STEP 4: EVALUATION
To be registered as a Pet Partners® team, you and your animal must be evaluated by a licensed Pet Partners® Evaluator. The evaluation process consists of the Pet Partners Skills Test (PPST) and the Pet Partners Aptitude Test (PPAT).
To test basic good behavior skills, animals and their handlers complete the PPST. This test was modeled, with permission, after the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test. Health care equipment, such as wheelchairs and walkers, has been added to the test. Skills are evaluated for how well the team can manage in an unfamiliar setting, such as a nursing home, hospital, school, etc. There are 12 items in the PPST.
The PPST is also used for screening cats and other animals. These animals do not perform all of the test items in the same way. For example, instead of walking on a leash, rabbits and cats must show that they can be carried in a basket or in the handler's arms.
The Pet Partners Aptitude Test (PPAT) determines if you and your animal have the ability, capacity, desire, and potential for participating in animal-assisted activities (AAA) and animal-assisted therapy (AAT) programs. This part of the evaluation is similar to what many people would call a temperament test. Pet Partners does not use the word "temperament" because so many people think that animals are born with a certain temperament and it can never be changed. We know that with training, many animals can learn to be reliable. For this reason, we use the word "aptitude" to suggest that the test applies to the animal's ability or potential for AAA/AAT. The PPAT also evaluates the aptitude of the animal/handler team.
The PPAT is a combination of scenarios in which the individual exercises flow from one to another. The order of the exercises allows for escalation of stressors during testing. During the PPAT, the handler and animal should interact (i.e., role play) with the evaluator and assistants as though they are people being visited at a facility. The handler should be able to work with the animal while at the same time interacting socially with the "client" (evaluator and assistants) as if on a visit.
Sign-up for a Pet Partners Evaluation
Only students that have completed the Pet Partners Handler Workshop are eligible to attend the Pet Partners Evaluation.
To register for a Pet Partners evaluation with Pet Partners Jax, you must go through the Volunteer Center on the national site. For step by step instructions on how to sign up for an evaluation, please click here.
If you need assistance with using the Pet Partners Volunteer Center, please use their contact form to get help.
If you have passed the Pet Partners Evaluation and need help getting registration complete, please click here for instructions.
For any questions with the local Pet Partners Evaluations, please contact either Bunnie Look or Sandy Mercier.
What to bring to the Pet Partners Evaluation
The following items are required for new and renewal evaluation. If you are missing materials your evaluator
may not be able to evaluate you that day. Remember that the evaluation is like a simulated visit.