"Animal-facilitated therapy" is a phrase with a friendly, solid ring to it. It also sounds like an idea that nearly everyone could agree to endorse, like democracy and vacations. However, there are some real problems in two areas: the low level of scientific rigor in some of the reports on animal-facilitated therapy, and the scant consideration is given to the animal therapists' welfare.
Murphy, Dana H.
"Some Rights for Animal Therapists: Better Science and Better Welfare,"
International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems: Vol. 4:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://www.wellbeingintlstudiesrepository.org/ijsap/vol4/iss1/5