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policy 0246 : Therapy Animal and Pet Visitation

The Medical Center recognizes that visits from animals support the well-being of patients by providing comfort and emotional support. However, the Medical Center will balance requests to allow animals to visit with patients with its duty to maintain an environment that does not pose an undue risk of infection, harm or disruption for patients, visitors and employees. Unless authorized in accordance with the requirements set forth in this policy, animals are not permitted in University of Virginia Medical Center facilities . This policy does not address the presence of animals involved in service to persons with disabilities (“Service Animals’). Please see Medical Center Policy No. 0338 “Service Animals for Patients and Visitors.”

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  1. effective date:

    August 1, 2019
  2. signature(s):

    Chief Operating Officer