Oklahoma State University - Tulsa

Pete's Pet Posse Tulsa

Program Overview

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®.

Mission Statement

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®.

Therapy Dog Definition

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.

Role of the OSU in Tulsa Pet Therapy Dog

  • Tulsa Pet Therapy Dogs will be utilized in a variety of roles throughout the Tulsa campuses.  Some animals may be used in clinical/therapeutic settings and others will simply be used as greeters in the office and around campus.  It is up to the department and owner/handler to determine the role of the animal to best benefit the office and surrounding area.
  • Tulsa Pet Therapy Dogs will bring an added dimension of wellness to the workplace by reducing stress and fostering camaraderie among employees.
  • Tulsa Pet Therapy Dogs will greet the campus population and act as ambassadors to visitors to campus.

 

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