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IAHAIO international guidelines on care, training and welfare requirements for farm animals involved


Dear ICofA community members


Further to our note below, we wanted to share with you the good news that the guidelines for farm animals and small animals involved in AAI (care, training and welfare) have now been published under documents.

IAHAIO international guidelines on care, training and welfare requirements for farm animals involved in animal-assisted interventions


Development of the guidelines

These guidelines provide best practice guidance for meeting the care, training and welfare requirements of farm animals involved in delivering animal-assisted interventions (AAI). They apply to 9 different farm animal species often involved in AAI, including:

  • Donkeys

  • Sheep

  • Goats

  • Cattle (cows and heifers)

  • New World Camelids (llamas and alpacas)

  • Camels

  • Pigs (swine)

  • Chickens

  • Rabbits

The guidelines were developed by an international task force of IAHAIO members and individual experts and relevant organizations working between 2018 and 2021. They are based on a review of evidence of current best practices and research.

Use of the guidelines

The recommendation is that these guidelines are adopted and implemented in practice by everyone that incorporates farm animals in programmes that benefit people. It is acknowledged that knowledge can change over time as research and practice expands and it is intended that this document be reviewed every two years and adjusted, if required. National guidelines or profession-specific competencies for farm animals as part of human services that exist in individual countries must be followed in care, welfare, training and handling procedures.

Download the guidelines here





IAHAIO international guidelines on care, training and welfare requirements for small animals in animal-assisted interventions


Development of the guidelines

These guidelines provide best practice guidance for meeting the care, training and welfare requirements of small animals involved in delivering animal-assisted interventions. They apply to small animals of different species that may be included in visiting and residential programmes.

The guidelines were developed by an international task force of IAHAIO members and individual experts and relevant organizations working between 2018 and 2021. They are based on a review of evidence of current best practices and research.


Content

The guidelines include:

  • General guidelines applying to both visiting and residential programs

  • Specific points relating to the care and welfare of small animals in visiting programs

  • Specific points relating to the care and welfare of small animals in residential programs

  • Additional points regarding specific species including cats, fish, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and dogs

Use of the guidelines

The recommendation is that these guidelines are adopted and implemented in practice by everyone that incorporates small animals in programmes that benefit people. It is acknowledged that knowledge can change over time as research and practice expands and it is intended that this document be reviewed every two years and adjusted, if required. National guidelines or profession-specific competencies for small animals as part of human services that exist in individual countries must be followed in care, welfare, training and handling procedures.

Download the guidelines here.

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