Children reading to dogs "Tail Wagging Tutors" - Therapy dogs International, Inc - TDI programme
New perspectives on bonding - The Scas Journal - Autumn 07
Disability & Rehabilitation - Cindy Wiggett-Barnard - Jan 2007
New Strategies for Humane Education Part II (currently unavailable)
 
School Projects
Imraam Titoti, a Grade 7 pupil in George, recently did a Life Orientation research assignment on
PAT, with the help of Elaine Swanepoel and Shade. And received full marks!
 

For more interesting and fun articles about animals... 

Ethical Investment by Compassion in World Farming South Africa
SA Legal Opinion on the rights of animals by Compassion in World Farming South Africa
Why and How do Cats purr? by Franny Syufy
The Healing power of Animals by Dr Glenn Key - September/October 2002
The Cats purr for healing by Melissa Breyer Jul 2008
Healing power of Animals - Straits Times Interactive, Mind Your Body, 21 February 2007
 

Students wishing to undertake research with Pets as Therapy should contact

Marieanna le Roux
University of Stellenbosch
021 808 3444 - phone
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