About the President of the Canadian Institute of Animal-Assisted Interventions

Esther Delisle is an author with a Ph.D. in political science. 

In 2004, she became a certified animal-assisted therapist. She has worked with people with Alzheimer, dementia, mental retardation and also hospitalized in palliative care. She implemented two programs of animal-assisted learning in 3 elementary schools in Montreal. Based on that experience, she co-wrote an article that was published in the magazine Childhood Education International (2012.) She sat for many years on the board of the Corporation des zoothérapeutes du Québec (Quebec Corporation of Animal-Assisted Therapists.)


She has also participated in many international conferences on the topic of Human-Animal relationship, sometimes giving presentations. It gave her the opportunity to witness firsthand how animal-assisted interventions migrated from the fringe to the near-mainstream of the therapeutic world.  


She's inviting you to share her journey.

Coordinators of Research and Development 

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Pritanshi Jeswani
Co-founder at Psych-.ED
Student, Master of Science, Clinical Psychology, Christ University NCR
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Devika Bharany
Co-Founder at Psych-.ED
Student, Master of Science, Clinical Psychology, Christ University NCR

Our mission 


To educate and inform about Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) and to present its most innovative and original programs in Canada and around the world


Practitioners of AAI, animal lovers and people who are just curious, we welcome you all. 


The CIAAI website is available in English and French. However, the links of some videos, available only in one of the two languages, have been placed on the site because of their undeniable interest.