We are in the process of developing AAI guidelines for Singapore, to take into account our local context. However, aaisg continues to abide by the International Association of Human-Animal Interactions Organizations (IAHAIO) White Paper: Definitions for Animal Assisted Intervention and Guidelines.
Standards and guidelines are important as they:
- increase the quality of services provided, and the credibility of those providing them
- inform individuals of the skills and knowledge that they would need, and what is expected of them
- prevent the use of practices that may result in animal exploitation and increased risk management concerns
- enable measurement and evaluation of programme effectiveness, and the identification of areas for improvement