The AVMA endorses the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations' Prague Declaration, which reads as follows:
There is much research now available to prove that companion animals can add to the quality of life of the humans to whom they may provide practical assistance or therapy.
IAHAIO members believe that those who train animals and deliver the service to others must ensure the quality of life of the animals involved. Programs offering animal-assisted activities or animal-assisted therapy for the benefit of others should be governed by basic standards, be regularly monitored, and be staffed by appropriately trained personnel.
IAHAIO members have therefore adopted four fundamental guidelines at their General Assembly held in Prague in September 1998. IAHAIO urges all persons and organizations involved in animal-assisted activities and/or animal-assisted therapy, and all bodies governing the presence of such programs in their facilities to consider and abide by the following points.