Dog awarded honorary doctorate degree in veterinary medicine

Dog awarded honorary doctorate degree in veterinary medicine

- Moose received a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Virginia Tech's College of Veterinary Medicine on Friday, 15 May

- According to it's owner, the dog has helped thousands of students in over 7,500 therapy sessions

- In 2019, Moose received Virginia Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Hero Award

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Education is very important in the lives of many people in different parts of the world.

With that said, many if not all strive to achieve the highest level of certification there is in education, with only a few successfully qualify to be awarded with PhDs, Doctorate Degrees, Masters and what have you.

Well, a dog in US recently stunned the world after being listed among recipients of doctorate degrees at the Virginia Tech's College of Veterinary Medicine as the institute celebrated the class of 2020 through a ceremony held online.

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According to CNN, the dog, named Moose received an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine on Friday, 15 May.

Briefly.co.za has learnt the 8-month-old Labrador retriever has been ''working'' at the Cook Counselling Center as a therapy dog.

Not only is Moose a therapy animal at the Virginia Tech but also an ambassador for mental awareness, a title it has held since 2014.

Among things Moose has been doing at the institute is helping students with mental issues, anxiety and trauma cope and attending football games, new student orientations and other school events.

According to ''Dogctor'' Moose's owner, Trent Davis the dog has helped thousands of students in over 7,500 therapy sessions.

In an interview with CNN, Davis disclosed that the school launched the animal-assisted counselling program to give students an alternative form of comfort during sessions.

"Some humans have not had the best experience with other humans, or even other dogs. In both those cases, Moose provides a very safe and comforting force in the room. These students see Moose as someone who's going to accept them. They don't worry about him judging them." he told CNN.

Briefly.co.za has learnt the school has four therapy dogs but Moose has always stood out.

In 2019, Moose received Virginia Veterinary Medical Association's Animal Hero Award.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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