OSU's Pet Therapy Program
Pete's Pet Posse
Applications for Class 5 of Pete's Pet Posse are currently available. Applications will close September 30 at 5pm. One scholarship is also available. If interested, please complete materials and return to pettherapy.okstate.edu.
Animals on Campus
As a reminder, only dogs specifically recognized by Pete’s Pet Posse and dogs identified as service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act are allowed in campus buildings. Approved emotional support animals are restricted to residential housing. Other than in the case of these limited exceptions, pets and emotional support animals are not to be in campus buildings.
If your department would like more information on the benefits of the OSU pet therapy program, see below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Pete's Pet Posse
Pete's Pet Posse, OSU's Pet Therapy Program, was established as a wellness program in Fall 2013. Through a cooperative effort of the President's Office, OSU College of Veterinary Medicine, OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital, University Counseling, Human Resources, and the Employee Assistance Program, the program has experienced much success and has recently expanded to include OSU-Tulsa and the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Fall 2015.
Pet therapy teams must apply to be part of the program and applications are submitted to the Pet Therapy Advisory Board. Once the owner/handler completes an interview, the dog then meets with the independent trainer for a disposition evaluation and also completes a wellness exam by the program veterinarian. The Pet Therapy Advisory Board oversees the program and makes the final determination for acceptance into the program.
Once accepted into the program, animals complete extensive training, including a Canine Good Citizen certificate and registration with Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Dogs then serve in their department and also participate in special appearances across campus. The dogs provide an additional wellness benefit to faculty, staff, students, and even visitors. The OSU College of Veterinary Medicine oversees the wellness care of the animals and ensures the animals are maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
These animals belong to families of employees and others affiliated with OSU. They are not owned by the university. They live with their humans full time and make the campus a little brighter orange each time their furry feet hit the campus.
Pete’s Pet Posse was created to positively enhance physical and emotional health, and contribute to the success of being America's HEALTHIEST Campus®.
Pictured: Evie (left) and Charlie, two pet therapy dogs, waiting patiently for a treat!