Pet Partners Team Evaluations

Note: Please scroll down for the Evaluation Schedule and links for Registration Forms and Travel/Parking directions.

Once the handler completes Pet Partners Handler Course, then he/she schedules a team evaluation. Handlers learn all about the evaluation in the course, but basically it consists of two parts:

  1. The skills test which evaluates basic manners and socialization of the team.
  2. The aptitude test which further evaluates the team by exposing them to roll play and experiences the team may encounter on a visit.

ElderPet strongly recommends that if your prospective therapy animal is a dog, that you and your pet take a basic obedience or CGC class before signing up for an evaluation. ( If you took the on-line course, please review the information under the Therapy Animal Program tab.)

Current Pet Partners must take the Team Evaluation every 2 years.

Pet Partners has supplied an excellent handout of reminders for teams before taking the evaluation which is helpful for first timers as well as renewals. This can be found on their website, but, for your convenience, a copy is provided here. Evaluation Reminders

Evaluation Schedule and Required Registration Forms

Please register with Pet Partners to secure your slot and use the following registration forms to tell us about yourself and send in your payment. Alternatively, you may email teh form and bring a check with you. This is for renewals, second pet, second handler, and those who have completed the Pet Partners In Person or On-Line Handler Course.

Fees will be posted soon.

*** Please print out and mail in the registration forms before the deadline so we have adequate time to send you a mailing. In addition, please register for the evaluation online in the Pet Partners Volunteer Center ***

Evaluation Volunteers Welcome

If you have taken the on-line or in person course, or are thinking about it, volunteering for an evaluation is an excellent way to see if you and your pet are ready to be a Pet Partners team. The evaluation requires people to role play through prescribed scenarios.

If you are interested in volunteering as part of the crowd for an evaluation, please contact Marsha Barden. (




2022 Evaluation Dates

Durham Public Library, Durham, NH




In light of the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, we at ElderPet respectfully request that you wear a mask when entering the library and show proof of Covid vaccination at the upstairs evaluation registration desk. It is highly likely the places you will be visiting will have the same requirements, so you might consider this request as a part of role playing for the evaluation. 
Also remember, everyone you will come in contact with during the evaluation are volunteers for Pet Partners. We are giving up our time for no compensation because we value the strength and benefits of the human/animal bond.  We want everyone to be safe.
If you are unable or unwilling to follow this request, feel free reschedule your evaluation for a time when COVID-19 is fully under control. Please reach out to Pet Partners with any questions or concerns.


Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm by appointment only
Registration Deadline: February 12, 2022

Registration Form

Travel Directions


Date: Saturday, April 2, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm by appointment only
Registration Deadline: March 19, 2022

Registration Form

Travel Directions


~If these dates and times are not convenient, please search the calendar in the Courses and Events link on the Volunteer Center of the Pet Partners website and check on other evaluations in New England by state. ~