Become a Therapy Dog Team at VCU - Join Dogs On Call!

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The Center for Human-Animal Interaction

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Do you have a dog who loves people? Do you enjoy making people smile? You and your pet can make an impact in the lives of others as a therapy dog team at VCU's Medical Center. The Dogs On Call program enhances the well being of patients, families, and staff through in-hospital visitation by trained and registered dog-handler teams from the community at no cost to patients. Our Dogs On Call teams visit with patients all over the hospital, in-and outpatient clinics, and in satellite facilities all over Richmond to brighten their days during difficult times. Join Dogs On Call to help provide patients and families with a special experience to look forward to while bonding with your dog!

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About The Center for Human-Animal Interaction


1200 East Broad St., P.O Box 980710, RICHMOND, VA 23298, US

Mission Statement

The Center for Human-Animal Interaction improves health and well-being through human-animal interaction.


Established in the VCU School of Medicine in June 2001, the purpose of the Center for Human-Animal Interaction is to provide a formal structure for and promote interdisciplinary and interinstitutional research, clinical practice, and educational activities related to the human-animal relationship.


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VCU Medical Center1250 East Marshall StreetRichmond, VA 23298



  • Mental Health
  • Animal Therapy
  • Patient Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Healthcare


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • 10 visit per year minimum
  • Dog must be registered with Pet Partners or Alliance of Therapy Dogs

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