Application Process

Service Dogs of Virginia Application Process

**Please Note: you must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia to apply. Thank you.**

  1. Contact us via mail, phone, or e-mail; we will conduct an informal, preliminary interview with you, and answer any questions you have.
  2. Submit an application and a $50, non-refundable application fee to SDV. You can download the forms from our site, call to have an application mailed to you, or fill out the on-line application (in progress).
  3. Completed Medical History forms are returned to SDV.
  4. SDV will review your application and when it is complete, will call you to arrange a time for you to come to our training center for a formal interview. The purpose is three-fold: we will have a face-to-face meeting to increase our knowledge about you, you will meet some of our dogs-in-training, and you can ask questions about our programs.
  5. SDV contacts your references.
  6. SDV conducts a home visit.
  7. You demonstrate the ability to pay for the daily expenses of caring for a dog, including, but not limited to, food, vet care, heartworm medication, and replacement equipment. See estimate of expenses for more information.
  8. SDV will determine whether you would benefit from one of our service dogs and will notify you with the decision as to whether a Service Dog is appropriate.
  9. After you are approved for a service dog, you may be required to return to SDV to meet several potential dogs.

It costs SDV approximately $40,000 to purchase, raise, train, place and provide follow-up training and assistance for each service dog. We endeavor to provide the most “perfect” match of a dog with a client. When a suitable dog has been identified, we will contact you regarding participation in transfer camp. The dog remains the property of SDV if transfer camp is not completed. For successful clients, ownership is granted after one year and successful passing of the re-certification test. Candidates who are unable to complete the transfer camp and/or the public access test will not be placed with a dog.