On 20 November 2014, Animal Therapies Ltd director Wendy Coombe went to work like any other day as a senior manager for a large ASX-listed corporation. However, that afternoon – with no memory of how she got home – her life took a dramatic turn. A critical path for Wendy’s recovery came in the form of an Assistance Dog called Jack.
The wide-reaching therapeutic benefits of animal-assisted services are now well documented, but Wendy’s personal experience identified some major gaps in the sector within Australia.
Until now, there has been no national organisation advancing health through animal-assisted services as a whole.
Animal Therapies Ltd, a registered Health Promotion Charity, was established on 21 February 2018. It offers an impartial lens creating linkages, partnerships and joint initiatives between recipients, the private, public, education & community sectors.
OUR PURPOSE Advancing the understanding, acceptance and accessibility of animal-assisted services for those suffering trauma, disability and adversity.
OUR VISION is to become Australia’s leading institution for promoting the prevention and management of mental illness, disability, disease and human suffering using animal-assisted services.
- Yielding Positive Outcomes.
” The Animal Therapies Ltd conference was a most professional, engaging and collegiate experience. I learnt a great deal, and am delighted to be part of this most important and developing area of care for others.”