This is “Moose” an 8-year-old Labrador retriever and therapy dog who recently received an honorary doctorate from Virginia Tech’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Since 2014, Moose – or better yet “Dr. Moose” has been serving as one of four impactful therapy animals and ambassadors for mental health awareness at Virginia Tech’s Cook Counseling Center.
This life-changing canine has helped thousands of students cope with anxiety, trauma, among other mental health issues. Moose has also assisted in more than 7,500 counseling sessions, according to his proud owner and licensed counselor, Trent Davis. For a decade, Davis has worked at the Cook Counseling Center where he reportedly launched the school’s animal-assisted therapy program.
Join us on our LinkedIn Page
Back in 2019, Moose was also honored with Virginia Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Hero Award. “The students here talk a lot about how Moose has broken down the stigma around mental health care on campus,” Davis told CNN.