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How to become a Pet Therapy Team Member

  

Intermountain Therapy Animal (ITA)

Mock Drill aka A Pet Therapy Try-It Session

A Mock Drill is where you get to practice with your pet on what it is like during a therapy team evaluation.  We also explain the steps you take to become qualified.

Cost:  There is no cost.

Location & Dates:  Check the Announcements section on the left side of this page below the Donate button for dates and locations or look under the tab "Join MPP" and click on the "Workshop Dates" title.

To Sign Up:  Send an email to read@montgomerypetpartners.org.  You will be sent a questionnaire which must be completed and brought with you to the Mock Drill.

 
ITA Therapy Team Training Manual

 This manual introduces you to animal assisted interactions, the unique volunteering experience, you as a therapy team, the evaluation, a clients           perspective, differences between various facilities, forms, resources, and lots of other information.

 Cost:  $75
 
 To order your ITA Therapy Team Training Manual, please click our donate button located on the left side of the page.  In the description type ITA
 Manual and your email address.  For amount type $75.  You will receive a confirmation that your order has been received and it will be processed.
 

ITA Workshop


A classroom style all day workshop where you will learn the skills needed to safely visit with your animal at various facilities such as hospitals, libraries, schools and senior centers.  This workshop is only for you NOT your dog. You will learn about patient confidentiality, various health and safety codes, interacting with different types of people, and lots of other things.  You will also discuss a variety of “what if” scenarios and meet others who are or have been therapy team handlers.

Cost:  Complementary

Location & Dates:  Check the Announcements section on the left side of this page below the Donate button for dates and locations or look under the tab "Join MPP" and click on the "Workshop Dates" title.


Evaluation

Prerequisite:  1) Participated in a Mock Drill; 2) Received a "ready" or a "ready with work/practice" at the Mock Drill, 3) Purchased and read the ITA Therapy Team Training Manual, and 4) Attend a Workshop.

The ITA Therapy Animal Handler Evaluation is where you and your animal will be tested on 26 specific skills and aptitudes. 

Cost:  $25 for the evaluation, $60 for the license.

Location & Dates:  Check the Announcements section on the left side of this page below the Donate button for dates and locations.

To Sign Up:  Send an email to read@montgomerypetpartners.org with your name, your dogs name, a contact number and the date your wish to register for the ITA Evaluation.

After You Pass

Licenses are sent directly to MPP.  Once we receive your license we will schedule an orientation with you.  Initial membership is $100 and includes your shirt and dog vest.  Renewal fees are $25 per year, payable when you re-evaluate every two years.  After orientation, we will schedule you to shadow several of our facilities.  We then work together to determine the best facility for you to participate at on a regular basis.  Most of our volunteer opportunities are during the week, during regular business hours.  We do have some weekend volunteer work, but it is very limited.