A new spot for instructors to share standards and information.
New Online Therapy Animal Handler Class
September 29, 2015
Pet Partners has developed a new online handler course for prospective volunteers that is free to registered handlers. This course provides information and training preparing handlers to volunteer effectively with their animals as a team in a variety of environments. It also is a great review for veteran handlers with updated information, policies and procedures.
You can find this on the new Pet Partner web site in the Training Center link in the Volunteer Center.
September 29, 2015
Registered or certified?
Pet Partner animal teams are registered, not certified. Certification implies that Pet Partners participates in the handlers and animals training. By contrast, registration implies screening.
Pet Partners doesn’t certify that a team has been trained to a certain level, instead a team is registered with Pet Partners after a licensed team evaluator determines that the team meets specific requirements.
Therapy, Service, Emotional Pets
As a handler you might be asked about your animal while you’re out in public. It’s important to understand the difference between the animal terms so you can avoid misrepresenting your animal’s role.
Therapy animals provide affection and comfort to people in facility settings such as hospitals, retirement homes and schools.
Service animals are considered working animals, not pets. They are defined by ADA as “dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.”
Emotional support animals (ESAs) are pets that provide therapeutic support to a person with a mental illness. They must be prescribed by a licensed mental health professional for a person with a mental illness.
You can find more information in the Pet Partner Student Handbook or in Lesson One of the online Handler Course.
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