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Joining Pete's Pet Posse Tulsa

Would you like to become part of Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa and help make a difference in the lives of students, faculty, staff, and visitors to OSU-Center for Health Sciences and OSU-Tulsa?

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If you are affiliated with one of Oklahoma State University's Tulsa campuses, and have an animal you think would work well as a therapy pet, you can apply by completing an application.

Applications are accepted in May and must have the signature of your Department Head or Supervisor. The selection process takes approximately two months and training for the program begins in July. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

The Application Process

Applications are accepted once per year, during the month of May. The application process takes approximately two months to complete. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Once you have submitted an application to become part of Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa, the program coordinator will contact you (the owner/handler) to schedule an interview with a sub-committee of the advisory board. Once the interview is complete, the physical exam and disposition evaluation for the animal will be scheduled.

You will be asked to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lara Sypniewski at the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital for the physical exam. The disposition evaluation is done by the P3T trainer. A $50 application fee is due at the time of the wellness exam and covers fees associated with the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital. It is the responsibility of the department and the owner/handler to agree upon the payment of these fees prior to any appointment. Payment is due when services are rendered.

Once the interview, physical exam, and disposition evaluation are completed, the results are provided to the Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa Advisory Board. The Advisory Board makes the final determination on therapy teams accepted into the program. Applicants are notified of the Board’s decision in June and training begins in July. Schedule is subject to change due to coronavirus related closures/limitations.

If your animal is already certified/registered as a therapy animal, the same process and fees still apply.

You can review the Owner-Handler Standards here.