Employee Wellness offers a unique program of interaction with registered and insured therapy dogs as a way of bringing a level of stress relief and calm to your hectic work environment.
The UNM Employee Wellness Therapy Dog Initiative, in collaboration with the Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers, has proven to be a tail-waggin’ hit across campus. If you are interested in having Therapy Dogs at your next event, the first step is to fill out a request form on the SCCV website.
Each department must make their request at least 4 weeks in advance of their event date. The number of therapy dog teams provided will be based on the expected attendance at your event, the number of guest parking passes you can provide for the handlers and the availability of the volunteer therapy dog teams on the date/time of your event.
You can purchase UNM Parking Guest Permits for the volunteers who will attend and once SCCV teams are assigned, you will be given addresses to mail the parking passes so that they arrive in advance of your event. Contact Employee Wellness and we will assist by providing you with the addresses of the SCCV teams who have volunteered to bring wet noses and happy tails to your event.
Wellness of a Furry Kind
Research increasingly shows positive health benefits of animal therapy on college campuses for faculty, students, and staff. UNM provides animal therapy as a regular part of our wellness services.
Other universities that have successfully implemented therapy dog programs include Yale Law School, Harvard Medical School, Kent State, Emory University, University of Connecticut and Michigan, Rice University, and UT Arlington.