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A service animal is any animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.

While legal access rights are afforded the users of service animals, that access comes with the responsibility of ensuring that the animal behaves and responds appropriately at all times, and must adhere to the same socially accepted standards as any individual in the College community.

At Lakeland College, it is the handler's responsibility to ensure the safety of the service animal.

See the drop down menus for more information about service animals.

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Types of Service Dogs arrow View
  1. Guide dog - a dog trained to serve as a travel tool for individuals who are blind or have low vision
  2. Hearing dog - a dog trained to alert a person with a significant hearing loss or who is deaf when a sound occurs (e.g. a knock on the door, a fire alarm, or the phone ringing)
  3. Service (assistance) dog - a dog trained to assist a person who has a mobility or health impairment. Types of duties the dog may perform include carrying, fetching, opening doors, ringing doorbells, activating elevator buttons, steadying a person while walking, etc.
  4. Signal (sig) dog - a dog trained to assist a person with autism. The dog alerts the person to distracting repetitive movements, such as hand flapping, which are common among those with autism. This intervention allows the person to stop the movement. A person with autism may also have deficits in sensory input, and may need the same support services from a dog as people who are blind or deaf
  5. Seizure response dog - a dog trained to assist a person with a seizure disorder. The methods by which the dog serves the person depends on the individual's needs. Some dogs have learned to predict a seizure and warn the person in advance

Documentation Requirements arrow View
The handler of the service animal must show proof that the animal has met licensing regulations:
  • if the animal lives on campus, it must meet the Town of Vermilion or City of Lloydminster licensing requirements and wear any required tags
  • If the animal accompanies a commuter student, employee or other campus visitor, the animal must meet the licensing requirements of the handler's resident town and wear any required license tags
Control Requirements arrow View
  • The animal must be on a leash at all times. It should never be permitted to wander around off leash except if the animal is working
  • The handler must be in full control of the animal at all times
  • The animal must be well groomed and measures should be taken, at all times, to maintain flea and odor control
  • Consideration of others must be taken into account when providing maintenance and hygiene of service animals
  • A service animal must be well-behaved and its handler must ensure that the animal does not engage in behaviour that would be a direct threat to the health and safety of others
Public Etiquette by Students, Staff, Instructors, and Visitors on Campus arrow View
Individuals should not:
  • Pet a service animal while it is working. Service animals are trained to be protective of their partners and petting distracts them from their responsibilities
  • Feed a working service animal
  • Deliberately startle, tease, or taunt a service animal
  • Separate or attempt to separate a service animal from its handler
  • Hesitate to ask a student if they would like assistance if the team (handler and service animal) seem confused about a direction in which to turn, the location of an accessible entrance, the location of an elevator or other office, building or landmark
Relief Areas arrow View
Relief areas will be designated on an individual basis with the collaboration of the Accessibility Advisor and Campus ground personnel. The areas with be included in mobility training and orientation of handlers and animals that are new to the campuses. It is the handler's responsibility to be aware of their animal's needs to relieve itself and act accordingly.