Online Education

Take an online course

It takes more than just a great therapy animal to create a meaningful and safe interaction. Pet Partners is committed to delivering 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 member.

Handler Training

Pet Partners was the first in the industry to require training for the human-end-of-the-leash. Since that time, multiple evidence-based guidelines from other organizations have been published recommending equivalent standards for all therapy animals. Pet Partners handler training is available online or in an instructor-led workshop format.

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Pet Partners is the only therapy animal organization to have courses endorsed by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). When completed together, the courses Canine Body Language: Reading Signals from Therapy Dogs and Infection Prevention and Control: Therapy Animal Visitation in Healthcare Settings meet the requirements outlined in “Animals in Healthcare Facilities: Recommendations to Minimize Potential Risks” published in 2015.

Continuing Education

Pet Partners is committed to professionalizing therapy animal visitation through well-trained handlers. We offer a continuing education courses online in addition to the SHEA courses, including Working with Veterans and Visiting Clients with Alzheimer’s. We also offer free webinars throughout the year. Visit our Webinars page to register for a live session or watch a recording of our popular Volunteering With Your Pet orientation session.

Get Started!

  1. Create a login to the Pet Partners site here.
  2. Log in and navigate to the Training Center.
  3. Click on Sign Up in the menu bar near the top of the page.
  4. Choose your course on the left, add it to your cart, and check out to complete the transaction.

Interested in purchasing bulk course registrations at a volume discount? Please Contact Us.