OSF St. Anthony Medical Center seeks dogs/owners for Animal-Assisted Therapy Program

December 16, 2009

From press release

No, we’re not going to the dogs. OSF St. Anthony Medical Center is inviting the dogs, along with their owners, to come to OSF.

OSF St. Anthony Medical Center is recruiting social, well-mannered, predictable dogs for its very successful Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) Program. AAT uses highly-trained animals and handlers to help patients achieve specific physical, social, cognitive and emotional goals. Therapy dogs and their owners visit the hospital and bring comfort to patients, reducing stress, anxiety and blood pressure, and increasing patient social interaction and communication.

Eligible dogs and handlers must meet specific requirements. Dogs need to be at least 1 year old; be able to demonstrate proficiency in basic obedience; and be up to date on inoculations (including rabies, distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, par influenza Bordetella and corona virus). Dogs should have lived with their handlers for a minimum of six months and must be clean, with no signs of fleas, ticks or dermatitis, and have proof of annual heartworm test. Once admitted to the program, dogs need to be on flea protection year round, and have a bi-annual stool check. Dogs with allergies will not be permitted in the program. Dog handlers must be at least 18 years old, be dependable and prompt, with good communication skills.

Applications for the therapy program are available online at www.osfsaintanthony.org and are due by Jan. 20, 2010. Qualifying dogs will go through temperament testing, scheduled for Jan. 23. There will be a $30 fee for this testing. Dogs that pass will be invited to a mandatory training program through Midwest Canine Academy and Paws 4 Therapy, held Feb. 7, 13 and 14, 2010. Dogs successfully completing the training will be registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc.

For more information about AAT at OSF St. Anthony, contact Theresa Geraci, BSN, RN, at (815) 227-2500.

From the Dec. 16-22, 2009 issue


  1. Dr. Patricia Jordan

    December 16, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Please do not continue to request that dogs be immune system annilated with outdated vaccination protocols in order to be therapy dogs! your request for coronocvirus vaccine is ridiculous as our leading veterinary vaccine researcher Dr. Ron Schultz points the finger at the coronoa as a virus looking for a disease, it is not a core vaccine and is not recommended. As well, Lepto vaccines, not core, bad,bad vaccines, will make the dog sick and does NOT keep the dogs from becoming infected with Leptospirosis and will INCREASE the liklihood that a therapy dog, if they get the infection from Lepto and it si subclinical will actually have a GREATER chance of infecting the patients at the hospital. Lyme Disease, the very dis ease is in the immunopathology that results from the antigen meeting up eith the mammalian immune cells. Dogs vaccinated with either Lepto of Lyme can easily exhibit the very dis ease, or pathology of either of these dis eases. Parainfluenza should NEVER be injected nor Bordatella. Now we have the scintific published PROOF that the use of specifically the Bordatella vaccines and rabies and others are actually responsible for emerging problems in public health. Look at the Rollins School pf Public Health at Emory university and confrim, that the use nad overuse of thse veterinary vaccines are not at all making a safer therapy dog, instead this vaccine frenzy is dysregulating the immune system of our dogs (humans also) and conferring dis ease upon them in the matter of immunopathology! read more in MARK OF THE BEAST HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT or on http://www.dr-jordan.com

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