How to Apply to AVSDA

Here are some important details:

We offer two options for registration...

  • Upon admission, AVSDA will provide you with fully-funded access to our 52 week Service Dog program. Depending upon where you reside, your wellness, and other factors, you may enroll as either a 100% online student, or as a hybrid (online and in-person) student.

  • Students enroll as applicants seeking a dog through AVSDA. We do not place AVSDA dogs to applicants residing more than 50 miles from Manteno, Illinois; however we can guide you in your selection process of a suitable prospective Service Dog

  • As an enrolled student, you will receive training equipment you'll need for participation in our program.

  • Please note, we do not adopt dogs to program participants until they meet all criteria and graduate; there is no guarantee the dog you foster will become your service dog, but that is our hope. Most students who foster and train our dogs go through an adoption ceremony immediately following their graduation.

  • Our registration process requires you to follow a series of steps to complete all of the application materials. This can seem daunting, and there are quite a few forms to fill out and submit; but don't be discouraged! We are here to walk you through the process and guide you every step of the way. Take your time and go at your own pace. If you have a caregiver or family member who might be willing and able to help, consider asking them to help you complete the registration process.

  • Click the on the "Admission Requirements" page, as your next step.

  • If you get stuck and become unsure how to proceed, don't hesitate to contact us. Our program director, Eric Carlson, can help you understand and complete everything you need to begin the admission process. You can most easily reach Eric by sending him an email, including what you need help with and how best to reach you. Eric's email is: