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Latest News

ADEu opens Amsterdam Stock Exchange

As part of the recent Assistance Dog Week, Assistance Dogs Europe (ADEu) had the honour of opening the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

Find out more and watch a video here: Opening the Amsterdam Stock Market

Register now for the ADI International, Trainer’s and AAII Conferences

Online registration is now available for the 23rd ADI International Conference being held in Denver, Colorado, this September. For the first time ever, the International Conference will be combined with the Trainer’s Conference and the 2nd Annual AAII Conference.

Find out more on the Conferences page

Register now for the ADI Trainer’s Conference 2013




The 2013 Trainer’s Conference is being hosted by PADS on October 6 – 9, 2013. at their Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre in Surrey, Vancouver.

Click here to find out more and register.

Register now for the ADEu & AAII Conferences

You can now register for the ADEu and AAII Conferences online and there is an excellent Early Bird rate until 15 August 2013.

There is also a special ADEU/AAII room rate available at the Radisson Hotel Blu Palace Hotel where the conferences are being held.

To book your conference place and accommodation go to the Registration site :

To find out more about the ADEu Conference 2013, which this year will have a joint afternoon session with the launch of Animal Assisted Interventions International (AAII), visit the Conferences page.

ADEu Conference 2013

The ADEu Conference is being held in Spa, Belgium, from November 3 to November 5 this year. To find out more visit the Conferences page.

New sister organisation for ADI

We are pleased to welcome ADI members to a new sister organisation – Animal Assisted Intervention International (AAII). AAII grew out of many discussions within ADI about how best to support the growing number of organisations working in the field of Animal Assisted Therapy, Education and Activity (together called Animal Assisted Intervention – AAI). These organisations, many of them also involved in training assistance dogs, lacked an international focus for creating standards, developing professional standards and offering networking opportunities.

ADI set up a Working Group in 2009 to take a closer look at how best to meet this need, and what role ADI should play in supporting the newly emerging field of AAI. After lengthy discussion, ADI decided to support the creation of a newly independent not for profit organisation to bring together AAI programs. The prime reason for this decision to create a separate organisation was to ensure that a clear distinction between the assistance dog and AAI working models is maintained. However, there are also many common factors in the work promoted by ADI and AAII and it is hoped that the two organisations will maintain close contact – including holding joint conferences.

Special thanks must go to Peter Gorbing (ex President of both ADI and Assistance Dogs Europe (ADEu)), Elma Burg (Secretary of ADEu) and Danny Vancoppernolle (current Chair of ADEu and ADI Board member) for being the early driving forces behind the initiative to create AAII. Their skills, experience and energy has been invaluable. There is now an interim Board made up of people from Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, UK, Croatia, Germany and the United States. The first AGM of AAII will be held in Spa in Belgium in November and a full Board will be elected at that meeting.

Further information is available at

Puppies in Flight program applications

US Airways is now accepting applications year round for their Puppies in Flight program from ADI Candidates and Members.

Click here for further information, guidelines and an application form.


New ADI President elected

The Board of ADI has elected Richard Lord from Assistance Dogs Australia as the new President of ADI. The election came after Peter Gorbing from Dogs for the Disabled UK stood down having completed his Board term.

On taking up the post of President, Richard Lord thanked his fellow board members for their vote of confidence and said; “I am humbled by the honour to lead the organisation and will attempt to fill the giant footsteps left by the departure of the previous president Peter Gorbing. I look forward to working closely with the board and the members to continue the great strides made by ADI over the last decade.”

On leaving office after six years as President Peter Gorbing said; “It has been a great privilege to serve as President of ADI at such an exciting time in its history. I think ADI is now a much stronger international force than when I took over as President in 2007, and I am certain that under Richard’s leadership it will continue to grow and flourish.

“I am grateful to all Members for contributing to the development of ADI and, although I have stepped down as President, I hope to continue to play an active role in the organisation. One of the great strengths of the assistance dog movement is the willingness of organisations to work together, and as a result I have worked with some wonderful people who will be lifelong friends.”

2013 Accreditation documents now available

Part of the mission of ADI is to establish standards for the Assistance Dog Industry. Over many years, members of ADI have developed an accreditation manual and procedures to evaluate the quality standards of assistance dog programs.

Our Accreditation documents for 2013 are now available in the Accreditation area of the website. Members or Candidate programs that want to apply for accreditation 0r re-accreditation should review these documents. Click here to access the accreditation 2013 information

ADI’s new website

Welcome to the new ADI website!

The website is an important part of ADI’s work and is well used by Members, Candidates and the general public. We hope you’ll find this new website easier to navigate and the information clearer and more logically presented. We have introduced some new features – a ‘news’ section which will be regularly updated, and a ‘Members Only’ area open to accredited members which will be available very soon.

If you are an ADI Member then we hope you’ll contribute to the ‘Members Only’ area and send us interesting articles, news releases etc that can be added to this part of the website. along with any good photographs that we could use on the site to keep it looking fresh. Please send to

We hope you enjoy using the new and improved website.