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 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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