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Therapy Animals of San Antonio

Bringing People and Animals Together for Healing


How to Become a Therapy Team

StoryTails group Briefly, the steps on how to become a therapy team with our organization are below. Details are in the team information packet.

  1. Read the team information packet, the core performance standards, and the scope of service policy to see if you think this would be a good fit for you and your animal.
  2. Call our phone line (210-614-6734) or e-mail animal@therapyanimalssa.org to ask questions.
  3. Complete additional training with your animal in the community if needed to ensure readiness. We have suggestions for training courses.
  4. Join Therapy Animals of San Antonio and pay your $60 fee. The fee includes a one year membership, a training class for the individual, and a team evaluation during the membership period.
  5. Decide if you want your team registration to be Local or Pet Partners®. The differences between the two are detailed in the team information packet.
  6. Complete class requirements for the registration type and attend the scheduled class. There will be several classes throughout the year for each registration type. The dates will be put on our calendar a couple of months before the class.
  7. Have your veterinarian complete a health-screening exam on your animal. Complete the Therapy Team Registration packet.
  8. Attend and successfully complete a scheduled therapy team evaluation with your animal. There will be several evaluations throughout the year for each registration type. The dates will be put on our calendar a couple of months before the evaluation. The evaluation is explained in the team training manual that will be available after you become a member. You may purchase a shirt for yourself and/or a vest for your dog to wear to your Therapy Animals activities.
  9. Visit at least two facilities with two experienced therapy teams. Your animal does not go with you.
  10. Select and begin visiting a facility on our waiting list to visit regularly.  We require a minimum of ten visits each year with a two year commitment. Submit visit reports on-line after each visit.
  11. Participate in organizational activities after joining.