Mini Conference:
Therapy Animal Training and Preparation:
The Role of Trainers and Behaviorists

February 28, 2023
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET/1:00 – 3:30 p.m. PT

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

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This event will provide crucial information to animal trainers and behaviorists working with clients who want to train their pet to be a therapy animal. Key terminology will be discussed and suggestions from field leaders will be provided so that trainers can best educate and prepare clients for AAI.

How you’ll benefit:
•    Learn key AAI terminology that differentiates the role of therapy animals vs. other working animals.
•    Appreciate the kinds of training methodologies that are the best fit for therapy animals.
•    Learn how to screen and prepare animals for a therapy animal role including important cues and
     relationship building between handler and animal.
•    Understand the process a person takes to become a registered therapy animal team.
•    Become oriented to the resources available to a trainer/behaviorist through AAAIP.

Who Should Attend:
Animal trainers and behaviorists interested in assisting clients with therapy animal prep, and anyone interested in therapy animal training

Experts and leaders that you’ll hear from: 

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

Steve DaleSteve Dale, CABC
Host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute
Session: Why Trainers Should Be Aware of AAI


Gina CaldwellGina Caldwell, PhD
Animal behaviorist and adjunct professor
Session: Essential Information for Trainers Prepping Therapy Animals


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


Marty BeckerMarty Becker, DVM
Founder and Chief Relationships Officer, Fear Free
Session: Appreciation for a Fear-Free Orientation


Mary Margaret CallahanMary Margaret Callahan
Chief Mission Officer, Pet Partners
Session: Protecting Therapy Animal Welfare


Lisa TudorLisa Tudor
Dog Behavior Specialist, specialty in animal-assisted interactions
Session: AAAIP’s Application to Trainers/Behaviorists


C. Annie PetersC. Annie Peters
President & CEO, Pet Partners, the leading nonprofit registering volunteer therapy animal teams
Session: Closing and Final Remarks

The Therapy Animal Training and Preparation: The Role of Trainers and Behaviorists Mini Conference is open to AAAIP members and non-members.

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.