Why is the Animal Assisted Interventions Training and Wellness Centre important?

Animal Assisted Interventions Centre is entirely unique, in being the only animal-assisted intervention training and wellness centre (rural facility) in Australia.

The Animal Assisted Intervention Training and Wellness Centre, is an initiative of Therapeutic Dog Services, Australian Registered Charity, with over 21 years of service delivery in Animal assisted activities, education and therapy.  

What we do from the AAI Centre

As of 2018 it serves as the national base centre. We Oversee

  • All Therapeutic Dog Services community programs and services.  Coordinating 100 volunteers and 87 Industry joint venture partnerships throughout South Australia. Including the Adelaide based,  hub service centres. (North, East, South, West)

  • Training in Animal Assisted Interventions: Activities, Education and Therapy, Ethical and safety best practices, adequate training for both the human and the animal, implement and maintain. Formal training guidelines and practices ensuring the safety and well-being of not only humans, but animals as well.

  • Industry consultancy

Client Base:

We provide various AAI programs and services 

  • Children and Youth in search

  • Children with Complex Health Care

  • Adults and Children with Different - Abilities

  • Adults and Children with Mental Health Challenges

  • Seniors and Elderly Living with Dementia

We love to provide service delivery, enter into joint ventures and partner with

  • Individuals and Groups

  • Community Events

  • SA Service providers​

Therapy Animals

We assess, train and house AAI working animals in a free range habitat.

Our therapy animals are lovingly housed in a rural facility surrounded in a picturesque and tranquil bush setting. The 10 Acre property allows many of our animal family to enjoy free-range natural habitats outside of their training and working roles. Read More >

We Partner

No, we are not breeders of different species of animals, we leave that to the professionals.

We specialise with working with potential species of animals, to train them for safe handling and placement with individuals, facility and special need individual homes.

We partner with a voluntary alliance of animal breeders, professions, veterinarians and other animal charities that aims to promote the freedom, independence and rights of people to own therapy pets across Australia. Looking to own a companion pet for therapy >

Where are we?

Situated in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, Strathalbyn - 30 minutes drive East of Adelaide's CBD. Our animals are lovingly housed in a rural facility surrounded in a picturesque and tranquil farm setting. Our 10 Acre property allows our animal family to enjoy free-range natural habitats. 

Our private rural Animal Assisted Intervention Training and Wellness Centre is not open to the General Public for visits, however, our qualified professionals do schedule private specialised programs at the centre.

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Meet the Team

Our animals act as important ambassadors for their species in Animal Assisted Interventions,  "Animals in the rehabilitation and social care of people",  Enhancing the quality of life and health through the animal/human bond both in our own backyard and across the globe. In addition, are part of regional and Australian Animal Assisted Interventions programs.

A team of animal keepers, trainers, vets, and vet nurses care for our animal residents. 

  • Animal keeper teams are made up of our network of highly qualified professionals and volunteers who provide the majority of the animals’ daily care requirements including - feeding, cleaning, training and enrichment practices. 

  • The veterinary team, Dr. Neil Griffiths (BSC, BVMS, MVSC) has 30 years of veterinary experience - manages the long-term health of our animals. Pediatric and adult desexing, Vaccinations, Microchipping, Dental checks and surgery, Digital X-rays, pathology, medicine, referrals, advice, and information.

Meet Our Animals

Animals are being used as therapy animals for a wide range of ailments. From children with autism to group homes for people who suffer from memory impairment disorders such as dementia.  Animals are helping people to connect with animals and each other. They are bringing a sense of calm and comfort to the lucky people who get to watch over them.

Animals bring about a nostalgic feeling to our older generations who may have grown up with animals and a new sense of awe, to the younger ones.

The care of animals also brings teaching moments, responsibility and routine to people who need this to thrive. Meet Our Animals >

Carefully raised

All of the animals have been carefully raised and are trained to taking part in animal-assisted activities, education, and therapy throughout our AAI community programs. 

Animal Welfare

Animal caretakers, veterinarians, and a team of volunteers ensure our animal's welfare. including preparing food, cleaning their habitat and providing enrichment programs.

AAI DEFINITIONS

Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) 

Professional therapists whom train animals & their humans specifically for this level of professional work in healthcare and social service settings.

 

Animal-assisted activities (AAA) 

Animal assisted activities are delivered in a variety of environments by specially trained professionals, paraprofessionals, or volunteers in association with animals that meet specific criteria.

  • provides opportunities for motivation, education, or recreation to enhance quality of life.

 

Animal-assisted activities (AAE)

  • is goal directed intervention programs in which an animal meeting specific criteria is an integral part of the educational process. Delivered and/or directed by health & human service provider working within the scope of their profession. 

 

Animal Assisted Therapy  (AAT) 

  • is a goal-directed intervention in which a dog is incorporated as an intergral part of the clinical health-care treatment process.

Enhancing quality of life and health through the human - animal bond

Email: therapydogs@tdsinc.com.au

Phone: 0481293370

Tel: 08 8591 8109 Answering Service

Registered Charity: 90 024 628 522 

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