Jen Pearson entered the social work profession after years of working as a riding instructor and dog handler. Her clinical work has focused on utilizing animal-assisted interventions with at-risk youth in settings such as Green Chimneys Children's Services, the Griffith Centers for Children and The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, as well as Delta Society and PATH (formerly NARHA). In addition to her MSW and Animal-Assisted Social Work certificate from the University of Denver, Jen earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Edinburgh's College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine in the United Kingdom in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare. Her research for the MSc utilized a qualitative behavioral assessment methodology for horses recovering from general anaesthesia, which was conducted jointly between the Royal (Dick) School for Veterinary Studies and the Scottish Agricultural College.
For her doctoral work, Jen's primary areas of interest include the human-animal bond and related psychopathologies from an attachment theory perspective, animal hoarding, the development of international ethical and welfare standards for animal-assisted interventions, and the assessment of welfare for animal participants in therapeutic activities.
In addition to a teaching assistanceship in the Animal-Assisted Social Work certificate program, Jen has been an adjunct faculty member for the Institute for Human-Animal Connection since 2008, where she teaches in the professional development series, Animals and Human Health. As part of her association with IHAC, Jen also works on the Colorado LINK project and continues to supervise AASW students in their field placements. She is connected with several local dog training facilities and conducts intensive canine behavioral rehabilitation on a private basis.
The Role of Veterinarians in Animal-Assisted Interventions by Jennifer A. Pearson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Pearson, JA. (2012). The role of veterinarians in animal-assisted interventions. Poster presentation at the 3rd annual Veterinary Education Symposium, 12-13 July, Edinburgh, UK.
Pearson, JA. (2012). Ethics of animal-assisted interventions: The capabilities approach. Paper presentation at the Annual Program Meeting, Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), 10-12 November (scheduled): Washington, DC.