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FGCU Office of Continuing Education and Off Campus Programs Hosts Animal Assisted Therapy Symposium, Feb. 16
12/11/2012

FORT MYERS, FL - In collaboration with Florida Gulf Coast University Office of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs, The Brody Project in Naples, offers "The Impact of Animal Companionship on Human & Animal Health," symposium for veterinarians, vet technicians, health professionals and the general public, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 at The Moorings, 120 Moorings Park Drive, in Naples.

Cost for general admission is $35. In addition, 2.5 contact hours have been approved by the Florida Boards Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, and Nursing through FGCU's Continuing Education & Off-Campus Programs, Provider #50-10604. Pending approval by Florida's DBPR Board of Veterinary Medicine, 2.5 contact hours will be available for veterinarians through FGCU's Continuing Education & Off-Campus Programs, Provider #5590487, PVD#149.

To register call (239) 768-7010, or email susannabrennan@comcast.net.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Alan M. Beck of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond, School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. Presenters also include Karen Lasker, executive director for The Brody Project; and Celeste Lynch, director for Wellness at Moorings Park.

Participants will discuss the benefits of human and animal interaction; learn about research related to health benefits of companion animals; and hear details about the emerging field of animal assisted therapy.

For more information, contact Dr. Chris Gallagher in the Office of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs at (239) 425-3270.

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