Animal-assisted Interventions with Competence and Respect for Humans and Animals

    Federal Association for Animal-Assisted Intervention (registered association)

    With competence and respect towards humans and animals: The Bundesverband Tiergestützte Intervention(BTI) represents around 400 members who have completed comprehensive further training to become specialists in animal-assisted interventions.  By joining the BTI, they commit to the BTI's quality criteria. These include the mindful, animal-friendly and respectful treatment of animals. BTI members commit themselves to further training and the recognition of the IAHAIO White Paper, Recommendations of the Veterinary Association for Animal Welfare (German: TVT) and Guidelines for Quality Assurance.

    The BTI is committed to high-quality work in the field of animal-assisted interventions and pursues the following goals:

    Quality assurance and professionalisation

    • Enhance the exchange of science and practice
    • Networking, training and intervision for members
    • Organise collegial exchange and advice: Regional groups, Intranet, …
    • Online-trainings
    • Draw up guidelines in topic-specific working-groups, regarding e.g. Documentation and Special fields as Youth Welfare Services, Palliative Care, …

    Public relations and knowledge transfer

    • Inform about the requirements for high quality AAI in publications and at conferences
    • Communicate the effects of AAI for recognition from politics, e.g. for appropriate compensation
    • (Co-) organise further training and conferences regarding AAI

    Networking and Cooperation

    Network partners: IAHAIO, International Society for Animal Assisted Therapy (ISAAT), Veterinary Association for Animal Welfare (TVT) among others.