Brighter Days and Calmer Nights: The Impact of Service Dogs in the Lives of Veterans Who Problematically Use Substances
AUDEAMUS (a bilingual, injured veteran-run, not for profit organization dedicated to the principle and practice of providing highly skilled and effective certified service dogs to persons traumatized in the line of duty and whose quality of life depend on it); Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse; Department of Sociology, School of Public Health, Department of Computer Science, University of Saskatchewan; Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina


Funded by Office of the Research Chair in One Health & Wellness,
University of Saskatchewan & Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CIHR)
SCPOR (SK Centre for Patient-Oriented Research) Designated Project

The goal of this pilot project is to learn from veterans currently living with PTSD and paired with AUDEAMUS service dogs about how the dogs assisted them with addressing their problematic use of substances, including opioids, and apply this understanding to a sample and case study of incoming veterans in the program.

 

 

Impacts of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program on the Wellbeing of Older Adults in a Saskatchewan Veterans Affairs Canada Residence
St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program (National, Saskatchewan); Department of Sociology, McMaster University; Department of Sociology, School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan; Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina

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Funded by Veterans Affairs Canada

Current practices do not to meet the physical and mental health needs of older adult war veterans. Increasingly, animal-assisted interventions are being identified as having the potential to be beneficial to this population. To explore this, the current study was informed by a One Health framework and measured the health outcomes of the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program on older adults at a Saskatchewan Veterans Affairs Canada residence. It was found that the therapy dogs had a role in memory recollection and reminiscence among veterans, positive mental and physical health impacts resulting from the therapy dog visits, and overwhelming support and love veterans perceived from the therapy dog and therapy dog handlers. See here for visual findings.