7.7 Insurance Coverage



HEAD OFFICE / ACTIVITIES PROGRAM / COMMUNITY EVENTS

Therapeutic Dog Services provides liability insurance that protects members from claims of others for injury or illness and property damage resulting from activities and programs. This coverage does not protect you from injury or illness because of participation in this program. Coverage applies to Therapeutic Dog Services registered members (volunteers) while participating in Therapeutic Dog Services activities or events. Members who conduct Therapeutic Dog Services activities and programs within their work or use them in their jobs such as, but not limited to, teachers, therapists, doctors, or psychologists are not covered by Therapeutic Dog Services insurance when functioning as employees.

DOG HANDLERS AND DOGS

Therapeutic Dog Services provides liability insurance that protects members (volunteers) from claims of others for injury or illness and property damage resulting from scheduled community visitation with your dog. This coverage does not protect you or your dog from injury or illness because of participation in this program. Coverage applies to Therapeutic Dog Services Inc. registered members (volunteer) dog/handler teams while on a Therapeutic Dog Service Inc. sponsored visit or an event. Members who take their dogs to work with them and/or use them in their jobs such as, but not limited to, teachers, therapists, doctors, or psychologists are not covered by Therapeutic Dog Services insurance when functioning as employees. During such times, the dog should not display any official Therapeutic Dog Services Inc. Identification.

CLIENTS & GENERAL PUBLIC PARTICIPATING IN PROGRAMS

Therapeutic Dog Services. provides public liability insurance that protects clients and visitors from injury or illness because of participation in Therapeutic Dog Services activities and programs conducted at our offices and centres, including community centres where programs are officially conducted.

Dog and Handler Teams

If you allow your accreditation to lapse, YOU MUST STOP VISITING.

You are not covered by Therapeutic Dog Services Inc insurance and not authorised to visit establishments as a Therapeutic Dog Services representative team (Dog/Dog Handler team) until you achieve current accreditation status.

We are committed to providing adequate insurance cover for members whilst they carry out their volunteering roles that have been approved and authorised by us.

Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated has the following insurances:

  • Public Liability, Professional Indemnity, Product Liability and Volunteers Insurance

Covers you, working within Therapeutic Dog Services Industry Partners. This covers you and your dog from any damage or claims to an establishment, (such as if a dog smashes something or bites etc.) It does not cover you and your dog for injury (such as falling down the stairs at an establishment). This would be a claim against the establishment, at which you were working. Each has their own public liability insurance to cover for these types of incidents.

To ensure this insurance covers you for any incidents that occur while you are volunteering with us, you need to:

1: Hold registry membership with Therapeutic Dog Services: (renewable each year in July)

2: Supply

  • Yearly Vaccination for your dog (C5): annual vaccination, by a veterinarian. (Supply copy of vaccination)

  • Yearly Veterinarian Clearance form: annual physical examination, by a certified veterinarian.

  • National Police Clearance (valid for 3 years)

3: Attend all mandatory training and complete all industry placement requirements.

4: Comply with the organisation’s policies and procedures: Governing Rules and Regulations, and Volunteer Code of Conduct.

5: Comply with external facility policies and procedures: Governing Rules and Regulations, and Community Work Volunteer Code of Conduct.

6: Report an incident as soon as it has occurred. (Incident report at external establishment and Incident report for Therapeutic Dog Services.)

We want to let you know that the following events are unlikely to be covered by our insurance:

  • actions that are beyond the scope of your role, or that occur without appropriate authority or permission from us

  • criminal activity (including criminal charges arising out of driving incidents)

  • dishonest or reckless activities

  • any visitations or activity that occurs without appropriate authority or permission from Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated.

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