ESAAT- European Society for Animal Assisted Therapy

The European umbrella organisation for Animal Assisted Therapy

In October 2004 ESAAT - European Society for Animal Assisted Therapy - was founded in Vienna. Our Society is engaged in the research and advancement of animal assisted therapy and lays great emphasis in the promotion of the therapeutic, pedagogical and salutogenetic effects of the relationship between man and animal. ESAAT is the European umbrella organisation for animal assisted therapy.

Main task of ESAAT is doing research and promotion work in the field of animal assisted therapy. Furthermore ESAAT was founded with the aim of setting basic rules for education and training in the field of animal assisted therapy and to standardize education and training within the EU and if possible in other countries too. Attaining professional recognition in the field of animal assisted therapy in Europe is another basic ESAAT aim.

ESAAT lays great emphasis in the effort to establish a specific profession for animal assisted therapy and to promote animal assisted therapy throughout Europe.