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therapy animal

[ ther-uh-pee an-uh-muhl ]
/ ˈθɛr ə pi ˌæn ə məl /
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noun

an animal trained to play a role in a physical or emotional therapeutic treatment plan, as a horse helping a rider develop muscle tone or a dog providing cognitive engagement for nursing home residents.

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Origin of therapy animal

First recorded in 1990–95
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