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Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Service Dogs

1 Veterans Dr, Minneapolis, MN, 55417-2309

Distance: 1115 Miles

(612) 725-2000


Service Details


Provides trained service dogs, or funding for service dogs, that help a person with mobility, independence and/or communication

Additional Information

Veterans are evaluated to see if they qualify for service or guide dogs to help with a disability. If so, the Veterans Administration (VA) can help to get and pay for a guide or service dog.

Guide dogs are trained to help with mobility for people who are blind or with vision loss. A service dog is trained to help with physical or hearing disabilities.

Veterans approved for guide dogs or service dogs are referred to accredited agencies. There is no charge for the dog or the associated training.

The VA Prosthetics and Sensory Aids department provides equipment and veterinary care for approved service or guide dogs.

The VA does not pay for boarding, grooming, food, or any other routine expense associated with owning a dog.


  • Specialization
    • Adults with disabilities 
    • Veteran 


Guide dogs - Blind Veterans are assessed and trained for orientation and mobility. If a guide dog is preferred, information on how to contact guide dog schools is provided. Partnership with the guide dog is provided through non-VA affiliated guide dog schools.

Service dogs - Each Veteran's case is reviewed and evaluated by a prescribing clinician for the following:
* Ability and means, including family or caregiver, to care for the dog currently and in the future
* Goals that are to accomplished through the use of the dog or other assistive technology or therapy
The Veteran will be informed of an approval or disapproval of their service dog request.

Business Hours

7:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

Area Served

State of Minnesota


Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Main (612) 725-2000
Crisis Line - Veterans (800) 273-8255
Toll Free (866) 414-5058

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