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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Ankeny)

1055 Southwest Oralabor Road
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, IA 50263

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UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine | Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th Street Southwest
Altoona, IA 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical Park

3625 North Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Urbandale

5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

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Animal Assisted Therapy

Volunteers at Iowa Methodist, Iowa Lutheran and Methodist West make a difference for our patients, families and staff at the hospitals. Animal assisted therapy is available for patients and families at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Blank Children's Hospital and Iowa Lutheran Hospital during their stay. We understand the unique bond between humans and animals and how it can enhance a positive attitude and actually assist in the healing process. Animal Assisted Therapy volunteers at UPHDM are required to commit to visiting our facilities a minimum of once per month.

Steps to becoming an AAT volunteer:
  1. Have a desire to help and become a part of our health care team.
  2. All dogs must maintain certification and registration in Therapy Dogs International, Inc.
  3. Each dog must pass the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC), and a temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog.   
  4. Multiple dog TDI certification is required for volunteers who wish to bring more than one dog on visits to UnityPoint Health – Des Moines.
  5. Complete a UPH-DM AAT Volunteer Application and AAT Animal Questionnaire.
  6. Attend a placement interview/orientation session. 
  7. Pass a criminal background and dependent adult/child abuse registry check.
  8. Complete a simple health screening at no cost to you. A seasonal flu vaccine is required.
  9. Complete necessary training. 

Upon evaluation by the animal assisted therapy program volunteer trainers, the animal must demonstrate behavior that it:  is reliable; is controllable; is predictable; inspires confidence in the person s/he is interacting with; and the animal actively solicits interactions with people and is accepting and forgiving of differences in people's reactions and behavior.

Handlers must demonstrate behavior that they: are reliable; are confident and natural in their interactions with people and animals; have control of their animal; inspire confidence in the person s/he is interacting with; and actively engage in interactions with people and accept and forgive differences in people's reactions and behavior. 

Please note: Due to hospital regulations, we are not taking new volunteers or applications at this time.  Sorry for the inconvenience.