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Animal Assisted Interventions Certificate

Course 101: Animal Assisted Intervention Foundations

A historical and theoretical foundation for the inclusion of animals as a treatment alternative or adjunct to traditional practices in healthcare settings. An overview of training and practice competency guidelines, techniques, national registrations, ethics of practice and animal welfare issues impacting the field of Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI). This course requires a community-based site visit in the student’s home community to be arranged by the student. This course is suitable for mental health, medical and education professionals, visiting AAI/AAT volunteers, as well as anyone interested in the inclusion of animals in healing. Delivered in an interactive distance learning format, this course is open to English speaking students nationally and internationally.

  • Demonstrate understanding of the component services that make up the field of AAI
  • Engage in meaningful and mutually beneficial human-animal relationships
  • Demonstrate the means to share one’s human-animal relationship with others to facilitate healing
  • Summarize the moral and ethical considerations for engaging animals in the professional healthcare environment
  • Generalize the application of AAI within the participant’s chosen healthcare discipline
  • Demonstrate knowledge of further training, evaluation, registrations and/or certifications necessary to ethically practice AAI in healthcare disciplines
  • Demonstrate integration of research into theoretical practice frameworks


  • None


  • Distance learning

Required Textbook 

  • Fine, A. (Ed.), (2019). Handbook on animal assisted therapy: Foundations and guidelines for animal-assisted interventions, 5th ed. San Diego, CA: Academic Press/Elsevier. ISBN 978-0128153956.
    You can purchase this textbook on Amazon.
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