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Animal-Assisted Therapy

Children are curious explorers by nature, and as a result, most tend to gravitate to the unique qualities of animals in the world around us. Because of this, animal-assisted therapy (AAT) has become a pillar at most children’s hospitals across the country. AAT is used to describe programming that intentionally incorporates animals with the goal of improving individual health and wellness.

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Animal Visitation Program

The Animal Visitation Program provides trained therapeutic dogs that visit patients at Children's National.

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Therapeutic Pups

Learn more about Therapeutic Pups, an animal-assisted therapy service for Eating Disorders Clinic patients.