U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Teams Up With Pet Partners



The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is partnering with Pet Partners to help improve the quality of life, social engagement and health of veterans through increased access of animal-assisted activities (AAA) and animal-assisted therapy (AAT) services throughout the VA health care system.


Pet Partners and VA will train therapy animal teams and encourage VA medical facilities to establish and expand trained therapy animal visitation and AAA and AAT programs to give patients the sense of connection, comfort and joy that comes from spending time with animals. 


“This partnership will add to the health care services and programs VA offers to veterans, as emerging research recognizes the positive effects interactions with animals can have on patients,” said Robert Wilkie, VA secretary. “VA’s work with Pet Partners will help veterans support well-being through animal-assisted activities and therapy, which research shows can be very beneficial.”


The partnership will also provide Veteran communities with volunteer opportunities and integrate veterans and their families into Pet Partners activities and events.


Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

Sustainably Yours Offers Demo Sets For Retailers

The demo provides a hands on experience to shows off the litter formula to consumers.

Oxyfresh Wins 2019 Pet Independent Innovation Award

The company received an award for its Pet Deodorizer.

Petcurean Donates Meals to Feed Homeless Pets in New Mexico

Petcurean partners with Long Leash On Life to donate 30,000 meals to help feed homeless cats and dogs in New Mexico this winter season.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags