Since there is a community quarantine due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, universities and schools have to be creative with their school activities. One of the derailed events as a result of the global crisis is school graduations. However, Virginia Tech’s College of Veterinary Medicine still pushed through with this yearly tradition. This time, though, the ceremonies were held online, and one of the graduates is a pooch.
A dog named Moose is among the graduates of Batch 2020 from the institution. Moose is one of the four therapy dogs inside the university. The four dogs help university students with whatever problems they are facing with their personal lives.
The university granted the pooch with an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine for his exemplary contributions to university students’ mental health. Trent Davis, Moose’s handler, could not hide his pride for the dog’s achievement.
In the online ceremonies, Trent thanked the institution for their appreciation of the dog’s contributions. But more than this, Trent is thankful that Moose got the chance to help struggling students the best way he could.
In his time with the university, Moose shattered the stigma on mental health on the campus, Trent said. Trent said students are afraid to open up about their struggles before the dog arrives at the university. But when the students knew that Moose is a therapy dog, the students started opening up with their dilemmas.
Trent mentioned that the university students are thankful for the dog’s services as well as presence. For these students, Moose is of great help, especially in dealing with their anxiety attacks due to school pressures. Meanwhile, the administrator of the university lauded the dog for a job well done. They said they hope the dog will be able to help more students in the future.
An 8-year-old therapy dog named Moose is officially a very good boy, after he was awarded an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine from Virginia Tech on Friday. https://t.co/9Lbe0m5C47
— CNN (@CNN) May 18, 2020
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