Pet Partners Handler Course

The In-Person Handler Course is currently on-hold because of COVID-19. It is an interactive hands-on course that cannot safely be held with masks and social distancing. An on-line course can be found on the Pet Partners website.

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.) The Team Evaluation is taken after the course and registered for separately. (Handlers may choose to register when they register for the course or wait until after the course to schedule. Forms for the evaluations are found at this link: Team Evaluation Registration)

Class date: Sunday March 15, 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19
Class time: 8:30 am- 4:00 pm
Location: Barton Hall, UNH, Durham
Registration Deadline: February 29, 2020
Evaluation: Date to be to be scheduled separately by Handler (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 which will include reminders for the handler.

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 being offered in New England states.

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 then register for the Handler's Course.  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.