Consulting for Health Professionals
Health care professionals interested in implementing AAT must be licensed and credentialed in their professional fields (e.g., registered nurse, physical or occupational therapist, social work).
• Training is available for health care professionals implementing AAT into practice; this training includes assessment, documentation, evaluation, and specific techniques for therapy.
• Animal evaluator and volunteer instructor courses are available to assist with skills to select animals and train staff and volunteers.
• Animals such as dogs and cats should be certified with Therapeutic Dog Services to verify animals’ well-being and temperament.
• Adequate strategic planning will lead to successful implementation of an AAI program