Therapy Team Volunteer Application for Handlers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at UCHealth at University of Colorado Hospital with your Therapy Dog! Therapy Dogs and their handlers play an important and meaningful role in providing service to patients and their loved ones. We hope you find your experience here to be valuable and worthwhile.

New Volunteer Sign Up Process

Please complete two applications: one for Therapy Animal AND one for Handler

New Volunteers should begin the application/orientation process here!

Step One: Complete the online application below.

Step Two: Download the Reference form and send it to two individuals to complete and return to us.

Step Three: Review the University of Colorado Volunteer Handbook .

Step Four: Log into your account and complete the online required education modules with the associated quizzes and the HIPAA training.

Step Five: Log into your account and read and complete the following Agreements:

  • Handbook and PowerPoint acknowledgement form
  • Dress Code
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Code of Conduct
  • Uniform and Badge Policy 

Step Six: Request an in-person interview. Email: with the subject line " Request for an in-person interview."

Step Seven: Set-up in-person orientation and department training. Complete a background check (18 and older.) Schedule and complete a health screen.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office at 720.848.1886.


Volunteer Services Department
Jenny Ricklefs, Manager 720.848.4068,
Melissa Strickland,Coordinator 720.848.4070,
12605 East 16th Ave, Mail Stop F771, Aurora CO 80045

Please provide the name and number of someone we may contact in case of an emergency.
To expedite the interview process, please answer the following questions.
I acknowledge that I am volunteering of my own free will and do not expect any monetary reimbursement. I verify that the information provided is accurate to the best of my knowledge. I authorize UCHealth -Metro Denver and its agents to confirm all information provided on the application.
PHOTO CONSENT:  This is to certify that I give permission to UCHealth to use my image for news media, marketing, public relations, and/or hospital business purposes.