Pet Partner Evaluation

“Improving human health through service and therapy animals.”

Pet Partners Mock Evaluation

TheraPets holds Pet Partners mock evaluations several times a year at Windsor Hills United Methodist Church, the exact location for training classes. Stay tuned for date and time. No need to pre-register and no fee. No dogs, please.

This demonstration is an excellent opportunity to see the evaluation, ask questions, get clarifications, see scoring, etc.

Pet Partner Program

The Pet Partners program trains and screens volunteers and their pets for visiting animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other facilities.

The Pet Partners program was established in 1990, and it is the only national registry that requires volunteer training and screening of animal-handler teams. The necessary training and screening ensure that both people and animals are prepared to participate in animal-assisted activity and animal-assisted therapy programs. Animal-handler teams must repeat screening every two years.

Pet Partners’ national network links volunteers with facilities in their communities that request visiting pets and helps Pet Partners contact facilities to begin visits in new locations. See for more information.

Are you interested in volunteering? Want more information? Contact us today!

We conduct Pet Partner evaluations at Cave Spring United Methodist Church in Roanoke, VA. Saturday, September 23, 2023, is our next evaluation.

Pet Partners requires the evaluation to become a newly registered Therapy Dog Team or to renew your existing registration, which expires every two years.

If you are an existing registered Pet Partners team, please check the expiration date on your badge to see when you need to test again and start your registration three months before your expiration date. Per Pet Partners policy, the evaluation slots fill on a first come, first served basis.

Please use the instructions below to sign up for the event:

  1. Log in to the Pet Partners website with your email address and password.
  2. Click My Registrations.
  3. Click Start a new Application or Resume Your Application / Resume Your Renewal.
  4. Click Team Evaluation.
  5. Click the Schedule an Evaluation button to enter to the Training Center..
  6. Select Sign Up.
  7. Select Handler.
  8. Select Evaluations.
  9. Click By Location.
  10. Scroll down to your preferred location.
  11. Click the tiny arrow next to Available Classes.
  12. Choose your preferred date and click Register.
  13. Review the details for the event and click Register.
  14. Click the Check Out button in your cart and wait for confirmation that you successfully signed up.

Please note that existing and new teams must complete an online handlers course and bring a copy of the Completion Certificate to your evaluation.

If you need help signing up for the evaluation or handlers course, you will need to contact Pet Partners directly. TheraPets do not have access to the Pet Partners system.

Paul Henegar,
Therapets of the Roanoke Valley Evaluation Coordinator / Board Member.
Licensed Pet Partner Evaluator.