How Therapy Dogs Make a Practice Better

How therapy dogs make a practice better.

Dan Bowersox, OD, FCOVD and Skeffington, Therapy dog extraordinaire 



This lecture will cover the basics of:

  • Why a therapy dog in a practice?
  • Suggested training.
  • How would I use the dog in practice?
  • Dog selection/breed preferences.
  • Making Skeffington pay for himself.
  • Known and unknown benefits of dogs in an office.


Dr. Bowersox, originally from Iowa, he attended the University of Missouri – St. Louis for his optometric training. Dr. Bowersox has practiced in Shelbyville since 1995 and has opened a 2nd office in Louisville in 2018.  His primary areas of practice are the treatment of pediatric / binocular vision and neuro-optometric rehabilitation. Dr. Bowersox is an adjunct professor for Indiana University and a postdoctoral Residency Supervisor for Southern College of Optometry. He is a Fellow of the College of Optometrist in Vision Development, and a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. 


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