Specifically, IAATE recognizes its role in and responsibilities to the continued existence of zoological parks, public and private institutions housing birds. Trainers and other personnel involved in the husbandry and research of birds must have a clear understanding of their individual roles as well as the interplay between themselves, the animals in their care, the communities in which they live and work, and the public which they serve and to which they are ultimately responsible.
IAATE will provide opportunities through which bird trainers can exchange and disseminate current knowledge, research and other information among themselves in professional and social settings. In addition, IAATE seeks to maintain a positive public image by preparing its members to act as ambassadors for the avian community. IAATE hopes to establish a community of members aspiring to attain the objectives of the Association and committed to its code of professional ethics. IAATE is dedicated to providing and advancing the most professional, effective, and humane care and handling of birds in all habitats.