“This year, the Office of Student Accommodations (disability services office) received feedback that faculty had concerns about how to apply the University’s Service Animal policy in laboratory settings. As a University that specializes in STEM and healthcare education, all of our students with disabilities need to be able to access laboratory environments. Faculty and staff agreed that greater guidance was needed so that students who have service animals could be included in laboratory courses.
Unsure of what to do, I contacted Joey Ramp for advice; she provided excellent insight and practical tips on how to develop procedures for service animals in laboratory environments. Keeping in mind Ms. Ramp’s suggestions, I met with the University’s Environmental Health and Radiation Safety department and faculty representatives to develop a guidance for faculty. After a few months of brainstorming, collaborating, and revising, we have officially established a guidance on the use of service animals in laboratory environments! For those of you who do not have any procedures concerning service animals in laboratory environments, I encourage you to start the conversation at your university!"
- Kaitlyn, University of the Sciences”
" Another difference made!!!
Maxi is not the first dog in a laboratory as is Sampson the Service Dog but thanks to Sampson’s magnificent handler Joey Ramp we made a difference and Maxi can attend in the laboratories for the first time in my university UAGM Puerto Rico."
- Maki, Science and Technology Student
"Nelly [SD] joined our lab today! She wore her boots, lab coat, and goggles and sat on her rubber mat. Thank you for all your help!"
- Abby (16 years old)
"In today's culture, I think it is no longer an option that 'it can't work' but instead 'how will it work.' The basic question regarding the stress level of rodents when a [SD] dog enters the room will have to be answered. You have worked very hard to answer all my questions. Thank you."
- Patricia, Augusta University
"I work for the department of Environmental Health and Safety here at UCSB.
Yesterday I had a call from a biological teaching lab regarding service dogs access to laboratories and I referred them to you.
However, I thought I could connect you with Mrs. Joey Ramp from the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Illinois. Joey is successfully working with a service dog, Sampson, in Biosafety Level 2 laboratory settings. Joey collaborates with universities and collages nationwide and help them to develop service dogs safety protocols for laboratories, which allow service dog handlers equal opportunities for education and professional development.
Joey would be happy to visit our campus and work with our university to help us accommodate the needs of service dog handlers."
- Nelly, Laboratory Safety Specialist, UC Santa Barbara
"I wanted to thank you for all of your help with getting my service dog ….. into the Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory. The PPE works great and I appreciated your time in doing the risk management so we could find a safe place for her to rest. I completed my course and it was a great experience. Thank you for your patience and your time!"
- Jeannette, US Navy Veteran, UIUC