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University rewards its best therapy dog with an honorary degree!

Moose 'graduated' last week dog-happy
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A therapy dog who supports students with anxiety and other mental health issues has just received an honorary doctorate degree as a reward for his years of hard work.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 19/05/2020, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:28

Moose, an 8-year-old Labrador, collected his honorary degree in veterinary medicine from Virginia Tech University last Friday.

Professor Pooch

Moose joined the university back in 2014 as a therapy dog. He spends his days helping students cope with stress and anxiety, and has sat in on over 7,000 counseling sessions!

Licensed counselor Trent Davis is Moose's handler. Speaking to CNN, he said:

"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."

The big-hearted pooch also makes a regular appearance at school events, including football games, career fairs, and new student orientations.

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Professor pooch collected his award at a virtual graduation ceremony, although this wasn't the first time he'd been recognized for all his amazing work.

The awards are stacking up

In early 2019, Moose was named 'Animal Hero of the Year' by the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association.


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Due to the COVID-19 lockdown on college campuses in the USA, Moose is staying safe with his handler and dog-dad at their family home.

But he still pops his head up during virtual counseling sessions with students. And Moose is always available for one-on-one emergency or crisis meetings.