Therapy Animal Expo

Interested in volunteering with your well behaved pet? Enjoy the day learning about your pet and the best volunteer job ever!

Do you have a friendly, well behaved pet?
(dog, cats, equines, rabbits, guinea pigs, llamas and alpacas, birds, miniature pigs, and rats)

Have you ever considered sharing your pet with people in hospitals, nursing homes or other environments?

Come out and learn the process to become a team and hear from animal trainers and therapy animal experts. You will gain knowledge about your animal that will help you prepare for the best volunteer job ever. You’ll also get to visit with therapy animal programs like the ones at The Mayo Clinic, Community Hospice, the Duval Courthouse, and more.

Do you already volunteer with your pet?

In addition, if you are already volunteering with your pet, there will be sessions to expand your knowledge and improve your therapy animal visits. There will be representatives from Northeast Florida therapy animal programs for you to connect with in your search for volunteer opportunities.

Therapy Animal Coalition’s 4th Expo is for aspiring volunteer therapy animal handlers, already registered handlers and the facilities and organizations that want or have therapy animal programs. The Expo is open to the public and offers informational workshops and speakers to help those new to the field or those wanting to expand their knowledge.

Whether you are new to pet therapy or already volunteering, choose from several sessions throughout the day and participate in two keynote addresses from nationally known speakers, Dr. Aubrey Fine and Rev. Elizabeth Teal. To learn more about the event specifics, please visit the event website:

Breakfast and lunch are included in the ticket price of this event. HUMAN ONLY EVENT: Please leave your pets at home. Only service animals are allowed at this event.

*If you are a professional looking to use therapy animals in your practice, please register for the UNF Animal -Assisted Therapy Symposium which will award Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from University of North Florida. The Symposium and the Expo are two events happening in the same location on the same day and share keynote speakers. Please register for the Symposium at this link

The Invisible Visit – An Inside Look at Pet Therapy

Have you ever wanted to volunteer with your pet as a therapy animal team? Come find out what makes the magic happen on a pet therapy visit – whether you’re simply curious, are new to animal assisted interactions, or you have been visiting for years… discover new techniques and better ways to use old ones. You will also hear about the process to get started in pet therapy.

Don’t miss hearing from the engaging and dynamic Rev. Liz Teal!!

The Rev. Elizabeth Teal is the spiritual director for The Ministry of Animals and the educational director for Giving Paws, the chaplaincy wing of The Ministry of Animals. She has been involved in animal-assisted interactions since 1985. She is an international speaker on human/pet interactions and served for many years as the lead trainer for Pattes Tendues in Geneva, Switzerland. She worked for the New York City headquarters of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and was on the first Pet Partners’ National Committee, as well as being an instructor and evaluator for the program. She was on the board of the Society of North American Dog Trainers and was a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

Doors open at 5:30 pm, light refreshments will be served.