About Pet Therapy

The broad definition of a therapy animal is defined as an animal trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, people with learning difficulties, and stressful situations such as disaster areas.

It is important to note there is a difference between a service animal and a therapy animal.  A service animal provides assistance for individuals and should not be touched while they are working.  Therapy animals, on the other hand, are trained to interact with a variety of people — petting, touching, and asking questions are encouraged.  Because of these differences, you should always ask before touching an animal wearing a vest.  For more information about the differences, please click here.

Scruff the Pet Therapy Dog Waiting to WorkThe OSU Pet Therapy Program has been designed and developed to enhance the wellness of our campus population and contribute to the success of being America’s HEALTHIEST Campus®.