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.
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.
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.
Pet Partners is committed to professionalizing therapy animal visitation through well-trained handlers. We offer 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.
Interested in purchasing bulk course registrations at a volume discount? Please contact us.
45 minute recording that answers the question “What does it take to become a therapy animal team with Pet Partners?”See More Webinars
To learn more about becoming a registered Pet Partners handler, visit our Volunteer with Pet Partners page for information about requirements and next steps.Learn More
Learn about Pet Partners impact by visiting our Featured Teams page and reading about some of our Pet Partners teams around the country.Featured Teams