Animal-Assisted Interventions for Professionals

Pet Partners has created an affiliated organization, the Association of Animal-Assisted Intervention Professionals (AAAIP). The organization is a home for AAI professionals to gain the knowledge needed to safely and ethically practice animal-assisted intervention while advancing the field.

A woman holds a young child as she encourages his interaction with a dog.
Petey the Labrador
A woman holds a young child as she encourages his interaction with a dog.
Petey the Labrador

Bringing Together Professionals from All Disciplines to Share Knowledge and Advance the Field

Join a network of professionals who are interested in the safe, ethical, and effective practice of animal-assisted interventions. Together we will develop standards of care, champion the well-being of the animals, and build a stronger future for AAI.

  • Mental health professionals
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • School counselors and personnel
  • Eldercare professionals
  • Social workers
  • Speech/language pathologists
  • Therapy animal program coordinators
  • Facility animal handlers
  • Researchers/Behaviorists
  • Animal trainers
  • Anyone working with animals in a therapeutic setting

AAAIP Member Benefits

Online courses, webinars, and conferences created by AAAIP specifically for AAI professionals. Member-only discounts are available.
Earning your Animal-Assisted Intervention Specialist Certification (C-AAIS) distinguishes you as a professional who is qualified to integrate therapy animals into practice. Member-only discounts are available.
Discover pathways for emerging AAI professionals to get started and opportunities for field leaders to share their knowledge.
Access to publications, handouts, template documents, and more.
Join a robust online community for special networking initiatives. Collaborate and get to know other members, and use the knowledge you have gained so far in your professional journey to help others new to the field.
The Association of Animal-Assisted Intervention Professionals Liability Policy includes special features specifically designed for AAAIP members.
Enjoy a means for staying up-to-date on empirical advancements and invitations to contribute to continued investigation.


From education to certification, networking to insurance, AAAIP is here to help you better serve your clients and support your animal partner.

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