How pets can make a real difference to good health

Bexhill College students learn about Pets As Therapy
Bexhill College students learn about Pets As Therapy

Bexhill College students recently saw the potential benefits of Animal Therapy first-hand and were told how animals are helping in the recovery of people who have suffered a range of illnesses, including stokes.

The group of Bexhill College students who are all studying BTEC Diplomas in Health and Social Care were visited by a charming golden retriever named Rowena from Pets As Therapy (PAT).

The aim of the visit was to introduce the students to Animal Therapy, as it is becoming increasingly popular in hospitals, schools and care homes.

Many of the students want to work in various Health and Social Care services and this introduction will help in their training to become the nurses and carers of the future.

Michelle Trunchion, Teacher of Health & Social Care at Bexhill College, said: “I wanted the students to experience this therapy first-hand and gain an understanding of how just having a PAT dog or cat can make such a difference to the mood, health and well-being of someone.”

You can apply now to study BTEC Diploma courses in Health and Social Care and a wide variety of other vocational courses at Bexhill College starting in September 2014.

More information on the full range of courses offered by Bexhill College is available by visiting or calling 01424 214545.

Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983 which provides therapeutic pet visits to also to hospices, special needs schools and a wide variety of venues. Each animal goes through a temperament assessment to make sure they are right for the job.

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