Virginia Tech Helping PAWS

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VT Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service) is a therapy animal program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. We provide an opportunity for Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, alumni and their pets to bring companionship and animal-assisted therapy to local facilities so that our community may benefit from human-animal interactions. We visit:

  • Virginia Tech Newman Library
  • Virginia Tech Squires Student Center
  • Virginia Tech Cook Counseling Center & Women’s Resource Center
  • Local libraries & schools
  • Nursing homes & assisted living centers

Founded initially with participants from the veterinary college, the goal of VT Helping PAWS has always been to also include members of the Virginia Tech and local communities. We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with Pet Partners to become a Community Partner of Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program. We are now able to include students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the Virginia Tech community to expand our outreach efforts.

See our Helping PAWS in Action

Upcoming Events

Interest Meeting: Jan. 23, 2017

Are you interested in becoming a registered therapy team with your pet or learning more about VT Helping PAWS? Please join us on Monday, January 23 at 6 p.m. at the Blacksburg Library located at 200 Miller Street in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are welcome.

Pet Therapy Study Breaks

All pet therapy study breaks during Virginia Tech's Spring 2017 semester will be held at Squires Student Center.

Squires Student Center, 7-8 p.m.

pet therapy session
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2017
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017