CVM Mule Team
Makes a Hit at TigerPlace
Tim and Terry were very well received during their recent visit to TigerPlace, Columbia 's pet-encouraging retirement residence on Bluff Creek Drive. Driven by Dr. John Dodam, and CVM students,
Jesse Chavers and Josh Schaeffer, the mules were admired, patted, talked to and well photographed by the older adults and facility staff attending their visit. In addition, those who could get into the wagon enjoyed the special treat of having a ride. Residents and staff alike commented on the beauty of the mules, their wonderful behavior, and how enjoyable it was to have them come to TigerPlace.
The visit was part of the “PAWsitive Visits,” weekly animal visitation program that has been ongoing for over a year at TigerPlace. Implemented by the CVM's Research Center for Human Animal Interaction (ReCHAI) (Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Director), the program aims to promote human animal interaction and education about animals. A wide variety of animals have visited TigerPlace including several of the PALS dogs and their owners, a certified animal assisted therapy cat, a pot-bellied pig, and the MU CVM Raptor Club.
TigerPlace is an “aging in place” residential facility, where the CVM maintains a veterinary medical exam room for pets living in the facility. A faculty clinician goes with a student to see the resident animals for regular care. This feature makes TigerPlace the only one of its kind in the US . The CVM presence there is an excellent opportunity for students to work with older clients and their pets, and for older adults and their families to learn about veterinary medicine.
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