Public Seminar at USD Sanford School of Medicine Explores Human-Animal Relationships in Healthcare Settings

One Health photo. The USD Sanford School of Medicine hosts a public forum Thursday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on therapy and service animals.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The values, applications and issues regarding therapy animals, service animals and assistance animals will be examined during a public forum held Thursday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seminar will be held in room 106 at the University of South Dakota Health Science Center located at 1400 W 22nd Street in Sioux Falls.

Special emphasis of this seminar will be on the role of animals in healthcare settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living centers.

Speakers include Dr. Russ Daily, Extension Veterinarian at South Dakota State University, Dr. Susan Anderson, chair of Family Medicine at the USD Sanford School of Medicine, Beth Jernberg, expert on therapy dogs, Gail Dickerson, Big Paws Canine Foundation, Shirlene Hvinden, Heritage Horses, as well as representatives from Sanford Health, the University of South Dakota, the Good Samaritan Society and others.

The program is sponsored by the working group South Dakota One Health, a collaborative network that regularly brings together animal and health care experts from various South Dakota institutions and organizations to present and discuss issues related to animal-human relationships. Funding is supplied by the Bush Foundation.

Lunch for participants in the March 8 seminar will be provided, and advance registration is encouraged by visiting The program is officially titled “The Human-Animal Bond in Healthcare Settings.”


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News