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U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center seeks dog therapy teams

By Dr. Steven Galvan | U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Public Affairs | Aug. 22, 2018


The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center at Brooke Army Medical Center is looking for a qualified and dynamic dog teams to aid in the department’s healthcare mission. 


Specifically, dog teams will therapeutically interact with patients, family members and staff assigned to the center.  Interested owners must be able to present all necessary certification documents at the time of interview. 


The team’s certification must be issued by a licensed evaluator applying a nationally recognized curriculum and must include the following information:


·         Picture identification of animal/animals and owner.

·         Name of owner and animal/animals.

·         Expiration date.

·         Temperament Standard.

·         Name of the organization issuing the certification document.

·         Name and telephone number of AAA/AAT supervisor.

·         Determination of animal/owner team status (AAA or AAT).

·         Department of Defense Form 2209, Veterinary Health Certificate, with updated immunization record or commensurate certified documentation issued by the state, etc.

·         A statement that the animal/animals is/are at least one year old and that the owner has had the animal/animals for over a year.


During the interview process, teams must demonstrate the animal’s ability to respond to the owner’s commands, such as “come”, “down”, “sit”, “stay” and “leave it,” etc.  Owners/animals with a temperament not suited to an unpredictable, complex environment, such as children, crowds, etc., will not be selected.


Interested owners/teams should contact the USAISR Public Affairs office at 210-539-5470 to set up the required in-person interview.