The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it is piloting a program to implement veterinary health benefits for mobility service dogs approved for veterans with a chronic impairment that substantially limits mobility associated with mental health disorders. To be eligible for the veterinary health benefit, the service dog must be trained by an organization accredited by Assistance Dogs International in accordance with VA regulations. The VA veterinary service benefit includes comprehensive wellness and sick care for the service dogs, including annual visits for preventive care, maintenance care, immunizations, dental cleanings, screenings, urgent/emergent care and prescription medications. For more information on service dogs, visit the VA Guide and Service Dogs webpage.
For more on veteran benefits, visit the Military.com Benefits Center.