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If you have any questions about the training program, the behavioral exam, or national program certification, please contact Jan Carlson of Carlson Canine Camp at 815-235-1500 or Itrain538@aol.com.

For questions about the FHN Beyond Words Pet Therapy Program or to request a volunteer application packet, contact Kay Brooks, Director of FHN Volunteer Resources, at 815-599-6148 or kbrooks@fhn.org.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to provide this valuable, compassionate service. We hope to meet you and your dog soon!

Reimbursement of Expenses

Therapy dog training In return for your much-appreciated volunteer service, once you and your dog have completed five visits (within a calendar year), FHN will reimburse you for:

  • the cost of the national certification exam ($5)
  • the cost of the entire therapy dog training course at Carlson ($110, if required for your dog to pass the exam)
  • the cost of registering for national certification ($45)

As long as you complete five visits every year, FHN will continue to reimburse you for the annual cost of renewing your national certification ($45).

A reimbursement form will be provided with your acceptance letter into the FHN program, and is also available online.

Reimbursement Form