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Who we are2018-08-14T14:31:24+00:00

WHO WE ARE

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.).
Animal Assisted Intervention International is the only organization that offers standards and accreditation. We are a membership organization that was build FOR practitioners BY practitioners and dog trainers. We offer yearly conferences, and international collaboration for practice and research.

It is built to have a solid foundation in standards of practice and embraces sharing of quality professional level information.
Since 2009 a working group of people with outstanding talent and experience in the Animal Assisted Intervention (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA) have been brainstorming about purpose, mission and standards to set up a new association finally. In 2013 Animal Assisted Intervention International is born!
Since 2013 AAII is growing, and at the moment there are over 80 members.

The association has a Board to cover all disciplines. Scroll down to meet our Board Members.

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WE WORK TOGETHER WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT SUPPORT AND PROMOTE OUR MISSION

These so-called Affiliate Members will be approved by the AAII Board. The affiliate status will be granted for a 3 year period. The Board can then review and renew the status. Affiliate members will be able to register for conferences, workshops, symposia where applicable. They will have the use of the Affiliate Membership logo during this period. They pay no membership fees but have no voting rights.

What We Do 

OUR COMMITMENT TO SET UP A WORLDWIDE UMBRELLA

Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII) grew out of many discussions within Assistance Dogs International (especially the European chapter) about how best to support the growing number of organisations working in the field of Animal Assisted Therapy, Education and Activities (together called Animal Assisted Intervention, AAI).
These organisations, many of them also involved in training assistance dogs, lacked an international focus for creating standards, developing professionalism and offering networking opportunities.

Where We Work   

AN EXCELLENT BOARD TO COVER ALL DISCIPLINES

MELISSA WINKLE

PRESIDENT OF THE AAII BOARD REPRESENTING AAT,  AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST AT DOGWOOD THERAPY SERVICES, USA

Melissa Winkle, OTR/L, FAOTA  works with children and adults of all ages and abilities in Albuquerque, NM. Her private practice, Dogwood Therapy Services Inc. offers opportunities to improve independent living and vocational skills in natural and integrated community settings. Melissa is active in evaluation, intervention, consulting, international workshops, program development and research. Special interests include animal assisted interventions, assistance dogs as assistive technology options, and nature therapy. Melissa serves a number of local, national and international positions including:

  • Faculty or clinical instructor for a dozen universities within the United States, Chile, Spain, Argentina, & Costa Rica.
  • Standards and ethics committees related to the human-animal bond
  • President of the European based Animal Assisted Intervention International
  • Human-animal bond advisary committee for Pet Partners
  • Committee member for Oakland University School of Nursing-Animal Assisted Therapy development and task force
  • Served on the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Animal Assisted Therapy development task force.
  • Treatment provider for the Animal Welfare Court Task Force in Albuquerque.
  • New Mexico Humanitarian of the Year Award
  • Recognized by the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women
  • Awarded Fellowship from the American Occupational Therapy Association for her work in animal assisted therapy and assistance dogs.

PETER GORBING

OFFICER OF THE AAII BOARD REPRESENTING AS, AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF DOGS FOR GOOD, UK

Peter has worked for Dogs for Good for over 20 years. Peter’s belief in the therapeutic benefits that dogs can bring to people’s lives has helped lead the charity to developing a three core services – assistance dogs, family dogs and community dogs.

Peter is a board member and a past President of Assistance Dogs International (ADI), the body responsible for setting standards and accrediting the international assistance dog industry. He is passionate about sharing best practise and helping to improve understanding of the role assistance dogs play in people’s lives.  He has played a significant role in campaigning for better access rights for assistance dogs in the UK and internationally.  Peter is also a Board member of Assistance Dogs Europe (President from 2001 – 2007) and Assistance Dogs (UK).

Peter is a founder director of Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII), the international umbrella organisation for practitioners in the field of AAI. Dogs for Good is one of the UK’s leading practitioners of AAI through its Community Dog programme, training activity and therapy dogs to work with dedicated handlers in a range of community settings.  Peter has given lectures and presentations on all aspects of the charity’s work in the UK and abroad.

Peter has an BA(Hons) in Government, an MBA (Masters in Business Administration)  from Cranfield School of Management and  is  a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

DANNY VANCOPPERNOLLE

DANNY VANCOPPERNOLLE

OFFICER OF THE AAII BORD AND SECRETARIS GENERAAL OF DYADIS, BELGIUM

Danny is involved in the Assistance Dogs World since 2004. He is Secretaris General of the Assistance Dog School Dyadis, Brussels, Belgium and he is Board member of the Guide Dog School, Scale Dogs, Belgium.

Danny is a Board member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI), the body responsible for setting standards and accrediting the international assistance dog industry. He is passionate about sharing best practise and helping to improve understanding of the role assistance dogs play in people’s lives.  Danny is President of Assistance Dogs Europe since 2007  (Secretary from 2004 – 2007) and Board member of the Belgian Assistance Dog Federation.

Danny is a founder director of Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII), the international umbrella organisation for practitioners in the field of AAI  World and involved since 2009.

Danny is an outstanding organisator and has earned his tracks since 2010 organising the yearly ADEu and AAII meetings. He also is an excellent, modest speaker and has given lectures and presentations on all aspects of the charity’s work in Belgium, in Europe and the rest of the world.

Jennifer Rogers

JENNIFER ROGERS

MEMBER OF THE AAII BOARD REPRESENTING AAE AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PAALS, USA

Jen has over 24 years of combined professional experience with marine mammal, zoo, equine, and assistance dogs training and therapeutic programs.  She is the founder and executive director of PAALS, the only ADI accredited based program in the state of South Carolina. She has a BS in Biology from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the National Education of Assistance Dog programs, and AZA Management of Enrichment and Training programs. Jen is certified in Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, EAGALA, as a horse specialist. Jen is also a founding board member of Animal Assisted Intervention International.

PAALS
Columbia , SC 29224
+1 803-788-7063
South Carolina, USA
www.paals.org

MARIA DANIELA BALDUZZI

MEMBER OF THE AAII BOARD REPRESENTING AAT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BIG TEAM ARGENTINA, AR

Daniela is a Counselor educated at Instituto Holos Sánchez Bodas. In 2014 she founded IAA Team, working on Assisted Animal Interventions in different Centers, Institutions and Foundations. Being members of Animal Assisted Intervention International, Daniela is part of the international working group in charge of assisting, controlling, evaluating and everything related to the dogs included in the AAII program.

Daniela is a member of the Subcomission of Responsible Care and welfare of Dogs for the Argentinian Federation Cinologique (FCA) and breeds Australian Labradoodles, a breed she introduced in Argentina for its genetic and behavioral characteristics. Daniela is an international horse rider, coach and works in Psychotherapy Assisted by Equines (PAE, Eagala model).

Big team Argentina
Argentina
www.bigteamargentinal.com.ar

PETRA VAN BENTEN

MEMBER OF THE AAII BOARD AND HEAD PRACTITIONER ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY HULPHOND NEDERLAND, NL

After working at Child Protection Services for many years, Petra made the switch to Animal Assisted Therapy in a Dutch overarching mental health care institute for children and adolescents. Six years ago Petra introduced the AAT to ‘Stichting Hulphond Nederland’, where she has been active since as head practitioner of the Therapy and Coaching unit. Alongside this Petra is an accredited behavioral therapist and a kynologist trainer.

Hulphond Nederland
the Netherlands
www.hulphond.nl

Member AAE

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Member AAA

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Member AS

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A Permanent Board has been elected by the members at the first Annual General Meeting (AGM). This meeting took place on November 5 and November 6 2013 at Spa, Belgium. The composition of the Board will be as described in the Statutes, Article 7.

According to the AAII Internal Regulation 4, Assistance Dogs International (ADI) and Assistance Dogs Europe (ADEu) will appoint a non-voting member of the Board. The appointed persons are Danny Vancoppernolle for ADI and Peter Gorbing for ADEu.

FORMER BOARD MEMBERS

Sven-G Hultman 2009-2014

Sven has been Board Member of AAII from 2009-2014. He has been the first Chair of the Board 2009-2010.
Sven has been Chair of Hälsans Natur (Nature’s Health), a national non-for-profit organization with the purpose to “promote and develop activities where the healing power of the human-animal bond and the contact with nature is used.” Also he has been Chair of the Vårdhundskolan (The Caredog School), a training programme for both caredog teams, and professional care staff (nurses, physiotherapists etc). Both organizations are established in Sweden.

Cecilia Marre 2014-2015

Cecilia has been Board Member of AAII from 2014-2015.
She is “Directora” of Bocalan Confiar Chile; the first organization in Latin America that has been accredited by Assistance Dogs International (2017).

Lucia Katalenic 2011-2016

Lucia has been Board Member of AAII from 2011-2016; representing the AS-field.
The AAII-logo and many other documents have been designed by Lucija.

Teo Mariscal 2009-2018

Teo has been Board Member of AAII from 2009-2018; representing the AAT-field. He always has been very inspiring with his ideas and solutions.
Teo is Director of Fundación Bocalan with offices in Madrid, Cantabria, Catalonia, Galicia, Guatemala, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Japan.

Elma Burg 2009-2018

Elma is Founder Director of AAII and has been Board Member of AAII from 2009-2018; secretary from 2009-2016.
She has been lector at the University of Wageningen, Netherlands in Animal, Plant and Cell Biology.

IN MEMORIAM

Graham Ford, Tieren helfen Menschen e.V., Germany 1938-2015.
Graham was a founder board member of AAII. He sadly died in 2015.

We are all grateful for Graham’s outstanding contribution to AAII and lifetime of dedication to animal assisted activity.