AAI for Professionals

Pet Partners is honored to announce the creation of an affiliated organization, the Association of Animal-Assisted Intervention Professionals. This new organization has been specifically created to serve the needs of AAI professionals.

The Association of Animal-Assisted Intervention Professionals (AAAIP) is a professional home for health care providers, educators, and others to gain the knowledge needed to safely and ethically practice animal-assisted interventions while advancing the field.

Inspired by a gap in services and based on in-depth market analysis, AAAIP is an approach to meet the field where it is while facilitating advancements as the field and AAAIP grow.

Who should join AAAIP?

  • Professionals wishing to practice AAI.
  • Trainers or behaviorists involved in the training of therapy animals.
  • Researchers investigating AAI.

AAAIP Member Benefits:

  • Education: online courses, webinars, conferences, and more.
  • Connection: pathways for emerging AAI professionals to get started and opportunities for field leaders to share their knowledge.
  • Resources: publications, handouts, template documents, and more.
  • Community: robust online community and additional opportunities for special networking initiatives.
  • Research: means for staying up-to-date on empirical advancements and invitations to contribute to continued investigation.

Certification Exam

The Animal-Assisted Intervention Specialist (AAI-S) certification will examine topics deemed essential by a team of subject matter experts and will help professionals demonstrate an awareness of best practices in AAI. This exam will assess professional knowledge in integrating AAI as a complementary treatment modality within an existing scope of practice.

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Learn More

Please visit the AAAIP Frequently Asked Questions.

Download our newest publication, The State of Animal-Assisted Interventions in Professionalized Settings.

Visit the AAAIP Website