Pet Partners Handler Course

Note: Please read all the information under the Therapy Animal Program tab before signing up for a course.

The Pet Partners Handler Course can be taken as an in-person workshop with ElderPet or on-line course through Pet Partners. Handlers will learn about ways they can support their animal while on visits, interact with different types of clients, the real-life application of the standards/best practices of Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program. This will include preparing the handler for the team evaluation. The in-person class is highly recommended because of interaction with other future handlers, role play, and being able to ask questions of the instructor and guest team. This course is for the handler only. Pets do not accompany the handler for this course.

Pet Partners In-Person Handler Courses Offered by ElderPet

Cost of the course, which includes the Handler Guide, handouts and light refreshments is $50. (Two people from the same household may register for $75 and use the same Guide.) Evaluations are scheduled separately. You may register for the team evaluation, to be taken after the course, at the same time as the course or wait until after the course to schedule. Team Evaluation Registration

Class date: October 15, 2017
Class time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Barton Hall, UNH, Durham
Registration Deadline: September 30, 2017
Evaluation: Choice of Handler to be scheduled separately (See Evaluation Page)

Registration Form

Travel Directions

An acknowledgement email will be sent when the print registration form and check are received. A letter will be sent about 10 days-2 weeks before the course with reminders.

If this date and time are not convenient but you wish to take an in-person course, register as a volunteer on the Pet Partners website and check on other courses in New England.

On-Line Course Through Pet Partners (For those who cannot schedule the in-person class)

Those wishing to take the course on-line need to register for the Volunteer Center at the Pet Partners website.  This course can be taken at the handler's convenience and costs $70.

Once the course is complete, the handler will need to register for a Team Evaluation.