School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 364-8733
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

A poodle and a yellow Labrador retriever laying outside in the grass.

Therapy Dog Visits on Campus

Dogs on campus can provide students an opportunity to visit with friendly therapy dogs and escape their stresses for a while. A lick on the cheek or giving a belly rub to a happy pup has been shown to decrease cortisol and increase levels of oxytocin, providing a calming effect. However, careful coordination is required to prevent potential injuries and ensure a safe, positive experience for all. If you're interested in having therapy dog teams at your event, please follow the process outlined below. If you're interested in attending an already scheduled event, check out the Calendar of Events below.

If you are interested in having therapy dog teams at your event, please complete this form. Include date, time, expected number of students, location and point of contact information.


Form to request therapy dogs for your event
Checklist (best practices)
Rules for therapy dog events
Emergency procedures
Signage templates for dogs on campus (please email for templates)
Full approval process
Meet the therapy teams
Canine Campus Connection (book of best practices) 
How to tell if your dog is stressed during a visit
How to interact with therapy dogs
Insurance certificates
Animal Assisted Interventions International (AAII) Standards of Practice

Calendar of Events
All events are currently suspended until further notice.


For more information, please contact Jennifer Cepnick at