2019 Therapy Animal Expo & Symposium

Mar 02, 2019 12:00AM—11:59PM


Adam W. Herbert, University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32224

Our 3rd Therapy Animal Expo was hosted by the University of North Florida. Our Expo hall had representatives from many of the local therapy animal programs, pet related businesses and therapy animal registering organizations as well as dog trainers.  Our speaker sessions were expanded and also included some of our favorite local speakers.  For those who missed the event, you can click on a session title to see info about the session, and where applicable see the PowerPoint from the event.  Stay tuned for details on the 2020 Therapy Animal Expo!!




“Pets can change a life – they changed mine” Steve Dale is a certified animal behavior specialist who has been a trusted voice in the world of pet health for over 20 years. You have likely heard him on the radio, read him in print and online, and seen him speaking at events all over the world. His contributions to advancing pet wellness have earned him many an award and recognition around the globe. Learn more about Steve at his website: https://stevedalepetworld.com/


TRACK 1:    Aspiring Teams
For those who have a general interest in learning about becoming a therapy animal team with their pet, including many of the training aspects and the process to get registered. Anyone with a general interest in pet therapy can benefit from this track.

TRACK 2:    Registered Teams
For those who are already registered with their pet to do animal assisted interventions or are already in the process of becoming a team. This track will help you take your volunteering to the next level and help strengthen the bond between you and your animal partner.

TRACK 3: Professionals
New this year is the presentation of research and professional best practices for inclusion of animals in healthcare and/or education settings via licensed/credentialed professionals registering as an AAI team or working in collaboration with registered volunteer teams to facilitate treatment/education. This track is offered to support and expand the discussion of the science that supports the ‘magic’ we all know as the power of Animal Assisted Interventions. Any medical, mental health or education professional is encouraged to attend.
CEUs will be provided for professionals registering for this track.