CODE OF ETHICS & STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
Code of Ethics for AAA and AAT
Perform duties that are consistent with your position and training.
Abide by the professional ethics of your profession and organizations.
Demonstrate a belief in and attitude of reverence for all life.
At all times, treat all animals, all people and the environment with respect, dignity and sensitivity, maintaining the quality of life and experience for all who are involved.
Be informed and educated about the aspects and issues that are related to AAA and AAT.
Demonstrate commitment, responsibility and honesty in all phases of your activities.
Comply with all local, state and federal laws and Pet Partners policies that govern AAA and AAT.
Standards of Professional Conduct
Pet Partners has a deep regard and respect for its therapy animal teams and the important role that they play in meeting the needs of the people that they interact with. Pet Partners also has high expectations regarding conduct of its teams. Handlers are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times and to treat our clients and other teams with respect and consideration. If concerns about unprofessional conduct arise, Pet Partners will make every effort to promptly obtain an incident report from all parties that are involved, as appropriate. Pet Partners will investigate and determine a course of action. Note: The team’s activities, including visits, might be put on hold until the investigation is completed. The following types of unsatisfactory conduct are serious enough that violations might result in termination from the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program:
Breach of client confidentiality
Abuse of any client or animal, or conduct that’s detrimental to the Therapy Animal Program or Pet Partners
Theft or removal from the premises, without proper authorization, of any property that belongs to a facility, a client, staff or another team
Unauthorized use or possession of intoxicants, narcotics or other drugs while volunteering as a handler
Being unfit to volunteer because of the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
Harassment of any type
Using the Pet Partners vest to gain public access or otherwise misrepresenting your animal as a service animal