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Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1006
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FGCU Office of Continuing Education and Off Campus Programs Hosts Animal Assisted Therapy Symposium, May 14

FORT MYERS, FL - In collaboration with Florida Gulf Coast University College of Arts and Sciences, and The Brody Project for Animal Assisted Therapy in Naples, the Office of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs 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, May 14 at Moorings Park, 120 Moorings Park Drive, in Naples.

Cost for general admission is $25, Renaissance Academy members pay $20; veterinarians, vet technicians and health professionals pay $30 and receive three contact hours.

Health professionals can register online at or call (239) 425-3270; the general public can register online at or call (239) 425-3272.

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 Sean Kelly, director for the FGCU Honors Program; Karen Lasker of The Brody Project, and Celeste Lynch, director of 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, media representatives should contact Chris Gallagher in the Office of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs at (239) 425-3270.

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