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Service animal policy

Service dogs welcome at Marshfield Clinic Health System

Marshfield Clinic Health System welcomes certified and trained service dogs that are up-to-date with their required vaccinations. Service animals need to be on a leash and under their owner’s control at all times for the safety of other patients.

A service dog is an animal specially trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. These tasks include guiding a person with impaired vision, alerting a person with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair or fetching dropped items. [Wisconsin Statute 111.34]

If the work or task the service dog provides is not readily apparent upon arriving at our facility, the person may be asked if the animal is a service animal required for a disability.

Other dogs or animals, whether trained or untrained, are not considered service dogs by the Health System. This includes animals used for their calming influence, affections, stability or feeling of security, which are not permitted in our facilities or at appointments.