A dog named Moose has got himself an honorary degree in return for his services to Virginia Tech’s Cook Counselling Center. This 8-year-old Labrador proved himself to be a very good boy, and that ended up making him a Ph.D. holder.
The Ph.D. that the Labrador received is technically an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine. And because of this honorary degree, the dog has made it to the headlines.
The Labrador has worked as a therapy dog at Virginia Tech’s Cook Counselling Center since 2014. The pooch gave an excellent response to his sessions, every time the institution needed him. On top of that, the dog’s behavior with the students at the University was deemed exceptional.
Moose’s years of service to the students at the University were celebrated by bestowing the dog with the honorary degree from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
Moose helped out thousands of students in numerous counseling sessions.
The dog’s owner, Davis, is a licensed counselor. Davis said that dogs provide a higher sense of security in sessions than humans. “Dogs provide a source of grounding and comfort,” he said. For a lot of people, unfortunately, other humans haven’t always been the best to be around with, so dogs can be a little bit safer.”
Moose was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February, and he has been receiving treatment since then. According to a Virginia Tech press release, Moose’s cancer treatment is being managed by the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Lab is better now and has returned to work with fellow therapy dogs Derek, Carson, and Wagner.
The dog’s online bio states that he was raised at an organization called the New York’s Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Because of a medical condition, Moose couldn’t become a guide dog. But he became a successful therapy dog after Davis adopted him.
Moose is fond of swimming, eating, and tug of war. He was also named the “animal hero” of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association in 2019.
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