Ryan DeRoche is a loyal service dog owner after he was on a work trip in Spain when he was involved in a mountain bike accident and survived a severe spinal cord injury, causing him to become quadriplegic. 

Although Ryan grew up in a “dog family,” he felt uncomfortable with the thought of having one to care for him, so was taken care of by caregivers for mostly everything for the years following his accident. 

It wasn’t until 2015 when he felt ready to take care of someone other than himself and had friends with Service Dogs who reassured him that it was a great idea, that he decided to apply for his own.

Dr. Mark Pelham with the US Army Major with the veterinary corps along with Ryan discuss the importance of protecting our services and what we can do to keep them healthy.