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Upholding Excellence and Ethics in Animal-Assisted Therapy: Canine Comprehension's Commitment to ATL Standards

Upholding Excellence and Ethics in Animal-Assisted Therapy: Canine Comprehension's Commitment to ATL Standards

Canine Comprehension is committed to upholding the highest ethical standards in all our work, guided by the principles outlined in the Animals Helping Humans™ Animal Therapies Ltd (ATL) Code of Ethics. You are welcome to read their ethics statement here.

Central to our ethos is recognising that all life possesses intrinsic value, and we look after the most vulnerable first. As such, we pledge to treat all individuals—human, animal, or environmental—with respect, dignity, empathy, and compassion.

Our dedication to safety extends to everybody we directly and indirectly interact with, including the general public. We always prioritise harm prevention and rigorous risk management protocols.

We are intensely mindful of the interconnectedness of animal welfare, human health, and environmental sustainability, adhering to the principles of One Health Welfare in our practice. One Health-One Welfare is a concept that recognises human health, animal welfare, and environmental health interconnectedness. It emphasises the holistic approach to health and well-being, understanding that the health of humans, animals, and the environment are closely linked. This approach acknowledges that the well-being of each component is dependent on the health of others and, therefore, advocates for integrated efforts to promote the health and welfare of all living beings. This means that we do not prioritise human rights and welfare over animals engaged in animal-assisted services, and vice versa.

Through continuous education, training, and evidence-based practice, we strive to yield positive outcomes and contribute to advancing the field. We support sharing and disseminating information, promoting professional education/training, and conducting research to benefit the animal-assisted therapy community.

At Canine Comprehension, we collaborate with others, seeking to understand differences in viewpoints and practices and endeavouring to work in partnership toward common goals.

We are committed to respecting the individuality of all beings, practising equality, and refraining from discrimination based on any factors.

We are steadfast in our commitment to preventing and responding to violence, neglect, abuse, exploitation, racism, and other forms of oppression in alignment with professional scope, policies, and sector compliances.

Canine Comprehension proudly complies with all Animals Helping Humans™ Animal Therapies Ltd (ATL) codes, standards, guidelines, and local, state, and federal laws applicable to the field. 

Through unwavering adherence to these principles, Canine Comprehension strives to create a safe, inclusive, and ethical environment for everyone we serve.

To learn more about Animals Helping Humans™ Animal Therapies Ltd (ATL) , see their website here.

To discuss our services, book a chat with one of our consultants here.