As a founding organisation in the field of enriching the quality of life, and enhancing the independence of Veterans living with mental health difficulties by providing specially trained dogs, VETERANS WITH DOGS bears special responsibility to ensure the welfare of all dogs is exemplary.
Commonly, the main emphasis of dog welfare is placed on the role of training, to ensure that the dogs are fully prepared for a match with their human. Additionally, there are important factors of ongoing veterinary care. We provide our extended support partnerships with education and training via health care professionals and care providers on the role of assistance dogs in mental health.
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 forms the very basic standard from which we work at VWD. It can be thought of as a simple approach to Quality Assurance in some respects. A starting point clearly laid out for people to understand.
At every level of our programmes these basic elements are applied to make sure that our dogs are raised, trained and cared for in a suitable manner. The end goal is to produce happy, confident dogs that enjoy life and their work.
Just as humans have healthcare needs, so do our dogs. We have professionals within the organisation who monitor and track all aspects of the dogs, working alongside outside professionals where necessary, reviewing and checking the health and welfare of these important animals, and maintaining an up-to-date health picture in general.
The professionals involved in welfare include our approved trainers, behaviourists, vets and qualified nurses. A network of referral specialists are also available when appropriate. We strive to maintain excellent standards of care and support for our Veterans and our animals.
Our constant internal review methods drive the standards that we work to and aim to achieve. We set high professional standards which we continue to improve from our procedures, policies and working practices.