Affiliate Members2018-08-10T18:40:24+00:00

AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP

Affiliate Membership is open to any organization that supports the overall mission of AAII. The AAII Board will approve affiliate members. Affiliate members do not have voting rights.

EUROPE

Assistance Dogs Europe

is dedicated to supporting the work of assistance dog programmes across Europe. ADEu is a chapter of Assistance Dogs International (ADI). In the past ADEu encompassed the work of Animal Assistance Intervention. A new umbrella for AAI has been launched in 2013.

Ethologia Plus – Belgium

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National Reference Centre for Animal Assisted Interventions – Italy

The National Reference Center for animal-assisted interventions was established by decree of the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Policies of 18 June 2009 at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie.
The interest and involvement of the Institute in pet therapy projects began in 2005, with the approval by the Veneto Regional Council of the pilot project for the activation of the Center for study and research in the field of pet therapy, proposed in partnership by the IZSVe, the ULSS 16 company of Padua and the multifunctional center Don Calabria of Verona (DGR n ° 962/2005).

Svenska Terapihundinstitute – Sweden

In our courses all participants make their own learning portfolio where the outcome is presented. The participants also meet 3 – 5 times a year at different places all around Sweden. All our courses have a syllabus with different names. These are divided into different blocks (8 – 15 blocks) depending on which course it is.
The participants also have a personal mentor who follows up and gives feedback during the training. This is an important factor because we´d like to meet all the different needs that our teams have. We have a mix between research and practical studies. All our teams must come to us to be evaluated before they start. This interview gives us indications on the suitability of the whole team. We look at the guidelines from AAII when this is carried out.

LATIN AMERICA

REATAA – Brazil

focuses on the relationship between people and animals. It brings together volunteers and professionals from different disciplines: psychologist, social worker, psychiatric nurse, pedagogue, lecturer, teacher, artist, professor of letters as well as people in the field of animal care and animal protection. It advocates that the animal is not instrumentalized, the relationship between Man and Animal must have as reciprocal aspect as possible. It regularly organizes scientific open days, distributes information or information to individuals or structures. It stimulates the questioning, the reflection on the work supported by the animal.
REATAA is an association of persons, groups, and companies working with AAI in Brazil.  REATAA aims to encourage scientific research and regulation of AAI practices by all levels of government and authorities. Provide a forum for sharing ideas and information, and building collaborations.
Technical groups were created as follows:

  1. Ethics and Research
  2. Regulation, Responsibility for Civil Protection, Policies, and Laws
  3. Animal Health, Behavior, and Well-Being
  4. Glossary and Standardization of AAI Techniques and Measurement Tools
  5. Teaching and training.

NORTH AMERICA

AKC Therapy Dog Program – Florida USA

The AKC Therapy Dog™ program awards official AKC titles to dogs who have worked to improve the lives of the people they have visited.
AKC Therapy Dog titles can be earned by dogs who have been certified by AKC recognized therapy dog organizations and have performed the required number of visits.
AKC does not certify therapy dogs; the certification and training is done by qualified therapy dog organizations. The certification organizations are the experts in this area and their efforts should be acknowledged and appreciated.

Assistance Dogs International

Assistance Dogs International, Inc. (ADI) is a worldwide coalition of non-profit programs that train and place Assistance Dogs. Founded in 1986 from a group of seven small programs, ADI has become the leading authority in the Assistance Dog industry.
The objectives of Assistance Dogs International are to:

  • Establish and promote standards of excellence in all areas of assistance dog acquisition, training and partnership
  • Facilitate communication and learning among member programs
  • Educate the public to the benefits of Assistance Dogs and ADI membership.

Assistance Dogs organizations that pass ADI’s accreditation process become ADI Accredited Member programs, and are regularly assessed to ensure they meet the highest standards in the industry.

Florida Gulf Coast University – Florida USA

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Healing With Paws – Florida USA

Consultation and Implementation of Animal Assisted Therapy
Programs

  • Educate leadership and train staff on the elements of an Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) policy to maximize the benefits of animal assisted interventions in their setting.
  • Assist with policy development and implementation.
  • Support implementation of new programs and review current programs including:
    • Screen and recommend AAA/AAT vendor for new programs
    • Evaluate new AAA/AAT teams and re-evaluate current AAA/AAT volunteer teams
    • For hospitals with an AAA program who want to add an AAT program, identify teams that can make this transition and provide training and visit shadowing
    • Train leadership, managers and vendor volunteer teams

Pet Partners

Since 1990, our Therapy Animal Program has set the standard for what it means to deliver excellence in animal-assisted interventions.
Excellence is…

  • Pioneering training for the human end of the leash (the Pet Partners Handler Course).
  • Our continuing education coursework for the general public including a Canine Body Language course and a course with a focus on Infection Prevention & Control for animals working in healthcare settings.
  • Requiring all therapy animal teams to renew their registration with us every two years, ensuring that animals are healthy and enjoying their work (crucial to their welfare) and handlers are prepared for every situation that might arise on a visit (crucial for clients’ safety & staff members’ trust).
  • Supporting animal welfare through core program values like YAYABA™.
  • Engaging volunteers in special initiatives to promote all aspects of public health, including Pet Partners’ Read with Me™ and Walk with Me™.