uOttawa runs animal therapy pilot to help reduce student stress

March 16, 2012

The University of Ottawa's Counselling and Coaching Service and Health Promotion offices are collaborating on an animal therapy pilot program for students. The program allows students who may be experiencing stress and anxiety to spend time with Tundra, a certified therapy dog with her own Twitter handle: @TundraDawg. The initiative was spearheaded by a School of Human Kinetics professor with a strong interest in animal therapy. Meanwhile, uOttawa's Student Academic Success Service office has launched the Peer Counselling Program to address students' increased demand for personal counselling. The pilot program provides students in need with a much less formal approach, chiefly peer counselling led by other students who themselves have overcome psychological issues. uOttawa News Release