Level 3 Diploma in Animal Assisted Intervention

Ofqual Code 603/5363/6
Qualification Level 3
Award type Diploma
Guided Learning Hours 262
Study Mode Online
Start Date Anytime
Enrolment will be valid for 2 years
Entry Criteria Open to anyone over age of 16
Assessment Method Variety of in-depth assessments for each unit
Awarding Organisation OCN West Midlands
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Course fees £1,500

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  • Total Fees: £1,600: Pay £160 now followed by 9 monthly instalment
    • Total Fees: £1,600: Pay £160 now followed by 9 monthly instalment £160.00

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Unit # 1

History of Animal Assisted Intervention Therapy

This unit explores the human-animal bond and how this relates to providing Animal Assisted Intervention. Gain an understanding about the history and science behind Animal Assisted Intervention and how Animal Assisted Intervention is used in practice.

Unit # 2

The Use of Animal Assisted Intervention

Learn about the limits and contra-indications of providing Animal Assisted Intervention. This unit explores the positive effects of Animal Assisted Intervention, including:
* How Animal Assisted Intervention is used in the rehabilitation of offenders
* How Animal Assisted Therapy can be used as therapy for child and adult disease and disabilities
* How Animal Assisted Intervention and Animal Assisted Therapy can be used with children and elderly.

Unit # 3

Legal responsibilities in animal assisted intervention

This unit explores the legalities with regards to Animal Assisted Intervention including:

* The safeguarding of service users/clients and AAI staff/volunteers.
* The various insurances related to the sector.

Unit # 4

Animal Assisted Intervention Roles

Explore the roles of those within Animal Assisted Intervention organizations. Learn about Animal Assisted Intervention standards. Study the role of handler within various organizations and the assessment process for Animal Assisted Intervention volunteer dogs.

Unit # 5

Client and Animal Matching in Animal Assisted Intervention

Explore the processes of matching of clients to personnel and animals, and the importance and process of consent.

Unit # 6

Selection, Training and Welfare of Animal Assisted Intervention Animals

Learn about the correct selection methods for finding suitable animals and how to train animals using positive, force-free methods. Explore the selection and training process of Animal Assisted Intervention animals and learn how to identify animals that are not suitable for Animal Assisted Intervention. This unit also explores the welfare needs of Animal Assisted Intervention animals including normal animal behavior and how to identify and minimize stress.

Unit # 7

Disabilities and Animal Assisted Intervention

In this unit, learners will understand mental and physical disabilities where animal assisted intervention may be of benefit. Learners will also understand learning disabilities and cognitive conditions, as well as gaining an understanding of disability awareness when working with animals.

Unit # 8

Skills for Working in Animal Assisted Intervention

Learn about the essential additional skills needed for various Animal Assisted Intervention roles and how to organize a successful Animal Assisted Intervention session.

Unit # 9

Practical Training in Animal Assisted Intervention

minimum student age: 16 years


As part of this qualification, we include online Webinars.

Online training negates the need for travel or overnight accommodation in many cases and also allows access to overseas students. The teaching for this unit ensures your learning meets the assessment criteria for the qualification

You will learn skills that will enable you to demonstrate assessing and training of dogs for animal assisted intervention work. Learners will also demonstrate how to assess the appropriate method of training for an individual dog and recognise subtle body language

Animal Assisted Intervention Therapy Course

The Animal Assisted Therapy Course is of benefit to those wanting to work or volunteer in the increasingly popular field of Animal Assisted Intervention.

Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAI is to improve a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.

Animal Assisted Intervention services can help children, adolescents, adults and older people with mental health needs, physical or learning disabilities, to achieve increased health, wellbeing and quality of life. Animal Assisted Intervention animals are selected by trained staff on temperament grounds to provide therapeutic visits to hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, special needs schools, prisons, etc.

A career in this type of work also involves the care and welfare of the animals working in therapy.

Animal Assisted Therapy Intervention Course

Through this Animal Assisted Intervention course, students will gain an understanding of animal assisted intervention and animal assisted activity and how these therapies work.

Learn about the training and selection methods used for different types of therapy animals and the protocols that are critically important to ensuring the welfare of therapy animals.

Various animals can be used for animal assisted intervention. Dogs are most commonly used as they are easier to take into nursing homes, schools, hospitals, prisons, hospices etc; where-as cats are more likely to find the experience stressful and try to escape.

However, all sorts of companion animals are utilised for therapy including horses, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, etc. All assisted intervention animals are assessed for behavioural and temperament to ensure that they will react well to new and potentially unpredictable situations. Animal Assisted Intervention animals must be calm and comfortable interacting with people

  •   it is important that the animal also gains positively from the process.

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Intervention Therapy for Children and Adults

Animal Assistance Intervention has been receiving growing attention as a legitimate form of treatment for many conditions in the scientific fields of nursing, medicine, and psychotherapy.

Interventions vary widely, from long-term arrangements in which patients adopt pets to short-term interactions between patients and a trained animal in structured activities. Learn how Animal Assisted Intervention and Animal Assisted Therapy can be used to stimulate the natural development of children and provide therapeutic care for the elderly.

Animal Assisted Intervention can also be used in the management of both developmental conditions in children and in the rehabilitation of offenders, as well as providing therapy for child and adult disease and disabilities.

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