Virginia Tech therapy dog gets honorary doctorate for helping students

June 28, 2020
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A staffer at Virginia Tech is getting recognized for his career serving and supporting the university community.

He’s also sure to receive plenty of treats and a hearty ‘Good boy!’ they said.

Moose, an 8-year-old therapy dog at Virginia Tech’s Cook Counseling Center, received an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine Friday during the school’s virtual commencement.

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February, just after his birthday, and began a treatment regimen of radiation, chemotherapy, and other therapies.

His treatment has been managed by providers at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

Virginia Tech said Moose came to them in 2014. He is one of four dogs at the counseling center who serve as working therapy animals and ambassadors for mental health awareness. In 2019, he was named the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association’s animal hero for his devoted service.

Moose, an 8-year-old therapy dog at Virginia Tech’s Cook Counseling Center, received an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine Friday, May 15 during the school’s virtual commencement for his help with students (Virginia Tech/Jordan Fifer)

Moose’s owner, Trent Davis, said he continues to receive chemotherapy and said Veterinary Teaching Hospital staff have been providing Moose with excellent care.

Moose and his brother Derek, have returned to work with their colleagues Carson and Wagner.

VT said that Moose has aided in more than 7,500 counseling sessions and over 500 outreach events in his six years at Virginia Tech.

When not working, he enjoys swimming, playing tug of war, and perhaps most of all, eating.

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