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MCMC sets trainings for pet visitor program

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has planned a training and testing program for Wednesday, April 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m., or Wednesday, May 1, beginning at 11 a.m., for dogs and handlers interested in participating in the hospital’s pet visitation program.

Visits from pets have proved effective in boosting the health and spirits of patients, visitors and volunteers. MCMC was among the first hospitals to implement a formal pet visitation program.

The dog’s personality (as well as their handler’s personality, of course) is key in creating a successful pet visitor team. At the April 17 or May 1 program, dogs will be observed and judged as they encounter situations they might typically encounter during a real hospital visit.

Once a dog is accepted into the program, his or her handler will be given information about being a volunteer at MCMC.

Participants in the training will need to complete a form and have it signed by their veterinarian before participating in either the April or May program. Forms and information packets are available by calling Celeste Minnis at 541-506-6426 or emailing celestm@

mcmc.net.

The training program will be in the Medical Office Plaza building directly east of the hospital, in the first floor conference room.

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