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NEWS | June 24, 2021

USAISR Burn Center seeks therapy dog teams

By Dr. Steven Galvan U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Public Affairs

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

The 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 the 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).
  • DD 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 more than 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 (e.g. children, crowds, etc.) will not be selected.

Interested owners/teams can call 210-645-5003 to set up the required in-person interview to discuss the pet team requirements and availability with those interested. The animal/animals and all necessary documentation must be brought to the interview.