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Animal Guidelines

Shepherd University is dedicated to making reasonable accommodations to afford students with disabilities equal access to campus housing. The Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Policy provides guidelines for students who maintain emotional support animals in Shepherd University-managed residence facilities. If there are questions concerning these guidelines, you may contact The Office of Accessibility Services or The Office of Residence Life. Visit our Housing Accommodation page for more information as well!

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emotional support animals

Included in Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Guidelines is a checklist on how to obtain an ESA, which includes completing the following:

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veterinary information

Proper documentation for an ESA includes veterinary records. The student should obtain this information by doing the following:

  1. Complete the student portion of the Veterinarian Form.
  2. Share the Veterinarian Form with the ESA’s veterinarian to complete the remaining portion of the form.
  3. Provide the completed form to accessibility@shepherd.edu

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Note: Established Accessibility Services and Residence Life housing procedures and deadlines are still relevant to students who keep assistance animals in their University residence. This includes, but is not limited to the availability of rooms, room assignments, and fees.

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