Implementation of a Therapy Dog Program to Support Clinician Mental Health and Well-being

Sept. 28, 2022
Sessions type:
Pre-Conference Workshop

This workshop will describe the administrative and regulatory planning, as well as the development, structure, and expansion of Buckeye Paws, a therapy dog program targeted to support the mental health and well-being of staff, faculty, and students at the Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State University.


  • Describe the evidence to support the beneficial presence of highly trained therapy dogs in medical and educational organizations.
  • Detail the processes used to ensure administrative approval and regulatory compliance for the therapy dog program in an academic medical center and a university campus. 
  • Describe the program structure to support safety of patients, family members, provider staff, students, and therapy dogs in an academic medical center and a university campus.
  • Describe preliminary outcomes of the therapy dog program on clinician stress, burnout, mood, and work engagement. 


Beth Steinberg
Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Critical Care, Emergency Services and Clinical Resources, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Aimee Mitchell
Buckeye Paws Program Manager
Mary Justice
Senior Fiscal Officer and Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives, The Ohio State University College of Nursing

Third National Summit on Promoting Well-being and Resilience in Healthcare Professionals

September 28-30, 2022