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The Loss of a Service Dog Through Death or Retirement: Experiences and Impact on Handlers and the Important Role of Veterinary Professionals

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  • Description:
    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. This presentation will include discussion of results of recent quantitative and qualitative research pertaining to the loss of a service dog. It will highlight the distinctive aspects of this profound relationship and issues related to its loss. The presenters will also make suggestions, based upon their findings, about how veterinary professionals can help support this important relationship.

    Running time: 39 mins

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  • Sponsor: VetVine
  • Presenter(s): Cori Bussolari, Psy.D., Phyllis Erdman, Ph.D., Wendy Packman, J.D., Ph.D., Jennifer Currin-McCulloch, Ph.D., LMSW
  • Fee (Basic Membership): $28