Mini Conference:
Therapy Animals in Schools

April 26, 2023
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PT

Virtual event on Zoom. Registration is required. 
AAAIP members: No cost | Non-members: $29


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What you'll learn:
This mini-conference will focus on best practices and key considerations for school-based therapy animal programs. Hear from field leaders who have established successful AAI programs within their schools and learn about how to protect the safety and well-being of all involved in the intervention. Practical suggestions will also be provided, such as ideas for overcoming common roadblocks, securing AAI-inclusive insurance, and selecting and training therapy and/or facility animals.

Who Should Attend:
Anyone interested in incorporating therapy and/or facility animals into schools. This event will be relevant to educators and program administrators whether they partner with their own animal or with volunteer therapy animal teams.

Experts and leaders you’ll hear from: 

Taylor Chastain GriffinTaylor Chastain Griffin, PhD
Executive Director, AAAIP, & National Director of AAI Advancement, Pet Partners
Session: Welcome & Therapy Animal Selection

Dan DooleyDan Dooley, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Absecon School District, AAAIP Board Chairman
Session: Benefits of AAI in Schools


Jennifer VonLintel

Jennifer VonLintel, C-AAIS

School Counselor
Session: Ensuring Safe and Ethical AAI in School Settings


Lori JohnsonLori Johnson, C-AAIS
Educator, Nonprofit Founder
Session: Overcoming Roadblocks


David PearsallDavid Pearsall
Insurance Counselor and Vice President, Business Insurers of the Carolinas
Session: Understanding AAI Insurance


Levi ReeseLevi Reese
Agricultural Teacher, Hillsboro Public Schools
Session: Program Snapshot


Tiffany Shevchik

Tiffany Shevchik
AAI Program Developer, The Calais School
Session: Importance of Professional Community/Development


C. Annie PetersC. Annie Peters
President & CEO, Pet Partners
Session: Closing and Final Remarks

AAAIP members: No cost | Non-members: $29

Save on AAAIP membership! Join AAAIP after the conference and your registration fee will be deducted from the first year of AAAIP membership dues (Digital and All-Access levels)—a $29 savings!




C-AAIS Credit Hours
The conference will provide 2.5 C-AAIS credit hours.

Event Questions
For questions about the event, please contact AAAIP.