Therapeutic Value of the Human Being-Animal Relationship


  • Mirela Samfira Teaching Staff Training and Social Human Sciences Department, 300645, Calea Aradului, no. 119,Timişoara, România
  • Ioan Petroman Faculty of Agriculture Management, 300645, Calea Aradului, no. 119, Timişoara, România


interaction, responsibility, zoo-therapy, well-being


In this paper the authors try to open a window towards the emotional, psychological and social benefits of a new form of therapy – the zoo-therapy (the therapy intermediated by animals). The strong relationship between men and animals as well as its material advantages are very well known but their impact on the conditions, on the stress decrease, on the prevention of some types of cancer, on the rise of self-esteem or school performance is still little known. The emotional and medical benefits can be successfully obtained in old people, children, chronic patients, or children with autism – even in people who are not the animals’ owners. Thanks to this information, farmers can choose new alternatives for their work with the animals, in the treatment of different kinds of diseases and helped by specialists.


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