The OSU Pet Therapy Program has been established through a cooperative effort of the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in cooperation with the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital, University Counseling, Human Resources, and Employee Assistance Program and expanded to include OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences. Utilizing the expertise of the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital, therapy animals are trained and placed in OSU departments as an additional wellness benefit.
The program seeks to leverage the expertise of multiple departments across the Tulsa campuses to maximize the benefits of therapy animals to the campus population. The animals belong to their owner/handler but will be considered OSU volunteers and treated as such.
Departments are responsible for determining the most effective use of the animals and ensuring the animals are safe in their working environment. An Pete's Pet Posse Tulsa Pet Therapy Advisory Board oversees the program. The goal is to positively enhance physical and emotional health, and contribute to the success of being America's HEALTHIEST Campus®.
Utilizing the expertise of the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital, therapy animals will be trained and placed in OSU Tulsa departments as an additional wellness benefit for the entire campus population. The program seeks to positively enhance physical and emotional health, and contribute to the success of becoming America's HEALTHIEST Campus®.
A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, people with learning difficulties and in stressful situations such as disaster areas.
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