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 veterinary students 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:

  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living centers
  • Libraries
  • Schools

Currently, participants are VA-MD Vet Med students and employees. The goal of VT Helping PAWS has 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 Future Community Partner of Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program. More information on this transition coming soon!

See our Helping PAWS in Action

Upcoming Events

Pet Therapy Study Breaks

Monthly pet therapy study breaks are held on the Virginia Tech campus at Squires Student Center and in the 2nd floor Commons area of Newman Library.

pet therapy session

Newman Library, 6-7 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015
  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
  • Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
  • Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

Squires Student Center, 6-7 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015