Service Programs

Paws for a Cause

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Service dog, Grace, an 8-year-old Golden Retriever belonging to former resident Dr. Zenny Ng, ready for a kids' reading session in the PAWS to Read program.

The Paws for a Cause program incorporates Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) into the following programs

  • VT Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service) - A training and certification program for pets of veterinary faculty, staff, and students to enable AAA community visits. Learn more
  • PAWS to Read - Activities include:
    • A monthly kids' reading program at the Blacksburg Library that utilizes AAA dogs to provide a "sounding board" for children learning to read.
    • Visits to schools in the Montgomery County region by our certified therapy teams and literacy tutors from the Virginia Tech Community Literacy Corps.
  • Puppy Raiser Program - A collaborative effort between VA-MD Vet Med and Saint Francis Service Dogs to provide student-faculty teams to raise puppies as potential future service dogs.

Caring for Canine Heroes

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Boomer (left) and Baxter (right) are members of the Virginia Tech Police Department.

There are more than 200 working canines in law enforcement and search and rescue, and a significant number of service dogs throughout the New River Valley and Potomac region.

CENTAUR is committed to serving our four-footed heroes through clinical care of working and service dogs and training of handlers and veterinary personnel who work with them.

Learn more