Service Dog in Training (SDiT)

Canines currently in VMF’s service dog training program.

Dogs in Service

Service Dogs

A Service Dog is a highly skilled dog trained to perform one or more specific tasks for a person with a disability, fostering greater independence and enhanced quality of life for that individual.

Veteran Support Dogs

A Veteran Support Dog is a dog trained to provide comfort and companionship support for a veteran.

Animal-Assisted Intervention Dogs

Animal-assisted intervention (AAI) is a term broadly used to describe the use of various animal species in diverse manners beneficial to humans. Examples include animal-assisted therapy, animal-assisted education, and animal-assisted activities.

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal meeting specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. Animal-assisted therapy is delivered and/or directed by health care or medical service providers with expertise in the clinical application of human-animal interactions within the scope of their profession. Animal-assisted therapy is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, or cognitive functions, and is documented and evaluated within an individualized treatment plan. Animal-assisted therapy may be provided in a variety of settings, and may be conducted in group or individual environments.

Animal-assisted activities (AAA) provide opportunities for motivational, educational, or recreational benefits to enhance individual(s) quality of life. Animal-assisted activities may be conducted in a variety of environments, and are conducted by specially trained professionals, paraprofessionals, or volunteers in conjunction with animals that meet activity-specific criteria.

Career Transfer Dogs

Career Transfer Dogs are dogs that have been transferred from VMF’s Service Dog in Training (SDiT) Program to other service programs that are compatible with the individual dog’s physical attributes, temperament and skills.

Privately – Owned Animal-Assisted Intervention Dogs

Animal-assisted intervention (AAI) is a term broadly used to describe the use of various animal species in diverse manners beneficial to humans. Examples include animal-assisted therapy, animal-assisted education, and animal-assisted activities.

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal meeting specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. Animal-assisted therapy is delivered and/or directed by health care or medical service providers with expertise in the clinical application of human-animal interactions within the scope of their profession. Animal-assisted therapy is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, or cognitive functions, and is documented and evaluated within an individualized treatment plan. Animal-assisted therapy may be provided in a variety of settings, and may be conducted in group or individual environments.

Animal-assisted activities (AAA) provide opportunities for motivational, educational, or recreational benefits to enhance individual(s) quality of life. Animal-assisted activities may be conducted in a variety of environments, and are conducted by specially trained professionals, paraprofessionals, or volunteers in conjunction with animals that meet activity-specific criteria.