Sign In

Tech Therapy Dog

May 14, 2020

Moose Davis is a full time therapy dog at Virginia Tech. The 8-year-old working dog was diagnosed with cancer in February. But thanks to loving donors, his treatments have been paid for.

Now, the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is awarding him an honorary doctorate for his work in helping students. His handler, Trent Davis, said Moose makes students feel safe and cared for.

“When I got Moose, I decided right away that he was going to be in the public domain and that he was here for the world, not just for me as my pet,” Davis said. “And I think this is recognizing that he has contributed a lot to the world and to the community.”

The college says Moose is getting a real diploma. They’ll be sure to indicate their newest graduate is indeed a dog, one they say has helped their students tremendously.

“Our program, our DVM program, is a great one and we really challenge our students to be the best veterinarian that they can possibly become,” said Jennie Hodgson, Associate Dean of Professional Programs, College of Veterinary Medicine. “But it’s stressful at times in that program. So you know, having Moose there to support them is really a wonderful thing.” Moose will be honored during the college’s virtual commencement ceremony.

Register your Dog Schedule a Visit

  • Recent News

    Students Get Therapy Dog

    When middle school students return to class on Jan. 11, they’ll find a new face at the door: Daisy. Daisy is a therapy dog and the personal pet of Rob Kreger, principal of the Rock L. Butler Middle School. The five-year-old golden retriever is not a school pet or mascot, but rather a working dog […]

    Read more

    Therapy Dogtor

    Last March, Caroline Benzel, a third-year medical student, began to notice the stress and discomfort her nurse friends were feeling from the pressures of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. “[Personal protective equipment] can be really rough on the skin,” Benzel, 31, tells PEOPLE. Benzel and her 3-year-old Rottweiler, Loki (who’s also a therapy dog) hatched a […]

    Read more

    Therapy Dog Pups

    When Stanley the miniature fox terrier’s owner passed away, the little dog started a ‘paw-some’ new role – bringing puppy love to some of the Gold Coast’s oldest residents. After Carinity Cedarbrook Diversional Therapist Julianne Staff adopted Stanley, he began visiting the aged care community at Mudgeeraba as a therapy dog. Therapy dogs help to […]

    Read more

    Therapy Dogs At School

    Those who own a dog can attest to their ability to lift mood, improve stress and bring joy by simply being there, unanswering, seemingly all-knowing and always delighted to see you.  Therapy animals are known for their calm and comforting nature, giving people a way to relax, de-stress and interact with a loving pet.  They […]

    Read more

    Wonder Dog

    For those of us with dogs, we know they quickly become major parts of the family. You live for and care for just like one of your own children, and one dog right here in Oklahoma City is beating the odds, and helping others recover as a therapy dog, despite all of the issues he’s […]

    Read more

    Scott And Charlie

    Cherokee Middle School students may do a little more “doodling” second semester starting this month (January), but also will improve their attendance marks because of a special attraction at the school, courtesy of Principal Scott Aden. Aden, an effective, caring administrator, has acquired and will house and handle a young female Golden Doodle (Charlie) that […]

    Read more

    Hope For Veterans

    E5 Therapy opened in April with a different way to help veterans in therapy. They offer canine-assisted therapy along with talk therapy to veterans and veterans’ families in Solano County. Owner Matthew Decker is a licensed clinical social worker in Northern California, focused on helping veterans achieve their mental health goals. Along with his team, […]

    Read more