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The Team Evaluation

A Pet Partner Evaluation is when you and your pet demonstrate that, together, you are able to conduct safe and effective visits. The team evaluation is a simulated therapy animal visit conducted by a Pet Partners licensed team evaluator.

Remember, you must complete and pass your Handler Course before the date of your team evaluation. At this time, Pet Partners of CNY is not charging a fee for a Team Evaluation.

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Preparing For The Team Evaluation

Please view the ‘Are you Ready to Evaluate?’  webinar which helps prepare handlers for their team evaluation. It focuses on skills to build, common questions, what to expect the day before and the day of the evaluation.

Click HERE for an evaluation overview for a dog, and HERE for a small dog overview. For an overview for all other species, please use the 'Contact Us' page and request a species-specific overview.

Once you have successfully completed the Handler Class, either online or in person, you are encouraged to volunteer to assist in an evaluation. It will be helpful in preparing you for your own team assessment. Please use the 'Contact Us' page and request to volunteer.

The Evaluation

The following items are required for new and renewal evaluations. If you are missing materials, your evaluator may not be able to evaluate you that day.

  • Your completed Handler’s Questionnaire form for team evaluator review.

  • Proof of current rabies vaccination, such as a certificate or vaccination records from the veterinarian.

  • An acceptable collar or harness and an acceptable leash. See the Acceptable Equipment List. 

  • New teams: Handler Course Completion certificate for either the in-person Handler Workshop or the Online Handler Course.

  • Renewing teams: a previous Pet Partners badge or acceptance letter.

  • A towel, small blanket, or basket if the animal will be carried.

  • A soft brush (no metal teeth) or comb that the animal is accustomed to, and that would be appropriate to take on a visit. 

  • Treats to use for one specific evaluation exercise. (Note - Food rewards may not otherwise be given during the evaluation.)

  • If you’re between the ages of 10 and 16: A parent or guardian to accompany you at the evaluation.

  • If you are requesting modifications to evaluation exercises or permission to use equipment not listed as acceptable: a letter of accommodation provided to you by Pet Partners. You must request the accommodation at least six weeks prior to your evaluation date.

IMPORTANT...  As the evaluation simulates a visit, please come dressed   appropriately (no sandals, no dangly jewelry, etc) and have your pet well groomed. Remember also that you must follow all of the remaining policies and procedures.

Upcoming Dates for Team Evaluations


Team Evaluations

                          June 22, 2024      Syracuse

                 September 15, 2024     Syracuse

                 October, November, December  TBD

Registration REQUIRED!


(You MUST complete the Handler's Course

BEFORE participating in the Evaluation) 

​For more information, please Contact Us.

To Register for a Team Evaluation

  1. On the national website ( click on "Volunteer Login" in the top right corner.

  2. If you have an account, click the Login button on the left side of the page. 

  3. If you need to create an account, complete the form on the right side of the page.

  4. Once logged in, click on "Courses and Events" > "Sign Up" > "Handler" > "Evaluations"

  5. You can search by "Location" or "Date"

  6. "Location" - Scroll down to "New York - Syracuse" > "Available Classes" > then the "Registration" button for the class of your choice.

  7. "Date" - Click on the month name. Any available classes will be listed. Click the "Registration" button for the class of your choice.

  8. "Checkout" to complete the registration.

  9. No money is due at this time.

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