Meet the Team

The organisation spans a network of highly qualified professionals incorporating animals into treatment.

Every certified Therapeutic Dog Services professional is a credentialed, registered, practicing health or human service provider or Animal Specialist, who demonstrates skill and expertise regarding the clinical applications of human-animal interactions.

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Jody Morrish

AAI Director
Tel: 0481293370
Email: support@tdsinc.com.au

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David Ogden

Canine Trainer
Tel: 0481293370
Email: support@tdsinc.com.au

Bronnie Smith

Training Facilitator
Tel: 0481293370
Email: support@tdsinc.com.au

Naomi Blake

Coordinator
Tel: 0481293370
Email: support@tdsinc.com.au

Qualified Professionals

Incorporating animals into treatment

Every certified professional is a credentialed, registered, practicing health or human service provider or Animal Specialist, who demonstrates skill and expertise regarding the clinical applications of human-animal interactions.

Providing a wide range of specialised programs and services.

Animal Assisted Interventions
Dog Assisted Interventions
Professional Learning
Industry training services
Organisational AAI Consultancy
Counselling and Mental Health Services

Animal-assisted therapy often serves in conjunction with traditional work done by a licensed therapist, human - health service provider. Dogs are the primary animals used, although we offer different animals, animal-assisted programs for people with different physical and emotional needs.

Learn More:

Animal Assisted Interventions / Strathalbyn Care Farm and Discovery Centre >

Dog Assisted Interventions / Adelaide Metropolitan and Regional SA >

 

A professional AAI and human health care provider who is familiar with animal-assisted therapies can help you

 

Therapists may also partner with an animal-therapy program, such as Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated, to provide individuals or groups with trained therapy animals.

Animal-assisted therapists include direct animal contact as part of their treatment plans for patients. Therapists using this technique often are mental or physical health care professionals who use animals as one component of their comprehensive treatment plans.

These types of therapists carefully integrate animals into clients' sessions when appropriate, supervising the animals as the interactions take place. Depending on the goals of the therapy session, the animals might help provide physical contact and affection to clients, ease anxiety issues, increase the physical mobility of clients through direct handling, provide a topic of conversation, or give clients an incentive to attend counseling sessions.

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Animal-assisted therapists work full-time with animals and specialise on working with children or adults. 

 

Fields where AAT programs are most beneficial:

  • Mental Health Therapy:  Animals can serve as icebreakers when therapists and patients are first getting to know one another, and patients who develop a bond with the animal might be more comfortable in the setting and more willing to continue therapy.

  • Education: Animals help them connect with students and that students may be more willing to reach out to the therapists when necessary. Animals also help improve cognitive skills and self-esteem. Fabulous in classrooms as well.

  • Care: aged, disability and community, incorporating animals into treatments for community, elderly or patients, has an impact in raising spirits and reducing feelings of anxiety. 

Other professions where there is potential for AAT programs include physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, social work speech and language, pathologists and recreational therapy. 

Animal-assisted therapists work in hospitals, nursing homes, physical or occupational therapy facilities, correctional institutions, mental or behavioural health facilities, schools, private health care offices, and other similar locations.

Private animal-assisted interventions: Activities, Education and Therapy interactions are organised with Therapist, please contact us directly for further information.