New Releases: 2021 Member Booklets!
Standards, Competencies and Accreditation

New Releases: 2021 Member Booklets!
Standards, Competencies and Accreditation






AAII Standards of Practice are the result of our member working groups ideas, peer reviewed literature reviews and concepts that AAII believes important for AAIs including each category of animal assisted activities, animal assisted therapy, animal assisted education and animal support handlers, trainers and instructors. They have been designed to provide guidance as a minimum of what is needed to conduct an AAI program for Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII) members. They are meant to be used in conjunction with AAII competencies and as partial preparation for AAII accreditation.

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AAII is a non-profit association and coalition of practitioners, individuals or organizations that has a strong foundation of positive interactions with people and animals, at all stages in the AAII continuum (training, handling, treating, educating, etc.)

It is built to have a solid foundation in standards of practice and embraces sharing of quality professional level information.



Our members are professionals who come from a wide variety of disciplines including occupational therapists, speech therapists, nurses, counselors, psychologists, animal support, and educators.

By becoming a member, you will be a part of a worldwide community of professionals who share the common interest and practice of animal assisted interventions.



AAII offers membership to individuals or organizations active in: Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), Animal Assisted Education (AAE), Animal Support (AS), Animal Assisted Activities (AAA).

Our members are occupational therapists, speech therapists, nurses, counselors, and animal trainers who train animals and their humans for this level of professional work.


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Latest news

2020 State of AAII

February 7th, 2020 marked our 7th year anniversary as a legal entity. The state of the pandemic crisis around the world leaves us with heavy hearts for all the fear, uncertainty, illness and losses that [...]

March 20th, 2020|

2019 State of AAII

February 7th, 2019 marked our 6th year anniversary as a legal entity. Things have certainly changed since the establishment of AAII. In 2018 and early 2019, we exceeded our goals for growth and development! Our [...]

March 17th, 2019|

2018 State of AAII

February 7th marks our 5th year anniversary as a legal entity. 2017 was an incredibly fruitful year for AAII’s growth! Many of you attended the 2017 AAII Conference in Vienna, and contributed to the working [...]

May 1st, 2018|

2017 State of AAII

Welcome to another productive year with Animal Assisted Intervention International! It has been 9 years since a group in Europe began collaborating with a group in the US to build AAII. Our sister organization, Assistance [...]

January 9th, 2017|

Upcoming events

Verona Conference Information

Verona Conference Information Here is the latest information for our International Conference in Verona, Italy 15 & 16 October 2019.  If you require any further information please email administration@aai-int.org. We look forward to seeing you [...]

July 13th, 2019|

AAII International Conference 2018

Registration is now open for our International Conference on August 17 – 18, 2018 in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the theme: Animal Welfare & Well Being in Animal Assisted Interventions. To download the conference programme and to register [...]

June 14th, 2018|
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