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Animal Assisted Interventions Workshop

March 16-17, 2019

8am-5:30pm, daily

Cost $300

CE Credit pending approval by the NASW


Course Objectives:

  1. To be proficient in program design, implementation, and evaluation
  2. To be proficient in using tools to creatively develop potential growth of their professional career
  3. To understands ethical considerations for animals and clients, and knowledge to respond appropriately
  4. To be competent in facing challenges of developing AAI programs and working directly with clients
  5. To be competent in engaging with clients and documenting the progress of animals and clients orientation

General Information:

Prerequisites: Open to mental health professionals only. Completion of the AAI online module and AAI online supervision.

Location: 2407 River Dr. Knoxville, TN 37996

Coffee, Snacks, and Lunch will be provided each day; vegan & vegetarian options available.

Block of rooms will be available, check back for more information.

Interested in learning more about the AAI Workshop and the prerequisites to attend? Click here to complete a short form and we will email you with more information.

To Register, CLICK HERE

To attend, you must complete the AAI module and attend the AAI supervision sessions. Email with any questions.
You will need to create an account in order to register for online modules and face-to-face events if this is your first time using this system. 


Dr. Zenithson (Zenny) Ng

Zenithson (Zenny) Ng is a clinical assistant professor of Community Practice at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.  He received his undergraduate degree in animal science from Rutgers University and veterinary degree from Cornell University.  He completed a small animal rotating internship at the Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital of the ASPCA in New York City before entering a combined ABVP (canine/feline) residency and master’s degree in human-animal bond studies program at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  It was through this unique program that he was able to enhance his medical and surgical skills while developing expertise in human-animal relationships.  Specifically, he published research investigating the effects of animal-assisted interventions on the behavior and physiology of the animals themselves.  In addition to his role in teaching veterinary students, he is the veterinary advisor for the Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT) program, the animal-assisted intervention program of the University of Tennessee, which is comprised of over 500 volunteers at facilities throughout East Tennessee.  He has been actively engaged in animal-assisted interventions with his own golden retriever, Grace.  Zenny’s clinical interests include behavior, dentistry, preventive medicine, and management of gastrointestinal and renal disease.  His research interests include the effect of animal-assisted interventions on both humans and animals and is currently investigating the effect of the presence of a dog on anxiety and dose of anesthesia in children with cancer

Aviva Vincent

Aviva Vincent is a  doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University in the Mandel School of Applied Social Science and a Fellow at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research, and Education. She earned her MSW from the University of Connecticut School in Community Organizing focusing on international issues and urban development with a focus on youth’s rights to access quality education. At the University of Connecticut, she developed the first Equine Facilitated Therapy field placement with Ebony Horsewomen in Hartford.  Her research interests include exploring the biological impact animals have on humans, program implantation, fidelity, and evaluation. Aviva is an avid advocate for the inclusion of human-­animal interaction within social work practice and curricula. She is a certified provider for animal-­assisted interventions with Path International and Therapy Dogs International. Currently, Aviva volunteers with her dog, Shaina, through Therapy Dogs International at Breakthrough Village Preparatory school in Ohio City, Campus Canines, and other local initiatives.

Further Details:

What are the prerequisites for attendance?

In order to attend the AAI Workshop one must have completed:

  1. Animal Assisted Interventions Online Module
  2. Animal Assisted Interventions Online Supervision

Do I have to complete the prerequisites even though I am not a part of the Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program?


Will attendance at the AAI Workshop fulfill requirements for the Veterinary Social Work Certificate?


Do I need to be in the Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program in order to attend?

No, this event is open to everyone who completes AAI online module and AAI supervision.

For further questions contact VSW at (865) 696-1117 or email us at


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