For Facilities Seeking Therapy Animals


How Can Therapy Animals Benefit Your Facility?

Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction can help every facility to have safe and effective visitation by therapy animals from both parties’ perspectives.

Educational programs with the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction (TIHAI)

Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) educational programs are a way to set up a program in your facility and provide you with the information your facility needs to start a program. Starting a program can be an overwhelming process, especially for a complex facility, those with a previous negative experience, or those needing individualized guidance. Educational programs with TIHAI can help you manage the process of developing or expanding a high quality AAI program.

What fee-based educational programs look like

  • We will meet with staff from your facility to provide education on AAI (Animal-Assisted Activities or Animal-Assisted Therapy) and to answer questions specific to your facility.
  • We will help you set up policies and procedures if none are currently in place or revise an existing policy.
    • This will begin with stakeholder engagement and goal setting with the facility’s interests in mind.
    • Feasibility recommendations will be included, such as appropriate location for visits (whether group or one-on-one) or potential physical obstacles for animals to negotiate.
  • We will provide opportunities for questions and ongoing feedback based on the type of educational program requested.

Please note: Educational programs assist in the set-up of AAI, but do not include providing therapy animals to visit. Guidance on how to contact and obtain appropriate animal/handler teams will be discussed.

Contact us for more information:

Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction

Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN, Director
Deborah Linder, DVM, MS, DACVN, Associate Director
Megan Mueller, PhD, Associate Director
Debra Gibbs, RT, Animal-Assisted Programs Coordinator


Animal-Assisted Interventions: How-To Guide for Facilities

Download the Manual

You can download our manual, Animal-Assisted Interventions: How-To Guide for Facilities, for free. Just provide us with a little information and you will get immediate access to the download link.