Animal Welfare and Well-being

This course is designed to prepare professionals to be advocates for any animal that assists them in their work, which by extension supports client safety. Content covered will focus on the well-being of the animal, help professionals determine animal and client suitability, provide practice for difficult situations that may arise, and explore considerations for how to end the intervention when necessary for the animal's welfare.


Course Price: $180
AAAIP Member Pricing: Digital Member: $120 | All-Access Member: $90 | Organization Member: $90


Course Details

Animal Welfare & Well-being: Protecting Therapy Animals and Ensuring Participant Safety
By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:
•    Mitigate risk by acting as your animal's best advocate
•    Determine if a therapy animal team is ready for involvement in AAI
•    Identify the importance of communication through therapy animal body language
•    Screen clients for their readiness to work with therapy animals
•    Determine the most appropriate activity to meet your treatment goals

Animal Welfare & Well-being: Balancing Therapy Animal and Client Needs
By the end of this scenario based module, you will be able to:
•    Apply best practices that preserve animal welfare and well-being in difficult situations that are sometimes encountered when balancing the needs of therapy animals and clients

Animal Welfare & Well-being: Discontinuing AAI
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
•    Plan around the need to discontinue AAI services, whether temporarily or due to issues of animal loss or retirement

Assessment for Animal Welfare & Well-being
This 30 question quiz covers all content for Animal Welfare and Well-being and requires a passing score of 80%. You must complete the previous lessons before accessing this assessment.

Supporting file: The Five Freedoms and the Five Domains of Animal Welfare


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