Our policies allow for animals in the hospital, but with restrictions. These rules aim to protect patients, visitors and staff from dangerous germs. We do allow specially trained animals to meet the needs of those who have disabilities and special needs.
Types of Animals Allowed in the Hospital
We only allow three types of animals in our environment.
A service animal is any animal specially trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. All service animals must meet the American for Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
All handlers and their service animals must have passes. Handlers can get passes at the information desk in the hospital lobby.
UVA Therapy Dogs
Our hospital enjoys the presence of a team of trained, registered dogs and volunteer handlers. Only therapy dogs registered with Volunteer Services can visit the hospital.
For more information about this program, contact Volunteer Services.
We do not permit pets and “emotional support animals" in outpatient clinics or areas.
In special circumstances, we allow pets to visit someone staying in the hospital, but only:
- If they are dogs or cats
- In hospital rooms, not in other clinics or spaces
- For one hour per day
- With doctor approval
- With a visitor pass from the information desk
- If following all policies for behavior and infection control