Study Looks at the Role of Therapy Dogs » Dog therapy first choice20140114JR158

Patient Bobby Harris pets Swoosh at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Swoosh and his owner/volunteer Michelle Thompson are part of a study examining the benefits of pet therapy for young cancer patients. Photo by John Russell.

Patient Bobby Harris pets Swoosh at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Swoosh and his owner/volunteer Michelle Thompson are part of a study examining the benefits of pet therapy for young cancer patients. Photo by John Russell.

Patient Bobby Harris plays with Swoosh, a miniature Pomeranian, that visits Children’s Hospital with its owner and volunteer Michelle Thompson. Thompson is working on a grant that is trying to determine whether therapy dogs really help cancer patients and even tracks the impact on the therapy dog too.(John Russell/Vanderbilt)


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