Affiliate Membership is by invitation only and is limited in duration. The membership is reserved for organisations that do not quite fit into other membership categories, but supports the AAII mission, does work directly related to the scope of AAII, has significant activity (quality and/or duration) in the development of AAII (official documents, consulting, conference coordination, business roles, etc). Affiliate members do not have voting rights.
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.
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).
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, 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
Since 1990, our Therapy Animal Program has set the standard for what it means to deliver excellence in animal-assisted interventions.
- 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™.