Becoming a Member of the BTER Foundation

You do not need to join the BTER Foundation to use this site and most of its resources. You may simply register, free of charge, to use most of the educational materials posted on this site.

But when you become a paid member of the BTER Foundation, you not only help us help others, but you also help yourself to our free insurance billing/coding services, access to the BTER Foundation library, and a whole host of other membership benefits, listed below.


Member Categories -

  • Voting categories
1) Professional members (healthcare professionals, researchers, educators, vendors)
2) Community members

  • Non-voting categories
3) Student members
4) Honorary member

Qualifications of membership -
  1. Professional members – individuals trained and/or working in biotherapy related fields, including health care, education, zoology, microbiology, biomedical research, and vendors of biotherapy products.
  2. Community members – Members who wish to support the mission of the Foundation, but do not qualify for Professional membership. This includes, but is not limited to, non-therapist community members, former professional members now retired.
  3. Student members – Individuals receiving formal training in any field; with appropriate documentation (i.e., current identification card, letter from institution official).
  4. Honorary member – Membership in this category will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors (with recommendations by the Membership Committee), and is by invitation only, based on significant past contributions to the field or on related medical, environmental or humanitarian activities. It is expected that there will be no more than one or two Honorary Members conferred each year.


Member Benefits –
  • Member benefits will be recommended by the Membership Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.
  • All members are eligible to receive the following benefits:
1) BTER Foundation members are leaders and participants in the movement to improve the access of therapists and patients to beneficial animals. Is there any greater benefit than that?
2) Free access to most BTER Foundation educational materials (policies and procedures, education books, CD’s, and other products produced by the Foundation).
3) Ability to recommend BTER Foundation projects and provide influential feedback on content of educational materials.
4) Discounts on BTER Foundation education programs. Usually 10-20% discounts on workshop registration, conferences, etc.
5) Discounts on multi-year membership dues.
6) Discounts on Foundation merchandise of 10-25%.
7) Free electronic access to the Foundation’s newsletter: The BeTER LeTTER (printed copies may require a postage subsidy).

  • Professional Members have these additional benefits:
1) Free listing in the Therapist Referral Pages (non-members pay $60/year).
2) Free web page (single page) on the BTER Foundation web-site (additional pages and custom web-design is available at cost).
3) Referrals for lectures, interviews and other opportunities, some of which may involve reimbursement directly to the member. (Note: unlike Board Members, regular members are not required to submit their Biotherapy-related honoraria or consulting fees to the Foundation.)
4) Free access to the BTER Foundation’s virtual library of Biotherapy references (current holdings of over 500 papers)
5) Pending – Discounted access to “Claims Appeal Assistance service, in which the BTER Foundation will assist members with denials for Biotherapy reimbursement.
6) Pending – Free or discounted subscription to the Official Journal of the BTER Foundation (the specific journal has yet to be determined).

Member dues -
Membership Category1 year2 years3 years
Corporate members$250$450$600
Professional members$125$225$300
Community members$ 55$100$132
Student members$ 25$ 45$ 60
Honorary member (lifelong, by invitation)Gratis

Note: 10% off dues, each year, with a 2-year membership; 20% off dues, each year, with a 3-year membership. Membership dues will be recommended by the Membership Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. Members can join at any time; membership renewals will be due on January 1 every year thereafter.


Ready to become a member yourself?
Then download and submit a membership form, or read how easy it is to Become a Member on-line Today.



Still thinking about becoming a member? Consider this:


  • Membership qualifies you for access and substantial discounts to courses and meetings, scientific literature, restricted pages on this website, opportunities to network with other members, and so much more. Community membership will pay for itself with just the first two free article downloads, or the savings at one of our conferences.

  • Membership is simple, inexpensive, and it's just the right thing to do. You will feel great!

To join right now, download and submit a membership form, or visit the on-line Membership Application Page.