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Service Dog Loss Through Retirement and Death

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    November 24, 2021 5:33 PM EST


    Service dog handlers and their service dogs have a unique and profound relationship. Numerous studies have identified how service dogs positively impact people with disabilities, including the ability to foster socialization and community participation. Service dogs additionally provide emotional support, security, and an increased sense of independence. Thus, the loss of a service dog (from retirement or death) is often a significant life event, due in part to the lost relationship, but also, because of the changes this brings to the handler’s independence and activities of daily living.

    We are pleased to present a discussion of results of recent quantitative and qualitative research pertaining to the loss of a service dog. This webinar highlights the distinctive aspects of this profound relationship between a disable person and their service dog and issues related to its loss. Our panel of presenters will also share suggestions, based upon their findings, about how veterinary professionals can help support this important relationship.

    The panel of presenters include: Dr. Phyllis Erdman, Dr. Cori Bussolari, Dr. Wendy Packman, and Dr. Jennifer Currin-McCulloch

    Running time: 39 mins

    *Registration is compliments of VetVine

    *Veterinarians and veterinary technicians can earn AAVSB RACE, NY, and NJVMA-approved CE credit on a pay-per-view basis or inclusive of a VetVine Premium Membership