It takes more than a great animal to create a meaningful and safe interaction with a therapy animal. Pet Partners is committed to creating rigorous and professional training experience to support handlers in providing AAI with a focus on safety and welfare considerations for both the client and the animal. We have several online courses available to the public, whether you are a prospective or current therapy animal team, professional practitioner or facility staff person.
Please see information about our online courses below. When you are ready to enroll, or if you already have a login, please click the pink Go To Courses button after the course information.
When completed together, Canine Body Language: Reading Signals from Therapy Dogs and Infection Prevention and Control: Therapy Animal Visitation in Healthcare Settings are endorsed by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Because Pet Partners recognizes the importance of safe and effective therapy animal visit environments in healthcare settings, we offer these two courses together at a discounted rate.
Ever wonder what your dog was trying to tell you? In therapy animal visitation, it’s not just something that would be nice to know – it’s absolutely essential! In this 90 minute course, learn what cues to look for in different regions of your dog’s body so you can support your animal. Learn through scenarios of therapy animals on visits and test your knowledge with an end of course assessment.
Therapy animal team handlers, facility staff who interact with therapy animals, and anyone wishing to better understand dog behavior.
View a brief excerpt from the Canine Body Language course here.
This course promotes safe therapy animal visits through increased awareness of infection prevention and control. Designed to meet the requirements as published in 2015 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), this course covers zoonotic diseases as well as training on standard precautions including hand hygiene and self-screening for human symptoms. Reviewed by members of SHEA, the CDC and leading veterinarians.
Therapy animal team handlers who visit in health-care and related facilities, members of healthcare teams at these facilities, and anyone wishing to understand more about infection control as it relates to Animal Assisted Interactions in a health-care setting.
The online handler course provides information and training that will prepare you to volunteer effectively with your animal as a Pet Partners therapy animal team in a variety of environments. Prior to signing up for this course, please check to see if your animal meets the health requirements and if there is a local Evaluator in your area. If there is no local Evaluator you will not be able to register with Pet Partners unless you are willing to travel to evaluate. This course content is also available as an in-person workshop. See the Calendar of Events for future dates in your community.
People wishing to become a Pet Partners Therapy Animal Team handler volunteer, and existing volunteers with an active registration who wish to refresh their knowledge or who took a previous version of the course.
To learn more about becoming a Pet Partners therapy animal team, please visit our Become A Handler page.
*If you are a current volunteer with Pet Partners, when you login you will be redirected to the Volunteer Center where you will click the Training Center link to sign up for courses.
If you are a facility, Community Partner, or other entity interested in purchasing bulk course registrations, please Contact Us.
45 minute overview of Volunteering with Your Pet that answers the question “What does it take to become a registered Therapy Animal Team with Pet Partners?”
To learn more about becoming a registered Pet Partners handler, visit our Become A Handler page for information about requirements and next steps.Learn More
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