Darlene Chalmers

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Session: PAWSitive Impact of Animal Assisted Interventions

CHALMERS Photo One WelfareDarlene Chalmers is an Assistant Professor at the University of Regina Faculty of Social Work, Saskatoon Campus. Dr. Chalmer’s research interests include the human-animal interaction and in particular animal-assisted interventions and veterinary social work. Her dissertation research focused on human and horse interaction, centering on how these interactions may enhance human development and animal welfare. She was also a lead researcher on a team examining the use of equine-assisted learning as a treatment adjunct for volatile substance misuse with First Nations youth in Saskatchewan. She has published a number of peer reviewed articles in this field. She is currently co-developing a prison therapy dog program. She is also the co-chair of the Veterinary Social Work Initiative Committee at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Chalmers has over a year’s experience as a handler with a St. John Ambulance therapy dog, and is certified in Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning/Psychotherapy.