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This year's symposium theme is "The State of the Science for Animal-Assisted Therapy: Implications for Research, Education, and Practice Across the HealthCare Continuum."
 

In addition to poster showcases throughout the day, a slate of speakers will present on animal-assisted therapy. Keynote speaker Temple Grandin is a distinguished professor from Colorado State University, well-known for her advocacy for the humane treatment of livestock and research into animal behavior.
 

Other researchers and speakers include U of A nursing professors Allison Scott and Michele Kilmer, Morgan Yordy, associate professor at Auburn University, and Kyria Henry, executive director of paws4people.org.
 

Topics include using canines in academic settings to promote mental health, the ethical use of canines in healthcare and academic settings, information on the assistance dog training minor degree, certification for university students, and the use of canines in autism therapy.

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