Congratulations on successfully completing the testing phase of your certification process! We are thrilled about the prospect of collaborating with you in the upcoming stage—the in-facility evaluations.
Throughout this phase, together with your dog, you will accompany one of Therapy Dogs of Vermont’s experienced evaluators on three to five visits to an elder care facility. Your evaluator serves as both a valuable resource and a mentor, guiding you in effectively and safely conducting visits according to the guidelines. Additionally, they will continue to evaluate the suitability of both you and your dog for this remarkable endeavor.
Your evaluator has provided or will provide you with several dates to convene at a local elder care facility, where you, your evaluator, and potentially other candidates undergoing evaluation will meet. It’s important to note that our evaluators, much like you, are volunteers who often work with multiple teams concurrently. Therefore, we kindly request your flexibility in aligning with the schedule they propose. We also encourage you to prioritize attendance and maintain open communication if rescheduling becomes necessary. This collaborative approach significantly streamlines the process for all parties involved, and we genuinely appreciate your commitment to this aspect.
You have a six-month timeframe from the date of your test to complete your three evaluations.
Please continue reading this page to prepare for your first evaluation.