Affiliate Members2019-10-30T15:38:53+00:00

AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP

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.

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.

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).

International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO)

The International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) is the global association of organizations that engage in practice, research and/or education in animal assisted activity, animal assisted therapy, and service animal training.  These activities serve to promote pet ownership, the human-animal bond, and respectful approaches to engaging with animals. We:

  1. Hold regular international conferences
  2. Conduct a yearly annual general meeting, engaging member groups through joint symposia or dedicated tracks
  3. Sponsor policy statements/resolutions and declarations on issues related to HAI, for example the IAHAIO White Paper 2014
  4. Publish scientific and practice-based articles in the IAHAIO open access, peer reviewed online Journal, People and Animals: The International Journal of Research and Practice
  5. Provide an online forum for members, researchers and practitioners
  6. Publish a bi-monthly newsletter for members, supporters and the public on HAI happenings around the world
  7. Establish international task-forces to address pressing issues in the field, for example the international task-force for standards in AAI best practice and animal welfare

NORTH AMERICA

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

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™.