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Pet Team Volunteer

Pet Team Volunteers and their animal-assisted visitations at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are another warm and fuzzy way we show compassion and care for our patients.  A visit from one of our volunteer Pet Teams, an adult volunteer plus their personal certified animal, may help relieve a stressful day.

Most of our pet volunteers are dogs. Our patients and their families love to interact with these gentle, but highly-trained animals.  Pet Team Volunteers visit patients and families in their rooms, greet them walking the halls or comfort them in our waiting rooms. 

Pet Team Volunteer Requirements

All pet teams placed at Vanderbilt must be registered and evaluated through one of the nationally recognized Pet Therapy Organizations approved for visits at Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Pet Partners or Intermountain Therapy Animal (ITA).  Local chapters will assist with pet pre-screening, training, evaluation, and registration.  Contact Music City Pet Partners or TherapyARC for ITA.

Pet Team Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Becoming a Pet Team Volunteer (please review before applying)


The Pet Team Volunteer program offers placements in these areas:

Contact Us

For more information, contact Angela Purinton at (615) 936-4800 or