Admission Requirements

Do you meet AVSDA's admission requirements? Take a look at what you'll need before filling out our Veteran Questionnaire, below:

Letter of Referral from a Mental Healthcare Provider

You will be requesting a letter from your doctor, which MUST STATE that you have a current PTS diagnosis, that you are currently in treatment for PTS, that a Service Dog is medically necessary, and that you are therapeutic enough to participate in a 52-week dog training program. You don't need the letter yet, but it will be a requirement.

Please submit your letter to:

DD214 with Honorable Discharge

This is solely for proof of service. Please submit a copy of your DD214 (with your social security number blocked out) to:

If you will be able to meet the above requirements, please complete this AVSDA Veteran Questionnaire to begin your application process:

After review of your questionnaire, AVSDA will send a confirmation email to you, with instructions regarding scheduling an online/ Zoom interview with our Program and Training Directors. Following this interview, you will be instructed to complete the full application process.

Now that you have completed your part of the application, it is time to fill out an application to either apply for an AVSDA dog or complete an application for your own dog:

Congratulations! You have applied to AVSDA. Someone will be getting in touch shortly.