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Welcome to ICofA

International Community of Anthrozoology

Animals can be a great asset in helping people that are vulnerable in some way.

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Join us in Greece!

International PADA Camp

with participants from all over the world.

Have your vacation filled with new knowledge, new friends and professional connections!

Therapy dog

Do you want a certification? Read more about our courses and what therapy dogs are.

Therapy cat

Do you want a certification? Read more about our courses and what therapy cats are.

Dog assisted interventions
cat assisted interventions

Therapy horse

Do you want a certification? Read more about our courses and what therapy horses are.

Therapy farms

Do you want a certification? Read more about our courses and what therapy farm animals are.

Equine assisted interventions
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ICofA has a broad knowledge base of people educated in

a variety of fields such as:

psychology, anthrozoology, ethology, pedagogy and health.

Our high quality and expertise:

  • Gives our students a strong foundation and confidence when they are certified and ready to find employment or start their business.

  • Animal welfare is ensured by screening test and educating our students in how to adapt to fit the dogs needs.

  • Our students will work with different user groups, and their education will be individually tailored to effectively meet the needs of the specific users they will work with.

  • Many institutions have high requirements for animal-related interventions concerning hygiene, safeguarding individuals not involved in the intervention, enusuring safety, and the academic aspect.

It is important for us that our students are an asset to the field of animal assisted interventions and that they will be an important part of building the reputation and quality of AAI.

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Heard of therapy dogs, therapy cats

or maybe therapy goats?


Animals can be a great asset helping children that are struggling with school, the young man who struggles with mental health issues or the woman that is in a wheelchair after an accident.

Many of these can greatly benefit from incorporating certified teams that work with their animals in AAI (animal assisted interventions)

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Animal welfare for therapy animals


All animals certified through us must undergo a personality test (PADA) conducted by an ethologist to determine if the animal is suitable and will thrive in human-related work. This is important to ensure animal welfare, minimize risks, and enhance the quality of interventions.


Animals that thrive in human interaction will have an increased health-promoting effect.

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A big community


Our community consists of our certified teams, organizations in AAI, universities, researchers, and other academics.

By collaborating with the right expertise, people, and organisations we hope to improve the quality of AAI and create an international standard of minimum requirements for education and screening tests of animals.

Working with animals in close proximity to people should not be taken lightly, as animals and people can suffer as a consequence.

We also have a FORUM and GROUPS where people can meet and exchange ideas.

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  • Exiting news on what we are doing

  • Articles and stories from the field

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  • Articles on animal behavior, AAI, anthrozoology, ethology, pedagoy and health.

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